Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sample Saturday: Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner Review


Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Hey Dreamers and Creators!

Have you tried the Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner yet? I know this product has been out for a long time and I've actually been using it for a while too. However, today I want to chat with you guys about it and share my review on it as well. This product had all the buzz when it was released and it quickly became a love-it or hate-it product. You're either on one side or the other, not many people fell in the middle. This is a practice makes perfect product, which means it's not very beginner friendly. There's a learning curve and you have to put in the time and effort, even then you might still run into issues. Needless to say, not everyone liked it. 

When the liner first came out, I debated a lot on whether I should get it or not. After seeing the initial wave of reviews (good and bad), I decided to wait. When Benefit introduced more color options to the line, Sephora offered a free gift with purchase promo of it, so I got a deluxe sample in Beyond Brown to try. I knew the learning process wasn't going to be easy but I was up for the challenge. After testing it out and using it for a few months, I'm ready to share my thoughts of it. Read on to find out how I feel about this gel liner!
Push-Up Liner in Beyond Brown
Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Beyond Brown, deluxe sample

Product Description: The Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner is a gel eyeliner pen with a long lasting formula. The eyeliner's innovative and waterproof formula promises to last for 24 hours and it's the first budge-proof and foolproof gel eyeliner in a pen form. The liner uses a soft AccuFlex tip with a custom angle to draw an easy liner. The tip's flat wide guard helps to liner get as close to the lash line as possible by gently pushing the lashes aside during application. This Push-Up Liner is also noncomedogenic, vegan friendly, and it does not contain latex. The eyeliner comes in 5 different colors and they are Black, Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple, and Beyond Green.

To Use: Make sure you prep the pen for every application and use the product as soon as it's dispensed. Twist the base once to dispense the gel to the tip. Rest the tip on the base of the lashes and slowly guide the pen along the lash line from the inner or outer corner. Clean the tip with a tissue paper to prevent left over product from drying on the tip. Tip: to prep the liner and clean away any dried clusters, twist the bottom half a rotation. This will dispense a ting bit of product. Clean it all away before using it as usual.

For first-time users, remove and discard the tip protector. Activate the eyeliner by twisting the base, keeping twisting until gel is delivered to the tip. Wipe away any excess on a tissue.

packaging and ingredients

Ingredients: Isododecane, Dextrin Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica. [+/-: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

Please Do Not use if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.
New liner with tip protector.
New liner with tip protector.

Packaging: Packaging wise, the deluxe sample has the same style as the full size except smaller. The box packaging comes with a good amount of information on the product and the rest can be easily found on Benefit's website or Sephora. The liner pen is the same style but smaller in size. It's easy to grip and use. When you first get the liner, you'll find a tip protector inside. (See image above.) Remove the tip protector and twist to the bottom to start dispensing product.

Color: There are 5 shades in total and the color I have is Beyond Brown. Beyond Brown is a super pigmented dark brown shade. The other colors are Black, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple, and Beyond Green.

Texture: The gel liner is soft and lightweight. It glides easily and smoothly along the lash line.

liner with gel dispensed
Michelle's Thoughts: This is definitely a practice makes perfect product. Having read a ton of good and bad stories regarding this liner, I made sure I gave it multiple tries before I made my decision on it. It took me a few practice runs to get the gist down, a few more to get the tricks, and even more to perfect the line. I can say that it's a lot better and easier to use this liner now than it did when I first tried it out. The biggest thing to take note is that you have to follow the instructions. Prep the liner, use the product right after dispensing, clean the tip afterwards, etc. It's all important and it all helps to make sure your application goes smoothly. That being said, I'm a little sad for all the product I had to waste while learning to use this liner and while using the liner in general. I don't feel super bad because this was a gift with purchase but still, it can feel wasteful. So, I can only imagine how people who bought the full size product might feel towards it. I wonder if Benefit can do something to lessen the wastefulness.

There's definitely a learning curve for this liner and it can be a challenging one too. However, if you put in the time and effort (and read the instructions too), it'll get better. For me, after I learned the ways to using this liner everything came nicely. The color I have is Beyond Brown, it's pigmented and the shade is perfect as well. It's great for day to day wear and its long lasting formula will keep the liner in place throughout the day. The only downside is that it can smudge (as seen in the picture below). Luckily, this is also kind of preventable too. I have hooded and semi oily eyelids, not the best combination for eye makeup I know. Eye primer, powder, etc. can help but there's no 100% guarantee that it will prevent smudge or smear completely. However, I have a little secret weapon and a little side helper to help me combat the smudge/smear. My secret weapon, aka my No-Sebum powder, helps to control my oily lids and decreases the chances of smudges/smears. I just apply it before I apply my liner and after I apply the liner, to help 'set' it and control excess sebum. This works most of the time. However, just in case, I always bring along some portable Q-tips. In case it does smudge a little, I can clean it away with a Q-tip before it causes any big issues.

swatches
The liner can smudge a little but it still has pretty good staying power.
Pros:
-good pigment
-great formula
-long lasting
-good color choices
-unique style

Cons:
-can smudge a little
-can be hard to learn
-can seem a bit wasteful


Final Thoughts: There are many practice makes perfects products on the market and many run into the learning curve issues. However, there are people like me who want to learn and try new things. Who want to discover the best and gain some knowledge in the process. These type of people are more likely to try products like these. I really like the Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner. Despite its rocky start, once you get the hang of it everything comes smoothly. There're a few downsides and I hope Benefit can upgrade the product later on to eliminate the cons.

Would I purchase the product in the future? Currently debatable. Even though I like the liner a lot, the wastefulness and the potential to smudge, holds me back just a bit. If Benefit can improve in those areas, I'd definitely purchase it. Do I think this is worth a try? Ask yourself this, are you willing to learn a new way to use a liner even if it might be time consuming or challenging at first? If the answer is no, than I'd suggest looking else where. However, if the answer is Yes, than give it a shot! It's worth the hassle to learn and who knows, maybe Benefit will use this technology to create other products. At least by then you'll know how to use it. Alternatively, you can always hop to your local Sephora and give it a try there before making your decision!

Have you guys tried the  Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!

Where to purchase:
-Sephora.com

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Until next time~

~Michelle

Disclaimer: This product was gift with purchase. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains some affiliate links, for more information check out the full disclaimer

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