Wednesday, March 4

- Battle of the Benefit Mascaras...

Benefit's Roller Lash mascara is currently one of the most talked about products amongst us beauty lovers, and I, for one, am a huge fan. In today's post, I want to break down the ups & the downs of each mascara Benefit have to offer. The 'BADgal Lash' and it's waterproof companion had it's moment a few years ago, followed by the UK's top-selling 'They're Real', and now new on the scene is 'Roller Lash'. I've broken down my points surrounding each mascara into bullet points, not because I want to cheat and rush over this post, but because I want my thoughts on each mascara to be clear and concise.

(L-R) BADgal Waterproof, £17.50*
They're Real, £19.50
Roller Lash, £19.50 (for full size)

• This is the waterproof version of the BADgal lash and it's just that. This mascara is smudge-proof and stays put - perfect for those hot sweaty days or, more frequently at the moment, when you're caught in heavy rain showers.
• The colour is an intense black and provides plenty of volume to lashes.
• Probably due to the waterproof formula, the formula is long-lasting.

• The application is far from clump-free and lashes can end up in a sticky, entwined mess.
• This mascara focuses more on creating thicker lashes, rather than lengthening them. (depends on personal preference)
• The formula is very 'wet' to start with, but I noticed the product dried out in the tube very quickly.

• Amazing for lengthening lashes. As you can see from the image above, the brush is plastic and has numerous fine 'teeth' which target each individual lash.
• I've never experienced any clumps when applying this, in fact, it works wonderfully in separating the lashes.
• Similarly to the BADgal, the colour is an intense black which gives a bold dramatic look once a few layers are applied.

• Also similarly to the BADgal, the formula tends to dry out very quickly even though I don't pump the wand up and down (a big no-no as this allows air to enter the product).
• This mascara is majorly stubborn when it comes to removing makeup. It's definitely important to use a gentle eye makeup remover and allow time for numerous stages to make sure all traces are removed.
• More focus is on adding length, rather than volume. (depends on personal preference).

• As you can see, the wand of this mascara is very thin which allows you to apply it right to the root of the lashes. This gives a great lifting effect.
• The roller lash is great at holding a curl, great for opening up the eyes.
• As well as holding a curl, this mascara adds impressive length and is definitely clump-free.
• The formula is definitely easier to remove than the 'They're Real' mascara.

• Based around the effects of hair rollers, Benefit claim that the 'hook and roll' technique will create a curl. Whilst the formula lifts the lashes, I wouldn't say it curls them as I still find using eyelash curlers necessary - this mascara just sets the curve.
• If you look for volumising mascaras, I'm not sure if this one's for you as it tends to focus more on curling and lenthening the lashes. • I can't back this point up just yet, but the price may be a negative as I've heard from difference sources that the Maybelline Lash Sensational is a perfect dupe for this and costs just £7.99!

So there's my summary of these three Benefit mascaras! Please remember that this is just my personal experience with each one and you may have found different results - products work differently on each of us. In my opinion, each one has it's pluses and flaws, it entirely depends what you're looking for in a mascara. Although I haven't tried the full-sized version and I'm still unsure whether the formula dries out like the others, I would have to crown the 'Roller Lash' as my favourite!

What do you think of my summary? What are your thoughts on Benefit's mascaras?


  1. I really need a new mascara but the fact that these can be clumpy and dry out puts be off. Finding a good mascaras is quite difficult Lucy x

  2. Bad Gal was the first 'expensive' mascara I ever tried. I loved it, but I was comparing it to the cheapest ones I could find on the high street. I wore They're Real for a long time, but found it to quite dry and flaky. It irritated my eyes a lot too. So far i've really liked Roller Lash! It's my favourite of the three, although i'm not sure it'll become my new go-to.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  3. I haven't really liked They're Real or Roller Lash, but Bad Gal has been my everyday mascara for about 3 years now. Out of all the mascaras I've tried I find it to be the best for adding volume and length, but I agree that the formula is very wet at first then dries out quickly! On the whole it's one of my favourites but my ultimate mascara has to be YSL Babydoll x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

  4. Badgal was my first high end mascara back in the day and I loved it, then They're Real came out and that was my new favourite and now with the new releases it's hard to say which one I prefer. But you wrote the pros and cons perfectly and I definitely think they all have bad parts and good parts about them x

    Beauty with charm

  5. I have not tried Bad Gal yet but I definitely prefer Roller Lash to They're Real. Formula seems similar, but I much prefer the brush in their new mascara. I hope they bring out a waterproof version. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  6. I am looking for a new mascara and I'm definitely going to go with roller lash, although the brush for they're real looks really nice! I love small brissles for breaking up the lashes, although if it's hard to remove I will go with roller. Thanks for sharing, great post .

