June 27, 2014

Benefit - They're Real! Push Up Liner! [Review]

I found out on June 16, that I was one of 50 people selected from BeautyGeeks, to try the unreleased Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner.

I didn't think I was going to be picked, so I was extremely excited when I found out I was going to be sent a full size liner.

Read more to see my full review! 

There has been a lot of hype behind this product because it has been in development for 5 years to get the perfect gel liner. Now I usually use a gel liner when I line my upper eyelid. I prefer the look of it. I find pencils too dull, and I was never good at applying liquid liner. The gel gave me the intense line I wanted. I've been using Sheer Cover's black gel liner for many years, with one of their own liner brush. It's light and very easy to use. I have full control over the line thickness and how intense I want the colour to be.

When I heard Benefit was releasing the gel liner in a pen form, I knew I had to try it. I'm a huge fan of some of their products, and many more I would love to try.

The liner was shipped out to me fairly quickly. I saw others reviews before I got to try mine out. I definitely made sure to read the instructions before playing around with it because I didn't want to mess anything up! When you first use it, you must continuously turn the bottom until you see some of the gel come out from the top (after removing the orange blocker). I made sure to do this slowly because I didn't want to chance having everything come out at once.

I made lines on my hand at first and saw you could make thin lines or thicker lines. The gel has a matte finish and is full on black. I personally prefer black liner, so this was no issue for me. I went to wash it off my hand, and as a warning, it won't come off with just soap and water. I had to use a face wash to get it to come off. This made me hesitant to even try it on my eyes, because I don't like tugging at them.

Anyway, the next day I was brave enough to line my eyes. The liner is lightweight. I can see that this would take some getting used to, when going to apply it. As I've continued to use it, I have found it easier to use. One thing I don't like though is that I can't get a really thin line. But maybe with more patience and practice, I can figure it out.

The gel also dries very quickly. Others have complained about the formula flaking when they try and go over the liner. I have found the same, but only if I try to reapply over a fully lined area.

A pro that I can come up with is that it doesn't budge. Sometimes my old gel liner can give me raccoon eyes, but the Benefit Push Up Liner hasn't done that at all. I love that it doesn't smudge.

A con is that you cannot remove it with any ordinary make up remover. I have been using my Garnier Clean Oil Cleanser to remove it and it has worked perfectly. Others say a waterproof makeup remover works just as well. Benefit themselves have released a "They're Real" makeup remover, but I would say save your money and use something else. You could probably even use coconut or olive oil, as others have suggested to remove it.
I love the liner. I love how long lasting it is, and that it doesn't smudge. However it could get a little closer to the lash line. One turn of the liner is more than enough product to line your lash line. However, I dislike the cost. $26 for an eye liner is a little too expensive to me. If I were to get another as a gift or sample again, I would use it like crazy. But I can't see myself spending that much.

If you would like to purchase one for yourself, they are available as of today, at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora in Canada.

*I was sent Benefit They're Real - Push Up Liner  for free to review for Benefit and BeautyGeeks. These opinions are of my own.*

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