Mascara is one of those products that no matter how happy you are with your current product, you always wonder, Is there something better out there? Lately, I've been on a deluxe sample kick with mascaras, hoping to find the next big thing for me.
Even though I had heard many raves about Benfit's They're Real, I was reluctant to try it. Sales associates, whenever I would bring up my unending quest to find the most volumizing mascara in existence, would steer me away from this product, saying it was more for lengthening than volumizing. I finally got a sample with my Sephora makeup gift, and I must say I disagree with those who would say this mascara is not a good volumizer. It actually gives me plenty of volume -- as much as my drugstore standby, Voluminous. So long as you apply it thoroughly and maybe even do two coats, your lashes will look pretty dang fab.
Another thing I like about this product is the wand. I don't care for wands that have these fancy shapes designed to "help" me get the best shape out of my lashes (e.g., Lancome Hynose Drama). I find most of those shapes only work if you are able to apply your mascara dexterously with both hands, which I cannot. All mascara gets applied with my dominant hand, which means my wand needs to be symmetrical. This wand is symmetrical, except for that spiky ball at the tip, but I am still able to apply the mascara evenly and use the ball as necessary, with great success.
I would definitely purchase the full size of this product now that my sample has run dry. continued >>
I got a tiny tube of this as a gift from Sephora, and I quite like it. I'll preface everything though with I don't really need to wear mascara because I have long dark lashes, I usually only wear a little bit with neutral eye looks to keep myself from looking too washed out. I thought this formula was very lengthening and gave my lashes a nice little bit of curl. As far as I can tell it doesn't smell like anything, which is my major problem with a lot of mascaras. I wish the brush for it was a tiny bit different, my eye area is so small that I don't feel I have a lot of control and I like thinner wands, but that's just me.
When I run out of the sample, I might pick up a full sized tube of this, but fortunately for me, I wear mascara so infrequently and so little of it that the sample will probably last me quite a while. If you have lighter colored, sparser lashes this might not be volumizing or lengthening enough for you.
I absolutely love this mascara! One coat looks like two or three of another brand. The brush is amazing. No clumps and can easily separate lashes. It's definitely one of my top five make-up must haves.
My absolute favorite mascara. I have tried the most of mascaras available by the major brands (i.e.:Rimmel, L'oreal, Covergirl, Maybelline etc.). Ive tried both the Drugstore brands and High end brands and this is the one of the best I have ever used (The only reason it's not THE best is because I consider this my Declumping-Defining- Separating Mascara. I also have my favorite Volumizing mascara and my favorite Lengthening Mascara.)
I have on hand at one time about 20 mascara's, I throw away about 3-4 months after purchase.(I'll usually use a hole punch and punch a hole in a label sheet and write the number of month on it then put that on the bottom on my mascara.) When I ran out of my first tube of they're real I tried so many different drugstore lengthening/defining/anti clumping mascaras but after a while I realized I was spending more money on the DS Mascaras that weren't even working nearly as well as the They're real and if I just bought that macara i the first place then I would of actually saved money.
All in All I learned that for me, They're Real is one of the best mascaras out the it makes every eyelash separated and defined if I curl them the whole day I can feel my eyelash tips touching my eyebrows and unlike other mascaras it will hold that curl until I take it off. lastly it stays soft and doesnt give you that crunchy lash feeling some mascaras do.
I'm in love!
I have long but sparse lashes, and I've tried every gimmicky mascara under the sun -- from Maybelline to Clinique to Chanel, and I can tell you without a doubt, that Benefit's "They're Real" mascara is the absolute best! My thin and boring lashes now look full and sexy. People have even asked me if I'm wearing falsies!! I will never wear another mascara. The wand is magical, and easy to use.
For me, the only con is that it just comes in black, so as a green-eyed blonde, I have to be careful on how many coats I put on my lashes. I wish the mascara came in a brown-black, purple or cocoa. Other than that, it's perfection.
I got the sample of this in my birthday gift from Sephora. I was pleasantly surprised by it. I don't really use mascara too often, because I'm too lazy to take it off, or I use drugstore mascara like LashBlast. I do sometimes use Estee Lauder Sumptuous, which also works fine. I haven't really found a formula that I love. But this mascara is pretty good.
