I was a little sceptical about this launch because of the major amount of hype. Every time a product gets so built up, it’s easy for your expectations to get so high it’s impossible for the product to ever impress. Also, people went mental for Benefits last mascara, They’re Real, and to be honest, although I like it, I don’t think it is that amazing! It gives more of a spiky effect to lashes, instead of a full lash effect, and I find that They’re Real leaves black prints on my eyelids. I’m not sure if I suffer alone on this, maybe it’s the shape of my eye sockets? But it doesn’t seem to happen with other mascaras. Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that my expectations weren’t very high for this launch, however I couldn’t resist picking up the March ELLE magazine to get a sample to try.
And what do you know, I am REALLY impressed! This mascara by far gives the most defined lashes I have ever had. Each lash is perfectly separated and coated from root to tip – no clumpy thick lashes. The result isn’t full volume, but instead the most natural-looking beautiful lashes I have ever gotten from any mascara – I must say I was fascinated by how I could see each individual lash, and spent ages staring in the mirror! The claim is that the brush curls each lash with revolutionary ‘hooks’ (just criss-crossing bristles), I can’t vouch for that, I can definitely feel the hooks grabbing my lashes and separating them nicely, but the curling is neither here nor there for me.
Overall, a great mascara for natural-looking, perfectly separated lashes. It lasts really well through the day, and although I experienced a few little black streaks on my lids, there was no crumbling or any flaking at all – safe for contact lens wearers!
You can find it at any Benefit counter, or Boots.com, £19.50, where they currently have an offer of a free gift of a Stay Flawless Primer deluxe sample, with 2 benefit purchases.