Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Leaves Me Bothered (But Not Hot)

by Gio

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.


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.

Price & Availability: £19 at Debenhams and $23 at Sephora.

Rating: 3.5/5

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VT March 11, 2016 - 7:03 pm

great post <3

Gio March 12, 2016 - 7:14 pm

VT, thanks!

Poppy B. March 11, 2016 - 9:57 pm

BTS mascara seems to show up pretty regularly as a deluxe sample or GWP or some such. Call me cynical, but if it were really all that and a bag of chips, they wouldn’t be giving it away.

Gio March 12, 2016 - 7:15 pm

Poppy, that’s a good point. They are promoting it very heavily indeed.

Amanda Elisabeth March 12, 2016 - 2:48 am

I feel exactly the same way! I haven’t gotten around to making a review on it, but it’s the same thing for me. I hate how wet the formula is and the brush is too cumbersome. One coat is not enough and two gives me instant spider lashes. I wore this long enough to take pictures and that was it.

Gio March 12, 2016 - 7:18 pm

Amanda, it’s a big disappointment, isn’t it? I think it can look nice, but it takes too much effort. I’d love to read your review, btw. 🙂

Jane March 12, 2016 - 5:10 am

Agree with everything you said. It’s a big fat disappointment.

Gio March 12, 2016 - 7:19 pm

Jane, it is indeed.

Janessa March 12, 2016 - 10:12 am

Love the title of the post!!! What a great review. I think I tried this once or my sister did and she thought it was super clumpy and smeared easily.

Gio March 12, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Janessa, it does. It’s weird how most reviews don’t mention smearing, is it? I was beginning to think I was the only one experiencing it.

Laurie March 12, 2016 - 6:28 pm

I was eager to try it after Beautypedia gave it a 5-star review. You definitely have to blot the wand first. After that, I had OK results, but it isn’t any better than the drugstore mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast) I buy for 1/3 of the price! I don’t mind paying more for a better product, but if it’s not actually better, what’s the point?

Gio March 12, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Laurie, I was surprised Beautypedia gave it such a high rating. I agree, even when you take the time to apply it properly, it doesn’t give you that wow effect you expect. Better stick to CoverGirl.

Laurie March 13, 2016 - 10:26 pm

CG is great for every day! For more of a special “false lashes” effect, I’ve had good luck with BeneFit They’re Real. Have you tried that one?

Gio March 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Not yet. I’ve tried They’Re Real Eyeliner and thought it was quite good. Will have to check out the mascara too. 🙂

elvi December 15, 2016 - 10:15 pm

This mascara is one of the worst ever tried! the product dry immediately, it is not moldable, the brush is really uncomfortable and too small, and especially the small version of 8 ml is difficult to use the brush is so small that it does not take in hand!

Gio December 17, 2016 - 11:24 am

Elvi, it’s pretty disappointing, isn’t it?

Selvi December 17, 2016 - 6:16 pm

well, of course this is just my point of view… I have seen many videos where girls show using this mascara, but with lashes like mascara are all good! The problem is when we have little or short lashes, then a mascara that really works is really good, I’ve tried them almost all those on the market, the only two that I liked they are, one of Shiseido many years ago, which do not I remember the name, and what I’m still using, Scandalayes Rimmel, the product is not great, but don`t dry quickly, so it is shaped and Brush is gorgeous! (Sorry 4 my English …)

Gio December 17, 2016 - 6:52 pm

Selvi, I agree, it can be very subjective. But, like you said, if it works for short lashes, you know it’s good. No worries, your English is good. 🙂

Selvi December 17, 2016 - 8:26 pm


Gio December 17, 2016 - 8:33 pm

You’re welcome.


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