Mascara Wars: Benefit “They’re Real!” vs 17 “Falsifeye”
May 17, 2013 § 9 Comments
The other day I bought Elle Magazine and it came with a free sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. I was super excited because I’ve heard a lot of people being really enthusiastic about They’re Real! and I’ve been really wanting to try it, but I can’t really justify spending £19.50 on a mascara I don’t know if I’ll like. I decided to compare it to my current favourite mascara; 17’s Falsifeye which has a much more affordable price tag of £6.49.
My first impression of the Benefit mascara was that I really liked the brush. It’s a hard silicone/plastic type material and has lots of little spikes that look like they should really separate all your lashes. I like the little rounded tip too, because it makes it so much easier to catch those little fine lashes at the corners of your eyes. Falsifeye has a soft, bristled brush with a standard flat end that I was a little worried about at first, but its length and thickness means that it actually really works brilliantly – it catches almost all my lashes in one go.
I found myself a little bit disappointed by the Benefit brush. The spines just weren’t quite long or strong enough to separate my lashes and they went into slightly spidery clumps. The formula also felt quite sticky and heavy and was really thick once it had dried. I also had to recurl my lashes which only made the clumpiness worse and I just didn’t feel like it gave my lashes the lovely length, definition and volume I would expect from a high-end product. My lashes sticking together got really annoying throughout the day too and I ended up poking at them a lot.
Comparing the Benefit mascara to 17’s mascara, I feel that 17 made my lashes look a lot longer and more defined at the tips and didn’t make them clump together at all, as you can see in the above pictures. My lashes also stayed more curled and even after recurling it didn’t clump. 17 feels less heavy on my eyes and I think it gives a much more natural look that’s still really full and defined whereas the Benefit mascara made it really obvious I was wearing mascara and was kind of uncomfortable throughout the day.
I think both mascaras have pretty equal staying power. They lasted all day and looked the same at night as they did in the morning and I’ve slept with both on and neither rubbed off on my pillow or bed sheets at all.
Unfortunately, I’m really disappointed with Benefit’s They’re Real! and I don’t think it’s worth its extremely high price tag. I’ll be sticking to Falsifeye, especially since I feel it works better and it’s almost a third of the price of Benefit’s mascara.
What’s your favourite mascara?
EDIT (18/05/13): Whoops, is my face red… I just realised I put “Scandaleyes” instead of “Falsifeye” on the picture for Falsifeye. I’ve fixed that now.