The 4 Greatest Beauty Matchups of All Time

There's no better March matchup than a classic rivalry: Kansas vs. Kansas State, Georgetown vs. Syracuse, Duke vs. North Carolina—the list goes on. In the spirit of college ball’s most memorable face-offs, we bring you four of the greatest beauty showdowns ever.

Find out what Birchbox staffers had to say about each dueling duo, and follow us on Facebook to vote for your favorite.

Liquid Eyeliner vs. Gel Eyeliner

Liquid vs Gel

These two power forwards both create dramatic flair—think gorgeous cat-eye or come-hither Cleopatra. What's the difference? “Liquid liner is ideal for those days when you want a really precise line,” says Video Manager Lorelei, who’s mastered the kitten eye. “I love the stila stay all day liquid liner because the felt tip makes it easy to avoid any shakiness.” But Editorial Intern Charisse, who expertly wields an angled eyeliner brush, votes for gel. “A gel liner can be much more forgiving since you can move the formula around even if you mess up, and it's the perfect element to add to a classic smoky eye.” Our top gel seed: Youngblood’s Gel Eyeliner, since the mineral-based formula is extrapigmented.

Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss

Lipstick vs Lipgloss

Like Louisville vs. Kentucky, the lip debate never gets old: matte or glossy, bold color or extra shine? Campaign Strategy Manager Deepica loves long-lasting hues: “I’m obsessed with the consistency and pigmentation of the MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick, specifically in Maraschino Cherry. I put it on in the morning and it lasts all day.” Though she loves the bright hues, Marketing Copy Coordinator Ally says she’s “a beauty klutz, so for me swiping on an intense lipstick is just asking for trouble. Instead, I opt for a sheer, moisturizing gloss that still adds a little bit of color to my face.” Our pick for a deep run in the gloss department: FusionBeauty’s Lipfusion Infatuation, which gently plumps lips (sans stinging) and gives them a pretty tint that lasts for hours.

BB Cream vs. Foundation

BB Cream vs Foundation

Foundation has always been a clutch player for balancing out uneven skin—especially when combined with a brush or a makeup sponge for even smoother application. “Foundation is my choice because it provides more coverage,” says Marketing Manager Rachel L. Our latest pick making its way up the rankings: Smashbox’s 15-hour wear hydrating skin foundation, whose light-diffusing spheres amp up our natural radiance. In the last few years, though, BB cream has inched into the majors thanks to its multitasking properties.“I've been a tinted moisturizer gal and SPF nut for a long time, so it was only natural that I would fall in love with BB creams,” says Senior Editorial Manager Meredith. “My fave is Dr. Jart's Premium Beauty Balm. Not only does it blend in easily and hydrate, but the SPF 45 gives me a high level of sun protection.”

Sleek Blowout vs. Wavy Blowout

Sleek vs wavy blowout

In the battle of the blowouts, glossy strands give tousled waves a run for their money. The differentiating factor? The product you use to prep your locks before you add the heat. “I love using a hair oil to get shiny strands when I blow out my hair,” says Social Media Senior Manager Rachel S. “Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue is my favorite because it smells amazing and makes my hair supersoft.” But if pin-straight doesn’t fit your look—curly-haired ladies, we see you!—follow in Operations Associate Sarah’s footsteps and opt for soft waves. “Since I have crazy curls, using a styling cream like Oribe Creme for Style helps me calm them for a natural, wavy look.”

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