Review: Is This Drugstore Mascara A Dupe For This Cult Classic?
Beauty junkies across Singapore let out a collective sigh of joy when the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara launched here recently. The mascara had not only gotten rave reviews since it launched in the US more than a year ago, but also garnered the reputation of being a dupe for the pricier Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. So which is better? We decided to put them to the test.
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The Too Faced Better Than Sex (Waterproof), $35 for 8ml, comes in a pale green packaging with hourglass-shaped bristles that promise to cover each lash in the thickening, lengthening and curling formula.
The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise, $22.90 for 7.6ml, is packaged in a dusty pink tube with more than 200 bristles that promise to grab and coat every lash with the lengthening and volumising formula.
To start with, both formulas go on well. After a few days of the tubes being opened, they have the same amount of clumping when applied to the lashes. But the Too Faced Better Than Sex is marginally clumpier – not something that bothers me too much though.
Here's a photo of myself without mascara to give you an idea of what my eyelashes look like naturally.
Lengthening, volumising and curling effects
I applied one mascara on each side, and it’s clear that the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise (right) lengthens and thickens my lashes and even adds a curling-effect as a bonus. The Too Faced Better Than Sex (left) adds volume but doesn’t do much in terms of curling or lengthening.
As seen here, the Too Faced Better Than Sex smudged when I got a few drops of rain on my face as I jumped from the taxi to the restaurant. The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise doesn’t smudge (I’ve splashed water on my face with it on) or budge in the humidity.
Stays put all day
This is the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise after a whole day’s wear. It doesn’t flake and the curl lasts too. I like that unlike most waterproof mascaras, it’s easy to remove with eye makeup remover. The Too Faced Better Than Sex also lasts all day without flaking, but on occasion does smudge on my undereye. It’s also easily removed with eye makeup remover.