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The Face Off: 5 Eyebrow Products

Caroline Donofrio eyebrows

Welcome to The Face Off, a new regular column. (Not to be confused with that movie from 1997.) Every month, I’ll test drive five products in the same category — makeup, skincare, hair, who knows what — and report back with the details. Our first order of business is eyebrows…

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, there is a scene where Holly meets Paul for the first time. She answers the door in her now-iconic sleep mask, then he loiters in her apartment as she gets ready for the day. A large part of her routine, along with shuffling about in her gamine way, involves brushing and penciling in her eyebrows. “Why,” I remember thinking, furrowing my own over-tweezed 2000-era brows, “would anyone pay so much attention to eyebrows?” A decade later, I had my answer, as well-groomed brows were suddenly everywhere. Brows are like a frame for your entire face — one finishing touch that makes all the difference.

To that end, here are today’s contenders:

Benefit Ka-BROW!, $24
Sometimes, I want my eyebrows to resemble aggressively voluminous caterpillars at rest on my face. To accomplish this, one needs to a) be Brooke Shields circa 1980, or b) use a very serious brow product. As its name suggests, Ka-BROW is such a product. The gel-cream lives in a little pot and is applied with the included brush. The formula is thick, lending brows serious volume. Careful, though, because a heavy hand can result in brows like this guy.
Verdict: Perfect for those who dream big.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16
No eyebrow roundup should exist without a mention of Boy Brow, which has become something of a cult product (heralded in many a Beauty Uniform). The name has always been a mystery to me (Am I meant to aspire to boyish brows? Are we implying that boys’ brows are better?) but the all-in-one pomade couldn’t be easier to use. Just a few swipes of the mascara-like wand gives your brows polished definition. The result is subtle — no face caterpillars here — but goes a long way.
Verdict: A solid everyday staple.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, $21
The package tells me the “innovative marker-like brush tip” makes it easy to “mimic hairs.” Indeed, the tip is so marker-like I feel like I’m conducting art class on my face. The waterproof formula does not budge. Because I am not a synchronized swimmer (indeed, I can barely swim beyond one sad, froggish motion), I’m not sure when I would require waterproof eyebrows. Even at the gym, I’ve never met an eyebrow product capable of sweat-melting off my face. But if this is something you’re after (who knows?) the marker is worth a try.
Verdict: Good for aquatic sports.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse, $9
This mousse lives in a little pen, where, after a few clicks, it is dispensed onto a bulbous brush tip. The first time I attempted to use this, it looked like someone had drawn eyebrows on my face using Bosco chocolate syrup — dark, slick, scary. Though I heart chocolate syrup on ice cream, ’twas not the look I intended.
Verdict: All kinds of no.

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21
As one who appreciates a product that can swing between subtle and dramatic, this is my personal favorite. The teeny tiny pencil lets you draw fine little lines, while the brush on the opposite end helps you blend it all in. Fill them in a lot, or boost them just a little. No matter your own brow preferences, this one can handle it all. It’s tiny, weighs nothing, and is easily stashed in your makeup bag. Win, win, win.
Verdict: Add to cart.

Do you currently use any eyebrow products? Have any recommendations? Please share!

P.S. My desert island product and a natural deodorant challenge.

  1. I just needed a good morning chuckle. This made it!! All kinds of no …lol !!!

  2. Laura says...

    would have appreciate a photo of each product on your eyebrows?

    Great column

  3. Annie says...

    I’m a red head with super blond lashes and brows and I love love love Ulta’s brand of brow color. The Blonde tinted works perfectly and gives just enough color ! Thanks

  4. Kathleen says...

    I just started using Mary Kay’s volumizing brow tint. I have eyebrow again! I really like it

  5. Joanna Tsay says...

    Hourglass brow arch pencil! I’m currently using the Anastasia brow wiz and I find the Hourglass pencil gets the job done faster.

  6. Joanna Tsay says...

    I am currently using Anastasia Brow Wiz but before this I used the Hourglass Brow Arch and I’ll have to say I like the Hourglass one better, just because I’ve got quite a lot of patchy sparse areas now and the little pencil nib on the Hourglass one got the job done faster. So curious to try this soaping method! Love reading all the comments!

  7. Mandy says...

    I haven’t read all the comments, but I’ve used Boybrow, which was good, but have switched to Wet’n’Wild. It’s cheap, available everywhere, *and* their whole line is cruelty free.
    It works well! I use the darkest brown and it stays put and does the job. The brush is too big in my opinion, but it’s nothing a q-tip can’t fix.

  8. Laura Herrmann says...

    Love this column! Definitely needs photos of each product on a face so we can see! Perfectly written and helpful info.

  9. Carmela L says...

    Someone told me a long time ago that the trick to filling in eyebrows and looking natural is not to match the eyebrow hair color but the color of the shadow the eyebrow hairs cast, so an ashy color tending toward a taupy grey is best. Paul et Joe makes a great DUO eyebrow pencil with 2 shades of browny gray but hard to find these days in the States. That said, Anastasia DipBrow in Taupe is pretty good.

  10. Taryn says...

    Nailed it. Love Brow Wiz. Was reading along (enjoying all the links!) thinking…”I really hope Caroline mentions Brow Wiz.” And then you did.

  11. Courtney says...

    Love this photo of you and so excited about this column!

    This redhead loves Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – it’s mascara for your brows and it offers my otherwise invisible eyebrows natural definition. Also, after living in India a few years ago, I’m a huge, huge fan of threading every now and then to give them a little shape and get rid of stray hairs (upper lip, too!).

    Also, my sis has a skincare line you should check out for this column – her Aphrodite Oil is out of this world and the perfect antidote to this arctic blast dry skin. https://www.detroitrose.com/skin/aphrodite-face-oil

  12. Arielle Laub says...

    My HOLY GRAIL right now is the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Sculpt and Set. I found it on accident when I was at Target and remembered at the last minute that I needed an eyebrow pencil and OMG it’s incredible. The blonde is the perfect ashy shade, unlike a lot of pencils which tend to run red/blonde. And the GEL! It actually holds. I am a landscaper (technically an ‘urban farmer’) and after a day of labor in the dirt and sun, my eyebrows haven’t budged. It’s really easy to use and the thicker pencil makes it fast to apply. It’s also $12.

    For a precision brown I love Kevin Aucoin but who has Kevin Aucoin money? Instead, I pick up the skinny NYX pencil. Jackie Aina says it’s a perfect dupe for the Anastasia pencil.

    Also, I have naturally thin blonde eyebrows. This info is based on a lifelong journey.

    • marissa felix says...

      Thank you Arielle. My blonde brows are the bane of my existence…I usually use Laura Mercier who has nice shades and the texture of the pencil can actually cover them, but it’s $$$. Excited to try your reco.

    • Christy S. says...

      Yes, thank you. My blonde brow product issues strictly have to do with color. I can’t stand that red hue. The boy brow everyone raves about is a one of the worst offenders IMO. I’ll be trying the Soap & Glory! What’s your opinion of the NYX in regard to color? Which color do you use? Thanks.

  13. Liz says...

    We need photos of each product!!! Mostly just more of Caroline. Xoxoxoxo

    But seriously. Photos!!!

    • Emme says...

      I agree!

