5 Alternatives To This Sold-Out Brow Gel

You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now, how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it’s got to be good.

Stiff, sticky, wet, crusty — four words you never want to hear when you're talking about brow gel (or pretty much anything, for that matter). For a product that seems so simple, you'd be surprised just how hard it is to get it right. So, when we find one that truly works, we hold onto it tight. For us, and brow enthusiasts around the globe, that's NARS Brow Gel.

The little black tube has been out of stock at Sephora and back-ordered on Neiman Marcus since last week. While it's by no means new, the classic gel is a mainstay in many editors' makeup bags for good reason: It's easy to apply, holds our brows in place all day, and makes hairs look feathery and brushed up — not crispy. Plus, the slightly glossy finish tends to catch the light, creating a highlighter-like effect that makes brows look fuller and thicker, despite the fact that the gel is totally clear.

Sadly, finding a tube of the clear gel will be tough, but the brand still has tinted versions of the product in stock. If you simply cannot live without a clear gel until then — or just want to try something new — keep scrolling to check out a few of our other favorite formulas.

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According to Refinery29 beauty assistant Sam Sasso, who has naturally full and fluffy brows, this $2 gel won't make your arches darker, but it does "make hairs look thicker, fuller, and more precisely shaped."
New York Color Show Time Lash & Brow Mascara, $3.57 $1.87, Buy
We love this brow gel for everything it's not. It never makes our brows feel sticky or stiff, nor does it leave a white tint like so many other clear gels do.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, $22.00 Buy
Brow gels don't exclusively come in mascara-like packaging, this one features a wax-filled pencil that's perfect for anyone who finds gels too wet or thick. Simply swipe the pencil across your brows and brush up the hairs with your fingers or a spoolie. It keeps our brows set all day and one crayon will last you months.
NudeStix Brow Wax, $24.00 Buy
Refinery29 Senior Beauty Editor Lexy Lebsack loves this $10 brow gel from Mary Kay. "It's strong, but not stiff, and holds my brows in a brushed-up shape all day long without flaking," she says.
Mary Kay Brow Gel, $36.00 Buy
If clear brow gel isn't your cup of tea, opt for a tinted one to give you a little more definition. This one has a super-skinny brush that makes it great for taming both bushy and sparse brows.
Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Brow Gel, $20.00 Buy
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