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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara


I've enjoyed this sort of 'dupe series' (see here) where I got to test and write about the W7 dupes, but I've been especially looking forward to this post as I can actually do a straight up comparison with the Benefit Offering: They're Real Mascara!

First things first, I would never have known the W7 mascara was meant to be a dupe had it not been for the packaging. There's little difference between them apart from the slight colour change and the lettering. Although, there's always the argument whether it's right to copy another brand's packaging down to a t (to make it obvious I guess) or whether it would be better to market the product individually.
L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

To be honest, even looking at these pictures myself now I can easily get confused over which is which. However, I would say aesthetically the wands are practically the same, the only difference I could possibly pinpoint (and I'm really looking for one here) is that the oblong which has all the spikes coming off it is slightly thicker in the Benefit mascara.

They both have plastic comb wands with very sharp spikes! Although with the W7 Absolute Lashes* offering I wasn't as worried about the spikes as they don't feel as sharp as the They're Real mascara when applying (which is a good thing in my book).

 L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

Initially the formula of the W7 mascara was quite wet when I first applied it, although it seems to have dried down a bit after using it a few times and I would now say that it is infact a bit drier than the Benefit They're Real. The Benefit version feels quite wet and thus it's a bit more likely to clump for me and I have to spend a bit longer scraping excess product off (I do that for all mascaras I use).

One small gripe I have with both mascaras is that I find it hard to coat the smaller lashes in the inner corner as the spikes on the tips are still a bit too long (and sharp), and most of the time they are covered in product as you can see above.

 L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

After applying the first coat I was happy with the results from both mascaras, it's really easy to achieve long fluttery and separated lashes without any clumps. Although both mascaras lack a bit of volume but then again they're great for an everyday natural look.

When it came to applying the second layer I found it easier using the W7 mascara, the Benefit mascara made my lashes feel quite crunchy! It was also harder to separate the lashes using the Benefit mascara so a few of my lashes did clump together. Although the main question in mind for me is: did they give the enormous lengths? Well yes, my lashes were seriously long, however the Benefit mascara won the award for extreme lengths, the lashes were a bit longer using They're Real. However, they looked more natural, yet long, using W7 Absolute Lashes so that cinches it for me.



Overall, I found both mascaras great for everyday but I like the W7 version a bit more as it looks more natural in my opinion. Although I must admit that the pictures above have come out more focused on one side, yet I can still see where the Benefit mascara has clumped a bit whereas the lashes look a bit more fanned out using the W7 Absolute Lashes. I also think both mascaras gave an identical look when only one layer was applied, they are also quite jet black which is a great match for my eyebrows haha!

I would really recommend the W7 Absolute Lashes* as not only is it a VERY good dupe for the Benefit They're Real, but it has also won a place in my favourite mascaras. It's also as cheap as chips at £2.99 here so it's well worth checking out if you're looking for a new mascara.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Would you give the W7 mascara a go or what do you think of dupes in general?


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168 comments:

  1. If anything I think your lashes look more separated when using the W7 one!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. I definitely agree with you, that's why I love that one a bit more :)

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  2. GREAT review I was literally looking for a new mascara online I hear what u saying about w7 giving that natural look which is amazing. I would defo go for that one too
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  3. Your lashes look great with both mascaras although there is a little more drama with the Benefit They're Real which I like! I've only used a mini of it before which I really liked but I generally prefer drugstore mascaras!

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    1. The drugstore have some of the best mascaras! Although I do think the W7 can fit into that tag due to it's price :)

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  4. I never tried either, but they both sound good :) Your lashes looks great witthout mascara too :)

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  5. Wow, I need these because I've been looking for good mascara :)
    Great review.

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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  6. Wow, this stuff looks great. Worth to try !

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  7. First of all, I am so envious of your natural lashes, you lucky girl! I have a strong love/hate relationships with Benefit They're Real. Some days it's amazing and other days it's a bloody pain in my arse. I do agree that W7 mascara looks so much better and natural.

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    1. Aww thank you! Haha you might find this one easier for you as it doesn't clump so much :)

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  8. Never knew they're was a dupe for this, however I didn't really love the Benefit Mascara :( x

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    1. I don't use They're Real that much either but I really liked the W7 option :)

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  9. The W7 one seems a really good cheaper option!

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  10. Wow! This is an amazing dupe! Great review! I LOVE the side by side comparison! I am a huge fan of the They're Real Mascara but it dries up so quickly and I hate spending so much on it every other month! This stuff doesn't the trick at such an amazing price! I NEED to get my hands on it!

