Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara


I was excited to try the Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara (RRP $38.00) since it’s release last year, but told myself I would use up a few on the go mascaras I had on hand first. Trying to live that more minimal lifestyle, etc.

I love a lot of Too Faced products, so I am not here to slam the brand. I’ve also seen a lot of mixed reviews on this product after buying it. Some people absolutely LOVE it, so if you’ve tried it and it works for you, that’s great! Also, it’s worth noting that I purchased this waterproof mascara with my own money.

I hadn’t seen many reviews on this product, but new that the original Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara (RRP $38.00) was a cult favourite. This product was marketed as the same, but waterproof. Win win, right? Well, not really. I have used the BTS original mascara a few years ago in a sample size and loved it. But as someone with oily eyelids and a tendency to have watery eyes, I try to find waterproof mascara versions where I can.

Now, I haven’t used the original mascara in a while, but I am certain the waterproof mascara is not the same. Similar in the wand, but formula is a lot different. I’ve seen a LOT of mixed reviews on this product. Ranging from five star, ride or die status, to bitter disappointment and betrayal. I, unfortunately, am in the latter camp. But hey, I still made a cute flat lay, so there’s that.

The major concern I have is the clumpiness. I will preface this with: if you like clumpy mascara, good on you. I personally, do not prefer this style of mascara. Opting for volume and length without the chunk factor. The first few uses of this mascara I thought went fairly well. I found it pretty great to be honest! But after extended usage over time, I’ve found that the formula becomes more and more clumpy. I ended up scraping half the product off the brush back into the tube and lighting stroking it on, with not much effect.

Secondly, the waterproof ability. It’s not great. I’ve seen reviews saying that this is the best, won’t come off in the pool/shower/bath/etc. But I’ve found that even after a day of wear, with no water involved, things get smudgy. I become somewhat of a walking panda. This doesn’t even happen with some of my non-waterproof mascaras, so I felt pretty ripped off here. It comes off pretty easily in the shower as well.

Have you tried the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara – Original or Waterproof? What was your experience?

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  • I’ve always been curious about these mascaras. Thanks for your honest review x

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks for reading Rachel!

  • Zerin Hassan

    I actually love it and got my mum and two friends on it. Never had any issues.

    • Kate Flint

      It’s definitely a big divide in the beauty community over this mascara, half of the people hate it and the other half swear by it!

  • I’ve heard so many good things about this mascara so it’s nice to hear something more balanced.

    • Kate Flint

      After I found I didn’t like it I checked online and there is such a divide! So many people love it and just as many people hate it. Bizarre!

  • Such a shame. Waterproof mascarass never work for me! <3

    • Kate Flint

      I’m heading back to the drawing board for a good waterproof mascara that works for me. I know she’s out there *looks out window*

  • So disappointed to hear this one didn’t work out. I HATE smudging so I’ll be avoiding!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Kate Flint

      Glad I saved you $38 Sarah haha! The search continues!

  • I am a huge fan of the original, that’s disappointing this one didn’t work for you.

    • Kate Flint

      It was, but makeup is never a perfect science, can’t find something to suit everyone! 🙂