Welcome to This or That, a new series here on A Lovely Look where I review and compare two products. If you’re familiar with ‘spend vs. save’ type posts then this is similar to that but the two products I review mightn’t be very different in price; the only criteria being they’re great products with a similar purpose. For this first post though, the two are different in price.
Benefit Gimme Brow $45
Up until recently I used this product every single day and a tube lasts me several months so you certainly get a lot for your money.
One thing I love about Gimme Brow is that the formula is really unique – there’s little fibres that cling to your individual brow hairs as you run the wand through. It sounds a little gimmicky but it really truly works and never comes out looking clumpy.
I also love the wand on this one as it’s the perfect size for eyebrows (unlike the Maybelline one which I’ll talk about in a second).
The staying power is pretty strong and I only ever touch it up if I’m going out for a special event after work – the tube is small so it’s easy to stash in my bag.
I sometimes wear this on its own, but I mostly wear it over Brow Zings. It’s supposed to fill your brows and set them so you can definitely get away with just Gimme Brow but I like my brows really full, dark and strong.
Maybelline Brow Drama $15-20
My sister raved about this product all the time and swore it was better than Gimme Brow so I asked her to bring me back a tube from Australia.
Side note: my sister currently lives in Australia and makeup is way cheaper over there so whenever Priceline has a sale that’s at least 40% off makeup I put in an order and she stashes everything away for me until she comes home for a holiday. Love her!
I’ve got to say I wasn’t really expecting much from this product as I just love Gimme Brow but I was running low on that so decided to give it a go.
I must admit I was a bit shocked with the size of the packaging – it looks more like a full-size eyelash mascara than Gimme Brow and other brow mascaras I’ve seen. At first I also wasn’t fond of the wand – it’s huge! But as you can see in the picture there’s a little bobbly bit on the end and I’ve since started using just that part and now I really like it! It’s the same with regular mascaras, you just never know if these weird shaped wands will work until you actually use them.
Brow Drama doesn’t seem to have the same fibre formula as Gimme Brow – it’s more wet – but once it’s on it’s hard to spot the difference.
I find Brow Drama leaves my brows a little hard to the touch. Not in a way that I can feel it as I go about my day but if I put my fingers on my brows a couple of hours after applying it then it feels a little hard.
Just like Gimme Brow, Brow Drama has amazing staying power and I wear it on its on or over Brow Zings.
The verdict? I prefer Gimme Brow – but only ever so slightly. I think if you want to splurge then go for that but for $20 less I’d have to say that Brow Drama is the winner.
Have you tried either of these? What’d you think?
I love a lot of beauty products, and try even more! I’d like to review every product that I love but there just isn’t the time and it wouldn’t leave much room for non-beauty content. This series gives me a chance to review two products together, in a more interesting format! You’ll only ever see products I love here on A Lovely Look so rest assured any products I review in this series will be ones I absolutely love – the verdict will just be which one I love more. I really hope you enjoyed this first instalment. Let me know if there are any products you’d like to see here on This or That.