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      19.02.2015 20:22
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      Lovely effect but lacking staying power.

      I treated myself to this mascara with some money I had been given for my birthday as £18.50 for a mascara does seem a bit of an indulgence.
      I have very pale lashes which only come alive with lashings of dark mascara so the thought of lush baby doll peepers seemed worth investing in.
      I followed the application instructions and watched my thin pale lashes build up as I brushed. The mascara does make a big difference and it actually looked like I was also wearing liner, the effect was so rich.
      The only problem was when I was caught out in the wind and rain. The mascara did not stay put in the least and created huge panda eyes which were quite difficult to remove in the ladies using a piece of damp tissue. This was disappointing, because up until then I had been very impressed with the results.
      While I wouldn't have expected it to stay completely put in such soggy weather, the smudging was more than I have experienced in other mascaras.
      Because I loved the effect of the mascara, I now save it for nights out rather than risk smudging for a daytime look. It does make my eyes come to life and I would say it is the best mascara I have tried on my invisible lashes.
      That is why it was such a shame when it didn't even offer me a little staying power then it was challenged by typical British winter weather and I wondered why I was getting peculiar looks as I walked through town.

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      30.12.2014 20:48
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      • "Longer lashes "

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      Fantastic results

      I have been trying different mascaras for many years now but never thought to buy a high end one. I had always really liked the results that relatively cheap mascaras had given me. However, last Christmas I received this 'they're real' mascara as a gift. As soon as I tried this mascara I loved the results. My eyelashes looked incredibly long and unlike usual they weren't clumpy no matter how many layers I applied. This mascara is amazing consistency and looks amazing. The packaging is very modern and stylish looking, I like the silver tube the mascara comes in. Since the mascara run out which I had recieved at Christmas I have bought 2 more since. The price of this mascara is a little high considering it's only mascara but compared to other high end and expensive make up brands this is one of the best for value. I found this mascara to be very dark and black which I like. Another thing which I really do love about this mascara is that it spaced my eyelashes out making my lashes appear longer and fuller. I think another thing which is attractive about this piece of make up is the brand name. The brand of this mascara is well known and of great quality too. Despite being pretty pricey Benefit products are we worth the money. Benefit always have extravagant and interesting designs on their beauty products but I like that this bottle is quite discrete and simple. I would rate this mascara a 5/5, I believe this product works incredibly well.

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      28.12.2014 11:42
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      Don't waste your money!

      This mascara was a waste of money. I was initially impressed by the packaging and the brand name as I love everything Benefit. However the mascara did NOT live up to my expectations. The mascara brush is a bit weird in itself. It has spikes as opposed to having "normal" bristles and the spikes are a little too hard for my delicate lashes. It also has a "ball" at the end which is supposed to cling to your corner lashes and extend them. I found this ball quite uncomfortable and it didn't do anything for my corner lashes. Also the brush is quite rubbery and it doesn't feel all that nice to use. Using this mascara (in my opinion) is not a pleasant experience. It's hard to manoeuvre the strange brush so applying this product takes longer than expected, which isn't good in a morning rush!

      The mascara clumps really easily, no matter how much you "wiggle" the brush like the Benefit store assistant told me too. I instantly saw the mascara clumping when I first tried it and after a further few failed attempts the mascara went in the bin, which was a loss of around £20. In fact this mascara is always going up in price and I don't know why! The mascara also has an unpleasant odour to it, unless I just ended up with a bad batch. The only thing good about it is the sleek silver packaging.

      The mascara is a nightmare to remove. Whenever I used the mascara it took me forever to remove it, even when I scrubbed and scrubbed at it until my eyes were red and sore. There was still some visible mascara the morning after, it was literally stuck to my eyes for days afterwards.

      I would not recommend this mascara. It gave me the dreaded spider eyes look, it did NOTHING to lengthen my lashes and the brush felt horrible. In fact it made my lashes look SHORTER due to the clumping!

      Not worth the money.

