Drugstore vs. High-End: Battle of the Mascaras

Anyone who has read my most recent High-End Beauty Wishlist will know that I’ve been so intrigued over the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for a while now. I’d been in two minds for absolutely ages about whether to let go of £19 to see whether this mascara really is as amazing as so many people say it is. More importantly I wanted to know if it would match up to my holy grail mascara which just so happens to be an £8.99 drugstore one, my trusty Maybelline Lash Sensational. I’ve bought this mascara over and over again, I’ve tried so many different ones and I always come back to this because it just delivers. So, I (kind of painfully) splashed out the £19 as a treat one day and I wanted to do a comparison to show you whether it’s really worth the extra £10.

Maybelline Lash Sensational – £8.99

I can’t rave enough about this mascara, it’s in my top 5 all-time favourite beauty products and I’m tempted to say I’d be buried with it. As I’ve already said, this is the one I always go back to and I’ve never found a better one. Plus it’s super affordable and lasts absolutely ages without drying out and becoming flakey. The wand is curved and has short plastic bristles that get thinner towards the end of the wand which is perfect for getting every single lash right into the inner corners. It’s also really easy to apply to your bottom lashes without getting product everywhere because it’s not bulky at all. The packaging is a lovely pink colour and is lightweight as well which is perfect for travelling.

Too Faced Better Than Sex – £19

This mascara comes packaged in a box that basically promotes all the things it’s meant to do, for example it claims to give your lashes 1,944% more volume which is quite a big claim. It also promises to curl your lashes and lengthen them dramatically with just one coat. The actual mascara tube is really quite weighty which I found a little awkward when it came to applying it, I don’t know whether this is just because I’m so used to the lightweight Maybelline tube so it might just take some getting used to. The wand itself is also quite bulky, it’s a much larger hourglass kind of shape with longer bristles. This made it quite difficult to really get into the inner corner lashes and it was trickier to apply to my bottom lashes as well but again, this could just be because I’ve only used it a couple of times and I need to adapt to it. I do really like how the packaging looks, it’s like the perfect shade of pink.

Most importantly, which one actually looks better when applied? Time for the big comparison!

On the right eye you can see that the Maybelline mascara definitely gives amazing length and definition. It feels really lightweight on my eyes and definitely helps to curl them up. Although I use an eyelash curler anyway before I apply my mascara, I have some pesky eyelashes that grow downwards and still pop out but these are never to be seen when I’m wearing this mascara. I’m wearing three coats of mascara in this photo and you can apply more or less depending on if you want a more natural look or dramatic look which is something I really love about it.

As for the Too Faced mascara on the left eye, it did give me pretty amazing volume. I only have to apply two coats of this mascara so it’s a little quicker to apply as it builds up easier so it’s very convenient in that respect. I did find that although it claims to help curl your lashes, my pesky downwards-growing eyelashes do make a bit of an appearance which is a shame as Maybelline is better for hiding those. The Too Faced mascara did make my eyelashes feel amazingly long though which I’m in love with, it almost looks like lash extensions if you really build the product up.

Overall, I honestly love both of these mascaras. Both of them make my eyelashes feel all fluttery and amazing but I’m afraid that Too Faced hasn’t managed to push my trusty Maybelline mascara completely out of the picture. I’m not sure if I’ll be repurchasing Better Than Sex when I run out of this tube because of the price as I know that I can get one I love just as much for half the money. I do really love how amazing it makes my eyelashes look though. I actually think that if Better Than Sex was a little less bulky and easier to apply, I might love it just that little bit more. Lash Sensational is definitely the winner for me particularly in terms of value for money and ease of application. I love you, Too Faced, but you’re just not bae. I’m sorry, we can still be friends.

What’s your holy grail mascara? Let me know in the comments below and thank you so much for reading this post. Go and check out what other high-end products I’ve been lusting after if you’re curious!

34 Comments

  1. September 13, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Lash Sensational is the absolute best mascara ever, also my holy grail too and i think i’d have a bit of a meltdown if they ever got rid of it! I kind of wish they would bring it out in funkier colours as the formula is so good!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • September 13, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Snap! That would be really cool, I’d love some blues and bright purples x

  2. September 13, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    love the packaging of this mascara, and I LOVE the results, it’s like you’re wearing the daily fake eyelashes. Very beautiful.

