They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
Category:Makeup > Eyeliners > Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake
Last Updated:03.18.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

They're Real! Push-Up Liner has the texture of a gel-cream eyeliner but is dispersed through a pen-style applicator (like liquid eyeliner) instead of a traditional pot. The twist-up packaging is intended to keep the formula from drying out, and offers a new way to apply gel-cream eyeliner without the need for a separate brush.

In some areas, They're Real! Push-Up Liner really excels, but it's not a total homerun.

The "AccuFlex" tip hugs the lash line, depositing saturated, matte black color. How thick or thin of a line you create depends on your technique, but either way, the rubbery flexibility of the tip produces even coverage (no dragging or skipping). Bonus: Its slanted point is super-helpful when drawing on a winged or cat-eye look.

Once set, the fragrance-free formula is waterproof, but not necessarily foolproof. Oily skin can take its toll and break down the color over the course of the day, to the point where you may even experience smudging. If you don't have oily skin, this wears better, offering stay-put color all day.

One drawback to the unique applicator is the need to click and wipe away the product that sits in the tip before applying because it somewhat hardens. It's an easy fix, but given how much this eyeliner costs, it seems wasteful.

All in all, we were impressed by They're Real! Push-Up Liner's unique applicator's ability to impart smooth, richly pigmented color, but there is room for improvement. This style of eyeliner is the first of its kind, but we suspect imitators from the drugstore to high-end brands will follow.

  • Flexible tip hugs lash line and produces a smooth line of color.
  • Ably draws a thick or thin line, depending on your preference.
  • Saturated, matte black pigment.
  • Waterproof as claimed.
  • Slanted tips works well for winged, cat-eye look.
  • Oily skin can break down the formula resulting in smudging.
  • Product can dry out if it sits in the tip for too long.
Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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Ridiculous system

This eyeliner formula is flaky and hard to apply. the product keeps pushing out when you don't use it. will never buy again.

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Don't buy the hype or clever marketing

I tried I really tried. I had high hopes that unfortunately never materialized. For the price point of this eyeliner I expected better quality than this. It was not easy to apply & has an affinity of drying out even if you keep the plastic plug it comes with & replace after application, in addition to the cap it still dries out & makes it impossible to apply. Even when it was brand new it never applied easily or smoothly. Don’t buy!

Reviewed by
Dana M
My new HG Eyeliner

I don't think I will ever be able to use a different eyeliner! I love the product-it is a perfect matte black and it stays put ALL day! I don't have oily skin or eyelids so I don't have trouble with it breaking down. The accuflex tip is revolutionary-it makes winged/cat eye liner a breeze! I can't say enough good things about this eyeliner. I am hooked!

Reviewed by
Danielle L.
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