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Mascara would be our desert island beauty staple, but do you have to fork out tonnes of cash to bag a winner? We pit Benefit's cult lash-lengthener against a cheap'n'cheerful Maybelline alternative.
Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara £7.99
When Maybelline first launched in the UK, it was their bog-standard, pink-tubed mascara that they were famous for. Decades later and they have built on their reputation by significantly increasing their offering of magic wands for lashes. With the curved brush, this product is easy to apply and makes lashes longer and fuller looking. The young pretender gets a thumbs up from us. Buy it here.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara £19.50
This mascara has only been on the market for three years, but has already attained cult-status, not to mention a fair few imitators. It lengthens lashes without clumping – even when you layer up - and has fantastic staying power. It’s a real beauty heavyweight. Buy it here.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and while Maybelline have done a pretty good job of copying the mascara master, Benefit is better by a whisker. Given the difference in price, it’s fair to say that this dual ends in a draw.