03.12.2015
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Lash Potion Volume & Length Waterproof Mascara
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$4.99
Category:Makeup > Mascaras (waterproof) > Waterproof Mascara
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This beauty bargain mascara is the one to have if you're up against water, heat or humidity. Not only does it stay on without smudging, it's also one of the few waterproof options that delivers volume and length as well as the best regular mascaras. One or two coats adds length, and the buildable formula layers on for noticeably thicker lashes without clumping. This is a tenacious mascara and does require a good makeup remover in order to take it off.

Pros:
  • Beauty bargain.
  • Waterproof and smudge-proof.
  • Delivers enviable volume and length.
Cons:
  • None.
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Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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03.01.2015
One of the Few Times Paul is Wrong!

While I very much value Paul's reviews and almost always agree with her, this is one time she is dead wrong! This has to be the worst mascara I've ever used! Somewhat dry and very clumpy. Very little thickening or lengthening. Waste of time and money.

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Diane G.
02.15.2015
Very Dissatisfied

I was recommended by my best friend to try this one. I prefer the $2 ones you can get at the family dollar over this one. Its clumpy and flakey. I struggle to disperse it evenly. It was super annoying finding ways to get it off, even when using a eye make up remover i felt i was pulling out lashes to take it off. Aside from that and not exactly their fault, i discovered i had an eye allergy to it so I, myself, will definitely be staying away from this product.

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Ashley B
12.02.2014
Yuck, so clumpy!

After using Bobbi Brown and Dior waterproof mascaras for years I'm looking for a cheaper drugstore alternative. I will definitely have to keep looking. This clumps like CRAZY and does a poor job of coating evenly. Even after it dries my lashes still just look weird, sticky, and wet. It is very waterproof tho, but the results aren't worth it. Pass.

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Samantha R.
06.23.2014
Very waterproof but oddly granular in texture

This waterproof mascara by Revlon is most definitely very waterproof. In fact, it's almost impossible to remove. You definitely have to have an appropriate removal fluid. It takes several coats, but you can eventually build noticeable lashes with this mascara. The most odd thing about this mascara is that it has a very granular texture and while this is definitely unusual, the texture also contributes to the unfortunate occurrence of flaking. For that alone, I rate this an overall 2.5

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Darlene G
02.05.2014
Clumpy

Had to wash off right away. Clumpy and speckled under my eyes.

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LINDA H.
01.27.2014
Clumps!!!!

This mascara clumps, it actually encompasses the eyelash, so it when you pick it off its a tube. It does not smear, but getting it off hard and when you do its in pieces. I would not recommend

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Deborah
09.23.2013
Brush too big around

For me, the brush with this mascara is too big around (bristles too long). I could not apply it near the base of my lashes without getting mascara on my eyelid. I also didn't think it added much length.

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Valerie A.
07.19.2013
I like it

It does provide good volume and length. I didn't get any flaking and I've been using it for a few weeks now. We've been having a heat wave and this is the only mascara that doesn't leave black marks under my eyes.

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DANIELLE M.
07.14.2013
I disagree with Paula here

I have been using this mascara for several weeks after buying it based on Paula's recommendation. It does thicken, but it clumps. It does stay on until you remove it, but it flakes like crazy, leaving debris all under and IN my eyes. Several times I have even had to fish an entire mascara coated lash out of my eyeball, I seem to be loosing more lashes than usual! Revlon will be receiving a complaint from me on this one.

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