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        30.11.2014 11:06
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        They're Real--ly disappointing

        I love mascara. I think mascara is one of the most basic make up supplies any girl need to have in their cosmetic bag. Unfortunately, it is not easy for me to find the kind of mascara that would be able to hold up my short eyelashes as they tend to point down instead of curl up. So, when I heard the buzz about this wonder mascara that would not only curl but also lengthen eyelashes, I was tempted.

        This mascara was my first Benefit make up product. I have heard about this brand, and quite aware of its premium quality, but the steep price usually kept me away from their product. When I saw that this mascara was on offer at Boots store, I thought it probably was my only chance to own and try this mascara, so I bought one.

        But I was not happy when I applied the mascara to my eyelashes (which were previously curled with eyelash curler). The thin sparse brush could not give the effect it promised. The black paste did not dry quick enough, or hold the curl long enough. And worse, the little pokey end of the brush did nothing else than collecting the mascara which end up giving me annoying clumps.

        I am very disappointed. For an over £15 premium mascara, I am expecting more than a thin sparse brush and a clumpy result. I have to say that a £7 maybelline falsies could do much better than this one.

        I am not going to recommend this product. I don't think this is a good mascara at all. Like what they say about this mascara, they're real. For me, They're Real...ly disappointing.

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        08.11.2014 08:06
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        • "nice coverage"

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        • "not amazing"

        Ok but not amazing.

        I am currently using a mascara called "They're Real" by Benefit. I also have a brand new tube in waiting that I got in a gift set. I never buy this mascara but it follows me around in gift sets and sample sized beauty box and advent offerings! I think it is OK but not amazing, it works OK as a black mascara but it just gives me average coverage I find.

        First impressions
        I have a tube of this that I think came on a magazine cover a while ago. I have been using it but find I have to wait for it to dry and add a couple of layers before I get the effect I am after. I like the packaging OK enough and the brush head is nice and large which again is the style I like.

        My thoughts
        This mascara costs around £20 ful sized although I have never bought it full sized as I think it performs OK but is really nothing special. I also find it hard to remove in its entirity, despite using a separate eye make up remover, a cream cleanser and a micellar water based cleanser! There is always a bit more for me to clean up in the morning.

        Final word
        I am not quite sure why I have owned so many of these mascaras and I have also given a load away to friends too! I have other brands of mascara that I prefer like the too faced better than sex mascara, I love that one!

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        16.10.2014 15:14
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        • "Provides Great Length and Curl"
        • "Seperates Lashes "
        • "Easy Brush To Work With"

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        • "Can Leave Residue"

        If it wasn't for the residue it would have been a 5

        After hearing so many rave reviews about this mascara, I finally caved in and bought it earlier this year.

        The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous silver packaging, that looked amazing in my makeup bag and then I saw the perfect wand. I love rubber bristles and I like lots of them, this brush is just that. That is also a 'ball' of rubber bristles at the end, which make it much easier to get to those hard to reach lashes. I found the pure amount of bristles gave me great length, seperation, volume and zero clumps. Also this did not melt during the day and hang around my lower lash line (a real problem I normally have).

        So far, so good. I decided this was going to become my daily mascara, as it also made my lashes really black. After three days of use however, I noticed something was wrong. The mascara was not applying to my lashes properly and instead of them looking long and amazing, the looked short and stumpy. As if I used a £1 mascara not one that cost nearly £20.

        I realised despite the same cleansing routine I'd always used taking place day and night, that the mascara was leaving a residue. This residue ended up pulling my lashes at the base and causing some irritation. As much as I loved the mascara I could not use it for several days in a row. I could only use it everything third day. This meant the mascara went off before I finished it. If it was not for this residue issue it would be a 5.

        This retails for £19.50 and can be purchased from The Benefit Website and their counters.

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        29.09.2014 19:40
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        • "not too difficult to remove"
        • "stays put pretty well"
        • black

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        • "not the cheapest"
        • "only comes in black"

        They're as Real unless you stuck 'em on before this.

        I'm not one for wearing alot of make up but in preparation for the recent function I had to attend I decided to buy a new mascara as my old one hadn't been touched in around 12 months.

        I've liked Benefit mascaras in the past so decided to give this one a try, at £19.50 it's not the cheapest but I found it as part of a set including a full size eye liner and eye make up remover sample for the same price which seemed like pretty good value.

