A few weeks ago, Revlon sent us a tube of Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara ($7.99 retail). I bought a twin so that Liz and I could test and demonstrate this for Cafe Makeup.
Many who love high-end makeup don’t mind economizing for drugstore mascaras. I can see why. In the past, I’ve had good luck with L’Oreal’s mascara–most recently, L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof Mascara. Although it’s a bit clumpy, it doesn’t leave my lashes dry and crunchy (as some drugstore mascaras do), and it doesn’t smudge. Revlon’s Lash Potion is said to “drench lashes with a potion of strengthening proteins for captivating volume and length” and give “maximum volume for clump-free length.” Essentially, Revlon’s is advertised to moisturize, condition, and give dramatic volume and length.
Here are our thoughts:
- Revlon Lash Potion should be used at least three times before it gets really good. The first few times it seemed a bit dry, and the brush was hard to rake through my lashes. However, after that point, it was good to go. The mascara applied quickly and easily–not the wettest formula out there but I never needed more than two layers to get good volume and length. I’ve been using this for about a month, and it’s still going as strong as it did after the third day.
- Lash Potion is excellent for giving good, clump-free volume. It isn’t nearly as clumpy for as L’Oreal’s Voluminous (or Benefit They’re Real).
- Separation was pretty good. Many voluminizing mascaras are poor at separation, so Revlon did well by comparison.
- Lash Potion’s volume wasn’t as extreme as Benefit They’re Real, L’Oreal Voluminious, or some of the high-end loves like Armani Eyes to Kill, Diorshow, or YSL Faux Cils. For this price point, Revlon offered a good balance/compromise between volume and separation.
- No crunchy lashes, which is a huge plus.
- No smudging during warm, long days.
- No flaking during very long-term wear (18 hour plus days).
I had no complaints with the brush–it looks a bit like Chanel’s Le Volume brush, but it’s a bit different in practice. Revlon’s Grow Luscious On Liz:
Revlon Grow Luscious on Liz:
I’ve been using Revlon’s Grow Luscious for about a month, and haven’t noticed any lash growth. It may be very subtle, but I didn’t see it to the extent that I saw using Latisse (a product which I quickly discontinued after a first round). Ingredients and more information (click to enlarge):
Overall, we liked Revlon Grow Luscious as a well-balanced product that delivers a good, voluminous lash with good separation. It didn’t give us the most dramatic lashes we’ve ever seen, but we realize that not everyone is going for that effect. This is a well-priced, everyday mascara that avoids the “crunchy lash” effect that I’ve experienced with some other products. The lack of smudging and flaking are a huge plus. Overall, a nice one.