Sephora's Beauty Insiders birthday gift for this year is from Benefit, and includes two generous samples of their They're Real! mascara and Watt's Up! highlighter. These are two products from Benefit that I've always wanted to try, so you can imagine my excitement when I first learned of this gift! I've patiently awaited my birthday all year long and now I finally get to try these products out!
The They're Real! mascara is one of Benefit's bestsellers and is raved about time and time again. I've always wanted to try it but it has a wetter formula and a rubber wand.. two things I usually don't get along with in mascaras. I still wanted to try it to see what the hype was about though, so I'm glad it was included with the gift! As for the Watts Up! highlighter.. I've swatched it many times and have almost took the plunge and bought it more then once. It's been on my list for quite a while! I kind of fell in love with it so it's awesome that I have this deluxe sample now instead of having to buy it!
Okay, let's get into my thoughts shall we? Let's start with the mascara..
Unfortunately, They're Real! didn't impress me that much. The wetter formula and rubber bristles didn't give me any troubles and it was easy to apply.. but I just found this mascara to be pretty average. It claims to "lengthen, curl, volumize, lift, and separate the lashes for a spectacular "out-to-here" look" but these claims seemed to fall short for me.
Here it is on my lashes.. I think it does a better job with length and separation then volume and curl which I usually favor. It's a decent mascara but I definitely wouldn't pay $30 for the full size, especially when there are drugstore options that work just as well or better.
Watt's Up! on the other hand I love..! I have a bit of a weakness for highlighters and this one is just beautiful. Here's some swatches:
The first photo is unblended, and the second is blended. It's your typical champagne highlight yet it gives such a gorgeous glow.. almost like you're lit from within. It's definitely up there with my favorite highlighters already! In terms of actual application it's creamy, smooth, and very easy to blend. This is something that I would purchase the full size for!
Are you a Sephora Beauty Insider? If so, have you gotten this free birthday gift yet? Let me know if you liked it!