When Benefit released their much talked about They’re Real mascara, I was hopping out of my seat to buy it. It’s a fabulous mascara, which does indeed live up to the hype of both length and volume, however like a lot of people I struggled with the removal of if. It’s tricky and really time consuming to remove, and so this lead me to really only wearing it on special occasions. Until now….
This post is going to be a two product review, and I’ll start with the remover.
It seems Benefit have listened to customer feedback, and designed a remover which not only gets rid of both it’s mascara and eyeliner (more on this beauty in a moment), but is also kind to sensitive eyes, and great for removing other make up too, like the oh so popular lip lacquers with staining power that are all the craze at the moment (I’m looking at you Bourjois). The creamy gel formula works perfectly to lift away long wearing make up, and is also suitable for contact lens wearers too.
It is a really lovely remover, however unless you have used They’re Real before, then it’s going to mean very little to you indeed. I won’t lie, if I was you and I was as reading this post, I’d probably skip to this little gem of a gel pen (in all honestly I’ve pretty much written this post the wrong way round)…
First of all if you’re not very skilled in the art of eyeliner application (hands up, me) then the They’re Real Push Up Liner is going to be your very best friend. It takes out the wobbly hand, pulling, tugging and general ‘arggggh’ of applying liner.
The formula is a very, very long wearing gel – I say this because I’m ashamed to say I feel asleep with it on on Saturday night, then I got up in the morning and went to grab breakfast (it was Sunday don’t judge me) and it looked exactly like it had when I applied it 16 hours before.
The nib is ultra flexible and when you click the bottom of the pen around, it distributes just the right amount of jet black gel to give a nice even line.
The curved shape of the nib also allows it to fit right up tight to your lash line, which helps to really open up the eyes, and make them look big and bright. I often find tight lining the eye can help to create bigger looking eyes, especially if they’re a tad hooded – the formula of this gel is great for tight lining as there’s absolutely no transference of colour onto the bottom lash line, and again the magical nib really helps to get right into the lid, without irritating or pulling on that area.
The one main problem I have found is that it can dry out quite quickly, meaning that if you apply a line, then go back to it to touch it up, it’s quite hard to reapply with out the original line flaking slightly, or the nib dragging just a bit. Saying that though, it really hasn’t put me off, because the pen is so, so easy to get used to that I find myself going back over to retouch less and less.
If you’re looking for a new eyeliner, then I would recommend popping past your local Benefit counter and ask for a demo, because it’s really a new, quick and easier way of applying gel liner.