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Seriously, am I the only one out there? or Benefit, They’re Real! review

I was going to kind of ignore the existence of Benefit’s They’re Real – it was going to be one of the millions of products that goes in and out of my house and is never spoken of again, but …

Tue, Nov 15, 2011, 10:30

   

I was going to kind of ignore the existence of Benefit’s They’re Real – it was going to be one of the millions of products that goes in and out of my house and is never spoken of again, but then I read Lorraine’s post today and immediately changed my mind. “They’re real hasn’t gotten one bad review,” says Lorraine, thus prompting me to add my voice to the fray and say this: I really, really do not like this product.

It’s not that I was against it from the start. Having heard, much like Lorraine, good review after good review, I was excited for my No 7 mascara to run out so that I could try this baby out. And at €24.50 – for a mascara, which, let’s face it, is only ever going to last you six weeks – this was no small purchase. This was, to me, a big step. An expensive mascara! I feel like it’s one of those milestones about getting old – like getting your own car or doing your taxes. Grown-up mascara! But I digress.

My lashes are not naturally thick, or long, or curly (much to my chagrin), so a lot of mascaras do very little for me. I need one that is super thickening, and a curling effect is welcomed, although not 100% necessary. But this mascara really just doesn’t do it for me. My lashes are defined, yes, but no more than they would be with a far cheaper Rimmel mascara, and definitely not enough to have anyone asking if they’re real. I don’t see any curling effect and, though they are thicker, two coats in they begin to look a little bit spidery for my liking.

Has anyone else had an unsatisfactory experience with They’re Real! In a way it’s just made me realise that it’s really a case of different strokes for different folks, especially when it comes to mascara. I’ll be going back to my No 7 Exceptional Definition when this baby’s all gone – but I’ll be sticking with the myriad other Benefit products I love, including Benetint, Dallas, Dandelion and that chunky eyeliner whose name I can never remember. And in case you wondered if this product works on other people – it does. Check out this pic I found over on Becky Dazzler’s beauty blog. So unfair.

PS Have you entered Friday’s Gillette competition?