        The packaging is pretty plain and simple, a wide bodied silver coloured tube with the name of the product printed on the side. Unscrewing the lid the wand is as long as you would expect with a now fairly common rubbery brush rather than the more traditional bristles.

        The mascara only comes in black and isn't meant to be water proof. I found however that a night of laughing myself silly playing on a bouncy castle and the dodgems it actually did stay put pretty well, equally it was fairly easy to remove at the end of the night.

        Benefit claim that it will lengthen, curl and separate lashes, frankly given how infrequently I wear mascara almost any will give the impression of making mine seem longer, and fuller, however I do find that other mascaras can cause my lashes to clump together, which didn't happen with They're Real.

        Overall I'd say this is a decent but unspectacular mascara which is good enough for my needs and I would expect meet most other peoples unless they want something very specific from a mascara (or a colour other than black).

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        06.09.2014 22:48
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        • "easy to apply"

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        • "looks hideous"
        • "doesn't live up to claims"

        They're real. They're no longer than before. And they look gross!

        Benefit They're Real Mascara is designed to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift and separate lashes for a spectacular 'out-to-here' look. It's priced at £19.50.


        My thoughts
        The packaging is ok, but compared to most of Benefit's packaging it's quite plain and boring really. It does have a fairly expensive look to it though. The brush is the modern plastic type with little spikes rather than proper bristles. It has a little kind of dome of spikes on the end of the brush which is meant to make it easier to get the smaller lashes in the corners of the eyes.

        The brush is easy to use and it's easy to apply the mascara. It goes on pretty smoothly and evenly and doesn't feel like it's just making a clumpy mess. The size of the brush is nice and I don't end up with mascara on my eyelids with this one. I don't find the little dome bit at the end of the brush helpful at all though, it's no better at getting the smaller lashes than any other brush I've used.
        To say I was disappointed with how this mascara looks is a massive understatement! I was expecting long, thick, fluttery lashes, but it really didn't deliver. It adds just the tiniest amount of length and a touch of volume to my lashes, but it doesn't have a natural lash look to it, it looks quite dirty and unnatural.

        Adding extra layers doesn't add any more length and it doesn't give my lashes any curl whatsoever. All the extra coats do is stick the lashes together more and more making the look more and more unnatural and frankly I would not leave the house with my lashes looking such a dirty mess!
        It flakes a lot, so I get a lot of black dots appearing under my eyes, and it also comes off onto my skin where my lashes touch near my browbone. Despite how easily it smudges and comes off onto my skin, it takes quite a bit of effort to get off, even with a dedicated eye makeup remover.


        Recommended?
        No. Never. Absolutely not. It doesn't deliver on a single one of it's promises and it just looks hideous! I expected better from Benefit as I they're not a cheap brand and I usually love their makeup!

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          27.07.2014 23:03
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          Benefit they're real mascara

          The mascara is from benefit cosmetics , a well known company that has been around for 40 years. They sell many different beauty products from foundations to eyeshadows. There products are quite expensive but no where near as much as brands such as mac, bobbi brown ,Estée Lauder , or ysl etc. benefit products are sold in many different places. Online or install. It is available in debenhams and boots etc.

          The benefit they're real mascara is around the price of £19 however you can get a travel size version which is great if you just want to try it out. The packaging of the mascara is quite bulky. It is like a shiny grey tinny plastic. The wand of the mascara is a very good size and has very fine bristles. The effect of the mascara is very good. It makes your lashes very long and adds a lot of volume. It makes your lashes look very fluttery and there are barely any clumps at all.

          Hope this review helps you all x x x Imogen x x x

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          20.07.2014 00:42
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          • "Gives good definition"

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          • Expensive

          I love Benefit - they''re real... I promise!

          === Introduction: ===

          Benefit was first created in 1976, so it''''s been around for nearly 40 years and are now well established and well known for their high quality beauty products!
          This is the second mascara that I have owned by Benefit after my Sister gave me their ''''Bad gal'''' mascara because she had 2. After using that for a while and loving it, I decided to look for something else to give my eyes a little more definition (I have very light eyelashes and dark blonde hair!)

