REVIEW: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Despite its name, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has performed surprisingly well and has quickly become ‘one of my go-to’ mascaras. While nothing will replace my trusty Japanese mascaras, I find that this mascara works great on top of a layer of a Japanese mascara that I’m in the mood for that day.

This mascara “contains a film-forming polymer for smudge-proof all day wear,” and claims to thicken the lashes, keep the curl in place, and volumize beyond belief. The “unique peptides” create the deepest, intense black color and is marketed for more than just the false-lash-effect. The more layers you add, the more spidery your lashes get — but, that also means you get a lot of volume and thickness as well. For me, just 2 coats is enough.


The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is “an intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection.” The shape of the brush is “inspired by the curves of a woman’s body” and is “hourglass-shaped…with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula.” The bristles on the brush are thick and compact, but transfer a lot of pigment and formula onto the lashes.

Apply one coat for lashes that are full and defined; two coats for lashes that are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic; and, three coats to help you achieve the “most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible.”

This mascara can get clumpy and messy looking if you get carried away. For most, 1-2 coats is probably enough — even though it depends on what kind of look you’re going for! I’ve used this mascara alone, and it works pretty decent on Asian lashes. While it volumizes and thickens the lashes, the curl power is pretty weak. It weighs down my lashes easily so the curl tends to fall. That’s why I like to apply my Japanese mascara of choice and add the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on top for the volumizing and thickening effect.

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This is a good mascara, but isn’t life-changing and isn’t totally a necessity. Seeing as how I still rely on my Japanese mascara for length and curl, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is just an added step for volume that I can’t get with other mascaras — which is why I’m loving it right now. The removal process is decent but takes a bit more effort. However, if you use a separate eye makeup remover in conjunction with a cleansing oil, it should be no problem. I recommend this mascara if what you’re looking for is intense volume, and you’ve already got a fantastic set of natural lashes on your lids.

If you’ve got stubborn, sparse, and straight lashes, this mascara can only do so much; and, you’ll probably get more out of mascaras like the Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara, the Fasio Ultra Curl Lock Volume Mascara, the Fasio Hyper-Stay Mascara Magne-Plus Curl Long, and the Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara. To read about my favorite mascaras bases, read my post called All About Mascara Bases for more info and product suggestions.

Retails for $23.00 USD.


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