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.