Tuesday, July 2, 2013

They're Real.

Thought this post was going to be about boobs? Sorry to disappoint you. Basically, when it comes to mascara, I'm a bit of a snob. Gone are the days of Maybelline, L'Oreal, and CoverGirl. Rimmel never even stood a chance. I've been dedicated to Diorshow Black Out for a few years now, barely giving another mascara a chance unless in a dire emergency, and it has never failed me. Despite that fact, I still have this compelling desire to sample mascaras. It's like wondering if the grass is really greener on the other side.

The last time I sampled a new mascara it was a non-waterproof Clinique variety that left me with black rivers streaming down my face. Note to self, never try out a new mascara, more specifically one that's not waterproof, when a break up is on the horizon. Anyway, after I received my birthday sample of Benefit's They're Real! Mascara I knew it was only a matter of time before I was going to try it. So when I finally did, I was less than impressed. The thing about me is that I like to curl my eyelashes before putting on mascara. That way, each lash is curled to perfection rather than creased and possibly torn out when attempting to curl post application. When I first applied They're Real!, my eyelashes went completely straight. I was annoyed, but trying new makeup has it's hazards. I decided it would be unfair to dismiss it entirely, so I continued to use it. As the week progressed, I was able to manipulate my lashes to maintain the curl I so carefully created with my eyelash curler. Mission accomplished.  

Post tear test - thank you anxiety attack.
Since perfecting the use of They're Real! I have been using the tiny tube fairly faithfully. As each day passed, my affections for the product continued to grow. At first I wasn't completely sold on the brush because it kept poking too much where lash meets lid, but I've even managed to overcome that by exercising a little more patience and using some caution. My eyelashes are naturally long, but this mascara makes them seem impossibly long and luxurious. If my lashes were a little thicker, I probably would have to tell people they were real and not fake. I tend to stick to one coat only because I'm not too fond of the spider lash look. It's just a little icky. So if I must add a bit more, I make sure I do it before it dries completely to avoid clumping. And, it did manage to pass the ultimate and final test...the tear test. While it certainly isn't waterproof (it doesn't hold up in the shower quite like the waterproof Diorshow), it does withstand the spontaneous tears that occasionally spring from my dark brown eyes without leaving behind raccoon smudges or black tear tracks. Truthfully, I've cried on more than one occasion while using They're Real! and I've emerged nearly flawless through tears of sadness, frustration, and laughter. I thought I would never veer away from Dior, but Benefit has shown me that it's okay to like something new. I will always have a tube of Diorshow Black Out handy, but I do believe I'll be adding a full-size version of Benefit's They're Real! to my makeup bag as well. 


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