Best Drugstore Brow Dupes

Favorite line in Princess Diaries: “If Brooke Shields married Groucho Marx their child would have your eyebrows!”

When Princess Diaries came out in 2001, everyone was tweezing half their brows off, bleh! We hope big eyebrows are here to stay because we LOVE them! Here are our favorite value brow dupes:

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown vs. Colourpop Brow Boss Gel

*Both brands are certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant. Makeup Maven, Kayla, says: Glossier Boy Brow is $16 for 3.12 grams & Colourpop Brow Boss Gel is $6 for 3.10 grams. These brands have very different ingredients - Glossier claims that their brow gel thickens your eyebrow hairs and has natural waxes like beeswax to keep your brows in place without stiffness. Neither of these products made my brows feel stiff & dried down really well. Both products lasted all day. They both have an extremely similar wand - Colourpop's bristles are a little bit shorter & tighter compared to Glossier. In the end, I think I got the same results from Colourpop's brow gel. I used Glossier's Boy Brow for over a week consistently and I didn't notice any additional growth to my brows despite their claims. Save your money, go get Colourpop.


Glossier Boy Brow Gel vs. Shop Miss A Go Brow Mascara

*Both brands are certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant and PETA. Makeup Maven, Kayla, says: Glossier Boy Brow is $16 for 3.12 grams & Shop Miss A is $1 for 3 grams. I honestly cannot tell much of a difference between these products. They both work very well to fill in your brows & last all day. Glossier's brush is a little thinner while Shop Miss A's is a bit thicker. I honestly don't see the need to spend $16 on Glossier when you can get the exact same results for $1. Buy Shop Miss A


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil vs. NYX Micro Brow Pencil

*According to Cruelty-Free Kitty, Anastasia Beverly Hills is cruelty-free and NYX is as well (but their parent company, L'Oreal, is not). ABH is $21 and NYX is $10. Makeup Maven, Nitya, says: NYX's bristles on the brow brush were longer and more firm whereas Anastasia's were softer. I used the darkest shade for both products and the pigmentation was very similar. Both looked nearly identical after application. I would recommend switching to NYX, which is half the price! Buy our pick


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade vs. Revolution Beauty Brow Pomade

*Both ABH and Makeup Revolution are certified cruelty-free by Cruelty-Free Kitty. Makeup Maven, Kaleigh, says: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (ABH) against the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade. (MR) . For this specific test, I compared the shades ‘Blonde’ for each of the brands. The ABH pomade contains .14oz. of product for the price of $18 and has 11 shade options to choose from. The MR pomade contains .08oz. of product at a price point of $8 and has 4 shade options. One difference you will see between the two products is the size of the packaging. While both products come in a similar boxed design, the MR is over 2x as big. This is due to the MR pomade also including a small dual end brush with their product. The ABH comes with only the pomade itself. When using the products side by side I was very impressed with how identical the coloring was for both products. I did notice after opening both jars that the MR pomade was visibly separating from the edges of the jar and had slight cracking along the edges of the product. To apply the ABH pomade, I used my ELF dual-ended brow brush and applied the product throughout my brow with the angled side then combed and blended with the spoolie side. The product applied quickly and smoothly and blended out well. For the MR side I used the provided brush; again using the angled side to first apply the product. I noticed that it was taking more dips and swirls of the brush to achieve the desired level of coverage on my brow. I went back in on the MR with my ELF spoolie and blended and combed the product and was able to achieve the same look as the ABH brow. I do think that the products have many similarities and you can achieve the same look. Buy Revolution Beauty

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