Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mascara Review: Benefit's They're Real; Beyond Mascara

Good morning all! So, as I promised, here's a review of the new mascara by Benefit that is getting loads and loads of hype at Sephora. I have always had short, stubby lashes and about 7 weeks ago, I started using Stimulash Fusion Lash Enhancer and now my lashes are a little longer than they were, which is great! It is available at Sephora and is a whopping $89 a tube. If you would like me to formally review it, I will. Just let me know :)

I am an admitted mascara junkie and my favorites are:

  • Fresh Supernova - I don't know why this is so great, it just is. The formula is a little thicker than most, but I find that it defines, volumizes and makes my lashes look like whoa! Boom! Pow!
  • BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara - I got this in a sample pack and the brush is AMAZING. Defines every lash and lengthens really nicely. A nice price too, less than $20.
  • Buxom Lash Mascara - a Sephora exclusive and a great product. Another awesome brush. I did not appreciate the newer version of this product, Amplified Lash. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 
When a friend tipped me off that Benefit was coming out with a fabulous new mascara, I jumped on the train. The claims they were making were amazing, so I couldn't wait to try it out on my puny little lashes. So, I picked some up at my local Sephora (which was a tad frustrating, I have to say. I had to ask them to get me a tube from underneath the Benefit display. The sales associate said they hadn't put it out yet. O rly?! WHY NOT!?!? I almost walked out without it.)

The box. Very dramatic.

A nice shaped tube.

A close-up of the brush. It's a silicone brush with a spike-y tip for vertical use.

My lashes, sans mascara.

My lashes with 2 coats of They're Real.
So, I have to let you ladies know that I have extremely curly lashes naturally. Since I've been using Stimulash, they have been growing in all sorts of different directions and some lashes are straighter than others, so I cannot comment on if it makes your lashes curl or not. Mine are like that all the time, and they are so curly, they curl backwards into my eyelid, so sometimes I end up with little black spots there, which is kind of a pain. But I can comment on the rest:

Lengthening: Yes, although not super dramatic.

Volumizing: I loved this effect! I have super sparse lashes, so I appreciated this.

Overall, the formula was nice (wet) and the overall effect was pretty dramatic. This is not a daytime mascara if you are not really into this or if you have lighter colored lashes. It's a good price ($22) and Sephora has a great return policy, so you can try it without a risk of having to keep it if you totally hate it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I don't love it as much as I do the Supernova (#1 seed still), but it's totally fun and for a dramatic look, it's awesome!

Questions? Comments? Let me know!


  1. What a fantastic post!!!! Thanks for the excellent review. How does it compare to the 'Lights Camera Lashes' by Tarte?

  2. Michal, it's more dramatic and darker. I say that this is a nighttime, like going-out mascara for some people. The Lights, Camera, Lashes is a little less va-va-voom. I would do LCL everyday, but do the They're Real when you really want to pop!

  3. I tried They're Real on a sample from Sephora. I like it very much as well. I'll be checking out your #1 pick, though. That sounds intriguing.

  4. I love Supernova more than any other mascara. I don't know what it is, but they always makes my lashes look long, feathery and fabulous. Feathery is the really accurate word if you're going for that look. So pretty. It's totally worth the $25.