I have a new review for you today! I have been testing out a ‘hot new product’ for a couple weeks now and I thought I would share my thoughts with you. The Benefit They’re Real Push up Liner is a product that has been receiving very mixed reviews and I had to try it for myself to see what the hype and also the disappointment was all about. I picked this up when i went to the US for $24USD, which is a lot for a liner pen. Considering my favourite gel liner by Essence is less than $4 I had high hopes for this product and in this review I’ll go over the claims and see if it held up.
In terms of looks, I don’t really have any issues with this. It’s a sturdy pen type tube, which is easy to hold. It has a screw cap rather than a snap on, which is nice because the cap won’t pop off and dry the product out. This product had some big claims about it’s ‘innovative’ packaging. It claims that the ‘Accuflex’ tip where the gel liner comes out of will push your lashes out of the way to get super close to your lashline, eliminating the gaps we can sometimes get. I don’t really find this to be true. In order to eliminate gaps, I have to hold it super close to my lashes, which is the same thing I would do with any pen. I actually find the ‘Accuflex’ tip to be inconvenient because I find more product comes out of the part of the tip closer to the handle so the entire tip isn’t utilized when you’re dragging it across your lashline. It also claims that the ‘cutting edge tip’ ensures a precise line every time, I also don’t find this to be true. Every single time I’ve used this, the line has turned out jagged. It just doesn’t apply the product smoothly. It’s almost as if the tip skips across my eyelid. In the picture, you can see within the line, where my skin is peeking through because it’s not covered evenly all the way across.
More than anything, there is one major flaw with the packaging of this product. You are specifically instructed to only use 1 click of product once you’re done the initial set-up. The tip of the applicator is black and so is the product inside, so when you do the recommended 1 click it’s such a small amount that you actually can’t see the product in the tip of the pen at all. I could never tell if there was actually product ready to go. If they had made the tip orange, you would have been able to easily see when there was product ready to use. I’m going to include a close-up picture of the tip with the recommended 1 click so you can see exactly what I mean.
Without close inspection, I find it difficult to see when the product is there. If you click out to much, it balls up on the end of the pen and falls on your face. SO RIDICULOUS.
So overall, the packaging looks nice, but I don’t find it successful in terms of functionality.
I talked a little about this when discussing the packaging, but I’ll get into more detail. Like I said, I cannot get a smooth line with this. It always comes out jagged. Normally, I would just run my pen or liner brush back over the uneven areas to smooth, so I tried that with this. You can’t touch up with this at all in my experience. Every time I try to go back over, it will either pull or flake off the original layer or leave it with a really ugly textured look. The only way I can get a semi-smooth line with this is to pull my eyelid which is just not worth it to me, I’d rather use something else and save myself the wrinkles. Like I already mentioned, Benefit was pretty specific that one click is all you need to line each eye. I find that one click doesn’t do my whole lashline, so when i use this product I find myself working very slowly in small sections, constantly re-clicking to dispense more product. The picture below is what one click of product looks like.
If you work very, very slowly the line looks okay, but I can get a smoother line in less time with a brush or a liquid liner pen.
This also claims that it helps to easily create a wing. The tip is a good shape to stamp out the wing shape, but to actually create the wing and connect it, I don’t find it really successful for that either. Once I’ve stamped out my wing, I’ll make sure there is product cranked up and then drag the pen to connect it. Not only do I still have the same issues with jagged edges, it also pulls up the line I’ve already drawn on my lashline where I try to connect the wing to the lashline line.
Another major claim for this liner was the wear. It claims 24 hours budge-proof wear, but I also has issues with this claim as well (do you see a theme?). Many people who used this supported this claim, even if they didn’t like the pen overall. I have normal-dry skin, so I don’t usually have an issue with liner staying put, but this looks seriously patchy by the end of the day. I think that if you try to touch up, the additional layers flake off throughout the day. Here is a picture that I took after about 11 hours of wear:
Even if I wanted to touch this up to continue wearing it, I couldn’t because it will just flake. It looks scaly, which for the price is just not okay with me. I have ELF liners that I paid $3 for that don’t do this. If it wears like this on my skin type, I would be interested how it would do on combination or oily skin.
In addition to this product, Benefit is also selling a remover directed at removing this and They’re Real Mascara, which is notoriously hard to remove. I don’t have any issues with the removal. I just use a cleanse-off oil and it removes it with no issue. Any oil based makeup remover should be able to do this.
This is a product I wanted to love. I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong and show that it does work, but it’s just not the most effective liner method in my opinion. I just don’t see the sense in taking more time for a sloppier application. Of course, this is just how it worked for me and it obviously works for some people, but this product is a flop for me. I say that if you’re new to gel liner and nervous about creating a wing, map out your wing with some tape angled towards the end of your eyebrow to help guide you.
I apologize for such a negative review, but if you can save $24 I thought you should know! There are so many better products out there for much less money. I highly recommend the Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris (Black), it is so smooth and glides on like a dream! I’m also currently using the Lise Watier Feline HD Eyeliner Pen and it’s awesome as well. It is a bit pricier, but still cheaper than the Benefit. For a very cheap option, try the ELF Cream Eyeliner in black. It’s $3 and it’s also incredibly smooth.
So there you have it! Please let me know in the comments if this worked or didn’t work for you! If there are any other products you’d like me to review, leave me a comment below! Agree or disagree? Let me know!
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