Too Faced sent me their Better Than False Lashes ($35.00) to try out. This isn’t your traditional mascara — they’ve deemed it a lash extension system that claims to be like brushing on false lashes. I always get excited by new innovations (especially when it comes to makeup), so I was eager to see how this works. Combining mascara and fiber is not new — there are mascaras out there that already have nylon fibers built in, so what makes this Too Faced product different is that the nylon fibers are separate from the mascara giving you control of how much you want to apply.
Better Than False Lashes comes with a tube of Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat and a tube of Nylon Lash Fibers (shown below). Too Faced developed an exclusive nylon fiber called “Flexistretch” that is responsible for building length and volume when used with their activating mascara.
Here are some closeups of the wands for the activating mascara (left) and nylon lash fibers (right). The fibers look like tiny pieces of lint. The activating mascara acts as a primer for the nylon fibers to adhere to as well as a seal to both stretch the fibers and keep them in place.
This lash extension system is made of up of 3 easy steps. I find it best to do all 3 steps on one set of lashes first instead of doing both of your lashes at the same time. Here’s how to do it!
If you’d like, curl your lashes first.
Apply 1 to 2 coats of the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat to prime your lashes. I don’t recommend applying more than 2 coats since it could start to get clumpy.
The activating mascara has a sticky quality to it that will help the nylon fibers cling to your lashes.
Brush on 1 or 2 coats of the Nylon Lash Fibers onto your lashes.
I recommend applying the fibers from the middle towards the tips of your lashes rather than starting at the roots, especially if your eyes are sensitive and/or if you wear contact lenses as some of the fibers may get into your eye and possibly cause irritation. Doing this will also help prevent your upper lashes from sticking to your lower lashes when you blink!
Apply a final coat or two of the activating mascara to cover and seal the nylon fibers. You will notice your lashes appear longer and thicker.
Now go back to Step 1 and repeat the rest of the steps for your other eye!
Removing the mascara is really simple — just use warm water and apply some pressure with your fingertips. The mascara will slide off, similar to removing Blic Kiss Me Mascara (my review has a picture of the tubes you’ll see when you slide off the mascara).
If you click on the picture above, you can see a better view of how my lashes looked like after using Too Faced Better Than False Lashes. Although my lashes looked noticeably thicker and longer (compare the picture in Step 1 with the picture in Step 3!), it doesn’t really look that way in the picture above. This is because my lashes could not hold a curl very well with all the layers of product weighing down my lashes. But with that said, even eyelash primer weighs my lashes down, so you could get better results depending on your lashes. Better Than False Lashes can really give you more length and volume than a traditional mascara. I wouldn’t go as far to say that you’ll get the exact same fullness as gluing on a pair of false lashes though, but this lash extension system is much easier to apply and remove than false lashes and gives pretty good results (assuming your lashes are not as stubborn as mine). I’m just going to stick to my waterproof mascaras for now (that take longer to remove but worth the extra effort for my lashes to stay curled all day).
Have you tried Too Faced Better Than False Lashes? If so, leave a comment and let us know how your experience was using it!
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