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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Benefit | They're Real Mascara

Benefit | They're Real Mascara (mini) - £9 (link)

Mascara is one thing I'm extremely fussy with. I either love them, or hate them. It's never an in-between 'ahh well I suppose you're alright' kind of jobby..it's either one extreme or the other (mascara is very much the 'Marmite' of the cosmetic world for me!) Over the past couple of weeks, I've fallen in love with Benefit's They're Real mascara.. I wasn't expecting to if I'm honest - I've never had the best of relationships with plastic brushes, I'd convinced myself it was overpriced and that it was something I could go without. Well, I eat my words...

I figured I'd opt for the miniature version to begin with - spending £9 seems better than splashing out £18 if you aren't going to agree with a product. At first, I'll be honest, I wasn't reaching for it as much as I thought I would and I felt a little bit indifferent towards it. I thought I'd give it a few more attempts - and a couple of weeks on I found myself applying it everyday. My lashes are long, but they never really hold much curl - they're pretty much straight and no amount of eyelash curling gets them to hold a good 'swoop'.. Benefit's They're Real gives the illusion that I have curlier, and indeed somewhat 'swoopier' eyelashes and makes the most of their length.  The wand is actually really fabulous, it picks up every single lash - even the thin little piddly ones.. it grabs eyelashes I never knew I had and visibly lengthens. The little ball at the end of the wand can be held vertically and used to coat lashes on the outer and inner corners of the eye - providing much more scope for application. The colour is also JET black - it looks dramatic and dark, and the mascara just fans out your lashes and frames your eyes perfectly. 

The formula is quite thick - but it doesn't clump. Obviously if you go ahead and apply coats of the stuff it's going to clog slightly but I apply two coats and that's just about right for me (not of fan of spidery-lashes! We've all been there, made the mistake and got the t-shirt..) It separates and fans out the lashes, and I notice very little smudging throughout the day - it jolly well stays put! In fact - this can be quite difficult to get off - even more so than my waterproof mascaras! So bare that in mind if you like to take your makeup off with ease - Benefit's They're Real is a little bugger to remove ;)

So.. will I be repurchasing is the question? Yes, I will, but maybe not every time I need a new mascara - the £18 price tag is a little steep and although I do think it's worth it for a high quality mascara - it's something I buy too often to justify every single time I require a new one. But I most definitely will be investing in the full-sized tube as soon as this one has seen it's day - it makes for such a lovely mascara treat! It is currently the best selling mascara in the UK.. and it's safe to say that I can certainly see why!

Have you tried 'They're Real'? What did you think? Yey or ney?

66 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try this for a while but it's a little out of my price range at the moment :( Your lashes look absolutely amazing though!
    Love Holly x

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    1. aw thanks Holly! :)
      Definitely worth the try - go for the mini version to test it out first though :) x

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  2. I didn't realise you could buy the miniatures by themselves! I've wanted to try this so maybe a £9.00 splurge could be managed, it does look so good. Jealous of the length of your lashes! xx

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    1. I didnt until a few weeks ago! It gave me the little push i needed :)
      definitely worth a try :) x

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  3. I'm so obsessed with this mascara! I think it's €25 here!:( xxxx

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    1. wahhhh thats expensive! Do they do the mini where you are? maybe try that first x

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  4. I have this and have only used it a few times as haven't been too impressed so far but will preserve. However, one of the reasons I'm not much of a fan is I found it a nightmare to get off! x

    whatsonyourtulips.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. i wasnt to begin with - it was more a slow-burner for me! haha
      Hmm i find it tough to get off too - tis the only downside for me but i like that it doesnt smudge x

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  5. Oooh, this looks good. I too have never agreed much with plastic brushes in the past but I might have to give this a go (mini version first for me too!). Great review. x

    www.teapartywithalice.com

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    1. I never have but i think the formula works very well with it - give it a whirl hun! let me know how you get on! :) x

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  6. I love this mascara! Your eyes are so beautiful, such a lovely colour! :)

    Xx

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    1. Aww thankyou so much Jenny :)
      xx

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  7. I absolutely ADORE this mascara and its one of my favourites :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. i think its going to be one of mine too! xx:)

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  8. Looks lovely on your lashes! I haven't tried this one out yer but I love the BADgal lash mascara! xx

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    1. thankyou! oo i haven't tried BadGal ! need to give it a whirl! xx

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  9. I'm so happy you can buy the mini version - I never knew! Definitely gonna try it out now :) Great review!!

    labelsandlipsticks.blogspot.ie

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    1. thankyou! definitely try the mini :) its worth it :) x

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  10. ooo look at your lashes Beth! :D bloody gorgeous ;) I have a mini mini version i got as a sample of the badgal one from Glamour mag last year & i still have it, but the brush is bigger & fatter :P not too sure if it's plastic or not :P but i love the aftermath of what this does to my lashes :D i want to try this one too as the brush looks promising on getting every lash :) great review :)
    xxx

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    1. aww Chlo you little beaut! Thankyou! :) ahh i briefly remember trying BAD Gal! I liked it but the brush was farrrr to big for my little peepers -i might try it again soon though - i dont think i gave it much of a chance!xx

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    2. aww your welcome dear :) i still have it & i know what you mean about the brush...MASSIVE! i'm like that's meant to get every lash of mine :P but i've managed a way around getting the brush to go over every lash :P but you should give it a bash again :) it might be a hidden gem ;) i need to try out the they're real mascara now - you've made it sound promising :D xxx