  14. I recently converted from Boy Brow to Browfoood (https://m.sephora.com/product/browfood-tinted-brow-enhancing-gelfix-P392703) after hearing about it Lemon Laine founders in Nashville. It is the most natural brow product on the market that I’ve found as far as tinted gels go, PLUS, it makes your brows grow! Seriously! After some admitted bouts of over plucking, I’m on a mission to get back to full brows and Browfood has worked wonders. Can’t recommend enough.

  15. Rebecca says...

    Caroline, you are too beautiful. That is all.

  16. Kelly says...

    The Anastasia brow powder was great for me. I have good shape and fullness, but my eyebrows are white, and slightly too far apart, so this colors them and fills them in way better than a pencil.

  17. Lauren says...

    I have a much cheaper suggestion: maybelline clear mascara! If you have dark eyebrows that tend to get unruly / curly (it me), then try this! It holds eyebrows in place, smoothes them out, and can also be used to control flyaways and sideburns ;)

    • Sarah S says...

      I’ve been doing this for years and it is the best!

  18. elinor says...

    I use Pacifica’s Stunning Brows Eyebrow Gloss and Set (https://www.pacificabeauty.com/products/stunning-brows-eyebrow-gloss-and-set). It’s great and holds all day! It’s pretty cheap too and it’s vegan and cruelty-free (something I wasn’t even necessarily looking for, but it a great added bonus!). It comes in two colors, clear and a light brown. I have blond hair but dark brows, and the brown works great for me.

  19. Em says...

    For people looking for cleaner options that the ones listed here, I can attest to Sappho and Hynt Beauty brow products. My personal favorite though (for anyone looking for a clean taupe brown pencil with smudger on the other end), the best one is by Vapour Organics.

    • Chelsea says...

      Thank you for the clean suggestions! I would also recommend EcoBrow wax if you’re looking for a (clean) non-pencil option. You tap a little angled brush in and use the opposite end to blend. It comes in lots of shades and I love it.

  20. Carol says...

    With age my eyebrows are becoming grey and unruly. I love Anastasia tinted brow gel. It goes on with a mascara wand. It colors and controls so easily. Couldn’t live without it.

  21. Sandra says...

    I was surprised not to see Benefit’s Gimme Brow…..such a game changer for me! As I’ve gotten older and my brows aren’t as thick (and have some grays) this is amazing and also seems impossible to overdo (at least in the brown shade I use).

    • Yes! I switched from Boy Brow to this and it’s been amazing. Very true that it’s hard to overdo this one!

    • That’s what I thought! Also for all European Readers with no access to Glossier – this is the closest you will come to Boy Brow!

      I agree that pictures would have been nice.

  22. Kate says...

    I have never done anything to my brows other than pluck them. I try to keep my makeup really simple. Mostly just mascara and lipstick.
    Can we talk about skincare some time? I’m really curious what other gals are doing for moisture/anti aging.

  23. aga says...

    Love this column!, or any writing by Caroline!
    But we need pics!

    • Leah says...

      Totally agree with all three things!

  24. Sarah Baumann says...

    Love the idea of this new series. Possible to include an organic/plant-based option with each post?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! Good idea!

    • Rebecca says...

      Sarah, I had the same thought. I’ve been switching all of my makeup products over to safer options. Caroline’s winner looks very similar to a product that Beautycounter sells. I’m not a Beautycounter rep, and I don’t aspire to be one, but I do really, really appreciate their safe beauty stance. I have their brow pencil with a brush on the other end (it’s called Color Define Brow Pencil, $24) and I really like it. They also just opened up a store in NYC.

    • Daria says...

      Ooh yes, I’d like that, too! I have recently replaced almost everything I use with non toxic versions, so I’d love to learn more about safer products that work!

      Also an idea: could you announce which kind of product you are going to be testing next month, so that some of us could suggest their finds for you to try?

    • Amanda says...

      Highly agree. One of my goals this year is to switch to cleaner options as I run out of current products (loaded term, but the best I can come up with). I have been researching brow alternatives to Boy Brow, my current go-to, but have been having a hard time finding a comparable alternative.

  25. Diana says...

    I find that the Anastasia pencils always break in my makeup bag (spooly breaks off)! If you travel with your makeup, I’d recommend the Dior (pencil is equally precise, but the entire thing is sturdier) or Hourglass pencils (angled!) instead.

    • grace says...

      obsessed with my hourglass pencil! part of my 5 min makeup routine

    • Erica says...

      Yes! Love it too but couldn’t handle buying an $30 something brow pencil and it breaking after a week. Very poorly made pencil body. So infuiritating since I haven’t found a replacement as good yet :( going to try Dior. TY

    • Melissa says...

      Yes! Love the Anastasia pencils, but every single one I’ve purchased has broken. I bought a separate, standalone brow brush because of this!

  26. Kate says...

    But have you heard of soap brows? It’s stupid simple, effective and best of all cheap. You take a clean mascara wand (aka a spoolie) wet it, run it across a bar of soap, and then fluff, brush and smooth your eyebrows. It creates AMAZING volume, they hold literally all day (without flaking or getting crunchy) and if you need to refresh them – wet that same spoolie and give them a brush. Life. Freakin’. Changing.

    • Janice O'Kane says...

      I so love this idea!!!

    • CL says...

      WHAT.

    • Kelsey says...

      Thank you, wow.

    • Sabrina says...

      Yes! Was just about the add this comment! I have VERY thick curly brows and was going through Glossier Boy Brow in a week’s time. Love it, but the tube is SO SMALL. The soap trick is amazing. I do find that it works best with a glycerine soap, in my experience.

  27. Amanda says...

    Caroline’s writing is so charming! I agree with some other commenters that photos of the products in action would really add something to these posts.

  28. Monica says...

    FOUR WORDS. KEVIN AUCOIN PRECISION BROW.

    • em says...

      Yup! I go green/clean-based products with no pthalates or fragrance but this kevin aucoin product is the only “conventional” makeup product I still use. It’s like the original to the anastasia one mentioned here and it’s so much better!

    • Arielle Laub says...

      YES TIMES A MILLION

  29. I learned about Glossier’s Boy Brow from a post on this blog. I’ve been buying it ever since! Love it!

  30. Revitabrow really helped my brows fill in. And tinting/threading keeps them looking good, no makeup products needed.

    • Lora says...

      Same here, Kelly. Revitabrow has given new life to my overplucked brows.

  31. Sephora started making a tinted brow wax pencil that I love. Basically brush your brows upward with a spooley brush, apply this stuff straight with a pencil, and then use the spooley brush to smooth out any clumpy bits and put the hairs back in place. I find it easier and more of the right impact level than most brow products for my blond-ish face, and their lightest color is actually right on me (which is super hard to find).

  32. Courtney Perkins says...

    Agree with pictures! I would love to see, a split view for the different products applied vs normal Caroline or vs each other. Also tips and tricks for applying them since it sounds like they have different applicators or applications.
    Things I would love to learn about:
    – More natural environmentally friendly makeup that is “clean” such as Ilia or RMS.
    – A how-to along with the products, so many types of new products but what are you supposed to do what tools do you need to really make it work what kind of prep beforehand. For this, I don’t really know what I’m supposed to be doing with my eyebrows… Maybe an animated gif of the application process…
    – other supporting products: tweezers, lip liner (for lipstick), applicator brushes, other

  33. Amanda Gust says...

    Please add pictures next time! I love recommendations!

