Beauty Battles: Bobbie Brown vs Wet n Wild Gel Eyeliner | A Rose in Bloom


I'm not really one to make New Year's Resolutions. A year is too long a time frame so it allows us to change our goals from "right now" to "someday" waaaay too easily. That said, this year, sometime around March, my conscious started tingling. As I applied my abundance of MAC eyeshadows, I couldn't stop thinking about animal testing in cosmetics. I had recently been purchasing some shampoo from Lush and had a conversation with an employee there. Am I really ok with shoving mascara into rabbit eyes or force feeding animals lethal doses of chemicals just to make sure that eating cosmetics is harmful (btw, don't eat makeup, k)? No, I'm really not ok with that. After a little research on my options, I knew it was time to make a lifestyle change: going cruelty free.

Firstly, I know... L'Oreal, Maybelline, and Cover Girl have so much inventory! It's hard! My favorite lipstick ever is by MAC! On and on the list of excuses could go... but in reality there are tons of options! Cruelty Free Kitty has a ton of options listed on her site. With that many brands on the market, there's going to be something for everyone. So today I'll start with possibly my most used cosmetic item: eyeliner.


For years, I used Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and brush with fantastic results. Seriously, I have sworn by this expensive product since I was 20! I knew I was going to be really reluctant to let it go, but I had heard some great reviews of cheaper gel/creme eyeliners on /r/makeupaddiction. After searching the sub, I decided to give Wet n Wild's Fergie creme eyeliner in Little Black Dress a go. I am so glad I did! The texture is better than Bobbi Brown! It glides on smoother, lasts at least as long as Bobbi Brown, and Wet n Wild never, ever tests on animals! The best part though is the price, Bobbi Brown is $25 while Wet n Wild only cost me $4.99 at my local Walgreens. My only complaint is that the lid on Wet n Wild Little Black Dress smudges easier and collects more dust, therefore it needs to be cleaned more frequently.



Can you tell which one was $25 and which was $5? Neither can I.


Another benefit of Wet n Wild's Little Black Dress is it has amazing longevity. I don't know about you, but I want my eyeliner to last through the work day, walking my dog in 90 degrees, and through an entire ballet performance. Little Black Dress can do this just as easily as Bobbi Brown for a fraction of the price. Just look below, where I have included some crappy selfies taken after performing a ballet piece in the pouring rain.* As you can see, I am soaked. That eyeliner hasn't budged. Quite frankly, I think that Wet n Wild Comfort Zone pallette held up pretty well too.


































P.S. This series will also focus on affordable new favorites. Looking great doesn't have to be expensive. Drugstore makeup has become better than ever.

Do you have a favorite cruelty free eyeliner? Anything else you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

*Yay for dancing in the rain and crossing things off my bucket list!

12 comments

  1. This sounds like a great switch! I would love to try this, your comparison is really helpful ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Thank you! For $5, it's most definitely worth a try!

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  2. Lizzy, that's awesome that you're making the switch. I'm currently doing that with skincare. Maybe, I'll slowly do the same with cosmetics. It truly makes you think. Wet N Wild has some wonderful options and the eyeliner looks great on you! Keep us posted with your finds. You're teaching me!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I used to avoid drugstore items like the plague, but Wet n Wild actually does have a decent line. I'm sharing another product of theirs next Sunday, so stay tuned. It's great that you are doing that with your skincare though! Baby steps. :) I think you will find that there are a lot more cruelty free brands than you thought... NYX, Milani, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Tarte, Hourglass, ELF. I figure I should be able to find all my needs with such variety!

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  3. Oh my gosh, that's such a cool read! I have to check out Wet n Wild eyeliners now!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. This was really surprised me! I like some of their eyeshadows and lipsticks too!

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  4. I love seeing comparrison posts like this because they can save you so much money.
    I am not really an eyeliner person but this was really helpful.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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    1. YES to saving money! I couldn't believe the price difference and I don't feel like I sacrificed any quality. Plus, IMO the Bobbi Brown eyeliner dries out too quickly for $25!

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  5. I just discovered your blog and I knew I had to follow you as soon as I saw this post! I've been looking for good quality, cost efficient, cruelty free makeup products for a while now, but I never thought to check out anything by Wet n Wild. I'll be looking at their products next time I need a new eyeliner!

    Kate
    girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

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    1. Girl, thank you! You are in luck. I should also note that Milani and NYX have a reputation for good, cheap eyeliners too, though I haven't tried them personally. Hope you find the perfect cruelty free liner!

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  6. Wow, thanks for sharing my guide! Glad to hear you're making the lifestyle change! Beautiful photos. xx

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    1. You are welcome! Thank YOU for putting together such a great guide to help people like myself along the way. xoxo

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