I had an idea when driving to work one morning to do a series where every Monday in March I review a different mascara. I wanted to call it something really clever and catchy… but when I couldn’t come up with anything I settled for March’s Mascara Mondays. Look, I’m not the most creative girl and nor do I claim to be, OK?!
The first mascara review I’m bringing you is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara which I finally got my mitts on when I received it as a Christmas present. I’d heard so much about this mascara for years so when my lovely in-laws were asking for present ideas I asked for this.
OK – I can’t review this mascara without mentioning the name. I have to say I’m not a fan of the name, I just find it a bit tacky. That being said, it did give me high expectations! Being “Better Than Sex” is a bold statement to make so I was expecting something amazing to happen to my lashes.
The packaging surprised me as it’s quite heavy and after using it the first time, I found it’s the lid / wand which has the weight to it. I’m not sure if this is supposed to make a difference in application. It certainly doesn’t make application difficult though.
The wand is quite chunky and is hourglass shaped – something which the L’Oreal Paradise Extatic mascara (read my review here) seems to have been inspired by. My lashes go from natural to clumpy real quick so I know I have to be careful with a chunky wand.
When a chunky wand is coupled with a wet formula, I definitely know I’m setting myself up for a fail. But thankfully the formula of this mascara is quite dry – that always helps me out in separating my lashes so they don’t all stick together and go clumptastic. So, how does it actually make my eyelashes look?
I think the mascara does a good job at lengthening my lashes but doesn’t add as much volume as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s a choice between separating or volume, I’d pick the first option every time as I like nothing more than looking like I have lots of fanned out lashes. But as I said at the start – Better Than Sex suggests to me that something dramatic is going to happen and my expectation was bold, standout lashes that you could see fluttering from across the room. Maybe it’s just me, but the mascara is certainly more natural than I thought it would be.
I can’t comment on build-ability as my lashes don’t seem to be able to take several coats of mascara – as I said, they just go clumpy and spiky. So this, and all the other reviews this month, will be based on one coat.
It has good longevity and doesn’t transfer throughout the day. It holds a curl well too so my lashes don’t drop over time. I don’t imagine it would be particularly waterproof as there is a waterproof version of this mascara available – and the packaging for that is really cute, it’s blue with water droplets all over. I find it’s easy to remove at the end of the day with my micellar water, with no need for rubbing or scrubbing.
Overall, I really like this mascara but I can’t help but feel ever-so-slightly underwhelmed. With the amount of hype I’ve heard about this mascara over the years, I really did think it would have a bigger impact. That being said, I enjoy using this on an every day basis and I do recommend checking it out if you haven’t done so already – just be aware that the name isn’t entirely accurate!
The Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is priced at £19 and is available here.
Have you tried this mascara? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. And let me know if you’re into the amazingly titled March’s Mascara Mondays series. Thank you so much for reading.