I've gotten two birthday gifts from Sephora previously. The first was from philosophy and it was their ridiculously tasty-smelling Birthday Cake body wash/shampoo. Yes, it can be used as shampoo and it's actually quite nice! I really need to buy myself a bottle of that again.
|Blurbs about the products. Those smudges of color are from when I was in Sephora, swatching OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet|
This year's gift, as I said, comes from Benefit. I've never used a Benefit product before, due to price and a slight lack of interest. I do like their packaging, the names of products and they have great colors also. I remember when Watt's Up! came out and thought it was weird but neat. I know some people rave over it but I don't really know much about luminizers or highlighters. Going in this totally blind.
packaging** though. Anywho, I know lots of ladies love They're Real! and use it. This includes Ze Boyfriend's sister but I've never asked her about it. Mascara just isn't something I fool around with.
|Giant GLOB of mascara on the tip. See the alternating bristles?|
|Glob wiped off. Notice the spikes on the end?|
|Watt's Up! (unblended) next to They're Real! swatch|
|Now with flash|
|Watt's Up! (blended)|
|Watt's Up! with flash. It nearly blends into my skin but it's pretty nonetheless!|
|Bare lashes; yes, I need to fix up my brows!|
|The camera cut off the tips of my lashes but you get the idea ~|
|One blurry picture of my lashes before the mascara|
|One "horizontal coat"|
|Still one coat. My lashes are a bit stuck together.|
|Two coats, this time a "vertical coat"|
|LOOK AT THIS LOVELY MESS|
I will probably never switch from my FAIRYDROPS SQ merely because this was disappointing. I went into this with open arms, no expectations (just wanting to see if it really lived up to its claims) and was horribly disappointed. I didn't compare this to FAIRYDROPS in the least, which gives me excellent length and a little plumping even though I'm pretty sure it's merely for length.
If you like this mascara, well... Maybe you just have better luck than I do! I'm sorry if this review upsets you but it just does not work for me. If you want to try it, go for it. I suggest buying from a store that has a really nice return policy that allows you to return once-used product. As for the luminizer, I like it. I probably won't buy the full-size because I don't need it nor do I really want it. It looks nice on the browbone (but if you've seen my eyebrows, you know I don't have an arch to highlight right now!) and this small size will probably last me a while. They're Real! mascara is $23 for its full-sized and the mini is $10. I would suggest buy the mini to try it out if you do try it. The Watt's Up! luminizer is $30. Ouch! Pricey. You can find these at Ulta, Sephora and Benefit's own website.
*My first birthday gift was Super Mario 64, for the Nintendo 64. Yes, I love retro games and grew up with the N64 as well as with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
**The website is in Japanese! I got fairly accurate results through Google Translate, enough to manage to navigate the website.
I'll update this with eye pictures and comparison between bare lashes VS They're Real! though I still completely hate it.
PS: I just realize I didn't tell you how much is in each! I am an idiot. Sorry ladies (and gents) ~