After using this product for a year and having purchased it at least twice, I think it’s about time I finally get it together and talk about it here.  It’s no secret that the NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel is a favorite of mine, having featured it in a few monthly favorites and various makeup looks and tutorials, so I’m surprised I haven’t talked about it sooner.  The NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel is my go-to when I am on the go and need to set my unruly brows in place for the day.

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

The NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel (0.3 oz / 9g) is a drugstore product that I have been loving the last year.  Depending on where you purchase this product (I’m excited to have found it at my local Target – since new NYX products are hard to find here), this particular brow gel can retail anywhere from $5.50 – $9.00.  This simple tube has a lot of power to hold my long and full brows in place on days I don’t want to fill them in and need them to stay put, or if I have filled in my brows and want that “stay all day and play” control.

The gel itself is clear and much like many on the market today but what I love about this product is once my brows are set with it, they don’t budget or move.   I wouldn’t consider it to be waterproof – if I went for a swim, it would come off in the water, but I enjoy that I can set my natural brows with this and for the most part of the day and many hours it will stay in place.  Now, I can hear you saying to me… “There are a lot of products that do that…” but truth betold, I like how this gel doesn’t feel crunchy on my brows or stiff and it is NEVER clumpy.  The gel sets quickly and even if the brush seems simple and lacks uniqueness in the package, I never have to worry about clumps or patches of gel on my brow.  I think the wand stopper literally cleans the brush so that each time you take it out to apply, it provides you with the perfect amount of product each and every time.  No globs of goop.

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

If you look at the photo above, you can barely see the product on the wand.  This awesome stopper really helps in providing you the same amount of product each time and no more goopy brows!  What is great about this product is that it is not sticky at all as others have been for me and again, it dries quickly so you can use this on the days you are on the run.  Looking for a clear mascara?  This product can also do double duty if you want it to.

Obviously, if you are looking for something with tint or to add color to your brows, this is not it.  It’s merely a product to set your brows in place… but since my brows are naturally full, I find that this product works well for me on a daily basis to keep them tamed and in place.  Again – while I still have movement in my eyebrows so that simple things like lifting my brow looks natural and not stiff, I know my eyebrows will stay in place.

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In the photo above I am using the NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel to set my brows in place and have used a brow shadow to fill them in.  

So – have you tried the NYX Control Freak eyebrow gel?  If not, is it something you would be interested in trying?  What is your go-to eyebrow gel?  Do you favor a drugstore brand or highend?

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  1. This is a good affordable option, and I like that it works double duty. I don’t currently use a brow gel, I use a brow sealer from Model in a Bottle.

  2. Tina Bowling Reply

    Sounds like this is the perfect brow setting gel! Thanks so much for the detailed review. I will have to give it a try.

  3. Color Me So Crazy Reply

    This sounds great. Right now, I use Bobbi Browns gel but I always switch it up when I run out so I may have to try this next.

  4. I haven’t had much luck with eyebrow gels. I’m just not coordinated enough to use the wand without getting it all over the place! lol. I love pencils and gel products, though. I’m using one by OFRA right now that is insanely pigmented, and so good.

    • I have yet to try anything from OFRA… I’ll check it out. I like pencils too… but I don’t use them daily.

  5. I’m surprised I never noticed this when shopping. I like a gel as a topcoat but they don’t fill in my brows enough on their own.

  6. FabZilla_Kath Reply

    Believe it or not, I haven’t seen this at any d/s here in Oahu, even at Target!

    • I really like one from Perfekt Beauty. It’s a caramel shade that has a little bit of shimmer, but you can see it on your brows. I love it. 🙂

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