Beauty Babble: My Love Affair With Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara [Review]

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Unfortunately, I happen to be a little eyelash challenged. My lashes are extremely fine and damn near non-existent. I know that I have lashes because I can feel them, but they are seriously something that one cannot see with the naked eye. So, leaving the house without mascara on is simply not an option for me. Nope..that just doesn’t happen. Even if I’m rocking lash extensions or a pair of drug store falsies, the mascara is still layered on there. Ugh…yes, my name is Tracy and I’m addicted to LASHES! 

So, trust me when I tell you that I’ve pretty much spent many a paycheck on the pursuit of getting longer, and thicker lashes with curl, definition, and extra volume. Yes, I want it all honey! I’ve tried, tested and I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much I’ve spent on some of the top mascaras to see which ones would actually deliver on their lashtastic promises. Well, be still your heart…I think I’ve finally found the ONE!! 

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Touted by the company as “The Mascara That’s Beyond Belief,” Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara is the business!! Now, I usually have several mascaras sitting in my makeup case at one time and I tend to rotate them daily. However, since I picked this puppy up in Sephora over the summer, it has definitely been my one & only lash lover for the last few months…for several reasons:

1) It Stays Put! – I suffer from allergies, so my eyes are constantly watering. However, this mascara doesn’t smudge or flake all over my face if I happen to swipe at my eyes during the day. 

2) It’s Buildable! – This is a plus because I live to layer my mascara and a lot of mascaras tend to clump by the second application giving you that Tammy Faye Baker look….No, Bueno!

3) Va-Va-Voom Effect! – After applying this mascara, my lashes are visibly fuller, plump and lush. Hell, I’m thrilled because it actually banishes the whole lash-less look that I usually have going on. Is it better than wearing false lashes? No…but certainly good enough.

4) Compliments Galore! – Yes, as a lash addict you’re prettying up those lashes to be noticed..Duh!..and this mascara definitely seals the deal! Women stop me all the time to inquire about the authenticity of my lashes. Of course, I just bat’em and gush..”Yep, They’re Real!”

See for yourself…

The pic in the top left square is what I look like with my pitiful naked lashes…The other three pics are my lashes after my “They’re Real!” lash experience.

**(Pls pardon my sparse brow…it wasn’t filled in for this test so don’t come for me about this…lol)**

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The mascara retails for $23.00 and can be purchased from Benefit Cosmetics or at Sephora. I actually scored the full-sized and mini mascara set from Sephora for $23.00 which made this little “miracle in a tube” that much sweeter! Yep…this product is definitely #NautieApproved!

What’s your fave mascara? Have you tried Benefit’s “They’re Real!” mascara? What do you think…is it Nautie or not? 


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