I have a long overdue comparison post for you today! Back in my Winter Favourites Post (I know, I know… that was a LONG time ago now… I am terrible), I spoke about the Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in comparison to the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.
So, with it being so long ago now, I have been able to thoroughly test these mascaras and try them out to give you my full on verdict…
I have been using this mascara on and off since I got my free sample with Elle Magazine back in their March issue. I have to say, when I first got it, I really did not like this. The formula, although smooth, is thicker than I would usually prefer (explained with the Revlon Mascara). I do think that this coated my lashes nicely without leaving clumps, however, for my lashes it really did not live up to the claims. It claims to “Lift lashes” and “Give Long-Lasting Curl”, removing the need for eyelash curlers. I personally didn’t think this mascara did anything more for my eyelashes than other, cheaper alternatives. It just isn’t for me and I find myself struggling to reach for and use this.
I found the method of using this rather difficult too, once I found a technique it was better and curled slightly more, but it still wasn’t great for me. I still don’t think that I have found a proper method for using this as I did not really see the benefit of the “Hook” mechanism and this is probably due to my technique… or lack of…
Finally, I find this incredibly difficult to remove, my usual cleansers take forever and require a lot of rubbing which irritates my eyes. This mascara, especially with the £19.50 price tag, just is not worth it for me. I can’t deny though, the packaging, as with all from Benefit, is wonderful and unique.
I hadn’t heard a lot about this mascara before I got it, I think it gets overlooked because of the larger tube, brightly packaged Revlon mascaras that sit next to it on the shelf. For me though, this is an absolute hidden gem. It has been my go-to mascara since I first discovered it at Christmas and I am onto my second tube. It may not appear to be much, the plain black tube fading into the black stand, but it is definitely worth a look.
I personally prefer a more liquid formula which this has. I find that if it clumps, a gentle dab/pinch (being careful not to drag) of my finger on the lash removes it without ruining or smudging the mascara. I don’t think this adds a lot of volume, which isn’t a problem for me as it isn’t what I am looking for, but it may be an issue for others. It does however lengthen my lashes and really open up my eyes, even without the use of eyelash curlers. This takes longer to dry than most mascaras, but once I was used to this it wasn’t a problem and after it has dried, it definitely stays well put.
Although this isn’t waterproof, it stays put through my busy days and doesn’t come off until I specifically removed it with my cleanser. At which point it came off easily without too much rubbing being necessary.
I also think, the look this gives to my lashes is very similar to that of the Roller Lash Mascara.
For £10.99, it may not be the cheapest drugstore mascara, but it is well worth it.
Overall, I found Benefit Roller Lash to be difficult to use, it didn’t live up to the claims and was a pain to remove. It definitely is not worth the £19.50 price tag in my opinion as it is no better than drugstore mascaras.
Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara is a go to mascara for me, clumps can be easily removed and it doesn’t flake or smudge. This is well worth the £10.99, especially with the offers regularly available making it even cheaper.
In all, I would chose the Revlon mascara over the Benefit Mascara any day.
So that’s my opinion of these two mascaras, I hope you enjoyed the comparison/review, even if it is very late!
Thanks for reading!
~ The Mechanic x
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