Worth the Hype: Benefit’s They’re Real

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We all want big, fatty fat lashes. Voluptuous, feathery, bird-like lashes! If you aren’t born with them, mascara is the cheapest and easiest way to go about achieving this.

I’ve tried various mascaras, from drugstore to high end. They all make grandiose promises and claims. 8x the volume! 160% longer! Quadruple your lashes! A select few actually deliver. One in particular has truly impressed me.

To preface, my eyelashes are naturally long. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to make the most of them and ensure they look their very longest and darkest. I don’t want the natural look. But I don’t want spider lashes either. In fact, I really really hate spiders.

When it comes to my lashes, I want:

  • length
  • separation-very important
  • volume but I don’t need a ton
  • a deep rich black color

I occasionally curl my lashes with my awesome Shu Umera lash curler so curling isn’t a priority in my mascara.

For separation and definition, I prefer the spiky comb-style brushes. I know they look crazy if you’re used to a classic bristle brush, but there’s really something to these. Unlike traditional bristles, plastic brushes don’t hold as much product, therefor are less likely to deposit too much leading to clumping. You can skip the extra lash comb to separate afterwards being that the brush does this for you.

Benefit is no stranger to producing cult-favorite mascaras. Their Bad Gal Lash mascara was once the stuff when it came to creating crazy-thick, look-at-me lashes.
But They’re Real takes the crown now. Sorry Bad Gal-there’s a new sheriff in town and she’s rocking a sexy gunmetal outfit and spiky heels.

They’re Real does what it says. It lengthens, it volumizes, it separates and I can attest to people actually asking “are those fake lashes or are those real?” I feel awfully cheesy answering the question “Are those your real lashes? What mascara is that?!”

They’re Real is one of those love it or hate it mascaras but I think a lot has to do with the application method. It’s not a mascara that you can build multiple layers quickly without possible clumping. I advise one initial slow sweep through the lashes and extra strokes on the outer corner lashes to further define. You can probably get by with an extra coat or 2, but don’t wait for it to dry in between coats and use a light hand.

To coat the bottom lashes, hold the wand vertically and utilize the spiky tip of the brush.

They're Real Comparison
As you can see in the before and after photo, They’re Real maximizes what I have, as much as possible. It darkens, lengthens, separates and volumizes. I suggest you try it and I hope that little old ladies will be asking you “are them falsies?!” in no time. 🙂

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