Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Review


Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara is a bit of a cult classic, as it is one of the more famous high end mascaras. I have heard so many raves about this product that when it was part of Sephora’s birthday gift set this year, I was thrilled to finally try it after reading the hype! Could it be? A high end mascara that truly outperforms my drugstore favorites?

First, a little about my lashes: they’re thick side, do not hold a curl at all,  and they’re black. They also in the “medium” category when it comes to length. What I look for in a mascara is length, so I thought this was going to be something amazing in that department.


They’re Real! has a plastic brush that is quite long, with a circular end point that has some additional spikes on it. I haven’t quite figured out what this is for, but I’ve used it for applying mascara to those inner corner lashes that are difficult to reach. I don’t mind this brush, but it’s not amazing to me.

bareBare lashes! Super straight!

realWith They’re Real! mascara



I’ve been using this off and on since I got it (in April); definitely enough times  to form an opinion. Like pretty much every mascara I’ve ever used, including waterproof, this does not hold a curl very well for me. Also, I don’t think it makes my lashes look dramatically different than other mascaras. The biggest problem that I have with this mascara is that I have a REALLY difficult time removing it.

They’re Real! does stay in place all day and doesn’t give me panda eyes (always a good thing!). I would have to give this mascara an average rating: not the greatest, but not terrible.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it? I’ll use up the little tube to see if I change my mind, but when it comes to high end mascaras, I will stick with Too-Faced Lashgasm and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes.

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6 Responses to Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Review

  1. satine89 says:

    I would definitely try this one, but I always use brown mascara and sadly this one comes only in black! :/

  2. Bridgett says:

    I was in love with a Bourjois mascara that got discontinued and have been using Benefit They’re Real! for a while. I think it’s better than some of my “drugstore” ones, but I only buy it when I can get a good deal on it. (btw: For some reason, buying 2 “travel sized” tubes of this is a better deal than buying a full-size one. (You get more for your money.) I recommend people buy the travel size so that if they get an eye infection and have to throw out the mascara, they’re not wasting as much.

  3. I love this mascara but it is really hard to take off!

  4. i’ve been wanting to tr this mascara but always held back because i have a hard time justifying high end mascara. great review! i will save my money

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