  34. Erin says...

    Anyone have advice for getting your brows the right color. Mine seem to not be an easy color to match. I have dark blond hair, and my eyebrows are half light brown and half very light blond (basically invisible). I’ve tried a variety of products including glossier boy brow (in blond) and Anastasia Beverly hills pencil (in light brown). I like the products but the color is never quite right and I end up layering at least 3 or 4 different products to get a good match and even then my brow look overdone, and if I get it right, I can never seem to get the same result twice.

    Any tips would be great!

    • Emily says...

      I use men’s beard dye to dye mine darker! Just for Men in dark brown–the one with the brush. Works every time! I stopped filling mine in because I was bad at it, anyway. But I am 33 and have a lot of grey–including eye brows. Dying them makes me feel polished but also not made up–since it’s all me.

    • gfy says...

      The taupe kohl pencil from Wet n Wild is pretty good – not too red toned as many brown’s and taupe’s tend to be even in high end lines which is why I use it. And only 99 cents so…

    • Emily says...

      This may be more of an investment than you’re looking for, but my redheaded coworkers get their’s dyed, and they look PERFECT. I think it lasts for quite some time, too?

    • Erin says...

      Emily, yes! I’ve been considering dying my brows but it’s so expensive to get them done. This is a great idea, I’m definitely going to look into it.

    • Andrea says...

      I am naturally a darkening (browning) strawberry blonde, so my eyebrows are really hard to match. I’m currently using Benefit Gimme Brow+ in #2. It’s a really nice match for me and it sounds like it may be one for you too!

    • Rachael says...

      I really like Anastasia brow powder duo – it looks really natural. I use the darker shade on the “inner side” of my brows and the lighter shade on the “outer side” to match my natural hairs’ colours.

    • mcf says...

      Hi Erin, I also have “invisible” brows. My hair is light reddish brown. I’ve found Anastasia Brow Wiz (the top contender!) in Medium Brown to be a perfect, and I bet pretty versatile, match for my coloring. It’s a great in-between shade.

    • M says...

      Yes to all the dye people out there. I have light ash blonde eyebrows and pencil it in daily. When my friends have seen me without the pencil work-they thought I shaved them off. So ya.

      Started using dye at home because its way cheap and easy. Suddenly I have eyebrows. Sometimes I pencil in a touch more, esp when the dye is wearing off. But overall, it saves a ton of time.

      Go to Amazon. Search for eyebrow dye. Godefroy is the one I use. $9 for a years worth of dye? Hells yes.

      Save that salon money for something special.

  35. Sarah says...

    I love this idea, and also would love to see pictures.
    Some other products I’d love to see demo’d/reviewed:
    – serums: there are SO MANY. How to choose? Do I need one? When in a routine are you supposed to apply it?
    – press-on nail polish: I am so tempted by these but do they last long? Are they difficult to apply?
    – lip stains: do you have to be a wizard to apply them correctly to your lips and not make a scary clown mouth?
    – Given that it’s January, how about a test of products that claim to make you “glow”?

    Also I don’t think Caroline wears glasses, but Joanna does sometimes – any tips for making eyes pop? I’ve had to switch from contacts to glasses this past year due to dry, sensitive eyes and often don’t bother doing makeup anymore (in large part because I can’t see my eyes well enough to safely apply eyeliner/mascara without my glasses on – maybe I just need an intense magnifying mirror…)

    • Erin W says...

      Serums would be great, they are SO expensive and make huge claims but half the time I don’t even see a difference! I will say I found a toner/serum combo at Target last year in the k-beauty section and I LOVE the way it makes my skin feel. It’s called whamisa green tea serum toner. My skin is very dry so I follow it up with coconut oil, especially in the winter.

      Also I wear glasses at least half the time and contacts the other half. With glasses I almost never wear makeup either, and when I did I’d often end up with mascara all over my glasses. I like a good thick eyeliner using a shadow pencil in a lighter color (like gold) to make my eyes pop though.

    • Amanda says...

      Lisa Eldrige on YouTube has an excellent video tutorial on makeup for folks with glasses. I don’t bother with more than brows and mascara most days, but if I follow her suggestions my eyes pop even behind the frames. It’s like magic.

    • Colleen S. says...

      I’ve used press on polish, and it can be a pain. Your fingers need to be warm, and you have to be great at placing it just right.

    • Kate says...

      I second (third?) the serum request! Such a mystery…what even IS it? An oil? A moisturizer? What does it DO?

    • Nina says...

      Sarah – I just started using press on nail police. Dashing Diva from Sally’s Beauty. There are 34 strips for $7.99. They are awesome! They last about a week for me. I’ve tried 3 different packs. These are my tips – put one on (oh I also put them on upside down, they have this clear portion at the bottom that is supposed to go on your nail but i think that looks weird so I turn them around) bend at your nail, hold that bent portion down with your thumb (pointer finger for your thumb), and use the provided file (white side) to file straight down along your nail edge. Once its through in spots (the sides are the hardest to get all the way through) pull and it will tear off. Do all the nails and then use the gray side to buff out any rough spots. You may find you have a few corners that are too long – nip these with a tiny scissor. Some people online had recommended cutting them before filing and that was a nightmare. I pulled them all off within a day. I was using the press on nails but they removed tons of layers from my nails so had to stop. These haven’t caused my nails to peel. And they add a nice layer of protection. I’ve been painting. I wash dishes daily and it’s not affected them. Seriously life changing. 15 minutes to apply and they hold up at least a week. I tried Jamberry once but my nails had a bad reaction and were peeling like crazy. I wouldn’t mind trying more brands but this is easiest to find. They have tons more colors available online but I like picking them up. This time I got one that had these cool gold lines so I put that on top of a painted one and they are holding up fine too. highly recommend.

    • Midge says...

      Yes! My grandmother always used these and now I love them too.

  36. Sarah k says...

    Hi! Loving the conception of this new column. Had a few thoughts on what I would want to see:

    1. Pictures! Would really like to see examples of each (maybe a pic of someone who swears by the product) to see how they pull it off and whether their style/features matches your own

    2. When there are great price ranges, showcasing different price points for all your readers at various stages of life

  37. Heidi says...

    I bought an Arch Addicts pencil from my esthetician and it is magic. Somehow it adapts to the color of your hair. Just a few little strokes and then finish with the attached spoolie and I feel like Audrey Hepburn. I use it every day and I think the pencil lasted me almost a year. https://www.archaddicts.com/collections/all

  38. Jill says...

    Glossier Boy Brow + Anastasia Brow Whiz together is a winning combo for me. Brow Whiz to create fullness where things are a little patchy and Boy Brow to lock it all in place!

  39. michaela says...

    My everyday go-to is the Glossier Boy Brow because it’s so simple for the impact it has. My brows are somewhat dark and mostly thick (with some scraggly ends that unfortunately never recovered from that one really bad wax job when I was 15), but they’re unruly and I find the Boy Brow perfect for fluffing and taming while adding a little bit more color to those lighter spots in my brows. If I have more time or am feeling fancy, I love the Benefit Precisely, My Brow pencil. It’s very fine and doesn’t deposit a ton of color, so it’s easy to sketch in some shading/hair-like strokes in my patchier spots without worrying if I’m doing things evenly or sculpting a masterful brow shape. Both products are pretty goof-proof and end up looking very natural, which is my gold standard.

    (PS: would love to see side-by-side before and after pics for each of the products in future posts!)

  40. Jane I. says...

    As many other women in the comments have already noted, I, for years and maybe will forever swear by, often gift and highly recommend the NYX Micro Brow Pencil and their tinted brow gel. To me, that’s the best drugstore brow products on the market right now.

