Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Benefit They're Real

I have a bit of a first world problem. I have big eyes and therefore a lot of eyelashes...and I'm REALLY lazy. I have never been one of those people to spend hours and hours on my make up- I want to be able to have key products that I know will perk me up quickly that also work great when I spend more time on myself for a night out. Which is currently about 3 nights a week. Eeeeep. #workhardplayharder.

Anyway, I have tried a lot of mascaras (and make up in general) and I wanted to share my review of my new holy grail mascara, Benefit's They're Real.

Like most people, I first tried They're Real when it was a freebie in Elle magazine. I loved it almost instantly- it's very black and gets all the way through your lashes. Being a natural blonde I have light brown eyelashes along my lash line, which are hard to get with mascara wands and often end up looking two-toned. I also have lots of little lashes in the corners of my eyes which are impossible to get hold of. I loved this so much I threw away all my when the sample ran out on the way to the airport I HAD to buy the full size in duty free. Right?

I've tried Benefit's Bad Gal before, and it was good, but not as good as this one. It defines every lash perfectly, and has a combined brush- a large main brush, which I prefer because it's quicker and easier, but with a stubby end with lots of bristles for getting those fiddly little lashes and your bottom ones. I find it gives lift, volume and LOTS of length.

Admittedly, it is pricey- as I said I got it in duty free but it retails at £19.50. Personally to me it's worth it, and it's virtually waterproof even though it isn't marketed as such- so I can take it on holiday and it won't end up all over my face. In fact, I wouldn't purchase anything else right now. Unless it's for scientific (aka review) purposes.

What's your favourite mascara? Have you tried 'They're Real'?


  1. I've got the They're Real! mascara, and I've also tried a number of others. I have quite creasy under eyes and for me I find the majority of mascaras smudge underneath, including They're Real! and MAC Zoom Lash. My holy grail mascara is Rimmel Volume Flash Waterproof. I've used it for years, and I think it's great value for money. Never runs or smudges, lengthens, darkens etc, and doesn't clump at all. It can be a little tricky to get the smallest inner corner lashes, and I do think the They're Real! Wand is great for that but I would always say there are better things to invest in, because drugstore mascaras are so good these days. My last splurge was MAC vanilla pigment, which I think would look great on you and that is my recommendation for today! Love the blog Buzz x

    1. Hi Jess! I don't normally wear mascara on my bottom lashes because they are just too long and I end up looking like I'm on drugs or haven't slept! I liked the They're Real because the end of the wand meant I could apply a little bit and not have that problem. I've tried the Rimmel Volume Flash and I agree it's one of the better drugstore mascaras. I agree with you that you often can't tell! The thing I don't like about it is that it seems to take soooo long to apply- maybe the wand doesn't take enough product if you see what I mean?

      I've never bought a MAC item (I know, I'm ashamed), but I'm currently lusting over Candy Yum Yum...although I do think it looks similar to the Revlon Sorbet and Barry M's shocking pink. Maybe I'll do a drugstore dupes post! And go and swatch the vanilla pigment...

      I totally agree with you about the quality of some drugstore mascaras...and maybe I'll give the Rimmel Volume Flash another whirl....


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