I am very very picky when it comes to mascara! I want length and volume, and brush that isn’t going to glue all of my lashes together. I’ve tried lots of mascaras that give great length but no volume whatsoever, which I don’t like at all.

One of my favourite mascaras for a long time has been MaxFactor False Lash Effect. Unlike some – especially cheaper – mascaras, it isn’t too thick, so doesn’t make your lashes stick together or look clumpy, but it does mean you have to apply 3 or 4 layers if you want plenty of volume. And the large brush catches all your lashes making them look lovely and long! I used to swear by this mascara, and often used to use it in the place of falsies for a night out! However it is a little on the pricey side (£10.99) so I thought I’d see if I could find a budget product that does the job just as well!

I went for a product with the most similar brush I could find, and opted for Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash Booster Mascara, which is an absolute steal at £3.99! It comes in bright purple packaging, so you can’t miss it on the shelves! The mascara is slightly thicker than the MaxFactor, but not so thick that it sticks all your lashes together. This means you get great volume without having to apply as many layers as with the MaxFactor. The brush is very similar to MaxFactor too, and gives fab length and catches all of your lashes.

Verdict: I was so impressed with the Miss Sporty mascara! It performs just as well – if not even better – than the MaxFactor, and it is now my mascara of choice! (And it saves you pennies, which is always a bonus!)



  1. Grateful Geek
    May 28, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Have you heard of this 3D fiber mascara from Younique? I’m totally in love! The fibers are 100% black green tea fibers and you use it with their gel. It is $29 (23 in the UK), but it gives you the volume and length plus it has totally eliminated my need for a curler (no joke check out my blog and video here: https://gratefulnerd.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/sayonara-eyelash-curler/). Plus it lasts you 3+ months and comes with a bitchin case! https://www.youniqueproducts.com/LaSarah/products/view/US-1017-00#.VVqgv_lViko Better then falsies! This stuff is awesome (and if it doesn’t work out you can get a full refund no questions if returned within 14 days, 80% refund after 30-90 days)!

    • May 28, 2015 / 8:15 am

      I have! And I have really wanted to try it! I’ll definitely check out your post and give it a go ☺️

      • Grateful Geek
        May 28, 2015 / 10:31 am

        Cool! Let me know what you think once you do 😋

  2. June 6, 2015 / 1:10 am

    I clicked on this out of curiosity and then had the reaction of “THATS MY MASCARA 😮” haha! Definitely going to try the cheaper version now 🙂

    • June 7, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Haha! The cheaper one is definitely worth a try! I swear by it now, but at least if it doesn’t work for you it’s cheap and cheerful so doesn’t break the bank ☺️

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