Who else ran out as soon as they heard that Elle magazine was giving away a free sample of Benefit's They're Real Push Up Liner? I know I'm not the only one, because it took some rummaging to find this, but I did in the end.
I love getting magazine freebies, who doesn't? It's a great chance to bag yourself a cute mini and often try out a product that's being talked about before taking the plunge and parting with your hard earned cash.
Eyeliner has always been a tricky one for me. Up til now, the easiest eyeliner I've used is the Eyeko one I reviewed here, and to be honest, I think it's going to stay at the top too.
If you don't read Elle and you picked up the mag just for the freebie, you ultimately paid £4 for this sample, which in the grand scheme of things, isn't too bad. I'd personally buy 4 copies of the same magazine if it had something like the They're Real Mascara in it - which they often do. But on this occasion I was feeling a little ripped off and a lot disappointed.
The sample itself was super dinky and cute, which I was fine with , but when you realise how much actual product you get, I was pretty shocked. The product in this particular sample was in the rubber end, not the plastic end, which was long and thin, so barely anything really. But still, I DID get past that and tried out a feline flick to see how easy it was to use.
The end of the applicator is quite soft and you can feel that it will move quite easily to match the natural shape of your eye. I didn't feel like it dragged or pulled at my skin and the shape of the applicator I actually really enjoyed. It's just the formula that was a complete let down.
I found it really dry even before it came out of the nib, making it hard not too over squeeze, resulting it tooooo much product coming out (which can be seen above). I felt like near enough as soon as I put this on my lids it dried off, leaving little to no time for you to work with it and create the look you really wanted.
When I'd given it a good go and used up far more product that I needed, I had created a pretty good cat eye look. But I'll put that all down to the applicator, not the eyeliner formula itself.
It was too much of a faff for me. I'll stick to my trusty Eyeko liner for now!
Has anyone tried out the Maybelline eyeliner that's supposed to be similar to this? If so, leave any review posts down below, I'd love to know how they compare!