Let me start off by quickly apologising or my absence. I've been finding it increasingly difficult to find the time to put together posts and maintain my blog whilst working full time as a chef and now Summer's hit I'm constantly tired. Working in a kitchen is pretty intense, however with the added heat (oh my, it gets pretty sweaty and I'm yet to find a foundation that can stick to my face for a full day) and the increased volume in trade means I'm rushed off my feet and when I do get two days off I'm spending them catching up on sleep and attempting to have some sort of social life. I do miss blogging though and I find it a fun release from reality so just bear with me a little longer and hopefully things will be back on track soon enough!
I was sent both of these products a few weeks ago to trial out and I've used them both on and off since. I'm sure you've all heard about both of these products as they had a huge build up before they were released and when they finally hit shelves they were all over blogs and Youtube channels. The Push Up Liner claims to be the first lash-hugging gel eyeliner that's compacted in to pen form, no need for a separate brush and worries that your cream liner will dry out, it offers a matte black finish and it's smudge proof. The They're Real Remover is supposed to be used along with the They're Real Liner and Mascara and offers a quick easy removal for those who struggle to get stubborn eye make up off and it's suitable for those with sensitive eyes.
The Push Up Liner retails for £18.50 and it contains 1.4g of product, in comparison Mac's Fluidline is £15.50 for 3g of product. In the long run if you're a repeat purchaser the Benefit liner will work out more expensive, if you purchased two of the Benefit eyeliners which would in total give you 3g of product, you could in theory purchase Mac's Fluidline - which contains double the product, along with a Mac angled brush and have £5 to spare. Regardless of the long term cost, is the product actually worth the extra money?
As expected with Benefit products, the packaging is on point, it's sleek and adds a luxurious feel to your make up bag. It works as a brush and gel eyeliner in one due to the applicator, it has a slanted rubber nib which has a small slit in which is where the product comes through. You have to twist the base to release the product but be careful to only use small amounts otherwise I find it to come off in one big blob. Application is easily mastered with a few attempts, especially if you're a regular user of eyeliner however it does take a little fiddling around and manipulating to get the product to move and sit where you want it to. The finish is a rich, matte black as promised, it looks very old school vintage which I absolutely love. I found the easiest style to create with this product is the classic winged liner, if you're after a subtle, thin line - I wouldn't bother unless you're incredibly patient. I did find this occasionally transferred on to my lids, which are oily but it's quite bizarre, sometimes it stays put, sometimes it wants to stray - perhaps it's dependant on how much product you put on? I feel like this product has the potential to blow our beauty obsessed minds but the formula's not quite there. To remove, the They're Real Remover (RRP. £14.50) does as promised, it makes easy work of removing both the liner and mascara. It's gentle on your eyes but strips away product with ease and has a nice creamy formula.
I did enjoy using both products, however I wouldn't purchase the They're Real Push Up Liner and if I had spent £18.50 on it, I think I would of been left disappointed. To summarise, I love the packaging, the matte black finish, the rich pigment and it's pretty easy to use. However, it couldn't quite handle my oily lids, you do need to keep replacing the little stopper to ensure the product stays creamy and I just found it more fuss than my usual liquid liner. If you are interested in this product but don't want to splash out the cahs you could always try Maybellines version. I'll be finishing off the They're Real Remover and I'd definitely consider purchasing it when I run out.
Have you tried either products? What are your thoughts?