8 MaxFactor Mascaras - Tried & Tested!

Hello everyone!

I've been talking about it for a while and here it is, my 8 MaxFactor Mascaras Tried and Tested post! I hope you enjoy reading it and that it helps you decide which is right for you!

The Mascaras I have are: 
False Lash Effect (Black)
Xperience Volumising Mascara (Black)
Clump Defy (Black)
2000 Calorie (Black)
Eye Brightening (Blue)
Masterpiece Max (Black)
Masterpiece Max (Brown)
Wild Mega Volume (Black)

First, the False Lash Effect mascara. I really love love love this mascara! I've written a full review on it which you can see HERE.

I love this mascara because I'm one of those people who likes thick, volumous lashes and this definitely gives you that. I really like the brush despite how it's some times difficult to work with as it's so large. When I apply this mascara I do notice some negative aspects such as how easily you can get this around your eyes if you're not careful, again I think that's due to the size of the brush. That's something to bear in mind if you apply mascara after your eyeshadow like me. It's so annoying when you try to get excess off your skin and smudge all your nice eyeshadow.

Also, you have to work pretty quickly with it especially if you like to apply more than one coat because it does clump easily. But you can always go over it with a mascara such as the Clump Defy which will separate them perfectly.

I think this is a great mascara, actually it's probably my favourite at the moment despite its difficult application. I really like the volume it gives my lashes, I also find that it adds a little bit of length too which is great. If you don't rush when using it it's fine in my experience but if you're someone who likes to hurry and get your makeup done quick you may not like this at all.

You can see what it looks like on me below:

Price: £10.99
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Next, the Xperience Volumising mascara. I've had this mascara for a while now and I really do like it. I think it's quite understated really. It's one of them that does the job well but you kind of forget about it. That's how I feel anyway. But I still think it's a great mascara!

First, I really like the wand on this, it's so easy to work with. It's size makes for quick and efficient application. It's not too big that you get mascara all over your eyes and it's not too thin either. I also like the tapered end, the smaller bristles at the end work perfectly for the inner most lashes. Also, though I would recommend this to most people, I think this is a great mascara to start off with if you're a beginner. It's creates a flattering effect but you don't have to work too hard to achieve it.

I also noticed that it separates your lashes pretty well which is something you don't always get with a volumising mascara. You can see what the brush looks like below:

Another thing I notice when applying this mascara is that you can definitely build it up to your prefered volume/thickness. Unlike the False Lash Effect or the new Wild Mega Volume it's doesn't instantly cake the product on which is great, again, for those who aren't overly confident with volumising mascaras. 

Price: £10.99
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Thirdly, the Clump Defy mascara. I received this for my birthday pretty much around the time it was launched and to be honest I really don't reach for it as a stand alone day-to-day mascara as it doesn't give me the effect that I like. 

There's nothing wrong with the mascara it's self, it definitely does it's job of defying clumps and separating lashes but it's not thick and volumising enough for my taste despite the fact that it's referred to as a volumising mascara. If you're someone who likes just a thin coat then you will probably really enjoy this mascara as it definitely gives a light weight and fluttery look to the lashes.

 As you can see, the brush is curved and it has lots of small bristles which really separate the lashes well. Although curved brushes aren't something I really reach for I noticed that this one is a really nice shape, it seems to match the curvature of the eye perfectly although that may differ from person to person.

A good use I've started to put this mascara to is using it on top of a more volumising mascara such as the Wild one to stop them from clumping which can sometimes happen with thick mascaras and it works really well for that!

Another reason why I'm not too keen on this mascara is because it tends to drag your lashes as your pulling it through. I don't know whether that's how it prevents clumps or because not enough product is coming out on the brush but it does get on my nerves and contributes to why I don't use it on its own. I'm not sure whether this is the same for everyone or if I just have sensitive eyes, it's just something I've picked up on. Also I don't know whether it's only me who has experienced this but it really doesn't leave your lashes in a nice shape afterwards they just seem to stick out in all directions, it's very unusual and I found that it doesn't fully coat the lashes to the end. I'm really not a fan. 

However, I would recommend this mascara to someone who likes to have a thin coat of mascara, not anything too bold. I really wouldn't buy it if you like thick lashes because you're not going to achieve that with this in my opinion. Otherwise, it is a good one to have around for those times when you need to correct some lashes that are sticking together!

Price: £10.99
View online HERE.

The 2000 Calorie Mascara has been one of my favourites for a very long time! Again, it's a volumising mascara and I'd definitely say it's the most volumising of all the mascaras in this post.

