Review: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

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I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly on the quest to find the perfect mascara. It has to be volumising, lengthening, separates lashes, non clumpy, and very very black. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up the search yet, but Benefit’s They’re Real is pretty close to being perfect. I was a bit reluctant to spend almost Β£20 on a mascara (especially as I tried Bad Gal ages ago and wasn’t really impressed) but I’m so glad I did as this has definitely become my firm favourite.

As you can see from the picture above, it gives serious length and definition to lashes without making them look clumpy or overdone. The packaging claims to make your lashes look “beyond real” and I think that’s a pretty good description – they don’t look like fake lashes, just your own lashes but better. The best word I can think of to describe the way this makes your eyelashes look is “fluttery”!

I usually apply a coat of this mascara on one eye, then do the other eye, and then go back and run the brush through the first eye again before the first coat dries completely. I find this is the best way to get lots of volume without my lashes sticking together or going clumpy. I love how jet black this mascara is, it really makes your lashes stand out. The wand is plastic and covered in tiny spikes which are really good at getting between your lashes to separate them, and the rounded tip is great for reaching corner lashes.

Overall I think this is an amazing mascara and I will definitely be repurchasing once I’ve used up this tube! I’ve never really used any high-end mascaras before so I’m not sure how this compares, but it’s so much better than my usual favourite msacara brands like Max Factor and Rimmel.

Have you tried any Benefit mascaras? What’s your favourite mascara at the moment?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Gillian x says:

    I'm not really a huge Benefit fan, although I can't do without a few products, including my BadGal mascara! I've been meaning to try this for a while but never gotten round to it cause I'm always skint. Will defo be popping into Frasers' on payday now though, glad to see a positive review πŸ™‚ xxx

  • EilidhPie says:

    Ohh I love Bebefit products & had been wondering about this mascara. Your lashes certainly look a lot more defined & lengthened – seems to tick all the boxes! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Cherry says:

    This looks lovely and I love the shape of the tube!

  • Rachel P says:

    I've heard a few good reviews about this mascara, it sounds and looks like it does the job well, very very tempted to get myself one πŸ™‚ x

  • Pasha says:

    makes your eyelashes look lovely!

  • jazxo says:

    This looks lovely. Definitely works for you! xo

  • I did like this mascara but there's cheaper versions that I would choose first- it dried up too quickly for me to pay the price again!!XxX

  • daisychain says:

    Mascara is the one product I can't bring myself to splurge on as it has such a short life πŸ™

  • Sandra Leiva says:

    Looks great! <3

  • Mary Garcia says:

    You have the perfectest pair of eyebrows. I love how you fill them in.
    Mary from β™₯ β™₯

  • Caroline says:

    I reeeeally want to try this! It looks so good! πŸ™‚ My favourite mascara is diorshow iconic which I got for Christmas, may have to give in to temptation and get this one soon! πŸ™‚

    Caroline x

  • I have never tried Benefit's makeup but I know how hard it is to find a good mascara, this mascara looks lovely on you. I will have to try this someday, I usually just get drugstore mascara and really need to branch out on my makeup.


  • Boho Vanity says:

    your lashes look amazing. i really love your blog xx

    My Blog: Boho Vanity

  • Kirsty says:

    I really like the look of this mascara but the wand looks SO similar to my favourite Maybelline One by One mascara that I don't know if I can bear to shell out Β£20 on it! I also got a sample of MAC's Zoom fast lash and WOW – LOVING IT! xx

  • jimmi lou says:

    This looks really good, I find it hard to get a mascara I really like, I hate ones that leave my lashes looking too wet or too dry, need the perfect balance!

  • Helen says:

    I wasn't impressed with the bad gal either, it was so so clumpy! This looks really good but I actually hardly ever wear mascara so need to get through what I've got at the moment before splurging on another one haha. I'm currently using Lancome Hypnose at the moment.

  • Julia says:

    I love this mascara! I much prefer it to the Max Factor false lashes one.

  • This looks great! I love LancΓ΄me mascaras and Clinique high definition is good too! X

  • Gem says:

    I love Benefit (this looks amazing on you) but I find that they run out quickly. I love Lancome mascara, best I've ever used x

  • Raz says:

    I'm still such a Collection 2000 convert! But I definitely like the look of this mascara.

  • LINDA says:

    Great post! Beautiful! <3


    Linda from

  • Plami says:

    I love this mascara! Too bad I cannot find it anywhere in my country πŸ™‚


  • Ani. says:

    Oh dear – I lovey pretty much everything Benefit has on offer, or at least everything I tried so far. They're Real! has been on my wishlist for absolute ages but I'm pretty happy with my current mascara (Maxfactor False Lash Effect!)!

  • I got this for Christmas and I love it too! Easily the best mascara I've ever owned, great review πŸ™‚ XX

  • Anonymous says:

    When I appky this mascara it become's flat when it dries. Can somebody tell me how to use this properly?

    • gillian says:

      Do you use an eyelash curler? I find all mascaras look much better and make your lashes appear longer if you curl them before applying the mascara. I use a Shu Uemura eyelash curler which is brilliant, but you can get cheaper version in Boots etc. which are also good!
      Hope that helped x

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