When it comes to makeup, I’m not too fussed whether the products I’m using are classed as high street or higher end. As long as they do the job well, I don’t really mind. Despite this, I’ve recently decided to pick out a few different makeup bits with a range of prices, some that are new and some that I’ve used for years, to see how they compare. I’ve started off by having a go with two mascaras, one high street brand and one more expensive brand, to see if the price is a reflection of their performance.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara (RRP around £8.99)
Having read mixed reviews about this mascara from Maybelline, I was keen to give it a try for myself. At just under £9, my first thoughts were that the mascara must do something good, as I’d say it’s at the top end of high street pricing. What I like most about it is the shape of the brush; it’s curved in the same way that my lashes do so it manages to pick them all up when I apply it. At first, the mascara goes on really well and isn’t clumpy, and all lashes are covered without having to worry about smudging. The length that can be achieved with this mascara is brilliant even with just one stroke, unlike any others I’ve used before. I’d say it’s quite difficult to make lashes thick using only this mascara, it’s definitely more impressive when it comes to length. I’ve found that as I’ve used it more it has started to become a bit more clumpy, but with careful strokes I think clumps can be avoided. Overall, Maybelline Lash Sensational is ideal for lash length and the brush is one of the best shapes for easy application. It’s perfect as a quick daytime makeup fix!
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (RRP around £20.50)
This is a firm favourite of mine and I’ve labelled it my “going out” mascara. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara is perfect for thick, long lashes that will stay put all day or night. Though the price is quite high, one full size tube of mascara will last me a long time so I don’t have to constantly invest in new ones (saving the mascara for going out or special occasions works too). I’m not as keen on the shape of the brush as it can be hard to reach smaller lashes on the inside of the eye, but I’ve never had problems with it being clumpy. With just a few layers, the mascara builds up a nice thickness on the lashes which is great for creating bold eyes for an evening out. The fact that this mascara can achieve both length and thickness so well makes it worth the price, and I’d definitely recommend it as a higher end beauty buy.