Better Than Sex? Okay, now there is a promise from a mascara that I really wanted to test out for myself. Speaking of sex, I’m an absolute slut when it comes to mascara – sleeping around with different types from various brands and never calling them back (or repurchasing, if you will). I have met mascaras that I have had serious crushes on but I can never commit. I’ve never fallen in love. Then again, I’ve never applied a mascara and squealed that it was better than sex so I was incredibly curious to give this a try.
I picked up the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara when I was in Sephora in New York. It’s a mini version that was stocked in the queuing system so it was all too easy to throw it into my already overflowing basket. I had been wondering about this mascara for a while – I have heard many calling it a Holy Grail while others can’t stand it. Although I have yet to hear somebody agree that it lives up to its name!
I hate the outer box as all those crazy claims on the side make it look like a JML or As Seen on TV product rather than one by a brand I like that retails for over €20! (for the full size). I thought that perhaps the box was something to do with the fact that I bought the travel size but a quick Google reveals that the full size looks the same. Too Faced are known for their cute pastel colours and candy-inspired collections so I really don’t understand why they chose to go a completely different route for their mascara.
The tube itself is a pretty pink but other than that it is pretty non-descript. Perhaps it might be a little gimmicky but I can’t help imagining a lollipop or candy cane shaped tube to go hand in hand with their chocolate bar palettes.
The wand looked promising the moment I whipped it out. The name of this product has everything I say sounding like a double-entendre, so bear with me and get your mind out of the gutter. I like thick, dramatic, ultra black lashes with lots of volume and this type of big bristled wand is usually the type that delivers exactly that.
As if the name isn’t a big enough promise in itself, Too Faced also claim that this mascara offers lush, incredibly intense lashes. They say one coat will give definition, fullness and unbelievable length while two will result in unbelievable heights of drama. Three will make you believe in magic.
I’m not usually one to copy and paste but the website also lists all of this which you need only skim-read.
- Film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear
- Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place
- Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
- 1,944% more volume*
- 100% saw longer lashes**
- 100% saw dramatic volume**
- 93% saw base-to-tip curl**
- 8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used**
- 3.4 out of 10 say great lashes are better than sex**
- 3.1 out of 10 agree that this mascara is so good, it’s better than sex**
- *results observed in a clinical study.
- **results observed in a consumer study.
Quick question, if only 3.1 out of 10 believe it is better than sex, why on earth did they name it that? All of these claims are outrageous in my opinion – 1,944% more volume?!?!?! How does one even calculated that percentage?
So now for the good bit – the befores and afters.
I can’t explain how underwhelmed this mascara left me. I know my lashes are hard to see in the befores because they’re covered in foundation, powder and yeah, a little residual lash glue, but when you really look you can see that this mascara did little more than paint them black. It added a little length but drama is definitely far from the word I would use! 1,944% more volume? You have got to be kidding me! The brush is so big I actually find it quite difficult to use as you can see from the splodges on my eyelids.
The weird thing is I have good days and bad days with this mascara. Some days I can’t build any length or any volume at all while other days are okay – even though I can’t pinpoint what I’m doing differently. The results have never impressed me though.
The formula is very black which is a plus. I’ve found no flaking, smudging or migrating throughout the day. It wears well and at the end of the day, it’s easy enough to take off with an oil-based eye makeup remover.
Honestly though, this mascara does nothing for me. I usually opt for cheaper ones – I hate splurging on items that expire in three months! – and have been far more impressed by mascaras from the likes of Essence which cost a few euro. The fact that this is high end is even more disappointing!
The bottom line is, if this mascara is better than the sex you’re having, you’re doing it wrong.
The full size 8g tube is available in Debenhams for €23.
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