WIA Day 25 and Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Monday, August 22, 2011

'They're Real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates'

Last week I arrived home to find the newest addition to the Benefit family - They're Real - beyond belief mascara - waiting for me.

Having watched a YouTube video praising it, I knew I had to try it. I placed my order and waited patiently (I wasn't so excited that I'd pay for next day delivery!).

The wand has a spiked end which is meant to be used for getting into those tricky corners and for adding extra curl and separation. To apply you're meant to 'hold the wand vertically and wiggle side to side, base to tip' and then to 'turn wand vertically and stroke upward to curl and separate. Define outer lashes with tip to create a doe-eyed look'.

You can see from the photographs below that it gave my eyes good definition. The top pic shows one eye sans mascara - proof that my lashes really are quite pathetic in their natural state! I agree that the result doesn't give me the most dramatic of lashes but considering the short, fine, impossible excuse for lashes I have to work with I think the result is pretty good.

I used my faithful Avon SuperMagnify Mascara for my lower lashes as the brush is slim with short bristles - I'm yet to find anything more perfect, it doesn't clump or smudge and adds just the right amount of product.

Now, They're Real isn't cheap. It's £18.50 a pop but the lady in the YouTube video tells me that it has a shelf life of six months rather than the normal three - not that I can find this documented anywhere. I might have to investigate and ask at the Benefit counter in my local Debenhams.

If this is a little steep then I can recommend LOreal Lash Architect Mascara 4D which is slightly less at £10.99 and gives good results.

My Day 15 WIA outfit meant that I cheated (just a little) by wearing footless tights (which aren't counted in the challenge) and a long shirt (I just wasn't in the mood for a dress or a skirt y'know?) and I dug out this clutch bag that I bought ages ago but have never used. I'm keeping this outfit, I don't know if it was the lashes, the weather, the fact that it was a Friday but I felt fabulous!

What is guaranteed to make you feel fab?

Hope you've had a great weekend

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  1. I am a total Benefit addict so will have to check out this new mascara! I love your outfit, the clutch is fab! The one thing that makes me feel fab is a great pair of shoes xx

  2. Great review - I'm a big Benefit fan but my habit is on the shelf for the time being until cash flow issues are ironed out!

    I love that clutch, it's beautiful.

  3. you look fabulous! I love the shirt with the boots and that bold bag. I keep my mascaras for years. I must bin them all and buy a new one.

  4. Love your clutch. Simple and chic outfit. Love. This post just reminded me that I've run out of mascara. Need to get a new one.

  5. Sweetie you look fabulous so I am glad you feel it. Thanks for the review of the mascara. I have been trying to a find a good one and even less expensive say drug store brand so I will check out the L'Oreal one( I use Benefit Bad Gal lash and while I love it, it's £22.50.)

  6. Perfect look! Great boots and LOVE the purse!!=)


  7. Luvvy your outfit



  8. That clutch is really cute! Your outfit makes me crave cooler weather.

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