Product Type: Max Factor makeup
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Not My Best Xperience
Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara
Member Name: Meggysmum
Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara
Advantages: Nice sheen to lashes
Disadvantages: Not volumising enough, sharp brush.
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.
Summary: A cheap feeling ok mascara with an expensive price-tag