Before we start, take a second to look at that picture of me on the right hand side of your screen. Look at my brows.
I have good, thick brows. Slightly unruly, but definitely the sort of brow that seems to be popular right now.
Thank goodness they survived the 90s. That’s largely due to my mom’s absolute obsession with tradition, which holds that unmarried women are not supposed to tweeze, pluck, or shave their brows.
It was such an annoying thing back then, given that I had really bushy brows when everyone in the 90s tweezed theirs into oblivion, but it’s obviously a wonderful thing in hindsight. Thank you, mom. Thank you, weird Chinese tradition.
So now why do I even bother with brow gels? I like having nice, natural brows but they can get a little unruly sometimes. I trim the underside occasionally, or if I feel like it’s moving away from thick to actual thicket.
Glossier Boy Brow is one of the most life-changing beauty products on the planet because it grooms and really gets those fine hairs to show up, so you get that runway model brow without a lot of effort. That said, I don’t like having to ship the products through a third party, as it needlessly complicates my life and it probably isn’t very good for the environment.
So I decided to try out Sunnies Face Lifebrow Grooming Gel. It’s local and it’s inexpensive — two things that I am decidedly very into.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is how we ended up with this comparison post. But first, the tale of the tape:
Statistics are only half the battle, though, so we move on the crux of this post: can the Lifebrow actually replace my Boy Brow for good?
It’s no secret that the Sunnies Face owners took a lot of inspiration from Glossier, and it definitely shows — especially in the packaging department. That said, I don’t understand why the handle for Lifebrow has to be that long? It’s not really serving anybody, and we could do just fine with a shorter one.
When it comes to brow gels, you want a wand that will grab even the tiniest eyebrow hairs. Precision is key!
Both brands offer excellent wands. Glossier’s is short but a little wider, while Sunnies Face has a wand that’s thin and tall. With these wands, applying the product on the brows is a lot easier and takes very little effort. You don’t have to worry about smudges, either.
Boy Brow comes in Clear, Blonde, Brown, and Black. Lifebrow is available in Ash Brown and Warm Brown. (I use Black and Warm Brown, respectively.)
Black can get pretty intense, especially if I’m a bit heavy-handed. The color really does show up. Warm Brown, though, isn’t as visible. This probably isn’t a fair comparison, because clearly I have dark brows and Warm Brown won’t be as obvious on them. I don’t know if Lifebrow is coming out with new shades in the future, but it looks like they really are going for something a bit more muted.
The Actual Product
The most crucial difference between Lifebrow and Boy Brow? Lifebrow Grooming Gel isn’t enough to recreate that Boy Brow finish.
Boy Brow grabs the brow hairs and thickens them, so you look like you have thicker brows. I don’t have to use a pencil to fill in the gaps, I just brush my brows and go.
With Lifebrow, it looks like you really need the matching pencil if you want that thicker finish. To be fair, the brand does sell them as a duo, and nowhere in their product literature do they say that their brow gel volumizes or thickens.
It does work great if you just want something to fluff up your brows and give them hold. Lifebrow is no way a one-stop-shop like Boy Brow, though.
Glossier’s Boy Brow remains undefeated, and I may have to keep ordering it for the foreseeable future. That said, I could get the matching Lifebrow pencil and see if it works out better. It’s just that I’ve never used an eyebrow pencil (don’t really need to), but it might just be the missing ingredient to take Lifebrow grooming gel to the next level.