It is still not very easy to procure good quality international products in India. While Benefit Cosmetics is available on a tiny shelf at the Sephora store in New Delhi, they had been unable to give me a real date by when I could expect to replenish my almost-over They’re Real Mascara stock. After I’d been following up with them for more than two months. I was always told the same thing, “In another 2-3 weeks.” The levels of my They’re Real mascara were dangerously low and I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I finally ran out. I was online ( when am I NOT online! ) and decided to pay a visit to the Benefit Cosmetics website. They had free international shipping for orders over USD 100 and I knew I would anyway be spending more than that.

My shopping cart finally contained the following :

They’re Real Mascara (04) – I had to stock up!
They’re Real Push Up Liner
They’re Real Remover ( I use this currently & it’s great but don’t like the oily remnants on my skin any more )
Gimme Brow ( in medium / deep )

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The mascara wand is EVERYTHING! Of course the mascara itself is super waterproof but the wand makes it possible for me to reach the corner-most eye lashes. No one’s left out anymore. This is, hands down, my most favourite mascara of all time.

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This is a new product that looked super cool on the benefit website and in the little video they did. It says it’s a “gel” liner but it feels thicker – like melted kaajal. And the rubbery tip is a little more flexible than I would have liked. I invariably end up smudging the product on my eyelid especially when I was trying to make the cat-eye edge. If I try to be light with my fingers, I either deposit too much product on the skin or nothing at all and when I put pressure, it smudges. Maybe a slightly more fluid product or a slightly harder applicator tip would make this product a complete WIN for me. It does help lash-line-hugging application. I will not be ordering this one again though – will try another liner from their vast array of products.

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This one is a dream. For any one who uses an especially great waterproof mascara like They’re Real, you know it isn’t easy getting product off of those eyelashes without plucking out a few during the process. The only thing with this product is that the directions say, “Soak a cotton pad with product.” and there’s no way I’m wasting that much product. I typically take a smidgen on my finger and run it over my eyelashes and that is good enough to get rid of 80% of the product. Then I clean with my regular oil-based make-up remover and that is good enough. This product really does take it all off. Will order again once I run out.

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I have tried many eyebrow products over the years and I’m never happy. The Indian climate makes it hard for the skin to stay non-greasy and all powder-based eyebrow products melt and smudge. And some products are just overpowering – I don’t like the comical, completely filled-in eyebrow look. I prefer to let them have some semblance of their original selves. I had been wanting to try this product and I love it. I usually just run the They’re Real mascara wand over my brows once I’m done with the eyelashes but that doesn’t really give the effect I want. Now, I use Gimme Brow during the day, which adds a hint of volume and brown color and then I run the They’re Real mascara just where I want to add that extra black for the evening. Will look through more of their product range to see if they have other alternatives that I can experiment with. Also the product container feels too small to me. But considering how little one needs to apply, maybe it’s enough? Will soon find out.

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Ordered on 25th October using Standard Shipping, which was free for my order. On 28th October I received the “Order has shipped” email. On 8th November the order was received. ( Estimated delivery had been informed as between 5th and 26th of November. )

They also sent me two free samples :
01. The Instant comeback packette.
02. Total Moisture packette. ( This was so fabulous, I applied it on my face before going to bed. When I woke up, I could feel the difference on my skin so starkly that I immediately rummaged through my trash to find the packette that I’d thrown after emptying. Bookmarked for ordering with my next purchase. )

If you’re planning to order all the They’re Real products above, may I recommend the limited edition box set The Real Steal for only USD 24? I didn’t know about this and clearly did not do my research but considering the price of each product separately, the limited edition box set is a no-brainer.

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  1. That’s a real useful article. I can’t make my mind to order online in India. I am afraid to not receive the products and yet there is more and more international shipping to India from big stores like Gap, Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, j.crew to name a few. I guess I have to do it once and how it goes. But it is always nice to read that you can receive all your order in a very short time.

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