I have given up on taking pictures of my eyes with mascara on to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product, as I just cannot get the hang of taking decent pictures of my eyes that do the products justice, so instead I thought I’d share with you some mini reviews of a few mascaras I’ve recently been trying out from Max Factor, Kiko and Seventeen.
Max Factor has a reputation for providing some of the very best mascaras available, and I personally perceive Max Factor as one of the most underrated high street brands out there. However, the one thing I’ve never really got on with is their mascaras (but give me one of their lipsticks or blushers any day) and that hasn’t been changed with the latest launch, which is the Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara. As usual, everyone is raving about it but I can’t seem to make it work for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s decent enough and it definitely adds length, definition and volume, but it lacks that “wow” factor that I need in a mascara to get me coming back for more. As I said, I’m in the minority with my views, so if you were planning to give this a go then don’t let my experience put you off. You can find it here – link – for £11.99.
The Kiko Pump it Up Volume and Curl Mascara is part of their newest collection, Campus Idol, which is as gorgeous as it sounds and I’ll be posting about in more detail soon. I thought I’d include this in my post as it might get lost amongst the other members of the Campus Idol collection, but it definitely deserves a look due to it’s extremely innovative brush that allows for literally every lash to be coated one way or another. As you can hopefully see in the image above, there’s a spiked plate on top of a curved, hourglass brush, so no matter how you go at your lashes, this brush will coat something! It’s £8.90 here – link.
Finally, the surprise of the bunch is the Seventeen Long Lash Mascara, which is both the cheapest and best of the trio; it promises long lashes and that’s exactly what it delivers, quickly, simply and with ease. The brush is just big enough to coat all upper lashes without lots of faff, whilst also being just small enough to coat the lower lashes without smudging and staining, so the brush head is a great model for the perfect sized head. The formula definitely adds length without clumps, plus you can actually build-up quite a bit of volume too with a few coats. For some strange reason I can’t seem to find it online, but it definitely launched last year for £6.49.