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Benefit they’re real! push up liner review and demo

They’re real! liner is officially here.

Benefit beauty is a makeup line from San Francisco, California; committed to making great beauty products which are also visually appealing with fun and flirty packaging.

Their most recent product, They’re real! Push up liner, has been awaited for with much anticipation. It’s promise was to make applying eyeliner a breeze, with an added bonus of bigger looking eyes.

I finally got my hands on this liner to try it out for myself. Keep on reading for my thoughts on it, and a quick guide on how to use it.

They’re real! Push up liner review

Benefit They're real push up liner review

I got my Benefit liner this weekend and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself, to see if it lived up to the hype. Benefit has been talking about the launch of this little liner on twitter and instagram for the past months and I must say, I’ve never been so excited about an eyeliner to officially be available in stores. Kudos to Benefit for awesome marketing on their part!

They’re real! Push up liner was easy to use and you could see a difference between using it as compared to other liners. It glides on effortlessly and is very easy to get that lash – hugging look. The closer your liner is applied to your lash line, the larger your eyes appear to be. This gives you a cute “doe eye” look.

The liner is not a miracle pen, so if you have a hard time applying liner it won’t automatically give you a flawless line. It does however make the application easier. I think the reason behind easier application is the felt tip which guides the liquid on your lid. Compared to other liquid liners, this one has a velvety texture which makes it easy to glide on and guide across your lid. The liner also dries pretty fast so no smudges or black marks on your lids after you apply. The final result is a rich dark line for sultry eyes. I definitely recommend this product if you are unsure as to whether you’ll like it or not. It’s priced at $24 and does differ compared to other liners at a similar price range.

How does it differ from other liners you ask?! The simple design of a felt tip which dispenses gel, does make a difference. It makes it easier to apply, since it’s almost as though you are using a marker as opposed to a thin brush most liner brands use. Though it is fast drying, mistakes are easily fixed with water. It’s not advertised as waterproof, but it definitely stayed put in the pool. It doesn’t fade out throughout the day, so you’ll have that nice and dark line all day long. It’s also a cleaner eyeliner due to the fact you twist new liquid each time, as opposed to re-dipping each time. The only flaw I saw in this liner is the fact it dries fast on the pen, so be sure to clean the tip after each use to avoid build up from affecting application.

Check out the pictures below which compare a drugstore liquid liner worn during a workday with no re-application versus Benefits’ They’re real! push up liner. (I leave the drugstore liner nameless to avoid any embarrassment on their end).

Drugstore eyeliner versus Benefit They're real push up liner

They're real Push up liner review

Can you guess which is which?! The drugstore liner is the top picture, which as you can see faded out after a full workday. It started out bold and strong, but left my lid looking half-bare at the end of the day. Benefits’ They’re real! push up liner was also put to the test, and as you can see lasted beautifully after a full eight hours. Looked as good as when I originally applied it in the morning. 聽In my opinion, dishing out some extra cash for a product which lasts all day is worth it.

They’re real! Push up liner demo

The liner has quick instructions on the packaging, along with statistics of bigger looking eyes and a lash – hugging experience. Getting started is very easy, all you have to do is take off the lid and twist the bottom 10-12 times until the liner liquid starts coming out. Then you are ready to apply.

Check out a demonstration by Benefit below, on creating a sexy winged look with They’re real! Push up liner.

If you want to check out They’re real! Push up liner before committing, head on to a Sephora inside JcPenney this weekend for tips on application or receive a free sample when shopping online at sephora.com using the code below.

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NYX Review

NYX the curve liquid eyeliner review

NYX designed this ergonomic beauty tool to make lining your eyes an easier task. I picked it up at Ulta to try it out, and was actually pretty impressed with the intense color and precision the felt tip pen delivered.



This liquid liner is a bit pricey for being a drugstore brand ($14.99). It says to be waterproof and quick drying. It does last me all day when applied, but does come off with water and face wash without having to viciously scrub your eyelids.

