Monday, February 16, 2015

Makeup Review: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Product: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Review: I actually got a free sample of something before it was available in stores. Wooo! Yay, Birchbox! I feel all elite now. Haha... jk.  Anyway, I was excited to try out this mascara because I had liked Benefit's They're Real mascara, even though it's no longer in my rotation (it's my sister's favorite though). This product is marketed as a "super-curling and lifting mascara," which is exactly what I need in my life.

 I did not luck out in the Native American/German genetics lottery where lashes are concerned. They're stick-straight, sparse, and entirely unimpressive unless curled and mascara-ed to death. I wish I had the patience for falsies every day, but I don't, so my never-ending quest for my dream mascara continues. Over the years, I've found a couple I really like for my stubby lashes, but nothing to the point of "OMG HOLY GRAIL." Benefit's Roller Lash isn't quite at that level for me. But it's close.

This mascara is great. The packaging is adorable and girly, the brush is awesome, and the formula is excellent. Very black, matte finish, not super perfumed, and it's easy to get off with my normal remover. I've worn it all weekend and today, and thus far, it's stood up through snow, workouts, and everyday blinking with nary a flake or smear. My lashes look just as great at the end of the day than they did at the beginning, which isn't something I can say about most mascaras -- I tend to get a bit of lash droopage as they try to re-straighten themselves. Not so with this product! Best of all? It actually curls my lashes! It does such a great job that I don't even use a lash curler with it. Dead serious. I can't remember ever being able to do that, and I'm in awe of how well it curls and defines. Plus, it's versatile enough to work for both dramatic and natural looks

However, things aren't 100% rainbows and unicorns. If you have pathetic lashes like I do, make sure you remove all the excess product with a tissue and stop as soon as you think your lashes look good. Don't add extra coats, don't keep running the brush through your lashes in an attempt to get more separation and volume. No matter how great the temptation, STOP as soon as it looks good. Otherwise, get out the bug spray: your lashes are taking a trip to Spider Town.

So, yeah. Definitely took me a little trial and error to figure out how to avoid the spider lash effect, but now that I have, I'm loving it. I would put it in my top tier of mascaras and am seriously considering getting the full-size once it's out. I love not having to curl my lashes in the AM!

Update: I'm docking a couple more points due to the stickiness of the formula and how long it takes to dry. It's still a great mascara, but sometimes I think it's dry and attempt to tweak my eyeliner, only to give myself heinous lash clumps. So annoying! 

Rated Beauty Grade: B

Price: $24 - Macys, Sephora, Benefit

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I stumbled upon your review. I subscribe to Birchbox and was NOT lucky to get this in my February box, so good for you! This is one mascara I've been dying to try, as I'm a Benefit fan and have been very partial to the BADgal mascara for years! My lashes are long, but they're super thin, and I'm glad you mentioned removing the excess mascara first. #thestrugglewithspiderlashesisreal

    I've seen some people mention it's even better using it with an eyelash curler (even though the whole point is you don't need one with this mascara), but it's probably worth a try.

    Can't wait to try this mascara! :)