Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? Please tell me that I’m not hallucinating and that these colorful new gel liners and mascaras by Benefit are not mere makeup figments of my imagination.
Are they fake…? Did I dream up this whole blue/green/purple situation? Please pinch me because I need to know if They’re Real.
OK…you did not have to pinch me that hard. 🙂
Benefit has some new liners and mascaras, and they aren’t figments of my imagination or yours, nor are you currently floating on pink cotton candy clouds.
These are very, very real, and they’re available on counters and online right now.
The line recently added two new $24 shades of They’re Real Mascara (Beyond Brown and Beyond Blue) and four new $24 shades of They’re Real Push-Up Liner (Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple and Beyond Green, $24) to their permanent collection.
So. Much. Color!
The two new shades of mascara join Benefit’s original They’re Real.
Not gonna lie, I’m all about that blue one…
You don’t understand! Trying to find a true blue mascara — one that you don’t have to do a ton of trickery or layering with to actually see the blue color — has been like trying to find a rainbow unicorn (i.e. hard).
This one is a beautiful bright blue, and it even looks vibrant with just one or two coats. Great curl hold and separation, too (although I could go for more volume). Unless you only wear black mascara, chances are you will LOVE this.
As for the new brown shade, eh… I’m just not that into it. I have black lashes, and this brown, like most brown mascaras, doesn’t do sh*t for me.
It is really brown, though, if that’s your thing.
These new gel liners are basically the same deal as the original They’re Real Push Up Liner released last year, but in different shades. Same click pens and rubber nib packaging. You just twist the bottom of the pen, and the gel comes out of the flexible plastic nib. Then line your lash lines and par-tay.
Now, I don’t know if I’m just all thumbs, but I always have a tough time with this kind of packaging. It’s so hard to draw smooth edges and sharp flicks with these pens, so what I usually do is put a bit of the product on the back of my hand, and then I’ll use either an angled or a pointed eyeliner brush to apply it from there to my lash lines.
Also, when I work with this liner, I move FAST — like 60 seconds or less, because the formula dries quicker than you can text, “Let’s go to the 5:30 showing of Magic Mike XXL tonight!”
In other words, you don’t have a lot of time to play, so hustle dat booty when you work with it, because when it sets, it doesn’t move. It’s so tough and long lasting that it might as well be waterproof. I even have to use an oil-based makeup remover with it.
As for the new colors, I love the green, because it’s bright and smooth, and same goes for the purple. But the brown and blue — which is more of a blackish navy — go on a little patchy.
Additional makeup worn in this look
Lipstick — Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment
Gloss — MAC Ample Pink Plushglass
Eyeshadow — Chanel Tisse Vendome Quad
Liner on water line — NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Barrow Street
Bronzer — Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer in 03 Naturel Brunettes
Foundation — Stowaway Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm in Medium
Concealer — Stowaway Creaseless Concealer in Medium
Highlighter — Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light
Brows — MAC Brun Eyeshadow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Earrings — Kristin Perry Neon Paradise Earrings
Your friendly neighborhood currently blue-lashed beauty addict,