Today I’m going to be starting a new series called Dupe Wars. In this series, I will be comparing products that seem to be very similar either based on the packaging or formula of the products, then testing both out, showing y’all the results of the dupe battle, and ultimately, decide if a dupe has been found.
For the first dupe battle, I will be comparing the cult favorite Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara against the recently launched L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara. I have the waterproof version of both, because let’s be real – if it’s not waterproof, I’m not messing with it. IMO regular versions of a mascara are too temperamental. One day, it may perform perfectly and the next, it could smear everywhere and give you raccoon eyes. Alrighty, let’s get into the dupe battle!
TF BTS: $23 for 0.27 oz
L’Oreal Lash Paradise: $9.99 for 0.25 oz
It’s very obvious which mascara wins this round! The L’Oreal Lash Paradise is less than half the cost of the TF BTS mascara, even though it contains 0.02 oz less product. When you look at cost per oz, the Lash Paradise still wins at $39.96/oz, while the TF BTS is $85.16/oz.
If you compare the L’Oreal Lash Paradise with the original formula of the TF BTS, which has the pink tube, you’ll find that the packaging is really similar. There are only slight differences – the Lash Paradise has a gold band going around the top of the tube and the TF BTS has a “water droplets” texture on the tube. The waterproof version of the TF BTS is an aqua color, so the difference there is more apparent. The waterproof and regular formulas of the Lash Paradise look identical, except for the minor detail of the word “waterproof” label on the tube.
The wand applicators of both, again, look very similar in shape and size. But if you look closer, you’ll see that the TF BTS mascara wand has bigger gaps between the bristles and the bristles themselves, are a tiny bit longer on both ends of the comb. Hence, the TF BTS mascara comb has a true peanut shape, whereas the Lash Paradise mascara has more of an ear plug shape.
I think the formulas of both are great and really similar. Both waterproof formulas don’t smudge or flake. They both give me so much volume and also lengthens my lashes quite a bit. However, the TF BTS formula is slightly drier and thicker and because of this, my lashes actually look slightly more voluminous and lengthened than the Lash Paradise. The difference is barely noticeable, but if you look at the photo below…
On the left, I have on the TF BTS and on the right, the Lash Paradise. It looks like there is more and longer lashes on the left side. You can definitely see that the lashes extend above my crease, whereas the lashes on the right with the Lash Paradise don’t extend above my crease.
Although there is a slight difference in the outcome, I feel like it’s not really noticeable and with such similar packaging and a great price tag, I dare say that the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara is a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!
I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll ttyl~
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