Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner.
Um…WHAT’s real? I get it, when we’re talking about the mascara…”Of COURSE these are my real lashes!” (insert dramatic eyelash flutter here) I guess they’re using the “They’re Real!” thing to connect it to the mascara branding. And, what’s being pushed up? Is there supposed to be some sort of lifting effect or benefit (see what I did there?) to using this liner? Finally, I figured out that maybe, when you twist up the product, it “pushes up” to the end of the tip, which is shown here:
It is a soft, flexible, hollow rubber tip, and you twist the OTHER end - at which time, a gel or paint like black is forced through it.
This was the result, the first time I used it:
So, yeah. There’s a definite learning curve. Now, to be fair? I got complimented on it, immediately…by my BFF, who wouldn’t have a problem saying “What the hell is going on, on your face?” Instead, she said “I really like your eyeliner…it’s a nice thick, dark line.” And then, we had a discussion about it, and whether or not I’d ever be able to master anything OTHER than a thick line with it.
The second time I decided to use it, I ran into one of the complaints I’d read about it: Residue from the prior use stays in the rubber tip and dries, and when you’re “cranking up” new product, you have to twist up enough to force that out - and either it ends up in a glob on your eyelid, OR you waste product. Major pisser. There IS a work-around - when you’re done, clean the tip with a tissue, using a gentle squeezing motion to clean out the hollow “tube” in the tip. You might still have SOME residue, but when I used it the third time, after cleaning it the second time? Nowhere near the issues.
On the plus side? It’s darkity-dark-DARK-damnit-DARK black, and it stays put. Here, look…this is where I tested on the back of my hand, before using it the third time, to see if cleaning the tip helped with the “leftover product in the tip” problem (it helps):
And THIS is the back of my hand after SCRUBBING THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF IT with soap and water:
You can SEE how red my hand is. I scrubbed…I mean, SCRUBBED. I had to use make-up remover and a cotton pad to get it all off, and even that takes a little bit of holding the pad on it for a moment.
And this is what the liner looks like, applied at 4 pm one day, SLEPT in, and at around 10:30 am the following day … and YES, we’ve had this talk before. I know it’s not good to sleep in your make-up. I’M TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM HERE, people:
Perfect make-up? Well hell no…I SLEPT IN IT. But if you end up drinking too much and sleeping over at a friend’s house, at least you’re going to wake up NOT looking like a raccoon when you grab your shit and do the Walk of Shame. I’m just saying… (the flakes are mascara - I love Benefit’s They’re Real, but if I rub my eyes, it flakes on me … especially if I *sleep in it* - HELLO!)
This is the third attempt:
You can see that my lines have gotten a little thinner, and a little smoother (the eyeliner lines…the ones on my face ain’t goin’ anywhere - and I’m okay with that, granny that I am). So, let’s recap, shall we?
- REALLY dark black
- Doesn’t budge unless you take it off
- I like the rubber tip!
- Easy to make a smooth, thick line
- The learning curve - I’ve used it three times and I still wouldn’t reach for it if I was in a hurry
- You have to clean the tip after each use, if you don’t want a mess each time you use it
- Hard to get a thin line
- Hard to take off, even with make-up remover
- I think that it will run out quickly - most of my “twist-up to dispense” stuff seems to not last long at all
- The pricing point … it’s $24
So, there you go. I will use this until it’s gone…but unless I become DRAMATICALLY better with it, I will most likely not repurchase - leaving me still on a search for a true Holy Grail (cue the seraphim, blinding light and aurias) eyeliner pen.
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