Benefit, L’Oréal, Rimmel: Mascara Wars the Review

  L – R: Benefit Rollerlash, Rimmel Wake Me Up, L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes

 Top – Bottom: Benefit Rollerlash, L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes, Rimmel Wake Me Up

I love a good mascara and am a great advocate of the drug-store high street mascara – I am of the opinion that the budget high-street mascara compare quite favourably to their more expensive more extravagant counterpart!

I have been using the three mascaras above for quite some time now and thought I would share my views with you lovely people. I have quite long but fairly sparse eyelashes so I love a good volumising and curling mascara. The above three are each quite different and one to suit every budget.

Benefit Rollerlash – £19.50

This is about as expensive as I am willing to go for a mascara. I have tried more expensive ones in the past which I have loved, however they did not wow me and in my opinion I just could not justify the hefty price tag when there are so many great mascaras out there at a fraction of the cost.

I am a huge fan of Benefit and have tried their BADgal Lash and They’re Real mascaras but they didn’t blow me away – again, I felt I could achieve the same full lash effect with a much cheaper mascara. I was not a fan of the wand on the They’re Real mascara, the spiky ball on the end of the brush reminding me of some sort of torture implement! I also found that both mascaras dried and flaked off throughout the day, leaving me with unsightly panda-eyes! Not the look I was hoping to achieve! 

So when Rollerlash was released I was definitely hesitant but I did however cave in and purchase a tube. I love the packaging (as with all Benefit products) the cute ‘roller’ lid and the unique curved plastic bristled brush. I find this mascara a joy to apply as the brush isn’t too big and the bristles literally grab, seperate & curls the lashes without the need for eyelash curlers! For some reason the lashes on my right eye are naturally more curled so hold a curl using Rollerlash incredibly well. The lashes on my left eye not so much, they are poker straight and this mascara does achieve a slight curl which is a mean feat without the support of a pair of eyelash curlers – I am impressed!

This mascara lasts and holds a curl all day without any annoying flaking which is fantastic. I am a huge fan of Rollerlash and I have yet to try anything which achieves similar results at a lower price. A great mascara for lengthening and curling the lashes to achieve a full bright-eyed look without the need for eyelash curlers.

L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes – £10.99

I am a huge fan of the Lash Architect by  L’Oréal and this had been a firm staple and repurchase for many many years, however I picked up this Volume Million Lashes as a means of a change and try something a bit different. I have this in the shade extra-black and I was intrigued as to how extra black could be! 

A great feature of this mascara is that it has an extra ‘wiper’ in the tube which removes any excess product from the brush so you don’t overload your lashes – achieving a perfect clump-free look! 

It has a long plastic bristled brush, similar too the Rollerlash brush but not curved. This brush enables you to build lots of volume into the lashes, without clumping, plumping each lash with mascara. Again this lasts all day without flaking and you can create a really dramatic wide-eyed look when applied to pre-curled lashes. L’Oréal is my definite go-to, doesn’t-let-me-down drug store, high street brand of choice when it comes to mascara.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Mascara – £5.99

I picked this mascara up on recommendation by the lovely Lucie over at lucieleannxo who has written a great review of this mascara. It comes in an eye-catching green tube which is unlike any other mascara tube I have seen. It also promises to be conditioning for the lashes with added vitamins and cucumber extract – a mascara which is also a treatment? What’s not to love! 

As you can see the brush of this mascara is much larger in comparison to the other two. This also has bristles which are fibers rather than plastic. These fiber bristles are really helpful in getting into the lashes to create buildable volume for a bright-eyed wide-awake look, as the name suggests. If you apply from root to tip and really hold the lash in a curl it does have a very slight curling ability – however this pales in comparison to Rollerlash for creating a curl. This mascara is however great at creating volume – just as good as the Volume Million Lashes however the wide brush is slightly more tricky to work on this Wake Me Up mascara.

Another positive (for me) of this mascara is the subtle scent of cucumber! Yes you read that correctly, this mascara has an actual scent of cucumber! So if you’re not a fan of cucumber then this mascara is unlikely to be for you. I, however love cucumber and the scent does have a slight relaxing, uplifting power to it when you apply the mascara. However, once the mascara is applied and dried the scent disappears – so you won’t walk around smelling of cucumbers!

A great budget-friendly mascara. I have been trying bits and pieces from the Rimmel range in general recently and have been impressed with the quality of the products which have such a great price! 

Let me know what you think, do you have any recommendations of mascaras I should try? Love reading and replying to your comments.


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10 responses to “Benefit, L’Oréal, Rimmel: Mascara Wars the Review

    • I like to mix it up with mascara so will definitely try something else when the L’Oreal million lashes has run out. I’ve never tried any maybelline mascara so will check them out – do you have a particular fave? Xx


  1. I pretty much only use Maybelline mascara now. The Colossal Vol ones are ace and honestly nothing else compares. If I’m desperate and not near a Maybelline stand I’ll get the Rimmel version as it’s quite a good dupe. I always go for volumising as I have the length/curl already. I totally agree with the Benefit review – their mascaras don’t wow me. Applying BOTH Bad Gal AND They’re Real had an amazing effect but there’s no way I can afford that and neither is good enough by itself. Maybelline all the way!

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