  7. I tried Bad Gal years ago but it smudged easily. I've tried They're Real once and whilst impressive I couldn't be doing with the removal! I've not tried the new one yet but i'll probably try the dupe instead at a fraction of the price. Lovely comparison post.

    Amy at Amy & More

  8. Such a great post. I've been wondering how each of these compare. I have a tester size of Bad Gal which I quite like but intrigued to try Roller Lash now after reading your review! Thanks for sharing :) Danielle x

    frontière girl

  9. Really great in depth review, I think Benefit have improved with each new mascara release in my opinion. A lot of people said They're Real was too clumpy, and I think Roller Lash is much more fluttery/separating. I've not tried the Bad Gal Lash, I'll have to at some point though to see which of the 3 I like the best. I'm guessing They're Real will always be my favourite though, I love the drama it gives my lashes!

    Kat |

  10. I saw this post on your IG and I knew I had to come and have a read, this is definitely one of your best post, Karen and I love how informative it is. I am itching to get my hands on both the Maybelline Lash Sensational and Benefit Roller Lash to do a comparison post but I might just stick to Maybelline's for budget sake.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  12. Never tried any benefit mascara's so I can't really say which one I prefer - but I do love the look the better than sex mascara gives the lashes. I've seen Zoe Sugg use it and her lashes look so good with it!

    xo Mel || Sketch & Scribbles

  13. Really interesting post. Love how you've set out the pros and cons.... I think you can get a great mascara without having to spend a lot of money...x

    Carrie | What I Love Today x

  14. Thanks for this review! I'd never heard or Roller Lash before as everyone and their cat seems to be talking about the They're Real mascara. I am in need of a new mascara so perhaps I'll have a try out of these recommendations :)

    Cats In Crop Tops

  15. When I first tried Roller Lash I wasn't sold, but now it's dried up a little and I do really like it. Although I have found that it can make your lashes look spidery if you do more than 1/2 coats. x


  16. Can you believe that I still haven't tried their mascaras - shock! I know, it's terrible but I am really tempted to try both as they do look lovely! I always look at the wand as I think thats a major part of how your lashes will end up looking! :)

    Layla xx

  17. I'm not a fan of benefit mascaras at all. I was so frustrated that I bought they're real, it was rubbish!

    Corinne x

  18. Such a great post :) I have only tried the They're Real and Roller Lash mascara...I loved the They're Real mascara but I definitely prefer the Roller Lash mascara xx

    Brenda BusyBee | Bella & Bear Professional 15 Piece Makeup Brush Set Giveaway

  19. Very informative post, I've used They're Real though I find that it dries up very quickly so am always on the look out for alternatives

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  20. A good mascara is so important, especially for me because I had really long lashes. I always look for one that will help with curling. I usually like Benefits versions. Currently I am using Clinique and Tarte mascara. Perfect for travelling. <3
    February Moments

  21. I loved learning about all of these. It helps make my mascara hunt so much easier!
    Melanie @

  22. great review!! i like using the bad gal mascara! :D

    Animated Confessions

  23. Bad Gal sounds like a great mascara. I want to try it out since it seems like a lot of people use it too!


  24. This is such a perfect comparison guide! I've only tried They're Real and I wasn't too bothered about it, I'm more of a volume girl! I do want to try the Roller Lash though :)

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens | UK Lifestyle Blog

  25. Fantastic review, Karen - love how you compared the mascaras! Care to join the Benefit Roller Lash link party? :-)

  26. I love They're Real, though Roller Lash is great too :) I'm still yet to try Bad Gal. This is a great little round up and comparison, though I completely agree mascara is a very individual thing xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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  28. Great review, Karen! I love, love, love they're real mascara and also the eyeliner. I haven't try the Roller Lash yet, but I have heard nothing but amazing things about it, need to try it soon! xx

  29. Great Post!

    I'm also loving the roller lash mascara! defs a new fave!

    Emma :) x

  30. Great comparison! I didn't get on with BADgal and I prefer Roller Lash to They're Real as it's so much easier to remove xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  31. It took me a while to like They're Real but I loved Roller Lash straight away and think it'll be my go-to mascara from now on!

    I loved this post; great to see such a clear and comprehension comparision.

    embrace the detours