We all have those products that even though they’re blogger favorites, they just don’t work for us. No matter how much we want to like them, we just don’t agree with the rest of the blogosphere on the merits of a particular cult product.
Unfortunately, that is how I’ve felt about the Benefit They’re Real and Roller Lash mascaras. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Benefit Cosmetics. They even make a few of my HG status items (They’re Real Push-Up Liner, Gimme Brow, Bella Bamba blush, Hoola…). I think because I love those products so much, and the general hype surrounding these mascaras in general, it set me up with too high of expectations.
This is probably the third little tube of this I’ve tried. I don’t know why I keep trying it thinking maybe it’ll work if I just give it another chance? But alas, each time I am disappointed. Yes, it does define my lashes just fine, but it does nothing for the volume. On top of that oh how it makes my lashes clump together if I accidentally touch them – or if theres a strong wind. I have also lost eyelashes trying to remove this stuff before – unless I’m using the dual-phase eye makeup removers this stuff won’t budge.
It’s about the same story with the Roller Lash, though it is slightly easier to remove, and my lashes don’t feel as “crispy”. Probably because of the vitamins they included in the formula. And I’ll admit, I do like the idea behind the comb shape. It really lets you get to the base of the lashes, and if you twist it outward during the follow through it will give you curl that you can only get from an eyelash curler – but without the curler.
My lashes are naturally pretty light, so I like how dark both of them are. The bottom photo was taken pretty recently after applying the mascaras, while the Roller Lash does have noticeably more curl to it than the They’re Real, it doesn’t separate the lashes as well. About five minutes after this photo was taken, I inevitably rubbed my eye and the clump struggle was real. Then the makeup remover struggle was real. There may have been casualties. Like my pride. And a few lashes. Or serveral.
So as much as I really really want to love these as much as the other bloggers seem to, I will just stick to drier formulas with non-plastic bristle mascaras.