Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Splurge vs. Steal: Black Gel Eyeliner

I recently tested the Bobbi Brown black gel eyeliner I'd used for a long time (MSRP $23) against the super cheap version created by e.l.f (MSRP $3). Check out my results below and let me know what you think! What type of gel eyeliner do YOU use?

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black
$23, Sephora
Buy it HERE

Pros: easy to apply, creates opaque effect with one coat, makes thick line styles with ease

Cons: smudges when touched and while drying (can leave marks on upper lid just after application which easily wipe off), clots on brush - you need to clean/replace brushes regularly (brush NOT included), thickness makes it somewhat hard to create thin line styles, pricey!

e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black
$3, e.l.f.
Buy it HERE

Pros: doesn't smudge, includes a slanted eyeliner brush in every package, easy to apply in thin lines, overall great value!

Cons: a little bit thinner than other eyeliners, may require two coats to achieve opaque effect


  1. How about getting it off? That's usually the problem with inexpensive makeup for me-- it takes a lot of remover and a lot of removing, which can be rough on delicate eye skin!

    1. Great question! Both of them are fairly easy to get off, but actually the e.l.f. one might be the easier of the two. As I mentioned, it's a little thinner than the Bobbi Brown one (even when you put on a few layers!). I use Boots Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm ($8.50 at Target) to wash my face at night and it doubles as makeup remover. I've never had a problem getting the e.l.f. off just using that. xx HauteontheSpot


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