Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Push-Up Gel Liner | Review

Introducing the Holy Grail of Gel Eyeliners — No Brush Needed!

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Push-Up Gel Liner | Review

UPDATE Worried that you won't be able to get the liner when it first hits shelves? Get in line — online that is — to reserve your own pen before it hits stores at

Life is hard. So, understandably, your eyeliner shouldn't be. Whether you're looking to master a straight line along your top lashes or sport a cat eye, this makeup step can feel challenging. Over five million Youtube tutorials are dedicated to mastering this look — meaning it's a huge conundrum in the beauty world. Women will always be curious about the best way to line their eyes!

Gel liner is the gold standard when it comes to lining your eyes, because it doesn't smudge (usually) and creates clean lines. But given you often need a brush for application, it can go from a simple flick to a surefire disaster in just a few seconds.

Well, hold on to your lashes, ladies, because this new liner is going to change lives. As I type this, three of my co-workers are waiting patiently in line to get a little liner action.

Benefit Cosmetics wanted to tackle the "biggest beauty bitch" of all time, according to Annie Ford Danielson. She and her sister, Maggie — the sisters, daughters, and nieces behind Benefit's cheeky brand — spent five years creating a liner that would be easy to use, whether you're 16 or 67.

Thus, Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Liner Pen ($24) was born. Yes, it's a part of the They're Real line, which is practically like being born into the royal family of makeup. At the launch party in Los Angeles, I can't tell you how many times I heard "this is a game changer!"

Here's why:

  • It's a gel. In pen form! But how can this be possible? The tip of this pen is what really set it apart for me. It's not felt, like most liner pens. It's thin, feels like silicone, and bends with the natural curve of your lash line as it dispenses the gel formula. The pen also helps to gently move your lashes out of the way so you can get closer to your lash line. It makes doing tricky wing tips and cat eyes a breeze because you can almost stamp it on. Brilliant.
  • It's a push-up liner, meaning you give it a few clicks and the gel is dispensed from the tip. So you won't end up using too much of it, and you don't have to worry about it drying out like a felt tip. Annie said only two clicks are needed for both eyes, and after testing it, I discovered that she was right. 
  • No brush needed! You can carry this in your clutch and touch up at dinner.


Bonus: the gel liner in the pen is waterproof, so it's not going to smudge at a music festival or pool party. The Benefit pros created a remover, too, which rivals a cleansing balm. It's superhydrating and not oily at all. 

Mark your calendars — They're Real Push-Up Liner Pen and remover debuts worldwide on June 27th at