Product Type: Max Factor makeup
Newest Review: ... had by now and I used two before I decide to change it for another to try something else (also Max Factor - see my other review!)... more
My favourite mascara
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara
Member Name: Gemko85
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara
Advantages: Great value, genuinely gives all-round length, curl and volume plus it's amazingly durable.
Disadvantages: Not a huge criticism, but I wish they would bring out a waterproof version.
What can I say, except that I am a huge fan of this product and have used it non-stop since it came out a few years ago, so I think I'm pretty well-qualified to write this review! Just to advise you, I use the brown/black shade, as I find it looks more natural than jet black, but also gives a noticeable effect. The mascara is also available in black or navy blue though.
APPEARANCE & FEEL
The packaging is fairly simple, but the classic combination of black and gold give it a timeless, sophisticated appearance - I particularly like the gold-tipped lid. The wand itself is fairly short and perhaps looks unremarkable compared to some of the wackier Rimmel/Maybelline 'Cat Eyes' types of mascara out there, but the magic is in the simplicity my friend! This small but mighty brush features very fine bristles which offer up a beautifully even coating of mascara to your lashes. Because of its small, cylindrical shape, the wand is also easy to hold and allows excellent control and precision when applying the mascara.
PRODUCT & APPLICATION
From the first coat, Masterpiece Max slides on like a dream and immediately separates, lifts and colours your lashes and one coat is probably enough for those who prefer a more natural look. I tend to use 2 or 3 coats as I like to wear a fair amount of eye make-up most of the time, but this is ultimately down to personal preference. When applying this mascara, I tend to allow a little drying time between each coat, as this really helps to avoid clumping. Once I've applied a a couple of coats, the end result is always eyelashes that look longer, thicker but in no way clumpy or flaky. You can even apply further coats if you want a really dramatic look for a night out, and it your lashes will still look defined and flake-free.
Another brilliant feature is how well it holds a curl in your eyelashes - I find that most other mascaras, apart from really expensive ones, are extremely frustrating as your lashes will drop flat a second after using the eyelash curler. There is no such problem with Masterpiece Max - I apply the curler after the first coat of mascara dries, and this is enough to set my lashes in a curl which holds after applying subsequent coats and lasts for the rest of the day.
WEARABILITY & DURABILITY
Masterpiece Max is definitely one for the long haul - it lasts, pretty much perfectly, all day and night. I wear it everyday, but it's been especially good when I've had to get up for early morning flights in the past - I applied it the night before and it lasts right through to the end of next day, even after hours of travelling through time zones!
My only comment/suggestion for MaxFactor would be to please bring out a waterproof version of Masterpiece Max! Although it is very very durable, it doesn't hold up if you are swimming or caught in heavy rain and will smudge in such situations. It may be useful to know that there is a waterproof version of the original Masterpiece product, but it's not a patch on this mascara.
In summary, I've tried so many different mascaras over the years and I can wholeheartedly say that this is genuinely the only one I ever buy and would consider buying. It is far, far superior to any other brands within its price-range, and I really think it's much better than most high end luxury mascaras too.
In a day and age when we're bombarded by a raft of ridiculous make-up adverts offering totally unrealistic results from mascaras, this little beauty will really live up to your expectations.
Summary: My absolutely essential, can't-live-without, desert-island make up product.