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 πŸ˜› 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




  • thanks for this review!
    i was curious about it, actually. πŸ™‚
    i love revlon lippies and foundation but i have yet to find a revlon mascara that i really like!
    i recently tried the overtime mascara and it was decent lengthening mascara.

    • Yes to Revlon lip products but I cannot find a foundation shade to match my skin. I used their Luscious Grow mascara before, and quite like it. This one however isn’t doing much.

  • I just tried this mascara the other week, too! I was excited because of the brush. I much prefer silicone brushes with shorter bristles–I find that they are the best at grabbing onto my sparse lashes and really separate and coat each lash. But the formula of this one is SOOO terrible! I agree–it did NOTHING to volumize my lashes and after applying, my lashes felt super dry and crispy. They LOOKED that way too–ick!

    • Did the brush poke you in the eye too? I had numerous Ouch moments. LOL!

  • I didn’t like this one either – so underwhelming πŸ˜›

    • Guess I’m not the only one. When I think of drugstore mascaras, Maybelline always comes to mind πŸ™‚

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I’ve never tried a Revlon mascara actually. Their offers just never appealed to me I guess. Good to know I haven’t missed anything! πŸ™‚

    • No Tracy, you haven’t missed anything! That said, I do like Revlon lip products in general πŸ™‚

  • Honey

    Hi Lily. I was excited to try this, but like you I found it to ‘meh’…

    • Wow… nearly everyone found it meh, so I guess it really is meh. LOL! Thanks for letting me know Honey πŸ™‚