Review: Benefit They’re Real! tinted primer – is it worth the extra spend and time?

A while back Benefit sent me the new edition to their family – They’re Real! tinted primer (R295, selected Edgars stores and Red Square).

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First up, can we get a round of applause for the fact that this dude is brown? So many primers are needlessly white and your final look ends up being ashy.

As for the formula itself it’s very, very nice in that it’s seriously waxy and almost putty-like so you can build and stretch. If you’re looking for a great brown ‘natural look’ mascara this is it. In fact, this is how I intended to use this guy as I’ve always felt like primers were a waste of time in that they don’t do anything two coats of mascara could do.

Having said that, I’ve since gone on to use it and can say it admittedly does create more drama than two coats of mascara.

My lashes with zero mascara on the left and one coat of Benefit's primer on the right.
My lashes with zero mascara on the left and one coat of Benefit’s primer on the right.

I think it’s because I’m currently using quite a fluid, ‘wet’ mascara (Lancome’s Hypnose Volume-a-Porter for no other reason than I found it in my stash and am trying to use things up*) and two coats of it kind of just glides over the other. Lancome on top of Benefit’s primer, however, creates a more voluminous look and I think it’s because Benefits formulation is a bit more waxy/tacky so the mascara kind of grabs on to it.

Just Benefit's primer on the left and the primer plus a coat of Lancome's Hypnose on the right.
Just Benefit’s primer on the left and the primer plus a coat of Lancome’s Hypnose Volume-a-Porter on the right.

The difference between a primed lash and a regular mascara two-coater lash is visibleΒ so if you’re all about ekeing every drop of drama you can get or, if you’re a blondie like me, and want a seriously brilliant, ‘two thumbs up’ natural-look mascara Benefit’s They’re Real! tinted primer is your baby.

Two coats of Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-Porter on the left, one coat of Hypnose Volume-a-Porter over Benefit's primer on the right.
Two coats of Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-Porter on the left, one coat of Hypnose Volume-a-Porter over Benefit’s primer on the right.

Love, love

Leigh

*For the record, Lancome’s Volume-a-porter is a lovely mascara if you like definition but if you’re into drama you have to try the original Hypnose. It’s fabulous!

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