When a mascara is named Better Than Sex, you know it’s not gonna live up to the hype. Either that, or you’re doing something wrong there…
But, is it at least better than all the other mascaras I’ve tried? Not even that, my beautiful smart friends. It’s not bad, just too much hard work for this lazy girl.
Too Faced Better Than Sex has a learning curve. That sucks, because I already struggle with mascara application. The right eye comes out alright indeed, but the left one is a mess. The lashes there often turn out clumpy or something.
So, if you want me to use something that requires practice to get it right… Things aren’t bound to go well, I tell you. What’s the problem? The thick wet formula combined with the hourglass-shaped wand.
The wand was designed after discovering that the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic Blonde Bombshell (Marylin?) held the secret to the perfect brush silhouette that provides volume, length, and curl. If you ask me, that’s a lot of nonsense, but it makes for a good story.
Marketing spiel aside, the wand picks up way too much product, which results in a big, clumpy mess. Besides, all that mascara will flatten your curl before you can say “no way this is better than sex”.
But, if you don’t apply two or three coats, you won’t be getting those long, thick, sexy lashes the mascara promises you. Not to mention, some mascara ALWAYS ends up on my lids, so I have to waste even more time to clean that up.
To make it work, you have to remove the excess mascara on the wand with a clean paper towel before putting it on, and wait for each coat to dry (which
takes ages more than a few seconds) before you can apply the next.
Do that, and you may be able to turn your short and fine lashes into long and voluminous, catwalk-ready lashes. But, it’s just way too much hard work for me, especially when I can get much more voluminous results with zero efforts with my beloved Pupa Vamp! Mascara.
(That reminds me that I have to ask my
dealer mom to get me some more tubes from Italy, because Pupa is one of the very few makeup brands you can’t find here in London. That’s just my luck, I guess.)
But, even if I liked the results so much to be bothered to work with Too Faced Better Than Sex, it isn’t worth it. Pretty much any review I read said this stuff was smudge-proof. Yet, every evening I look in the mirror and see a panda. May be the London wind that makes my eyes water so much all the time, but I get some pretty bad smudging and flaking. *sighs*
This isn’t a mascara for those of us who crave instant results. And, it certainly isn’t better than sex. Although it’s better than cupcakes (but then, I don’t like cupcakes much). But, if you’re willing to put in the effort, I think you may like the results.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Intense black shade; Gives lots of volume and length (if you’re prepared to work with it); Pretty packaging.
Cons: Wands picks up way too much product: Wet formula takes a while to dry; Getting voluminous lashes requires some practice; Smudges and flakes.
Summary: Too Face Better Than Sex has a thick, wet formula and an hourglass wand that picks up too much of it. If you’re willing to work with it, you’ll get beautiful thick and long lashes (otherwise, a clumpy mess). But, it smudges pretty badly.