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Mascara Match // Benefit They’re Real v Primark False Lash Effect // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  The second installment here saw Benefit Rollerlash and Primark Lash Defining Mascara come in at a tie!  Well today is the final installment of Mascara Match!  Today I’m pitching Benefit They’re Real against Primark False Lash Effect mascara.

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Budget v High-End Makeup

As I’ve said in my earlier posts, it’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out a ton of different makeup products and brands over the years, I feel like that’s really not the case.  Some of my go-to products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget AKA cheap!  

I tell anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time I share the secret with you too!


The False Lash Effect Mascaras

These are the type of mascaras you turn to when you want DRAMA!  When you want to take a makeup look from day to night, false lash effect mascaras are what you need.  If you’re like me and are terrible at applying false lashes, these mascaras are the way of getting long, thick, dramatic lashes without any fuss!

Primark False Lash Effect Mascara

The Primark False Lash Effect Mascara (in the gold packaging below) has a very large wand, but it’s also very soft and the bristles are flexible.

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I never use this mascara as my first coat.  I always do two coats of mascara, and I prefer the first one to be a defining, lengthening one.  But this one is perfect for adding some oomph to my lashes – it really builds them up, but doesn’t leave them clumpy.  It leaves them fluttery and truly false-lash like!  I have quite long eyelashes naturally, but once I use this, they genuinely are as long as fake strip lashes 🙂

It isn’t waterproof (which is fine by me) but it lasts all day and doesn’t smudge or crumble.  As I’ve mentioned in the previous Mascara Match posts, the only downside for me is that you can’t buy anything from Primark online.  As someone with chronic illnesses, I find it much easier to shop online.  Maybe one day!

Cost: £2

Rating: 8.5/10


Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

The They’re Real wand is long and mid-sized, but the difference with this one is the little spiky ball on the end of the wand!  It’s intended to get into those little corner lashes that can be hard to reach with regular wands.  

Benefit says: they’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!”

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

I have to say, the little ball on the wand is the only thing I really like about this mascara.  It really reaches those little inner corner lashes well, and makes a real difference to the final look.  Now, if only I could have a ball on the end of the Benefit Rollerlash or one of the Primark mascaras, it’d be perfect!

I had high hopes when I tried They’re Real.  The name made me assume that they’d make your lashes look like you were wearing falsies.  You’d be walking down the street and everyone would be like: “are you wearing false lashes” and you’d say “no… They’re Real!”  This didn’t happen.  Lol!

The mascara lengthens enough to be a decent daytime mascara.  But the volumising isn’t great.  Don’t get me wrong, it does volumise… but it does that by clumping all your lashes together!  It’s such a clumpy mascara and once you’re wearing two coats, it really doesn’t look great in my opinion.  Definitely not something I’d ever repurchase.

Cost: £20.50

Rating: 2/10


The Winner!

Well, I think there’s a very clear winner here!  The Primark mascara is lovely and is pretty much always my second coat after using a lengthening & defining first coat.  It gives a super long, thick, fluttery effect.  I’ve repurchased it several times and will definitely have it on my shopping list in the future!

The Benefit They’re Real mascara just isn’t for me.  If you actually like the clumpy lash effect (I know some people do) then maybe you’ll like it.  But for me, I couldn’t even finish the tube.  And at £20.50, that’s a lot of money to waste!!  The Primark mascara will also save you £18.50!

It’s worth mentioning that since I bought my Primark mascaras, they have changed the packaging.  Most of them seem to be uniform in black and gold packaging now – so you’ll have to go by the names if you’re looking for the ones I’ve reviewed!


Check out this post to see Benefit Rollerlash vs Primark Lash Defining Mascara; 

and this one to see Benefit Bad Gal vs Primark Volumising Ultra Black Mascara!


Have you tried either of these mascaras?  What do you think of them?  What’s your favourite mascara of all brands?  Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Mascara Match // Benefit They’re Real v Primark False Lash Effect // Can Budget Beat High-End?

  1. Blissey says:

    It’s the “made in China” part of Primark’s products that stops me. If they can produce it, ship it round the world, market it and still make a profit some one is losing out.
    Mascara is also probably the most subjective makeup product there is. Ask 5 different people about the same ones and get five completely different answers!

    • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

      Ah right, that’s a good point! Whenever asked about their prices, they say it’s because they produce in such bulk that they can be so cheap. But maybe I’m being naive believing that? Yeah definitely, there’s room for tons of mascaras on the market as we’re all looking for different things 😊 xx

  2. Rhiannon says:

    I never really like They’re Real when I had a mini sample but it seemed everyone else loved it at the time. Are the tubes a similar size so you could swap the lids? I’ve done that in the past and used No7 lids in some others. It looks odd but you get the best of both worlds with the mascara you like and the better wand.

    • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

      I know right! Isn’t it strange when people rave about something and you just can’t see it? Makes you wonder if you just got a crap one lol. But I’ve even had that applied BY Benefit in store and it was the same. Yeah I actually did that with my mini of this and Rollerlash to use it up lol! Xxx

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