The reason that I like this so much is because it creates a very thick, extremely black frame of lashes and I find that it makes your eye colour stand out a lot more than any other mascara I've tried. I think it has to do with the thickness of the formula but when I wear this my eyes just look more blue.

Things I notice most when applying it is how wet the formula is, it sounds weird and gross, I know, but it definitely helps to thoroughly coat the lashes. Again, it's very thick and volumising which does lead to problems such as clumping. I said this is the most volumising, it's also the most easy to make a mess of. The brush just isn't designed in a way that helps to separate your lashes, it's bristles are thick and close together, they're also very soft so they can't get in between each lash to separate like a mascara such as the Clump Defy can. If you're not careful they will stick together so just keep that in mind!

Even though from the description I've just given you may be thinking this is a nightmare mascara and in all truth, it is. It's not for the faint hearted but the way it looks on the lashes when it's applied well is so nice! That's why I continue to work with it. It's such a deep colour, it creates the perfect frame for your eyes, you just have to work a little harder for it!

Price: £7.99
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I remember running out to Boots when the Eye Brightening mascara was brand new under the impression that I definitely needed it in my life. I don't. In all the time that I've had it I must've used it about 3 times. I just don't reach for a blue mascara on a regular basis. I know I shouldn't knock it just because it's not to my preferences so I'll just get on with what I think about this blue mascara. 

To be completely honest when I applied it this morning to see what I thought of it it was definitely blue on the brush but on the eyes it doesn't look blue at all and on the pictures you would just think it's black. So I really don't see what it's point is. 

Don't get me wrong, it's a really nice mascara to use. It has a very similar, if not identical brush to the Xperience mascara which I really like. The formula is very wet and has good coverage it actually goes on very easily compared to some of the other mascaras in this post, just one coat and it's done! It's also very easy to remove too, I don't know why I find it different to the others but it just seems to come off easier.

You can see it's blueness on the picture below:

I don't think I'd wear this mascara on it's own, however, I think a nice use for it would be over a normal black mascara just on the tips which may create the brightening effect it claims to have. On it's own I think it does kind of compliment blue eyes but I wouldn't go crazy over it. If you have found a good way to use this mascara please let me know so it's not just sitting around! :D

Price: £6.99 (Superdrug) £7.99 (Boots)
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Penultimately, I have 2 Masterpiece Max mascaras to talk about, one in Black/Brown which I used to wear a lot and the other is just Black which I haven't worn too often. They're both the exact same just different colours so I thought I'd just discuss them together. 

I used to wear the brown shade of this mascara every single day before I discovered that I prefer volumising mascaras but I still do really enjoy it. It doesn't give a very dramatic effect but it works really well for a natural, day time look. I used to really enjoy brown mascaras because they match my blonde hair better but I've been converted to black because I enjoy the way they look. The brown version of this, which you can see in the picture below) definitely looks more subtle. It's so much lighter and I think for someone who doesn't want to look over the top maybe for school or work this would be perfect for you. 

As far as the formula is concerned, it's not very thick at all so you're not in danger of creating any major clumps. Also the brush is, again, similar to that of Xperience which separates lashes too. I noticed that it's quite a dry formula too so you're unlikely to smudge it all around your eyes. Overall, I think this is a very easy mascara to work with. It gives a natural coverage (especially the brown) and I think anyone could get some use out of it!

You can see below how different the black and brown shades look:

Left: Black      Right: Brown/Black
Price: £9.99
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Lastly, (phew this has be a very long post), the new Wild Mega Volume mascara. As you may have seen already I have a full review on this which you can see buy clicking HERE so I'm going to make this one short and sweet. 

This is another very volumising mascara and it does it's job very well. I think some people don't like it because it is a little messy, if you're someone who applies your makeup whilst commuting or you're just in a rush you're probably going to hate it. It has very similar bristles to the 2000 Calorie mascara, they have the same texture and they don't separate your lashes much due to their softness. 

Having been using this mascara pretty much everyday since I bought it I'm comfortable in telling you that I think it's works well, it does what it's supposed to do: create thick, dramatic lashes and it also seems to create some length and curl too. In my experience, it seems to last all day, it doesn't smudge as the day wears on either. It seems that the more you use it the more you get used to how it works, I think with every new mascara one method of application works better than the other, you just have to keep working with it!

Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about this one as this post is so so long but if you are interested in it you can click on the link above for more details on it!

Price: £6.99
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