    • Amanda says...

      Yes! The brow gel is my daily go-to, and I use their pencil when I want more oohmph.

  41. This is great! Would love to see pictures with the reviews too. <3

  42. Suzanne says...

    Love this post but PICTURES PLEASE. I would love to see those pretty brows ;)

    • Michaela says...

      Agree! Caroline’s writing was evocative and made it easy to understand the reviews, but pictures would be great for future reviews!

  43. Lynnette AragonA says...

    My go-to is the Nyx brow mascara! Sucha good price point & it’s now my staple.

  44. MJ says...

    NYX eyebrow mascara in the shade blonde is great if you have very fair coloring and the price point for the quality is amazing. I keep repurchasing it.

  45. Laura C. says...

    I just use some hairspray that I put on an old lash wand and fix my eyebrows with it, because yes, I’m a victim of “pluckin’ it too much in the ’90″… but I need to fix them, because I can go out without make-up but my eyesbrows NEVER EVER can go out withou fixing! I never use pencils or gel because I am not able to manage them.

  46. Erica C. Barnett says...

    As someone with thin, very dark eyebrows who prefers DRAMA and VOLUME, I love Ka-BROW (although a little does go a long way!) The best unsung aspect of this product is that it lasts FOREVER; I bought a $12 “sample” size more than six months ago and am still working my way through it with daily use. Can’t recommend this product highly enough for those with skimpy brows.

  47. Ann-Marie says...

    I have light ash brown, sparse-ish eyebrows but only want to spend 5 minutes on makeup in the mornings, so I’m still searching for The One. I’d love one without plastic caps or packaging and crappy ingredients — is there such a thing?

    Currently using Anastasia’s Brow Pencil, which I prefer to their Brow Wiz, the product lasts much longer! But yes, you do have to sharpen it every now and then. I don’t need pencil thin lines so it works for me, but I’d still love an even quicker application. Boy Brow was too warm in tone for me and didn’t fill in as much as I needed.

  48. Libbie says...

    I use Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo.

    I have a bald spot in each eyebrow from over-plucking in middle school, and this product fills them in so well. It’s buildable, looks natural and lasts FOREVER. (I think I am going on a year, and it’s still going strong).

    Easily my favorite makeup product!

    • k says...

      Same!

  49. Meredith says...

    Y’all, I accidentally found my favorite eyebrow product at Dollar Tree! $1 for the LA Colors Brow Tint to make all my cheapskate beauty dreams come true :)

  50. Lindsey says...

    Love the idea for this series, but here to agree with the dozens before me, it doesn’t help very much without photos! Pictures please. :)

  51. Caroline says...

    Thanks for this, Caroline! I’ve always had a hard time finding both a shade match that’s blonde+ashy enough for me and a texture that’s not terrible. I found the NYX tinted brow mascara ($4! Drugstore! Not crunchy in the slightest!) at Target a few months ago and have been obsessed ever since.

  52. Sarah says...

    We def need photos for this series!

    • Kelli says...

      Agreed! Please add photos! :)

    • Meg says...

      Yes please!! Hard to compare otherwise!!

  53. Ashley McKenney says...

    Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil (not the mousse mentioned here)

    Was a fan of the Anastasia brow wiz but my eyebrows never seemed as filled in at the end of the day as they were at the beginning. The Revlon Brow Pencil stays on longer imo and is much cheaper!

  54. Claire says...

    I really love Anastasia’s brow gel! The spoolie has two sides to it: a longer one for combing and a standard side for applying the product. I didn’t care for Boy Brow whatsoever (although the price point is nice) – the applicator was so hard to control the amount of product going onto those teeny tiny eyebrow hairs and it was so easy to end up with too much on.

    Also, just putting my little requests here: your favorite products that aren’t too expensive (I’m thinking $25 and under miracle products), anything easy to use that adds a little volume/texture to hair (mine is straight, prone to oiliness, and I’m terrible at curling it but still want a little fun!). Also would love to know if there are any cruelty free products you’d recommend. So clearly I just want to pick your brain…

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you for these ideas! Always happy to take requests.

    • MJ says...

      Hi Internet stranger, I’m a big fan of Amika’s Un.Done Texture Spray to do exactly what you mentioned above.

  55. Pearl says...

    any good suggestions for a natural eye brow pencil or gel? Trying to switch over to all natural products and finding this one tricky to replace. Previously I used boy brow too :)

    • mollcoll says...

      Beautycounter also has a great brow pencil – in the 20ish dollar range (I think). I am not a consultant, but have been impressed with their quality overall. Some items are pricey but last forever!

  56. Noemi Hallett says...

    I love Benefit Gimme Brow, but more importantly can you share which lipstick brand and shade you’re rocking in the photo??? STUNNING!

  57. Tara McKinnon says...

    Also for pictures please!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great, we’re on it! we thought the eyebrow products wouldn’t come across in photos enough, but we could always zoom way in :)

  58. Elisabeth says...

    I switched from Anastasia to the NYX micro brow pencil and I’ll never go back. So good for a lot less $.

  59. cynthia says...

    A good dupe for the Anastasi pencil is the NYX brow pencil

  60. Sophia says...

    I totally agree: Anastasia Brow Wiz FTW over Glossier Boy Brow.

    • Sarah says...

      Yes, 100%.

  61. Kw says...

    Maybelline Brow Precise ($10ish) is amazing for my brows, which are a couple shades lighter than my hair color. It stays on all day, even with stress-smoothing of my eyebrows (anyone else do this on stressful conference calls?) and provides a nice amount of pigment and hold. I apply with a light touch to avoid clumping, and fill in thin spots with a tonal eyeshadow.

    • Michaela says...

      Omg yes! I totally do this to my brows, the “stress-smoothing.” I don’t know where I picked up this habit, but wearing a brow gel has helped me stop as I don’t want to smudge it and the slightly crunchy feel isn’t nearly as soothing as naked brows! ;)

    • Cori says...

      Yes, I prefer it to Boy Brow! NYX ftw

  62. Kristin says...

    I love Glossier Boy Brow BUT find it can go on quite heavy in the first few weeks of use if you are not careful. I am going to try Hourglass arch brow gel next which comes recommended from Anna of The Anna Edit, who has great brows and also feels the same way about Boy Brow.

    • Sarah says...

      I’ll do pretty much anything Anna tells me to do!

    • Kristin says...

      Same, Sarah!!

  63. Mary says...

    Maybelline brow precise in blond. There is no red in it.

  64. Jenny says...

    I really like Benefit Gimme Brow, but now I’m curious to try Boy Brow and see which is better.

    • Allison says...

      I’ve tried both, and they’re super similar IMO. (And I like both of them!) I did the math tho and it turns out Boy Brow is a teeny bit cheaper for the amount you get. :)

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      I second this! They’re quite similar.

  65. Emily N. says...

    Anatasia Brow Wiz is a wonderful pencil, but the casing is not sturdy enough to survive my makeup bag. The end snapped off within a couple of weeks.

    NYX makes an excellent brow gel (in an array of colors), if you are looking for a good drugstore product!

    • Caitlin says...

      Came here to say the same! Anastasia Brow Wiz (while an awesome product) is probably fine if you keep your makeup on your dresser/vanity and not carting it around all day to work/the gym in a bag like I do, but I’ve wasted too much money to have the casing break a few weeks after purchase.

      Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil works just as well and lasts FOREVER through my (apparently) intense wear and tear. I literally have to rebuy like once a year

    • Andrea says...

