I bought this mascara a few weeks ago for myself as it looked good and was reasonably priced - compared to some other mascaras! I was pleasantly surprised at the mascara as the mascara formula is amazing! It holds curl really well and doesn''t smudge at all. It volumises lashes and defines them, my lashes are long and noticeable! The formula doesn''t clump at all and doesn''t make the lashes stick together. The wand is also pretty good as it separates lashes and lets you get to the root of the lashes. I think this has something to do with the hourglass shape of the wand. As the wand is quite chunky I find it quite difficult to apply mascara to my bottom lashes so instead of risking my under eye make up being ruined I just use a mascara wand specially designed for bottom lashes. I still use the same mascara formula though, I just dip the smaller wand into the tube. I have also found that this mascara is better than high end mascara. I was given Benefit''s ''Bad Gal Lash'' mascara as a present, I decided to try it instead of the ''Wild Mega Volume'' mascara. I discovered that the Benefit mascara smudged over the day and it didn''t hold the curl of my lashes. By the end of the day I looked as though I wasn''t wearing any mascara, the only way you could tell was by seeing it smudged under my eyes! I immediately stopped using it and went straight back to the Max Factor mascara!
If I'm having a girly shopping day I often just buy things on impulse and a lot of what I buy tends to be things that I can treat myself to like make-up items, clothes or body pampering items. So although I didn't need a new mascara I managed to come home with this Max Factor Wild Mega Volume Volumising Mascara after one of these mega splurge shopping trips! I'm not sure exactly why I bought it except for the fact that it was visually appealing to me in the make-up booth area and I thought that the size of the mascara was impressive and could benefit me. I often like to use mascara to make the biggest impact in my made up face so I figured that an intense mascara would do the job pretty well.
I have this mascara in the black shade. The shade can be determined by reading the bar code sticker on the side of the tube. This mascara comes in a large luminous green tube. It looks rather crazy and loud and as though it is aimed at real party girls. Apart from contact information the tube is not printed with anything like ingredients or product information. The tube contains 11ml worth of mascara liquid. The tube measures 11 centimetres and is quite chunky with a diameter of almost 2 centimetres. The wand of the tube has a grip that measures 4 1/2 centimetres which allows you to get a good grip on it. The top unscrews off easily and inside is a long wand with a brush on the end that measures around 1 inch long.
The brush is a rather strange shape and is designed so that a great deal of mascara liquid can be transferred from brush to lash easily. The brush shape is sort of like a monkey nut! It widens at both ends and narrows in the middle. It also looks like the shape of a ten pin bowl! The size of the brush is okay for doing half an eye and the brush isn't angled so you have to lean at an angle as you apply it. The bristles are soft and there are several lines of bristles which twist around in a spiral around the brush.
The mascara liquid is very dense and paste-like. I would describe it as being of a dry consistency too. Due to this it seems like you are almost loading it onto your lashes rather than it gliding on. It goes on very thickly and with clumps which are difficult to comb out due to the clogged up brush. The mascara provides instant volume and thickness and it makes thin invisible lashes stand out and look dramatic. It can also make lashes look longer although the clumpy look is a bit more obvious on the ends of the lashes than at the base of the lashes. You really only need to swipe the brush once to apply enough mascara but due to the smallness of the brush I find that I have to manoeuvre around to make sure that lashes aren't doubly coated. The mascara can look overdone and clownish if it is applied too thickly or to the wrong places. I don't think this really suits a day time look if I use on my lower lashes, for instance. It's just too heavy. However, on my upper lashes it opens up the eye and looks sensual and artistic for the day time.
This mascara is long lasting and I don't find that it smudges or crumbles off, despite feeling heavy on the lashes. It is also easy to remove at the end of the night with eye make-up remover lotion or just a simple face wash.
