While there may be differences between those who have never touched a bottle of foundation and those who are capable of such next-level, straight-up make-up wizardry that you'd swear they were joining the Witness Protection Program, virtually everyone can agree on the virtues of mascara.
It seems like everyone has their ride-or-die, must-try mascara that they've been loyal to for years. When it comes to all things eyelashes we're hardly advocates of sticking to strictly, ahem, all-natural route. False lashes? Pile them on. (Just watch a YouTube vid first; that glue is dangerous!) Extensions? Go on, extend away. And when it comes to matters of mascara, our tastes have become even more discerning. We've always scoffed at magazines that recommend two coats of mascara. Two? Don't even get us started on brown or—gasp—clear formulas. Seriously? Instead, for us, there's just something about a thick, jet black Bambi-meets-Bardot lash (think: doe eyed à la Oscar PR Girl) that seems like the perfect finish to virtually any look. Besides, mascara and liner practically go hand-in-hand and you really should never do one with the other. That's like Donnie without Marie...or worse, Dolce without Gabbana! You know what we mean?
Enter Benefit's "They're Real" mascara. That aforementioned ride-or-die mascara? Yeah, we were a little more than reluctant (read: stubborn) to give ours up, even after recommendations practically flooded TC HQ and our inboxes. Blame it on the changing seasons, or more realistically, the fact that we ran out of our usual tube (oops!); but now that we've finally gotten around to giving "They're Real" a spin, we've officially joined the nagging masses. You know how even the most unremarkable of formulas will add a little weight and thickness/general somethin' somethin' to your lashes? And how in a really expensive mascara, you usually just get really great volume and thickness? Benefit differs from any of the usual tubes we reach for in that rather than just thickening up our lash line (which we can't exactly complain about), it actually fakes lengthy lashes. Actual length, guys! We can't make this stuff up.
Thought we felt as if the whole volume thing was covered by our previous favorites, "They're Real" actually extends and beefs up the weight of our lashes all without doing the whole gross flaking off and landing on our cheeks thing. What more can you really ask for?