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I have never spent much time deciding which mascara to buy, as one thing I have been blessed with are long lashes and so haven't needed to buy a mascara which promised to lengthen my lashes. Indeed I have been quite happy buying a decent basic mascara over the years to add a little colour and maybe give a little bit more volume.
This Max Factor Xperience mascara is one I purchased a while back now as part of a 3 for 2 deal on Max Factor cosmetics, but only recently got round to using it.
I thought it would be suitable for my needs as Max Factor state this formula makes lashes feel lighter and lifted by volumising the natural curl allowing lashes to flutter. This sounded ideal to me, a branded mascara which will give some volume without giving the appearance of longer lashes, which is something I don't really need.
My mascara is also non-waterproof as I don't need a waterproof mascara and the one time I did use one I found it difficult to remove.
In my opinion the applicator brush is a very important part of a decent mascara, so I was somewhat disappointed when I opened this mascara to find a very basic, cheap-looking brush. I thought it would be a little more luxurious with thicker bristles being Max Factor I have to say.
Despite the disappointing brush, I still had high hopes for the mascara itself, but I am sad to report this was a very underwhelming 'Xperience' also!
After using a few times, I find I am struggling to say anything positive about this mascara. Right from the very first use I disliked it and despite giving it a few goes, my opinion has not changed and so this mascara is destined to languish in the bottom of my make up bag.
The formula feels weird and very wet. It didn't seem too bad at first as I began applying it but I quickly realised the volumising effect was virtually non-existant.
I decided the first time I used this to give it another coat after feeling totally uninspired after the first coat, but this saw my lashes feeling ridiculously wet and quite heavy. I certainly wasn't feeling the promised 'lighter' feel.
It also takes quite some time for this mascara to dry too, so not good if you are in a hurry, but I actually found that half an hour after application my lashes were still not completely dry. Even when only applying one coat, they still take an age to dry, which ends up with the mascara becoming smudged, or also as in my case, little black spots of mascara under my eyebrows where my lashes have touched.
Because of this, I have given up on this mascara and unfortunately I can't even say it gives my lashes volume as it doesn't and they don't feel light after application either, so I can't really speak of a redeeming feature here, except that it is relatively easy to remove and I have to say I was glad to remove it on each occasion I tried it.
If you did happen to flutter your lashes you would probably end up with black dots and smudges. After a couple of hours I found I was beginning to develop a Panda-eyes look too. Not good.
I have usually had good experiences with Max Factor cosmetics, although I have never tried one of their mascaras until this one and am left very disappointed. Indeed it has put me off trying another Max Factor mascara in future.
This Xperience Volumising Mascara was priced at £10.99 in Boots when I purchased it, but it was part of a 3 for 2 promotion at the time and thankfully my other Max Factor purchases were much better than this mascara.
Overall, this mascara is an 'Xperience' I'd rather forget.
~*~*~ Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara ~*~*~
I love trying different brands of mascara's as there always seems to be a new one out that claims to be the best on the market. However I generally edge towards Rimmel and Max Factor, as I am rarely disappointed with their mascara's. When buying a mascara I am always looking for one which will make my lashes look thicker and longer, but not weight them down. I decided to buy Max Factor Xperience as it claimed to give 3x the volume and to be lightweight. It also claimed to make lashes look fuller, thicker and more lifted.
I purchased this mascara from Superdrug, it was on a 3 for 2 offer, for £10.99. You can also purchase it from Boots for £10.99, where it is on a buy 1 get the 2nd one half price offer. The packaging is fairly standard. The tube and screw-top lid is black in colour and like most mascara's the applicator is attached to the lid. On the front of the tube is a green cross, the Max Factor logo and products name (Xperience Volumising Mascara). The tube holds 7ml of mascara. When I purchased this mascara there was transparent plastic wrapper around the lid, this took a bit of effort to get off, but I do prefer mascara's to have this as I know that know one else has used it prior to me buying it. This mascara comes in two colours, black and black/brown, I purchased black as I like my lashes to be bold. I have fairly dark coloured lashes anyway, so black does not normally make them much darker.
When I opened the mascara I found that the brush applicator to hold a good amount of mascara. The brush itself was slightly tapered, but overall a fairly standard looking brush. The brush is made up of short, spiky, bristles which are evenly spaced. When I swept the brush over my lashes I found that it coated all my lashes nicely. I sometimes find it hard to coat my bottom lashes when using a mascara, but this mascara seems to comb through my bottom lashes with ease. After applying one coat, I allowed it to dry which did take longer than expected, the lashes look quite wet even after waiting 5 minutes. I applied a second coat to my lashes and I didn't really notice much difference in my lashes to the first coat. The colour is very pigmented, and the brush separates eye lashes, but it did not volumise or curl my lashes. I applied a final coat of this mascara to see if it would help but my lashes still looked the same. The mascara does make your lashes look natural and evenly spaced, which is lovely, but in terms of volume it doesn't really do anything. The mascara is incredibly light on the lashes, and at one point I forgot I was wearing mascara and nearly rubbed my eyes (panda eyes!). Even after applying 2 or 3 layers this mascara did not clump.
