Partners In Prime | Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Tinted Primer Review

The Perfect Pair | Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Primer Review & Demo |

Hey Beauties! 

I am a huge advocate for using a primer whether it be for the face, the eyes or even the lips. So you would think I would have an eyelash primer on hand but until now I have never found one that I thought was worth the price or the effort. 

Benefit Cosmetics have once again knocked it out of the park with their brand new addition to the They’re Real range, the They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer. The missing piece to the puzzle, this primer is the perfect partner in prime to the They’re Real mascara. 

The They’re Real Tinted Primer retails for $31 CAD/ $24 USD and comes housed in an almost identical tube to the mascara apart from the frosted silver finish that replaces the classic gunmetal. 

The Perfect Pair | Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Primer Review & Demo |

The Tinted Primer is essentially a first layer that you apply to your eyelashes before mascara. It tints the lashes a soft “mink brown” shade that is dark but looks incredibly natural while also helping to define and separate. It has a high performance gel formula that includes provitamin B5 to condition and nourish the lashes and it is also water resistant. 

The gel formula is ultra lightweight and coats each and every lash easily. It builds and layers without any clumping and it leaves the lashes separated, defined, plumped and lengthened.

 Alone it gives the lashes a natural feathery look and a soft tint that is perfect for day to day. It is especially perfect for girls with blonde or red hair that need the extra colour and definition a mascara provides but with a much more natural look. 

The Perfect Pair | Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Primer Review & Demo |

The primer has a very similar brush to the original mascara, it has the same bristles and spiked ball at the tip but it is much smaller and thinner. The exclusive ExtraFlex brush also has a flexible hinge at the base of the bristles that is specially designed to move with the lashes to coat and separate every single one. 

The hinge really does move with the lashes in that it feels soft and malleable but it is also sturdy enough that you never lose control. 

The Perfect Pair | Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Tinted Primer Review & Demo |

The gel formula means that the lashes stay soft and flexible for up to 6 hours after application so you can take your time when layering mascara over top. Paired with mascara, it acts as a booster to amp up the drama, volume and length. 

The separation and definition it provides is amazing for layering because it gives mascara a chance to perform at its best. It lets the mascara get in every nook and cranny and practically eliminates any possibility for clumping. 

When paired with the They’re Real mascara it takes what is already an amazing mascara and makes it even better. It adds that extra bit of drama to give you drop dead gorgeous lashes. 

Just Primer  –  Primer  & They’re Real 

The They’re Real Tinted Primer is an amazing multitasking product that will completely change up your lash game. It gives you so many options and makes a huge difference when you pair it with any mascara. It is the perfect partner in crime to the They’re Real Mascara and the first eyelash primer to make me believe. 

The Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Tinted Primer is available at Sephora and Benefit counters now!



  1. Jodi Butler
    January 8, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I really like They're Real so I bet I'd love the primer too! I've never actually used a lash primer before, but it makes your lashes look stunning! It'd be really nice for no makeup makeup days too 🙂

  2. Jasmine
    January 8, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    I definitely need to add this to my shopping list. I have been using the Urban Decay & Maybelline Sensational which are my favorite.

  3. Kara at Fit Chick Nextdoor
    January 8, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Love this brand and can't wait to try the primer 🙂

  4. Sockwun Phng
    January 9, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I didn't really like the They're Real mascara, but I like the idea of an eyelash primer that makes mascara easier to apply. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Kayla Rivoli
    January 10, 2016 / 12:30 am

    I never even knew they made primers for mascara! Thanks for this honest review!Kayla |

  6. Kristine C
    January 10, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I've always been wary of mascara primers, but I'm glad to hear that this one lives up to the hype! Great review!

  7. Seersucker Sass
    January 10, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I am so intrigued by this product! I have super dark lashes, so I wonder if this would benefit me.XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  8. ELG
    January 11, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Thanks for the before and after, it's so helpful!

  9. Jen27
    January 11, 2016 / 1:22 am

    I am so eager to try this! They're Real is one of my all-time favourite mascaras, so I definitely have high hopes for the primer as well. It makes your lashes look great!

  10. Miranda
    January 11, 2016 / 2:36 am

    I am soooo going to buy this! I love mascara and I've never tried a primer before!

  11. Ursula Ball
    January 11, 2016 / 4:51 am

    That is on my makeup wish list to try out…love your before/after pics!

  12. Bella B
    January 11, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I love makeup reviews! I have sensitive skin and don't put much makeup on, but mascara is something that I can wear. I will have to check this out!

  13. Kayleigh Adam
    January 11, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    This is my favorite mascara!

  14. Sara
    January 11, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    This looks awesome, and I love the photos! Well done!

  15. Mindy
    January 11, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I've heard so much about this mascara. Now you've convinced me to try it! I love the look even with just the primer. Xoxo Mindy

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