So you know I've been all about the eyes lately. All kinds of eye product reviews going on around here. Well, I had heard so many wonderful things about Benefit's They're Real Mascara, that I was longing to give it a try and see if it would do amazing things for my lashes. Luckily for me, I scored a "mini" for only $8, instead of forking over the usual $22 for a full-size tube.
I decided to put They're Real to the test, comparing it to two mascaras I'm currently using: Essence Multi Action False Lashes Mascara and Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extension Waterproof Mascara.
The plan: to put They're Real on one eye & one of the other two mascaras on the other eye, testing them against each other on two separate days. I put the same time, care & effort, as well as the same amount of coats (in this case, 1) on both eyes for each test.
I took my time, wiggled the wand lightly (as all the "experts" suggest) as I pulled the wand up through my lashes, and tried my best to get all the lashes, including the ones in the very corners.
Try to guess which eye is the one with They're Real and which one is Illegal Length.
Whattya think? Above, the one on your right seems just a little bit longer to me. Maybe a touch fuller, too.
How about when I do a close-up of each eye by itself at a slightly different angle?
They're nearly the same from this angle, in my opinion.
Can you tell much of a difference?
Here's the answer! in the above photos, the lashes on my left eye (your right as you're looking at my pics) were coated in Illegal Length. My right eye's lashes (your left as you look directly at me) is coated in They're Real.
To me, the Illegal Length ($7- 9) looked just as good, if not slightly better, than They're Real ($22), and costs less than half the price!
Now for the results of Test #2: They're Real vs. Essence Multi Action
I think that the one of your left shows a bit more definition of each individual lash, while the one on your right is a touch more clumped together.Also, the one on your left seems a bit longer.
And then, check out one eye at a time, slightly different angle.
The difference is a bit more pronounced from this angle. The one on your left is definitely longer and more defined than the one on the right.
Not much difference from here.
The Big Reveal: The lashes on my left eye (your right as you're looking at my pics) were coated in Essence Multi Action. My right eye's lashes (your left as you look directly at me) were coated in They're Real.
To me, They're Real ($22) looked a bit better than Essence Multi Action ($3.49). HOWEVER, at such a huge price difference, is it a big enough improvement to justify paying $18.51 more??
Not to me.
So, the lesson to be learned is that paying a higher price for your cosmetics doesn't necessarily mean that you have bought a superior product.
After all, the proof is in the pictures!
|Illegal Length vs. They're Real|
|Essence vs. They're Real|
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