Friday, 15 July 2016


Friday, 15 July 2016

Finding a great mascara can be exhausting.

There are so many things to consider before splashing out on one and we all have different preferences: volume/thickness, curl, colour, length. For me personally, I like a mascara to be extremely black (as my eyelashes are very light brown and almost invisible without mascara) thick, and lengthening. 

I've tried many different mascara's throughout the years, most of the time at drugstore prices - think Maybelline, Rimmel London, etc. Come to think of it, the only time I've ever tried a 'high market' mascara was a free Benefit 'They're Real!' one included with a magazine (I also did a review for this one if you're interested!) and So Susan's Featherlash I received as part of a BirchBox subscription. 

At the moment, however, my current love is another Benefit beauty staple, 'Roller Lash'. I think this one's been around for a while, perhaps even before the birth of 'They're Real!'. But after reading positive reviews of Roller Lash on the Feel Unique website, I realised it is a classic for a reason.

The packaging is beautiful, and labels itself as a 'super curling & lifting mascara'. According to their statistics, 87% said it gives 'long lasting curl', 94% said eyes look 'more wide open', and 97% said it 'visibly lifts lashes'.

One thing I particularly liked about the mascara wand was it's textured lid, which made gripping the mascara in my hand more comfortable and secure. The actual brush is curved and dotted on both sides, allowing you to extend even those small, difficult to reach lashes.

I found that application looked best after applying at least two coats, though extra care is required to ensure as little clumpiness as possible. I really like the colour depth of this mascara - it's a deep black which is just the way I like it, and really does make the lashes appear longer. 
It curls well though not as well as some other mascara's I have tried in the past, and I would prefer it to be more thickening (I'm not really a fan of the spidery lashes look) but a little dab of Vaseline onto the lashes prior to applying any mascara does the trick. I also sometimes prime my lashes with a less intense mascara before applying Roller Lash if I'm going for a really dramatic look - but honestly, it's not needed!

I've had this mascara for a couple of months now, and I think the only real flaw I've found is that it doesn't last as long as I imagined it would. It feels like it's slightly dried out at the moment, and I don't know if that's a sign I should throw it away and get a new one (mascara's I've used in the past have normally lasted a lot longer). That said, this could be due to the fact that I use it a lot since it works so well, and it really does last all day without you needing to re-apply it.

From top to botom: top and middle comparing Roller Lash (right side) with So Susan Featherlash mascara (left side) and bottom picture with Roller Lash on both eyes.

So, to compare my own opinions with the alleged statistics..

  • I agree with the 94% that claimed their eyes looked more wide open after using the product. I've really noticed a difference when I decide to wear one of my old mascara's for the day instead of Roller Lash - my eyes looked smaller and my lashes much less noticeable.
  • I agree with the 97% that said it visibly lifts lashes: upon my first use I received compliments on my eyelashes, one person even thinking I was wearing false ones. My boyfriend also said they looked super long without being too clumpy. Result!
  • I have to both disagree and agree with the 87% who claimed it gave their lashes long lasting curl. Whilst the finished result is long-lasting and requires a thorough wipe of make-up remover to get it off at the end of the day, I just didn't think they were very curled. Maybe if I'd used an eyelash curler I would have seen a difference!

My Verdict:

4 out of 5 hearts: almost perfect but not quite!

What's your opinion on the Roller Lash mascara? Are you a fan of the Benefit range or do you know of one better? Let me know in the comments, and have an awesome day!


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