This mascara does exactly what it's name promises and provides a major volumising effect on the eyelashes. It's definitely one of the most dramatic looking mascaras I've ever used before. I find the finish to be extremely noticeable, loud and bold. It's actually almost a little too much for me as I don't often complete the look by creating a bold appearance over the rest of the face. It does still look good with a minimalist make-up look though and it definitely highlights the eye area as opposed to anywhere else on the face. However I think this mascara would be best used by women and girls who love heavy, dramatic make-up looks and who aren't shy about flashing dark, fierce lashes. The mascara, in my opinion, creates more of an eye-opening effect than false lashes do. The mascara is also suitable for contact lens wearers. I use lenses and have had no issues with sensitivity.
I would buy this again although I don't use it everyday. I would also recommend this to ladies who love long, thick lashes and who want to create a really strong effect with a mascara. You can buy this in various stores such as Boots and Superdrug and it is £6.99 for one tube which I feel is a reasonable price.
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I'd been in Superdrug recently and after splashing out a whole Pound on a lippy I was feeling rather flush, so I was easy prey to an enthusiastic sales assistant. For just £4.99 - instead of £6.99 - I could buy the fantastic new mascara from Max Factor - Wild Mega Volume!
I really like Max Factor's 2000 Calorie Mascara, so I thought I'd treat myself as it is a reliable brand with good quality products, but not outrageously expensive.
The bottle is bright lime green - not usual for Max Factor to be so flamboyant with packaging - and in black writing it tells you that this is "Wild Mega Volume -Volumising Mascara". The lid has a big feathery logo, obviously a reference to how big and thick your lashes will be once you treat them to WILD MEGA-ness.
The bottle is very chunky and like most mascaras the wand is attached to the lid. The one I bought was in black. When I opened it at home I realised I shouldn't have been so impulsive and should have looked at what the brush was like before I spent my £4.99. The brush is huge and is the oddest shape I have ever seen on a mascara - it is full and wide at either end, and dips in the middle - a bit like a figure 8. It reminded me of a weapon you'd see on "Gladiators"! The brush was loaded with nice, thick black mascara - all seemed ok until I tried to apply it.
Now, maybe I am missing something - and if you are a more mascara-aware dooyooer please tell me what I am doing wrong, but I could not apply the stuff at all! The dip in the middle of the brush meant that the eyelashes in the middle - the ones you want to see the Wild Mega volume on - got hardly any coverage at all, while at the side where your lashes are smaller and shorter, the large bumps on the brush just left big black lumps of gunge on my eyelids. I cleaned it off and tried again, using the top section to try and cover my lashes. It was as if this was the only part of the brush I could use, and because I was using the tip I literally just "dabbed" my lashes. It was practically impossible to apply any mascara to my lower lashes.
I googled Wild Mega Volume to see if I could find any instructions or techniques on how to apply it. I watched a nice lady on YouTube applying it and she seemed to have some of the same trouble as me - she said herself it was "messy", however she seemed to get better coverage without putting her eye out.
I had a go one day using the mascara itself but applying it instead with my usual mascara's brush, and it was actually quite good. It's not unlike the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara, it gave good coverage and made my lashes nice and thick, although not Wild or Mega. It's very thick and one coat was plenty but it took quite a long time to dry. It lasted well, although a few bits began to flake off as the day went on. It was very easy to remove; a makeup removing wipe was all it took.
So the mascara itself isn't the problem, it's the bottle and brush design. If the bottle was the same size of my 2000 Calorie mascara I'd just swap lids and wands, but frankly it's not worth it to have to juggle with two bottles and two wands at the same time, especially if you put your make up on at the car dashboard two seconds before you go into work.
This is a good mascara but the design of the bottle and brush make it virtually unusable. I'll give it two stars - if I had time, patience and space I'd apply some using a different brush, as I don't have any these in great supply, this mascara was a waste of money for me. I'm glad I didn't spend the full price on it, and I've learnt my lesson, that in future when an enthusiastic sales assistant tries to tempt me with words like "wild" and "mega", I'll ask to see the brush first!
Thanks for reading.