Not that these situations are ever realistic, but if I had to choose only two items of make-up to use for the rest of my life, it would hands down be Mascara and Eyeliner for me. Having a good mascara can transform your face from tired old lettuce to bright-eyed and bushy tailed in one smooth sweep – that must be why it’s called a Mascara wand – the results are MAGICAL! Eyeliner is also my dear friend, which when applied artistically, can create the illusion that I have almond shaped cat eyes ala Kim Kardashian.
I was on the hunt for a new mascara and after hearing good things and being enticed by the bright and 50’s cartoon design packaging, decided to try Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara and Push Up Gel Eyeliner.
Benefit promise that They’re Real! Mascara will not only lengthen, curl and volumise your lashes but also not smudge or clump, while their new Push Up Eyeliner is gel based and is said to ‘hug lashes’ as you draw your swoop. Eyeliner has long been the bain of my life, as it can so easily smudge I’m often left with two uneven wings. I was looking forward to trying this new pen design which has been in development at Benefit HQ for five years.
This is me sans make-up:
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (£19.50)
When I applied They’re Real! I immediately noticed the unique design of the wand, which features a bristle rounded tip that reminded me of a medieval weapon. This is quite a handy feature as it allows you to reach little lashes without major clumps. The brush itself is quite large, so I did find that a little bit of clumping occurred on the more central lashes and you definitely don’t need more than two coats.
They’re Real Mascara is a dream to apply as it dries almost instantly, however it didn’t curl my lashes as dramatically as the packaging promised it would, but they did look more volumised and striking.
At £19.50 per Mascara, it is definitely on the pricier side of the scale, but the results were fabulous:
Benefit Push Up Liner (£18.50)
As a gel eye-liner, there are some fundamental differences to the application of Benefit’s Push Up Liner that you would expect from a liquid liner. The first thing I noticed was how much drier the eye-liner is (that would be the gel!) and for me this is a huge bonus as it means less smudging!
As a click pen with an angled head, the eye liner is pretty unique and may take some practice to get used to. I tried a few sweeps on my hand to practice before launching onto my eyes.
As you can see, the first (left) swoop came out much thicker at the beginning, so I would recommend you try it on your hand first before applying.
The eye-liner looks like it should be easy to use, but I actually found that it requires a lot of practice to get the technique just right. Depending on which way round you hold the pen and the pressure you apply can reap different results. The gel dries quite quickly, so smudging was minimal, however I found that applying small strokes worked best.
Both the Mascara and Eye-liner had great long-lasting results and although they are easy to remove with Garnier cleansing water, were a nightmare to get off using make-up wipes.
Overall, I would rate:
Benefit They’re Real Mascara –
Benefit Push Up Liner
They’re Real is a great mascara and definitely worth paying a little bit more for, however if you’re not adept at eye-liner, the push up liner is quite tricky to get a hang of although once you do, the results are perfect.