Review: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System
Back in the summer, I paid my usual pilgrimage to Sephora while I was on holiday in Florida, and as soon as I walked through those hallowed doors, I found myself staring at a huge display full of boxes of Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System.
Well, instantly my interest was piqued. Mascara is one of my biggest beauty obsessions, and, along with foundation, it’s the item I’m prepared to spend most money on. When it comes to lashes, I take a “the bigger, the better” approach. I’m not after the “natural” look so many brands seem to advertise. No, I want them to look as long and as dramatic as possible: like false lashes, basically. I don’t even care if they look fake – as I said, the bigger, the better.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System: actually a mascara
This product promised to do exactly that. Although it bills itself as a “lash extension system”, it’s actually a mascara which works along similar lines to Imju’s Fiberwig or Tweezerman Fastlash, both of which I’ve used in the past, with varying degrees of success: you’re basically brushing lots of tiny little fibres onto your lashes, and then painting them into place with mascara. It sounds complicated, and, indeed, it sometimes IS complicated, but it’s not quite as new an idea as the advertising for this might lead you to suspect.
As I stood and looked at the boxes, however, one of the Sephora sales assistant materialised at my elbow and asked me what I thought. I was about to give her the polite brush-off, as is my way, but then she mentioned she was wearing this Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System at that very moment. I looked closely at her lashes (Aside: it must be so strange for women who work on cosmetics counters, being subjected to such scrutiny!), and from that moment, the mascara was as good as sold. Seriously, folks, this girl’s eyelashes were amazing. They were long, lucisious, thick… I’m starting to sound a bit creepy now, aren’t I? They were perfect, though. “I’ll take it!” I said, and practically threw the box into my basket. Sold, to the woman who’d probably wear false lashes every day, if she didn’t know people would make fun of her for it…
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System: inside the box
Anyway, I got my package home, and naturally I had to try it right away. Inside the box, I found two tubes: a mascara…
And the tube containing those all-important fibres…
Applying Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System is a three-step process, and not something I’d recommend trying to do in a hurry, because it’s fiddly, and can take a bit of practice to get right.
STEP ONE: apply the mascara.
This is the easy part, because it’s just a regular mascara, no different from any other one you’ve used. Don’t expect miracles from this first application: there’s nothing to stop you using the mascara on its own if you want to, but it’s just a bog-standard mascara. It won’t lift, or curl, or lengthen, or anything like that. In order for that particular magic to happen, you need to move on to…
STEP TWO: brush on the fibres
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System: step 2
This isn’t too tricky either. The white fibres adhere pretty easily to your lashes, so really, all you need to do is gently touch the brush to the tips of your lashes: you’ll see the white fibres attach to the mascara. It might take a bit of experimentation to work out exactly how thick a layer you want to use. I tend to just ladle the stuff on, but I’m going for a spider-leg look, basically. If you want a more subtle effect, you can just brush on a very light layer. Once you’ve done that, it’s time for…
Step 3: Apply another layer of mascara
This third layer is what cements the fibres onto your lashes, and keeps them in place. It also covers up the whiteness of them, too, otherwise you’d be walking around looking like your eyelashes could be doing with a good dusting.
This is where it starts to get tricky. And also sticky. I find this third layer is the point in the process in which it can all start to go horribly wrong. You see, this mascara is super-sticky. It needs to be, of course, for the fibres to be able to adhere to it, but it means that everything else will adhere to it, too. For me, this mascara has a really high probability of clumping. The lashes want to cling to each other, basically, so unless you’re very careful (and sometimes even if you ARE…) they’ll stick to each other like glue, and create a super-clumpy effect: not good. After my first two attempts to use this, I learned not to use it on my lower lashes at all, because every time I tried, I found that the second I blinked, the top lashes would try to stick to the bottom ones: REALLY not good. I also learned to always apply this mascara AFTER doing my hair: if I put the mascara on first, and then tipped my head upside down to blow-dry my wet hair, the hair would try to stick to the mascara, and a clumpy mess would ensue.
So it’s not the easiest mascara in the world to use, is what I’m saying. The first time I used it, I absolutely hated it, and thought I’d wasted my money. The second time I tried wasn’t much better. By the third time, however, I was starting to get the hang of it, and by the fourth time? I was officially in love.
(Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System on my lashes. These photos were taken on a day when it didn’t turn out quite as well as it can do. I know it looks kinda spidery here, but bear in mind that these pics are extreme close-ups, and no one actually sees your lashes in this amount of detail in real life…)
You see, the thing about this product is that although it’s hard to use, when it works, it REALLY works. I’ve used a lot of different mascaras, but I’ve never tried one which created quite as much length as this one: it really is amazing in that respect. The problem is, however, that it’s unpredictable. I’m pretty used to it now, so I have more good experiences than bad ones, but even so, I still have days where I put it on, and end up with a clumpy mess. In summary:
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System: THE PROS
1. Amazing length
2. Genuinely does what it claims to do, and looks better than false lashes
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System: THE CONS
1. Hard to use
2. Clumps easily
3. Expensive: I think I paid £30 for my last box, compared to around £22 for my usual Lancome mascara)
4. Runs out quickly. This could just be me, but while the mascara lasts for roughly as long as any other mascara, I find I run through the smaller fibre pot really quickly. The mascara is no good to me without it, so as soon as the fibres are gone, it needs to be replaced.
There are definitely more Cons than there are Pros here, then, but despite all of this, I DID re-purchase it a couple of months ago, having tracked it down at ASOS.com. It doesn’t seem to be available there at the time of writing, but I’ve noticed that it comes in and out of stock there, so if you want to try it, and you’re in the UK, you might want to keep an eye on the site . I’ve yet to find any other UK online stockists (If you’re in the US, you’ll find it at Sephora), but Too Faced counters should be able to help. Why did I re-purchase, having complained about how hit-and-miss it can be? Because as I said above, when it works, it REALLY works, and creates the longest, thickest lashes I’ve ever had from a mascara alone. It’s worth it just for that.
Annoyingly, having tried my best to take decent photos of this product on with my DSLR, the best ones I managed were taken with my iPhone, in low light, while I was on holiday. Apologies for the qualities of these (and for my squinty expression – I was trying to capture the length!): I didn’t actually take these photos with the aim of posting them here, but they do a better job of showing you what this product really looks like on!