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Review: Benefit They're Real! Mascara

I have been desperate to try the Benefit They're Real! Mascara for a while. It is so highly regarded in the blogging community, so much so that after reading some reviews online, I started to convince myself that I couldn't live without it. This is a teeny tiny 30g tube which I bought on a blog sale a while ago. I decided to buy a mini version before splashing out on the full sized £19.50 bottle, purely to see if it was as good as everyone else said it was.

What Benefit say about their They're Real! Mascara:

"This jet-black mascara lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates lashes for a spectacular 'out-to-here' look. The exclusive brush is specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula-revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length & volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define & curl your tiniest lashes. The end result...luxurious, silky lashes that won't smudge, clump or dry out."

First up, the wand! They're Real! Mascara is famous for it's wand which has a small, spiky ball on the tip which is supposed to be excellent at getting to the smaller eyelashes in the corner of the eyes, as well as making it easier to coat the bottom lashes - something which I seem to constantly have a problem with. And guess what? It works like a dream. I found it SO much easier using a wand like this as it makes it so easy to get into the smaller, harder to coat eyelashes which I sometimes manage to miss when using a regular wand. The smaller brush also makes it easier to coat the bottom lashes and for once, I don't manage to get it everywhere for a change.

The photo above shows the difference between no mascara and one coating of They're Real! and I was really happy with the results. My eyelashes have visibly more length and look much more voluminous than before. I didn't find them to look more curled than usual but then again, maybe if I curled them beforehand then maybe They're Real! will help to keep the curl. Now, for the bad points. This mascara is very, very wet. I found that as soon as I applied it, I'd blink and it would transfer onto my skin. I also found that the more product on the wand, the more the mascara would make the eyelashes clump together so less is definitely more. Also, after a while the mascara would smudge and I'd end up with most of it smeared all over my face. 

Whilst reading other reviews of this mascara, I found out that other people had had these problems too which made me feel slightly better. Whilst I do love the results this mascara gives, I think it has too many faults to pay £19.50 for a full sized bottle. For now, I'll stick to my L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara.


  1. Keep using it, it seems to dry out slightly after a short time and it actually works better once you have been using it for about a month! It does still transfer slightly but no where near as much as it does in the beginning.

    Holly | holly la beau

  2. I do love this mascara as it is great for giving you huge lashes but I have always felt that its just so hard to remove as it is so thick! Makes me want to not use it! :(