          === Design and Advertising: ===

          When I purchased my mascara after my friend had been going on about it for weeks, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a normal sized mascara and a little travel one! Nice one, I thought, as it means that I can have it in my main make-up bag and have the other one with my in my handbag! What a brilliant Idea! The larger mascara is 8.5g and the travel one is just 4g.
          The large tube is silver with the worlds ''''they''''re real'''' in black and orange
          The smaller one is similar, except with a brown bottom and silver top.
          The advertising of this product has come under some scrutiny, with slogans like ''''If Easy was a Crime, she was guilty'''' and images which some people believe are derogatory to women. At the end of the day, they use what sells, and I suppose that''''s up to personal opinion. I think they shouldn''''t need to use such tactics because their products sell on their own...

          === Application: ===

          As with most mascaras, this is fairly easy to apply. Just apply as you normally would, it takes about 4-5 strokes to get good coverage. I would say to make sure there is not too much on the brush, or it will go clumpy which is not good!

          === Results: ===

          I have been very happy with the results of this product, I find that I have had nice even coverage on both eyes, and it definitely gives some good definition to my eyes. It''''s fairly easy to get off - I use simple eye make-up remover and it''''s off in under 2mins!

          === Price and Availability: ===


          This product is only available at Benefit approved suppliers, and sells for £19.50 in Debenhams. It can be pruchased for the same price on the benefit website - http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/theyre-real
          It is a little on the pricey side, but lasts well , and I still have a lot left - I would say that after a few months of use that the brush needs cleaned in order to get rid of any bacteria, just to prevent infections etc

          === Overall: ===

          I really like this mascara. I would normally buy something so expensive, but I could see the difference it made to my friends eyes and thought that it would be a good investment, and I have not been disappointed!

          Review can be found on Ciao under same username

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          01.06.2014 22:28
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          • "amazing volume"
          • "good length"
          • "Great separation"

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          • "expensive "
          • "fiddly wand"

          Yeah THEY'RE REAL...

          I''ll start with the good stuff; Benefit''s THEY''RE REAL mascara ticks all of the mascara dreamlist boxes for me; Great separation, added length and amazing volume increase. I''ve not experienced flaking or smudging, plus it holds my curl all day and is easy to remove. The brush is a regular size with short rubber bristles so it is easy to use and It grabs, coats and pushes every lash out and up. However what is unique is that the end of the wand also has bristles, to catch those little straggly hairs in the inner and outer corners of the eye.

          Bad points? I don''t have anything negative to say about the formula, or the results. But whilst the shape of the brush is important to create the shape and definition, the shaped end can be a bit of a hindrance. One eye on me always looks great because of the shaped end, but I don''t like flipping my wrist to do the other eye as I don''t like the feeling of a lack of control, so my other eye rarely has the same level of definition. My main issue with this problem is that the inner corner of one eye always looks less defined as the bristled end of the brush is on the wrong end, and the outer corner of the problem eye can be prone to a few minor clumps.

          Of course, if you are comfortable flipping your wrists during mascara application you can just ignore the last paragraph :)


          The price [19.50] is also a bit of a put off for me, as I can find cheaper mascaras that can produce similar results on me. So whilst I will consider buying this mascara again, I''ll always be on the look-out for a alternative mascara as whilst I think They''re Real is good, my niggles over the brush and price mean it isn''t a I-must-have-it-now product for me.

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          04.02.2014 15:20

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          Not the mascara you'll live and die in but good for a night out.

          A family member bought this as a gift for me so it's now my current mascara, but I don't think I will buy it again for myself, although many of my friends swear by it. It's expensive at £18-£19 for a student on a budget, and I don't think it lives up to the hype.

          The wand itself is easy enough to use but collects too much mascara at once, which has to be scraped off before it can be used. It is manoeuvrable because of its shorter length but if, like me, you have naturally long lashes right up to the corner of your eyes, you may find that it's difficult to work the mascara into that area without ending up with the spidery look. A big plus for this is that it doesn't make your upper and lower eyelashes stick together at the corners like some cheaper brands have done for me in the past.

