Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Actually Does All The Things It Promises

We all have eyelashes and most likely spend little to no time thinking about them, because all they do is sit on your eyelids and make it so that garbage doesnt fall into your eye at every turn. Mascara, however, is the one thing that tons and tons of women claim they don’t leave the house without. There’s something to be said about how you look once you actually put mascara on. Your eyes, once droopy and not quite open, appear bright and alert, like you’ve gotten a solid eight hours of really good sleep, followed by great morning sex that wasn’t shitty and a really good croissant. If you are lucky, you are already blessed with these magic lashes. “All I do is rub some Vaseline into them, and then I leave the house,” you tell bank tellers and grocery store employees and your bewildered coworkers, all of whom are in complete awe at your glory. Do you actually exist, long-lashed woman? If so, stop reading this, lest you purchase this product at once, and put the rest of us to shame.

I have eyelashes that are normal. Without mascara, I feel like I look like a baby — an actual, real life baby. My eyes disappear into my cheeks. Since I am not a baby, I like to work the hell out of what I have. I’m a mascara-slut. I have three different ones that I alternate, but I’m always on the hunt for the thing that’s going to make my eyelashes look fake as hell. I am proud to report that this Benefit mascara does the trick,

Product: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, $24

Application: Well, it’s mascara. So you apply it like you do any mascara. I saw a beauty blogger actually roll the wand through her lashes as if she were giving her lashes a blowout, but that seems crazy. I stuck to my standard wiggle from the roots of the lash technique and really went in, because I want eyelashes that you can see from space.

Results: In the photo below, the eye on the left is untouched, and you can see my eyelashes are naked and fluttery and just kinda straight. Boring. Snoozefest. On the right are my eyelashes after glomming on three coats of this miracle, pre-eyelash curler.


What. This is legitimately the best mascara I have ever used. It is rare that I believe in the false promises of the beauty industry and its various wicked lies that it perpetuates, but this has made me a reluctant convert. The first night I wore it out, I met a friend at a bar who stared me in the face and asked why I was wearing fake eyelashes to drink beer and eat barbecue. Even though it’s not waterproof, it stays on my face in a variety of harrowing, water-based scenarios, including leaving the house when it’s raining outside and a very touching wedding ceremony. I don’t have to scrub at my eyeballs to get it off my face when I go to bed. And, during the day, it stays the course. You’re supposed to be able to just use this and go, without succumbing to the torture of the eyeleash curler, but I like it when my lashes are so long and so very curly that they reach for my eyebrows. Here’s what both eyes look like once I’ve curled the shit out of my lashes, and gone through them with a fine tooth comb.


The secret, it seems, is in the brush, which is silicone and rubbery and has a billion little teeth that comb through and separate each individual lash. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, you get a clump-free application that lasts, forever. This product costs way more money than I am comfortable spending on mascara, but I think I’m going to have to deal with that reality. This mascara is the truth.

Rating: 5/5