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  11. It looks really good on your lashes, I have their BadGal mascara and I absolutely love that! x

    www.justshazea.blogspot.com

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    1. oo a few people have said that! i will have to try that one too at some stage :)

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  12. Completely agree with the Marmite analogy for mascara! I can never drag myself away from Maybelline Great Lash as I love the wand, though lately I've been wanting a more dramatic effect (even Blackest Black doesn't seem dark enough anymore). I will definitely consider a mini one of these on your recommendation and based on your pics as it looks fab. I've been looking for an excuse to get some Benefit into my makeup bag.... ;-) xxx

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    1. haha so its not just me with a ruthless opinion of mascaras then :P Oo i must admit Great Lash is an all time classic isn't it - i used that one for years! Still think its fab! xx

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  13. I'm super fussy with mascaras too but I love Benefit ones, my flatmate bought me this one for my birthday and it's absolutely amazing, I don't know how I went so long without it!

    Sophs xx

    The Sopho Diaries

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  14. Wow your eyelashes look AMAZING Beth!! I haven't picked up this mascara yet, I've heard a lot about it, but I don't think I've ever seen a photo of someone lashes after they apply it, until this post! I definietly think I need to check it out now :)

    xo
    aly

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    1. aww thankyou so much :)! This has made my day :) hehe
      Definitely give it a whirl! x

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    1. give it a try :) its amazing x

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  16. I remember you asking on Twitter for people's opinions on this :) Glad you ended up liking it! This mascara didn't work out well for me, made my eyes feel quite uncomfortable! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I must admit sometimes my eyes can feel a bit dry but i have sensitive peepers any way and most mascaras do it to me - but i love how it stays put all day and holds the curl :)x

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  17. I really enjoy this mascara i must say :) Though I've not had it in a whiley!

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    1. i dont know what im going to do when it runs out! eek! x

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  18. I think this has pretty much convinced me over to buy it, was considering it but seeing your pics I love it!!

    www.themakeupdirectory.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. Yaaay! Buy it... buy it NOW! :) xx

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  19. Beth your lashes are amazing, I'm very jealous. I seem to have a love hate relationship with this mascara, sometimes it looks fab others is smudges all over the place, so I'm still 50 50 :)

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    1. thanks so much Claire!
      :)
      It only smudged the first few times i used it so maybe its the consistency when first opened? it stays put all day on me now! xx

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  20. I bought They're Real last year and I haven't used anything else since. I love it!

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    1. its amazing! i think i might be the same with it! x

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  21. I tried a mini of this too. I think I'm part of the minority who don't like this stuff. I don't hate it but I already have really long lashes so I didn't think it did much for me. I'm hooked on my Dior mascara. xx

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    1. oh nooo - its very 50/50 isn't it. I havent tried Dior - might have to pop one on my Birthday list then :P x

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  22. I have one of these mini's but I have yet to try it. I might need to crack it out. Thanks for the review....xx

    http://miakhymai.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oo try it! :) let me know if you like it too x

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  23. I was so scared to try this as people either love it or hate it so I done what you did and went for the smaller size and I LOVE it! Definitely the best mascara I've used in a long time, and it makes your lashes look amazing! Great review chick xx

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    1. me too! Its very 50/50 isnt it! I love it too though! definitely going to repurchase at some stage! :) xx

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  24. I love They're Real! Peoples opinions do seem pretty split down the middle with it though xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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    1. they do indeed.. i love it too though :) think its really good xx

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  25. This is a great review Beth.. I agree, it's a gorgeous mascara!!! I hate how hard it is to remove, but it's worth it for nights out I feel xx

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    1. thanks Gemma! :) Ohh yes its a pain to remove isnt it - but worth it if my eyelashes look decent all day :) xx

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  26. I absolutely love this product! I use it everyday and I do feel that it can go a bit clumpy if you don't concentrate when applying! The first time I used it, I piled it on as I was used to doing that with my other one but it looked awful! Now I'm used to the formula and the way the wand works, I think it's one of the best I've used in a long time! Always makes my eyes look open and awake :) Great review! Also, was wondering what you use to edit your photo's like the text on the first one? :) It looks great!

    Christina | Passion Obsession

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    1. me too! I tend to try and scrape off some excess before i use it to avoid it happening. Definitely agree that it makes your eyes look more awake and open..! :)

      I used iPiccy beaut :) its online and really easy to use !xx

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  27. wow your eyelashes are so long! i tried this a while ago and wasnt really wowed by it either, it was good, just not worth all the hype it had in my opinion x

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    1. thanks so much Hannah!
      I do think the price is a bit steep for a mascara but i do like the finish it gives xx

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  28. I've also bought the mini version of this and love it! The only problem I find is that it really smudges under my eyes and on my brow bone, boo :( xx

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    1. ahh no :( it did this to me the first few times i wore it but it doesnt do it now? strangee.. maybe it was just the 'newness' of it.. but ive heard people say it does this to them. Such a shame :( x

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  31. I love this mascara so so much! It's definately one of my favourites :)
    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice.blogspot.com

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  32. I've always wanted to try this but the hefty price tag detours me. Your lashes are incredibly long though... tempting me into buying this....

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