-doesn't smudge (which is a big problem since I have oily lids---I always have transfer onto the bottom lash line with other mascaras)
-holds a curl really well (I have Asian eyelashes, so they are straight. but with an eyelash curler and this mascara, you can really open up the eyes)
-is very buildable (though I usually go for a natural-looking two swipes)
-keeps volume/ is not heavy on the eyelashes
-can be clumpy and make lashes look spidery---but some people like this look
-doesn't do much for lengthening
-the wand is nothing special
Overall, I think this is a solid mascara. It comes off easily with makeup remover, but I think it is fairly waterproof.
I'm an Asian girl with scarce eyelashes so I'm always on the hunt for mascara that is both volumizing and lengthening. This benefit mascara is definitely not real. It clumps easily, it makes my eyelashes look even more scarce but it does add a little length. Because it singles out each lash and it's very black, it can still be used with falsies but definitely not alone. Hands down the best mascara is still Maybelline's Volume Express - The Falsies!
I'm always looking for a good mascara, and when I saw this I got really excited. I mean, They're Real makes you thing of long, beautiful, drama. That's not what I got. The texture was runny with this plastic spike looking applicator wand. It claims that it will separate your lashes, if you follow these two step instructions. I don't have time for all that, and yes what I thought would happened happened. I almost poked my eye out with the wand. I wouldn't have minded, if the claim on the package would have proved real. No they looked real and blah. My mind is made up. I need to stop falling for the catchy names, and cute packaging. Not awful, but not impressive. I can get the same effect from a drugstore, cheaper brand.
When I'm at Ulta, I usually check out all the little samples in the front shelves, and I've heard decent things about this mascara, so I bought the trial-size bottle on a whim.
And thank god it was only the trial size.
I'm really disappointed in this stuff...not only did it not work any miracles, but it really doesn't look a whole lot like I'm wearing mascara in the first place after application. I guess it gets a couple points for not clumping my lashes, and for it's nice packaging, but if I'm paying $12 for a tube of mascara the size of my pinky finger, the packaging better at least be nice.
The brush is incredibly spiky and awkward, and I managed to poke myself in the eyes several times while using it. Maybe it's because it's a shorter wand due to the trial-size bottle, but again...not impressed. I feel that it wasn't as "grabby" as a mascara wand should be: slid right over my lashes, and as a result, it's nearly impossible to get any volume from it, so even if the mascara formula itself was good, this brush drug it down.
I also found that it wasn't as black as mascaras usually run. My average, everyday mascara is NYX le frou frou, and it's not anything ritzy or expensive...but it's black. The first time I tried this stuff out, I had already put mascara on one eye, and then I remembered that I'd bought this, so I pulled it out to use it on the other eye...but...there was a horrible contrast of NYX > this. It's very grey, and looks a lot closer to my naturally blonde lashes than to what mascara should be.
Unfortunately, it's a pretty wet formula, too, and I found that when I blinked after application (out of habit), it transfered very quickly onto my bottom lashline like I'd hit it with the brush. Cons outweight the perks; wouldn't repurchase, nor recommend!
I guess naming it "They're Real" is appropriate because I'm sure no one could mistake that for makeup!
I got this as part of a set and I'm so glad I did as there is no way on this earth I would ever pay the 19.50GBP BeneFit want to charge you for a full-sized version of it.
This did nothing for my eyelashes except make them look really clumpy. The brush is horrible - a little spiky hedgehog of a thing, intent on sticking you in the eye every chance it gets - and does nothing to help dispense the mascara evenly across your eyelashes. Also, I failed to understand what the little spiky end bit was about. I didn't know whether this was meant to be used to help coat those little, light eyelashes you usually miss or whether it was just the result of the manufacturing process. Either way it did nothing but irritate me, as it was most often this part that I found poking into my eye and undoing all my hard work, as my eyes started to water like I'd been attacked with tear gas.
Please don't waste your money on this one ladies. There are far better mascaras out there in my opinion, which do a much better job than this one and don't cost a bomb. Such a disappoint too as one of my fave mascaras is BeneFit's Bad Gal Lash. Just goes to show, even the best can get it badly wrong sometimes!