How 3D Is 3D? Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

I find it amusing when we get 3D and 4D mascaras. If only we had another hidden dimension and we’d get a 5D mascara soon 😛 The name will have you think the mascara coats your lashes well, while providing thickness, more volume. I wouldn’t expect it to lengthen because I’m sure it would be stated in the name too, like 3D Volumizing Lengthening Mascara or something. Let’s see how it performs, shall we?


This mascara has a masculine feel with its black and white rectangular tube. The metal cap made it look even more industrial. It is actually quite lightweight, and the plastic does not attract finger prints. The wand reminds me of Benefit They’re Real Mascara and it separates lashes very well. However, it is very spiky, even spikier than They’re Real, and I have poked my eyes a few times. I can be clumsy, but not THAT clumsy. As a result, my eyes water, melting the non-waterproof mascara. Ruined my makeup, I tell you!



I find this mascara quite dry in texture, and it doesn’t pick up enough product to coat the lashes well. I think those with naturally thick fluffy lashes will be ok, but when my Asian lashes are fine and sparse, this formula doesn’t help me much. The wand picks up the product unevenly, making certain areas clump. If you see the pattern it forms on my hand, you’ll understand what I’m trying to tell you. Compare this to Lash King and you can tell the huge difference.



With all that said, the most important is the performance. Below is a step by step of how I built up (or tried) my lashes using Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara. First row shows my bare lashes curled, second row shows my lashes with one coat of mascara, then 2 coats and the last row 3 coats.



What do you think? Not very impressive for a 3D volumizing mascara eh? One coat did nothing to my lashes. It took 3 coats to actually see something and it doesn’t even volumize that much. I can achieve this with just one coat of Dior Diorshow mascara. Or I could just use the Lash King and I even get longer fuller lashes. I expected more from the mascara with that kind of name, but on my Asian lashes, it’s just….. *shrug* …. a little meh. The few products I reviewed from Revlon recently just have not been making the cut. It’s rather disappointing seeing I do love their lip products. When I was a student, I’d buy ALL Revlon lipsticks.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it, did it work on you? What Revlon product do you like?


xoxo Lily