Benefit's "They're Real" Mascara.

I have what are to be considered non-existent eye lashes, and this has irked me a lot over the years. My lashes are thin and short and finding a mascara that both thickens and lengthens them is virtually impossible. I've been using L'Oreal's Carbon Black Telescopic Mascara for the past 3 years and whilst i've generally loved it, i found that it mostly lengthened and didn't do much for thickness so I sometimes ended up with the dreaded clumpy spider lash! 

In the June copy of ELLE with the gorgeous Miley Cyrus on the cover, I spied a cheeky free mascara, but not just any mascara, a Benefit mascara! Now i've heard lot's of good things about the "They're Real" Mascara, but the thought of paying £19.50 for a mascara seemed ridiculous especially as a student on a budget. 

First things first, the things I love about this mascara; With one coat my lashes were lengthened and thickened, meaning you don't need to use much product to get the look you desire. I also loved that the brush has lots and lots of teeny bristles that catch literally every lash. Also, the brush has a little domed tip that is perfect for getting those tiny wispy bottom lashes!

There wasn't much i disliked about this product except for the fact that i found the wand just a little bit too big for my eyes and I kept poking myself in the eye with it! And the fact that the brush sometimes has too much product on it. Also, I found it quite difficult to remove from my lashes after a long day and my lazy girl routine of simply wiping it off with wipes didn't quite cut it. I had to go through the whole process of the "Cotton-pad-on-eye-for-five-minutes" which for someone as lazy as I am with beauty, was far too long.

Would I purchase it? Honestly, yes! (I'd be grouchy paying nearly £20 for a mascara though) I can't lie, for me, this mascara is a winner. I got so many compliments on my eyes the day I wore it to uni! And one was even from a guy! Seeing as you only need a little product to go a long way, it's an investment (can a mascara be called an investment?!) But I will 100% definitely be repurchasing after my sample run's out! 

What beauty products have you guys been loving this month? 

P.S. Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Company Magazine awards! We find out who won at the end of the month so fingers and toes crossed hehe! <3

XOXO Sade.


  1. omg, I use the telescopic mascara right now but I have ALWAYS wanted to try Benefit's they're real ones too ! Soo many good reviews!
    I might have to get myself one now. :)
    Lovely post!



  2. wow it looks fabulous! your eyelashes look amazing! such a great product!

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  3. I have lashed like yours and have found that this makes a huge difference! x

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  4. This is very pretty! The mascara did a good job. I also have short, thin lashes. I actually haven't tried a wide range of mascara; I tend to stick with what I'm used to. But, this mascara did well!! :)

  5. I know this post is supposed to be about the mascara but can I just say (without sounding too creepy) I am LOVING your eyebrows!

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  6. It looks amazing on your lashes! :) I just got this too, I do like it but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again just because I'm not a massive fan of plastic brushes and It kind of looks the same that a lot of mascaras do on my lashes, it is pretty though.
    Rosalie x

  7. I love love love this mascara. The only downfall is that it is quite pricey but it literally makes my eyelashes so long x


  8. I've heard so much about this mascara! i agree its a lil pricey but for great lashes i would call it an investment lol xx

  9. Wow your lashes look gorgeous! And if a guy notices that, it must be a really good mascara:) x

  10. Have you tried Maybelline Jade XXL (that mascara with two steps - white and black)? I've been having the same short AND thin lashes problem and it worked perfectly for me :) But apart from that your blog really is gorgeous and so are your lashes :)

  11. I love this too! Will deff be buying when my sample runs out...I wish they came in smaller sizes though, I find the little mascaras so much easier to use for some reason! xxx

  12. Yay! We have something in common I have absolutes no lashes (or brows.)

  13. I have tried the benefit mascara, it was a gift from a friend, I wish I could suggest any products but to be honest I'm really bad with beauty stuff. I normally use whatever is available in my cosmetic bags from gifts to samples :S

  14. I've heard so many good reviews about this mascara! You have such lovely eyes, sounds so weird haha

  15. I know what you mean about the price tag, mine was a christmas present but I definately would repurchase it after as it's that amazing! Like you said I also always get compliments when I wear it, and it just brings out lashes I never even knew I had!

  16. Eeesh £20 for a mascara is a bit much for my budget too, so amazing for finding this one on a mag! Your eyes look so open and pretty! :) ♥ Claire at Jazzpad

  17. Your eyelashes look great with this mascara on, great review too!
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  18. nice post! Im a mascara addict <3

  19. I really love it.

  20. Oh yes! those kind of brushes work so well, I never heard of this mascara brand though, thanks for the tip!
    By the way, the shape of your eyes is so, so beautiful

  21. Anonymous5/12/2013

    I love how your lashes look!

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  22. so good you got to try it before you decided whether or not to get it, it works great! looks lovely on you x

  23. So good! Mascara is so important

  24. You have such beautiful eyes! I really enjoyed reading this review. I've never tried this mascara so I really look your post to heart! I'll have to try it out =D Thanks! I'm your newest follower via bloglovin (#166). I'd love it if you could check out my blog and follow back? I'd also be happy to keep in touch on other platforms like twitter. Just let me know if you decide to!

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  26. Wow you have beautiful lashes with or without the mascara! Great review. I have this product as well - I don't wear mascara, but if I did I would use this one!

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  27. cute mascara your lashes look great
    xoxo angel


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