I have been using Anastasia's brow gel for a while now. I picked up a brow kit, and the brow gel was included. I never considered brow gel before, but since I have somewhat unruly brows, it was love at first swipe. Unfortunately, the Anastasia stuff is quite pricey, so I decided to try the Great Lash clear mascara from Mabelline.
At first, I was skeptical of the Great Lash, because it did not seem as thick as the Anastasia stuff. It didn't leave my brows just a little crunchy either, like the Anastasia, which I thought meant that it wasn't working as well. However, after a month of daily use I can tell you that I am a convert! The Great Lash holds my brows in place all day (even when that day includes a nap), and still leaves them soft to the touch. Wicked awesome.
However, I still like the Anastasia packaging better.
As you can see, the Anastasia brush (bottom) is much fuller than the Great Lash (top). The full brush does a better job of combing through the brows with only a few sweeps. Also, I am not a fan of the fact that the Great Lash wand is white and the packaging clear. As you can see from the pic, the wand gets stained by my brow pencil fairy quickly, which transfers into the gel. I am sure that the Anastasia gel also got stained, but I was thankful that I didn't have to look at it.
However, the packaging is not enough to make me switch back to the Anastasia brow gel. Especially when I consider the almost $15 price difference.