When Too Faced announced they’d be launching a waterproof formula of their holy grail Better Than Sex Mascara back in February the beauty world went wild. I’d never tried the original formula – my super smudgy eyelids mean I avoid non-waterproof mascaras like the plague – but when I spotted the newest version on the Debenhams website I figured why not give it a shot.
The Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara retails at £19 which isn’t outrageous but does mean I have pretty high expectations. After all, when I can buy a mascara that makes my lashes look darker & a bit longer on the high street for under a fiver, what’s that extra £15 getting me?
The mascara tube has a light turquoise satin-finish embossed with the Too Faced logo & water droplets scattered across it. It’s a cool finish – not something I’ve seen before – & really hammers home that waterproof message. I also find it makes the applicator slightly easier to grip, although I doubt that’s intentional.
The two sections of the packaging fit together well meaning you shouldn’t have any issues with this drying out. However, I have noticed that the narrow entrance to the tube gets clogged with excess mascara which you do need to remove, otherwise you’ll end up with semi-dry clumps of mascara sticking to the applicator next time you use it. This isn’t ideal a) because it’s super messy & b) because you’re losing product – definitely something that needs to be fixed ASAP.
The wand has a slightly unusual curved, hourglass shape which makes it really easy to use, even on your bottom lashes – apparently it also “unlocks the volumizing formula” – whatever.
When I first opened up the tube I was convinced I’d somehow got a faulty product because the wand looked totally flat, with just a few bristles at either end – Debenhams, why hast thou forsaken me.
However, after wiping it off it became clear that the wand was fine, it had just been coated in a thick layer of mascara which hadn’t been removed by the neck of the tube. Thankfully this hasn’t happened since but it does demonstrate just how thick this formula is.
In terms of the application, I actually think it looks pretty good. The above photos show my lashes product-free & then after just one coat – they looked defined but still natural, & with more coats you can get a bolder look.
However, my main beef with this formula is the stickiness. You can see my inner lashes are already starting to clump together just a few minutes after application & because it doesn’t ever really dry this only gets worse throughout the day. It also means that although your mascara won’t run – it seems to be pretty rain-proof – it will smudge & transfer, even with minimal contact.
I really wanted to love this mascara but it’s just not for me & from the reviews online it looks like I’m not the only one. Ultimately, the fact that it’s not transfer-proof is a killer & I think you can find products that are just as good, if not better, for a fraction of the price on the high street.
If you’ve tried either of the Better Than Sex mascaras I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, & if not, let me know what your favourite mascara is.