Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner: Is it worth the hype? + Swatches!

Purchased. 


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I have to admit when I found out my favorite mascara line is coming out with a gel liner that is suppsed to make wing liner easier, I had to have it. It wasn't a want but a need. With a ton of Birchbox points burning a hole in my pocket I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Click down below to find out what I think about this gel liner pen! 


What It promises

Why we love it!

It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!

91% said it was longwearing*
81% said it was waterproof*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks

How to apply

Twist base once to “push up” gel liner to tip. Resting the AccuFlex™ tip on the base of your lashes, slowly guide along your lashline from the inner or outer corner. The angled AccuFlex™ tip works both ways.

*For first-time use, remove and discard tip protector. Activate they’re real! push-up liner by twisting base 8-10 times until gel is delivered to tip. Wipe any excess on tissue.

What I found: 


I didn't like I had to turn eyeliner more than 52 clicks see some product. Ummm did they not fill it properly? What's the deal with that benefit? I did end up asking that on twitter and benefit responded that it was normal. 

I have to say I am personally pretty proficient in applying the wing linger look with liquid liner, as well as felt tip, and gel. When I saw the angled tip it made me super excited. I like to apply potted gel liner with an angled brush so this wasn't anything new to me. 

With that being said I don't like this liner. Why not you ask? EVERYONE is RAVING about this liner. How is that possible you ask, am I crazy or something? Nope, I promise I'm not. Just listen to see why I personally don't like it. 

It doesn't apply smoothly, you heard me. It's not a clean line. It skips, like record. Honestly I can't get a clean line. It peels leaving clumps in my lashes and on my face.  Who wants clumpy gel liner in their lashes? I know I don't!


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I know, I know apply it slowly Meg!  I can hear it now. No. I feel comfortable doing one clean swipe.  I rather just use a gel pot liner with an angle brush, I can apply it quickly. This is not for if you are short on time. 

My other gripe it doesn't last. I wore it one day to work without any primer or eyeshadow. I worked only a four hour shift (Retail) it smudged on my eyelids, as well as my wing faded. When I pay $20 for an eyeliner I expect it to be able to perform.  It claims this eyeliner is waterproof then it should not be smudging after a four hour work shift. 

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Now if I use primer and eyeshadow this liner stays all day. I wouldn't say it doesn't budge because it will if you rub your eye. It's a really black, liner which I love about it. Nice and dark. 
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I know a lot of ladies loved this but I don't like that I have to baby this expensive eyeliner when I can buy a $1 ELF liquid liner that last all day without primer to boot. Here's the secret though, I don't need the angled tip to help guide me when I do a winged liner look. It's a novel idea, just does not work for me. 

Here's a tip for those who complain on how hard this is to remove. Use baby oil. Comes off instantly no rubbing needed. 

PROS: 
  • Super dark black liner
  • angled tip applicator 
CONS:
  • Gel liner skips when applying it
  • you have to go slow when applying
  • gel liner clumps when applying and falls into the lashes, and onto the face
  • must use primer and eyeshadow with this to get this to last
  • Can not be worn alone
  • You have to twist it up too many times before you even see product, and then takes a lot of clicks during application as well
  • Wear time is not there
  • Smudges
VERDICT: I'm sorry to say but I really don't like this. It's novel, but not for me. I wouldn't recommend this to others, even those just starting out either. Not worth the aggravation during application. As much as I love the mascara of this line, this eyeliner is a Skip for me.