Mascara Monday: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening mascara

Oh boy. It’s a Revlon mascara. And y’all know how I feel about Revlon mascaras. How can I say this nicely without appearing to be too harsh? Hmm. I don’t think that I can. I hate them. There. I said it. And it’s true. I don’t like to attach the word “hate” to much of anything but I’ve had more bad experiences with Revlon mascaras than good. And it’s not just me. Several beauty guys and girls can attest to the consistently eff’d up quality of Revlon mascaras. Which is such a shame really. Especially when they have so many other great products.

*sigh* Here we go….

Price: $7.99 at drugstores and at
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Long, intensely dark lashes, wears for 24 hours, no flakes, smears, or smudges. Tear-proof, sweat-proof, humidity-proof” (source)

The Truth: This sucker flakes worse than a freshly baked croissant.

What I Loved About It: The wand is actually some kind of awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: See “The Truth”.

Overall: Okay, soooo…let’s just jump on it with this one, uh? First of all, I didn’t even know Revlon launched this mascara. I didn’t hear anything about it on the beauty streets and I didn’t see any commercials or ads for it either. For a second, I thought that maybe the Target I got it from had “old” products up. But no. A glance at the Revlon website proved that this mascara coincides with Revlon’s “Colorstay” theme. Okay fine. And its a lengthening mascara. Awesome! While I’m a lover of volume mascaras, many folx love being able to elongate their lashes with one simple swoop. And it’s SO hard finding a mascara that makes this easy to do. For one, you’ll need a good wand.

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I hate to use a stock photo but after testing and taking pictures of this mascara, I totally forgot to take a picture of the wand. And unfortunately, I trashed it. This wand isn’t too bad at all, is it? It’s a slim wand but the bristles are nice and firm, making it easy to apply mascara to wispy and short lashes. It’s also a great mascara to use on the lower lashes too. But unfortunately, that’s where my love for this mascara ends. And why? The formula, y’all. The formula.

The formula sucks. It’s a hot and flaky mess. At first glance and while applying to the lashes, it seemed to do okay. I didn’t have any issues with applying to the lashes. One coat elongated my lashes a bit. Nothing spectacular but I did notice a bit of a difference in length. After a second coat, I found the mascara harder to apply. My lashes dried quicker than I thought they would. Which was no bueno. I struggled to get through to a second coat and while the lashes looked so so, they weren’t as lengthened as I would have liked.

Within hours of wearing, this mascara managed to flake on me without me even rubbing my eyes. In fact, in the week that I wore this, I didn’t even need to use an eye makeup remover to get rid of it, I could just rub my eyes and bam – I would be flaking away. I had the same issues when I’d wear just one coat of mascara. Just…ugh. This is one of Revlon’s biggest issues when it comes to their mascaras and I find it frustrating that it hasn’t been resolved yet.



Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely not. I’d before to rock my bare lashes than rock this stuff.


Am I being too dramatic or do you also have bad experiences with Revlon mascaras? Anyone?

  • Parris A

    Man and I JUST purchased this! 😛

  • I tend to have terrible reactions to drugstore mascara, I get stys and a host of different allergic reactions. Revlon mascara? I put it on and had to wash it off right away because MY EYES WERE BURNING. Like on fire burning, that’s the only way I can describe it. Worst of the worst reactions.

  • That’s such a pity! Packaging looks great.

  • Sue C.

    The two coats look really good on your eye so it’s too bad it’s such a bad formula. Thanks for the warning!

  • The only one I’ve ever liked is the Photo Ready 3D Mascara and I was SHOCKED that I liked that one. They really do suck at mascara, it’s comical really:)

  • yuck! i don’t like revlon mascaras either. tried their 3d one recently… just ick. thanks for letting us know about this one!

  • Julie

    I’ll bet it’s still not as bad as Maybelline Great Lash. Yeah, Revlon is just better at lip products. And I hear the Colorstay foundation is really popular too.

  • I have had bad experiences with a lot of revlon mascaras too! I can tolerate the 3d volume and the grow luscious plumping, but I feel like other drugstore brands have much better mascaras for the price! Does this mascara have a bad stopper? Because I feel like most revlon ones have a sucky stopper.

  • Caitlin

    Agreed. Revlon is absolute rubbish at mascaras. It’s surprising how they can produce such great lip stuff, and such awful, awful mascara.

  • MB

    This mascara actually wasn’t too bad, IMO…it isn’t the best I’ve ever used, but it was OK. I’m surprised that mostly everyone hates it.

    Maybe it would work better as a waterproof mascara, though, because it is very difficult to remove. But otherwise, the formula was nice and it made my lashes look longer, plus it didn’t bother my sensitive eyes. I give it about 3 stars…sorry you didn’t like it!