It took me a long time to get my hands on this one, which surprised me considering that I have had my eye on it for a while. As soon at the TooFaced Better Than Sex mascara came onto the market it caused a stir; I mean the name would seem pretty risqué, but TooFaced also released a glittery face mask called ‘Glow Job’ so to be honest the name is rather more tame. I managed to pick up a mini when TooFaced had free shipping a few months back, I only just got round to trying it though as I have rather a lot of mascaras on the go at the moment.
Miniature mascaras are my favourite types as they mean you can try quite a few wands and formulas before committing to one large one. I didn’t want to spend the £19 straight off the bat, even though it did seem to have many rave reviews. I almost think we should start ‘try before you buy’ type service, like you can do with perfumes, but with mascara – though I am aware that would be quite wasteful in terms of packaging. I’ve decided to start testing lots of makeup products at work, it seems the perfect place to do so. I often work long shifts, 12 hours, and I’m nearly always moving, this makes work the perfect time to test. I tend to stick to only one or two products at a time as I don’t want a makeup catastrophe.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for packaging which is part of the reason I was drawn to the mascara. The metallic pink is gorgeous, but of course it’s what is on the inside that really counts. The wand is unique compared to all the other mascaras I have tried, it’s a fibre wand that has a distinct hourglass shape. I suppose the idea is that the brush will get both the inner and outer corner lashes, and that was my hope as my inner corner lashes always seem to hide. I’m not a big false lash wearer as I don’t really wear ‘glam’ makeup too often, and they feel weird – you know what I mean?
On first application my heart sank a little; the mascara took a lot of building up to achieve definition and fullness, using around three pumps into the tube each side. I thought the mascara would have more of a liquidy formula, similar to that of Benefit’s They’re Real. That being said, once I had built it up I did really like the finish. My lashes looked full from the roots to the ends which is nice to see as often my lashes can look underwhelming. The colour of the mascara on the lashes is a jet black, which is exactly how I like my lashes to look. Lasting power wise, I was incredibly impressed: I curled my lashes before I applied and for once they remained curled, and they didn’t look half bad 10 hours later before I removed them. All in all the staying power is incredible and there was no smudging either!
Removal was quite easy, I favour easy to remove mascaras as although I love They’re Real I feel I lose eyelashes every time it comes to removing it. I used the Clinique Take the Day Off balm (which I have reviewed – it’s my favourite,) I found it took a few wipes with my cloth, but after I massaged it in it removed quite nicely.
Since the first application I think the mascara has dried out a little and now I am in love with it. I wore it to a wedding on the Saturday just gone and my lashes looked incredible. It’s currently my most worn mascara and I’m actually a little worried I will run out if I continue to use it so much.
The real question is whether I would purchase a full size version, and at the moment I probably would. I’m currently working my way through a stash of mini mascaras, about three or four, which will take a few months at least. After that I will decide on my favourite and then repurchase that (although I do have a full size They’re Real backup already from a Christmas set.) I’ll of course update you on which mascara I choose to repurchase, as it will likely be my holy grail at that point.
You can find the TooFaced Better than Sex mascara on the Debenhams website for £19.