[ Showdown ] Benefit Mascara "They're Real" vs "Roller Lash"

I don’t usually try out mascaras that are not from the drugstore but I do have a few of the Benefit's They’re Real and Roller Lash mini mascaras that you get in a few of their beauty kits, so I wanted to do a side by side comparison to see which is better. 

 
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Benefit They’re Real

 

PRICE
US$ 24 / GBP 20.50 / HK$240

COLOUR AVAILABLE
Jet Black, Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue  

CLAIMS
lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. Long – wearing formula that won’t smudge or dry out

SIZE
8.5 g Net wt. 0.3 oz.

Benefit Roller Lash

 

PRICE
US$ 24 / GBP 20.50 / HK$240

COLOUR AVAILABLE
Black, Brown

 CLAIMS
grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. Contains provitamin B5 and serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefit

 SIZE
8.5 g Net wt. 0.3 oz.

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FORMULA
Water (aqua), paraffin, polybutene, styrene/acrylates/ammonium methacrylate copolymer,
beeswax (cera alba), bisdiglyceryl polyacyladipate2, c1836 acid triglyceride, palmitic acid, stearic acid, triethanolamine, vp/eicosene copolymer, acacia senegal gum, hydroxyethylcellulose, phenoxyethanol, tetrasodium edta, butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, tocopheryl acetate, sodium laureth12 sulfate, glycerin, potassium sorbate, sericin, calcium chloride, sodium hyaluronate, tilia tomentosa bud extract, citric acid, bht, sorbic acid. [+/: iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), ultramarines (ci 77007), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289), titanium dioxide (ci 77891)]. N° 05827/n

FORMULA
Aqua (water), paraffin, cera alba (beeswax), polybutene, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, palmitic acid, stearic acid, triethanolamine, vp/eicosene copolymer, acacia senegal gum, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, hydroxyethylcellulose, silica, phenoxyethanol, panthenol, butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, tocopheryl acetate, algin, serine, bht.  [+/-:  ci 19140 (yellow 5, yellow 5 lake), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), ci 77288 (chromium oxide greens), ci 77289 (chromium hydroxide green), ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 77891 (titanium dioxide)]. N° 08408/ 

 

 


 
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WAND
Straight with dome tip, long bristles that are futher apart

APPLICATION
It is a bit tricky for me to apply this mascara because of the big wand. Whenever I get too close to the roots, the bristles will actually poke me in the waterline. This can cause a bit of irritation as the bristles are very stiff. Also, because of this, transfer is inevitable.

For best results, I find that you really only need to apply a thin coat and work with that. The more you build, the clumpier it will get and even if you are going for that type of look, flaking will happen as you build. 

It does a good job at curling the lashes on its own without any lash curler and the formula gives you true black and voluminous lashes. It does separate the lashes but not necessarily the individual hairs, more so in a sense that it will group a few lash hairs together and separate the groups of lashes, if that makes sense?

The bottom lashes are hard to coat with because of the wand. The domed tip with bristles on this wand should make it easier, though I find it a difficult to use as it transfers easily.

It doesn’t say that the formula is waterproof, but it will lasts you a long time even in humidity or rain. Give it a few hours and the curl will slightly disappear, but the volume remains and it’s overall a mascara for a more dramatic effect.

EASE TO REMOVE
Benefit brought out a special remover for this mascara, which is a white cream based remover, because many people have troubles taking this one off because of the formula. I personally don’t have any trouble removing it though it does take me a minute to really make sure all the mascara in between the roots of my lashes has been taken off.  Especially for any long wearing mascara, I like to soak a cotton pad with micellar water and leave it on my eyes for a minute, lightly push the cotton pad into the lashes and gently wipe away. To remove the final bits and pieces, I just take a q-tip with a tiny bit of micellar water and run it through the base of my lashes. That should take everything off, so the special remover is really not necessary. 

WAND
Curved, short and medium length bristles close together

APPLICATION
The small curved wand makes it easier for me to use, as someone with smaller eyes. It’s easy to coat the roots of your lashes with no irritation or transfer.

It’s buildable, and doesn’t flake or get clumpy easy. While it is lengthening, and separates the individual lashes in a natural way very well, a lash curler does need to be used to get a better curl out of your lashes.

The formula isn’t as black as the They’re Real mascara and a decent curl will only last you around 4 to 6 hours but the lashes will remain beautifully separated and lengthened. Based on the formula and effect this mascara gives, it really more of an everyday mascara.

 The bottom lashes are really easier to coat with this wand as it’s small and will really give them a lengthened look without becoming clumpy.





 

EASE TO REMOVE
I have no problem removing this mascara and it goes off almost immediately with a bit of micellar water.

 

 

 

 

 

Pros

-       Long wearing despite it not being a waterproof mascara
-       Great colour pay off
-       Curls and separates lashes with a dramatic effect

 

Cons

-       Wand is too big for smaller eyes
-       Gets clumpy very easily
-       Bristles are stiff which can cause irritation

Pros

-       Separates and lengthens well for a natural look
-       Buildable without looking overly clumpy
-       Wand is great for smaller eyes

 

Cons

-       Colour payoff isn't great
-       Need a lash curler despite the claims of a curl setting formula
-       Doesn't hold the curl long as long as stated in the claims

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[ Left: Benefit Roller Lash Two Coats ] || [ Right: Benefit They're Real One Coat ] 

[ Left: Benefit Roller Lash Two Coats ] || [ Right: Benefit They're Real One Coat ] 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I prefer the roller lash because the shape of the wand fits my eye perfectly, it gives me more of a natural look which I opt for on a day to day basis. I find that, though the They’re Real, can give me great volume and separation in my lashes, it’s not worth the hassle as it gets clumpy and transfers easily because of the big wand.

Would I buy the full size of either? Definitely not. There are so many great mascaras in the drugstore that can give you better results so buying a mascara for more than double of the drugstore prices is really just waste of money to me, especially since I throw away my mascaras every 2 to 3 months or so.  

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and could see a better side to side comparison. Have you tried any of these and are you a fan? Cheers, Sam 

 

 

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