Milk VS. Glossier: Mascaras and Brow Gels

Milk VS. Glossier: Mascaras and Brow Gels

Welcome to the battle of the millennial brands. Milk Makeup versus Glossier. They both have two HYPED lines of mascaras and brow gels. Today I’m going to be comparing these products in all the ways that matter: price, ingredients, and aesthetics!


BOW down to the BROW

Photo by Glossier of Boy Brow (10% off Glossier)

Boy Brow

First up we have the one, the only, the iconic, some may say legendary, BOY BROW. You can comb it through your brows in just a couple swipes, or you can have the brush touch your skin for a more pigmented look. Idk if it’s supposed to be used that way… but that’s what works for me. The only thing I don’t like is that I often find that the brush doesn’t come out of the tube evenly coated so when you apply it to your eyebrows you might have to carefully swipe the goo around to even it out.

I find one tube can last a very long time. When it’s running low, I bend the brush to get the product from the sides. This stuff isn’t going into my eyes so I don’t care that I use it way beyond the “best before” date. Oops.

Price: $16 USD or $20 CAD for 3.12g  — $5.12 USD per gram

Ingredients: EWG Ratings in Parentheses (Rating scale 1-10, non-toxic to very toxic)

Water (Aqua), Beeswax (Cera Alba) (1), Butylene Glycol (1), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (1), Propylene Glycol Stearate (1), Glyceryl Stearate (1), Stearic Acid (1), Isostearic Acid (1), PVP (1), Dimethicone (3), Tromethamine (2), Oleic Acid(1), Silica (2), Polybutene (1), Lecithin (3), Cellulose Gum (1), Xanthan Gum (1), Glyceryl Laurate (3), Sorbitan Laurate (1), Atelocollagen (1), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (1), Propylene Glycol Laurate (1), Polymethyl Methacrylate (1), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (N/A), Polysorbate 20 (3), Sodium Hyaluronate (1), Sodium Dehydroacetate (1), Caprylyl Glycol (1), Hexylene Glycol (1), Phenoxyethanol (4), Disodium EDTA (1) May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289)


Photo by Milk of Kush Fibre Brow Gel (link gives you $10 off*):

Kush Fibre Brow Gel

We didn’t see it coming, but maybe we did. Some say it’s only for the high brow folks, but we all agree it’s some DOPE ass shit. Presenting the brand new KUSH FIBRE BROW GEL. I’ve been a long time user of Glossier’s Boy Brow, but I think… this one is the one I’ll be repurchasing going forward. It pretty much does the same thing as Boy Brow, but is cheaper and more readily available as it’s sold at Sephora. And…the Boy Brow packaging has always felt cheap to me…

Price: $18 USD or $22 CAD for 4.5mL  –$4 per mL USD (**1g=1ml)

Ingredients: EWG Ratings in Parentheses  (Rating scale 1-10, non-toxic to very toxic)

Water/aqua/eau, glyceryl stearate (1), PEG-100 stearate (3), PVP (1), Cannabis sativa seed oil (2), Nylon-6 (1), silica (2), magnesium aluminium silicate (N/A), glycerin (2), panthenol (1), phenoxyethanol (4), galactoarabinan (1), glyceryl caprylate (1), polyacrylamide (4), C13-14 isoparaffin (1), laureth-7 (3), sodium benzoate (3), potassium sorbate (3) May contain/peut contenir: titanium dioxide/CI 77891, iron oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, mica/CI 77019



Eyelash, Youlash, WeAllLash!

Photo by Glossier of Lash Slick (10% off Glossier)

Glossier Lash Slick

I would buy stuff from Glossier just for that awesome pink ziploc bubble wrap bag. It’s so cool.

