They’re Real: Comparing the new Magnet version to the original

Recently Benefit Cosmetics released a new version of the They’re Real mascara. This version is called the They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara. According to the website…

They’re Real! Magnet is a 36-hour lengthening* mascara with a magnetic force that draws out lashes to EXTREME LENGTHS, making them look 40% longer**. The innovative Extender Brush with magnetically charged core pulls the Magnetic Mineral Enriched Formula up & OUT BEYOND the tips of lashes for extreme length & powerful lift. Custom-designed ZigZag bristles are strategically positioned to fan out, separate & define lashes.

But does it work? I’ve been trying it out since I received this sample in my Birchbox subscription.

Above are the images of me with no mascara and then with the new They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara. I have to say, it does a really good job lengthening the lashes. And it lasts pretty long. In this test I have no other makeup on so you can better see the lashes. I was very happy with the way it performed. The wand felt a little prickly on my lashes when I applied it. It is almost like the wand hs little nubs hidden inbetween the other brushy bits.

As a comparison you can see her the wands of both the They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara and the original They’re Real Lengthening Mascara. The darker cap is the original and the lighter cap is the Magnetic version. As you can see there are some slight differences.

When wearing the They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara I didn’t feel like it was that much different from the regular lengthening mascara by Benefit cosmetics. The regular They’re Real Lengthening Mascara lasts a long time, doesn’t flake or smudge on me and gives me pretty good length on my lashes. I’ve used it repeatedly for quite a while with no issuses.

So is the new version and it’s slightly different looking wand any better?

To answer that we first have to look at the orginal before and afters. And so to the comparison photos we go. This is the no mascara and the regular They’re Real Lengthening Mascara. I am sure you will be able to tell which eye is which.

As you can see, the mascara lengthens. I apologize that this one seems to have come out a little blurry for some reason. Apparently the camera rebels after too many close ups of my eye. So if both work how do they compare to each other?

In these images you can see the product side by side. The They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara is on the left and the They’re Real Lengthening Mascara is on the left. Even though the regular one is a little blurry, you can see that the new They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara does actually perform better than the original in the lengthening department.

In the long lasting department I have to say that this is the product applied with one coat. On the website it states that you can add further coats to keep lengthening your lashes. And this is true. Adding more coats after waiting for the product to dry a second will give you really long lashes. However when I tried this, the length of time that the mascara lasted was shortened a bit. when I tried extra coats I did notice a little bit of flaking after about four hours. With regular mascara application, which I applied in these photos, I got amazing length and no flaking.

In the end I have to say while the original was good, the second version of They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara was even better. Sometimes, you just need a side by side to tell.

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