Splurge or Save? Gel Pencil Liner

In today’s post, we’re comparing pencil eyeliners with a gel formula.

The Contenders:

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, $25

Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Mink, $8


Marc Jacobs: This liner offers inky black color that applies smoothly. Perfect for a smoky eye, it blends out nicely before setting to an all day finish. The “self-sharpening” tip is not fine enough for a solid clean winged line, however, so I don’t reach for it often.

Ulta: I picked this one up on a whim, and it has quickly become a staple in my eye makeup wardrobe. Application is easy, the formula lasts all day, and the color is true, matte, dark brown.

And the winner is…..

The budget liner wins! Although there was nothing wrong with the Marc Jacobs, the Ulta liner performed just as well, so why not save $17?

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