Battle of The Mascaras: Benefit Roller Lash v. Maybelline Lash Sensational

Benefit Roller Lash Maybelline Lash Sensational Comparison Review

New Benefit product launches are some of the most hyped up makeup launches around, and the hype around Benefit's Roller Lash mascara was no different. Deemed by some as the best mascara ever, it was an instant hit and everyone seemed to be raving about it, especially as Elle magazine gave out mini samples right before the launch, creating even more hype as the masses were able to give it a test run. 

I too jumped on the bandwagon and was pretty excited to test out Benefit's newest offering and I wasn't disappointed, however after hearing on the beauty blogging grapevine that the Maybelline Lash Sensational was an almost perfect dupe I had to get my hands on that as well. I'm sure by now you've seen multiple comparison posts for these two mascaras but I wanted to give them both a real test before reviewing. I've used both regularly since and although they are very similar, I've come to a conclusion on which one is my favourite!

Benefit Roller Lash Maybelline Lash Sensational Comparison Review

Wand 
As you can see the brushes on both wands are very similar. They are both plastic with a slight curve to them. This curve allows you to really get to the bottom of the lashes and the small bristles mean you catch every lash and it 'locks in' to give more of a curl. The Benefit wand is thiner than the Maybelline one and has slightly less of a curve to it, I find the Lash Sensational coats my lashes quicker and is a thicker consistency. 

Curl 
Roller Lash's main selling point is it's ability to give a great long lasting curl and as you can see in the comparison picture below, it does seem to give slightly more of a curl than the Lash Sensational. I think if you curled your lashes before (which I haven't in these photos) you'd get an even better curl from both mascaras. The design of the wands definitiely helps curl the lashes as you can get to the roots and bring the lashes up into a curl against the wand. I'd say Benefit's option wins on the curl front, but Maybelline does still offer a good curl with their mascara. 
Benefit Roller Lash Maybelline Lash Sensational Comparison Review
[Maybelline Lash Sensational - Top // Benefit Roller Lash - Bottom]

Volume 
I love a good volumising mascara, I have quite a lot of lashes and I love them to look as big as possible, and I definitely found that Lash Sensational had the best volume, it is a wetter formula but not too wet and it coats the lashes really well, the smalll bristles on the brush really get into the roots of your lashes, it also defines lashes really well and doesn't clump. Roller Lash also defines lashes really well and doesn't clump however the slightly drier formula means it doesn't give as much volume. 

Length 
I'm quite lucky in that I have naturally long eyelashes anyway, so length is never something I look for in a mascara and I more lean towards a mascara that curls and gives volume. However both mascaras do give length, if you have short eyelashes these might not be the mascaras for you, however the Maybelline Lash Sensational is easily build able to give more length. Roller Lash is slightly harder to build up because it's a dry formula but it does give a nice length too. 

Longevity 
Other than when I rub my eyes I never really have an issues with flaking with most mascaras, including these two, I am more likely to get flaking with the Roller Lash though. I haven't found that either mascara smudges on me and both seem to hold the curl quite well. Benefit claim it will hold a curl for 12 hours, I think this is definitely exaggerated and neither mascara holds the curl it starts with for 12 hours, however the curl is definitely still there. I think if you curled your eyelashes first you'd definitely see an improvement in the longevity of the curl. 

Benefit Roller Lash Maybelline Lash Sensational Comparison Review

Benefit Roller Lash Maybelline Lash Sensational Comparison Review

Overall 
These mascaras are so similar I could probably use one of each eye and no one would be able to tell the difference. However one has inched it's way forward to become my favourite and the winner of this battle and thats the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I prefer the formula, it gives more volume and is more buildable, although I do find Roller Lash gives a better curl I think with some curlers Lash Sensational would definitely compete! Also the very obvious difference and a big decider in my decision making is the price. At only £7.99, compared to Benefit's £19.50, Maybelline's Lash Sensational is a much more purse friendly option and I won't be purchasing a full size of Roller Lash when I can have a dupe I prefer! 

I'm a big believer that mascara is a very personal thing, something that works for me may not work for you, so unfortunately you've just got to try and hope you like! If you've been thinking about trying Roller Lash I'd definitely recommend giving Lash Sensational a go first as they are very similar! 

If you've tried either of these mascaras I'd love to hear what you thought of them? I'd also love to find out what your Holy Grail mascara is? Mine used to be Maybelline's The Falsies but im on the hunt for something new to fall in love with.

37 comments

  1. I got the Maybelline one the minute it hit the shelves and love it and still do! It is the best mascara I own! I don't have benefits new mascara but I would like to try it some time soon! some pretty good comparisons in here! Xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

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  2. Look at the size of that man, I love it! I'm so going to try it

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  3. To be honest I've ended up preferring Lash Sensational to Roller Lash! xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  4. I've got both of these and do find them similar! I prefer the lash sensational as well but I do find the brush holds too much formula so I have to wipe it before use. I love the roller lash but it is such a pain to take off in comparison! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Wow! I didn't know that. I got a sample of the roller lash and my friend actually snatched it! (Wish I was kidding...) It looked amazing, so I think I will pick up that Maybelline dupe!
    Meg of An Affair of Character

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  6. I absolutely love Lash Sensational. I don't think I could justify spending £19.50 on a mascara! x


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  7. I haven't tried lash sensational but I really want to try it! I'm a big fan of the rollerlash though!

