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Monday
Mar182013

MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy

The MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy is one of those must-have things we always hear about. I've been meaning to try it for the longest time but, well, other amazing eyebrow products always crop up. Good thing Lannel Boutique sent me a tube some weeks ago! Here's what I think about this cult favorite.

Girl Boy is a dark blonde shade with a subtle golden shimmer. The gold might look weird at first, but it does give brows such a lovely dimensional look. 

What I love about the product

  • It's a nice topper for dark eyebrows - it sort of highlights the hair and gives it more depth and lushness. If you're light-haired and/or have extremely dark brows then this is okay to use by itself; if you have sparse brows, make sure to use eyebrow color underneath it first.
  • Doesn't smudge or fade during the day.

  • Dries quickly but not too fast that you won't have time to blend.
  • Hair doesn't feel stiff when coated with the stuff.
  • There is A LOT (8 grams) of product in the tube which makes me think that the price is reasonable (I don't have exact price right now but I think it's about P900-P1000).

Looks weird but it works even on dark hair. It's best worn with some sort of dark base underneath - could be eyebrow powder, pencil, pen, gel, whichever you prefer.

Worn on top of an eyebrow pen

Close up. No sign on the shimmer!

What I don't like about the product

  • The brush. It's so big and chunky that it makes the gel difficult to apply accurately. I prefer small, thin brushes/ wands for my eyebrows.
  • Something off with the packaging - the opening is too big so a goop of the stuff sticks to the wand when you pull it out. I have to wipe it on tissue, which means I'm wasting precious product every time I use it.

 

This brush picks up way too much product

Recommendations

If you like lightening your brows a notch (might be because you feel they're too thick or you just recently dyed your hair lighter) then you will love the MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy. The shade is pretty much "universal" since it won't completely cover your natural hair and works with whatever base you put underneath. 

Just make sure that you have the right amount of product on the wand before you brush it on your eyebrows; too much and you'll end up with chunky blonde streaks. Eek. Wipe the wand on a tissue first or on the rim of the tube.

Verdict

It's nice! I'm not crazy over it (that brush is frustrating!) but I do like using it to soften harsh brows. It also makes the hair look more...luscious and interesting. I will definitely continue using Girl Boy. :)

Anyway if the local MAC counters are not accessible to you or if you want to save a bit of dough when buying MAC, you can check out Lannel Boutique. Sharlene sells lipsticks mostly but she sometimes has blushes and foundations too. :) Find her on Instagram.

Reader Comments (14)

Thnaks for lanelle boutique recommendation. Im just an eyebrow newbie so don muna ko s etude house lash mascara. Btw how does this compare to majolicas lash mascara?

ive just discovered elf browkit which they say is a dupe for the browzing

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March 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

This looks exactly like the one in etude house. I forgot the name of the product though but it seems like a good dupe for this.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergem

How is this compared to majolica majorca brow and lash colorist?

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I have dark bushy brows so this might just be the thing I need. Thanks for the tip! Totally checking out Lanelle too.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLysha

I like the color. I never really touch my eyebrows, except when I shape them a bit. Makeup-wise, I don't do much though. They're a little on the thick side, so this shade could lessen the intensity of my brows, especially when I'm going for a bright-eyed look.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

The cult following for this intrigued me last year. But when i swatched it - got scared off! Its so blonde and well, caucasian. Haha. I settled for beguille (ashy brown) and have been using it almost everyday. It takes a while to get over the learning curve on how to put it on. Before i used to have yucky blobs of product but now with a light hand, my brows looks combed and behaved all the time. You will only notice the shimmer if your under natural light, which bothers me a bit. But overall, i love it and would definitely repurchase if i run out.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTin

Majo's Brow and Lash Colorist can be a good dupe to this. Plus the brush is so much better (and it's cheaper)! I'm not so crazy about long wearing brow products but you had me lemming for the Shu Brow Pencil for weeks now.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Hi Liz! The most recent price is P1100 at MAC counters :)

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrystal

I love this, after I dyed my hair I became obsessed with eyebrows and that's when girl boy came in.
I used to over apply this and my eyebrows blended in with my dark skin, NOT flattering at all, but I've learned to dab some product on my brows (I put most at the inner part of the eyebrows) and then blend them in with a separate spooley. I agree that you have to wear something under it or it looks off but I don't mind. I'm intrigued with beguile, as sometimes this tends to look a bit too warm.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCel

This is something I could not live without ever since I started using it 2yrs ago! Yes it does look weird at first but the right amount of product + good shading on brows makes this a definite must-try for anyone looking to have "less harsh-looking" brows haha. :) And btw this is also one of the very few products aside from skin care that I've finished already! :)

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I've been using the same brand for over a year now. It really brings out your eyes and compliments your hair color. =) Since i have brownish-ombre hair color, the stuff really makes wonders! haha.

BTW, if you're a MAC lover (like me..hehe) , you may want to browse http://www.yourunicahija.com for some Authentic MAC Cosmetics in affordable prices compared with the regular mall prices.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAyie

I've been meaning to try this. Its a cult favorite.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I wonder how this fares in comparison with the majo and etude brow mascara. I'm kinda iffy about this because of the red brown tinge it gives on the brows. i guess its something that one has to find a good base eyebrow pencil to pair it with and to practice a lot before you get it right. Akala ko at first it will work only with mestiza complexion and would look weird for morena, but seeing your picture above, it seems it could really work.
Still on the stage of just using brow wax and powder because its the easiest and most natural looking that I can make mine. Baby steps, someday i'll get to the point of experimenting.

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Thank you so much for this, Liz <3

March 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharlene Dy

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