Any product that pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable on the high street gets my vote, but claiming your mascara is ‘better than sex’ may just be a step too far. They could’ve called it ‘better than cupcakes’ or ‘better than fluffy slippers.’ Why they didn’t opt for ‘better than a Sunday morning eating pancakes while watching Hollyoaks,’ is beyond me – but we’re stuck with a product I’d be embarrassed to apply in front of my Nan. The ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara wand has been designed specifically to replicate the hourglass figure of an iconic ‘silver screen Blonde Bombshell’ (my money is on Marilyn,) after Too Faced apparently discovered this bust-waist-hip silhouette held the secret to the perfect application. Most other brands would spend their time in a lab, sculpting different brush shapes and working out how to manipulate lashes, but Too Faced have taken quite an unconventional approach with a much better story. So, has it paid off?
The slightly tapered brush claims to ‘separate, coat and curl each
lash to voluptuous perfection’ while the carbon black, collagen-fueled
mascara formula helps to create ‘full volume and dramatic length.’
Although the luxurious rose-tinted metallic packaging is somewhat
lustworthy, the brush hidden beneath is quite underwhelming: it looks
like it’s a bit old and knackered, like something found in my Aunt’s vintage makeup
collection that hails from the 90’s. When applied, the formula coats
lashes well but unfortunately has a tendency to clump and leave me with a
somewhat spidery flutter that’s really not my style. Although you can
build up the layers and start to manipulate lashes into a seriously
voluminous result, for me it’s just too much like hard work.
like to be able to apply a layer of mascara in one swipe and know I’ve
got a great base to work with; unfortunately I find ‘Better Than Sex’
takes too much faffing to establish a great baseline, with even more
time required to build up the finish for a fabulous flutter. The other
downfall for me is the fact the brush is so chunky that it leaves a lot
of product on the eyelid, meaning you either have to clean up or cover
it with a line of smokey shadow – I just don’t have time for that every
morning. If you like your lashes full, don’t mind a little clumping and
are willing to put the effort in, then I’ve no doubt you’ll love a bit
of this; however, for £19.00 I personally think there are way better
mascaras that don’t take fifteen minutes to get right. Next time, Too Faced, why lower expectations and call it ‘slightly better than a luke warm coffee and yesterday’s muffin’?
Are you tried Too Faced Better Than Sex? Have you been left disappointed, or are you a big fan?
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