I’ll be honest with you: I follow a very basic makeup regime and try to keep it as fuss-free and natural as possible. The more elaborate beauty products are only used for special occasions. Rather, very special occasions – that occur once or twice a year max.
One of the most important parts of my 5-step routine is brows.
You won’t catch me stepping out of my home without having perfect brows that help frame my face and open the eyes. So, when one of my best friends recommended Glossier’s Boy Brow, I knew I had to give it a try.
Spoiler Alert: It’s AMAZING!
Glossier Boy Brow is hands down a brow product that will condition, groom, and fluff your eyebrows. It’ll give it a natural and polished look, which is what we want the result to be. As for its dupe, it was Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ that clearly stood out. It has an excellent long-lasting formula that looks just so natural when applied to the brows.
Boy Brow is available in four different colors – clear, black, brown, and blonde. It’s a versatile eyebrow shaper that has a pomade formula that doesn’t flake or dry your tiny brow hair strands. It lends a very flexible hold to make sparse as well as thick brows as natural as possible.
You need to brush through your brows to make them thicker and fluffier. At the same, it’ll also give them more texture and a defined shape. The reviews on several beauty sites show the massive fan following it enjoys.
Being a brunette, I bought the brown color that matched my natural eyebrows perfectly. After using it for the very first time, I fell in love with Boy Brow’s creamy wax-like texture. The fact that it was so easy it was to use was another plus – thanks to the intelligent wand design.
The lightweight and scentless formula leaves your brows feeling soft and fluffy. This is a huge advantage as many brow products give a cakey look to your brows. This only weighs the eyebrows down making them look unnatural and stiff.
The lasting is another thing that I adored. Even if you apply the product early in the morning, it‘ll look the exact same when night falls. No fading issues!
Where to buy: Amazon
While there‘s no doubt that the Glossier Boy Brow is the pinnacle of brow makeup, it still does have its share of cons.
Glossier doesn’t ship to every part of the world which makes availability a problem. The brow makeup can prove to be a tad bit expensive for many makeup enthusiasts’ budgets. It’s also admittedly quite small needing frequent restocking.
This is why we‘ve compiled a list of the best available Glossier Boy Brow dupes for you to try. They are easily available and easy on the pockets. Let’s take a quick look below…
NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
NYX Control Freak's clear formula works great with powders and pencils you use to fill in your brows to seal the deal and hold them in place.
I have one thing in common with this eyebrow gel from NYX – we’re both ’Control Freaks’. Get it?
Having an effective clear formula, NYX Control Freak eyebrow gel could be great for you if you prefer a lighter hold. It’s also non-sticky and comfortable for all-day wear. Plus, as you get about 9 ml of product, it means no frequent trips to the mall!
The wet gel-like consistency can enhance the natural shape of your lashes. This will make them sharper. But, don’t forget to use it with a powder or pencil for the best results.
- Fantastic holding power
- Doesn’t weigh the brows down
- Separates every individual eyebrow hair strand
- Sometimes a white film can form over the brows
- Not that great for very coarse brow hair
- Thin consistency
Essence Make Me Brow
Raise your brows! This tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows. the perfectly sized fiber brush shapes and tames to brow perfection.
Coming from a brand like Essence, you know that this cruelty-free eyebrow gel is going to be worth it.
It has a 3-in-1 effect that it can color, enhance, and shape your eyebrows. The tinted gel of Make Me Brow contains tiny fibers. This helps to seamlessly fill in any unwanted gaps giving you fuller brows.
You can choose from two shades: blonde and brown. While this may not be as versatile as Glossier’s, it still gets the job done. With every buy, you get 3.8 ml of product
The appropriately-thick formula has a smooth glide over your brows. No smearing that you need to worry about too! Also, it has fantastic staying power and can last for up to 7 hours with minimal to no fading.
- Compact and portable packaging
- Provides medium coverage
- Maneuvers smoothly around the brow contours
- Wand design could use more improvement
- Fibers can look patchy when applied in a hurry or layered too much
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow
This eyebrow gel hits the sweet-spot combination of effectiveness and affordability. And yes, the packaging is super jazzy too! It has the right amount of tint that can give you a good hold along with definition and fullness.
