Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Waterproof vs Original

When it comes to adorable packaging and fabulous fun makeup I think Too Faced reigns supreme.  I love their cheeky, eye-catching, cruelty-free brand as a whole, they do produce some great products, and one product in particular has become somewhat of a cult beauty product. The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is quite a title, and quite a claim!  But most importantly is it worth the hype?  And which is better the Waterproof version or the Original formula?

wearing one coat of each mascara

To begin I have to confess that I am not really a huge Waterproof Mascara fan.  For some reason most Waterproof Mascaras irritate my eyes if worn on a daily basis so generally I tend to stick to original formulas for daily-use.  I only really wear Waterproof mascara on occasions such as –  1) if its a scorching hot day where just about anything is going to melt on my face,  2) if I am hitting the beach or heading to the pool,  3) if I have a feeling I’m going to be doing my fair share of crying (e.g Weddings, Funerals or watching the Bette Midler movie Beaches).

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
In its girly pink packaging and with its hourglass shaped brush – the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Original version) has become my favourite mascara of the past year.  I absolutely love it, I use it every day, and I love how you can wear it quite simple and natural, but easily build this mascara up to a dramatic and intense look.  The wand brush allows you separate the lashes on application and helps with the curl of the lash too.   This mascara doesn’t irritate my eyes nor does it have a strong smell like some can.  I have not yet experienced any major clumping or any flaking at all under the eye through the day.  There is no smudging or panda eyes reported here either.  Just full, extended lashes in my favourite kind of intense black colour that gives my small, deep-set eyes more definition and a little more pop.  It does contain a film-forming polymer for smudge-proof, all-day wear and it performs brilliantly.

My lashes are wearing about 2-3 layers of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara only (Original Version)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
In its green water-splashed effect packaging, again with the same hourglass shaped brush the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara tends to be abit more hit and miss with people, including myself.  As mentioned above Waterproof Mascaras and I aren’t exactly bosom beauty buddies and to be honest I wasn’t blown away by the Waterproof formula on me.  If I wear it on occasions I don’t suffer with any irritation but to use it daily I did find after a while my eyes starting to itch by the end of the day.  On myself this mascara just didn’t have the same effect as the original formula once you start to really layer it.  
However, I have used this on some of my Brides and the result is really quite the opposite – full lashes that stay smudge proof, flake-free and transfer free throughout the day.  So I do think it depends on ‘your’ lashes as to how this mascara will work.  I now keep this in my kit rather than in my own makeup drawer, it’s one I continue to repurchase for my kit because I think the ‘Waterproof’ aspect of this mascara is great for some clients.  I have had Brides email me after their Wedding saying how well the mascara held up through the happy tears of their big day.  And whilst I still don’t think it has the dramatic or intense feel the original formula does, I do think if you are looking for a decent waterproof mascara its worth a try – you will either love it or leave it.

Overall I think mascara’s really depend on how you like your lashes to look and for what occasion, and also how a mascara works with the lashes you already have.  My lashes are naturally quite long but not very full, but most ‘full lash’ mascaras leave them really clumpy and prone to lots of flaking through the day which I am glad to say is something neither of these mascaras did.  In terms of value for money these mascaras are on more of the pricey side at £19.00 (GBP) each and so my quest for my Holy Grail mascara still continues.  So which is a keeper?  My favourite by far is the original version, its a great all rounder with instant effects, and it gives me ‘my kind’ of desired lash look, and whilst I’m not quite sure that it is better than sex, it is one helluva good mascara.

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  • Bonita kasee

    Amazing review!! I have yet to try this mascara, have seen alot of review on this mascara, everything points to me trying it lol definitely will, thank!

  • Micheala

    thanks for this amazing review

  • Joylynn Grindle

    Just love the review, very detailed thank you for taking the time to show us how this mascara works.

  • Jenny

    These are such wonderful pictures! I’ve wanted to get some better than sex mascara, but was unsure about getting the regular, more popular one or the waterproof one, since the packaging and teal color is so cute! I guess I’ll have to give both a try.

  • Sylvia Foster

    So cute, the names are clever, and silly and fun. Nice length looks good on you thanks for sharing. I am gonna look into this.

  • Ashley Chiarello

    Better than sex is my favorite mascara! I’ve been hesitant about whether or not to purchase the water proof mascara for the summer months, I think I will try to get my hands on a sample and give it a shot!

  • Arlana C.

    I am in love with the original better than sex mascara! I love the volume I get - It makes my lashes longer than any other mascara.

  • Dana Fredrickson

    Awesome Review! I've heard alot about this Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but never tried. Your review has made me want it for sure. I'm like you and don't care for Waterproof Mascaras so I'd try the original. Thank you!

  • Michelle

    I have a original pink one better than sex mascara not liking at all its clumpy and smudge bad on me😫..i havent try the blue one water proof i would like to try it... good reviews😊

  • Bonita kasee

    Thanks for the great review, alot of useful information, for me, I have very thin, tiny lashes, it's hard to find a mascara to enhance them, definately gonna get falsies lol was hoping I could find a mascara to help, and I wouldn't have to get falsies, but I think I'll try this bf I get them, looks pretty awesome,

  • Genevie

    One of my favorites! Great review. :)

  • Misty

    I love this .

  • amurch

    I absolutely LOVE this mascara. The name is amazing but the mascara is way better then the rest. Hands down.

  • Daisy

    I use the original. I've never been a big fan of waterproof myself. I love the movie "Beaches" also. I cry like a baby everytime i watched the wind beneath my wings part!

  • Melissa

    My eye lashes are thin and short, and on a good day mascara makes them slightly more defined. But, a lot of the time I have to turn the brush the wrong way to get all my short sad little lashes. I'm going to get this hoping the different style in brush might help a bit better.

  • Savannah

    I wanna try this

  • Cassandra Bell

    The original does obviously lift your lashes better, which you'd think would be the exact opposite bc waterproof versions normally have more binders which to me translates to more hold! Are you sure it's better than sex though? Lol

  • mariana reynoso

    I love the original as well . I like to go between the bad gal mascara and the better than sex.

  • Sarah

    Thanks for this post I also have had problems with waterproof mascara I thought it might have been my imagination I love better than sex thanks for sharing