Benefit Bad Gal Bang Dupes
Our makeup maven, Kristin, found one excellent dupe and one that provides a completely different look.
*Neither brand is certified cruelty-free. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: Both of these mascaras gave me similar results - long, long lashes that didn't clump up but without a lot of volume at the bottom of my lashline. Both of these products are lightweight (the Benefit is VERY light) and have a formula that is almost wet looking. The result gives you separated lashes, nothing spidery or flaky. The packaging here is similar, with plastic wands with very short bristles, although the Maybelline wand has a bit of an angle to it allowing you to really coat each lash along the curve of your eyelid. Both of these wore well throughout the day and didn't flake off, but I will say that I found the Maybelline mascara quite difficult to remove. I think these formulas are really comparable, and there is no reason to purchase a $25 mascara from Benefit when the Maybelline is a fraction of the price. Buy our pick
*Essence is certified cruelty-free according to Cruelty-Free Kitty but Benefit is NOT. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: These two mascaras are certainly both favorites of a lot of people, but I didn't find them to be a similar product. The Benefit mascara has a VERY lightweight, wet formula, almost making the tube feel empty even when opened for the first time. The mascara goes on smoothly and gives you very lengthened, black lashes. The formula is very 'sleek' and keeps your lashes from clumping up, although it doesn't provide a lot of volume for your lashes at all. The Essence mascara basically provides the opposite - it gives you a more volumized, curled, fluffier lash that isn't as long or as dark. While the Essence is a nice, very afforadable option, it isn't a dupe for the Benefit. Buy our pick