I am a mascara junkie. It is the one thing I feel completes any look, casual or dressy. I have been blessed with pretty long eyelashes. People frequently ask me if I wear falsies. Nope. They’re real! Well, sometimes I do wear falsies, but that is only for special occasions. And no, I do not use Latisse, I grew this set myself (however, I have given Latisse some thought as I would love thicker lashes like my sister has…).
Since applying a quick coat or two of mascara only takes a few minutes, I prefer not to leave the house without putting any on. While I have long lashes, I also have naturally blonde lashes. If I don’t wear mascara, my eyelashes are basically invisible. I feel like it makes me look tired. Ugh. Look at the following picture. That is kind of scary….
One of the perks of having a cousin who manages the new Sephora in town is she continuously “encourages” me to try new products (or she just tells me what I am buying). So a month ago, when I needed a new mascara, I was gently “encouraged” to try They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit. I have always been a junkie for my MAC False Lashes Mascara. However, being to lazy to drive to my favorite MAC counter at Nordstrom’s, I thought I would give the Benefit mascara the benefit of the doubt (**giggles**).
HELL-O! I love this mascara (sorry MAC, I still love you too…). My lashes look long(er) and thicker! It is more of a “pop” when I apply it, with or without my other eye makeup. In the past month, I have had more compliments on my lashes from random strangers than I have had in a year! It took some getting used to because the brush feels spikier than my old MAC mascara brushes. Also, there is a rounded tip to get extra lift and hit little lashes more easily. I am still learning to use this strange little tip but I am having fun so far!
Are there any downsides? Well, once or twice a day I find that the mascara has “melted” onto my brow bone, just below the start of my eyebrow. No clue why. I have not heard of this happening to others, when I tried to research it. It is also only occurring in the one place on each eye. I just have to remember to check that area occasionally to rub it off.
The other downside is that it can be tough to remove. I always use Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads to take off my eye makeup. However, I feel like it takes more effort, even with the great Almay pads on my side. It usually takes a couple pads, a little extra Philosophy Purity face wash plus a couple Q-Tips to get it all off.
Overall, I will keep using this mascara (until “encouraged” to try something new…). I think the WOW factor from it outweighs anything I find negative. Highly recommend for any moms looking for a quick and easy way to add some yowzer to their look, everyday or otherwise.