NARS Brow Gel
NARS Brow Gel ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “glossy, easy gliding gel to tame, tidy, and groom eyebrows.” It’s available in four shades Oural (clear), Athens (blonde), Piraeus (medium brown), and Kinshasa (dark brown). The brow gel is housed in a matte black tube (much like mascara), and it comes with a spoolie-wand for applying.
- Athens is a light-medium brown with subtle yellow undertones.
- Kinshasa is a medium-dark red-tinged brown. (This is the shade that best matched my brows, but it felt a little red and light.)
- Piraeus is a light-medium brow with subtle yellow undertones. I really couldn’t tell much of a difference between this and Athens. I initially thought I had received two of the same shade, but the labels showed they were two different shades. Piraeus is slightly darker, not as quite as yellow-toned–but they are very close.
The only one I liked and would consider using was Oural, which is clear. The consistency is slightly thick, takes about a minute or two to dry and set, and then it helps keep brows in place for eight hours or so. The problem I had with the colored shades was that there is way too much product in a single pull of the wand. There is so much product that you could be doing about twenty people’s brows with what is on the brush, so there is a large margin for error as you try to wipe the wand against the rim of the tube to avoid over-applying. It’s a very unforgiving product if you over-apply, because it leads to crunchy brows, stray marks all over the place, and it’s difficult to blend once it sets, so it really necessitates complete removal.
You want a pigmented formula, but you don’t it to be delivered in a way that’s wasteful or makes it so difficult to use. I had the best luck taking a clean spoolie brush and lightly running it against NARS’ wand, and then applying using my separate spoolie brush to get cleaner, even results. I think the color range is disappointing; Kinshasa is not going to be dark enough for black-brown or black brows, and Athens and Piraeus are far too similar for a range with only three colors. I’ve been using Oural on and off, and I like that it doesn’t leave my brows crunchy, but the hairs still stay in place throughout the day. I haven’t tried enough brow gels to affirmatively say it’s the best one on the market (the only other one I’ve used with consistency is MAC’s, which I also like).