Holy Grail or Holy Fail? Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

Hello, hello!

I know that the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a Holy Grail product for a lot of people, so I thought that I would give it a second chance after my first impressions Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing in November.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Here’s a little info from the Too Faced website:

Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic.

  • Film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear
  • Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place
  • Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
  • 1,944% more volume*
  • 100% saw longer lashes**
  • 100% saw dramatic volume**
  • 93% saw base-to-tip curl**
  • 8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used**


Using my Seven Requirements For Loving a Mascara rating system, let’s take a closer look at how this mascara performed for me. Because my lashes are long and stick straight, I always curl my lashes before applying mascara. Here’s my Holy Grail requirements:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I used this mascara several times over the past month, and found that it only smudged a little bit if my eyes watered when out in the cold. It is a deep dark black which I love, and did give my lashes volume (not the crazy percentage claimed though, haha). I did not experience any flaking, which was nice. BUT I found that two coats of mascara made my lashes clumpy and SO heavy, which meant that the curl did not hold up all day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’m just not in love with this mascara, sorry Too Faced! I would like to try some of the other mascaras to see if any of them will work for me.

Is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara your Holy Grail, or it is your Holy Fail?

*The art in the background is by Allan Sutt Frostbite Arts*

Disclosure: Product from Ipsy Glam Bag. I pay for the monthly subscription.

62 thoughts on “Holy Grail or Holy Fail? Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

  1. Agreed, I have this one and use it but it just doesn’t do anything amazing for me! I have better/cheaper mascaras in my collection that I love. To each their own – I love the art work!

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  2. I still haven’t tried this. There’s so much hype about it but I know I’ll be disappointed due to the price. I tend to be more critical and expect more when things are expensive. 😛

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  3. I was impressed when I first tried this but the more I use it, the more I am wondering what the hype is! It’s great in that it gives volume etc but like you I find 2 coats and it starts to go wrong….I can’t believe they recommend 3!!! I’ll keep using mine but not sure I would re-purcahse. Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Lash is equally as good and without the clumping! Great post xx

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  4. I’ve seen both sides of reviews. Some people really love it others don’t. I do think it comes down to absolute preference. But then again I’m not sure since I’ve never tried it. I almost don’t want to buy it and be disappointed

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  5. I love to pair this mascara with the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara. 1 coat of each is my perfect combo! As much I love the volume this gives me lashes but it flakes on me if I apply too much. I haven’t had it get clumpy on me yet. Its crazy how different products can be for everyone.

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  6. I have yet to try this because there are so many mixed reviews. I also have too many mascaras as it is. I want to get some of what I have before I get anything new.

    And who comes up with those crazy numbers? 1944%?! Riiiight. 😂

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  7. A lot of people swear by this product but for me? No… didn’t work. I returned it. I had a problem with clumping and it was all over under my eye multiple times so I wound up giving up on it. I’ve had wonderful experience with the new Dior Show formula and also Le Metier de Beaute. The mascara stays put, lashes stay curled… those are my faves.

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  8. I appreciate your honest review of Better Than Sex Mascara, including WHY it didn’t work for you. Based on your review, I think I’ll pass on this product.

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