14 April 2014

Product Face-off: Drugstore Brow Gels

This is not really that big of a face-off, as the two products in question aren't expensive, and the difference in price between the two isn't that big either. However, I though it would be a fun comparison to do, as I have been trying these two out for months and can see slight differences.

essence Lash & Brow Gel

This brow gel comes in a clear tube with a spoolie applicator. The spoolie is quite thick, and is about the length of an average mascara wand. The brow gel works fine and I don't have any problems with it except for the length of the spoolie. For the life of me I can't understand why brands make their spoolies so long. I mean, for applying mascara it's fine, but no one's eyebrows are THAT broad (I hope?). I have the same problem with my MAC brow set. I get more product on my brow bone than I do on my eyebrow. The tube also gets dirty quite quickly, and it looks gross after a few uses, but I suppose there's nothing to be done about that.

This costs R32.95* at Dischem and Clicks.

Catrice Lash/Brow Designer

The Catrice brow gel also comes in a clear tube with a spoolie applicator. The tube is slightly more narrow than the essence one, and the spoolie has a brow comb on one side. 

This costs R49.95* at Dischem.

The verdict

Even though the Catrice brow gel is R17* more expensive than the essence one and is only available at Dischem, I like it the most. For me it all comes down to the spoolie. Although both products' spoolies are way too long, I find that the spoolie on the Catrice brow gel shape my brows much easier.

Have you ever used any of these products? Which one is your favourite? Or do you have another favourite? Tell me in the comments section!

Until next time!


* I'm not 100% sure these prices are correct, but I will update once I've checked at Dischem.


  1. I'm currently using the essence one but I will try the catrice one when it's finished. I know what you mean about getting more gel on your brow bone than in your brows, so frustrating. Also, they really need to make these tubes opaque so I don't have to watch my product slowly go yucky from brow powder...

    1. Haha I completely agree! I tend to throw mine away when there's still a bit of product left. I just can't bear to see the goop! Thanks for commenting!