Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I'm generally pretty open to experimenting with new things makeup-wise - I mean, isn't that half the fun? But I have a few guiding principles I live and shop by: eyelash curlers freak me out completely, no, just no. Bronzing is a powerful weapon (but with great power, comes great responsibility), liquid eyeliner is completely outwith my skill level, and, I will never waste money on a high end mascara. Wait... what?

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Yes, while admittedly I'm a drugstore girl most of the time, there are definitely certain things that I can get buying high end. Are Urban Decay shadows better than Rimmel ones? Yes, yes I think they are. If you can't quite track down THE shade of lipstick, MAC is your best bet, right? Yup. Heck there are a lot more things you could make the argument for - but for me, mascara is just not one of them. I mean, if you buy a high end blush, it's going to be yours to love for years - the same with most powder products - but, a mascara, whether it costs £4 or £40 is only ever going to last a few months, so how to justify spending so much on it?

Pretty unsurprisingly, I didn't actually buy the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara  for £19, no, instead I was lucky enough to receive a full size version in a beauty box. I was both excited and nervous about using it - the packaging is so sleek and so promising; a heavy, metal, pink number, and the brush looked to be an hourglass shaped volumising wonder - but could it actually be worth paying more than twice  the price of my usual mascara for? A) it would be kind of sad if it didn't live up to the substantial hype and B) it would be a nightmare if it did because then I might actually be tempted to pay almost £20 for a mascara.
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

So, let's just put it out there, this is an excellent, fantastic mascara if you like thick but still fluttery lashes. The brush lifts and dispenses just the right amount of product, and, you can layer to your hearts content to get just the look you like. It's easy to work with too - not too wet, not too dry and the brush is big enough to give volume but not so big that you nearly lose an eye each time you use it. As ridiculous as I'm sure it sounds, each time I put this on I genuinely sit back afterwards and have to take a minute to admire my lashes, it just makes such a big difference. 

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

It's not quite perfect, nope it is not. While this isn't a waterproof formula so of course, you wouldn't expect it to be waterproof, this definitely wears a lot worse than many of my favourite mascaras. This cannot go on my bottom lashes at all - it's raccoon eyes within seconds, honestly. Also, on my top lashes this doesn't transfer or flake... unless it gets wet. Like at all wet. As in, if you run from the front door to the car in the rain - this will go everywhere. So that's a bit annoying, but not too big a deal since my daily commute sees me outside for about 90 seconds, and hey, that's why hoods were invented, right? Because I've been wearing this in Spring (read: the super special extended edition of winter) I haven't exactly been sweating so I can't say if that would cause this to smudge everywhere, I hope not, but I fear it might. 

But still, even reading that last paragraph back... I'm not sure any of that makes me love this mascara any less!! I've never found any other mascara that makes me feel so happy and confident in how my lashes look. Gah, #firstworldproblem. Ultimately, I would love to own this mascara again (or just, you know, continuously), but I still have a few stashed away that I'd like to try first - maybe one of these drugstore mascaras will be a surprising rival for it? Right? Yeah... probably not, I know. So I guess I'd better work £20 for mascara every 3 months into my budget then... *opens up Excel Spreadsheet*....

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
 

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