      I have the same issue with the Brow Wiz! I’ve gone through maybe 4 in the past few years, and the spoolie end has snapped off in my makeup bag on every single one.

    • Hilary says...

      I had the same issue! Love the product but casing just isn’t strong enough to leave the house!

  66. Annie says...

    So excited for this column! You guys always do such a good job of including budget and luxury items in your round-ups. I use a brow brush-in gel from 100% Pure that I love, which is the same format as Bow Brow, but with a much cleaner formula, and I personally like their lighter shade better than Glossier’s, but that’s just preference and my skin tone!

    https://www.shopfigandflower.com/collections/100-percent-pure/products/100-pure-green-tea-brow-builder

    • Ann-Marie says...

      I like 100% Pure products! Is that shade free of red? I need mine light and ashy and find many brow products a bit too warm (like Boy Brow was).

  67. Anne says...

    I get my brows dyed and shaped at my hair appointment every 2 months or so – best thing I ever started. Because of this I very rarely pluck and have never used a brow product.

    Am looking for a brow product for those 2 final weeks between appointments to boost my color so this is perfect timing!

  68. Barbara says...

    Kevin Aucion’s, The Precision Brow Pencil is perfection.

    • Agreed! Use it daily.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      all kevin aucion products are so good!

    • Julia says...

      Aww! I just finished watching his documentary on Netflix. It’s so good! I had no idea he had his own makeup line.

      https://www.netflix.com/title/80214621

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I thought for sure this would be one of the 5 featured!

    • celeste says...

      Love it! Wish they had a blonde!

    • Camille says...

      Came to suggest this! The lighter color is perfect for my ash blonde hair.

  69. LAURA says...

    what about the miraculous anastasia dipbrow pomade?!

    an expert told me the brow wiz was more if you want to *add* shape (hence, drawing the little lines) and the pomade is more if you want to *fill* your shape.
    my eyebrows lack more in volume versus size/shape, so the pomade is perfect for me. :)

    • Meg says...

      Yeah me too! Those products like Gimme Brow work for people who already have a nice natural shape to their brows but I do not. Dipbrow allows me to draw a shape I prefer but it still looks natural

  70. Stephanie says...

    Another vote for pictures, please! The writing is fine, but make-up is a visual tool so we really need to see it in action for ourselves for this comparison to be helpful.

    • Cindy says...

      Seconded! I love Caroline’s writing, but I need pictures.

    • Yes, please! And maybe an application video of your favorite. Some of us aren’t very skilled in this arena and can use all of the help we can get!

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Agree! Before and afters!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for this feedback! we’ll definitely have pics on the next one! xoxo

  71. Lindsey says...

    Elf $3 pencil at target (and maybe other places) is great! I switched from Anastasia which cost me more than 20 and barely notice a difference!!

    • Same!

    • Rebecca says...

      Same! Elf is basically Boy Brow for three dollars

    • Erin says...

      Yes. The Elf duo brow kit is a desert island makeup staple.

  72. Tara says...

    I have a form of alopecia and have almost no eyebrows. :( I am fair-skinned and don’t really wear makeup but have tried a few brow products and am always interested in posts like these. In a perfect world I’d love a way to get some natural-ish looking eyebrows that don’t look like I drew them on with a magic marker or Bosco syrup. Micro-blading is out because in addition to alopecia I also have glaucoma (I am a real treat otherwise!) so messing around in the eye area is not advisable per my doctors…plus trends do change! Anyway, will spend some time perusing these products but if there are any other folks with alopecia who have a favorite product I am all ears (and maybe soon-to-be all brows?! ;))

    • EA says...

      Hi Tara! I also have alopecia and no eyebrows – a real treat, I know! :-) The Eyelineher blog (http://www.eyelineher.org/) was super helpful as I was learning how to draw on more natural looking eyebrows – hope it helps you!

    • Alexandra says...

      Hello, I am also fair-skinned and my brows did not grow back well after loosing them to cancer treatment … I use Anastasia browpowder duo in the lighter shades (Ulta has them), and I really like it. It does not look artificial and I feel my face looks a lot more “put together” with some eye brows. Good luck!

    • Tara says...

      EA and Alexandra–thank you so much for these recommendations! <3 Good health to both of you and thanks for taking the time to point me in the right direction! xoxo

    • SKM says...

      In the same alopecia browless camp! I rely on Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencils – the colours are natural and though I’m all thumbs in the face painting department, I find the waxy double-ended with spooly pencil and the straight up pencil work well together and the result is as natural looking as I can hope for.

      https://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/2327/35645/makeup/eyes/brows/perfectly-defined-long-wear-brow-pencil/ss15

      https://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/2327/7755/makeup/eyes/brows/brow-pencil

    • Jennifer says...

      Hi Tara – one more person with alopecia and almost no eyebrows here. I had pretty thick and dark eyebrows before losing them a few years ago and feel like I’m obsessed with recreating them as naturally as possible. My favorites are Anastasia dip brow, Dior show pencil, and the guerlain eyebrow kit. I know you said you can’t microblade but I also have done that a few times and really like the results. I don’t think most people can tell I’ve had my eyebrows “done” and it gives me the freedom to forget about my eyebrows (or lack thereof) once in a while. My only complaint is the expense and the fact that, at least on me, it basically completely fades away after a year. Anyway, best wishes to you and my fellow alopecia people!

    • Tara says...

      Thank you, ladies, I am so appreciative! :)

  73. raq says...

    I feel like this post needs pictures??

  74. Katherine says...

    I like the boy brow, but agree with several other commenters that you don’t get much for your money. I run through it too quickly. Also, not a lot of precision in the application.

    I’ve settled on the Anastasia brow wiz as my favorite (but also have the brush end break off every damn time!!! I finally just bought a “spoolie” eyebrow brush from Sephora) plus a top coat of Anastasia clear brow gel so everything stays perfectly in place.

  75. I just bought Pixie’s brand of eyebrow pencil after using boy brow for a while but not completely sold on it. Love this roundup!

    Allie

  76. Carmen says...

    Seconding MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set! I use the color “quiet brunette” and it looks more natural on me than Boy Brow. One tube lasts a very long time.

  77. J says...

    Face Off is my FAVORITE movie.

    I think I got this tip from COJ (comments, maybe)- I smear a tiny bit of Weleda Skin Food on my brows & it works great! But mine are already pretty thick & dark, so I’m in it more for hold than for color/filling.

    • Lisa T says...

      I do the same thing with Welada! I have thick dark eyebrows and the Weleda Skin Food works great on defining / taming my brows!

    • Louisa says...

      I’ve been a Weleda Skin Food convert ever since that post (comment?) too! CoJ, you should have a “favorite thing CoJ has introduced into my life.” I’ve bought and loved several recommended items, but Skin Food is my favorite of all.

    • KL says...

      Could it be that you and I read the same comment and that’s why I put a tiny bit of Weleda Skin Food on my hair to tame flyaways?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad!!!! :)

    • Yulia says...

      I actually started doing my brows after reading about it on COJ–had never thought to do it before, but it has been a game changer. When I think back on all the little (and big) ways this site has inspired me the list is long!

  78. I’ve been using the soap method for the last few months and I’m obsessed. I’ve had great results and it’s so cheap. I have naturally dark brows which, through pure laziness, survived the early 2000s intact. I fill in the sparse parts then soap method them into place. (My mom told me I would regret if I overplucked my eyebrows and they never grew back and I’m so glad I listened…my sister, not so much).

