Mascara is one thing I'm extremely fussy with. I either love them, or hate them. It's never an in-between 'ahh well I suppose you're alright' kind of jobby..it's either one extreme or the other (mascara is very much the 'Marmite' of the cosmetic world for me!) Over the past couple of weeks, I've fallen in love with Benefit's They're Real mascara.. I wasn't expecting to if I'm honest - I've never had the best of relationships with plastic brushes, I'd convinced myself it was overpriced and that it was something I could go without. Well, I eat my words...
I figured I'd opt for the miniature version to begin with - spending £9 seems better than splashing out £18 if you aren't going to agree with a product. At first, I'll be honest, I wasn't reaching for it as much as I thought I would and I felt a little bit indifferent towards it. I thought I'd give it a few more attempts - and a couple of weeks on I found myself applying it everyday. My lashes are long, but they never really hold much curl - they're pretty much straight and no amount of eyelash curling gets them to hold a good 'swoop'.. Benefit's They're Real gives the illusion that I have curlier, and indeed somewhat 'swoopier' eyelashes and makes the most of their length. The wand is actually really fabulous, it picks up every single lash - even the thin little piddly ones.. it grabs eyelashes I never knew I had and visibly lengthens. The little ball at the end of the wand can be held vertically and used to coat lashes on the outer and inner corners of the eye - providing much more scope for application. The colour is also JET black - it looks dramatic and dark, and the mascara just fans out your lashes and frames your eyes perfectly.
The formula is quite thick - but it doesn't clump. Obviously if you go ahead and apply coats of the stuff it's going to clog slightly but I apply two coats and that's just about right for me (not of fan of spidery-lashes! We've all been there, made the mistake and got the t-shirt..) It separates and fans out the lashes, and I notice very little smudging throughout the day - it jolly well stays put! In fact - this can be quite difficult to get off - even more so than my waterproof mascaras! So bare that in mind if you like to take your makeup off with ease - Benefit's They're Real is a little bugger to remove ;)
So.. will I be repurchasing is the question? Yes, I will, but maybe not every time I need a new mascara - the £18 price tag is a little steep and although I do think it's worth it for a high quality mascara - it's something I buy too often to justify every single time I require a new one. But I most definitely will be investing in the full-sized tube as soon as this one has seen it's day - it makes for such a lovely mascara treat! It is currently the best selling mascara in the UK.. and it's safe to say that I can certainly see why!
Have you tried 'They're Real'? What did you think? Yey or ney?