I don't think I've ever done a splurge vs. steal beauty product review but I thought it would be something new and fun to try out. Hopefully you'll find these helpful! So, I have been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for about two weeks now. I have always been a drugstore mascara kind of girl (because I'm cheap) but that doesn't mean that my curiosity doesn't end up leading me to splurge a little on higher end products. I have loved using the pricier mascara but as you know, when I received the L'Orèal Lash Paradise Mascara a few weeks(maybe months?) ago, I was instantly hooked. It claims to have many of the same benefits so for less than half the price of the splurge mascara!
It never really occurred to me that it might be a dupe for the TF mascara. But after raving about it in a few previous posts and on Snapchat, I got asked the same question over and over again, "DO YOU THINK IT'S A GOOD DUPE FOR THE TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA?!"... So after answering that question about 13 times, I decided to just dedicate a post to answering that question for those of you that haven't asked me but are wondering! I wanted to highlight my experience as well as some of the pros and cons of each mascara. I also want to mention that I did not figure in whether the waterproof factor in the L'Orèal version was more effective since my Too Faced mascara wasn't waterproof. 😓
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This mascara makes your lashes pop! I have pretty fine, pin-straight lashes but with three coats of this mascara, my lashes look so full. This mascara stayed in place all day long without running or smudging and it looked just as good at the end of the day.
The biggest con is definitely the price! Twenty-three dollars for mascara just isn't realistic for most people.. I personally think it's expensive. Another kind of silly con for this one is the name. I thought the name was witty until my six year old sister was in my beauty room practicing her reading skills on my beauty product labels. She started to sound this one out and yeah... It was just awkward, lol... 😶 And finally, this mascara can make my lashes look clumpy, it's not very easy to take off, and it does require AT LEAST three coats to get the look I want.
L'Orèal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
The price of this mascara is amazing! It's about ten dollars at Ulta but I also found it for nine dollars at Target. I, also, achieved the look I was looking for with three coats of this mascara. The mascara went on with very minimal clumping and lasted all day long. I loved the volume and extra length this mascara added to my eyelashes!
Really the only con I have for this mascara is that it takes three coats to achieve my desired look. But I feel like almost any mascara on the market takes at least that many coats to get a full lash look without using fake lashes. Also, I do want to mention that I couldn't remove this mascara with just my Neutrogena makeup remover wipes (because it's the waterproof version) but it did melt off easily with my L'Orèal Micellar Water (review here).
I am definitely a fan of the splurge version but I also love a good deal! I personally think the L'Orèal Lash Paradise is just as good of a mascara as the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. With the same amount of coats, I got a very similar look and you know what? I did find that my lashes looked less clumpy with the less expensive mascara. My final verdict? Save your money and buy the steal! 😎