Brow Tamer Grooming Gel

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$24 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers > Brow Gels/Tints
Last Updated:
6/16/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This colorless brow tamer does a satisfactory job of shaping brows and holding them in place. The fragrance-free, gel formula leaves brows slightly stiff, yet still pliable. Instead of the traditional spoolie-style brush that most brow gels comes with, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel's slender brush has softer hairs resembling the texture of a doe-foot applicator (which works equally well).

Overall, this provides an adequate way to groom brows, but you certainly don't need to pay this much to obtain a good brow tamer. Check out our Best Brow Gels list for less expensive options.

Pros:
  • Gel texture sets brows, yet still leaves them pliable.
  • Tames brow hairs and helps them hold shape.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
Cons:
  • You don't need to pay this much to find a good brow tamer!

Marc Jacobs first made his mark (pun intended) as a fashion designer and has now expanded his namesake brand to include fragrance and beauty products. Marc Jacobs Beauty is no doubt instigated by his fashions straight from the runway, but just as couture clothing doesn't always transition well into the real world, nor does Marc Jacobs' attempt at makeup. This color line may be pretty to look at, but the performance tends to be less appealing!

One of the problems facing the line is faulty packaging. Although it looks beautiful, multiple products have issues with leaking or just outright breaking. For a line that is supposed to deliver the utmost quality, you should expect more, especially given the high price point (other designed lines do this kind of thing much better from Givenchy to Giorgio Armani).

The line also has far more unconventional colors that pay homage to Jacobs' philosophy that "there are no rules when it comes to beauty." That may work in the fashion world, but when it comes to what you put on your face on a daily basis, you at least want colors that complement your skin tone. You can still find attractive shades in this line, but you have to do some serious weeding to get there.

The biggest drawback is the potentially irritating ingredients that are found in many of the products. We also feel obligated to mention that the anti-aging claims are significantly overhyped, and that's a major disappointment considering consumers are being asked to pay more for something that doesn't deliver.

On the bright side, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few good products, and hey, at least their clever names might keep you entertained. We also have to applaud MarcJacobsBeauty.com for disclosing their ingredient lists online (many cosmetics companies still don't do this, despite consumer demand and FDA regulation that makes ingredient disclosure mandatory, at least on the packaging so why not on their website!).

We had high hopes for Marc Jacobs Beauty, especially given the designer's success in the fashion and fragrance worlds, but as is, color us unimpressed. And judging by customer reviews we perused on sites like Sephora.com, many of you feel the same!

For more information about Marc Jacobs Beauty, call 1-888-215-8636 or visit marcjacobsbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is sold at Sephora, Marc Jacobs stores nationwide, and online at marcjacobsbeauty.com.

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