The durability of this mascara is excellent, it lasted all day without flaking off. I like to wear this mascara when I am going for a natural look, I will usually wear it to work or if I am having a lazy day around the house. I have used other mascara which have cost a fraction of the price to do the same job as this mascara, so it was quite disappointing.
Overall I would not recommend this mascara. It doesn't volumise or make lashes look longer. It is lightweight and the colour is very rich, but for £10.99 it just isn't worth the money. I was quite disappointed with this mascara as I have used a lot of Max Factor mascaras in the past which have done a much better job than this one. I will not be purchasing this mascara again, I will finish the tube as it does an ok job. I am giving this mascara 2 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review :)
I am always on the lookout for the perfect mascara. I am quite fond of one of the Boots No7 range but when I found myself in need of a new mascara recently and there was no visit to a local Boots on the agenda I had to select something else.
I happened to be in Tescos so I had a look at the Max Factor stand and decided to opt for the Xperience Volumising Mascara which I think cost me about ten or eleven pound which seemed quite expensive to me so I was expecting miracles.
My lashes are rather thin, sparse and pale so any mascara has quite a job to make them look respectable. I always choose a volumising product in the hope of seeing at least a little improvement in the appearance of my lashes. Due to being a redhead I don't wear black mascara as it is too harsh for me so I liked the fact that I could have black/brown instead with this one which suits me better.
The mascara is presented in a perfectly cylindrical black tube with a green cross on it which seems to represent an X for the complete Xperience range as it is also on the foundation and lipstick. I don't think the packaging is particularly attractive or striking, I would prefer something that looks better quality for the money I paid. The tube gives obvious information about the manufacturers and also a few symbols which seem to indicate that it lasts 6 months after it is opened, that the packaging is recyclable and that it is for use on the eyes. However there is also another symbol which consists of a printed book with a hand on it, I have no idea what this represents so would be impressed if anyone could fill me in!
The mascara was wrapped in a layer of clear plastic which took ages to get off, there was no perforated line and I ended up having to gnaw at it with my teeth to break in as I didn't have a handy pair of scissors at the time which was a bit inconvenient when I was rushing to get ready for work.
The tube is easy to unscrew and there is a reassuring "pop" as the wand is pulled out of the case which indicates that there is a nice air-tight seal and it also usually means that it will produce a nice even layer of mascara rather than a thick lump on the wand. I thought the aroma of the mascara was quite strong as I opened the tube, I don't tend to notice the smell of a mascara when I open it normally so I was surprised by the inky type of scent that this had.
The wand has a relatively narrow tapering bush which appeared to pull out of the tube with a nice coating of mascara and it didn't look at all clumpy. When I came to use the brush on my eye I realised that it was actually rather hard plastic spikes and didn't feel like a brush at all. The very short end bristles were great for getting to the tiny lashes in the corner of my eyes but I didn't feel that the spikes seemed to grip the lashes or spread the mascara through them particularly well. I felt like I had to do a lot of the normal zigzag action to get any sort of coating at all. The hard spikes also seemed very rough if I accidentally caught my eyelid at the base of the lashes. Getting a nice even coat seemed to take quite a while, it wasn't a case of a quick sweep through my lashes, I felt I had to work quite hard to cover them properly. The product however did not have any lumps or clumpy bits and I have been using it for a while now and it has still stayed nice and smooth. I do wear contact lenses sometimes so it is important to me that the mascara does not have bits that fall in my eye when applying it.
The manufacturers claim that this is a mousse formulation which is very lightweight but provides up to 3x the volume of natural lashes. I really didn't think that this mascara provided much volumisation at all. However once I had an even coating my lashes did look lovely and natural with a slight sheen. They also felt very soft and certainly there was no feeling of excessive weight that I have experienced with some products. I usually only wear one coat of mascara in the daytime but I did try two coats to see if it provided a more dramatic effect. There was definitely an increase in volume with the second layer but I wouldn't say I experience the "lift" that the manufacturers promised.
I found the product stayed on my eyes really well all day. I didn't feel any need to apply a second coat during the day and I didn't experience any flaking either which was great. There is nothing worse than coming home from work to find little spots of mascara all over your cheeks! I use make-up wipes to remove my make-up and these coped very well with removing this mascara cleanly and without any scrubbing.
