Review: Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

Eyeliner is my thang. For the past 10 years, ever since I discovered emo, I have been lining my eyes with thick black swoops. Now, there was a lot of hype around this eyeliner and, although I'm not one to be sucked into hype usually, Benefit are one of my favourite beauty brands and, since it was eyeliner and all, I just couldn't resist. I actually bought this on my first ever trip to Sephora, where it cost around £15, instead of the UK's usual £18.50. Thank you, exchange rate! 
Honestly, I'd heard more negative reviews than positive so I really wasn't expecting much. There's also the fact that I'm not a huge fan of its sister product, They're Real Mascara, so my hopes weren't too high. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The packaging is a big plus for me. It has a twist bottom, so you rotate the end and the gel liner is released from the "Accuflex" tip. I like this as it prevents the liner from drying out, although if you twist it too much, you can end up with surplus product that needs to be wiped away. Accuflex sounds pretty fancy but all it is is a flexible silicone nib angled in such a way that allows you to apply really close to the lashline. Application is a bit fiddly, especially when I moved onto my left eye, which I put down to the unusually large nib.

When applied, the liner is highly pigmented and creates a really dramatic black look. One huge positive is its longevity- once on, it dries quickly with no smudging or transfer, and sticks fast. When rubbed, it does flake off a little but mostly stays put, even through tears (I'm one of those people who cries at everything!)

Even though the application is tricky, I'll be sticking with it for now. I do very much like the bold, dramatic look it creates and it's hard to argue with that staying power! 


  1. I love how close you can get this to your lashes, and I actually really like the application :) although I find the end dries out in between uses (but I don't use it that often so that's probably why!)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    1. I don't really have that problem. I try to only use a tiny amount at a time so I'm not left with any product sticking out the nib.

  2. I have crazy greasy lids (yes, gross, I know), so I'm always looking for something with good staying power. Maybe will check this out since I just lost my eyeliner!

  3. My friend used it on me the other day I was like you and expecting it to be not that great, but it was complete opposite to that it went on like a dream and lasted all day, i'm defferently going to be purchasing on in the near future. great post by the way

    Jorden xx

  4. I bought this the other day, and I'm still on the fence about it... I do like it, but it takes me twice as long to get it looking 'just right' compared to my Inglot Gel Liner applied with an angle brush. Not sure if it's the way I'm holding the pen, or the formula or the applicator... hm! Will persist, though, because you're right - the staying power is phenomenal!


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