The other day, I was walking through the drugstore cosmetics and something caught my eye: a promotional display of some new Rimmel mascaras, one of which was boasting an image of a wand that looks pretty similar to Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara wand. They’re Real! is one of my favorites, and it would definitely be nice to find a comparable product for a drugstore price. I even have a They’re Real! mini tube on hand to compare it to, so I brought the Rimmel home with me to see how it stacks up.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off is labeled as a volumizing mascara with a fiber formula for lengthening lashes. The long portion of the wand is supposed to add volume, while the ball tip can be used to add lift. Like They’re Real!, the wand has plastic staggered bristles that extend all the way around the round end.
Let’s talk about the Benefit mascara for a minute. They’re Real! creates beautiful, highly defined lashes with a deep dark black formula. It does have a couple of qualities that can be a little difficult, though. See those long spiky bristles? They’ll totally poke you in the eye, so it’s best to apply it slowly. The formula can be a little wet, too, so it’s easy to accidentally poke yourself with those long bristles and get some of the mascara on your eyelid. It looks great and wears well throughout the day, no complaints there. At the end of the day, though, the formula is a little stubborn. It’s not explicitly a waterproof formula or anything, but it can be difficult to remove.
Here you can see that the Benefit formula is in fact darker and bit shinier than the Rimmel formula. They’re Real! is only available in one color, black, but the ScandalEyes Show Off is available in two, black and extreme black. I purchased the regular black because it’s the only one my drugstore had in stock, but getting my hands on the extreme black might help bridge the gap between Rimmel and Benefit.
In terms of application and performance, I’ve got to say that I really like the Rimmel mascara. I mentioned a couple of Benefit’s drawbacks earlier because I don’t have any of the same issues with Rimmel. I actually like applying it better, and I think I’m able to get a very similar look with it. Rimmel’s brush gives me good color and volume right at the base of my lashes, the formula keeps a curl, and the fibers help out with length.
With Benefit, I only need to apply one coat. With Rimmel, I’ve been using a coat and a half (one full coat, and then one second coat just on the outer half of my upper lashes). They both look great, but Rimmel does it at about 1/3 the price. Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off costs about $6.99 for 0.41 fl. oz., and Benefit costs $23 for 0.3 fl. oz. … you even get more formula in the Rimmel tube! This is a win for Rimmel. I will happily keep using and repurchasing this mascara.