Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner | Review

Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

Benefit Cosmetics Says:

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!

***24-hour & waterproof

*Instrumental test on 19 panelists
-91% said it was long-wearing
-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


Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner


First of all, the packaging you seeing here is a miniature sample of the actual liner. I got this in a goody bag given by Benefit, Malaysia. This sample holds 0.10g of product which is quite a lot to understand the actual product. The actual Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner comes with 14g of product in a pen form with the same accuflex tip.  Travel size of Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner is also available in the market.


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After you open the cap you’ll see a tiny-mini orange thingy which sticks to the accuflex tip and the pen twist from the end to dispense the product. I guess, that orange thingy is to protect the product from drying out but it is actually so tiny to keep but not loosing within few days. I literally lost my one within a week. The accuflex tip is rubbery, flexible, quite thin and angled in shape. I loved how flexible the tip is that you can reach every possible angle of your eye lid and as close to lashes as possible.


Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner


Let’s talk about my experience with the product…
If I be honest then, over a year ago when Benefit launched They’re Real Push-up Liner, it wasn’t any new product to me. Maybelline already had a similar gel liner pen before Benefit. That time I almost got one for myself but didn’t because noticed that people didn’t really like how Maybelline pen liner works.

Later on, when Benefit introduced ‘They’re Real’ Push-up Liner I was excited, thought this time it must gonna be good. I myself went through hundreds of reviews and found out that everyone is actually loving the product and only a few number saying that they don’t like it. My instinct didn’t allow me to buy the product.

However, when I received this sample I got really excited that finally, I’ll be able to try it and if it works then it’s gonna be the best liner ever. I absolutely love the idea behind this gel liner pen form and also can’t deny that the pen tip is actually great to work with. My first time using this liner went great, the product was nice and creamy, applied very beautifully. The pigmentation of this black is very black and opaque.


Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner


Then from my second application, I started to notice some unpleasant fact. When I was trying to dispense the product it was either dispensing a lot or nothing. It wouldn’t be a problem but the gel actually dries right away once its out and you cannot apply that but left with gel bobs. Secondly, as the product dries out so fast it is literally impossible to make an even line with that. Moreover, after spending a lot of time getting your liner done within a couple of hours the liner starts to crack and flake.

Have a look at the picture below. My camera doesn’t shoot pixel perfect picture but I tried to show how this liner actually looks after a while. It’s dry, blotchy, not pigmented much, already cracked and flecking. Does this look satisfying to you?


Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner


Last part, even though the liner tends to flake easily but it is hell hard to take off. I tried everything, only with the Benefit They’re Real Remover it comes off easily. Otherwise, even with oil, I have had a hard time to remove the liner. You definitely don’t want to be harsh on your eyes, right? If so then you must have to buy the remover along with the liner and I think this is going to be not so pleasant for many. Therefore, keep in mind that if you make any mistake applying the liner then it is almost impossible to correct it without ruining your makeup!


Final thought???
To me, the idea behind this product is really innovative but the product itself isn’t satisfactory at all. If you are a fan of this product please don’t hate me! I just stated my honest opinion.
Would I purchase? Not a chance! But…
Benefit Cosmetics soon will be launching colorful version of They’re Real Push-up Liner. I saw some preview and those colors are really fancy. I really hope from my heart that they are coming up with improved formula as well.

So? What is your favorite gel liner?

Benefit Boutique | Sephora: RM95
Singapore: SGD38
USA: $24


  • Reply
    September 3, 2015 at 4:39 am

    can u do a review on new maybelline gel eyeliner pen….i read thats a of dupe of it but with good review…:)

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      September 3, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Hi Tabia, yes sure… Unfortunately I haven’t seen that here in Malaysia yet. I’ll look for it, if I get that I’ll do a review only for you, ok? 😀

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    May 9, 2015 at 3:54 am

    The effect is good but it looks really scary to me1 Will check it out next time I go to Sephora :)

  • Reply
    May 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

    i had a sample of this too but i didnt like it whatsoever :(

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    Fatemah Sajwani
    May 5, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I have heard a lot a lot about the liner. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

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    Maria Clara Novita K
    May 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    a lots of beauty blogger already try this product except me!
    i love how bold the black color come out.
    need to purchase it very soon.

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    Mia Foo
    May 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    wow, it really sounds bad even though it didn’t look that horrible in your picture. plus, benefit cosmetics aren’t cheap at all. glad you got it in a goodie bag!

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    Sin Yee
    May 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Saw this product sample when passing by Benefit kiosk. However, they have run out of stock. Hope to try it too.

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    Agata @BarkTime
    May 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I have to admit I’ve never tried a gel liner :-(

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      May 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      :) i was only a pencil liner person for long time!

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    Isabella Wong (Life as a Petite)
    May 4, 2015 at 5:12 am

    WHen I saw the little orange tip I thought the eyeliner was orange :p I don’t actually use gel liner or any eye liner really, but this does look like quite a cool product, although it’s a shame it wasn’t satisfactory :( Your makeup is flawless as always nevertheless! x
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      Tamanna I.
      May 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      ha ha ha… you won’t believe how tiny that orange tip is!
      thanks for the complement :)

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    May 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I actually am quite loving the product. But since I rarely wear eyeliner, I don’t see much flaws in it. =)

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    Alpha Leonis
    May 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I love benefit products ! but have not tried this one yet. Looks pretty interesting. I like the fact that it brings out your beautiful eyes !

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    April 30, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve heard raving reviews about Benefit’s products, but haven’t been able to try a single one. I guess I could give this one a miss since you mentioned it’s a struggle to get that finish.

    GIG Love
    Chaicy – Style..A Pastiche!

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    April 30, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my liner, that’s why I like using liquid the most. It gives the cleanest finish for me. This doesn’t though I find. It takes a lot more work compared to liquid liners, especially since I don’t have ‘smooth’ eyelids so I need to tug to get a perfectly smooth line and flick.

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      Tamanna Islam
      April 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      exactly! I also can’t deal with uneven liner.

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    April 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    USD24 is a little too steep – much of the price must have been due to the brand premium. I prefer using Kate eyeliners :D

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    Kayla Clark
    April 29, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I’ve used this liner and we currently have a love/hate relationship. Some days I can get it to work perfectly, while others, it ends up a hot mess. I guess I need more practice with it. Looks like you mastered it.

    Kayla || The Little Lady

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    April 29, 2015 at 3:45 am

    This liner is my worse nightmare. I’ve never been good at doing liners but this is so hard and a nightmare to try and fix if you go wrong. I have to use toner to get rid of it even my eye makeup remover which easily takes of waterproof mascara can’t make this budge.

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    April 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Haven’t got this yet… but am hoping to get my hands on this soon!!
    Nice review dear !

    • Reply
      Tamanna Islam
      April 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

      thank you :)

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