You may have seen on Twitter a few weeks ago when Tesco Beauty were giving out various beauty products for free if you nominated someone via Twitter? Well, the lovely Ana from Ravishing Roses nominated me and I was only happy to accept! I picked the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara* which is one I had never tried before but I have always looked at in the shops. Being a bit of a sceptic, I didn’t think it would ever arrive as if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is right? However, lo and behold a week later it arrived and I have been loving it ever since!
Firstly, lets talk about the price, this retails at £10.99 in Boots, but I also found it for £7.95 on AllBeauty. Going off on a little bit of a tangent, you guys should definitely check out AllBeauty as they offer so many top products at a decent discount. This is because they are based off the coast of mainland UK so they avoid paying taxes of some sort. I don’t know precisely how it works but I know that they’ve saved me a lot of money! So, back to the mascara, I feel like this price is really reasonable, particularly when I compare it to the other mascaras I love to use like Benefit’s Roller Lash, Lancome’s Hypnose and MAC’s Haute & Naughty. When you compare it to those three, its pretty much half the price of some of them which is a great saving in my eyes!
I love the way Max Factor have designed the packaging for this mascara! It’s so chunky yet simple and I really like the sleek tube as it’s easy to hold onto! The fact that it’s so big means it’s really easy to find it in your makeup bag, but it’s perhaps not the best for travelling as it would take up quite a lot of space! Although I do like quirky packaging like the Roller Lash one, I think sleek and simple is my favourite as it feels more luxurious!
The main reason I had avoided this mascara for so long was for the fact that it has a plastic wand and I find they always scratch my eyes and I really have not got time for that! Both my MAC & Lancome favourites have bristle wands and I love the way they make my eyes look. I would still say I would choose a bristle wand over a plastic one, however the Max Factor one really does make my eyelashes look lovely with minimal effort! Like the chunky packaging, the wand is huge meaning it’s very easy to coat as many lashes as possible in one quick swipe. I did initially open the packaging and do a bit of a double take as it’s literally twice as big as all my other mascara wands which wouldn’t initially attract me as bigger doesn’t always mean better. No double entendre intended!
The formulation is nice and black which is great as I hate it when a mascara claims to be black yet comes out that wishy washy grey colour on the lashes. With this mascara you only need two coats to get a nice fluttery effect which is perfect for day time. I think at night time I would perhaps want a little bit more ‘clumpiness’ as I love my lashes to pack a punch when I go out at night. I do find myself reaching for this most days as it takes so little time and effort to get the look I want. I will add this into a FOTD post in the next couple of weeks so you can see what it looks like on the eyes as I couldn’t quite get the right picture the other day.
This will definitely be a repurchase mascara for me which really does say a lot! It’s cheap, quick and easy to use and it doesn’t take an age to remove it at night either! Win! I feel like I want to try some more Max Factor products now as I have been so impressed by this one. Do you have any good suggestions? Have you tried this mascara? If so, what did you think?