Mascara Monday: Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara

Well, well, well…what do we have here? A mascara from Revlon. It’s been a long time and I do mean a LONG time since a mascara from Revlon has impressed me. If ever. And I know that sounds harsh, but I’ve got to be honest. So yah. Like all Revlon mascaras, I didn’t have high hopes for this one….

Price: $9.99 in drugstores.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: Wow. This isn’t bad. I’m serious. This is actually pretty good.

What I Loved About It: Dude, the length is REALLY good. I was impressed.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s okay with 2 coats but 3 coats of mascara sent me straight to  Clumps City. Not an epic fail, really. I didn’t HAVE to use 3 coats, ya know?

Overall: Well, well, welllll. Look who has it goin’ on. Simply put, I surprisingly liked this mascara. I’ll stop the “Revlon’s mascaras suck” bit for awhile and give you a sturdy review. The mascara promises big and bold volume and honey, it delivers. My lashes look phenomenal when I wear this. So much so that I’ve been wearing it for a week straight.

The wand….

The wand is niiiiice. The bristles aren’t super stiff so you are able to not only untangle unruly lashes, but you can also get a good handle on wiggling from root to tip. There is a bit of a “dagger” at the end of the wand but it’s hard to use. When you pull the wand from the tube, the tip of the wand is coated in mascara. No bueno. Sure, you can wipe it off on the side a bit but it’s hard to get enough off to use the dagger end. Still. Despite that, I was able to effectively use this wand with no problem. Oooooh yeah!

Yes, it’s a volume mascara but it still does a great job with lengthening too.  As far as volume, you will get it. And in a major way. This is fantastic mascara for when you really want your lashes to stand out. Most days I’m too lazy to put on eyeshadow, but I always wear liner and mascara. This is the kind of mascara I’d wear for some real pop. The one thing that prevented this mascara from getting a perfect score is how wonky it gets throughout the day. Some mascaras flake. Others just disappear but this mascara  made my lashes feel gel-like. If I went to rub my eyes, my lashes would lean whichever way. And they’d stay that way. It was easy to remove with water so while the formula gets all weird ‘n stuff, I just can’t knock how great the volume and lengthening power of this baby is.

Could it be? Did Revlon win me over? If their next mascara is so so, I’ll put them back on my good side.

Who am I kidding? I am already having a love affair with Revlon’s Lip Butters. I want to marry those things. But I digress…

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Oh! I forgot to mention something. You know how Revlon is notorious for those HUGE holes that the mascara wand comes out of it?

Yeah well, this mascara has it. There is a stopper that prevents you from taking out a whole heap of mascara but I don’t understand why they have to manufacture the hole so large in the first place. I don’t get it. Every other brand seems to get it except Revlon. *shrugs* It isn’t a big deal but still..the hole can make wiping off excess mascara a bit messy.

Do I recommend it?: Yep! It’s pretty good.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?


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  • wow! want!

  • I see a difference, I think this mascara worked well on you.

  • So far the reviews for this has been good, but I am waiting for a waterproof version.

  • victoria

    Definitely a step in the right direction for Revlon. Now I actually hope they will put out a fiber mascara!

  • gio

    Your lashes look amazing! I need to check this out too, thanks for the review.

  • Ive been eying this!

  • I tried this, but it didn’t do it for me. The lengthening is great and there’s no clumping, but there was virtually zero volume, which defeats the whole purpose of a volumizing mascara, lol! I’d recommend it for girls who need length, otherwise I might try layering it over a thickening mascara.

  • Lisalis

    Looks lovely, B! What a nice surprise.

  • MsFarrah27

    This mascara looks great on you B!!! I may have to go find this baby and give it a try:)

  • Maggie

    Certainly an epic fail for me! All I got was clumping–but hey, maybe I got a bad one. Awesome wand though, reminds me of Benefit They’re Real! so I’m holding onto that.

  • Kelly

    Will keep my eye out for this at my makeup hook up spot. THanks for the review

  • Erin Pitts

    I’m on a quest to find my perfect mascara. I must be picky because I’m 25 and have yet to re-purchase any one mascara! lol. I tried this one out and it may not be “the one” but I found I liked it a lot. Thanks for the review and for bringing it to my attention.

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  • Chloe

    I just bought this today. I put it on, and WOW. it REALLY works. I didn’t read your review before hand (it was a spur of the moment- type deal) and I’m quite satisfied. It was only $7.29 I think? so that’s cool… I got it at Bed Bath & Beyond lol. I also got some Prestige Eyeliner. They carry lots of makeup I didn’t even know existed. Anyway, I’m just hoping it doesn’t come off weird… I’ll be sure to get the H2O Proof version if/when it comes out. :)

  • Tori

    i love this mascara ! some people claim that is a good dupe for benefit’s they’re real but i have to say, I am on my second tube of they’re real & i think it conquers all mascaras, they are both great, but certainly not as similar as people think they are. They’re real all the way !