Benefit They’re Real Mascara Review


Before going to university, I was able to afford more high-end products as I didn’t constantly worry about bills and fees. Back then, They’re Real was my holy grail mascara and I couldn’t live without it. Now I have been a scrimping student for a couple of years, I have discovered lots of high-street alternatives, such as Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast and Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Lycra Flex. However, I got Benefit’s They’re Real for Christmas and I have completely fallen back in love with it, and this is why…


The Wand of this mascara is the stand-out feature for me. I like that there are so many bristles, 326 to be precise, which pick up every single eyelash. I like how the end of the wand has a spiky tip, because you can use it to reach tricky lashes in the inner corner or wing out your eye-liner at either side. The spindly texture of the wand really prevents clumping too, defining each lash instead of over-coating them. It takes under a minute to make your eyelashes dark, long and distinct.

My only downside of this product is caused by the fact that it is so long-lasting and therefore difficult to remove. It that it takes a lot of care and effort to get it off your eyelashes, and I am very wary of pulling my delicate under eye skin. Also, if you do not manage to remove all of it, then it is likely to cause your lashes to clump the next time you apply mascara. I personally have found that over-use of this mascara has led to my eyelashes falling out a bit, as I am unable to fully remove it without pulling on my eyes. 

Apart from the difficult removal process, this mascara is incredible and definitely worth the hype. I have had so many compliments wearing it recently and I am converted back to using it as my regular mascara.

If this mascara is a bit pricey for you too – as it comes in at a hefty £19.50 – my next best option is Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast, which you can purchase here for £10.


16 thoughts on “Benefit They’re Real Mascara Review

  1. I love this mascara too! I found it was a devil to remove, but I have discovered that if you remove what you can, leave about 5 minutes, and carry on removing it, it seems to work much better for me 🙂

  2. I didn’t like how hard this was to remove, I much prefer Benefit Bad Gal as I found this was actually causing my lashes to fall out from all the scrubbing when trying to remove. Nice review though xx

      1. It does last for so long though, which is good for nights out. I’ve worn it on a night out to wake up severely hungover at 3pm the next day and my mascara is still perfect haha.

  3. I’ve just got thick and fast but it’s not a patch on this. I hate the applicator but the results are sooooo good. I think I have seen Collection just bring out a new mascara which has the same plastic brush as this…I wish I knew the name! Worth a look when you run out 🙂 xxx

    1. I’m definitely gonna keep my eyes peeled for the Collection one because their concealer is incredible and the wand of the Benefit mascara is my favourite thing about it! Thanks so much for the tip 🙂

      1. We do. I paid over AU$50 for Diorshow and was so disappointed with it, it was nothing to rave about. This one is $38, still at the higher end of what I’m willing to pay for mascara but I’m really keen to give it a try.

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