19 Mar 2015

The Dip Brow Pomade alternative - Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel review


Brows are such a big thing nowadays aren't they?  I shudder when I think back to the time when I didn't even shape my brows, let alone fill them in.  I feel like I've been on such a major brow journey in my life already - quite literally through thick and thin and back again!  Bigger, bolder, more defined brows have been in for a long time now, and whilst I am very much on board with that look, achieving it doesn't come easy to me and my naturally wonky, unruly, brows, so I'm always up for trying new products which will give me a helping hand.  I flit between using pencils / crayons, powder and gel / liquid products on my brows as they all give a different finish and look, and vary in their application complexity.  Gels tend to be best for a more defined, stay-all-day brow, and until now the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade has been the only one I've tried.  Illamasqua have brought out a similar looking product called Precision Brow Gel, so I thought I get my brows on and do some comparisons.



Illamasqua's brow gels come in four shades.  From light to dark they are Awe, Glimpse, Strike, and Stare.  I have the shades Glimpse and Strike - Glimpse is more suited to auburn or reddish-brown hair, and Strike is more for dark, cooler brown tones.  I have really quite dark brows, a lot darker than my hair colour, and Strike is a great match because it is more cool toned.  Something I've found with the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade is that the colours I've tried - chocolate and dark brown - were either too warm or too dark, and that doesn't give me such a natural, blended in look to my brows.  Because they're not widely available in the UK you're likely to have to order without swatching first, so although they only have four shades at the moment, certainly the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gels win on the availability front, and you can likely get to a counter where you can try before you buy.


I've been testing out the Precision Brow Gel together with Illamasqua's Fine Eye Liner Brush.  I usually use an angled brush to apply brow products, so I really noticed a difference using this really fine, small brush.  It's helped me to be a little more precise in my application, and because it draws very fine lines which can look more like brow hairs, you can get a really natural result with it.  My method has mostly been to take a little product on the brush - it's really soft and creamy you only need the tiniest bit - leaving any excess in the lid, and then going in with a light hand, steadily filling in sparse areas and then combing through with a spooly to make things look natural and even.  I'll then go in again to touch up any areas which still don't look quite full, and to add any extra shape to the outline of my brows which I'm naturally missing.  

If you're braver than me and can rock a really exaggerated and elongated brow, this product's perfect for that too.  Because it's a creamy gel and not a powder, it doesn't need brow hairs to cling to, so you can happily apply it in areas where you want to fake some brows you don't have, and it's going to stay on your skin without slipping and budging.


My brows still need a lot of work in terms of growing back hairs from previous overzealous plucking incidents, and probably a total re-shaping by a professional, but I've been able to do a pretty fair job of disguising those issues with this brow gel.  The colour is a really good match for me, and it really stays put all day - more so than the Dip Brow Pomade as I've noticed I need to put in slightly more effort to remove my Illamasqua brows at night!

The Precision Brow Gel's really pigmented, so will really last a long time before you need to replace it - I'm thinking years!  The Dip Brow Pomades have a tendency to dry out really quickly, which then completely changes the way they work, so I'm hoping the same won't be true of the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gels.  I've been using them for two weeks and have forgetfully left the lid off a couple of times, and I've not noticed any change to the product yet, so fingers crossed these will retain their texture better as they're a more creamy type of product.

The Illamasqua Precision Brow Gels are available now at £18.50 each from Illamasqua, Selfridges, Debenhams and asos.   

2 comments:

  1. I use one of these myself and I absolutely love it, it totally changes my brow look :D xxx

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  2. Brows are so easy to get wrong, so it's great when you find a product that works for you :) xx

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