By now you’ve heard of the infamous mascara that claims to be better than a romp in the hay. You’ve heard all the innuendos and cheeky comments associated with the name and possibly even made up your own mind about where the name lives up to its claim. So how can a brand one up a product that had everyone talking from the minute it launched? They can make it waterproof. Enter in Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, which has the brand telling us all to, “Go ahead and get wet” (insert the blushing emoji here!). I reviewed the original mascara and though it was just ok, so does the waterproof outperform? Keep reading to see my review with before and afters!
One of the biggest beefs I had with the original Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara was the claim of 1944% more volume, which is just absolutely ludicrous, let’s be real. While I liked the feathery look it gave my lashes, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as I’d hoped and it smeared and smudged so badly the minute my eyes watered. When Too Faced announced the Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, I was actually surprised it took as long as it did to come out. I was hoping this was because there would be some improvements to the formula, and after trying it I really think they did!
Packaged in an aqua metal tube with cute little faux water droplets all over; I am surprised at how weighty it feels. The cap that has the wand attached seems unnecessarily heavy to me, and if you’re the type that gets a little mascara messy when applying, you might be that happens even more so due to the weight. Same to the original, the waterproof version also sports the same oversized hourglass shaped wand which is meant to separate, coat and curl each individual lash to “voluptuous perfection” with “1944% more volume”. Unlike the original though, I really thinks this delivers on serious volume and drama, and it seems much more deep black in pigment. I feel like the formula is a thicker texture than the original, and it really gets on the lashes in the first coat, with a second taking you to serious lashiness.
Claiming to be waterproof, sweatproof and ‘play’ proof, I really find this holds up so much better than the original. I have notoriously watery eyes and get no smudges, and it even made it through a shower when I forgot to take off my makeup first (the level of tired I was that day was REAL). I did get the odd flake at the end of a very long (10+ hour) day, but nothing that caused any sort of irritation or obvious annoyance. When it came to take it off, I found it dissolved really easily with my balm/oil cleanser of choice or waterproof makeup remover. Unlike many formulas where I have to stand there with cotton soaked in remover on my eyes for ages, I only needed to give this 10 seconds or so each eye to get it moving.
|Bare curled lashes, one coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, Two coats.|
When I first tried this I went online and read/watched some reviews and there was a real mixed bag of negative and positive. I really didn’t expect it to perform any better than the original, but am SO pleasantly surprised that it has! While I find the brush a bit large to deal with when getting into corners, it’s totally worth it in my opinion for the final effect which you can see above. Not only does Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof give me the volume I really want in a mascara, but it also gives great length! It does dry a little ‘crisp’ as many waterproof mascaras do, but because of this it holds the curl perfectly all day and never looks wilted.
I (barely) avoided sexual puns and innuendos through this entire post, but all I’ll say is that I really like this mascara. I’m not getting into the ‘better than sex’ claim – I’ll let you all make that decision for yourselves!
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Jaime Pickering | 30-something, makeup hoarding (I prefer to call it "collecting"), classic rock loving, jeans and t-shirt girl - who just happens to love a little gloss from time to time.