Bluecatbaby asks…I recently read about a new Too-Faced product, called “Better Than False Lashes.” It uses a tube of mascara and a tube of nylon fibers. Has anyone tried this, because it sounds interesting. Too-Faced promotes it as an alternative to false lashes, not as an alternative to your current mascara. Whatever. Are there any ingredients in these two products (the two tubes) that are different than other mascaras? Are there any ingredients that would make it an improvement on other mascaras?
The Beauty Brains respond:
Typical mascaras are wax-based so they just provide a goopy thickening layer on top of your lashes. The activating mascara and top coat of Better Than False Lashes, like Blinc’s Kiss Me mascara, is based on acrylic polymers which are like hair styling gel ingredients. These polymers form a “shell” around each lash. (That’s how Blinc mascara makes those little tubes. The Flexistretch layer consists of nylon particles that give a textured effect, The combination of the two will give you an effect that is different than a regular wax based mascara.
One caveat -some people, especially contact lens wearers, have had problems with nylon fiber products because pieces break off and get caught under the lens resulting in eye irritation.
Better Than False Lashes Ingredients
Activating Mascara and Top Coat: Water/Aqua/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Paraffin, Ozokerite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, PVP, Glycol Montanate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Triethanolamine, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydrogenated Palm Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Synthetic Wax, Nylon-66, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Black 2 (CI 77266).
Flexistretch Nylon Fibers: Nylon-66, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile minérale, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
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