    • KL says...

      What’s the soap method?!

    • Basically you take a wet eyebrow brush, twirl it in a clean (as in not used for anything else) bar of soap (I use Dove unscented), then brush that into your eyebrows. It adds volume and holding power and a bar of soap will literally last forever. I learned about it from this article… https://www.bustle.com/articles/192421-i-used-soap-to-style-my-eyebrows-im-never-going-back-photos

      I usually fill in my brows with pencil first because I like having the soap blend the pencil a bit.

    • Jess. says...

      Yes! Every day, as I watched my mother fill in her eyebrows (in the ’80s!), she would admonish me not to overpluck. It’s pretty much the only beauty advice she ever gave me, but it was SOLID. xox

  79. Claire says...

    I’m so excited for this column, Caroline! (And no, I have not started reading yet. I just know it’ll be good, like everything else you do!).

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! :)

  80. My favorite is the Lily Lolo eyebrow duo – a great non-toxic powder. Bonus – it lasts forever!

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Is the duo quite ashy or do you find it warm? I need zero warmth in my eyebrows! :) I love Lily Lolo – they’re natural vegan mascara is amazing.

    • Ann-Marie says...

      I meant *their :)

  81. Michelle says...

    I have really sparse blond brows (with medium dark brown hair) that feather out into nothing. I’ve considered microblading, but then I found Nude by Nature precision brow mascara, and it changed my life. Now every morning I swipe on some eye brows and run twirling through a field of daisies in slow motion while music swells in the background.

    This isn’t true at all – I live in the Canadian snowbelt, but my brows still look fab thanks to this little wonder product.

  82. Cailin says...

    I have been blessed with my father’s very full eyebrows, but mine are super blonde. I am not even a little bit embarrassed to say that I dye them a lovely dark brown with Just For Men Mustache dye, and daily I use a clear gel to swipe them into bushy perfection. If you’re fair haired and wishing for dark brows, try this. I think you’ll love it.

  83. Alice says...

    The Boy Brow is fine but doesn’t last….I’d say it’s one milligram away from being a scam.

  84. Abigail says...

    I am team microblading all the way. So necessary to thoroughly research and vet the person doing them for you, but getting my brows microbladed is hands down the best beauty investment I’ve ever made. It simplifies my life, and makes me feel put together every day, all day.

    • Lisa says...

      I second Abigail. I had my eye brows microbladed in August and at the risk of sounding overly dramatic…it was life changing. Best decision ever.

      I would have loved to see pictures of Caroline after she had actually used the products in addition to her written review.

  85. Luz says...

    Anastasia Brow Wiz and Cover Girl Clear mascara. Everyday. Forever.

    • Susannah says...

      I second Cover Girl Clear Mascara! I’ve been using this since I was 13. My brows are thick and unruly, the ends always swoop up like little wings… a bane in high school (when I miraculously didn’t do anything awful to them—probably in part due to the taming prowess of the clear mascara) but a blessing now. I tried Boy Brow and a Laura Mercier one at some point (because, like, I’m an adult) and the $5 Cover Girl one beats all.

  86. Lois says...

    MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set!

    • Carmen says...

      This is my favorite too!

  87. Jules says...

    Yes! Every time! The brush bit breaks off and the lids crack and break up. It’s so annoying. But I keep buying it still in the hope they’ll redesign the packaging.

    • Colleda says...

      Ugh, this! I stray every other time because of their packaging, but I always come back.

  88. Mika says...

    I recently switched from Tarte’s brow pot + brush to Glossier’s Boy Brow and my life is changed for the better. So easy and fast! And the color matches my eye brows perfectly, which I’ve never found before

  89. Jeannie says...

    Thanks , Caroline. I really needed this post! I am using a brow enhancer from Bobbi Brown which is like mascara for eyebrows and is great for darkening my brows and covering the rogue gray hair, but my eyebrows are rather sparse, so I am ready to try something new which adds volume (bring on the caterpillars LOL!). Ps Please, please, compare eyeliners sometime. I have yet to find one that is easy to apply and lasts all day. Great post!

    • Katherine says...

      I’ve found Stila stay all day liquid eyeliner is the best. Easy to apply and it doesn’t budge. Also, if you use a primer on your eyelids, it helps eyeliner stay in place. Mine used to smudge everywhere until I discovered primer.

  90. Stacy says...

    I used to use the Anastasia pencil until I discovered the **$2** elf brow pencil with a spoolie at the end. I’ve never looked back.

    • CJ says...

      OMG. I’m tired of paying $24+ dollars so buying this today. Thanks Stacy! Also heard the Wet and Wild is a good dupe for these waxy pencils. I think it’s about $2 as well! Eeek.

    • Erin G says...

      Yesssssss! SAME!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, so curious to try!

  91. Sarah says...

    Can I make a request for red lip stains?! I love the one in the pic Caroline is wearing!

  92. shannon says...

    Another 🙋 for photos of each.

    What are you wearing in the photo at the top of the story? Your eyebrows look great!

  93. Katie says...

    I would love to know what the lip color shown in the picture is! It’s beautiful!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s MAC Ruby Woo.

  94. LK says...

    My bottle of boy brow lasted me a year! It’s only just starting to feel a bit light. I don’t use it every day but i do use it MOST days. Worth $16. My sister got me 2 bottles for my birthday <3

  95. Laura says...

    Has anyone had success with Revitabrow or other brow growing product?

    • Courtney says...

      Definitely try it if you can afford it. I used revitabrow and after a few weeks of regular applications, my brows really grew in. But when I stopped using the product, they stopped growing, and just went back to the sparse brows they were before. But the real drawback is the price. So expensive!

    • Kristin says...

      I have a few sparse spots on my brows an recently bought grandebrow serum from Sephora which I really like. It’s $$$$ but I use it every other night and love the results!

  96. Liz says...

    I have black hair and pretty decently filled in eyebrows and have never been able to use any such products without looking like a (very excited) psycho. Anyone have a similar experience? Maybe a dumb question but am I doing something wrong or are these products just meant for people with light/sparse eyebrows? I’ve always been out of the loop with make-up/beauty stuff.

    • CJ says...

      You are blessed. You don’t need this. :)

    • Amber says...

      lololol, a “very excited psycho.” SAME! Mine are dark but thin-ish (not sure if they never recovered from the 90s or that’s just my lot in life), and boy brow makes me look insane! I’m always so shocked that people love it, bc I think it’s the worst!! I use the Anastasia pressed eyebrow powder duo, which lets me very gently add volume and even-fill, without looking like I painted on huge wet black eyebrows.

    • miss jk says...

      Liz, just go lighter. I am in the same boat and risk looking like a damn maniac, but I was told by a pro to just go to a less-dark brown (I have black hair). I use Innisfree auto-eyebrow pencil in Espresso. (Innisfree is a K-beauty brand so they have a lot of more range for dark colors)

    • shade says...

      Maybe you’re just lucky and don’t need anything. :) Or perhaps you could use just the brush end to add some shape.

    • liz says...

      Thanks for these responses, guys! Will try lighter and see what happens <3

  97. Maia says...

    Oh, just oscillating between Brow Wiz, ka-Brow! and Gimmie Brow. Is Boy Brow better than Gimmie Brow?

  98. Gemma Burgess says...

    WELL THIS IS MY JAM CAROLINE.

