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.