Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara Review: Does the world’s bestselling mascara live up to the hype?

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara boasts the world’s top-selling mascara title and comes with some even bolder claims...

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
(Image credit: Too Faced)
Woman & Home Verdict

It really does live up to the name, no matter what talents your other half possesses...

Reasons to buy
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    Mess-free and easy-to-use brush

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    Silky formula that lifts and holds lashes

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    Dramatic length, volume and curl without clumping

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    Staying power

Reasons to avoid
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    Brush is slightly thick for short lashes

With a declaration to be better (and, ahem, last longer) than your raciest of encounters, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara comes with gutsy claims of “mind-blowing lashes” thanks to its thickening, lengthening and curling abilities. Oh, and did we mention that at one point it was the top-seller out of every single best mascara in the world?

When a product comes with endorsements like that, it has to have something special about it. And if the eye-catching tube doesn’t give away the talent of the robust formula inside, perhaps the plump, curvy brush will give you an idea of just how remarkable this long-lasting, compliment-inducing creation is.

It might not be the most budget friendly mascara out there so doesn't come under the best cheap mascaras remit but we’re willing to pay for greatness when it’s being bestowed on our beloved lashes.

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara: Our summary

We can hardly think of anything bad to say about this makeup behemoth – modestly glamorous packaging, a multi-functioning but uncomplicated brush, a long-lasting formula that cares for lashes and the ability to create any look you would want from a mascara.

If you’re just after subtle and natural-looking lashes, then this one might not be for you. However, you can get that look by going for just one coat of product and it means that you wouldn't need to fork out for any other best lengthening mascaras on the days you want your lashes to pack a bit more of a punch.

And if you prefer a lightweight feel, the volume and drama delivered by this product doesn’t mean you’re left with a heaviness. If anything, it’s actually more lifting than some other seemingly lightweight mascaras we’ve come across, pointing to its advanced and well-thought-out formula.

All we can say is that it undeniably meets the Better Than Sex brief. Try out our best vibrators if you don’t believe us – we know which one put a bigger smile on our faces...

First impressions

Specifications

RRP: £22

Waterproof version available: Yes

Mini version available: Yes

Added extras: Hourglass-shaped brush

Elegant embossing, a sexy blush pink and a cool matte finish – this mascara oozes feminine sophistication. 

It definitely stands out against all of its lash-adorning adversaries on the dressing table, but in a way that manages not to be annoyingly ostentatious.

It also brings some serious gains to the weight department, but with a sturdy feel that gives an idea of its elite standing in the industry.

Formula and ingredients

As non-drying as it is lightweight, Too Faced Better than Sex mascara ticks all of the baseline boxes for a good-quality mascara. The slippery consistency means that lashes are smoothly coated without catching or flaking, and despite bringing heaps of drama and volume to the table, the mascara can be layered without any pesky clumps trying to edge their way in.

Unique peptides also condition lashes throughout wear, which can go on for a while, as flaking and smudging was close to non-existent when we spent the day in the mascara. The formula also contains acacia senegal gum extract, which is known for boosting hydration in hair, helping it to appear shinier and healthier – a lovely treat for lashes, too.

Ease of application

A hero mascara is only as good as its wand and, as promised, this one is better than any you might find in your bedside drawer. The slender but voluptuous hourglass-shaped brush catches even the hardest to reach corner lashes, without leaving a mess on the lash line. And the contours mean that the amount of product distributed suits the length of the lash – with longer lashes in the middle needing more formula, and the outer and inner corners usually benefiting from a bit less.

Despite working with such a fluid formula, the brush collects just the right amount of product, without being overly loaded or too dry, so is easy to layer without clumping or making a mess. When used vertically, the flat tip of the wand is also handy for fanning out outer lashes for a sultry, doll-eye look. One thing to look out for, though, if your lashes are on the shorter side, is that the brush could prove a little thick, but in that case the travel-size version would be a winner for you.

What's it like to wear?

No matter what look you want to go for, this all-rounder will help you get there. One layer will give you a long, defined and natural-looking flutter, whereas, once you pack on the coats, you’re looking at more volume and drama than a soap special on Christmas Day.

Couple that with the separated and fanned-out look you get from the wand’s tip – which doesn’t collect any unnecessary surplus product, we should add – and you’re honestly left with the most breathtaking lashes, which will leave you throwing your head back and crying for whichever deity you believe in.

It’s not the most inconspicuous mascara out there – natural makeup this ain’t – but with its tantalisingly raucous claims, we couldn’t really have expected it to be.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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