Benefits Gimme Brow+’s water-resistant formula also erases any patches without shine. I like how natural it felt after the first application. Unlike Essence Make Me Brow!, you won’t find any fibers in this formula. You get medium level coverage that looks even and well rounded.
You have 10 color options consisting of different shades of brown, black, and blonde. This makes it easier for ladies to find their perfect match.
It has a small, narrow brush with a conical shape. It gives a comfortable hold which makes application easy when it comes to breaking up clumps. Having 3 mL of product inside, you can expect it to last for around 6 to 7 hours.
- Quick-drying formula
- Great packaging
- Gives a natural finish
- Excess product gets collected at the applicator tip
- Cannot cover grey brow hair
ColourPop Brow Boss Gel
Recently, Colourpop has been expanding its brow product range. And, has introduced different brow pomades and brown pencils. Yet, it’s the ColourPop Brow Boss Gel that I love the best.
Every bottle contains 3.25 ml of product. It comes in five different – clear, blonde, light brown, dark brown, and black. Hence, finding your shade shouldn’t be a problem.
It has a thick, gel-cream consistency which makes it quite pigmented. It has a fluffing effect that can help tame unruly eyebrows giving it more definition.
In comparison to Glossier, this one has a very similar packaging and brush wand. So much so, the pros and cons as similar as well – to an extent! You‘ll find excess product accumulation at the end of the application. Don’t forget to wipe off the tip every time before using it.
- Natural and lightweight formula
- Intense pigmentation
- Fluffs up and polishes the brows
- Average holding power
- A few buyers found it to leave white clumps behind
e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow Gel
This wax-gel hybrid formula adheres to brow hairs and brushes them into place while depositing hair-like fibers for fuller-looking brows that WOW!
e.l.f Cosmetics is one of my go-to beauty brands. Besides being high-quality, they’re also super affordable. What else could a woman want, right?
e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow is a fiber-infused, wax-gel hybrid brow gel that can add volume to your eyebrows. This a buildable formula too. With natural, bushy brows being the trend this season, I liked how the gel gives you fuller brows. No crunch or tacky feel.
It comes in five shades: taupe, neutral brown, brunette, deep brown, and black. Further, it has an applicator spoolie that works perfectly for makeup pros as well as beginners.
Oh, and the total product amount that you get? 3.5 ml – that makes it a very reasonable price!
- Diverse color selection
- Very affordable
- Easy to apply
- Has a little fading and smudging problem
- Extra product comes off the wand
- Can be a little clumpy at times
Glossier Boy Brow is every beauty guru’s favorite and it’s easy to see why. It has a solid formula that’s tinted, thick, and long-lasting. While I would’ve liked more product in the bottle, it still doesn’t fade its shine.
If for whatever reason, you aren’t able to buy this one, you can try any one of the above-mentioned dupes. But, if I was to recommend one, it would definitely be the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+. Not only is the packaging amazing, but what’s inside is a winner as well. With a similar wand and formula, it’s the perfect dupe for Glossier Boy Brow for me.
Using clear brow gel can be one of the best ways to flatten your brow hair. You only have to apply it like an eyelash glue and leave it on for around 40 seconds to air dry. After that, comb your brows taking care to shape them exactly how you want them to look.
You need to always remember the secret to getting fuller yet natural-looking brows. This is to enhance what you already have, and not start drawing what isn’t there.
You can start by lightly shading the hair above and below your brows for a soft, barely-there shadow. Always use the brush upwards and outwards to create a ‘feathered‘ look.
If you‘re using brow gel, you can either buy the same shade as your eyebrows or go for a shade darker. But, when using a brow pencil, it’s better to go one shade lighter for a softer look. Also, never buy brow products without testing them out first.
Eyebrow hair has a whole cycle, just like our scalp hair. This is why you don’t need to keep tweezing or waxing it a lot.
My best advice would be to get your eyebrows done every four weeks to make them look well-groomed. Also, following the same schedule over extended periods will help adjust it to grow on the same cycle.
Remember: consistency is the key here.