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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Benefit They're Real! Mascara Review

Hi guys!

So I thought I'd do a quick review on the Benefit "They're Real!" mascara today :)

Ummm... first of all, I forgot to take a picture of what the mascara wand looks like XD But I figured most people already knew anyway. If you don't, it looks exactly like the picture shown below:
"World's #1 Mascara" huh? Such a cocky statement XD To point out the unique feature of this particular mascara wand, you will notice there are little brushes at the tip of the mascara wand. I think it allows you to get the hard-to-get small lashes at the corners of your eyes, as well as help with vertical application on lower lashes. By the way this mascara wand is HUGE! At least for my tiny eyes lol.

Now onto the formula. The formula is rather wet and I found myself have to be careful about blinking right after application, but nothing too bothersome.

Things I DON'T like about this mascara:
1. It has NO curl hold whatsoever. A primer is a must. If I apply this mascara to my curled, bare lashes, it makes my lashes go stick-straight.

2. It is NOT waterproof. It can be washed away with cold water. But it will really start to come off earnestly if you use warm water. I believe you can take this mascara off completely just by warm water.

3. It can smudge a little on my lower eyelid at the end of the day. This kind of goes hand in hand with the fact that this mascara is not waterproof. ***My solution: I found that applying a bit of loose powder on my lower eyelids really prevented the mascara from smudging!

4. It can clump easily. Now that's not something I'm too concerned about, since clumpy lashes is better than no lashes. But thought I'd put it out there.***update: Actually I think the clumping I experienced initially was because of how wet the formula was. Now I've been using it for a while it's not as clumpy anymore. Also the clumping can be easily removed by a mascara comb 

Now onto things I DO like about this mascara:
1. I do like the applicator, despite it being too large for my eyes.

2. Volume and lengthening are quite impressive! With a good primer, this mascara really does perform well.

Bottom line: I personally will NOT spend $23 on this mascara, because waterproof is very important to me! Of course I'm comparing it to my Majolica Majorca mascaras, which does not budge until I remove it at the end of the day (I have worn MJ mascara to waterparks-- did not move ^_^)

Curl hold is also important to me, but since I use a primer anyway, it's not that big of an issue. But for those who don't want to use a primer and have stubborn straight lashes, this mascara is probably not for you.

Now onto application photos:

Curled, bare lashes

Coated with Majolica Majorca mascara primer.

With one coat of They're Real! Mascara.

I feel like above application photos don't really do this mascara justice, as I usually try to build it up for a more dramatic effect. Here goes!

I don't know about you, but I think this is quite impressive, hehe.

Even though I will not spend $23 on this mascara, if there's ever a free sample/100 point gift on Sephora, I will not hesitate to pick it up ^_~

That's all for my review! Hopefully some of you found it helpful ^_^

<3 Frances


  1. ive tried this and i have to agree that it doesnt hold curls at all but i do like it kind of volumize my barely there lashes~ i love how it looks on your lashes ;) i do think they look very gorgeous yet so natural on photos ^_^~

    1. aw thanks! I wish they make a waterproof version =)

  2. I recently bought the they're real mascara too and i just tried it! It's looks so much better on you though for some reason haha :P


    1. Lol I piled the crap out of the mascara XD maybe you could try using a primer? without a primer this mascara looks nothing like this on me :T

  3. R u still using oatmeal cleansing method ? I read on makeup alley which says that oatmeal
    cleansing caused her to have cold sores ?! Is it true !? Btw I have dry n sensitive skin so I used oatmeal cleansing than I apply extra virgin olive oil as my moisturizer so far so good...

    1. Yes I do! I try to use oatmeal everyday nowadays because my skin has been quite sensitive :) when I don't use oatmeal I use Origins Mega Mushroom facial cleanser; trying to stay away from cleansers with harsh chemicals lol! And I believe cold sores has nothing to do with oatmeal because cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus, which is definitely not transmitted through oatmeal lol. It was probably just coincidence that she got cold sores when she happened to decided to try oatmeal. I used to use extra virgin olive oil for my facial mask XD but never tried using it alone as a moisturizer lol. Probably too much for my combination skin :P


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