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The £7.99 mascara that's even better than YSL's favourite
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Mascara – just like our morning cuppa, the majority of us wouldn’t dare leave the house without it. We love it so much, that it was reported that women spend an eye-watering £2,800 on mascara in a lifetime. Fluttering your lashes in shock?

Since we consider it such an investment, I put two bestselling mascaras to the test, to see whether a budget one can rival a luxury one. Who knows, maybe this will help you save yourself some money (so that you can then spend more in Zara.

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Blow-the-budget buy: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, £25.50

The brush: A classic cylinder-shaped brush with short nylon bristles that vary in size and sit close to the base of the wand. It captures lots of product to load up the volume at the root of your lashes.

The formula: Get ready to get sciency. This one has three films: a coating one, a conditioning one and a fixing film to keep your mascara in place all day. It also contains oils to condition your lashes. Plus, it dries quickly too, so you can slick it on and go.

The colour: The classic black has a slightly glossy finish. If you want something even darker, look out for their newer deeper pigment.

The lasting power: No transferring on to the lids or flaking off at lunchtime. It holds a curl well, but the mascara has a tendency to dry out and is less effective, so it’ll need replacing frequently.

The effect: As the name suggests, it’ll look like your wearing falsies. It’s very volumising and curling to give a sultry effect


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Bargain buy: L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara, £7.99

The brush: A bendy, cone-shaped brush that’s tapered so the bristles are longer at one end and shorter at the tip. This design means that you coat every single lash, including those tiny ones on the edges and your bottom lashes.

The formula: Very glossy. It contains collagen spheres and polymers to help build up volume and hold curl. Takes a while to dry – so don’t sneeze.

The colour: An inky vinyl black that screams Manga.

The lasting power: Holds the shape pretty well and doesn’t transfer onto eyelids or flake off during the day.

The effect: Lengthening and volumising. One swipe and your lashes sky-rocket. Think wide-eyed and bushy-tailed.


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The verdict: Whilst I’ve been a loyal wearer of YSL’s mascaras, L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Mascara blew me away. It certainly lives up to its name, as it gives you anime-esque length and volume that not only lasts all day, but also feels weightless. You get all the same lovely effects from the YSL one, yet L’Oreal’s lasts longer and gives more length and gloss. Couple that with the fact that it’s a billy bargain, and you’re on to a winner.

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