Thursday, 15 January 2015

Benefit- They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner - £18.50

I actually can’t believe how long it has taken me to write this post. I bought Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner a few months ago, back in September I think. When I bought it was around the time it seemed to be appearing on almost every blog I followed, there were reviews popping up everywhere and there was a real mixture of positive and negatives about this product. I wasn’t actually going to buy it as it was looking to me as if the cons outweighed the pros, but there was an offer in Benefit where if you buy two products you get a free makeup bag and makeup session. So, unsurprisingly I was swayed and ended up purchasing it. I was also so intrigued to form my own opinion about it as there were so many different ones out there and see what everyone was talking about!

The reason I have been putting off writing this post so long is because I feel it is a rather difficult product to review and it has taken me awhile to decide whether I actually like the product or not. I have a few pros and cons to it so I will go through these and give you my overall opinion of it.

I’m sure most people already know how They’re Real! Push Up Liner works, but just in case you don’t I will explain briefly. It is a gel eye liner in a pen form. There is a twist up feature at the bottom which allows you to release the product into a small top section, then it comes out of an even smaller section which you can see in the picture below. This allows you to control the product and apply it to your lashline.

Benefit says on their website: "It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye! "

In theory it sounds amazing, but I did experience some difficulties when applying. To begin with, when you are not used to the product it does take a while to get to grips with the speed of which the gel comes out and how much you need to twist it. There is also the problem of if you do release too much product, it then becomes wasted and I find this quite annoying considering the price of it! This then can lead to the problem of making the application of it difficult, I had a couple of occasions when I ended up with a much thicker line of gel then I wanted because there was too much product coming out.

However, once you do get used to controlling the amount of product you want, and also how much pressure to use when applying, it does become a lot easier. You can see in the picture below (I got a bit carried away practicing on my hand) how it can be difficult to get a neat thin line, but it is possible - it just takes a bit of practice. A positive point to this though is that on the occasions when I do want a slightly thicker, heavier eye look, this works great to achieve this. It really is a gorgeous dramatic, black colour which I love.

     They're Real! Push-Up Liner is waterproof and Benefit says it won't smudge or budge! This is definitely true. With some liquid liners you can find after all day on your eyes they dry out or begin to rub off. This liner has incredible staying power, it honestly does not budge all day, so for this reason I find it ideal for when I know I am going to have a long day and want long lasting makeup. This does also mean that it can be difficult to remove. I have heard that the They're Real Remover is amazing, but I am yet to try this as it is quite pricey. I normally use Garnier Micellar water which works well, though it does take longer to remove than other eye liners. This can be frustrating, but overall it isn't actually too bad, and I'd definitely rather have something long lasting - even if it means a bit more work to remove.

      A plus for me is how convinent this liner is to apply. Most other gel eyeliners come in pots and you need a brush to apply it. So, having it in this pen form is great and does allow quicker application. However, as I mentioned above if you accidentally let too much product out, it is wasted and can get quite messy.

      The final big plus about this liner for me is that it works incredibly well on the waterline of the eye. I often find with pencil liners that they don't work well in this area and this is somewhere I usually like to put eye liner. This liner shows up very well on the waterline and has great staying power as well.

     As you can probably tell, there are quite a few pros and a few cons to this product, so it is a rather hard one to make your mind up about. Overall, I definitely don't regret purchasing this liner. It has been a really interesting product to try as I haven't come across anything similar. Even though it is quite pricey at £18.50, I have been using this on my waterline almost everyday and it seems to last a long time.

      As for whether or not I would repurchase this, it really will depend on how I feel when it runs out and whether or not I miss it and feel I have had my moneys worth out of it. The most likely reason I would buy this again would be down to how well it works on the waterline (it really is amazing!)

     I hope this review has been useful if you are thinking about purchasing this product, it is a lot of money to spend and I wouldn't want anyone to regret it!

Have you tried this as well? What do you think?
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