Splurge or Steal: Gel Eyeliner


Back with another edition of SPLURGE or STEAL: this time it’s the battle of the gel eyeliners. Gel eyeliner rapidly gained popularity in the mainstream thanks to its impressive results in the cat-eye department, and its set-it-and-forget-it staying power. I’ve long used Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear gel eyeliner but these two drugstore renditions have me swooning. And I’ll never go back to the high-end stuff.

  • ashleigh

    I’m a little afraid to apply gel liner myself, but I love the way it looks. And since you’ve pointed out the less expensive brands I think I’ll try it, and it won’t hurt my pocketbook if it doesn’t work out.

  • Abby Reed

    i used to wear the bobbi brown gel eyeliner but have been on hiatus from gel liners in general. i will definitely have to check out the loreal one soon! than you for sharing!

  • Jonna

    I love the splurge vs. steal posts! Thanks for researching for us :)
    I think you should do a video showing how to put on the gel eyeliner. I use a liquid eyeliner pen but am not sure how to use the gel eyeliner..
    Everything but Ordinary

  • Jenn

    My favorite posts are splurge vs steal! Loreal… Who knew!?
    Thank you!!!

  • http://twitter.com/mo_meg Meg O.

    I, of course, like the Bobbi Brown and MAC Fluidline, but I am also REALLY loving the ELF cream liner (which is gel liner). ELF is really hit or miss for me but I just adore it! I’ll have to check out the L’Oreal one. L’Oreal is really kicking major butt with some of their products lately!

    • http://www.boxandbrownie.com/ Hannah

      Snap! I love the ELF cream liner :)

  • Amanda

    Can you do a post on how to apply the gel eyeliner? I’m so excited to try the Loreal eyeliner!

  • http://twitter.com/akaleistar Akaleistar

    Will have to try the L’Oreal version!

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  • thedressy chic

    I have the Smashbox Gel Liner compact with a variety of colors. They really disappoint, for the price I need better quality. I end up with a black line on my crease. Maybe the drugstore can help :)

  • http://www.boxandbrownie.com/ Hannah

    My cheap chic HG for gel liner is actually the ELF cream liner. I LOVE it!

    • http://www.professionallypetite.com Elissa

      Me too! Love this stuff.

  • http://six-2-eleven.blogspot.com/ Kim // Six2Eleven

    Stopping to get this on my way home bc I’m done trying to fight with my drying-up-as-we-speak Bobbi Brown liner. BB is great – – but really only when it’s brand spanking new.

  • Chelsea

    I’ve been using the Maybeline version for a while now in lieu of Bobbi’s and I agree, but I think after watching this, I’m going to give Loreal a whirl.


    Haute Child in the City

  • http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/ Jeans and a Teacup

    Good to know! I use BB gel eyeliner and love it. But I’m also a fan of L’Oreal products. I use their mascara and love it so I will seriously consider getting the L’Oreal liner next time!

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    I am really bad with eyeliners, but this maybelline is the best! Whoever worked on this little brush is a genius! It is so easy to use.

  • Adrienne

    I love the clinique gel liner! Its middle of the road cost wise, but it lasts for ever! I would love to see a dry shampoo post, as I am always on the hunt for a good one

  • Julie

    I have been searching for a great gel liner. I will be sure to pick up the Loreal version today. The next thing I could really use is a lesson on how to apply it in that gorgeous cat-eye fashion you have on. I have very round, large eyes and I would like to give them a more cat eye appearance. Thank you so much for your honest advice. I’m a huge fan of yours!

  • Veronika Kostrouchova

    what is the price of the l’oreal one? :)

  • Liz

    Picked up the L’Oreal liner based on your recommendation. Puts the MAC liner to shame. Thank you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paigebudde Paige Budde

    Awesome! Love these posts! You have the most informative blog and I love it!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      thank you! i’m glad you like these posts :)

  • Lacey

    Great produce review. Just wondering how you clean the brushes after use.

  • http://glamgirlnaturals.com/ Satyaveda5

    Glam Girl Naturals has great gel eyeliners! You can get them for $15, and they are great bc they are all natural, gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Plus they last FOREVER, which is a great deal for the money!

  • Michelle

    Oh My Gosh! I love them!! Glam Girl Naturals has some of the BEST natural makeup out there! I also use the black shade(Onyx) Gel Liner. It works like a wonder and looks amazing.