Dupe Wars: Too Faced Better Than Sex VS L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

o you love the TF BTS mascara, but want a cheaper alternative? That’s great, because I think I found one!

Hello beauties and welcome back!

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…

Left-TF BTS, Right-Lash Paradise

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.

Is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara?

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!

What do you think? Have you tried either of these mascaras? If you have, do you think the Lash Paradise is a dupe for the TF BTS?

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll ttyl~

P.S. Have you heard? I’m preparing a huge giveaway and am taking requests for different product brands that you would like to get in this giveaway. Comment below which brands you would like to see in this giveaway! If you want to try these mascaras, I can also put them in the giveaway! Let me know!

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  1. pensivepalindrome | 4th Aug 17

    I’ve never tried the BTS mascara (I tend to go drugstore in that category) but I did give in to the hype and got the L’Oreal one recently. I like it overall, I think it does a good job of holding a curl and isn’t too flaky or clumpy. Tbh I’m not as huge of a fan of the brush because I feel like it doesn’t really “grab” my lashes the way the Lash Sensational (my holy grail) does but I overall like it. In terms of giveaway brands…maybe tarte, too faced, kat von d, maybelline 😉

    • Linda Talks Beauty | 14th Aug 17

      Hannah! I’m so glad you like the Lash Paradise! Also, thanks for the suggestions for the giveaway! I will definitely include some of those brands! 🙂

  2. Mayra | 5th Aug 17

    What a wonderful and detailed review. I think I may try the portal dupe at some point.

  3. Tigritsa | 5th Aug 17

    I think the BTS works better for your lashes! It’s funny because for most side by side comparisons I’ve seen, the Lash Paradise looks better! But I definitely see more length on you with the BTS! I was really enjoying Lash Paradise at first but now that I’m halfway through the tube, it’s become very clumpy and too dry so I’m a little disappointed because it started off strong. 🙁

  4. Snehal | 8th Aug 17

    I liked both the packaging! 😍
    Haven’t tried either of them yet. But if I’m asked to pick one I’ll get Lash Paradise! 😀

    • Linda Talks Beauty | 14th Aug 17

      Yes Yes Yes! The Lash Paradise is great, I still recommend both though if you’re really curious!

  5. crazyaboutcolors6 | 9th Aug 17

    Honestly I haven’t tried any of these mascaras, but I really wanted to try the too faced one….Nw I guess I can go with the Loreal one too….


  6. Always Cleia | 13th Aug 17

    I haven’t used either, but Lash Paradise definitely looks like a dupe! They both look great on you, but I see what you mean about getting a bit more volume and length from the Too Faced mascara.

    • Linda Talks Beauty | 14th Aug 17

      Thanks for stopping by Cleia! Yea, I still like both! But the price tag of the Lash Paradise is definitely more appealing!

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