  3. theglassofclass
    September 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Both mascaras look lovely! Personally my fave has been Day 2 Night Rimmel because I just love the 2 step method they implemented there. It gives me the ability to choose how dramatic I want my eyelashes to look. Great post!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

  4. September 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Out of all the make up products I adore Mascara, it’s one that doesn’t effect my skin! So I am a massive lover of this post, it’s always the question, drugstore or high end! Do you go for the product that costs £10 extra or not? From this I can’t really tell the difference between the two when they’re on you. They both make your eyes look the same!

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • September 14, 2017 / 9:03 am

      Mascara is the best! Thanks so much, I’m glad you like it. I know, they’re so similar! x

  5. September 13, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Love this! I’ve never tried the Maybelline one but defo will. I currently have the Two faced one but waterproof. It’s my first water proof mascara, and I hate it. It’s sooo hard to remove haha. But also I much prefer Benefit mascaras. I wont be repurchasing Two Faced mascara either x

    • September 14, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Definitely do it! Ooh, waterproof ones can be a pain. Benefit do have some goodens x

  6. Anu
    September 13, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I think drugstore mascaras are as good if not even better than high end ones! The Maybelline one used to be my favourite but I’ve been trying different mascaras from Essence and their amazing. Plus they only cost about 4€ :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

    • September 14, 2017 / 9:02 am

      I’ve never heard of Essence but I’ll have to look into them! x

  7. September 13, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Better Than Sex, but £19.. 😶 I tend to forget to wear mascara too, because of eyeliner, I guess it would just be a waste for me! 🙈

    • September 14, 2017 / 9:01 am

      I know right? For half the price I’ve kinda got to side with drugstore haha x

  8. September 14, 2017 / 9:46 am

    This post just makes my (already huge) love for drugstore grow even more! Is it bad that I’m actually so glad that the Too Faced mascara didn’t live up to the Lash Sensational?! Haha! Loved this comparison though hun, it was an interesting read!xx

    • September 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

      I feel ya, drugstore is the best. Not bad at all, it’s definitely an amazing product but Lash Sensational still shines just as bright for me. Thanks so much x

  9. September 14, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I’ve always used Lash Sensational, it’s amazing and I love that it’s just as good as the high end products too! Great post, thank you!xx

  10. September 14, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I used to love the lash sensational! It was my ultimate go-to! I don’t think I will find one better xo

  11. September 15, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I’ve just battles Maybelline with another high end mascara, and just like you, I figured out that nothing can beat it 😀

  12. September 17, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Everyone seems to be obsessed with this better than sex mascara and I really want to try it too so I understand your fascination! My holy grail mascara has got to be L’Oréal telescoper! It’s perfect if you have small lashes like me xxx

    • September 18, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Trust me, it’s worth the hype because it’s great results. Ooh I’ve never tried that one! x

  13. Kayleigh Zara
    September 17, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    The better than sex mascara is amazing and it looks really good on you! I’ve not tried the other mascara mentioned but I might have to x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  14. September 19, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Unfortunately I just can’t get on with Lash Sensational- I prefer bigger brushes and I find it flakes when I take it off. But I’ve always wanted to try Too Faced mascaras so might give this a go x

    • September 20, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Oh no! I’ve never had it flake on me but it’s a perfect example of how different products can be totally different depending on the person. Definitely do! It gives lovely results x

  15. September 20, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I’ve seen so much of this one as a dupe! Personally I lie drugstore mascaras as they all work the same to me. But I love how both look on you!

    • September 21, 2017 / 9:03 am

      You can get some amazing drugstore ones! Thank you x

  16. May 6, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Never tried the better than sex mascara but I really want to see what the hype is about, is it better than sex? I’ll hsve to put it to the rest haha. My holy grail mascara is the waterproof last sensational. I used to detest waterproof mascaras until I tried this one. Not only does it work wonders on my lashes but it’s an absolute bargain, win win!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • May 7, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Haha depends on the person I suppose! Lash Sensational is definitely my personal favourite, it’s so affordable as well x

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