Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

3 April 2014

I have never been hugely into Max Factor as a brand, but I do remember really liking their Masterpiece Mascara (£9.99) a few years ago. I had been using Benefit They're Real, and still have a mini on the go, but I'm not enjoying it as much as the full size. I thought I'd revisit the Max Factor mascara, and see how it compares with They're Real, the product that changed mascara for me. 

This is more of a first impressions post than a full review, and I know sometimes opinions can change after a few uses. I used the Masterpiece mascara for the first time today, and found that the longer length bristles of the Benefit mascara really made the difference. It took a lot longer to achieve the desired results with the Max Factor, and the end look wasn't quite as dramatic. However, the product went on a lot nicer than the mini They're Real that I have, which has the tendency to go a bit clumpy.

As you can see from the above photo, the brushes are very similar, except for the length of the Benefit bristles. I think makes all the difference compared to the actual product. Whereas Masterpiece is very much a bog standard mascara, the Benefit is a showstopper, really coating each lash with a slightly shiny finish, producing a curl and volume to each lash.

So on first impressions, I wouldn't say the Max Factor Masterpiece mascara is better than Benefit They're Real. However, I will try to use it over the coming weeks, and see whether my opinions change. I appreciate that it is very difficult to get a mascara right, and this seems like a good all-rounder. It doesn't have the wow-factor of They're real, but it does the job and does it well. 

What is your favourite drugstore mascara?


  1. Masterpiece Max is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras, not quite as good as Benefit, but a pretty good alternative in my eyes!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    1. I went through so many of these when I was younger, so I'm hoping I'll fall in love with it again! :)
      Loves! Kimamely Xx.


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