Little Häwelmann and Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

Have your parents read you the story of “Little Häwelmann”?
Maybe they haven’t, it is a german book, written by Theodor Storm for his eldest son. It was an old book when I was little, so it may count as antique now that I read it to my daughter.

It is the story of a little boy that doesn’t want to go to sleep, and when his mother, rocking his crib before, finally falls asleep herself cries out “More, more” so loudly that the Moon hears him and let´s him travel across the sky on her beam of light several times. But still the child isn’t satisfied, shouting “More, more”, traveling through the woods and all across the world until the night reaches the end.

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in “Blackest Black”

Sometimes I feel I am related to Little Häwelmann, and many of you out there are too. Because whenever I find a mascara I like, I still feel the need for “More, more”, crying out so loudly that companies hear me and come out with a new one, promising to finally satisfy me.
The last one I tried was Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in “Blackest Black”.

What Revlon claims:
Lashes look magnified and multiplied with an innovative formula that reflects every lash, creating the look of bigger, bolder volume. Rounded lash-finding brush coats even the tiniest lashes for maximum impact.

One tube contains 10 ml of product. As Revlon isn’t available in Germany, I can only access it via Amazon, with prizes varying between 10 and 15 € (see here).
There is only one color, called blackest black and Revlon recently came out with a waterproof version.

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara – The wand

The brush itself is pretty big with many short and flexible rubber bristles. Not my favorite kind of wand, but none that I fear I will hurt my eye with.
When I first started using it, the formula was a little wet, but after two weeks it was perfect: Wet enough to go on easily, but dry enough to stay put and don’t smudge.
I had no problem with Panda eyes, but I have to say that I usually don’t get them very easily. Removal  was a little tricky if I only used my Bioderma Eau Micellaire, but no problem with my TBS Camomille Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (Review here).

Now how did it perform on my lashes? Let me show you some pictures:
1. No mascara, lashes curled

Bare face, bare lashes

2. One coat of Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

One coat of Revlon 3D Photoready Mascara

3. Several coats in an attempt to build it up

Several coats lead to spidery lashes

Does it live up to its claims?
It sure adds length and volume, it holds a curl and the short bristles work very well in coating even the very small lashes on the inner corner of my eye. But is this “maximum impact”? Maybe it is, but maybe there is more.

Will I rebuy?
Revlon isn’t easily available here, but a lot of you have given me compliments on my lashes during the last weeks, so I guess it is a great, trusty staple to have in my stash to come back to. But it will not stop me shouting at the Moon for “More, more”.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you are looking for a mascara to add some drama to your everyday looks, if you don’t mind a little spidery lashes when attempting to build it up and if you want a mascara that doesn’t break the bank, give this one a go.
But if you are anything like me, no mascara out there will keep Little Häwelmann taking over from time to time.Have you tried this mascara?
And do you know “Little Häwelmann”?


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