Jul 23 2015

YSL Couture Brow Tinted Gel Review: Glazed Brown


Concluding my reviews on the items I purchased from the YSL Fall 2015 makeup collection, we round things up with a look at the YSL Couture Brow Tinted Eyebrow Gel. I’m starting to develop a bit of a brow gel fixation and when I saw this product being promoted as part of the collection, I had to have it, even though it’s quite pricey.


YSL Couture Brow Review


YSL Couture Brow Review

As far as I can tell, the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Brow is the first brow gel type product offered by the brand. It promises to structure, intensify and enhance with a buildable texture and a precise brush that instantly transforms the brows. It is formulated with “gelifying fixators” that hold the brows all day long and pigments that deliver a hint of colour. The Couture Brow is offered in two shades:  No.1 Glazed Brown and No.2 Ash Blonde. Being a dark haired gal, I went with No. 1 Glazed Brown, obviously.

Packaging-wise, this product is much larger than most other brow gel products I’ve encountered. It’s about the size of a traditional mascara tube. The spoolie, however, is smaller and similar in shape, though slightly larger, than the spoolie on the Benefit Gimme Brow, allowing for ease of application.


YSL Couture Brow Review


I think Glazed Brown would be suitable for anyone with dark brown to black hair. You may be able to tell from the swatch, but there is a pearlescence to the formula which I believe is meant to help the brows appear more voluminous.


YSL Couture Brow Review


YSL Couture Brow Dark Brunette


This isn’t a product that is going to add a ton of volume or pigment. It’s more of a traditional brow gel and doesn’t contain fibers like the Benefit Gimme Brow or Lashfood Brow Gel (demonstrations of those products featured here and here, respectively). On my thin and sparse brows, one coat of the YSL Brow Couture adds a bit of definition and structure. To achieve a more defined look, however, I apply an additional coat as well as fill in the “head” and “tail” of my brows, so to speak, with my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.


YSL Couture Brow


Included in the product description on some sites (Harvey Nichols) are references to the products incredible staying power, claiming to set the brows for up to 24 hours.  And I have to say that this is so true. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product that stays put as well as this one does – almost to a fault. Once you use this to set your brows, they ain’t going no where. Through a long, humid day not one hair budges and there are no signs of pigment loss or fading. I think I could sleep with this stuff on and wake up the next day with everything perfectly in place. Plain water won’t remove it, but a good makeup remover should be sufficient (the cleansing oils and waters I currently have in my collection seem to do the trick).

The one downside to this incredible staying power, is that there is potential for the brow to look painted on. This won’t be an issue for those with thicker brows just looking for something to keep them in place while adding a bit of definition, but if you’re wanting to use the product to “fill in” the brows, be aware. If you’re in the thinner brow crowd like me, I think the best way to use the YSL Brow Couture is like a traditional brow gel, i.e. after you’ve groomed and shaped your brows using pencil/powder/gel then use this to set while adding a little more colour. You could add colour afterwards, as I did in the photos above, but you run the risk of the product becoming cakey.

Despite these considerations, I’m still quite happy with the Couture Brow. It’s a welcome option for these hot and humid Summer days. And I think if you plan to run a marathon, participate in an iron man race, or swim the English Channel and you want your brows to remain perfectly groomed –  then this product is for you. If the price isn’t too much, that is. 🙂


The YSL Couture Brow retails for $35.00 USD/£21.00 and I’ve seen it at YSL.com US, Sephora,Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Harvey Nichols.


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  1. Yayy, another ysl product!
    I noticed you’re running a ysl post series, Kimmy and I love it!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about ysl products.

    And yes.. brow gel is one on my list right now,
    I’d love to give it a try cos I think I’m not good enough with pencil ^^

    Have a great day, Kimmy!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying the series! It’s been so fun to share the YSL love! Have a great day as well, hun.

  2. I’m still loving my GOSH brow gel. And it’s about ten times cheaper, too, haha.

    1. Wish we could get GOSH products here, would love to try the brand.

  3. I couldn’t justify the price for a brow product, Kimmy. LOL! I’m not a huge fan of Benefit Gimme Brow too, somehow I’ve learn that the best way to do my brows are combination of brow powder and pencil..

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I agree, it’s rather pricey. I like powder least, actually. But it still works for me. I just find these type of products so much more convenient. Maybe I’m just, lol.

  4. I’m on the hunt for a new brow gel (I own the Gimme Brow). I want to try a new product but I also have very sparse brow so I’ll see. 😏 Perfect Review 🙂 xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Ingrid. Have you heard of the Lashfood Browfood? It’s similar to the Gimme Brow but the brush is larger. I reviewed it here: http://beautyisles.com/lashfood-browfood-tinted-brow-enhancing-gelfix-review/

  5. Great review! This brow gel is a little pricey for me if I can’t use it to fill in brows but I’ve been loving my Maybelline Brow Drama to hold hairs in place after I’ve filled them in with powder. 🙂 xo

    1. That’s the one I’ve been meaning to try – the Maybelline Brow Drama! Are there any other drugstore brow gel type products that you recommend, Katie?

  6. omg! I need that brow gel!! STAT!

    1. It’s a good one! Definitely a luxe option. 🙂

  7. Ahh I have this in my recent On My Radar post so I’m glad to read that it has some serious staying power! I don’t usually use a brow gel on its own anyway, only as a final step to keep my brows in place after I fill them in. I think I’ll really like it!

    1. I just saw that! The staying power of this stuff is incredible. I should have mentioned this but applying too much can lead to buildup, one or two swipes is all you need. 🙂

  8. Wow this makes your brows look fab! Its sounds perfect for me, as I’m as lazy as I can be when it comes doing my brows 😀

    Pink Frenzy

    1. I’m so, so lazy when it comes to my brows. Hence my love for products like this. 🙂

  9. Hello! This looks like a nice product! Of all my makeup hoarding, brow products are definitely the smallest category on the list! 🙂 great review and B and A xo

    1. Thank you, Christina. Brow products are definitely the smallest category of my collection as well, but its growing for sure! xo

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