Benefit Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep) + Brow Mascara Comparisons

‘Tis true — not all brow mascaras are created equal. With the new Benefit Gimme Brow, I can safely say that I have found a “eyebrow mascara” that I really like. Mainly, I have to give all the credit to the teeny tiny brush/tip and the non-sticky and reasonably waxy formula. Now that my eyebrows are all grown back, it’s nice to use the Benefit Gimme Brow to define and volumize my eyebrow hairs without having to painstakingly draw them/fill them in.

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I’ve compared the Benefit Gimme Brow to the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in “Espresso” and the MAC Brow Set in “Beguile.” Ultimately, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel is too stiff — more like hairspray for your brows — and, while, this may be a great option for keeping your eyebrow hairs in place forever, the brush is too big and I get the product all over my skin. Also, the gloopiness of the formula can be difficult to work with since in some areas the product will gloop and in some areas there’s not enough product. Definitely not a favorite product for me. The MAC Brow Set is nice, but I have the same problem with the big brush and the formula. Also, the formula for this product has a shiny sheen — which is weird, and it makes my brows look glossy (which isn’t a good every day look).

The cheapest and one of the greatest options at the end of the day is the Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara. This is perfect for defining your brows after they’ve been filled in, or if you’re just going for a natural and low-maintenance look. For less than $6.00 USD, this is a great option — although, it does get dirty easily because the formula is clear. It keeps your brows in place without be sticky or crunchy and it’s still easy to remove at the end of your day.

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The Benefit Gimme Brow is a “brow-volumizing fiber gel,” and “adheres to skin and hair creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending and a precision tip for shaping. The fiber gel is water resistant, long lasting, and buildable for natural-looking brows.” All this is true. The brush is so little it gives you precise application and the formula is not too stiff and not too “loose” so it’s manageable. Also, this product can be applied to skin in case you have some spares areas; and, can be applied to the hairs to give them definition and color. It’s easy to work with and does what I want, which is a win-win. However, for teeny tiny product, this is $22 USD — which is just ridiculous.

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For now, this is my new brow routine and I like that it’s so simple and user-friendly. Finally. I know that the concept of a “brow-volumizing fiber gel” seems gimmicky, but it truly does give some major oomph to my sparse and thin brows. Much like what mascara does for the lashes, this idea applies to brows — which is really genius if you think about it! I would recommend this product, for sure.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Current Favorites – What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been loving a lot of my newly discovered products lately; but, some of the products mentioned in today’s posts are products that have remained staple items in my collection.

As always, face products are on a constant rotation. However, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation is still in my #1 winner’s spot.

Normally in the mornings, my mind is debating which foundation to use, and much of this thought process is dependent upon what my day is going to be like/where I’m going to be. With the Future Skin foundation, it’s my trusty automatic go-to product – it’s my favorite right now and forever – unless that’s just too dramatic. :) It’s the perfect blend between the dewy look and semi-matte look. LOVE.

I’ve noticed that I’m still loving the wear-time of this foundation. It doesn’t wear off or melt away as I’ve previously read in reviews. Even with the growing humidity in Texas, I haven’t noticed any difficulties wearing this foundation. Also, my shade – “Alabaster” – is the best color match I’ve ever experienced in a foundation. I realize this is not the case for many since the color selection in Chantecaille’s range is so limited. I should remind you that the foundation is made in Japan, and perhaps I love this foundation because I’ve had a long, long love affair with Japanese foundations. Either way, if you get a chance to give this product a try – DO IT.

Along with the Future Skin foundation, I’m obsessed with my Chanel luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige, MAC blush in “Pink Tea,” and setting everything very lightly with the Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” A few weeks ago, I skipped powdering my t-zone because I didn’t really need to. Unfortunately, the Texas heat is coming on strong now since we’re heading into the summer months with full force. ICK.

Lazy days – like Sundays – require minimal effort for getting ready. Because I reserve Sundays for my face mask and bubble bath routine, I try to allow my skin to take the day off from makeup. On days like this, I quickly dab on my ClĂ© de Peau concealer in “Ivory” and dust a light layer of Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” If I’m in the mood, I’ll add some blush to give my skin some life. But most of the time, I skip it because I’m feeling lazy.

Eye makeup has remained basic but I’ve been “shopping my stash” lately. I’ve re-discovered my past favorite MAC eyeshadow in “Hypnotizing” and paired it with my long-time favorite shade in “Handwritten.” I still curl my lashes with my KOJI lash curler and use my Shiseido mascara base with my trusty majolica majorca expander frame plus mascara.

I’ve been skipping liner and anything else complicated. I have added something new – which is the MAC brow set. As a mascara for the brows, it’s easy to use this on days when you don’t want to meticulously draw in/pencil in/shade in your brows. A few quick swipes and you’re good to go – I use the shade “Beguile” which is a dark brown shade.

Favorite lip products as of late includes an oldie but goodie – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01, which is a light pink shade that’s glossy and moisturizing (and non-sticky). When I’m wanting a bit of color on the lips, I’ve been reaching for my MAC lipstick in the shade “Lovelorn.”

What are your current products?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)