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Okay friends, as promised, here are my thoughts after trying out the dupe of my all-time favorite mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex. 🙈 I know. I can’t even with that name, but hey. It IS pretty dang good mascara, man. Not gonna lie!! But…the price tag is not small, so, after hearing from some of my Instagram buddies about the new dupe on the market, L’Oreal Lash Paradise, I thought I’d test it out for a couple of weeks and report back. For two weeks, I wore both mascaras in the blackest black shade offered with Too Faced Better Than Sex on my right eye (left side of pic) and L’Oreal Lash Paradise on my left eye (right side of pic)…..and here’s what I learned!
(BEFORE…Where did her lashes go, y’all….?!? 😉)
So I’ve used the Too Faced version for as many years as I can remember, and I absolutely love how it gives some SERIOUS coverage in only one coat. You really only need one swipe of this stuff, and your lashes are good to go. A second coat up top on the outer corner is all I usually add, and man Too Faced mascara gives me that POP! Maybe it IS better than…….nah. But it’s a close second… 😏
The tube costs around $25-30 depending on where you buy it, and it lasts about the same length of time any other tube will last. That’s a pretty penny to pay for some black goop to schmear on your peepers, but hey. I obviously loved it enough to keep buying it, so take that for what you will! A little bit of flaking at the end of the day, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Another con I’d say is the wetness factor. This stuff seems way wetter when it comes out of the tube than the L’Oreal version, which I’m thinking adds to the fact that you can get WAY more onto your lashes in one swipe…but it clumps easier, too. The wand tip gets clumpier and hard to NOT get clumps. A small price to pay for one-coat wonderfulness….or is it?
(Too Faced = .27 oz | L’Oreal = .28 oz….even though the actual tube is much smaller)
PROS: This tube only costs around $8 and can be easily purchased at any big box store like Target…while also buying toilet paper and kitty litter. That’s a win in my book. 🙌🏻 L’Oreal Lash Paradise does offer pretty great coverage for a drug store brand, but….
CONS: …not quite as much coverage as Too Faced. If I had to put into math-y terms, I’d say that if it takes 1 coat of Too Faced to achieve a full look, then it will take 1.5-2 coats of L’Oreal. Just a liiiiiiiiittle bit more. The Too Faced mascara is lots wetter like I said above, which does aid in quick coverage because more product comes out of the tube on the wand. The L’Oreal mascara is a bit drier and thus (I think) takes more dips and coats to achieve the same look.
This mascara also had flaking by the end of the day. I’ve yet to meet a mascara that didn’t! I’d say the L’Oreal mascara had a tiny bit less than the Too Faced, but nothing crazy different.
(Too Faced ONE coat on the left side of pic, and L’Oreal TWO coats on the right)
Honestly, in the end….it’s a narrow win by L’Oreal Lash Paradise! Here’s why: If you don’t want to spend almost $30 on mascara, then this dupe will do a pretty good job at only $8. Be prepared that it is drier and takes maybe an extra half-coat to full coat to achieve the same look as the Too Faced brand, but hey. It’s cheap. It does the trick. I can use it as an excuse to run to Target. WIN WIN WIN! 😏 But not by much. I still love Too Faced Better Than Sex and might just alternate as I think of it, because I’m unpredictable like that…😉
Have any of you tried either of these? Or both? I’d love to hear if you agree with the results of my mascara experiment or if you have another dupe you’d like me to put to the test in the comments below! Thoughts and feels?!