    I have tried every single brow product ever in existence since the beginning of time. Truly. Right now I love Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Platinum Blonde, MAC Shape and Shade Brow in Tapering, and of course Shu Uemura Hard Pencil in 9 always and forever amen.

    I don’t believe in brow gels (they are imaginary!) I just spray hair spray/wax on a spoolie and brush through.

    I follow a bunch of microblading/feathering places on Intstagram and day dream about doing it. One day. Maybe.

  99. I love Anastasia’s brow products – as a blonde, my natural brows are peach fuzz colored, and finding a not-too-dark-and-perfectly-ashy-and-definitely-not-reddish color is quite tricky. The brow wiz pencil is incredible, easy to use to get the desired look, however I found I went through it SO. FAST. Like, in two weeks. I switched to their Dipbrow, which was an ambitious learning curve for me, but definitely worth the Youtube tutorials. It looks great, stays put, is the same price as the brow wiz pencil, and my last pot lasted about 6 months. Win.

  100. Stephanie says...

    I think pictures so we can compare would be amazing!!! Caroline’s writing is always great so it gives us a good idea but pics are so helpful :)

  101. Jackie says...

    Also, to add my fav: this YSL pencil: https://www.yslbeautyus.com/makeup/eye-makeup/brows/dessin-des-sourcils/3365440080898.html?utm_medium=cse_feed&utm_campaign=Makeup___Eye_Makeup___Brows&utm_source=google&utm_content=Dessin_Des_Sourcils&cm_mmc=cse_feed-_-Makeup___Eye_Makeup___Brows-_-google-_-Dessin_Des_Sourcils&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2qi6nc6T4AIVg0CGCh2kuAZiEAYYBCABEgKn4_D_BwE

    Here’s the magic technique: fill in your brows BACKWARDS with the pencil, in two parts: one part from the tip / “end” of your brow to the high point, and then from the high point to the bushy “beginning” of your brow. Then use the spooly brush on the other end of the pencil to brush in the regular direction and everything will blend in, with no discernible pencil marks.

  102. Carrie says...

    Boy Brow contained so little product, it’s almost insulting. I thought it was a fluke so I bought it a second time. Same problem, so I’ll never buy it again. I fell under the hype-spell. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is almost identical in every way. 5 shades to choose from, perfect sized little brush, is much cheaper, contains more product and is available at several different stores in my town or on amazon with free shipping. It’s a staple item, for sure!!

  103. Meghan says...

    NYX has an eyebrow pencil that is a total dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz at half the price!

    • Elisabeth says...

      I switched from Anastasia to the NYX micro brow pencil and I’ll never go back. So good for a lot less $.

  104. MFR says...

    Wet n Wild makes a good and cruelty free Boy Brow dupe for about $5. The wand is slightly longer which seems to me to be the only “drawback” (depending on what you like). For the price, it’s cheap enough to stash in multiple medicine cabinets, my purse, my office, etc.

    • Danielle says...

      Yes! This and the elf pencil are my favorites and they are both so affordable.

  105. escondista says...

    Pictures! We need to see the differences and I LOVE seeing you, Caroline.

    Anyways – ladies and gentlemen, if you like brow wiz check out NYX precision brow pencil. It’s like 10.00 bucks and amazing.

  106. Ruth Ann says...

    Here’s my no cost solution… I use a gel eyeliner (brand varies) that is close to my natural hair color. Since I always end up with extra product on the brush, I dab the extra on my eye brows and smooth the color out with an old mascara wand. Works great for me!

  107. Hannah says...

    Boy Brow and Anastasia Brow Wiz every day! <3 I have tried Benefit Gimme Brow and it does. not. compare.

  108. N says...

    Yay, excited for this column!

    I’m embarrassed (or proud?) to say I’ve had the same eyebrow pencil for about ten years–not the same brand, but the actual pencil.

    One suggestion for this column would be to specify which products are cruelty-free. That would be really helpful!

  109. Suzie says...

    Next time can you include some accompanying pictures with each product? Thanks! Looking forward to this fun column each month.

    • Roxanne says...

      Yes! That would be so much helpful with pictures that show the differences between each products.

    • Courtney says...

      Yes! If I could see the same set of eyebrows with each product applied, it would be helpful!

    • arianna says...

      Yes! I need visuals! Will check out boy brow and brow wiz. have been hearing about them for ages and i need them in my life!

    • Valentina says...

      +1!! Pleeeeeease!

  110. A says...

    Pictures please!!

  111. Bonnie B. says...

    As someone with sparse brows that never recovered from the 90’s, I used powder/eyeshadow to fill them in for years. I recently tried and really like Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass. The pencil glides smoothly and the brush on the other end helps to blend and soften. It gets rave reviews on Sephora and I can personally attest that it works very well with a good selection of colors too. It’s pricey but seems to last, I’ve been using mine daily since early November.

  112. Claire says...

    you know what would be a really good post — facial hair removal products/ methods. and I’m not just talking about brows.

    • Kate says...

      I’m with this!!! Always attempting to the find the best way to remove the stache.

    • Katie says...

      YES! I started shaving my face with these cute little razors made for your eyebrows and it was a total game changer! Really easy on my sensitive skin and makes my make-up/products glide on so nicely. It’s the most painless and easiest way to deal with facial hair I’ve tried. (And no, your hair does not grow back thicker or darker.) Kate Somerville was interview in the NYT about it here:
      https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/fashion/sometimes-even-women-need-a-smoothly-shaved-face.html

      Razors (I got mine on amazon):
      https://www.schick.com/us/en/silk-touch-up/lp

    • Chelsea says...

      Seconding Claire here ^

    • Heather says...

      Laser hair removal. Life is too damn short to deal with daily/weekly/monthly maintenance. (I am very, very lazy.) It was worth every penny.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea, thank you!!

  113. Cynthia says...

    I’ve been using E.L.F.’s automatic eyebrow pencil in taupe for 2 years. It’s just the right neutral brown for me and not too dark. It covers the gray in my eyebrows. I like this pencil because it looks natural and has a spoolie on the end. Best of all, it’s $2 and you can buy it at Target. I have tried more expensive products, but I was not satisfied with the results. I keep a stash of these as I have a fear that they will be discontinued, which often happens with big box/drugstore brands.

  114. Patti McF says...

    Too Faced Chocolate Brow-nie Cocoa Powder Brow Pencil is my favorite. I used to use the Anastasia Brow Wiz but had the brush part break three times in a row. Although the product is good, the design is flawed for me. Just got Boy Brow to try out. :)

  115. abbey says...

    I love the Anastasia brow wiz BUT I have had the brush end break off more times than I can count and it pains me bc it’s such a huge waste of money. I have found the Trish McEvoy brow pencil with brush to be a completely comparable product and it doesn’t break. Just a tip for anyone who has experienced the same frustration!

  116. grace says...

    agreed with a few commenters here that boy brow is overhyped…way too much money for such a small container.

    it would be cool to see versions of this with drugstore products only!

    • Rachel says...

      Maybelline Brow Precise Fibre – I’ve tried lots of drugstore brands and this one is amazing – colours and shapes in one go and never looks weird or goopy!

  117. Jackie says...

    We need pics of each one and application pics!!

  118. Meg says...

    This isn’t helpful without pictures showing the difference but with pictures it would be a great series.

  119. Kaitlyn S says...

    Pictures please!