    Shannon Nolan

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    1. Thank you! It is quite pricey at £18.50 so I do think this is better for an affordable option :)

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  11. I do really love my They're Real but the price of the W7 version really is amazing and mascaras don't last long so I'll try it next time :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. It's a great alternative if you change your mascara every 3 months :)

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  12. I wasn't as impressed with They're Real as I thought I'd be.. but I've definitely got to pick up the W7 mascara just to see if that's any better! x

    Thahira's Thoughts

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    1. They're Real isn't actually one of my favourites either but I really liked the W7 option :)

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  13. Wow! The W7 mascara looks amazing! I'm allergic to citric acid, one of the ingredients in the They're Real mascara so have never been able to try it & have always felt I was missing out. I'll definitely be picking up one the W7 version when I next need to purchase mascara as it's made your lashes look amazing & the price is so good it would be silly not to try! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. Aww you don't need to miss out any longer! Aww thank you and the price is indeed great :)

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  14. I would pick up W7 for sure. It looks so natural!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  15. Wow, I really enjoy these kinds of comparison posts, I hope you do more of them because they are incredibly helpful and detailed! x x W7 seems like an amazing, affordable dupe for the Benefit mascara. I personally still prefer the Benefit one, as it is more dramatic (I like a lot of drama on my lashes!!!), but the W7 one is perfect for casual wear. Thanks so much for this amazing post! <3 x x x

    Kay
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    1. Thanks for the feedback! Hopefully I'll be able to if I have the original product too :)

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  16. I love finding good dupes of products, as I don't mind trying out a brand I've never heard of as long as it gives me a good value. And it seems like these do! Personally I prefer the Benefit (as it looks on your lashes, since I've never tried it myself; by the way awesome job on the comparison pictures) but for the price it sounds like you can't beat the W7 one! It's definitely one I'll have to look out for. This was a very helpful review :)

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Same here! Aww thank you, I still can't believe it's less than £3! :)

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  17. Great review and after reading this I'd definitely be willing the try the W7 option out as a dupe rather than the Benefit option. Your lashes seem to look really good in both though so I think the 2 seem to suit you. That you for the helpful review.

    Kirsty
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    1. Thanks for the feedback and dropping by :)

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  18. So interesting! I love They're Real! I have to try this since its such a great dupe!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  19. Wow, these mascaras look really cool. It looks like they really worked!

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  20. Havenot tried both. Given a chance I would try w7 first. Great post <3

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  21. Now that's one cheap mascara. And looks as if it's really good too. Never heard of it before though! I've heard of the Benefit one and was actually thinking of buying it but I have to give that another thought now. I'm really happy with my Roller Lash anyways at the moment :)
    In my opinion, dupes are a great thing! They might not always be as good quality as the original one, but they give a chance to try out products before you purchase the expensive versions. And of course saving money never hurts! :D
    Great post darling!
    Emma xxx

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    1. It is isnt it?! Totally agree with everything you said, if I can get the same quality with something less pricey than what's a brand name :)

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  22. Oh wow that's such a good dupe! Great find! You have such gorgeous lashes, lucky duck. I haven't tried the Benefit mascaras really because some mascaras don't hold a curl very well so I'm never too keen on venturing out. Since w7 is so cheap, I might give it a go!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    1. Aww thank you! You might enjoy using an eyelash curler, I've found that some can really help with keeping a curl :)

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  23. Wow that looks like a great dupe. Although it does annoy me when brands completely rip off another brands packaging.. perhaps thats because I work in marketing though! x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you! Wow you must come across some really interesting topics :)

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  24. Great dupe! I love the Benefit one so..great news haha! Thanks for sharing! x

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  25. They both look great but I think i love the benefit mascara more
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  26. This is a wonderful, in-depth comparison! Your swatch photos are fab and these mascaras really do look and seem alike overall - good to see a cheaper alternative :)

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  27. I love mascaras! I'm not too bothered about the brand.
    Great review!

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    1. Haha it's true that any brand can have a great mascara :)

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  28. This is a great dupe! I'm not a fan of the they're really at all to be honest, it did nothing for me.