          The reason this mascara is so often recommended to me is because it's incredibly thick. It looks striking on a night out with heavier make-up on and it will definitely last you all night. In fact, it will last quite a bit longer than that unless you have a good make-up remover, because normal make-up wipes won't do it with this! In order to get a curl in your lashes, though, you have to apply several coats, which means that in the day with 'natural' make-up, it can just look clumpy, especially on the lower lashes. If you have the budget and want a mascara for night to match your usual one in the day, or if you wear fairly heavy make-up on a day-to-day basis, this might suit you more than it does me.

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          26.01.2014 13:53
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          A decent mascara.

          About 10 months ago I purchased Benefit's newest mascara 'They're real!' I wanted a mascara that would make my short lashes look bolder and longer, and because a few of my friends had recommended it to me I decided I would try it.

          You can grab a 8.5 g tube of this from only a few places on the high street, Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Or you can purchase it online through the Benefit website, Ebay and Feel Unique.
          I actually purchased my mascara in Macy's in America purely because I was there and it was cheaper than buying it in the UK. In the UK the retail price of this is about £19.50. Often they have deals where you can buy the mascara and you get a little half size tube free.

          Now, does it work?
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          Having used Benefit products before and been very happy with them I was excited to try this out!
          It comes in a silver, almost mirror like tube with 'They're Real!' printed on it. It's a fairly plain tube yet at the same time it's modern and attractive.
          You simply twist the lid and the wand comes out. There is a slight smell when you first open it, sometimes it can be a little overpowering, but it's really not that bad. Over time this scent does fade alot, and today I can barely smell it unless I give it a sniff.
          The wand length is a little smaller than some other mascaras I have used, and I have found this to sometimes be awkward, a few times I have prodded myself in the eye. However this tends to happen on days when my hand isn't so steady.
          The actual part of the wand that you use on your lashes is kind of bristle like. The bristle's aren't harsh on your lashes and I find that them being like they are is actually effective.

          Almost straight away I noticed that my lashes looked bolder (this is a black coloured mascara) and definitely longer! My lashes don't look as good as my friends lashes though, but, when you have short lashes this is to be expected compared to friends with lovely, long lashes.
          I put a couple of coats on each eye and I didn't get any clumps, however don't put too many coats on because you might end up with a 'spider' effect on your lashes.
          What I really like about this mascara is that it also flicks out your end lashes, you might have to spend more time on the edges of your lashes and use different angles with the wand but it does give a good flick!
          What I really noticed about using this mascara is when it comes to my bottom eye lashes. It made them so much longer and bolder. Although I do suffer my bottom lashes sticking together more with this mascara, but with patience you can unstick them.
          I think they stick together due to the bottom lashes being thinner and the mascara is quite a goopy liquid compared to other mascaras.

          Now, having used this mascara on and off for around 10 months it does seem that as it gets older you might get a clump or two at times. This hasn't been a problem though and they are easy to get rid off.

          The big problem I have with this mascara is taking it off! I use make-up wipes and have been using the same ones for a few years and they do the job with everything else except this mascara.
          It has to be the hardest thing to get off!! Does that mean it's waterproof? No, not really.
          A few times I've had the mascara smudge due to rain or bad weather, it's not smudged badly and it's been quick and easy to sort out, but it's happened.
          I've showered with the mascara on and when I get out I end up looking like a panda, so I'm going to say it's not waterproof.

          I have switched the make-up wipes to eye make-up remover liquid and everything and it still doesn't come off completely, the next morning I wake up with a slight blackness to my eyes.

          Overall I'm going to give this mascara 3 stars (or 3 1/2 if I could), it is good don't get me wrong, however, I have had other mascaras work just as well and are much easier to get off for less than £19.50!
          I think you have to have longer lashes than my own to get the full advantages of this mascara, because it makes such a difference to my friends lashes.
          If you were really undecided to try it, I would probably say do try it if you have the money going spare. It is a good mascara, I just don't think it's for me.

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            03.12.2013 19:09
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            I would buy it again, but it is very expensive.

