Benefit: "They're Real!"
Benefit: &Quot;they're Real!"
Confessions of a Mascara Two-Timer
Maybe it's because mascara is my absolute favorite piece of makeup. It adds so much depth to the face and can really make or break an entire look. Sometimes, when you only have five minutes, a little mascara can make a world of difference. It's all you need. It's like the superhero of makeup.
Anyway, after years of mascara trial-and-error (and a drawer full of really expensive counter mascaras that just weren't for me) I ended up boycotting every brand but my favorite, L'Oreal Telescopic. The skinny wand, the rich, clump-free black color – it was my everything and I swore I'd never stray. We were so happy together.
Recently, however, another mascara caught my eye: Benefit's “They're Real!” mascara ($22). I was tempted at Sephora by the shiny silver tube, the quirky name and the promise of longer looking lashes. A strong endorsement by the sales associate swayed me and before I knew it, I was cheating on L'Oreal Telescopic. The shame!
But luckily, this indiscretion was well worth it. I've been applying “They're Real!” for the past three weeks and have never gotten so many compliments on my eyelashes. Just like the package says, I've seen a dramatic increase in length and volume and visible lift with every application. The special brush curls lashes as it glides, so there's no need to use an eyelash curler beforehand. Plus, the jet black color is extremely long-lasting.
The Sephora associate told me that the best way to apply this mascara is to position the wand horizontally and wiggle from side to side, base to tip, until you achieve the desired effect. I've gotten great results using this technique and have started incorporating it into my daily mascara ritual. It works!
So there you have it, ladies. My confession: I'm a mascara two-timer.
I can't help it, “They're Real!” is a serious temptress. I have now decided to divide my attention by alternating from L'Oreal to Benefit every other day, and so far, it's working out. Neither mascara is mad at me. There's enough lash to go 'round.
Are you a mascara two-timer too? What are your go-to mascaras?
(Photo Credit: Sephora, BenefitCosmetics.com)