    Corinne x
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    1. It's not one of my absolute favourites either but it's a shame it didn't work for you :)

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  29. I don't like the fact that they pretty much copied Benefit's packaging. I also prefer dramatic lashes so if I were to choose, I'd go for the Benefit mascara :) In reality, I just buy Maybelline mascaras lol

    Arianne | Ayre

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    1. I've heard Maybelline do great ones too :)

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  30. I can't believe how alike these two mascaras are, especially the packaging! I'm definitely tempted to give the W7 one a try as it's such a bargain and your lashes look great in the photos. x

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    1. I was very surprised at how identical they were at first too, thank you!

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  31. What a fabulous dupe, you have amazing lashes!

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  32. They both look very similar, I tend to go for a more dramatic eye look so Benefit would probably suit me better however I've never tried it myself!

    Shelise x | SHELISES WORLD

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    1. I think both would be great for a dramatic look, the W7 could be built up even more as it doesn't clump :)

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  33. Benefit They're Real is one of my favourite mascaras but I don't buy it often unless I see it on special offer. I had no idea this W7 one was such a great dupe though, looks identical & makes such a difference to your lashes too x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It can be quite pricey! Yeah the results are amazing, I would really recommend it :)

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  34. I never knew about this dupe! They both look like awesome mascaras.

    xo
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  35. Wow, the W7 one does look far better in my opinion - 'They're Real' is my go-to mascara and as I'm trying to save this year this find will come in so handy for me, thanks! :) x

    Viva Epernay

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    1. This will be perfect for you then, thanks :)

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  36. Such a good dupe, and I never expected w7 to come out on top! They're on fire lately xx

    Gemma | www.missmakeupmagpie.com ❤️

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    1. I didn't really expect them to beat Benefit too so I was pleasantly surprised :)

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  37. What a thorough review!
    Benefit They're Real mascara is one of my favorite mascaras, and its always good to know what dupes are around! :)

    XOXO,

    HaeMin

    HAEKUNAMATATA Blog

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  38. I can never live without mascara! While W7 looks like a great dupe, I think I'll stick to my Benefit They're Real because I don't natural-looking lashes. I want BOLD LASHES haha <3

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  39. YES I thought this when I tried it before, it's really good and definitely worth getting over benefit, especially price wise as they are so similar xxx

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  40. I totally agree with you in terms of the brush, generally I quite like it but I do find it difficult to use in the inner corners. Sounds like a fab dupe for a much more expensive mascara though!

    Ellie
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Haha you have to be so careful to not poke yourself in the eye! It really is :)

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  41. Wow the results from these products is absolutely stunning - I really need to try these mascaras out for myself! Thanks for the review!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  42. Brilliant review! I love how detailed it is, answers all the questions! I've tried some w7 products before and been impressed but always thought I should go for more expensive mascara. I'm sold!

    Tina x www.teaisfortina.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for the feedback! This mascara definitely showed me that price isn't everything :)

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  43. The W7 one looks so pretty! Gemma xx
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  44. Sounds like a great dupe, and I would probably like it more since it's more defining! ;) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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    1. I think it's really great at separating each lash too :)

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  45. I love Benefit, they're such a good brand. I actually own a few of their products, but not the mascara. But holy wow (I'd curse but I won't) I love the effect it has on your lashes? They're so pretty. And your eyes!

    Ella Pinto xx

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    1. Thank you, I love the separated and lengthened look it gives them too! You're too kind :)

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  46. They look so similar even the packaging ! I won't know what to choose . :)

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    1. Haha in the mornings I probably wouldn't know which is which :)

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  47. I wish my natural lashes looked as good as yours! W7 seems to give a natural finish whereas Benefit ones gives so much volume and length. For £2.99, W7 one is really bargain. I recently got Benefit one and I hope it gives the same result on my lashes :)

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    1. Aww thank you! I'm sure it will look amazing on your lashes :)

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  48. I love the Benefit mascara! :)

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    1. Hopefully knowing there's a dupe might be useful for you :)

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  49. Have you tried the Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara? It's a great dupe too! <3

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    1. No I haven't! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  50. You have amazing eyelashes! *-* Great review. ;)
    I love the Benefit mascara! :)

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  51. Wow i love it.
    I need to try it soon.
    It looks natural.

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    1. It give a lovely natural look, very fluttery! :)

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  52. I used They're Real a few years ago and I really liked it. The W7 one seems a good one for the price!
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  53. OH MY GOSH I NEEDED THIS! i had no idea what W7 was, and i've been using They're real for years now! I can use the dupe and save some money now! than you so much!!


