I really love the brush for this mascara, it's a plastic wand that is quite large. The tip of the wand has a small ball of bristles which is really great for getting into the corners of your eyes. When I first tried this mascara, I have to admit that I wasn't overwhelmed. However, after my tube has had some time to dry out, I really love this mascara. Some mascaras just need some time to dry out before they work perfectly!
My lashes have a fairly good natural curl and length, so I always look for volume in my mascaras. I really like my lashes looking bold and dramatic, and Benefit's They're Real definitely delivers in this area. The plastic bristles help separate lashes, but I do find that I have to work quickly before this mascara dries and sets. I'm not able to layer this mascara, so I only ever wear one coat. However, one coat does deliver great volume, so I don't really need further coats for a daily look. This mascara doesn't flake or smear on my eyes, even on my bottom lashes.
One of my complaints with this mascara is that it can dry to a crunchy finish, which obviously isn't desired. I do like my mascaras to feel more natural and weightless, but those mascaras tend not to be very volumizing. You definitely do need a makeup remover to take this mascara off at the end of the night, and I've been using Bioderma for the job.
Have you tried the famous They're Real! from Benefit? Do you think it's worth the hype? This mascara costs $29 CAD, which definitely isn't cheap. However, I think it's a great volumizing mascara and is a great "treat yourself" product!