  120. Tami says...

    Microblading is where it’s at people, BUT you need to find someone skilled for a natural look. Initial cost can be high but not crazy (depending on where you live) and yearly touch ups will be much less.
    I was so tired of waking up with no brows, filling in my brows every day and having overall brow anxiety that I finally went for it.
    Seriously. Life. Changing.

    • KL says...

      I second your comment about finding someone skilled for a natural look. The woman who did mine years ago (who, I may add, had a bevy of people saying she was “the best”) left me with EMBARRASSING eyebrows that, to this day, I have to fix every day.

  121. Rachel says...

    Trestique’s Amazing brow pencil/gel brush duo is a gamer changer. I received the pencil as a mini sample and was hooked instantly. I’d previously tried Boy Brow, and really liked it, but Trestique’s pencil duo is so great for defining and filling in. I went from wearing it only for nights out to loving it so much I now use it every day. It lasts forever, too!

    https://www.sephora.com/product/define-sculpt-set-brow-pencil-P416373?skuId=1901396

  122. Meredith says...

    My Boybrow secret is to drag the brush the “wrong way” through my brows — from tail to front — so I get a sorta backcombed hair effect. I let it dry, then gently brush the hairs into place with my trusty brows-only toothbrush. Taylor Hill, eat your heart out.

    • KL says...

      Um. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Amanda says...

      Ooooo I’m gonna try this tomorrow! I always complained that the first month or two of having boy brow there was always too much product on the applicator and as a result the inside of my brows would be darker than the outside (where I needed it most). My friend was like “just do the outsides first” and looked at me like I was crazy. I felt so stupid about how much that blew my mind :)

  123. Amy says...

    Boy brow +1!

  124. Amanda says...

    Yes! Anastasia Brow Wiz is the best. I’ve saved many overplucked brows by swiping a little Brow Wiz on them just so they can see what it would look like. Every person has gone to buy it the next day!

  125. Meg says...

    My magic eyebrow combo is… a pencil PLUS a pomade. I use a pencil (whatever I’m digging—sephora, anastasia, etc.) to fill in thin patches, then boy brow to make everything look uniform and hold it in place.

    Is it extra? Probably. Do I care? Not when I look this good. ;)

    • KL says...

      I do something really similar! I use the brown Aveda mascara on my lashes, and when it’s time to replace the mascara, I use the old one on my brows and a new one on my lashes. Use, repeat, use repeat. I agree that it makes a huge difference.

  126. agnes says...

    Such a funny post! I thought we would see a picture of each experiment on your brows ;-) . But each description is so good, there is really no need for that. Thanks for the laugh! (and Breakfast at Tiffany’s!)

    • emma says...

      Yes 2nd vote for pictures of each! It would make a really big difference in understanding how they work/look.

    • Leanne says...

      I agree. What’s the look with each of these? What’s the difference on your face?

  127. Anna says...

    Brow pencil is my desert island beauty product. I wear it more than anything else. It makes such a huge difference!

    I love the Anastasia Brow Wiz but I found that it ran out so fast! I switched to Hourglass Arch and it is the best. It’s more expensive than the Anastasia but it lasts so, so much longer. The color and shape of it are perfect and it also comes with a brush at the end. I tried the Glossier Boy Brow but I don’t get the hype? The pigment wasn’t strong enough to actually make any difference to my brows.

  128. Actually LOL’d many times during this but also bookmarking because although my brows are in need for a SERIOUS pluck, I’m obsessed with brow products. Excited for this column!

  129. kk says...

    After a recent orangetheory class (sweat city) I noticed a woman near me still had perfect brows. I complimented her and she said she uses Maybelline Tatoo Brow gel.

    • Rue says...

      Misread this as “Maybelline Taco…” and was v intrigued.

  130. Elizabeth says...

    I use Antastasia brow wiz, but also love a gel on top of that. I find that Glossier boy brow doesn’t really stay on and the brush is cheap. Benefit gimme brow is the same kind of thing (the original actually) but better quality. It was off the shelves for like a year and I used a brow gel by Hourglass which was also really good, but slightly different kind of brush that took some getting used to.

  131. Laura says...

    I am looking forward to reading this new column Caroline! I use a Laura mercier pencil. It’s fine and has worked ok. I want to try the last one on your list!

  132. Mara says...

    I am naturally blonde with fine hair, and I have to say I was very disappointed with Glossier Boy Brow, which I’d been eyeing for several years, and finally bit the bullet (and am now stuck with something that’s more trouble than it’s worth to return). Even after stripping most of the light brown color off the wand before applying, it was still much too dark and thick for my brows. Also, I was shocked to see how small the tube is — it’s like a sample size! $16 plus $4 or so for shipping is too much for me. For people in a similar boat, I found my perfect brow product in Benefit’s Goof Proof eyebrow pencil. Kat Von D used to make an awesome blonde “tattoo” brow pen, but no longer. Her signature brow precision pencil is great, though.

  133. Stephanie says...

    This post would be 1000x more effective if you included pictured of yourself with each product so we could see the comparison!

  134. Catherine says...

    My 10-year-old son has the best brows. I was telling him last week that he should never pluck them, despite what his little brother says, and that there’s a product called Boy Brow. I really love Boy Brow because it’s so easy, and I put a bit on the back of my hand and apply it with an angled brush so it’s not too heavy.

  135. J.R. says...

    Boy Brow didn’t live up to the hype for me. I always come back to brown Revlon eyeshadow swiped into my (relatively sparse) brows with a small eyeshadow brush, followed up with Great Lash clear mascara (I’ve been using this on my brows since like 2007?). Cheap, natural-looking, and the products last forever.

    • LB says...

      Ha, I use eyeshadow powder too, and I’m pretty sure it’s a random leftover Revlon brown color.

      I was told years ago by a brow lady I had nice natural arches, so I do general stray hair maintenance but really, I’ve never thought more than that about my brows until the last year when I filled them in w/ the shadow.

  136. celeste says...

    I don’t but I’m off to wax and shape them. I’m blonde but still have to do an eyebrow/lip/chin every once and a while.

  137. Alyssa says...

    I have always had pretty big, bushy eyebrows. I get them waxed, but they just always were kind of meh. Then I started seeing people pencil in their brows. My life has been changed. I don’t do it unless I put makeup on, which is only once or twice a week. But the Givenchy Eyebrow pencil is my go-to. It’s forgiving but also makes my eyebrows look natural, but good. :)

    • Lynn-Holly says...

      I use Benefit too- their brow zing shaping kit! I like that it allows me to go thicker and more dramatic if I want, or just a little boost. It has a soft, pigmented wax as well as a powder.

  138. Brittney says...

    So I’ve really taken time to improve my eyebrows. All my friends were doing microblading, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money (and that PERFECTLY groomed look is just NOT me). So I did the “Streicher Sister Brow Rehab”… Essentially you go 16 weeks without touching your brows. It was intense and bit torturous, but the end result was really mind blowing. I’ve also used SO MANY brow products. My favorite being Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Brow Pencil. It lasts FOREVER and creates beautifully blurred, natural lines if I need a bit of filling in. I also really love Estee Lauder’s Brown Now Volumizing Brow tint. It really makes brows pop and stays on all day. These are my go tos as I’ve tried so many different products – including most of the list!

    • Christy says...

      At 41 years old mine would look the same at 16 weeks (HAH!) except a few strays nowhere near the actual brow area. Enjoy your youth ladies!! They eventually stop growing and I can’t tell you how much I regret plucking them in the 90’s.