I got the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara as part of the Influenster Benefit Box not that long ago and I was very excited to give it a try. This is not my first time trying this mascara, having used the mini version a few years ago but I was really curious to see how I would like now. It’s nice to revisit products sometimes.
Benefit has the coolest packaging for products. I usually prefer simple looking products that travel well but in this instance I enjoy the quirky designs the brand has. It makes make-up fun. This mascara features a cool looking brush with precise, sparse bristles and a round spiky head to help you grab inner and out lashes. The formula is nice and wet and decently pigmented.
I don’t enjoy using this mascara. The bristles are spiky and feel rough on my eyes during application. The formula dries down too fast for my liking and doesn’t build well. I get nice, defined, natural looking lashes which are fine for a natural look kind of day but I typically prefer more drama and volume and this mascara gives me mostly length. Length is good unless you have long lashes, hooded eyes and oily eyelids. I have all of those. I also had this mascara all over my brow bone within minutes of application which made me profoundly regret wearing this mascara.
I find powdering my brow bone with a ton of translucent powder to help minimize the transfer but at the end of the day I still have weird black specks all over my eye area and I have other mascaras which give me better, longer lasting results.