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!
I used Tartes lights camera lashes mascara and then Benefits Better Than Sex, both are great by the way, but I'm in love with this mascara. I've had a lot of people actually ask me if they're real!
Finally, a mascara that actually works.
Note that the wand packs a lot of mascara at once, if you use it like that you're going to have wet, clogged, clumpy lashes. always wipe of excess on a tissue and then use it, not 1 eyelash sticks to another if done right. Definitely use the zig zag motion when using this mascara. It does lengthen lashes and separate. It is a brilliant mascara, ONLY if you wipe of the excess on a tissue!
Love love love! Totally lengthening, and lifting! The first couple of applications were so-so, and then it really wowed me so I think it takes some getting used to. I wish it was a little more volumizing, but it still an amazing product. The brush is cool too, the spiky tip lets you get all the little hairs in the corners, it does take some getting used to though. Definitely recommend, it makes your eyes look so pretty!
After some trial runs, I'd say that this is a great mascara but not for me. I have sparse, medium-length, straight lashes and slightly hooded eyes, so I tend to judge mascarsa based on their staying power, curling ability and volume.
The brush is medium-to-big-ish and straight. It's quite simliar to L'Oreal Voluminous and Diorshow's brushes. This might be a problem for people with tiny eyes or shaky hands, but it's not nearly as bad as the giant plastic mascara brushes from some drugstore mascaras.
The formula is quite dry but easy to apply with at the same time. It gives a lot of volume immediately and is both matte and jet black, so it's very noticeable. I wasn't able to "build up" this mascara very much; when I tried, it got cakey and spidery quickly. It works best if you apply it quickly and thoroughly in one coat.
It held a curl well throughout the day, but I was most impressed with its staying power. Despite NOT being waterproof, it stayed all day and did not smudge at all under or above my eyes. The only non-waterproof mascara that was capable of doing this on my hooded eyes was Diorshow.
However, I was just not a fan of how heavy and obvious it looked. I also didn't like that if I applied a LITTLE too much, it looked gunky and gross. I think this is a great mascara for people who apply makeup quickly and love huge, thick lashes, but I will stick to mascaras that are more buildable and user-friendly like Diorshow or L'Oreal Voluminous.