I have always been drawn to Benefit Cosmetics.
The packaging speaks to me. The bright pink with all the cool retro-looking photos – I dig it. So trying out the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara was a no-brainer.
There’s even a Benefit Cosmetics vending machine in the Burbank Airport. I’m sure there’s others in other airports, but Burbank is the only place I’ve seen one. Every time I have down time at the airport, I inevitably end up circling the Benefit vending machine, the products winking back at me like expensive bags of chips or candy bars. I usually have to pry myself away.
The first thing I ever purchased from Benefit was their Kitten Sparkling Body Powder.
I loved it. This was back in college when I was still wearing things like sparkling body powder, and I used to dust myself with it every time I went out. Unfortunately, Benefit has discontinued the Kitten, but they bring it back for limited offers every once in a while.
Now, before I get into the review, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. Maybe it’s because I’m doing too much. Maybe it’s that a spider tried to assassinate me this morning as I was waking up. One of the foster cats, Moonshine, thwarted his attempt, but he’s now lost in my bedroom waiting for his next opportunity.
Oh, and the foster cats are still with us. The people who were interested apparently lost interest. Their loss – these girls are amazing and they are welcome here for as long as they like. Or at least as long as they’re saving me from spider assassins.
Now, back to Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara.
I came upon a display at Ulta with a bunch of different mascaras, several of which were “fan favorites.” Since I had already tried a few of the ones on display, including Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I decided to try Benefit.
The packaging, of course, is adorable, with the signature Benefit script screaming “They’re Real!” in orange and red across the black box. Copy on the box says that 94% of users saw dramatic length and volume and visible lift, and 90% saw base to tip curl. Apparently 100% of users saw long wearing results, which is a pretty hefty claim for any company as it leaves absolutely no margin for error.
The tube itself is this futuristic looking dark chrome color, really cool. And the brush is specially designed for Benefit to give ultimate results.
The reviews on Ulta.com are mixed.
I’ve seen some products where the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and those products usually are shoo-ins. While They’re Real! has a good amount of five star reviews, there are also a pretty significant number of two and one star reviews.
The reason I’m mentioning this is I find this mascara…underwhelming. It works fine, lengthens a bit and darkens my lashes, but not nearly to the extent that some other mascaras I’ve tried do. I’m a little disappointed, to be honest. With the packaging boasting such amazing claims, I thought for sure I’d found my next favorite. Unfortunately not, especially for the price tag of $24.
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By all means, conduct your own experiment with this one. I’m kind of spoiled when it comes to mascara; I expect a lot, and if my lashes don’t look like I’m wearing falsies, I’m not happy. Based on the five star reviews up, and many claiming it’s their favorite, I imagine there are plenty of women out there for whom this mascara works magically.
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