Benefit They’re Real Mascara



I luckily received this beauty for my birthday and I’m so glad I did. Being dubbed the UK’s number one best selling mascara, I was expecting great things from this little tube but I’m not so sure if it’s worth all the hype.


The wand is rubbery which is perfect for me as I’m not a fan of bristle wands and it means you can get right into the eyelashes to giv’em a good coating. There’s a what I can only describe as a ‘spikey ball’ on the end of the wand which I generally don’t use as I’ve noticed it kinda clumps my lashes together and that’s just not a good look on me. Despite this, the wand definitely separates my lashes better than any other mascara I’ve used and provides an even coating of product to my lashes.


As for the formula, it’s not yet available in a waterproof version but I’m not fussed. I really struggle to remove the mascara fully from my lashes and however much makeup remover or vaseline I use, it just does not budge. Good for a night out, bad for when I just wanna go to bed. I don’t find it clumpy at all but like I stated before, it can make my lower lashes and inside lashes quite clumpy which is a shame.


For almost twenty quid I don’t know if I can see myself buying this again, although I love the look of my lengthened and volumised lashes, the trouble it takes to get the stuff off just isn’t worth it in my opinion.




  1. 24/06/2014 / 18:17

    I've always heard good things about this so it's good to hear a different perspective. I'm still desperate to at least give it a go though!
    Eden from edenroses xx

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 12:26

      i'd recommend trying a tester maybe – £20 is a lot if you don't like it! x

  2. Ariadna Morell
    25/06/2014 / 11:43

    I'm glad I read this because I was actually thinking of trying this mascara as I've heard so many good things about its formula but if it's so hard to take off I think I'll try to finds another one! x

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 12:25

      yeah i'd definitely check out the drugstore instead! x

  3. CARLY
    25/06/2014 / 13:11

    I definitely wouldn't buy this mascara again either. I don't find that ANY high end mascara's are better than drug-store ones.

    Carly @

  4. Angela Giakas
    25/06/2014 / 16:36

    I agree! I do love this mascara and although the volume is great, I need something that curls a bit more and isn't so heavy!

    The Sunday Chapter xo

  5. Kelsi B
    25/06/2014 / 16:58

    Thanks for reviewing the mascara, if I ever see it I will know not to buy it. I just found your blog, and rally love it. I also looked at previous posts as well.
    Messy Bits

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 21:03

      thanks:) xx

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 21:02

      it drives me insane! xx

  6. 25/06/2014 / 17:54

    I really want to try it but I'm not a huge fan of mascaras with a plastic wand so I'm not sure that I will be loving this 🙂

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 20:59

      yeah, this might not be the one for you! x

  7. Emma Wilson
    25/06/2014 / 18:47

    Not sure if you've tried BadGal by Benefit but I find that to be infinitely better than this one. Although like Carly says, the drug store mascaras and brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline are often just as good!

    Em x

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 21:02

      i think i might try out badgal then and hope it's worth the money haha thanks for the recommendation!


  8. 25/06/2014 / 19:59

    I've wanted to try They're Real for a while but the whole 'can't get it off' thing puts me off – I have a weird habit of pulling my eyelashes out when I'm stressed and it means that they're quite weak, when mascaras are hard to get off it just means I lose a lot of lashes. I'm currently using Clinique's High Impact, it's SO easy to take off although I don't love it as a mascara really – when will we get the best of both worlds, hey?

    Meg xo
    UK Health & Beauty Blog

    • Katy Stephenson
      25/06/2014 / 20:57

      i completely agree – if benefit's mascara was easy to take off it would be perfect! we need to combine it with the clinique one haha xx

  9. Jordan Hathaway
    26/06/2014 / 13:25

    I really like this mascara but hate how expensive it is, it's really put me off repurchasing it. I have a few samples at the minute so hoping they last me until I have a few extra pounds to spare! x


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