    G.J - A Personal Style, Beauty & Lifestyle blog.

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  8. Glad you wrote this post Emma!
    I've been using Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara for the past few months, love it but it runs out so darn quickly! (Not great when it's £19 a pop.)
    So last month I started using the Maybelline lash sensational mascara & I'm an utter convert. Goes on really well & stays well... Plus, at only £8.99, it's a bargain in comparison!
    Completely agree with this!
    Emily xx
    Auburn Antics

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  9. It's probably one of the best mascaras I've ever used, and it is basically exactly the same as the Benefit one so I wouldn't bother spending £19.50 on that! x

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  10. Yeah I prefer the Lash Sensational, I think overall its a better mascara. x

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  11. It is a wetter mascara and I do wipe the end a bit, but it works better than Roller Lash for me. I haven't noticed that Roller Lash is harder to get off but I'll definitely think about it when I next wear it. x

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  12. Thats not cool of your friend! At least you can pick up the Maybelline one for a pretty great dupe! x

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  13. Yeah I definitely couldn't justify £19.50 on a mascara that has a drugstore dupe, there would be no point! x

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  14. It's really great, especially if you like Roller Lash. x

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  15. I've never tried They're Real but I've seen mixed reviews on it, definitely not great that it runs out quickly! Yeah it's amazing, and such a good mascara for £8.99! x

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  16. They're so similar! The Benefit one looks thicker on your lashes but I much prefer the Maybelline one! I'll definitely have to pick it up next time I'm on the hunt for a new mascara :) xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  17. I haven't tried either of these - I've kind of stopped wearing mascara as my lashes don't stay curled for very long :( Love the little rabbit jewellry plate though :) happy easter emma! x

    | Life as a Petite || Fashion, Crafts & Lifestyle Blog |

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  18. Im opening my eyes slightly more on the Benefit one but I actually think the Maybelline one is thicker, but the Benefit one does give a bit more curl, but not so much so that its better than the Maybelline over all. I'd definitely recommend it. x

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  19. Ah that's annoying, although always nice to have a little break from makeup. I'd definitely recommend this if you wanted to get back into wearing mascara, although you might want something a bit more natural and lighter to start out. :) The jewellery plate is so cute isn't it! I picked it up from Home Bargains so I think it was only a couple of pounds, it's adorable. Happy Easter to you too Isabella xx

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  20. I was going to buy the Benefit Roller Lahs but after seeing how similar they are I might as well try Maybelline Lash Sensational for only £7.99 compared to £19.50


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  21. I love that your review is so detailed! And you're right mascara is a pretty personal thing, I'm always on the hunt for a good one. I've yet to find one I love. Gonna have to give the maybelline lash sensational a shot :)


    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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  22. I think I'm gonna have to get the Maybelline and give it a go! I do love Roller Lash though! x

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  23. I'm so glad that I saw this post as I was so close to repurchasing the Benefit one, so now will try the cheaper alternative instead! Thanks lovely x

    Blushhx

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  24. I tend to gravitate towards the Maybelline mascaras. Had some great experiences with those. Maybe I'll try the Lash Sensational Mascara next :D. Great review and comparison, btw. Very thorough.
    xx Izzy http://qthee.com/

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  25. I have used both and I really love the Maybelline one! x

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  26. Ooh, I've been wanting to try the Roller Lash mascara by Benefit. My recent favorite has actually been NYX's Doll Eyes mascara. I was not expecting love it all but I think it does a really good job of lengthening while separating. Unfortunately, I've bought almost every other NYX mascara to see what they're like after getting that one and they've been total duds...

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  27. i'm still using the Roller Lash free sample from Elle, although I think it's on it's way out! Might have to check out Lash Sensational, it's much more in budget for me haha!! xxx

    Rhianna | robowecop

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  28. I've been looking for a new "volumising" mascara, definitely going to check these two out I think. Thanks! x


    missnoodlebug.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. I'd definitely recommend trying the Maybelline one first, it's so similar that if you love it you can just stick with that one, and if you don't love it you haven't wasted too much money :) x

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  30. Glad you enjoyed the review. Mascara is so personal, I also like to see photos of the mascara on someones lashes when Im reading a review to get an idea of what it might look like because everyone has such different eyelashes. Hope it works for you! :) x

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  31. I definitely would recommend it, maybe once Roller Lash has run out rather than buying a new one, I can't believe how similar they are and Im shocked I preferred the cheaper one. x

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  32. Glad this post has helped save you some money! Hope it works well for you :) x

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  33. I love Maybelline mascaras, I need to try some different brands but I always end up coming back to Maybelline, they've had so many good ones. Glad you liked the review :) x

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  34. Lots of people seem to have preferred Maybelline :) x

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  35. I've never tried any NYX makeup, but it's a shame the rest haven't been great. Mascara's can be so difficult to find a good one! x

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  36. Definitely check it out, I love it, and it's so similar to Roller Lash I can't get over it! xxx

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  37. I don't know if this is the best volumising mascara out there but I think it does a really good job and is a bit of an all rounder. x

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