Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review & Swatches

A mascara that is better than sex?! A pretty bold name, and a pretty bold claim! As cheeky as it sounds, I decided to give it a try just to see what the fuss is all about since everyone seems to be raving about it!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I got mine in travel size during Sephora's Black Friday Sale. The packaging looks to be identical to the full size that is metallic pale pink tube (oh how very girly!) with the word BETTER THAN SEX printed in call caps. Can't it be any more in your face! :D The applicator is hourglass-shaped and the bristles are dense, short, and stiff. It was designed curvy like a woman's body to separate, coat, and curl each lash to create an illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

But here comes the problem. I find the brush to be a little too big for my small eyes and so I have to be watchful during the application or the inky black will get beyond the lashes and smear on my lids. I also find that the bristles pick up a lot of product and I have to rid the excess off every time before use. The ink is insanely black, though – definitely one of the blackest I've seen.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

The formula is pretty thick, wet, and takes a bit to set, and with multiple coats on, it seems to weigh down my curled lashes instead of lifting them. One coat is OK and my lashes look pretty nice and lifted. Two coats my lashes look fuller and thicker, but not necessarily longer. Three coats and I start to see clumps and spidery lashes (not a big fan). So, I'd limit to only 2 coats for this mascara.

The good thing that I like about it though, is the fact that it is non-waterproof so it comes off more easily. And despite being non-waterproof, this mascara does not flake, run, smudge, or transfer at all. It pretty much stays on all day on my lashes without any problems — pretty impressive.

Wearing Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara; top left: bare lashes; bottom left: 1 coat; top right: 2 coats, and bottom right: 3 coats
Wearing Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara; top left: bare lashes; bottom left: 1 coat; top right: 2 coats, and bottom right: 3 coats

So, is it really better than sex? Well, if it's a bad sex, it probably is! :D Nah, I think this mascara is just OK for me. It isn't terrible or anything, it's just OK. I've seen reviews where people swear by it so I think you just have to try it and see for yourself. As for me, I'll stick with my current drugstore mascara for now, considering that you have to replace your mascara every 3 months, it doesn't seem worth it to be spending almost 4 times the price for something that doesn't perform any better. :)

Have you tried it? Did you find it to be better than sex? Ha ha. Obviously, I can't stop poking fun at the name!

Purchase

US$23 at SephoraBeauty.com

฿1,150 at Sephora Thailand

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6 Comments

  • The wand looks EXACTLY like the YSL Shocking Mascara! But I think the YSL performs better than this Too Faced one! It doesn’t seem to be doing much to your lashes :/

    • I’m sick and my eyes are droopy so the photos didn’t really help, lol.

      I never tried the YSL Shocking mascara! Heard so much about it, though. Is it that awesome? You think it’s worth picking up?

      • It is SUPER volumizing! I got the deluxe sample size of it and I really really like it, albeit the formula being quite wet. It thickens your lashes really well but I prefer using a lengthening mascara (Benefit They’re Real or Etude House 3-in-1 Step) before using the YSL Shocking one..

        • Now that you mentioned it, I think I have a sample of it somewhere I’m gonna go find it. :D And I do like Benefit They’re Real, too! Good stuff.

  • You have to be careful with this one because the stopper of the mascara will sometimes come off of the base and get stuck inside the wand. It can be fixed by closing the mascara very tightly, but it’s still annoying! When it happened to me, I was so confused, because a TON of the mascara came out on the wand without the stopper to scrape off the excess, I thought my tube was defective!

    I like this mascara but it is tricky, yeah. Since my lashes are a bit longer than yours, I don’t have the problem with getting the mascara on my lids (or at least to a lesser extent). It isn’t something I’d repurchase, especially not for $23, but oh well. I’m always hunting for the perfect mascara.

    And no, it is not truly better than sex!! lol

    • That sounds awful about the stopper. I’d freak out and probably return, ha ha. And I am jealous of your long lashes! I saw your instagram pic and it made me never want to take any close-up photos of my eyes ever again. I feel ashamed! LOL! My lashes are so short and sparse, and don’t even get me started on my lower lashes (or the lack thereof!)!!! :D

      And I agree it’s not truly better than sex! Ha ha oops!

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