Benefit Mascara: They’re Real vs. Roller Lash

Benefit They're Real vs Roller Lash

As you’re probably already aware, Benefit cosmetics have recently released a brand new mascara called Roller Lash. Roller Lash promises to not only lengthen your lashes, but provide a long lasting curl through their revolutionary hook-n-roll brush. Already a huge fan of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara (it’s only the #1 mascara in the world y’all), I was curious to see how Roller Lash compared against it.

Benefit Mascara Wands

Roller Lash

Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara took four years to develop and features a patented hook-n-roll brush.  This hook-n-roll brush helps the lashes maintain a curl for 12 hours and alleviates the need to use a traditional eyelash curler. The formula contains provitamin B5 to help condition the lashes.  Roller Lash features a curved brush covered in soft plastic hooked bristles. You can actually the see the little hooks in the above picture. The hooks are a medium-hard plastic which you definitely notice when applying the mascara. It’s a gentle tugging sensation that doesn’t hurt. The formula is not jet-black, but more of a grayish black.  It’s hard to tell the color difference in the above photo, but Roller Lash’s formula is definitely lighter than the They’re Real formula.  I could see the Roller Lash color working better on someone with naturally blonde lashes versus someone with naturally dark ones.

Benefit's Roller Lash

Upon application, I did notice an immediate curling of my lashes.  I naturally have very thick lashes that refuse to curl so I was quite surprised to see that the curling technology actually worked on my lashes.  As promised I didn’t need to use an eyelash curler, but my lashes did not last 12 hours.  They lasted more like six hours which is the best result I’ve ever personally gotten. This includes the times I used a traditional eyelash curler.  The formula clumps more than I would like, but I figure the curling effect is worth the minor clumping. At $24.00 it’s the same price as the They’re Real Mascara.  FYI:  No product is applied to my bottom lashes.

They’re Real

As far as mascara’s go, They’re Real has been a personal favorite of mine for quite awhile. It’s been the only formula that lifts and separates my lashes without resulting in a clumpy mess.  This mascara features a jet-black formula and a domed-shape brush covered in soft plastic bristles.  The domed brush definitely helps me get the finer lashes at the inner-corner of my eye.  Benefit does claim that this mascara should curl lashes.  For me there is very little curling effect and I rely heavily on an eyelash curler.

Benefit's They're Real Mascara

 As you can see in the above picture, the mascara only separates my lashes, but does not curl them.  The formula does not clump and provides a more natural effect.

Benefit Mascara

Overall Impressions

To say that I am impressed with Roller Lash’s curling ability would be an understatement.   It’s the only mascara I’ve ever found that actually curls my lashes, but it does clump. Now if only they can create a mascara that doesn’t clump like They’re Real and curls like Roller Lash, I will finally have found the perfect mascara.  Until then, I will be sticking with Roller Lash for the foreseeable future.  Have any of you tried these mascaras? Which one do you prefer?


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