Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Beauty Review

Roller Lash Mascara - BenefitI am feeling a little lucky right now.  Nope I didn’t win the lottery – I received a ‘sneak peek’ sample of Benefit’s newest lash innovation in my February Topbox.  Just a week before I had seen this mascara praised on a daytime talk show and of course I was intrigued, so online I go and – sad face – the mascara is not available until Febraury 27th.  Poo – I was going to have to wait.  As it turns out…my wait was less than expected.

In true Benefit style the packaging is light and fun – I think briefly to myself – as I rip into the packaging…
Before I try let’s take a quick little look at – what is this mascara gonna do for me? – just so I know what to look out for.

Packaging says the Roller Lash is going to:
1. Lift my lashes
2. Give my lashes long lasting curl
3. Give me lashes that will hold for 12 hours

Okay Benefit – lets give it a go. Oh and just for the record. I am a Benefit believer (have you tried Benefit’s ‘They’re’ Real Mascara? If you have I’m sure you’re a believer too) – so I am sure the Roller Lash won’t disappoint.

Benefit Roller Lash MascaraFirst glance – wand is curved with visible hook like bristles on the inside curve and outside curve of the brush. When the wand is pulled out of the tube there is no ‘extra’ mascara on the brush which could cause potential clumping. When I applied I started at the base of my lashes and could instantly see that the wand was separating and lifting each individual lash. The outside curve of the wand definitely gave me the lift and curl I was looking for.

Holy lashes – When I was done it looked like my lashes were double the length and they were definitely opening up my eyes with curl capacity. I was in love (not in like) in LOVE.

Benefit Roller Lash CloseupI can’t find one little thing I don’t love about the Roller Lash. Application of the mascara is flawless, the mascara without a doubt lasts 12 hours or more without even thinking about smudging or flaking and the removal at night is a breeze.  So when this mascara hits the stores on February 27 – go get it…


Sample Sunday – Benefit Porefessional VS L’Oreal Pore Vanisher Beauty Review

My pores… they are a hot mess. Yes, I am diligent with pore tightening masks and cleansers but we all need an everyday quick pore minimizer pick me up before our make-up ritual.

I had a L’Oreal Pore Vanisher sample that I had taken out of a magazine and I also had the Benefit Porefessional from one of my monthly Topbox beauty box deliveries. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare a specialty and a drug store pore minimizer together.

L'Oreal Pore Vanisher and Benefit's The Porefessional Ribbet collage


I tried both of these pore minimizers at the same time – the Pore Vanisher on one half of my face and The Porefessional on the other half. It was a great way to do a quick comparison with and without make-up.

L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher – 14oz for $24.99

  • texture of the pore vanisher is creamy and goes onto the skin more like a facial cream – love this texture
  • pore minimizing coverage – applied on my nose and cheeks – good results with full coverage of my pores
  • after make-up application (foundation and blush) I could see that some of my foundation was hung up in some of the pores on my cheeks. I worked at a little more blending and all was good.

The Porefessional – .75oz for $37.00

  • texture of the Porefessional is a little more like a putty. The balm has a stickier feel when applying – it kinda reminds me of ‘spackle’ for your face.
  • pore minimizing coverage – applied on my nose and cheeks – was very good.  The Porefessional does a great job of filling in my ginormous pores on nose.
  • after make-up application (foundation and blush) the finish is flawless. My nose and cheek pores are fully covered and the make-up that was applied looks perfect with no serious touch up necessary.

My Pore Minimizer Preference?

Hmmm that’s a tough one as they both work equally as well but I think the Porefessional gets the slighter edge after the make-up application. I think that if you have larger pesky pores the Porefessional is a touch more effective in the coverage – I definitely would keep the Porefessional on hand for a night out where heavier foundation application is required.  Even though I am not a fan of the stickier texture of the Porefessional – it really gets the job done and I can appreciate that!

The Pore Vanisher is a great daytime pore minimizer for those of us with both the smaller and larger pore issues. I really loved the smooth texture and cream like application of the Pore Vanisher.  I think for my everyday use, the reasonable price point, and the good results, I think the L’Oreal Pore Vanisher will do me just fine.