Here's a question for all the beauty addicts out there: How many mascaras do you usually have open at any given time? For me it's usually at least three because different formulas are ... different. Sometimes you want a natural look, sometimes you want waterproof, sometimes you want volume galore, y'know? I was really excited to give Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara a try because it promised an epic amount of volume—something I think is missing from my current mascara rotation. Let's see if it lives up to the hype, shall we?
"Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic."
I was particularly amused by how this mascara promises 1,944% more volume on the box—I feel like that would put my eyelashes clear across the room in actuality, but let's not nitpick. According the product page this mascara is vegan-friendly, though it's not listed under the vegan-friendly section in their FAQ, so I'm not 100% sure if it is or if it isn't. In any case Too Faced doesn't animal-test, and you can check out the whole ingredients list on the product page if you have any concerns.
"Better Than Sex" comes housed a gorgeous, sturdy pink tube. Not the most important aspect of this mascara, but I do appreciate good packaging when I see it.
I like the shape of the brush—I feel the density of the bristles makes it good for getting between every little lash. Getting every little lash = volume, in my experience. Let's see it in action:
I think it does a reasonably good job of volumizing and defining lashes, and I liked how intensely black it was. I did have a bit of trouble with it after extended wear though—for the first couple hours it did fine, but by the end of the day I found myself with a bunch of little mascara flakies under my eyes. Not obscene levels of flakes, but enough to keep me from throwing this in the "favorite mascaras" pile. Oh well!
Since we're talking flakies, his seems like as good a time as any to share a little mascara-related tip with you: Got a mascara that you like but crumbles or flakes by the end of the day? Put a clear mascara topcoat on it! I use e.l.f. Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (which at ~$1 per tube is about as cheap as you can get), and it makes a HUGE difference for me. Give it a try if you also have a mascara that's nice other than the flaking—I know I'll be using it with this one!
Where to buy:
You can find Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on the Too Faced website, at Sephora, and a variety of other retailers. There's a store finder on the Too Faced website, FYI.
What do you think of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Do you ever have issues with mascaras flaking?
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