I received a free sample of Benefit they're Real! Mascara at Ulta. I don't use Benefit products and I will tell you why later in this post. It's not that I think they are bad products. It's that I don't agree with their policies. But, I thought let me try this sample that was given to me so that you can read the review and learn a bit about Benefit Cosmetics.
Benefit they're Real! Lengthening Mascara claims that it lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates your lashes. It has a specially designed brush to bring out all of your lashes. Does it live up to the claims?
They're Real! has one of those scary mascara brushes with lots of spiky bristles. The kind of mascara wand that makes me feel like I'm going to poke my eye. I know the spiky bristles are meant to separate the lashes and bring out every little lash, but they make me nervous! I find the applicator similar to the Hello Lashes applicator.
Anyway, the mascara goes on smoothly and the brush does help you get all the lashes covered. It is nice and black. It looks good on my lashes with one coat, but it doesn't do much lengthening or curling. The second coat seems add volume but it starts to clump a bit and I see it's beginning to give me that spider lash look that I really don't care for. I would not put a third coat on. It didn't smudge or smear, but I did have a little bit of flaking by the end of the day. It was a bit messy during removal. It leaves serious raccoon eyes if you try to remove it in the shower. An eye makeup remover definitely needed. It's a okay mascara but it just doesn't live up to the hype for me.
Now, let's get to why I don't use Benefit Cosmetics. I like to use cosmetic products that are not tested on animals. Why should an animal suffer, afraid in a cage, in a lab, so that I can look more beautiful? There are plenty of fabulous brands that don't test on animals. I use those brands.
Benefit wants you to believe that they do not test their products on animals. This is what it says on their website:
Does Benefit Cosmetics test on animals?
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