If you read my post last week, comparing the Clarins lip oil with the Essence lip oil, you’ll know I recently discovered the Essence brand. Today I am putting it to the test again, this time comparing the Anastasia clear brow gel vs Essence lash brow gel mascara. Keep reading to see full reviews of both brow gels and which one comes out on top.
Anastasia Brow Gel: I love everything about this tube. It is silver and shiny and feels amazing. I also really like how it feels when you pull the brush out of the bottle. The brush itself is large with black, soft bristles. Being so big I found the brush a bit awkward to use, especially on the ends of the eyebrows.
Essence: The Essence tube is clear with blue writing on it. It is a bit shorter than the Anastasia tube, but the diameter is basically the same. Since the bottle is clear, the inside of the tube starts looking gross because if any coloured brow product gets on the clear gel brush, which it is likely to, it tints the gel. The Essence brush is clear to match the clear packaging. The bristles are soft like the Anastasia brush, but the Essence brush is thinner than the Anastasia one, which makes it easier to use, in my opinion.
Anastasia: This brow gel is clear and it smells really bad. It is so strong and chemically. Once it’s on the brows I can’t smell it at all, which is good, it’s just when opening the bottle that the smell is released. On the brows, this gel dries really hard and it feels very tight and stiff, especially when you move your brows. After a while it does become less noticeable, but the feeling does not go away completely. If you’re looking for a strong brow gel that’s going to keep everything in place all day, then this could be a good one for you, but I personally do not like how it feels when on.
Essence: This brow gel is also clear, and it has a much weaker smell than the Anastasia one. I can only smell it if I put it up to my nose. It doesn’t smell that great either, but in comparison, it is much better. The consistency of this brow gel is thinner than the Anastasia one, which is a downside for me because it is so wet. Once it dries, it does make the brows feel a little stiff, but not in an uncomfortable way. It doesn’t lock everything in place like the Anastasia one does, but it’s good if you’re looking for a little extra taming.
Anastasia: $29 CDN for 8.5ml –> $3.41/ml
Essence: $2.99 CDN for 9ml –> $0.33/ml
The Essence brow gel is not as effective as the Anastasia one, but the Anastasia brow gel is way too hardening and stiff on the brows for my liking. I also really cannot stand the harsh smell of it. For those reasons, I would choose the Essence brow gel over the Anastasia one. It’s not an everyday necessity for me, but it tames the brows decently well.
Have you tried either of these brow gels? Let me know which is your favourite in the comments!