It applies easier than other liners I have used, so I see why it be a good liner for beginners or if you have a shaky hand when applying liquid liner. This liner is built for your hand to comfortably grasp it and use the felt tip to glide the liner over your eyelid for a close to perfect application.





Overall, I was pretty satisfied with my purchase. As mentioned, it is a bit pricey for being a drugstore brand; but the unique design and easier to use tip make it a recommended eyeliner. If you get shaky applying liner with those thin brush eyeliners, or are looking for an easy application tool- this is a good buy for you. Another pro about this liner is the intense jet black shade. It does seem to dry fairly quick, but you can go over it to make a straight line without the product looking cakey. A good tip if you have a hard time applying your liner in a straight line is to draw short lines over your lid, and then connect them.

Have you tried NYX’s the curve liner- How did you like it?

How to wear colored eyeliner

I’m sure you’ve seen those pretty teal and purple eyeliners, but have you ever wondered how to wear them? This post will teach you cute techniques on how to try out this colorful trend for yourself.


  • A nice way to wear colored eyeliners and add more intensity at the same time, is by layering over black liner. Check out step-by-step pictures below so you get a visual idea.

1. Start by applying black eyeliner over your top lid.


聽2. Layer colored eyeliner over the black line on your top lid.


聽3. Apply mascara, and if you’d like apply colored liner to the bottom lid as well.

teal and black eyeliner


  • Another thing you can try, is using two different colored eyeliners. In the pictures below I opted for blue and gold liners.

blue and gold eyeliners

  • If you want to add eyeshadow, try neutral colors so the main emphasis remains on the bright eyeliner. Nice eyeshadows which work well with most colors are gold, taupe, pearl and similar shades. Of course, if your going for a super bright look, pack on the color!


  • If you prefer black liner on your top lid, you can wear colored eyeliner on the bottom lid instead just like the picture below.




Regardless of how you choose to wear colored eyeliner, don’t forget to coat your lashes with mascara. To intensify the look, add false lashes. This pretty trend can be worn many ways as this post shows, and it’s a fun and easy way to add some color to your look.

5 Tried and loved liquid eyeliners

Eyeliner has been the one and only piece of makeup I always wear. Ever since i learned to apply it, it has been a daily makeup ritual. I love the way it outlines my eyes, and in a way adds more dimesion and depth to my green peepers. We recently went on vacation, and i forgot my liner 馃檨 Of course we had to make a pit stop to buy a new one, because I just couldn’t go three days with no liner!

There are a few variations of liner including, gel, pencil and liquid. I prefer pencil for the bottom lid, and liquid on top. Gel is a great alternative, since it applies so smooth and most are smudge proof. I still prefer liquid, probaly because i learned with liquid, and personally it’s quicker and more precise when applying. WHich do you prefer: liquid, gel or pencil?!?

Check out a few liquid liners I have tried and found to be the best!



This Almay liner can easily be found at your local drugstore, and won’t hurt your wallet. Applying it daily, it lasted me about four to five months. The application tip was a good size to draw both thin and thicker lines.



This liner is another drugstore purchase, but does an excellent job. It comes in different shades, but they are not overly intense once applied. The applicator is easy to use and also great for both thin or thick lines.



Mac’s liner is a bit more pricey, but i love how intense the black shade comes out. The application tip is similar to the other ones, which makes it great for drawing lines. It lasts all day, and didn’t smudge per my eperience.



Lancome’s artliner was designed to be a super simple pen liner. I like this liner because it applies just like a marker. The application tip is made of foam and soaks up the liner for easy application. I’ve used similar pen liners, and haven’t been happy with them due to the color not applying as well or intense because of the sponge tip. Lancome’s puts the rest pen liquid liners to shame!



Just imagine how pretty your eyes would look lined in that color?! Mac’s liquidlast liner is one of my favorites, simply because of the colors. They line just as intense as the color looks in the bottle. Application-wise, the tip is a bit tough if you are a beginner but can easily be mastered. Most liners have a pencil-like or pointed applicator, but this one has a little thin brush. This liner does not smear, and is super long-lasting. Plus, the teal looks lovely drawn over a black line and finished off with lots of mascara!


