Benefit "They're Real!"

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

I have been very happily settled with the maybelline colossal mascara for years now. I’ve dabbled in the likes of Maybelline with their masterpiece max, and a couple of cheapy alternatives (for those months when payday is much too far away!) but I’ve always gone back to the colossal for a reliably full lash. Don’t fix something if it’s not broke, as they say.

However, I DID decide to fix my it, despite it being in perfect working order. If I was going to cheat on my routine, it was going to have to be something worth it. Enter Benefit’s They’re Real; perhaps the most hyped up mascara EVER?? Yet I’d never given it a try.

Now, to be honest, I didn’t hold up much hope for this product beating my all-time favourite but it’s definitely put up a good fight!

I’m going to start with the packaging. It’s not quite up there with Benefit’s usual retro style but how important is packaging once you’ve bought it anyway? In terms of the actual bottle, it’s eye-catching as the mirrored tube catches the light but it also means that fingerprints seem to stick to it like mad.

When I first began using this on holiday, I wasn’t that impressed to be honest. It elongated my lashes for sure, but I felt it was quite clumpy and didn’t really separate the lashes, which, at the end of the day, is how you create the volume. Now I’m not quite sure whether it was because it was brand new or whether it didn’t agree with the heat in Gran Canaria, but it didn’t actually come into it’s own until I got back in the UK. Since then, I’ve had so many compliments on how long my lashes look. It does everything it states and my poor old colossal has quickly become very neglected in the bottom of my makeup bag.  I’m super impressed and can see exactly why this has raving reviews. If you’re as out of the loop as me and haven’t yet tried this, I seriously recommend you do!



  1. This is one of my ultimate mascaras, it doesn't quite hold enough curl, but its still pretty damn good. Makes your lashes look fab too!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  2. I have a sample of this...and it scrap. Maybe mine's a dud, or the sample doesn't live up to the big size? I dunno, but I'm dying to try another one to see if I get the same result...

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  3. I really want to try this mascara, ive heard mixed reviews but i love the packaging and usually get on well with Benefit products!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  4. I can't live without this, one of my favourites! xo

  5. I LOVE this mascara :) I've only gotten the sample version so far, but I'm in love with it...

    Arianne |