Gimme Brow

by Benefit  
Price:
$22 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Eyebrow
Last Updated:
12/19/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This brow mascara has all the wow-factor you'd expect from a BEST-rated product! The small brush easily grooms brows into your desired shape, and the tinted brow gel that the brush deposits works in two different ways to fill in sparse areas. The gel formula is thickening, so it clings to the existing brow hairs and builds volume without becoming clumpy or hard.

Subtly building on what you already have is good news for people who have reasonably filled in eyebrows, but what if you don't? Use the tip of the small wand's brush to draw in a little color and you'll be surprised at how gorgeously even the sparsest brows will fill in.

Unfortunately, this product is available only in light brown and dark brown, which leaves blondes and redheads out of luck on an exact match for their natural color. However, the available shades may still be workable for dark blonde brows or blondes who want to make light brows darker.

Pros:
  • Small wand and brush is easy to manipulate.
  • Grooms and fills in sparse brows.
  • Can be used to draw in color.
  • Doesn't make brow hairs clumpy or hard.
Cons:
  • Limited shades.

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Sylvia
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love, love
    • I love this product. So good

  2. Liz S.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 31, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Pretty Awesome
    • I was looking for an eyebrow product give me as natural looking full eyebrows as possible. I have dark brown hair and I tried both shades of this product and although I didn't see much difference, I choose the lighter shade just because I felt that I could layer that one until I was pleased with the results. If you're new to eyebrow products I'd recommend this product in the lighter shade. Give yourself time to experiment and get comfortable before you jump in.

  3. Ann Y.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 09, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Miracle Product
    • I have zero eyebrows and have used tons of products -- pencils, powders, gels, et al. While they worked ok and certainly helped, nothing can compare to Gimme Brow. As Paula's review states, it adds volume to skimpy brows and shapes them brilliantly. Plus, it takes less than a third of time to apply. I love, love this product!!

  4. GK
    Reviewed on Monday, December 30, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Wonderful product
    • Finding this in Canada has become like panning for gold - it is sold out country-wide. And for good reason: easy to use, does what it claims to do, don't bother buying the Lancome brow mascara as another option, it doesn't come close to this. Put away your brow pencils forever, and you may never buy brow powder again if either of these 2 shades work for you...

  5. Karen H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 22, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Workable product but not the end-al be-all I was expecting
    • Naturally my brows are very dark - too dark for my blond hair. So, I bleach them and add a lighter color back. But, on the grow-out, I get calico brows that are NOT pretty. So, I've been searching for the perfect product to help me shape and color my brows into the ideal color/shape. Given the buzz on this product (and the fact that it was sold out at my local ULTA for 4 straight weeks), I expected more. This works for color but smudges. Also does not hold shape like a gel. I'll keep searching.

  6. Sarah A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 21, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Outstanding Brow Gel
    • Quick and easy to use and does the job of making your brows look natural and perfectly groomed. Love this product.

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