Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara Review + Before and After!

revlon photoready mascara

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

Ever since Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara launched, I've been wanting to try it because of the appealing packaging. Revlon products in general have better product packaging than most of the other drugstore brands, but I think it was the shape of the brush along with the sleek black and silver tube that did it for me. Although the reviews for this mascara are pretty mixed, I couldn't wait to try it once my Maybelline Falsie's Mascara was finished.

The rubber brush has loads of thin bristles with a rounded tip, to easily reach every single lash for "maximum dimension". There aren't any claims that this mascara lengthens, but it's suppose to deliver lots of volume with two coats.

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara is available in three (3) shades: Blackest Black, Blackened Brown and Black. I purchased Blackest Black, of course.

In my opinion, the brush is well executed for separating the lashes. It's large with loads of very thin bristles, so it combs through each of your lashes while coating them in product. With one coat, this mascara adds a good amount of volume and a tiny bit of length. The result is still natural for those who don't like too much volume.

Here's a closer look at the brush..

I find that you have to work quickly with this mascara and letting your lashes dry between coats will only result in thick, "spider" lashes. For the best results, starting at the base of your lashes, and slowly wiggle the brush upward. Continue brushing your lashes until you're satisfied with the amount of product that's on your lashes. Volume is built fairly quick.

Two coats is more than enough with this mascara. When I attempted to apply three, my lashes looked super thick, yet still separated, but it looked incredibly unnatural. Also, with additional coats, I noticed product would gather at the very tip of my lashes, so a lash comb would be necessary.

I find that it's best not to touch your eyes or lashes for a couple of minutes after you've applied this mascara because your lashes will still be tacky, and can stick together.

Once dry, my lashes still feel semi-soft - yay, for non-crunchy lashes!

I don't find that it weighs down my lashes, and it keeps them mildly curled throughout the day without having to curl my lashes prior.

I've read some complaints about this mascara flaking, but I've had no experience of flaking. I do notice faint smudges under my eyes after a few hours, so usually, I'll have to touch up with powder every once in a while. The smudging is very minor though, and hasn't stopped me from wearing this mascara.

Price: Around $8 at your local drugstore, but the price will vary by location.

PROS: A good brush design, separates the lashes well - isn't clumpy, builds volume easily, adds a little length, but nothing to brag about, holds a curl well, lasts all day.
CONS: You have to be careful not to apply too much of this mascara - in my experience of applying too much, it actually made my lashes look shorter, stubbier and unnatural. Also, I noticed minor smudges after a while.
PACKAGING: The packaging is nice. Revlon always does good with their packaging. The tube is a little bulky though.
OVERALL: I think this is a pretty good mascara, for those looking for volume without the clumps. I like this mascara overall, but I prefer something that adds a little more length. I'll let you know if my opinion changes as I continue wearing it!

Have you tried this mascara? What'd ya think?


  1. Wow this looks really nice, would love an update when you've worn it for a while as I find my opinion on mascara definitely changes with time.

    Ria x

  2. Thanks for this review! I kept looking for a new mascara when i got to the states, but couldn't really find one i like. I maybe going to try this product!


  3. Ur eyes look pretty with only mascara on.

  4. This looks amazing :)

  5. Great review! I use a number of Revlons photoready collection and will have to give this mascara a shot since I desperately need a new mascara!

  6. I was thinking about getting this Revlon's new mascara, but I think I'll just wait for the waterproof version because I haven't had much luck with NON-waterproof mascaras in general (regardless of the brand). NON-waterproof mascaras usually smudge on my eyes throughout the day. =(

    By the way, you mentioned that some people experienced flaking, but you didn't. Flaking usually occurs when you put too much coats of mascara and/or when you don't comb your lashes afterwards with a clean lash comb. =)

  7. It looks amazing actually! thanks for sharing

  8. From what i see it looks like you got great lashes

  9. This looks incredible on your lashes! xx

  10. I have it and don't use it at all, it just doesn't compare to L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black which is my holy grail.

  11. It looks great up close, but do your lashes stand out from far away? Either way, it looks lovely on you

  12. Wow love your review, you told me everything I wanted to possibly know! I might try this when my maybelline runs out :)

  13. I might try this one, but I'm hooked on Lancome 'Hypnose Drama' at the moment's amazing!!

    Have a fab day,

  14. holy moley it really made a heck of a difference with your lashes! thanks for sharing!

  15. Great post! I actually got this mascara along with 69 other Revlon products from Allure to use for one of their 'beauty blogger of the year awards challange (i was an alternate). It was sponsored by Revlon. I agree, i think this is a great mascara and a little actually goes a long way. I have tiny lashes and think this really does make a difference. You have a great blog!! Would you like to follow each other? xoxo

  16. I know it wastes product (a lot) but I always wipe my mascara brushes with a paper towel before appying the macara. It stops from using too much product, but of course (like I said) it wastes a LOT of mascara.

  17. I bought this recently but it just doesn't give my lashes as much volume as I was hoping for. I'll definitely use up this tube but I won't be repurchasing. Back to my MAC Plushlash I go!