Sunday, 7 July 2013

Benefit They're Real! Mascara: Review

What's that you say?
My eyelashes?
They look, somewhat longer than on previous occasions?
They look...false?!

Haha, stop itttttttt.
No way.
But they're real, I swear to you.



Wanna see them again?
You do, don't you?

Okay then! :D


So then Holly, how did you get these long and false looking lashes (yeah you're right though, I totally got carried away layering these coats and it's a little clumpy, but what ze hell)?

Uh-huh yes it is.

Now I know what you're thinking.
I'm at least two months too late on this whole bandwagon, and it's now been reviewed to death.
However I'm a mascara protector of sorts and I kind of can't bear to have several mascara's on the go at once...

So for the purposes of my blog, and the mascara that's served me well now for a few weeks, let's use the phrase 'better late than never' and leave it at that...
Cheers you guys, you know I loves ya.
*gets Drake saying 'but never late is better* in my head eughh, he's so right :( but shhh*

It's pushing my luck that I have an 'everyday' and a 'best' mascara open at the same time, currently in the form of Rimmel's new Scandaleyes Flex mascara, (coming soon!) and my beloved Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara.
Honestly, having more than one open at a time makes my shiver, I feel like my poor eyelash weapons are ticking like a time bomb until D-Day comes.
By D-Day, in this case, I mean 'Dry-Day', or the day where you get out your mascara only to feel that frightful fear, realising that yes, this mascara will take you at least three extra coats to put on, and what you do manage to deposit on your lashes will almost certainly have flaked onto your face like teeny black freckles by dinnertime.

Or in the case of Rimmel's Lash Accelerator, you long for this day to arrive so you can finally get shot of it, but no, the sheer naff-ness just never ends!

Anyhoo, in case anyone on the planet didn't know, a sample size of Benefit's They're Real! mascara came 'free' in last months Elle magazine WOOP WOOP, and in between Smoky Lash's, (I have a shiny new unopened one just waiting patiently in my make-up bag for it's time to come tehehe) I had a 'vacancy', shall we say, in my 'best' mascara position, and boyyyyy did the They're Real! fill it!

I proper love my Smoky Lash mascara, and seriously, not only is it worth the money, but NOTHING will ever beat it.
If anything was to ever come close though, it's this.

Firstly, can I just say that I was SOOOOOO HAPPY when I found out that this little gem was set to be the free gift in a magazine.
I've been eyeing it up since it was first released and always wondered if it was the answer to my long held long lash dreams...
A sample is something of a dream come true for me in itself, nevermind a sample of something so special!
I mean HA, even this small size is normally £9.50, (£19.50 full size) which is the kind of madness that means only a miracle can be expected, but to be honest, it kind of delivers.

Firstly, I love the brush!
Until I poke myself in the eye with it...seriously, not worth your life!

I'm not a hater of plastic brushes as I know lots of people are, in fact I'm open to owt, but this one is genuinely great!
It's long and reasonably thin - not too thin though that it can't create volume though, (in a L'Oreal Telescopic kind of way, great mascara, not much volume) but just enough so you can get everywhere! Those inner corner lashes are no longer a myth, the plastic bristles are kind of the perfect length, and mannn I love that little bad boy bristle ball bit on the end!
I think it should become its official name.
The BBBB - Bad Boy Bristle Ball.
It knows it's awesome too - just steps forward and announces 'it's okay guys, I got this', proceeding to hit every single mysterious lash that would normally remain unseen, like some kind of magician unmasking show.

There it is, but remember, heed my warning - poke yourself with this in the eye and prepare to literally give up on make-up for the entire day.

The Bad Boy Bristle Ball will even turn on you if you anger it...
For the record, I have no idea what I did to anger it so much that morning, but my poor eye paid the price, and I am now more careful/respectful of its awesomeness.

I'm contemplating keeping this brush in my handbag long after the death of my mascara.
If ever someone tries to mug/stab/kill me, I'm sorted; I'd simply grab this out of my bag and wave it at them. 
Laugh at me they may, but then I'd poke them, poke them with my Bad Boy Bristle Ball - and that, my friends, means PAINN. 
My bag would still be just that, mine.

There you go, muggers, you hear that? Be afraid.

Okay, what else do I love about this?
I loveeeeee...the formula - it's not too wet or dry, even on first use - which let's be honest is usually a write off, and is the type of mascara that holds my beloved curl YESSSS!
It doesn't flake, doesn't transfer, and is buildable, but looks great with even one coat.
Clearly I ignore this.
If I wasn't such a mascara fiend though, I could literally sweep on one coat and go, looking better than I would on most days wearing anything else on my eyes, other than my Smoky Lash, (fairly comparable price wise) which I prefer mainly because it is better at separating my lashes, meaning that with its amazing volume and length capabilities, I look to have more lashes than I do with the They're Real!

One thing...I've heard so many people comment about how difficult this is to remove at the end of the day - honestly man I was there prepared to get scrubbing/run to Boots for some hardcore cleanser, but alas no, it came off just as easily with my cheapo make-up wipes, (bad girl I know!) as any other mascara I own.

Finally, about twenty uses later, I must tell you my final point - it is not yet running out!
For a sample size that is MASSIVELY impressive - I've been waiting for the first signs of D-Day's ominous approach, but I am yet to see them, this is one mascara on a mission to last, and I like it!

Here's the million dollar question though?
Would I buy a full size one?


BUT, only because I love my MUFE Smoky Lash so much, and definitely do not need two high end mascaras, especially when it pains me to use two at once anyway.
If ever I could no longer get my hands on the Smoky Lash, then yes, me and my little friend, the Bad Boy Bristle Ball would be reunited in full size glory!

Benefit - you should trademark that baby you know.

Then give me full credit and a lifetime's supply muhahahahhaa!! ;)

One final point: Thank you to my lovely friend Megan for hunting me down a copy of Elle, when my own mission was failing so badly - let's hope the little thieving so-and-so's who were nicking the mascara's out of the magazines, (thus depriving me of long lashes pssssht) get their comeuppance in the form of some serious eye poking.
The Bad Boy Bristle Ball will surely turn on them mugger style, and show them who's boss.

Once again, booya.


  1. This looks great on you! I had this mascara but I found it didn't do anything. I'm deffo not buying it again!

    Corinne x

  2. I too can't bare to have more than one Mascara on the go at once. Which means I haven't tried 'They're Real' either (so you're not the last) but reading this has reminded me that I need to try it after my current mascara runs out.

    1. Haha glad it's not just me! But yes toootally go for it :D


  3. I love Benefit products, they always last ages too! Usually I end up layering up because one product just isn't enough!

    The Little Things

    1. Yeah I'm so impressed with how it's lasted :D

  4. I'm still on the fence about this mascara as it's wetter than I like and smudges quite a bit.But the results are truely amazing and I love the little ball torture device at the end! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

    1. Haha yes gotta love that little creature :p xx

  5. I am in two minds about whether to get this mascara, it looks gorgeous but I am not sure if it a mile better than anything else I've got for cheaper? Thanks for the review!x

    Beaumaquillagex | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Yeah it's tough! As much as I love it I wouldn't buy a full size one, having already got a high end mascara... you're welcome though lovely :D

  6. I've read so many reviews on that one and I'm not getting bored, looks amazing! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE


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