Benefit are without a doubt the queen of mascara. I am a fan of each one of their mascaras but particularly the cult favourite They’re Real. It gives me the most perfect eyelashes and I really couldn’t ask for much more. As a huge fan, you can probably imagine my excitement and curiosity at seeing a new product as part of the They’re Real range. As part of this months December issue of Elle they are giving away a free mini They’re Real Tinted Primer. Yes you heard me right, a tinted primer! Similarly to the beginning of the year when Elle gave away a free sample of Benefit Roller Lash, they are now giving you another exclusive look at a future new Benefit product! So with They’re Real being a coveted item in my collection, does the primer match up?
The idea of a lash primer is a pretty new concept and one I haven’t really tried out. You may be familiar with the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer which offers a very similar concept. Basically you use this on bare lashes and then top your favourite mascara on top. The primer is said to boost the length and separation of the lashes to add a little more ‘oomph’ to your normal mascara. For me, I don’t really find this makes an incredible difference. The primer has a really nice long and thin wand that makes it easy to cover the lashes and it does separate the lashes well too. Although honestly I don’t see much of a boost in length or volume, it just seems like an unnecessary extra step in my routine.
Although not all is bad. Worn alone, this primer makes a really nice everyday minimal makeup mascara. If you are someone who doesn’t tend to like very dramatic eyelashes this is a mascara for you. It defines the lashes beautifully and creates a lovely fluttery natural look. The primer also comes in a mink brown shade (the magazine sample anyway) which makes a nice difference to black and is a lot more softer for everyday wear. So whilst I am not digging the whole lash primer thing, I still think it works super well as a daily wear natural looking mascara.
What are your thoughts on the lash primer?