What’s the one of the makeup product that you can never skip? Concealer, lipstick or foundation? Mascara is my pick! With a few layers of mascara, your tiredness disappears and you can have fully awake looking eyes. Can you achieve bigger, bolder and sexier lashes with two coats? Benefit They’re Real mascara claims to give you all of these!Β 

I am not one to believe the claims of the mascaras. All these photoshopped advertisements and false lashes aren’t really appealing. The only way to find out if all the hype and promises are real, you have to test it! One that works for me, might not work for you, it is the same with mascaras.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara claims to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift and separate. You can expect so much from it, but how real is they’re real? First of all let’s start with the lengthening effect… I don’t believe the lengthening claims of the mascaras, unless they have fibres in it. With this mascara, I didn’t see any lengthening effect, so I can cross off one of the claims! How about curling and lifting? You need to make sure you start from the roots of your lashes and hold the wand there a few seconds to get that curled and lifted effect. If you’re in hurry and apply it quickly then don’t expect curled and lifted lashes!

Benefit They're Real mascara claims to lengthen, volumise, curl and lift your lashes.

This mascara has long brush with short and long silicon bristles so it separates the lashes properly. Just be careful when you’re applying the second coat! When you left the first coat fully dry, it gets kinda messy, so apply the second coat just before it dries! Last but not least is the volumising effect… After each coat of mascara you apply, it definitely increases the thickness of the lashes! Increased thickness of the lashes will give you the volume you’re looking for. Good thing is it doesn’t get clumpy.

Does it really worth paying that much money? I don’t think so! It is not bad, however it didn’t wow me. After paying so much on a mascara, you’d want it to make wonders. There are better mascaras which you can get for a friction of the price like Maybelline or Seventeen Doll’d Up!

Have you tried Benefit They’re Real mascara? What are your favourite drugstore and high-end favourite mascaras? What’s the most disappointing mascara you tried?

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    • I heard a lot about the Roller Lash and it really makes your lashes stand out. Good that you went for that! Have a lovely week πŸ™‚ x

  • I wish it would have worked wow for you 😐
    I personally haven’t tried too many mascaras but Maybelline ones seem to fit the purpose.

  • This is a good mascara I had a sample size to try out and really love the way it made my Lashes look

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  • I’m surprised you didn’t like this, everyone has such rave reviews. Maybe try Roller Lash, I found that really lifted my lashes.

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    • I had high expectations, maybe that’s why it didn’t really live up to the hype. Roller Lash is on my wishlist, if I can find the travel size then I will give it a try.

  • Becky Hughff

    I’ve tried this before and tbh I really quite liked it! It is one of the more expensive mascaras so I’m sure there are better ones for a smaller price tag!

    • It is one of the most expensive mascaras that I have. When you pay so much on a product, you expect it to make wonders πŸ™‚

  • Great review! This mascara is so funny on my lashes: I’ve tried a sample once and I swear it completely transformed my lashes (which aren’t that great), then I’ve tried my friend’s full size one and it didn’t work as well as the mini one! As you said, it was great, but nothing I would like to repurchase because of the price!


    • I seriously don’t understand how the products can be that different, maybe they keep changing the formula with the hope of achieving something better πŸ™‚ It is a good mascara, however when you pay that much, you expect it to live up to all of these claims!

  • Never tried it but it looks amazing! Great review πŸ™‚ <3


  • I loved this for ages but I then went off it! I found you could get the same or better by spending LESS on the highstreet!
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    • There are so many good mascaras in the drugstore, so there’s no reason to pay too much on it πŸ™‚ x

  • Mascara is my second must, first one being brow pencil! But am very specific with my lashes too and love that you’re specific too! So many mascaras and products promises so much but often gets down to nothing, so thank you for pinning it down and reviewing it too! Xx


    • After paying that much on a product, you’d expect it to make wonders that’s why I am not really happy with this one xx

  • I like this mascara but I find it to be such a pain to remove! Concealer would be my must-have πŸ™‚

    xo, Liz

    • Ah removing is so hard, when I don’t clean it properly, I end up having panda eyes πŸ™‚

  • I wasn’t a huge fan of this mascara but I do really like the Better Than Sex mascara! Eyebrows are first priority always, then face product since I struggle with red splotchiness. Then definitely mascara!

    Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

    • I have better than sex mascara on my wish list, when I find the travel size, I will give it a try πŸ™‚

  • Ive been wanting to try this mascara for a long time but the price has put me off slightly! Thanks for the great review!

    Darriyan xo


    • It is a little bit pricey, I wouldn’t repurchase it! x

  • I had a mini of this a while back and was really impressed! I wouldn’t pay that much for a full size though!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • I wouldn’t repurchase it, it is not the best mascara and it is on the pricey side!

  • AngeliePangilinan

    I got a sample of this last year, my favorite mascara so far! <3

    Angelie // Panda Tea Graden Suite Bohol

  • Thank you for your honest opinon. I use to love this mascara, but there are so many great drugstore mascaras now that I can’t justify the price.


    • Some of the drugstore mascaras are as good as the high end ones!

