Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19) certainly has a great name, guaranteed to get itself noticed. It’s been around for a couple of years and notched up plenty of Instagram attention – but does it live up to its name, and does it deserve the publicity?
Well, not really .. not unless you’re a fan of smudges around your eyes after a couple of hours’ wear. It’s such a shame because Too Faced Better Than Sex starts out so promisingly. Its hourglass-shaped brush was designed – according to the brand’s bumf – “after discovering the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic silver screen blonde bombshell held the secret to the perfect brush silhouette that separates, coats and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection”.
Too Faced promises that just “one coat of the carbon black, collagen-fueled mascara formula” will deliver full, defined and lengthened lashes, and each further coat will add more drama.
I must say, I was impressed with the effect of a couple of coats of Too Faced Better Than Sex – the hourglass-shaped brush does a great job of thickening the lashes and giving them a good curl, and the colour is very intense even with just one coat. I wouldn’t say, however, that it does much in the lengthening department but I was certainly happy with how my lashes looked after application.
Problems only arose a couple of hours later when I noticed black smudges beneath each eye. Even after being wiped away, they still reappeared a while later. So I’m afraid it’s a thumbs-down from me. In fact, Messier Than Sex might be a better name!