For most of us mascara is the basis of our makeup bag.
Even for those days when we are rushing out of the door or are in the mood to just hibernate in bed and applying a face of slap is the last thing we want to do, a sweep of mascara is always a must.
It’s a quick and easy way to take us from half asleep to ready for the day – and it’s a shortcut to avoiding those “are you feeling okay” comments from those co-workers who have never seen us bare-faced.
But settling on a mascara that hits all the bases can sometimes feel near impossible.
Finding a formula that contains the holy trinity powers of lengthening, defining and volumising can be surprisingly difficult.
And when you add in curling power, likeliness of flaking and ease of removability – there’s a lot of aspects to consider.
Not to mention price point too.
So we couldn’t contain our excitement when we came across a bargain mascara that is said to emulate the results of one of the best in the biz – Benefit’s iconic They’re Real.
Primark’s PS Wonder Lash mascara claims to gives customers ‘longer looking & defined lashes without clumping’, with 91 per cent of users agreeing that its formula gives ‘dramatic length & volume’.
Its slim and flexible rubber brush also lifts each lash and ensures that they are all properly coated with the cruelty-free formula.
And the best part? It comes in at only £3, compared to Benefit’s cult favourite that will set you back £22.
One fan took to Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, which has more than a million members, to express her amazement at the steal’s results.
‘£3 in primark!’ wrote the happy customer. ‘Absolutely amazing just like the Benefit mascara if not better 😊👌🏻’.
The post quickly raked up more than a thousand likes and hundreds of comments from other users who agreed.
‘Brought this last week it’s amazing,’ wrote one user, while another wrote, ‘I used it today and seems pretty good 😊’.
‘I’ve got it to it’s brilliant best one I’ve used so far x,’ agreed another, with someone else commenting, ‘I love this, no more expensive mascaras for me 👍’.
Others wrote, ‘Brilliant stuff’, ‘I LOVE this mascara!’, ‘It’s amazing ❤’ and ‘I love this mascara! Wont use anything else’.
Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a Rioja- and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she stalked the royals via breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.
Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a good slathering of SPF and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).
But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines. Being a product specialist on a brand for bold women (and living the single life) means that Aleesha also knows a thing or two about the must-buy sex toys, so she relishes in unleashing her inner Carrie Bradshaw on our sex & relationships pages.
When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group.
Follow her latest shopping & lifestyle advice, beauty insights and social antics on Instagram at @aleeshabadkar.
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