Adore this mascara. There are a few cons in which are important to consider, however for myself, the positives outweigh the negatives as it is so difficult for me to find a mascara in which actually adds length to my lashes without just darkening them.
*Adds length to my lashes. Typically, I spend about 5-10 minutes doing my lashes. It is honestly one of the best mascaras for lengthening.
*I love that there are two separate brushes in which provide different uses. For example, the length brush adds length and the Dark Laquer brush adds a darker colour to your lashes, really bringing out the colour and great length achieved.
*Received a lot of compliments on my lashes since switching mascaras (which I rarely got before using Max Factor Excess Volume).
*Being completely honest and critical, it can go on a little bit clumpy and look like spider lashes if you're not careful.
*Packaging is not entirely well thought out, as it's quite big it can take up all of the space in your make-up bag.
*Not great at increasing volume, which would ultimately make it my favourite mascara if it could achieve this as well!
Like many, I am ever in search of my perfect mascara--I have used other Max Factor mascaras in the past, and have liked them enough to try out their newest launch...
I was very disappointed--I used both steps as directed--the result was very underwhelming. If i was in search of a very natural "light" look, this would fit the bill, however as the name implies, I wanted lots of volume. After several coats, it was barely noticeable, and on top, the packaging is huge, taking up lots of space--not a deal breaker, but not a plus either. On the whole, will not be purchasing again as there are lots of other volume mascaras out there that do a better job at a better price.
A lot of minuses with this product unfortunately.
I have used Max Factor mascaras in the past, having loved the results. With this particular product however, I am very disappointed. I have been careful to apply correctly and have followed instructions during application. I have applied this product on seven different occasions, and each time is as bad as the last.
The first coat - excess volume - shows promise. When I applied it I felt as though my lashes appeared lengthened and separate. This particular formula however is not sufficient as a stand alone. It certainly created length, however no volume. The second coat - extreme impact - was a disaster.
1. There is an extremely thin line from "just enough" to excess-all-of-my-lashes-are-totally-clumped-together, with virtually nothing in between.
2. This step definitely creates the spider-leg look.
3. The most disappointing aspect was trying to take this product off! The excess volume formula comes off easily as a stand-alone, however, the extreme impact formula is virtually impossible to remove. I tried make-up remover wipes, eye-make up remover (oil formula) with cotton buds, hot water with face wash, and all in combination. Nothing worked. I would go to sleep with mascara still clumped to my eyelashes and wake up with it entrenched in the skin under my eyes. This make application the next day even more difficult because I did not have a clean base to work with. A significant amount of eye lashes would be lost in this process.
Not a happy camper with this one, that's for sure.
Having used Max Factor mascaras before and adoring them to bits, I was super excited to see this one on the shelves. Doesn't clump and, though a volumising mascara, gives beautiful length to my scrawny lashes. My only problem is that it is massive and takes up a considerable amount of space in my already busting-at-the-seams makeup bag. And though not exactly cheap, considering the quality makes it incredibly worth it. Lasts all day and has yet to smudge all over my face, so I'ma definitely keep using it and giving it my ultimate praise.
See my YouTube video for my First Impression & Review of this mascara!