Posts tagged ‘mascara’

April 18, 2012

Review: Maxfactor False Lash Effect 24 Hour

Without any intro whatsoever, I can tell you that Maxfactor have just broken my heart.

Maxfactor’s False Lash Effect original mascara is my favourite of all time, Holy Grail, whatever you want to say. I mean, I LOVE that stuff. Knowing that no matter what kind of rubbish mascara I test out, there’s always the Maxfactor to return to, and that it’ll always be exactly what I want, is really comforting! (OK, I may be slightly too emotionally attached..!) If the unthinkable happens, and it’s out of stock, I’ll just buy the Masterpiece Max – it’s almost as good.

I just spent £11.99 on this new formula and it really hurts me that I did so. I was excited about it, thinking that it could only be an improvement on my favourite, and so happily started applying it, humming a little tune as I did so. (I’m actually not making that up for effect, I hum all the time.) But then I was confused. I’d just applied some, and my lashes looked…worse. Worse than purely natural. Oh well, I must just need to wiggle it more…But nope, still nothing. In fact, my lashes were clumping together – something that I thought would be impossible with the False Lash Effect brush – and there was no volume, no length, no curl, no nothing.

It doesn’t do anything. At all. Just to check that I wasn’t going mad, I applied my Revlon 3D Extreme to my other eye – and bam, perfect lashes. By comparison, my Maxfactor eye looked like the efforts of a 13-year-old who’s nicking her mum’s old dried out Maybelline. (That’s meant to be an insult, I hate Maybelline.) Awful!

I’m going to keep trying; I refuse to give up in one go on something that should be amazing. I’ll use it tomorrow, I’ll pump it like crazy to dry out the very wet formula, I’ll try my best to make it work. But I have to say: Maxfactor have deeply disappointed me with this, and I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to forgive them.

1.5 stars, because it hasn’t fallen off yet, and it is at least as black as it should be.

 

February 8, 2012

Review: Maybelline One By One Mascara

image from feelunique.com

So, once again, I have strayed from my usual Maxfactor mascara path of right into the dangerous and unknown territory of…mascara that isn’t Maxfactor. For some reason, experimenting never gets any less terrifying. (I’m exaggerating slightly – I also feel safe with Clinique mascara. But that is IT.) I bought this mainly because of the brush, which I could see because of the exciting packaging – the brush is separated from the mascara tube and shown clearly. It looked like the kind of plastic spiky thing I like, so I went for it.

I have to say, my guess that I’d like the brush turned out to be correct. I do like these length-oriented, separating brushes; I’d rather have long lashes that are separated but not that volumised than clumpy lashes that look thicker. I wear a lot of liquid eyeliner anyway, so the appearance of thickness isn’t a problem, and my lashes are naturally not bad. That’s not to say that this mascara doesn’t give volume; it does. Not quite as much as my Maxfactor False Lash Effect, but definitely not bad.

I hardly ever have problems with mascaras flaking on me, so the fact that this one doesn’t isn’t a massive achievement. But, just so you know, it doesn’t! However, another thing it doesn’t do is curl, or hold a curl. It holds it for a while, it’s not as bad as some, but if I don’t use a lash curler there is no really noticeable curling effect. I do have a bit of curl naturally in my lashes, so the fact that this makes them look fairly boring isn’t great.

Final thing – there’s one of those nifty things in the top of the tube that stops clumps staying on the brush when you take it out to apply. It’s true, this mascara isn’t clumpy at all, which is a major plus in my book.

So all in all, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Definitely not a bad mascara; it separates and lengthens fine, with no bad behaviour like clumping or flaking. However, curling or holding a curl is non-existent, and there’s not quite enough volume to be had either. It’s a pretty average product – 3 stars, I reckon. I’m kind.

image from chiefsupply.com

December 3, 2011

Review: Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

So recently I was lucky enough to win a fre full-size Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara, their new product that combines a lash serum with a mascara. It’s not an entirely new idea, but I’d been wanting to try something similar and hadn’t got around to it, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Here it is:

Green tube of Revlon mascara

image from revlon.com

As you can see, it has a traditional brush rather than a plastic/rubbery one. At first, I was expecting to dislike this; I find that they often cause clumps and are generally not great for me. However, as the formula for this mascara is pretty dry compared with some (which I count as a major plus, actually – I HATE mascaras that are too wet!) the brush works really well with it, and doesn’t clump at all – in fact, it makes my lashes look lovely and long, and fanned out in a very pretty way! I’m a big fan of this mascara on days when I’m doing a more natural look; it isn’t that natural (I always like noticeable lashes) but if I’m wearing liquid eyeliner, I’ll probably still stick to my Maxfactor False Lash Effect for added drama.

As for the whole lash serum part, I haven’t noticed anything yet – but I haven’t been using it all that long. If I do find an improvement in my lash length, I’ll update! My lashes are fairly long anyway, though…any longer, and my glasses will be pushed down my nose even further 😦

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