Mascara Monday: Max Factor Vivid Impact mascara

Happy Monday! If you celebrate it, I hope that you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! The dawn of Easter always REALLY reminds me that it is Spring time. And the weather here in Central Florida says just that.

Thank you ALL for your support and involvement in Clumps of Mascara’s Reader Appreciation Week. I know everyone couldn’t win something but it was exciting to see all of the entries and overall excitement in the giveaways. Yay!!

This mascara is one that has been requested several times. And I am just now getting to it. Yikes!! This post will be picture heavy because I wanted to show each detail of this groovy mascara. Is it really vivid or a bust?

Max Factor Vivid Impact mascara
(blue & pink)

Price: 4 out of 5 ($10 from Ulta.com )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Dual color mascara that combines a traditional solid color base coat with an iridescent highlighting top coat to add a hint of color to lashes. Delivers sophisticated, bold and unexpected eye looks.(source)

The truth:
Pink lashes? That’s unexpected alright!!

What I loved about it: I love the versatility of this mascara. You can create many different looks. Whether it be the pink highlighting top coat just on the tips, all over, or just on the lower lashes. Such fun!

What I didn’t like:
For whatever reason, the mascara was a bit hard on the lashes.I mean….harder than most mascaras.

Overall: If you are lookin‘ for a mascara that will give you a “different” look or add a pop of color, this is it! I had so much fun playing around with mascara. I mean, think about it….pink lashes? How fun is that? As far as the performance of the mascara, I found that the blue basecoat gave me good volume. I’m talkinMax Factor Volume Couture-kinda volume.

The pink highlighting top coat, however, isn’t the same consistency as the mascara. It is a little thinner than a creamy eyeshadow. It takes quite a few strokes to get the color ON the lashes. And even then…it may appear a little streaky at first. I would imagine the color would really POP on lighter lashes but since my babies are dark brown….it is a little hard to see the pink.

Check out the wands:

The defining basecoat

The highlighting topcoat

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

First, I am applying two coats of the defining basecoat in blue. You can hardly tell that it’s there, uh? But I do get a good amount of volume and length.



Next I applied the pink highlighting top coat with the tip of the wand.

You can see the pink up close and personal. But what about outside?


So it really does work. I love how it looks with a purple eyeliner. Reader Sabrina was really the inspiration behind me finally purchasing and reviewing this mascara. Look at how beautiful the gold mascara looks with her pretty blue eyes!


Hotness!!

Would I recommend it?: Everyone should have one of these babies in their mascara stash. Fun-kaaaay!! Speaking of “funky”….count how many times I use that word in the video review. It’s pretty funny.

My other Max Factor mascara reviews:
Max Factor Volume Couture
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper

Enjoy your Monday, family!

Always,


(photo source)


Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie EXTREME Lash Plumper

Happy Monday! Yes….this dreaded day is back. I don’t think that I will ever get over “dreading” Monday. I mean….does it ever get better? Gracias a Dios for Mascara Monday. It brings a much needed joy in my life and I hope to your life too.

I know—it ain’t that serious but then again it is! HA!!

So we all know how much I adore Max Factor Volume Couture. Forgot one of the best….this mascara just may be THE best in terms of volume. I love it. I have since reviewed Max Factor 2000 Calorie and uh….let’s just say it wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as that MF Volume Couture.

So how does the EXTREME take? Is it better? Just as good? A disappointment? Hmmm….

Max Factor 2000 Calorie
Extreme Lash Plumper

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for around $6 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Introducing our new pro tool for the most voluptuous lashes ever. It’s not a mascara, it’s a lash plumper! Our patented fat-wrap formula and extreme brush uniquely wrap and plump every single lash, from root to tip.” (source)

The truth: Wait…is this a wanna-be Cover Girl Lash Blast in black? Hmmm….

What I loved about it: I suppose that the volume isn’t so bad after a good three coats.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t….the best. I mean, it’s okay. It’s good ‘n terrible.

Also…..what a hot gooby mess. I mean, look at this:


You get an F for that, Max Factor. And perhaps I got a “bad bottle” but my goodness….

Overall: I’m not even gonna lie to, yall….when I first saw this mascara, I thought “Look at CoverGirl Lash Blast’s wannabe little sister.” LOL! I know..cruel. A true mascara reviewer never compares one mascara to another unless the company itself makes that claim. But can you blame me? Look at this!

The brushes are almost identical. Here’s a closer look at Max Factor’s…


So yes…those not used to this kind of wand will have that inital strugge. I’ve learned to manipulate them pretty well, so this was not a downfall for me. I found that it took a good 3 coats to achieve pretty decent lashes. That annoyed me—I don’t like to apply more than 2 coats if I can help it.

The lengthening factor wasn’t so bad. And now that I look at the photos again, the volume isn’t that bad either. But it isn’t amazing. And it certainly doesn’t stand up against Lash Blast.

….or wait–am I comparing them again? My bad, yall. I can’t help it!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Nope. It is a definite pass. It’s not bad but I am sure your favorite mascara now is better.

….seriously. I’m just keepin’ it real.

Could it be that Volume Couture is the ONLY decent Max Factor mascara? I’m starting to think so? What say you, folx?

Enjoy your Monday!!

Muuuuuah,

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Mascara Monday: Max Factor Volume Couture

I’m back from Chicago! Did you guys miss meeee?

*crickets*

LOL, I know I was missed but I am back and in action! I had a wonderful trip and as requested I will post some pictures of beautiful Chicago. And because of all of my busy-ness, I was not able to comment on fellow beauty/fashion bloggers’ posts but I read every single one of them! Promise, I did.

This Mascara Monday is going to be greeeeat because Jen from A Beautyful Sentiment and I are reviewing the exact same mascara. Be sure to check out her review as well to see what she thinks about it.

Max Factor’s Volume Couture

Price: 5 out of 5 (less than $7 from Wal-Mart)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5

Overall: 4.75 out of 5

What it claims: “The highly defined, voluminous lashes you crave are yours with new MAX Factor Volume Couture Mascara. Selected as the Official Mascara of Milan Fashion Week, this superb formula delivers extreme volume without clumping. Our innovative iFX brush coats every little lash, giving you MAXimum impact … and beautiful results.”

The truth: I looooove it! Definitely an everyday-use for me these days!

What I loved about it: I am finally getting used to the 3D brush. In fact, I think I love them more than the traditional brush. I definitely love Max Factor’s!

Overall: I haven’t read Jen’s review yet but I absolutely love Volume Couture. As mentioned in the video, I took it with me to Chicago and by bringing it with me on a trip, it pretty much forced me to use just THAT mascara. I had such a great experience with it. The volume factor is incredible! I didn’t get any flaking and my lashes didn’t feel heavy either. One coat was wonderful but two coats were on pooooooint!

Would I recommend it: No. I demand that you buy it! Seriously, this mascara is definitely in the Mascara Hall of Fame!

I know this mascara isn’t new on the market so how many of you ladies have tried it? Be sure to check out Jen’s other mascara reviews. Between the both of us, we have reviewed well over 20 mascaras and this is the only one that we have both reviewed. Loves it!!

Have a wonderful Labor Day (remember why we celebrate it) and stay beautiful!

[photo courtesy: maxfactor.com]