I’m not a mascara girl. I guess it has something to do with having those little black mascara flakes find their way underneath my contact lenses one too many times. Though really, that’s one of those things where just one time is enough to make you swear off eye makeup forever. Ouch. Anyway, I keep a tube of my trusty DiorShow Blackout on hand for big nights out and red-lips, bare-eyes days. But this isn’t about DiorShow. Fabulous as Dior may be, this is about my new best friend: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara.
After polishing off the Dior last week, I wandered into Ulta with the resolve to buy ONE tube of eyelash magic (I almost made it – I had to get eye cream). I follow Benefit Cosmetics on Facebook, and I can’t seem to escape their constant advertisement of They’re Real! And yes, the exclamation point is part of the name. Some sites don’t use it, but I think it’s fun. Every post on this stuff with the amusing name piqued my interest a little more, until I finally headed over to Sephora and Makeup Alley to peruse the reviews. See, I don’t jump all willy-nilly into cosmetics purchases, at least not after the great Sephora spree of 2009 (it’s too traumatic to talk about). Eventually the reviews and the Facebook posts and the comments from fans won me over, and I decided to cheat on poor Dior.
This stuff is fantastic. I really can’t say that enough. It takes short, not-very-curly lashes like mine and makes them long and doll-like. After two coats of They’re Real!, I feel like someone could stick me in a frilly dress, hook me to a stand, and package me up. Wait, no, that’s creepy. But I still feel like I’ve got doll-eyes! One coat will still give you long, battable lashes, but you’ll look subdued enough to go head to the office. Two coats and you’re set for a night out. Three coats and you can hit somebody in the next room with your eyelashes. Alright, I’m exaggerating, but three coats does do magnificent things to your eyes. If you want long, curly lashes, this is your stuff. If you’re going more for thick and fluffy, I’d still recommend DiorShow. I’m personally planning on keeping both around because I’m a mascara harlot.
The only truly bad thing about this mascara is that it clings to your lashes like nothing else. That’s good while you’re prancing about during the day, because it won’t smudge or run even though it isn’t waterproof. But when it comes time to take it off, it’s a long process. Don’t try and speed it up either, because it will take a few lashes with it as punishment. I have yet to find a makeup remover that works well with it, so I’ve been using a combination of Neutrogena remover wipes and plain soap and water and I still wake up a bit panda-eyed in the morning. If anyone has removal suggestions, pipe up in the comments!
Currently Ulta is running a deal where you can get a full-sized tube of They’re Real! as well as a mini travel tube for $23, which is a pretty good deal if you like to keep a tube at home and in your purse/ at the office/ in your significant other’s bathroom. It’s even better if you can talk a friend into letting you have their mini tube!
Note: I paid for this mascara entirely on my own, and was not gifted any of the products talked about here.