Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extension System

Left to Right: Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat, Nylon Lash Fibers

What is it?
A three-step lash extension system that includes an activating mascara base and top coat and Flexistretch nylon lash fibers. (sephora.com)

Too Faced sent me the Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System for review the other day. For starters, let's talk about their cute packaging. I received this in the mail inside a brown box filled with the prettiest pink loose fill and a cute hand-written personal message. (See pics below)


Unboxing the package

Product Packaging
We're all used to the ornate girly packaging that Too Faced is famous for but this packaging is a little different. The sleek black box exudes sophisticated sexiness (if that's possible from a box lol). The top flap which contains steps to achieving brush-on false lashes, flips open exposing the actual product inside. Both the activating mascara and flexistretch nylon fiber tubes rest in a  black insert.

Actual product packaging is basic but sleek. The activating mascara (.30 fl oz) comes in a very sturdy gold tube. It reminds me of the Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara except that the Voluminous mascara packaging feels a bit lighter and cheaper.

The nylon lash fibers tube (.02 oz) is equally as sleek with its gold cap and the bottom portion is made of a white plastic material.

How It Works
The activating mascara base and top coat is designed specifically to melt and seal the Flexistretch nylon fibers into long, thick, dramatic lashes without the risk, mess, or commitment of other false lash alternatives. Unlike traditional fiber mascaras, Better Than False Lashes allows you to dial up the lengthening fibers so you easily get better, longer, thicker, more dramatic lashes instantly. (sephora.com)

The activating mascara contains a plastic wand applicator with a bunch of bristles; I'm not too fond of this applicator. It contains a typical mascara odor but goes on a bit moist so use with caution or else you'll end up getting mascara on your eyelids/underye, like I did :/
Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat - Step 1&3

The flexistretch nylon lash fibers on the other hand contains a much thinner wand with spiraling bristles resembling white cotton candy. There is no detectable odor and upon application your lashes do feel a little weird and heavy. It kind of feels like you have cotton stuck to your lashes.
Flexistretch Nylon Lash Fibers

3 step system:
1. PRIME: Use the activating mascara base & top coat to create a base for the nylon fibers to attach to your lashes.

2. BUILD: Apply 1-2 coats of the flexistretch nylon fibers. This will create length and volume.

3. SEAL: Seal the nylon fibers with the mascara base & top coat used in step 1 to achieve the false lash look.

98% saw longer lashes, an increase of 42% in lash length, 98% increase in lash volume and 90% saw thicker lashes. (too faced)

Lashes without any product 
Lashes with product
Lashes with product

You can see by the photos above how much longer my lashes look. I don't think I see any noticeable volume though. I do like the length that this system creates for your lashes but when I wear falsies I wear them more for volume than length since my lashes are already long. I really dislike that the mascara got on my eye area where I had already applied eyeshadow, concealer and foundation. Another big dislike is that my lashes clumped together and that is my biggest mascara pet peeve. It was very hard and virtually impossible  to separate them with a clean brush. For a while, my top lashes kept sticking to my bottom lashes and it was just an annoyance. It took some time for me to get used to it throughout the day. I used my trusty Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes to take it off at the end of the day and it was such a hassle, I almost didn't get it off :/

This product is ophthalmologist tested and approved for contact lens wearers. I tested it while wearing my contacts and did not have an issue with that.

Is it worth $35? Not for me, maybe for someone else who is willing to spend that on a system that lengthens lashes. I do intend to try it out again in the future, maybe I have to let the coats dry completely in between? I don't know. But when I do, I'll be sure to keep you guys updated. In the meantime if any of you have any tips please leave a comment down below.

Pricing & Availability
The Better Than False Lashes Extension System can be found exclusively at sephora.com until July 2012 and retails for $35.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by Too Faced Cosmetics. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this product. This review only reflects my honest opinions and experiences with the product.

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