If there’s one product I will never leave out of my makeup routine, it’s mascara. Practically every other product can be substituted or left out, depending on the look, but mascara is a staple in every one of my looks. Partly due to the fact that my lashes are almost blonde at the ends and look much shorter than they actually are, and partly due to the fact that I look 12 without mascara, I’m always searching for new mascaras to try out. So when I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing Max Factor’s False Lash Effect mascara, the obvious answer was YES PLEASE.
Coming with a hard plastic brush (which I love but some people have issues with), the mascara is a nice liquid consistency that doesn’t dry too quickly, allowing you to get as many coats of mascara as you’d like without getting clumpy. Clumpy mascara is one of my biggest frustrations, so I was really pleased to see that this False Lash Effect mascara separates lashes beautifully with no clumps or blobs in sight.
In terms of the False Lash Effect claims, I have to say I don’t wear falsies so I can’t really compare. I did notice that the mascara is lengthening and separating, but not very volumising. I normally prefer mascaras that lengthen and volumise at the same time, but it depends on what you want from your mascara.
I’ve been wearing this mascara daily for the past 2-3 weeks, and it doesn’t flake, doesn’t smudge, and doesn’t irritate my contact-lens wearing eyes. It comes off easily at the end of the day, and doesn’t leave any sticky residue – a blessing when the last thing you feel like doing at the end of the day is dealing with panda eyes.
I’ve previously owned the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform mascara, which I preferred to this one – but I know that’s only because I prefer volumising mascaras over lengthening ones. If you feel like your lashes need some help in the length department, and want separation and intense blackness – then the False Lash Effect mascara would be the one for you.
Retailing at around €13.80, I’d say this mascara is well priced compared to other drugstore mascaras, and especially for a brand like Max Factor, which sits at the higher end of the spectrum. As always, I’m left very impressed by yet another Max Factor product!