This is a my lashes but better kind of mascara. It makes your lashes look very natural. If you want a more dramatic look, this is not for you. If you want big, fat, thick lashes, this is not for you. It’s a very I’m not wearing any makeup kind of look, which makes this product rather underwhelming. A mascara that I love that achieves the separated, lengthening, look better is Avene’s High Tolerance mascara (which I discovered when I saw a French girl with the most beautiful skin and lashes I have ever seen and wrote down everything she used). In my experience, the best my lashes but better mascara is Burberry’s Cat Lashes. Avene’s brush is better for giving lift to your lashes, and helping give them some curl. No matter how much pressing, pushing, wiggling I did, I couldn’t achieve it with the Glossier.  However, what I really like about this mascara is that it washes off easily with warm water. It comes off in like little tubes, so it’s not a whole smudgey racoon eye situation you need make up remover for. Because it’s doesn’t come off goopy, no raccoon eyes on those hot, humid days. But then again, you wouldn’t get raccoon eyes if you just forewent mascara in the first place.

Price: $16 USD or $20 CAD for 8.5g — $1.88 USD per mL

Ingredients: EWG Ratings in Parentheses

Aqua/Water/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Cera Alba/Beeswax (1), PEG-15 Glyceryl Stearate (3), Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (1), Butylene Glycol (1), Kaolin (1), Pullulan (1), Behenyl Alcohol (1), Bentonite (2), Rayon (1), Alcohol Denat. (4), Dimethicone (3), Stearic Acid (1), Sucrose Distearate (1), VP/VA Copolymer (1), Nylon-6 (1), Aminomethyl Propanol (3), Glycerin (2), Tocopherol (1), Silica (2), Panthenol (1), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 (1), Sodium Dehydroacetate (1), Phenoxyethanol (4). May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77266 (Black 2).


Photo from Milk of Kush High Volume Mascara (link gives you $10 off*):

Milk Kush High Volume Mascara

This mascara comes in the heaviest tube I have ever picked up. Why is it so big?! Luckily there is a handy dandy mini size version which, volume wise is much more suited to my needs. I really like this mascara. I’m usually pretty mascara agnostic, but know what I like and don’t like. This mascara doesn’t apply clumpy at all. If you use the tip of the wand to load up on product goop and swipe it around, you won’t have any difficulty spreading it around evenly. A few swipes and you have long, defined lashes. With some lash primer, you can get even more length.

Price: $24 USD or $29 CAD for 10mL –$2.40 USD per mL


Ingredients: EWG Ratings in Parentheses

Water/Aqua/Eau, Paraffin (1), Glyceryl Stearate (1), Synthetic Beeswax (1), Stearic Acid (1), Acacia Senegal Gum (3), Butylene Glycol (1), Palmitic Acid (1), Polybutene (1), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (1), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (1), Ozokerite (1), Aminomethyl Propanol (3), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (1), Phenoxyethanol (4), Stearyl Stearate (1), Hydroxyethylcellulose (1), Nylon-6 (1), Papaver Somniferum Seed Oil (N/A), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (2), Glycerin (1), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Dipteryx Odorata Seed Extract (1), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter (1), Cera carnauba/copernica cerifera (carnuaba) wax/cire de carnauba (1), Silica (2), Tropolone (1), Aframomum Melegueta Seed Extract (1), Helichrysum Italicum Extract (1), Iron Oxide/CI 77499 (2)



Brow brushes

Mascara brushes

No make up

Glossier Boy Brow + Lash Slick


Milk Kush Brow Gel + Mascara



Milk is the winner for me for both products. In general, I have found Glossier’s products underwhelming. For whatever makeup product they have, Nudestix has a version I like better. For their skincare products, there’s an equivalent from Deciem that wins me over in price. Even their packaging feels meh. With that being said, I never, ever buy full size fragrances, and I’m a big fan of Glossier You in terms of the product itself and the packaging.

Have you tried any of these four products? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what other people think of these brands as well!


Update Jan. 2019:

  •  I’m actually preferring Boy Brow these days. The Kush Brow wiper inside the tube leaves too much product on the brush. I have found that I do spend a little more time trying to even out the gloops of product it leaves behind.
  • The Kush mascara gives much more impressive volume and length than Lashslick, but it just melts off onto my lower lids. For this, I recommend neither product.


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