Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara

    June 20, 2019

    Wow, it was love at first sight when I got round to trying Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (£9.99). Described as a mascara which produces a “high impact, volumising effect without leaving lashes clumpy and clogged,” it definitely ticks all three of those boxes. – most of the time, anyway.

    Max Factor Masterpiece Max proved to be an ideal choice for my stumpy, straight little lashes. It does a terrific job of beefing them up quickly, creating instant drama and – my favourite of its talents – creating a curl in the lash. With some mascaras, you need to work at this effect; Max Factor Masterpiece Max does it with minimal effort or skill from the person wielding the wand! One coat looks perfectly acceptable; two looks fab. According to Max Factor, the volume of the lashes is boosted by 400%. It’s also very easy to separate the lashes for a defined look.

    My usual issue with mascaras is smudging but this one hasn’t budged a bit; the only possible quibble I have is that it becomes quite clumpy after a couple of weeks. It’s easy enough to wipe the wand brush clean – but that’s a nuisance. However, it’s not enough of a nuisance to stop me from highly recommending it.

    I also like the fact that it’s available in three shades: rich black for the full, dramatic effect, black/brown for a more natural shade, or blue for a bright and fun feel.

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    June 16, 2019

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    April 17, 2019

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    April 3, 2019

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  • Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer

    March 28, 2019

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  • Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color

    March 17, 2019

    Summer has come early to my lips – thanks to one of the beautiful new shades of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color (£28). I am totally smitten with the gorgeous Tahiti Pink colour (on the left…

  • Benefit Roller Liner Eyeliner

    March 4, 2019

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  • Lancome Rouge Drama Matte

    February 26, 2019

    Using Lancome Rouge Drama Matte (£27) is like taking a step back to the 1980s. And I don’t just mean in terms of colour… The texture of this matte addition to the Lancome L’Absolu Rouge family is almost…

  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

    February 4, 2019

    If one beauty product got me through a horrible January then it was Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash (£38.50). Talk about a beauty pick-me-up … Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow made me look…

  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

    January 20, 2019

    Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear (£32) is a beautiful foundation. What do I mean by that? Well, if you have to ask, then you’ve never used one. It is a cut above your average base; one…

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