Max Factor Masterpiece Transform High Impact Volumising Mascara

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I used to use lot of Max Factor mascaras when I was in my teen years and loved them but once I discovered all premium brands I forgot about all drugstore makeup 😛

I received this mascara in The Parcel which is a beauty subscription box from Marie Claire. You can get this mascara from Priceline for about $23.95 which is quite pricy. This is what maxfactor.com.au promises:

“Our revolutionary new mascara instantly creates darker, bigger, more dramatic lashes thanks to the new instant impact wand – the small brush that captures and volumises every lash. Prepare for totally transformed lashes. The instant impact wand holds product on the outside of the bristles, immediately transferring it to the base of the lashes in just one stroke.Rows of rotating bristles ensure that as the lashes are brushed through, every eyelash is captured and coated. The result? Lashes that instantly appear thicker and fuller.” 

The mascara itself looks like this:

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As soon as I opened it I was put off a little bit because the brush was so small and my first thought was ugh.. another small crappy wand. It has longer bristles at the top end and they go shorter towards the end of the brush. Consistency of the product is good. It is not too dry nor is it too wet and it gives nice black lashes.

I must admit that this mascara exceeded all my expectations because this small wand is doing wonders and it does everything it promises. Most importantly it does not smudge!!! This is the look I achieved:

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform High Impact Volumising Mascara

Some people might not like it as it is pretty clumping when layered but I do not mind it. It keeps the curl and does not weigh the lashes down when applied several coats. One of the times I added probably four coats and my lashes still looked nicely curled. It comes easily off with water but can leave some residue that might need makeup remover. I will definitely repurchase once I have gone through my all other mascaras so a big YES from me 🙂

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

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“Wink, blink, and bat your eyes. With Flawless Definition Mascara, you’ll enjoy every lash. The tapered wand lengthens, darkens and lifts, separating each individual lash for precision definition.” (bareEscentuals.com)

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

I bought this mascara from Strawberrynet.com and it cost me $8.90 after my discounts which is about 60% off from regular sales price that is $21. I just LOVE Strawberrynet.com website! It is amazing! 🙂 The mascara comes in black and espresso shade (espresso is a dark brown shade).

I have previously used bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumising Mascara and I loved it (you can read the review here). bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara was not too bad either but it didn’t give the volumising effect that I’m after. I think bareMinerals don’t want people to splurge on their products because the tube opening hole is so small and thigh that it pulls off majority of the product and doesn’t leave much on the brush therefore application is very dry. It has a silicone brush which has smaller tip and it goes slightly wider at the end of the wand. I wouldn’t say that the smaller tip is extremely good because it is still wider than other similar brushes. It only makes very little difference on application in eye corners.

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

Mascara didn’t smudge at all. It kept the curl, separated lashes and allows layering even though it still won’t give enough volume. It also didn’t clump at all. I would say its mostly for people who want more natural look. I felt as I had bare eyes because I am used to having lots of mascara on my lashes. It was easy to wash off with warm water and it only left minimal residue on skin. Definitely a keeper if you want a natural look.