Purple eyeliner

Purple eyeliner is a subtle way to rim your eyes with a pop of color.

There are many brands to choose from, which range in price and texture. I’ve been using MAC’s Fluidline for a couple years now, since it stays on all day and lasts a long time when it’s for personal use. Their colors are rich and it applies very silky. Since my eyes are green I love using purple liner to compliment them, and MAC’s Fluidline in Macroviolet has done the trick. As many MAC lovers know, their makeup line isn’t the cheapest but it does often deliver great results.

A nice makeup look is attainable at any budget, so I decided to give Maybelline’s eye studio a try. Their purple or “eggplant” gel liner costs half as much as MAC’s and it’s pretty comparable. It doesn’t smudge, lasts all day, and even comes with a travel size application brush. This gel liner was named “eggplant” for a reason, because once you open it you’ll see the color truly matches that of an eggplant. The color looks so pretty and has a bit of shimmer to it. Maybelline gel eyeliner in eggplant is available at most drugstores and is priced @ $6.99.

Maybelline “eggplant” vs MAC “macroviolet”


Maybelline is on the left, MAC on the right. As you can see the shades are different. MAC’s is a bit darker, but when they’re applied they look pretty close in color. They both have a bit of shimmer mixed with the color, and come in a .10 oz glass jar. They both last all day, don’t smudge and apply evenly. The only difference I seem to have found is that MAC’s is more smooth than Maybellines and the color applies a bit darker, though not by much. 聽MAC’s is also a bit tougher to wash off. The final application for both liners is a nice purple line that lasts all day.Check out the color swatches below….

Can you guess which is MAC and which is Maybelline?!


If you guessed Maybelline on the left, MAC on the right then you are correct! MAC’s is a bit of a darker shade, as i mentioned, and it does have a silkier texture than Maybelline. But you can’t really complain about the texture if you’re paying half the price for a product that delivers similar results. Since I am a self-proclaimed makeup junkie and decide to sometimes buy the same color product just in a different brand, I now have more than enough purple liner to last me quite a while. It is recommend to toss out your makeup and replace it every few months, but if it’s for personal use and you don’t notice a change of color or smell, that rule can be broken.

What’s your opinion if you’ve tried either of these products… Are you a MAC or a Maybelline girl?!

How to get smokey eyes

Achieve sultry smokey eyes by following these simple steps!

1. Start with a clean face.
Wash ,dry, and apply moisturizer using circular motions on 聽your face.

2. Apply primer over entire eyelid
Use an eyeshadow primer over your entire eyelid to prevent color fading and creases.

3. Apply base eyeshadow.
Using a shader brush apply ricepaper shadow from the tear duct of your eye up and across below your eyebrow, and over your eyelid. With small circular motions sweep a blending brush over the shadow 聽to blend the color. 聽Use white frost shadow around the tear duct and just below your lower lash line.

4. Use a charcoal shadow 聽for a classic look or add purple/ blue shadows for a colorful smokey eye.
Using an angled brush apply black shadow from the outer corner of your eye and up on the crease just below your brow bone. use a blending brush to soften up the look by going over the black shadow in small circular sweeps. Keep using 聽the blending brush to apply more shadow and blend until you are satisfied with the intensity. Grab white frost shadow using a shader 聽brush and sweep it from your tear duct and across your eyelid.
5. Rim eyes with liner and apply mascara.
Using an eyeliner brush apply fluidline in blacktrack ( if you need help applying liner, refer to this previous post:How to apply liquid eyeliner ) from the inner corner of your eye all the way聽across. Carefully line your lower lash line聽ensuring聽not to poke or get product in your eye. Apply mascara to your top and bottom lashes, curl them and apply falsies for a more dramatic effect. Check out the video in this previous post, Makeup problems & solutions, to apply single lashes like a pro.

Check out Smokey eye video tutorials for different looks!