Mascara Mission

Where I may be a floozy in certain makeup categories, I definitely make up for it with my loyalty in one. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara has been the only mascara for me for almost two years and my love affair with it being a well documented one that has cropped up in practically every ‘The Makeup‘ post since I first laid my lashes with the stuff. It holds a curl, adds just the right amount of clout and leaves no panda-eye residue even after a long ass day. The. Best. But after a 24 month relationship, the curiosity has set in and with my Max Factor love being a little more difficult to source from the aisles of Health & Glow these days, I thought it was time to see if the grass is greener on the other side. So here’s a clutchful of mascaras spanning the save and spend ends of the spectrum, tried and tested…

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: waterproof formulations are a little low on the ground in Too Faced’s much-coveted mascara line-up, so I did let out a little squeal when I first laid eyes on this. The bristled brush separates well and my curl criteria is met but it’s a little lacking on the volume front. Aside from that niggle though, this mascara is a good one and one that I will happily reach for again.

Colorbar Zoom & Whoosh Mascara: is the first Colorbar mascara I have used. And you know what, their newest release is really quite nice. No clumps, it’s lengthening and holds a curl, but again there really isn’t too much volume to be found, and trust me I tried. One that I’ll be reaching for at the weekend’s for when I just need a laid-back lash look.

Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof: when a pop open of this tube revealed one of the chunkiest mascara wands I’ve ever used, I was a little dubious. But it layered on well and my lashes were still pointing towards the ceiling even after I’d coaxed on my third layer – go big or go home is my mascara mantra. The only tick box it didn’t live up to my Max Factor fave on? Length, I just couldn’t seem to get it to brush on that extra millimetre or two. Dayum.

So it looks like while Too Faced and Colorbar have a tiff at the top, the Max Factor still sneaks ahead on counts of length and volume. I may have found a few alternatives, especially for daytime lighter lash looks but next time I spot the Max Factor in stock I will be buying in bulk for fear of the D word. And so we’re back to square one; suggestions for round two are now being noted.