It’s funny how drawing a black line across your lids can instantly make you feel prettier (and look more wide awake!) For this week’s edition of Splurge vs. Save, we’re examining the indisputable makeup essential for your eyes: gel eyeliner. Promising a pencil’s ease of use and a liquid liner’s precision application, gel liner is the middle-ground option that has never done us wrong. Check out our picks!

SPLURGE: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner, P1,450
It’s a hefty price to pay for a pot of eye paint, but Bobbi Brown’s legendary Long-Wear Gel Liner is an award-winner for a reason. This creamy formula is waterproof, budge-proof, and even sweat-resistant. That means it’s perfect for everyday use on oily lids or those non-stop Beyoncé-dancing nights out. Trust us, girls, this stuff will stay flawless.

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SAVE: Maybelline 36H Lasting Drama Gel Liner, P399
Now, this baby is what we call budget-friendly. Maybelline’s 36H Lasting Drama Gel Liner is one of the most top-rated drugstore products around, praised by makeup junkies everywhere for delivering the same results as designer liners. It’s creamy, pigmented, smudge-proof, and glides on like a dream. Best of all, it comes with its own brush, which is so well-made, we’d actually consider the tool a steal on its own! All this, under 500 bucks.

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ANOTHER SPLURGE: Laura Mercier Crème Liner, P1,150
Fun fact: Maybelline’s gel liner is actually a delightful dupe for Laura Mercier’s! The much pricier but trés chic Crème Liner offers a wide variety of vibrant shades that can make any eye color pop.

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So will it be Bobbi or Laura? Maybe it’s Maybelline? You tell us, beautiful!

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