As mascaras go then I would say this one is ok. For the price I did expect a slightly more impressive performance. With a little work the spikey brush provides adequate coverage and my lashes look natural and healthy and they stay that way all day. However there is no noticeable curl, definition or volume and I certainly wouldn't recommend this one if you want a dramatic effect from your mascara and you would need several coats to produce that sort of look. I would probably buy it again if it was on offer at a good price but it was not impressive enough for it to become my new favourite.
This mascara is the latest that I have tried in a long line of trying out various mascaras. During term time I do not have a fixed income so I tend to select the cheapest mascaras from the shelf and worry about the quality later as I cannot go without mascara! However, my purchase of this mascara was a little different because it was actually one of the most expensive mascaras that I have ever bought at £11, despite the price tag I snapped it up and luckily for me my friend used her employee card to purchase it for me and I got something like 20% off.
This mascara originally caught my eye because it looked so girly and elegant on the shelf it was simple, thin and black with aqua/baby blue detailing and metallic text. It was also on a display of it's own in the Boots store so this also made it stand out. The main pulling power of this mascara was that it was max factor so I knew I would not be compromising on quality.
The brush was thinner than other brushes that I have used in the past but also the bristles looked more spread out. I was excited to use it as I just love experimenting with new makeup and thought that the brush would determine the effect of the mascara once it was applied. When applying the mascara the bristles are strategically placed so that the mascara coats the lashes with minimal effort but with maximum effect. The bristles were also soft enough not to cause irritation to the eyes.
The mascara was not gloopy or sticky and didn't leave clumps on the lashes which looks very messy and as if you have 'panda eyes'. I was initially impressed with the mascara until it came to taking it off. I have tried soapy water, makeup wipes and makeup remover to try to remove the mascara at night time but it is very stubborn and difficult to shift without tearing out clumps of my eyelashes which is undesirable and sore!
The overall effect of the mascara is so-so. I liked the way it shaped the arch in my lashes and made them more curly and exaggerated however they didn't really make my lashes stand out no matter how many coats you try to use.
The mascara is available from Boots for £10.99, in my opnion this is far too expensive for a sub standard product!
I have naturally quite fair lashes and without mascara i look like i dont have any eyelashes at all, which as you can imagine is NOT a good look! So for that reason mascara is one make up essential that i wear literally EVERYDAY, so finding the right one is very important. I have tried some truly rubbish mascaras in my time. which is why when i discover one that gives me thick, long separated lashes i tend to stick to that one mascara. However, recently when i went to my local Boots to get my trusty 'Loreal Telescopic mascara' i was shocked that they had completley sold out!!! My friend that i was with recommended this Max Factor Xperience mascara as she she says she swears by it and the fact that it was on a 3 for 2 offer i thought i might as well give it a go, and i was not disapointed!!
Price:RRP is £10.99 but can be found cheaper online.
Colours:Black and Black/Brown.
I personally had never used anything from the Max Factor range until i purchased this mascara along with an eyeshadow (also reveiwed), so i didn't really know what to expect. But part of the reason i dont use their make up is that it is quite expensive and the slogan "make-up of make up artists" always made me think of it as quite an upmarket expensive brand. So its no surprise that the Xperience Volumising Mascara claims to give you a proffessional false lash effect by making lashes look up to 3x longer yet still with a lightweight feel so your lashes are free to flutter. It also advises that you can use one coat for a beautiful sleek look or extra coats for a stronger more dramatic look.
~Does It work?~
The mascara itself comes in a black bottle with a large green X on it, just like all the other products in Max Factors 'Xperience' range. The brush is pretty standard looking but the bristles are fairly large and spaced out compared to some. The mascara is really easy to use and even after one coat my lashes did look alot more separated and long. I have worn this mascara everyday for the past week or so that i've owned it both in the day and on a night out and it is perfect for both, i own the Black shade of this mascara and it only takes a few coats to create really dark dramatic lashes without clumping like alot of other mascaras can do. The only thing about this mascara is that when your applying it does take a few seconds to dry as i did smudge it quite alot the first time i used it but if you bare this in mind and give it a few seconds before you blink its fine. As i mentioned i have worn this mascara ona night out and in the day and in both instances it has amazing staying power as i didn't need to reapply at all and it stioll looked great.
I would definitley recommend this mascara if you want long, separated looking lashes and its deffo good value for money!
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I had this as a present a few months ago, and thought it would be good to try something different because I usually do just stick with my clinique one which is my favourite. However, after having this now for a few months, it is still in fully functional order and leaves my lashes feeling done up.
The product --> The mascara is in a black tube, and looks quite smart with a green cross on. The logo and description is written in gold. The lid and the brush are also in black, with the brush being about 2cm long, offering a good lash experience.
