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|Image from Benefit.|
- "94% saw dramatic length & volume"
- "90% saw base to tip curl"
- "94% saw visible lift"
- 90% saw a dramatic increase in breast volume! (lol just kidding)
- Also claims to separate.
- "100% saw long-wearing results"
- The "jet black, long-wearing formula won't smudge or dry out."
- "Specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had."
Benefit is known for it's cute retro packaging, and They're Real is no different. The full size comes in a sleek silver tube. Just as a reference, I'm reviewing the sample size tube I've been using. I do have the full size as well, but it has yet to be opened or used. The brush design features a plastic wand with spiky bristles. The unique feature is the "mace ball" (lol, like the end of a weapon) at the end. Instead of the brush tapering off into nothingness, the folks at Benefit added a little spiky ball in order to get those small baby lashes at the end. While the mascara does effectively reach those hard to reach lashes at the ends, you really have to wipe the excess mascara off the end first. Otherwise you'll get a gloppy mess. The color is very black, just the way I like it! The formula performs much like a waterproof mascara, though they don't state that it's waterproof in the advertising. I personally find it to be waterproof on me, as well as not smudging or flaking. It is also difficult to remove, but no worse than a waterproof formula. I would define this as a finicky mascara; it gives amazing results, but only if you're willing to work with it. When you first open the mascara, it is a wet formula. For me, this meant I really had to wait for it to dry on my lashes; if I blinked too soon then it would get all over my brow bone. There also seemed like there was almost too much product on the brush of a fresh tube; this made the mascara clumpier, especially on the inner corners. However, once I let the mascara dry out for a few weeks, it was perfect! It separated well, volumized, and lengthened. It definitely gave me amazing lashes, probably the best I've ever had. Yet, the window on this is short. Once the mascara dries up too much, then it clumps and flakes. So I'd say this mascara has a short life over all, and most definitely must be used up within 2-3 months. For the expensive price tag of $23 for the full size, "ain't nobody got time for that!" However, since the effect at the mascara's peak is so amazing, I would consider getting the deluxe sample size ($10), which lasted me 2 months. Luckily I have a full size after this plus the Sephora birthday sample! Even though it's a tricky one, I'd highly recommend you getting your freebie and trying it out!
- Cute packaging
- Great plastic brush w/ spiky ball at end
- Performs like a waterproof mascara
- Doesn't ever smudge
- Doesn't flake in its prime
- Very black color
- It is indeed long wearing
- In its prime it gives a "false lash effect;" rather it's the best your lashes can possibly look while still being your lashes.
- Separates decently
- Need to wipe off excess mascara at the tip of the spiky ball!
- The mascara is difficult to remove, but no more so than a waterproof formula.
- Finicky mascara. Starts out too wet, is great for some time, than dries out quickly (you lie Benefit, it definitely dries out!).
- Starts out too wet, and you must let it dry thoroughly before blinking.
- Starts out a bit too wet, but dries out quickly.
- It can clump if you're not careful, but this mostly happens when the mascara is drying out too much. It also flakes at this point.
- Short mascara lifespan
- Expensive for the full size!
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