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  54. I used They're Real and it was really good ! Here in Italy we don't have the W7 brand :( I'm really curious to try it even if I don't like the natural effect ! xx

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  55. I do love the They're real mascara, but I found that it was incredibly hard to take off the formula is super drying, it stays on like a tonne of bricks! ooh they really do look alike from a packaging perspective & the w7 version is so CHEAP :D & thats a win win in my books. Love the review sweetie :)

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    1. You might find the W7 easier to take off as it's more natural and it doesn't clump either :)

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  56. Wow, this is a brilliant dupe! I'm not a fan of They're Real! (I hate the brush!!) but if I was I'd definitely be giving this a go. W7 have some great budget options :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  57. Wow, that's a really good dupe! I love, love, love they're real mascara and this one is just as good! So glad I just came across your blog! So far, I'm loving it! Happy New Year!

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    1. Aww thank you, hope you had a happy new year too :)

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  58. I love W7's dupe. It is one of my favourites and super affordable!!!

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    1. It's one of my favourites too now :)

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  59. What a great dupe, thanks for the review!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  60. Nice review! I've always wanted to try Benefit mascaras but they are expensive. Thanks for introducing this brand. Now I can get the same effect without having to spend much. :)


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  61. This mascara sounds and looks great! I have only tried eyeshadow palettes from W7, but liked them. I would definitely give this mascara a try, as the Benefit's They're Real used to be my absolute favourite mascara.

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    1. Thank you! This would be a great way to save yourself some money too :)

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  62. It's actually crazy how similar your lashes look from both products, such a good dupe!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. Thank you, that's what I was obsessing over too :)

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  63. Amazing review, i am definitely going for W7 one. It looks great.
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  64. Wow, the difference it makes!

    I've always been big on mascaras because I have small eyes and therefore, use every bit of tool there is to enhance them. I heard great stuff about Benefit They're Real, but because of the high price tag, I never made the purchase. Too bad the W7 isn't available in our country (Philippines), but nonetheless, thank you for the heads up! Hope it becomes available here soon! xx

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    1. Same here, I love using products to make my eyes seem bigger and brighter. I hope it does too. Thank you :)

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  65. Wow, the difference it makes!

    I've always been big on mascaras because I have small eyes and therefore, use every bit of tool there is to enhance them. I heard great stuff about Benefit They're Real, but because of the high price tag, I never made the purchase. Too bad the W7 isn't available in our country (Philippines), but nonetheless, thank you for the heads up! Hope it becomes available here soon! xx

    Btw, I'm a new follower of your blog. Hope you can support and follow my newbie blog. It would certainly mean the whole world to me. Lots of love! xx

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  66. Hey, lovely blog!
    Wanna follow each other??
    Let me know if you want because i want it too :) Leave a comment on my blog and I'll follow you directly, don't forget to follow mine
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  67. THIS REVIEW IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I AGREE ON THAT W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES ARE BETTER!

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  68. The W7 mascara lashes are gorgeous. They make your lashes looks so long, lengthy, & luscious. Thanks for the side-by-side. :]

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  69. Wow this mascara looks amazing, it literally seems to make the eyes pop bigger with longer lashes. x

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  70. Oh, I heard about this dupe. This is so amazing (: thanks for the full review <3
    Nati xx
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  71. This W7 mascara is such an incredible dupe! I NEED!! Also, like you mentioned, how similar is the packaging?

    Rachel xx
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  72. Great review! :)
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  73. I don't usually like plastic applicators but the W7 masara looks so good, really want to try it!

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    1. I normally go for bristle ones too but I really enjoyed this :)

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  74. What a great dupe! The W7 mascara looks really similar to They're Real and so do the results you achieved with it. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  75. I am SO impressed with W7 hon. You pretty much can't tell the difference. I love this comparison review! Brilliant job & thanks so much for sharing such a find :) Your lashes look stunning!!
    xox Nadia
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  76. Wow I'm impressed, maybe I should go out and grab the W7 mascara for myself!

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  77. What a great dupe. Awesome review. I really don't do mascara a lot but this is a great product.
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  78. What a great dupe. Awesome review. I really don't do mascara a lot but this is a great product.
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  79. I haven't tried the W7 mascara but it looks pretty similar to They're Real. I think I'd try it to see what's the actual difference. But seems dupe.
    btw your blog is so lovely :)

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  80. I am definitely going to be trying out the W7 mascara soon. I have just ran out of the Benefit They're Real so this will be very interesting to try:)

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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