Review: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)

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Last week, I was allowed to pick up my birthday present from Sephora a few days earlier (at the earliest, 14 days before your birthday) and was very excited to try out Benefit’s popular mascara, They’re Real!, and highlighter, Watt’s Up! I fell in love with the mascara upon first application.

Thank you Sephora for the birthday present! I love the mascara! #Benefit #beauty

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Three months ago, I told you about how unbelievable the Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras were (and still are), as well as the DJV Imju Fiberwig mascara. As much as I still love my ‘older’ mascaras, They’re Real! is my new go-to mascara. Unlike the other mascara wands, TR has precision bristles (see close up photo) that help lengthen, curl, volumise, lift and separate your lashes. My lashes usually look non-existent (short and thin) but suddenly, it was as if I’d grown more visible lashes (without clumps). The only downside to this mascara, like the Hypnôse mascaras (except for the waterproof one), is that it can smudge on your lower lids later on in the day. The description said it’s long-wearing and shouldn’t smudge but it left some dark marks on my lower lids at the end of my work day. (Note: I have combo skin and because it’s summer, it’s likely that make-up tends to run more easily. The only two mascaras that are truly non-smudgeable – for me – are Bobbi Brown’s No Smudge Mascara and DJV Fiberwig mascara. I’ve read that BB’s No Smudge can be applied over other mascaras to make them waterproof so I might try that with TR.) Another downside for those of you who prefer brown mascaras is that it only comes in jet black.

If you go on Benefit’s website for the TR product, you’ll see a section with tips on mascara application. I was surprised to learn that the wand could be used vertically (with upward strokes) to curl and separate. Moreover, even the domed tip could help fan corner lashes for a doe-eyed look! Have some fun to see what works best for you.

If you haven’t signed up to be part of Sephora’s Beauty Insider programme yet, consider joining soon (it’s free!). Those of you who are part of the programme and have an upcoming birthday, don’t forget to pick up your present during your birthday month. For the rest of you who have picked up Sephora’s birthday gift already, what did you think of it?

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