Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer & Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Edition

 

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara & Tinted Primer opener

 

As someone who never really delved into Benefit’s magical & colourful world until fairly recently, I have become a quick convert not only to their whimsical and retro packaging, but to the products themselves, so when their latest offerings – They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer and They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Edition – landed at my doorstep several weeks ago, I may or may not have done a little happy dance #mascarafiend

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara & Tinted Primer 1

Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer & Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara & Tinted Primer 2

Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer & Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition

Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer 1

They’re Real! Dual Purpose Tinted Lash Primer (CAN $31.00) | A brown tinted lash primer that can be worn alone for subtle and natural looking colour, or layered under mascara for volume-boosting properties. The Custom ExtraFlex Brush has been designed to move with lashes, offering excellent lash separation, while the formula is enriched with Provitamin B5 for help your eyelashes stay conditioned.

For those days when I want a hint of definition & colour to my lashes, one coat of this primer gives me that easily enough; a second coat – while adding some volume – still stays fairly natural-looking, and provides a more ‘finished’ look to eyes.

Benefit They're Real Tinted primer brush

Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer

Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer ingredients

Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer (ingredients)

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara 1

They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition (CAN $34.00) | A jet-black lengthening mascara in a limited edition matte-black casing that is embellished with Swarovski® crystals (making this into one of the easiest mascara tubes to hold on to) with a specially designed brush that features staggered bristles to help grab lashes from the roots, thus providing a precision lift, curl, & definition (even for those teeny-tiny lashes at the corners). The formula while long-lasting, manages to also stay flexible enough so that lashes never feel crunchy, with no visible signs of flaking or clumping. Wear time is excellent and stays that way throughout the duration, easily removed with a dual-phase eye makeup remover.

When applied over the Tinted Lash Primer, the results are absolutely amazing; I noticed a visible difference, with my lashes seeming to fan out with more precision and while there was a marked increase in both volume and length, I didn’t have any of the expected chunkiness that you’d associate with layering lash products.

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara 2

Benefit | They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara 3

Benefit | They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara brush

Benefit | They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara ingredients

Benefit | They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, Swarovski® Limited Edition (ingredients)

Benefit They're Real Primer & Mascara swatches

Benefit | They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer & Beyond Mascara (bare lashes, primer only, primer + mascara swatches)

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Mascara media package

Just had to show this; seriously, Benefit sends out the most amazing media packages!

 

While lash primers are not exactly new on the scene, most versions (until now) have been white coloured and not always something people would remember to apply first. The ‘Benefit‘ (see what I did there?!) to wearing a primer, is mainly to add a thickening layer to your eyelashes – especially useful for those with thin and/or sparse lashes, and when said primer also has the added bonus of protection and conditioning properties, then that sounds like a sweet deal to me. As to the mascara itself, not only is it one of the better ones I’ve come across lately, but also now decked out for the holidays and yes … it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but I’m a totally sucker for pretty packaging. A pricey, but wonderful stocking stuffer just the same!

The Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer will be available as of January 2016; the They’re Real! Beyond Mascara (Swarovski Edition) is available now through Sephora and sephora.com Find more information via www.benefit.com

Benefit They're Real Swarovski Masacara & Tinted Primer closer

 

 

Press samples kindly provided by Benefit for my unbiased consideration

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