  • Emily

    I agree with you on this one Ela, it is a good mascara but not amazing and for the price I don’t really think it’s necessarily worth it. You can get better results for example with Maybelline!

    Musings & More

    • There are really good drugstore mascaras with the friction of the price, so I’d rather go for them rather than paying that much on a mascara!

  • I had been thinking about trying this but it obviously isn’t worth the price! Thanks for the honest review x


    • It is pricey and you can find really good mascaras in drugstore too! x

  • I’m so glad you mentioned the photoshopping when it comes to mascara advertisements – and often with a tiny asterisk you can see *model is wearing false lashes*. Crazy! I’m yet to try this mascara, though I’ve heard mixed opinions on it. I haven’t tried this one before; at the moment I’ve been wearing (and loving) LancΓ΄me’s Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Those tiny asterisks are so annoying, it is almost impossible to notice and read! I want to try that mascara, I should test it when I’m in the post πŸ™‚ x

  • Great review! I also never trust mascara ads because they’re obviously photoshopped and it makes me angry that brands think we’re stupid enough to believe them haha. I love They’re Real though, it does a great job with my lashes but I do agree, it can get a bit messy if the second coat isn’t applied at the right moment! It’s true that we can find better mascaras for a better price, and I’ll actually be sharing my new favourite drugstore mascara in an upcoming blog post! πŸ˜€

    Julia x
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    • Companies should stop fooling us, they just don’t look real at all πŸ™‚ First time I used it, I waited more than I should have and it got messy πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading your post πŸ™‚ x

  • Great post! I gave into the hype when this was first released but it didn’t impress me at all! xx


  • I have this mascara and I do get on with it, but it’s not something I’d run out to repurchase. I prefer the W7 dupe or the Clinique high impact, I love the brush on that one! πŸ™‚

    Velvet Blush

    • Same for me… It is good, however I wouldn’t repurchase it πŸ™‚

  • I have tried it and feel the same way you do Ella! It was just ok for me. Nothing that I would run out and purchase again. I love Urban Decay’s Perversion.

    • I am the same, I wouldn’t repurchase it. I heard a lot about perversion, I should try it!

  • My lashes definitely get on with this Mascara, but I wouldn’t run to repurchase it. I definitely am a fan of their roller lash though!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

    • It is a good mascara, however it is not something I’d repurchase!

  • Great to know! Been wanting to try this, but maybe not anymore… thanks for the honest review on it! =)

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  • I’m with you on this. Mascara is a must and I honestly prefer the drugstore versions, I feel they work just fine and since I go through so much mascara, they don’t break the bank!


    • Some of the drugstore mascaras are as good as the high end ones, so tire’s no point to waste money on high end πŸ™‚

  • Katie

    To me the wand looks similar to the Covergirl Lash Blast mascaras, which I love! I might like this but like you said, mascaras are so personal. My favorite is Maybelline’s Colossal because it gives me volume and length x


    • Mascara is so tricky, one that works for me wouldn’t work for you. I like Maybelline mascaras x

  • Beauty Journal

    I have used this before and it did nothing to my lashes. Drugstore mascara’s are so much better and affordable. I love maybelline and essence mascara from drugstore πŸ™‚


    • Totally agree with you! Some of the drugstore mascaras as good as the high end ones πŸ™‚

  • I agree with you. This mascara does give you volume but it does not live up to the hype. Covergirl’s Lash Blast is my favorite drugstore mascara. πŸ™‚
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    • Volume is good but all other promises don’t live up to its claims πŸ™‚

  • I tried it and I thought it was good but nothing to go crazy about. It’s definitely not when it comes to volume but life you said, the length wasn’t there. I’ll still use it though, no point in letting a good mascara go to waste! Great post!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

    • I still use it, however I wouldn’t repurchase it. x

  • Shame it doesn’t live up ti the hype or the high price! It’s good it does deliver on some of its claims though πŸ™‚

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  • Violette

    I tried it and hated it! It doesn’t worked at all and I had so much problems to remove it… My favortie mascara is Dior Over Curl and it’s my favorite for a long time!


    • I still haven’t tried any Dior products, there are so many on my wish list πŸ™‚

  • Shwetali

    I haven’t tried this mascara. It sounds like is not worth for money πŸ™ Thanks for sharing your honest reviews πŸ™‚

  • I feel exactly the same about this mascara! I think Loreal is the way forward x


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    didn’t know about this makeup brand. sounds a great one
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  • Aisha

    I’m totally agree with you. I used to have this mascara (a mini size in a Benefit set). It’s a really good mascara but I’ll never buy the full size !! xx


    • It is a good mascara, however it is not worth that much money x

  • I used to swear by this mascara but one day I just wasn’t that into it anymore, I feel like nothing can beat Lash Sensational by Maybelline at the minute especially considering how affordable it is!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

    • Lash sensational is one of my favourite mascara, it is way cheaper than this one and the result is amazing! x

  • Yiotou_La

    I haven’t used this one but I read plenty of reviews on how good this is. But it’s too expensive for me and reading your review now I am convinced that it is not worth it!