The last few years I think that Maxfactor have taken on a more professional make up role, giving more quality back to their customers. I don't think that this is as good as the more expensive ones such as Estee Lauder or Clinique, but it is still a good mascara, just not fantastic!
It works well at separating my lashes and giving definition without clumping or sticking. It does separate well when worked from the very bottom of the lash, but it doesn't extend the lashes VERY much, so don't expect too much. However, I am not disappointed with the product, as it is more than I expected from a cheaper brand. I find it generally lasts about 6 hours, and then can be a bit sticky reapplying so it means that the residue of previous applications has to be wiped off again before another application. It isn't hard to remove which is great, and doesn't leave my eyes feeling sticky as it dries fast too. I find I probably work the brush around my eyelashes about 10 times for one application to get it just right.
The cost --> I have seen this in boots for £10.99, which is a touch expensive, but then I haven't found another one priced at this that doesn't clump.
All in all not a bad mascara at all, I get on with it well.
I've always loved Max Factor mascaras, and my most favourite mascara has to be Masterpiece Max which gives just the result I want, lashes that gain volume and aren't clumpy. I do try out other mascara's all the time and I do have other favourites by Benefit and Clinique, but Max Factor is my go to mascara when I want thick lashes when getting ready for work without any fuss. I recently ran out of my latest Masterpiece Max mascara so went into Boots to buy a new one, but that's when I saw the new Xperience range by Max Factor containing another Volumising mascara. With it being newly released, it had an offer of a reduced price making it more appealing, and as I've never had any problems with Max Factor mascara's I barely thought twice before picking this up to buy.
*What do Max Factor say it does?
Well they promise that this new formula makes lashes feel lighter and lifted by volumising the natural curl allowing lashes to flutter. I always go for volumising mascara's because I have lovely long lashes, however I don't have many of them. A mascara which makes my lashes look longer usually makes my look like I have spiders legs on my eyes, not a good look, and so this is exactly my type of mascara... or so I would have thought.
*The Xperience can be frustrating
The brush is one of the most important parts of a decent mascara, the bristles and size of the brush can have a bigger affect on the finish than the mascara itself often does. So I was rather disappointed when I opened this mascara to find a rather boring, thing and unimaginative brush. If I'm honest it's very similar to the Masterpiece brush (if not the same!) but with a new mascara I expect newer things, but of course Max Factor don't boast about the brush, it's all about the top secret formula with this one.
I don't tend to wear waterproof mascara's, mainly because I have no need for them most of the time and I prefer an easier approach to remove my mascara at the end of the day that doesn't involve oily eye make-up removers. The Masterpiece Max mascara I use isn't the waterproof version, and in the past I have used False Lash Effect and 2000 Calorie mascara's by Max Factor and never had problems with them being non waterproof.
*What do I say?
Well I really dislike this mascara. I've had nothing but problems with it and so after only using it a few times, it's destined to hide away in my make-up box for sometime before I decide to discard it. From the moment I start applying this mascara, I dislike the formula. The mascara feels rather 'wet,' the only way I can really describe it. It starts off well, but it doesn't take long before I realise it just isn't giving me the volume that I usually have from Max Factor mascaras. I decide to give it another coat or two but my lashes feel heavy and very wet, and it takes a good while for this mascara to dry. I have rhinitis and am prone to sneezing quite a bit so this can become a nightmare for me on a morning when I'm sneezing. Even a good hour or so after though it still doesn't dry properly, and combined with my very long lashes this gives me complications. My work colleagues kept pointing out mascara that was on my brow that was rubbing off from my lashes when my eyes are open, something which never happens with other mascaras. I would often have a quick look in the mirror during the day to find tiny smudges of mascara dotted around my eyes, something I find extremely annoying.
I could almost forgive this mascara and it's strange wet formula if only it gave my eye lashes light weight volume that makes me lashes flutter. Unfortunately any fluttering of my lashes causes smudges, and it certainly doesn't feel light weight to me, I have found the Masterpiece Max mascara to feel much more lightweight than Xperience. I often struggled when applying it to get the desired look, I didn't want to apply more than one coat due to the fact it never seems to dry, but with the one coat my lashes were creeping closer to the spider leg look I try so hard to avoid.
In the future I'm going to stick to the other great volumising mascara's that Max Factor have. I've always sung the praise of Max Factor mascara's and it's such a disappointment to come across this poor mascara, I can only hope Max factor discontinue it in the near future and move on from this mistake.
Xperience Volumising Mascara costs £10.99 in Boots, a complete waste of money and I highly recommend Masterpiece Max, False Lash Effect or 2000 Calorie all by Max Factor, and all which better than the awful Xperience.