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I've always been a maven for mascaras - aren't most women? - ever since I first started wearing makeup (and sneaking swipes of the magical stuff onto my lashes before I was allowed. oops. XD) But up until quite recently, I never dipped my toes in the waters of higher-end mascaras, quite simply because so many drugstore mascaras are so. good. Really, I never saw the need to splash out on one of the more expensive ones, because I liked what my Covergirl In Bloom Waterproof mascara did, and it was 1/3 of the price.
But. There was a lot of hype around the Too Faced "Better Than Sex" mascara last spring, and so I'd had it hesitantly on my list for a while, waiting until I'd finished the drugstore mascaras I had, and when I was ready to try something new. That happened to be in October (so a good bit later, I should say... XD). I also had a Sephora gift card I had gotten for my birthday, so naturally I was a bit more bound to splurge because I wasn't paying for it. I bought the mascara, loved it.
More recently, I purchased the Benefit "They're Real!" mascara, because I'd been using the test size for several months (makin it last, ladies!) and found myself constantly returning to it. So here's the skinny:
THEY'RE REAL BETTER THAN SEX
Full size costs $24 in the US Full size costs $23 in the US
0.3 oz. of product .27 oz. of product
Plastic wand Brush/bristle wand
Too Faced "Better Than Sex"
This mascara is perfect if you like a thick, heavy lash. The product does clump a bit, but the length and volume achieved are pretty incomparable. I like to wear this mascara for nicer occasions or when I'm wearing a smokey eye look. It's bold, it's thick, it's very black. (It also can be a bit messy to apply, as the formula is on the wetter side - nothing too irritating, but just something to be aware of.) The wand is a bristle brush, with an hourglass shaped figure that does a good job of amping up the volume, from roots to tips. My main qualm with this product is longevity: it holds a curl perfectly all day, but as far as I'm aware the product doesn't come in a waterproof formula, and it does run a bit if you're eyes are watering for any reason. I don't like to wear this on my bottom lashes for that reason, though it does give a lovely Twiggy/60's vibe when I do...
Benefit "They're Real"
Right off the bat, I preferred the wand of this one from the BTS mascara. In general, I prefer a plastic wand, and the shape of this one in particular (wide, evenly dispersed bristles) really lifts and lengthens your lashes. And really, in general this mascara is the bomb when it comes to lengthening, separating and defining lashes. It's especially good for bottom lashes, and since the formula is very dry, doesn't run whatsoever. I wear this most days because it is more long-lasting and really does hold your eyelash-curl up (not that I've really worried about that, but it is nice...) Again, not sure if it comes in a waterproof formula or not, but it takes me a good bit of coconut oil to dissolve this in the evenings, so if your concern is smudging, this mascara has got you. The formula is dry, however, so if that's not your thing, you might not prefer it. (Meanwhile I like my mascaras dry. The longer I've had them, the better they get...;)
And there you have it, ladies! I think in general I prefer "They're Real" - I usually prefer a clump-free lash anyway, so that should be no surprise! XD I would be quite likely to repurchase this mascara, and I rarely even repurchase drugstore mascaras (In Bloom and the Clump Crusher from Covergirl are the only ones I ever have.) Still, that's not to say I haven't really enjoyed and will continue to enjoy "Better Than Sex", especially on days when I'm feeling more glamorous. It's like a blowout for your lashes: you don't do it everyday, but when you do, you always feel an extra oomph in your step (or eyelash flutter. depending. ;)
What do you say? Have you/are you considering purchasing either of these mascaras? What are some of your favorite all-time mascaras, and do you prefer thick, voluminous lashes or long, defined lashes? Lemme know!