    • It is a good mascara, however there are better drugstore mascaras in the market!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I still haven’t tried this one! Personally, I’m not really interested in trying out new high-end mascaras as I’ve already found a perfect one for me – Chanel’s Le Volume De Chanel, it is AWESOME! I sometimes like to try out drugstore mascaras, also, there are just sooo many options out there – a lot of disappointments, but a lot of goodies, also! Thanks for sharing your review, hun. πŸ™‚ I will likely be passing on this one. x x


    • I still haven’t tried any Chanel product, one day I should just treat myself πŸ™‚ There are some really good drugstore mascaras in the market, some that are even better than this one πŸ™‚ x

  • This is probably the only review I’ve come across where someone doesn’t like it! I’ve tried one mascara from Benefit, it was majorly hyped however I disliked it – what a waste of money. I absolutely love L’Oreal mascaras, also Lancome’s Hypnose is bomb. I often get asked if I’m wearing falsies (yes, really!).


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    • It is a good mascara, however it is not worth that much money! I heard a lot about hypnoses, I haven’t tried it yet. False lashes effect… that’s great! x

  • I dient like it back when I had it, which was way before I started blogging. I really don’t like the crunchy feeling it gives my lashes.

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    • Oh I hate that crunchy feeling, I thought it was only me!

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    This mascara sounds so great! I always like to try out new products like these. Thank you so much for sharing this <3
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  • I used this mascara a while back but it didn’t live up to the hype.


  • I have this mascara and I really love them!


  • I also like actually trying the product first and not just believing the hype. Thank you for writing such a detailed review, it is very helpful! Have a great day!

    xo, Esther


    • Not believing the hype makes things easier πŸ™‚ Have a great day! x

  • Raydant

    I haven’t tried this mascara before, I usually go for Maybelline because its not as expensive as the benefit one. First review I came across that isn’t hyping this product as much! Interesting post!

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    • I like Maybelline mascaras! This mascara is good, however it is not worth the hype and that much money! x

  • Nadia

    I have just been posting a comment on Kay’s blog regarding what product I thought wasn’t needed one bit lol. Eyelid primer, or that’s what I thought for years (because I haven’t been using any eyeshadows). Now I see how crucial it is! πŸ˜€
    If we go big, I couldn’t agree more regarding the mascara. I might have a bare face (though I don’t feel comfortable showing off my “imperfections”) or might never touch a lipstick, but mascara… mascara has to be ON! πŸ™‚ Otherwise, my eyes are almost non-existent lol.
    I have tried They’re Real as well, and as much as I adore the brand, it didn’t wow me. It’s great to read an honest review & I always come back to your blog for those + fab new recommendations and upcoming trends <3
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    • Even the days I went bare face, I had some mascara on. It makes my eyes look more awake and also bigger so it is a must have for me πŸ™‚
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  • Karina GuimarΓ£es Ribeiro

    I haven’t tried this mascara, and i’m not really interested in trying out. I go for Maybelline, it gives me a good result and is not so expensive.

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  • Hmmm I’m not one to really splurge on buying mascaras other than drugstores ones, to be honest! I just don’t find that any besides Too Faced BTS has made my lashes really so amazing, since mine are naturally curly but on the short side. I also have a bit of spots from lashes being pulled out from wearing fake lashes for years on a daily basis, so I’m always needing a mascara to give me a lot of length but also volume to help make those spaces unnoticeable. I don’t like hyped products much, I also like to try it first! Great review and too bad it wasn’t that great!


    • There are some really good drugstore mascaras, so you don’t need to splurge on mascaras! I don’t like hyped products either, most of the time they end up being a disappointment! x

  • I tried this before and didn’t wow me either; a drug store mascara works just as well! I think I can’t live without concealer, my under eyes need it. And lip balm I suppose! Benefit’s roller lash is aight, I like it better than They’re Real for sure!

    • It is a good mascara, however the wow factor is not there. Some drugstore mascaras as so good that there’s no need to splurge on a mascara.

  • I feel like mascara is something that I couldn’t skip as well actually! I hadn’t really thought about it until reading your post. They’re Real used to be my favourite mascara, I’ve gone through about 4 tubes of it. But then once the last one I had dried up, I went of it a little. Then I found the Maybelline Lash Sensational and couldn’t believe how much better it was. Also the fact that it’s half the price of the Benefit mascara is even more of a plus.x

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    • Mascara is something I can’t skip, even when I have makeup free/minimal makeup days then mascara is a must have πŸ™‚ Lash sensational is one of my favourite, I really like it! x

  • Bernadette

    I’ve always heard good things about this mascara. This was all the hype when i first got into makeup. x


    • It is a good mascara, however, I wouldn’t repurchase it! x

  • I used to love this mascara and I’ve actually purchased the full size before after using two or three of the mini sizes. I loved how thick my lashes looked and how well it lasted throughout the day, but the removal process was one of the reasons why I totally went off mascara altogether! Since then I much prefer the Tarte gifted mascara ^_^ will have to check out the seventeen dolled up one too though!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Removal process is pain… When I remove my makeup quickly in the morning, I end up having panda eyes πŸ™‚ Dool’d up is a great mascara, I really like it πŸ™‚ x