Review: Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara*

Posted on June 27, 2017 under Reviews

This post features a press sample which I received as part of an Influenster campaign. This post is not sponsored and all opinions remain my own.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Mascara is one of those products that is indispensable yet boring. I just can’t get my self excited over mascara as a general product category. I also basically live off samples and whatever I can get from work – I’ve purchased a few luxury mascaras with Optimum points recently, but I haven’t spent actual money on mascara since 2013. I use what I have, and normally I get on with it okay because my lashes are decent to begin with. There are a few that I love, and of course if you read my blog you know that I violently hate Benefit They’re Real!, but overall it takes a lot to get me worked up over mascara one way or the other.

Despite my mascara ambivalence, I was excited for the opportunity to test out Revlon’s newest mascara, the Mega Multiplier. Although my favourite mascara is high end, I am always down to find a good drugstore mascara because I think it’s ridiculous to pay $30 for something that gets thrown out after six months. I also haven’t ever tried Revlon mascara, so why not now? Plus, I love Gwen Stefani (and thank her every day for putting Rich Girl and Luxurious into the world), so it’s cool that she’s the face of Revlon’s summer launches.

I think this is really nice packaging for the drugstore. I would say that the Revlon mascara range still looks like it belongs at the drugstore, but it’s a step above, like, CoverGirl or Maybelline Great Lash. The shape of the tube is fun (but doesn’t compromise function!) and it ties in with their oblong liquid lipsticks. And I like the contrast between the matte black and the shiny plastic of the cap. Not that important, I know, but I am a person who has an opinion on everything.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara wand

The brush isn’t anything special; it’s cone-shaped and made with natural bristles. It looks a lot like Lancôme Hypnôse Star. This type of brush has typically never given me any hassle.

If this mascara billed itself as an everyday option for subtle definition, I’d give it the green light. But, I mean, it’s called Mega Multiplier. That demands a dramatic result. And I just don’t get that. Every time I’ve applied this mascara I’ve felt like it’s barely doing anything no matter how many coats I put on. I just build, and build, and build, and the final result is still lacklustre. And that’s on lashes that are reasonably long and thick on their own! It also kills a curl pretty immediately, and on my lower lashes it smudges. Boo.

Here’s a before and after:

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Curled lashes, no mascara.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

After one million coats of Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

And another angle:

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I mean… what is being multiplied here? It certainly isn’t my lashes.

For comparison’s sake, here’s a before and after I took today using my Clarins Truly Waterproof mascara, which I banged on about for the second half of 2016 because it is that good.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

And, because I think of everything and don’t want you to have to scroll between these two pictures, I have compiled them for you in one convenient place. Top is with Revlon Mega Multiplier, bottom is with Clarins Truly Waterproof.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I mean. We’re seeing the difference here, right? I don’t even hate how the Mega Multiplier makes my lashes look; I think it’s a nice, subtle effect, and if it weren’t for the smudging and curl murdering, I’d recommend it to those who want something very soft. But presumably someone picking up a mascara with a name like Mega Multiplier – and claims of “mega volume and extreme length” – is looking for something with a bit more oomph. Pass on this one then, I say.

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