            I'm quite fortunate in that I have quite long lashes, so basic mascaras are generally good enough to enhance them. I like to have a daytime mascara for work and then an evening mascara for nights out, so I decided to buy 'They're Real!' by Benefit as a nightime mascara.

            At £20 this mascara certainly isn't cheap, and I had a bad experience before with Benefit's 'Bad Gal' mascara, which I didn't rate very highly. However I saw some glowing reviews on dooyoo, combined with new stands in my local Boots saying that 'They're Real!' is the best selling UK mascara. Having £28 of points on my Boots card I decided to give it go and treat myself!

            The mascara comes in a cardboard tube which I wasn't too pleased about as I get annoyed by unnecessary packaging, but at least this packaging can be recycled. Inside was an instruction leaflet which was huge with about 20 different languages! The claims on the packaging from a consumer group were pretty impressive;

            94% saw dramatic length & volume
            90% saw base-to-tip curl
            94% saw visible lift
            100% saw long-wearing results

            The mascara itself was shorter than I expected but quite a fun metallic silver. As with most mascaras you screw off the top and the wand is inside. As you can see from the picture the bottle is sloped and it feels comfortable in your hands, and there is plenty of the lid to hold so no problems there.

            The mascara wand is a weird shape, is it long and thin with plastic spikes, and then the end is spiky in an almost circular shape. It made me think of some kind of medieval weapon, like a mace or something. Apparently it's designed so that using the brush horizontally to achieve maximum volume, length & lift, and use vertically and upward to curl & separate. I had a go but I couldn't see any difference between the two methods.

            So how was it? I applied my first layer and was underwhelmed. It didn't look much different to my £10 Maybelline so I felt disappointed. My lashes were separated and thin but not that long. However, it was a second application which made my lashes pop and suddenly I had lovely long, separated lashes. I was amazed, they looked like very natural long lashes. Now I was excited about buying the new mascara so I tried it in the morning and wore to work, by chance Mr Stacey was in town after work so we went for food. I fluttered my eyelashes at him and asked if he would see the difference and he said he had noticed that they looked good. I used the mascara again for a night out and found the same results - one application was a bit meh and the second application made my lashes look amazing. I tried a third layer but that was pushing it and it started to look a bit flaky, so I think two is the maximum.

            I've found that every time I've used the mascara it has lasted long without smudging and looks great. I don't personally need to use eyelash curlers, but I found that my lashes has a lovely curl, especially with the amount of length I got. The best thing is how slim the lashes are, with no clumps or sticking together. I've seen other reviewers say that it takes some getting off, but I haven't had any problems, a bit of good quality make up remover on a cotton pad or two and you're sorted!

            This is a good mascara and I'd definitely buy it again. I'd say it's very good, but I'm not raving from the rooftops. At £19.50, this is an occasional treat but personally I'd say it's very expensive and not that spectacular, however I am happy with the effect it gets and it's more than good enough for me

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              22.10.2013 19:37

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              A good mascara, not as amazing as expected!

              This mascara I brought recently and was so excited to try it as has many awards etc.
              I personally like the mascara, I wouldn't say it was the best I've tried but I am enjoying using it and experimenting with it.
              I do really like the mascara brush, as it has a small ball on the end which you use to wiggle through the lashes to the side of the eye which I find works nicely. You do have to build up layers to create a dramatic effect to the lashes, it does give the lashes a nice curl and lengthens them but like I said I do have to apply a few coats to get that effect and sometimes can get spidery lashes from doing so! And its so difficult to remove, you definitely need to remove this with an oil based remover.
              I brought this mascara and it came with a mini which is good for travelling or for keeping in small clutch bag!
              Mixed reviews for this product, but worth 3-4 stars :)

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          • Product Details

            Benefit They're Real Mascara / It's the mascara that's beyond belief! This jet-black mascara lengthens / curls / volumises / lifts & separates lashes for a spectacular out-to-here look / The exclusive brush is specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing / glossy formula-revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root / boosting length & volume beyond belief / The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift / define & curl even your tiniest lashes / The end result...luxurious / silky lashes that won't smudge / clump or dry out / All skin types.