Gimme brows, I said!
That’s like a beauty lover’s battle cry… “Gimme brows, dagnabbit!”
Mine have grown out quite a bit since last spring, which is when I decided to leave them to their natural tendencies.
Well, mostly natural. I still tweeze a stray hair every now and then, just to keep myself from looking like a tiny Sasquatch, but for the most part, I let them go wild.
I want my brows so lush, full and bold that passersby do double-takes and say to themselves, “Damn! That girl’s got BROWS!”
Benefit’s new Gimme Brow Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel ($22) got my attention because of that word, “Volumizing”
I actually don’t know if volumizing is a real word outside of haircare and mascara circles, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?
Cute little tube too, yeah? And that mini brush? It’s designed to be very precise.
The brush-on waterproof gel formula adheres to both hair and skin and comes in two build-able, natural-looking shades — Light/Medium and Medium/Deep — and you can apply them in multiple layers to strengthen the look.
With brow fillers, I typically go a few shades lighter than my natural brow color because I think that looks less stark and obvious. That’s why I thought Light/Medium would be better for my fuzzy little caterpillars…
Unfortunately, I think it turned out to be a tad too light for me, but I still found a lot to like.
The gel formula is highly pigmented and really adheres to hair and skin with firm hold. In fact, I think if I wanted to, I could build a bold brow with just this alone, and it would last all day.
None of that funky crunchiness, either, that accompanies some brow gels. This formula holds firm but doesn’t get crunchy.
Two layers is probably my sweet spot, where it has good coverage and hold, yet still looks pretty natural, with the emphasis on natural. I attempted more layers to see if I could achieve runway brows, but it veered off course. My brows just looked over-saturated, and I could see the gel sitting in the hairs.
I’m really looking forward to trying the Medium/Deep shade now…
If natural-looking brows are your end game, try Benefit Gimme Brow.
I do kind of wish I could build it up with more layers to have the option of creating catwalk brows, but overall, I’m sold.
AVAILABILITY: Available online now and at Benefit counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
It’s a school night…
…but I still went out! I went to dinner in the city with my friend Courtney to have sushi in the Richmond district, my old stomping grounds.
I’ll get you a roll. What kind of sushi would you like?
Next stop: Friday!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,