My beard isn't that impressive, no matter how long I grow it. The problem is the colour. You see, most of the hair on my face is almost totally transparent. Not noticeably white or blonde, f*ckin see-through. The goatee part is a decent brown-blonde, but the rest... well basically, when I grow it out, from about 10 feet away I just look like I'm out of focus. So beardliness is outside of my reach, at least for the moment.
Facial hair demands maintenance, almost to the same extent as getting haircuts. It was kind of fun for a while but the fad only lasts for so long. Not to mention it became rather annoying once I started having busy work schedule.