I don’t like spending money on mascaras. I think drugstore ones are perfectly fine if not better than their high end sisters, and after finding my soul mate in Jordana’s Best Lash Extreme, I’m actually perfectly fine with not buying any other mascara until the rest of my life. Having said that, I’m still a beauty blogger and us beauty bloggers love trying out anything and everything that falls under the beauty category, especially if the product is hyped up. Oh, the joys of clever subconscious marketing.
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara was never on my to-buy list due to its hefty price tag (€27), but when I saw the deluxe mini version being sold at Boots for the price of a normal, drugstore mascara, I decided to give it a go. Just to see if it’s really worth the hype, you know.
So, is it? Worth the hype? I say no. In theory, it has the potential of being the perfect mascara, but I have one major problem with it. Spider lashes! The more I apply, the less eyelashes I seem to have. The ‘after’ photo you see below is the result of a 15-minute-long separation process. It’s such a shame it clumps so badly on me! Otherwise, it’s a perfectly good mascara. It gives you length, holds the curl, and doesn’t smudge throughout the day.
The only thing that bothers me as well is the brush, which has really scratchy bristles. My eyes start getting ready for the war as soon as they see the brush approaching, and the result is never pretty. I always have to have cotton tips soaked in Bioderma ready in the other hand. I don’t know what it is. It’s not the size, because I’m used to huge brushes. Maybe it’s the material or something? Who knows.
As you might have guessed, I will not be purchasing the full size and would suggest you to give it a miss too in case you’re one of us very late bandwagoners. I really don’t think it’s as fabulous as some are making it sound. There are drugstore mascaras out there that work just as good/much better and won’t cost you a kidney either. What are your thoughts? Have you tried it yourself or at least thought about giving it a go?