Review: GOSH Brow Kit and Defining Brow Gel

A couple of days ago, I received a bag full of GOSH goodies to try out, and as soon as I saw these two brow products, I leapt upon them with an enthusiasm that only the straggly-browed among you will be able to understand.

My brows are a nightmare. As well as my oft-mentioned uni-brow, they’re also long, thick and super-straggly: I could tweeze them into the most perfect arch imaginable, but without the aid of some kind of product to practically glue them in place, they’ll still look spiky, straggly and just downright messy. My last brow gel (An Anastasia one) ran out a few weeks ago, and I haven’t got round to replacing it, so I decided to try out the GOSH gel right away, and while I was at it, I took the Brow Kit for a spin, too.

First up, the Brow Kit:

This contains three powders, a wax cream to hold the eyebrows in place, plus an applicator. It reminds me of Benefit’s Brow Zings, or Smashbox Brow Tech, both of which I’ve used and liked. This being GOSH, however, it’s a little bit less expensive at £7.99, but has more or less the same function.

Here’s my attempt to swatch the three brow colours:

Photographed on the inside of my arm, in as close to natural light as possible, and going L-R from the darkest shade to the lightest. My eyebrows are dyed at the moment, and I tend to go for a strong colour on my brows anyway, so I’ve only used the middle colour so far. As you can see, the darkest one is close to black, and the lightest is a blonde/brown, which I’d say is a little lighter in real life than it looks here. You can also blend these together for a more tailored shade.

I found the powder pretty easy to to apply with the brush provided, although I switched to my Smashbox brow brush for the wax, as the brush that comes with the kit isn’t quite firm enough for me. I generally prefer gel to wax when it comes to holding the brows in place, anyway: this wax adds a bit of shine, but isn’t quite enough to hold my stragglers down, so I’ve also been using it with the gel, which looks a lot like a clear mascara (I know a lot of people who actually use clear mascara to tame brows: I’ve never owned one, so I’ve no idea how it compares!):

This works exactly as you’d expect: just pull out the applicator, brush it onto the brows, and it will hold them in place all day. I’ve used this a couple of times now, and there’s not much else to say about it other than that it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. The first time I used it, I was slightly skeptical, because the brush seemed very dry, and I wasn’t sure it had collected enough product to actually work: it does, however, hold my eyebrows in place without making them clump up, so I’m happy with it. I have to hold my hands up here and admit that I’ve misplaced the price list that came with these, so I’m not sure of the exact price, but if I remember correctly, it was around £7, which is at least a little cheaper than my usual Benefit or Anastasia brow gels.

Finally, I as this is a review of a brow kit, I feel like I really should include a photo of my eyebrows, so here you go:

Trust me, you don’t want to see the “before” shot…

These products are both available at Superdrug.