I have fairly tame brows to begin with but I do like a clear brow gel to shape them how I like. Previously I’ve used the Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter and more recently the e.l.f. Active Brow Duo Gel. Both of those were okay but the hold wasn’t anything amazing. I had hoped this Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel would be the one.
This brow gel is described by ABH as being a lightweight, clear gel that dries clear and keeps hairs in place. It has a flexible hold that never feels stiff or drying. It can be used alone or with other brow products for a groomed, fuller-looking finish.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
To start with, this is the largest spoolie I’ve used with a brow gel and I’m not a fan. As the spoolie was so large it deposited too much gel into my brows on the first sweep. If I tried to go back in with the spoolie to further shape my brows it would keep adding more and more brow gel. Eventually my brows had clumped together and looked wet. What this meant was that I was having to shape my brows right the first time or end up with them clumped together with gel. When that did happen I would have to go back in with a clean spoolie and shape them using that.
Once this brow gel had been applied and set down it would keep my brows in place throughout the day. It’s not a glue so if I brushed against my brows they could shift. If I didn’t touch them then they stayed in place.
According to ABH this brow gel sets with a flexible hold that never feels stiff or drying. That is completely the opposite to my experience. This was the stiffest brow gel I’ve ever used. As it deposited so much gel into my brows it left them feeling dry and crunchy once it had set down. This brings me to my biggest issue with this brow gel – it was incredibly difficult to remove.
Never before had I considered brow gel as being something difficult to remove until I used this. The brow gel that had set down and stayed throughout the day was so dried and clumped into my brows that I struggle to break it down to remove it. I have to go in with multiple layers of oil cleanser and dedicated eye makeup remover and gently soak and wipe my brows to remove it. If I’m too rough with my scrubbing then the dried gel will clump up and pull out my brow hairs as it’s being removed! This is completely unacceptable. A brow gel should not be pulling out brow hairs on removal.
As much as I hate waste I cannot use this Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. After a week of trying different methods of both application and removal I’ll be throwing this brow gel out.