Tinted Eyebrow Gels: Benefit Gimme Brow, Blinc Eyebrow Mousse & Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel
The beauty trend of statement arches isn’t going anywhere in a rush, especially thanks to the help of memes on Instagram that spread like wildfire that say Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you shit about life.
Before big eyebrows became a thing, I always liked rocking my naturally fuller set. In fact, if I missed an appointment at the local salon for my monthly wax, it would soon look as if I’d just been cast off reality show Survivor.
But, as I’ve discovered, it’s not just the bigger sets that are better, it’s the arches with fantastic depth in colour without any sparseness in sight. Having an amazing eyebrow shape doesn’t necessarily mean full thick eyebrows.
I’ve road tested 3 tinted eyebrow gels so that we can get to the crux of which one is best.
Firstly, here’s how my brows look naturally. You need something to compare the below with after all!
Eyebrows without any product
Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel
The Brush: This wand is pretty big – I’d say it’s the same size as what you’d expect in a regular mascara. You might think this is a positive at first (because it pulls out more gel), but because the bristles are wider than your actually brow, I found that it actually caused splatters of ink on my skin. It makes for a lot of tidying up. Not good if you’re in a rush!
The Texture: Really nice. It spreads easily on top of your eyebrow hairs and adheres very well.
The Colour: The most natural out of the three that I trialled. It wasn’t too dark, so you’ll never get that ‘permanent marker eyebrows’ look. Big win!
Price & Availability: $32, available online and at skincare clinics.
Overall Thoughts: If this tinted eyebrow gel had a smaller tapered wand I probably would have called this my next Holy Grail beauty product. The actual pigment was so spot on, it’s even made from deep sea minerals to help nourish the hair follicle and encourage growth. Oh! And it can even be used as a light weight mascara. Double threat.
Blinc Eyebrow Mousse
The Brush: The brush on this tinted eyebrow gel is also rather big, although it does have a tapered end which makes it easier to apply the gel to thinner sections of the brow.
The Texture: The texture of this gel is very similar to your everyday lengthening mascara, thin but highly pigmented.
The Colour: I found that the colour of this gel was very dark. Keep in mind, through, that you can pick the right colour for you from light blonde, dark blonde, auburn, light brunette, dark brunette, black and even grey. I think that for my eyebrow colouring I should have picked light brunette opposed to dark brunette.
Price & Availability: Blinc Eyebrow Mousses are $35.95 from David Jones and online.
Overall Thoughts: I really liked this gel, it did make my eyebrows really standout and appear fuller. Again, if the wand was smaller this would have been way more successful. However, one huge extra perk is that the formula also contains anti-ageing properties so that the skin under the brow is nourished as you wear it. Very impressive.
Benefit Gimme Brow
The Brush: The best out of the three. It did such an amazing job at combing my hairs and grooming them properly with the right amount of gel.
The Texture: I found that this gel was a lot thicker than the other two. After looking at the ingredients I found that it also contains fibres to help make your actual eyebrow hairs look thicker and more full. Very smart.
The Colour: The colour of this gel was also extremely dark. You can pick from either light brown or dark brown and I had assumed dark brown would be for me, with the light brown reserved for blondes. But, now that I know I should be the light brown, it makes me puzzle as to what the blondes should use?! I think Benefit needs to bring out more shades to cater for everyone.
Price & Availability: $32 from Myer.
Overall Thoughts: I really loved this tinted eyebrow gel, I can now see why everyone raved about it so much. I think this comes down largely to the wand, it makes getting ready a lot faster when you can easily apply the gel.
tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
1. The best eyebrow gel in terms of colour is definitely Jane Iredale. If the brush puts you off, consider buying your own pack of spoolies to comb the pigment on.
2. If you’re always on the hunt for anti-ageing products, you’ll love that Blinc’s Eyebrow Mousse also doubles in this department as it has ingredients that nourish the skin below the brow hairs.
3. The best brush by far is Benefit. It’s teeny weeny comb can direct the hairs where ever you want them. Also, the gel has fibres that attach to your actual brow hairs to make them look fuller and thicker.
4. If you’re a child of the 80’s who sadly plucked away all of their natural eyebrow hairs, you should definitely get Jane Iredale’s gel. It contains sea minerals that feed the hair follicle to encourage growth and hair health.
Which product do you thick performed best?