I received a sample size of this mascara with the Sephora Beauty Insider free birthday gift and have been using it off and on for a couple months.
It has a plastic/non-traditional brush with some extra spikes at the end. I think this shape is what got everyone excited about it originally, but that spiky bit is what bothers me most about this mascara.
The mascara glops into the spikes and I have to gingerly brush it on the tube to remove the excess, all the while hoping I'm not going to fling mascara on to my clothes from a spike getting caught up on the tube. Having excess product at the tip also means that I'm likely to make a mess when using on bottom lashes.
Here's one top set of lashes done vs. my bare lashes to start.
All done, and a fair mess I made! I'm fine with the overall effect of the mascara and will keep using it, but I would not purchase it for the high-end price. I also dislike that I don't feel comfortable in my abilities to use it on my lower lashes without consistently creating clumps or big smudges.
Have you tried Benefit's They're Real? What did you think?