Apologies about yet another blog review of the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner showing up on your bloglovin’ feed. Usually when PR gifts are sent out to an abundance of bloggers all at the same time I tend to stall the review a little, because when every blogger their cat is harping on about the same thing it can become a tad tedious. But alas, here I am doing a small review because it’s one of those products where I think people need to not heighten their expectations but at the same time don’t be prepared for disappointment – If that makes any sense at all.
I’ve seen really mixed opinions of the new Benefit eyeliner floating around; with some people loving it and some loathing, then others are sitting on the fence. And I hate to admit it, but I’m a complete fence sitter with this one. Where I can appreciate that it’s an ‘innovative’ design (which is debatable, as Maybelline also have a very similar eyeliner which I am unsure of the release date of?! But you can see that one here) which some may find easier to apply than other forms of eyeliner, it’s nothing that you cannot recreate by using a silicone eyeliner brush and a pot of gel eyeliner. BUT saying that, the only pot of black gel eyeliner I have ever used an liked is the Illamasqua precision gel eyeliner, so when you weigh up the price of that one and the Benefit They’re Real eyeliner, it’s a tough one to decide which to invest in. Both are equally as opaque and the formula’s, in my opinion, are very similar.
My main niggle with the Benefit eyeliner is that when you attempt to apply it over a powder eyeshadow it is extremely crumbly at first, and you have to go back and forth a few times before it warms up a little bit and can be applied properly. Which is a shame as this does seem to waste a lot of product. I’ve seen others mention that they find the eyeliner can be a little crumbly and dry when they go to use it in the mornings, and it’s almost like Benefit thought too much about the product itself and application rather than the storage in between uses. Maybe add a silicone ring to the cap to prevent air getting in and the product drying out? Who knows. It does work a little better when you use something like the Maybelline Eye Tattoo as a base for your eyes. But still it is dry at first. I also saw a few people who were finding it difficult to create a delicate cat eye flick. This for me, has not been an issue at all and I have found it relatively simple to do my regular every day black eyeliner (complete with flick). Maybe this is because I do them every day because I’m exciting like that, but I thought it was easy enough! To be honest, I was surprised how well the silicone rubber tip does work to drag the product across your eye line. The swatch below is from ‘one click’ of the eyeliner, and I must admit, when I first took the lid off I was slightly confused as I thought the silicone bit was the actual liner before I touched it, derp.
So basically, what I’m possibly trying to say is that the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner is alright. It’s a good quality product but has it’s small downsides. I think this would make a good alternative for those who like the precision of a felt pen eyeliner, but at the same time I can never use those properly but can use this fine, where others have struggled… Definitely try before you buy at a Benefit counter and ask for a demonstration on one eye and try the other eye for yourself. At £18.50 it isn’t cheap. But could be the answer to some people’s eyeliner prayers.
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