Four Years Later, I Still Stand By This Lengthening Mascara

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It's no joke I try a lot of different mascaras—in all honesty, I test pretty much every single formula that launches into the country. There have certainly been a few winners this year, but some formulas will forever have a place in my heart (and bathroom). Benefit's They're Real has been a staple for me since it launched a few years back, and I still pick up new tubes of it to this very day.

Mascaras typically only have a shelf life of three months, so if you're in need of a freshie (which I'm betting you do), might I suggest shopping for one today? Keep scrolling to shop and to see some of our other favorite picks. 

Benefit They're Real Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara $25
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I just love this mascara formula. It's got an incredible stiff comb wand that drags through each lash, and is easy to push into corners. It's super black, and never flakes or smudges (unless you're swimming or crying—then you definitely need a waterproof formula). The best bit I find though, is that you can apply a few coats without clumping. I usually go for about three or four—and people always ask me if my lashes are real. I would definitely classify it as a lengthening and defining formula, rather than volumizing. 

Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Bang Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Bang Mascara $25
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Another great offering from Benefit, I find this lighter and silkier than the above. Great if you like a weightless, more natural lash. 

Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara
Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara $32
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This fluffy comb is good for both volume and length, so it's a nice happy medium. 

Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara
Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara $29
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If you like drama in the lash department, the squeezy tube of this Dior formula will let you get heaps of product onto your comb, and therefore on your lashes. it's great for a spidery, editorial look

Lancome Grandiose Extreme Volume Mascara
Lancome Grandiose Extreme Volume Mascara $32
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There is so much hype around this classic pick, and I will say it definitely delivers when it comes to thickness. The only catch is you need to gently twist the wand out of the tube. Yank it out, and the swan-shaped neck will damage the rivet that keeps the product inside.  

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara $26
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When I first saw this, I didn't think I would be a fan because it looked as if it would clump (I'm often wary of soft brushes), but I was wrong. The bristles are actually quite wiry, and the effect is super long, defined, but thick-at-the-base lashes. 

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara $23
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What I love about this is that the mascara formula itself is designed to nourish the lashes, and it doesn't dry quite as stiff, making it easy to remove.

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