The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara retails at R300.00 in South Africa, R10.00 cheaper than Perversion. I bought mine in-store at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, but it is available on the Urban Decay online store.

Let’s talk packaging.

One of the first things that attracted me to the Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara is the packaging. There is nothing not to love about this packaging, it’s pretty and pretty makeup always sells fast.

The mascara comes in a prismatic tube that shifts colours under certain lights – to me it looks very much like an oil-slick. The tube is a hard durable plastic that will travel easily in your handbag or on holiday.

Let’s talk marketing tactics.

Apparently Urban Decay employees tested this formula themselves and it lasted through saunas, snowboarding, and sex. We get it, it’s long lasting. I don’t need a mental image of Urban Decay employees having sex while wearing this mascara. I do also feel that the sex-proof is a little reminiscent of the Too Faced Better Than Sex marketing.

Let’s talk formula and promises.

This failsafe mascara promises a lengthening, perfectly fanned-out look with extreme volume for longer and thicker-looking lashes. It is designed to volumize and lengthen lashes while separating them with just one application.

The formula is said to be light weight, infused with a combination of hollow silica and ultra-light fibres to boost volume without the extra weight.

The applicator is designed in a straight barrel with spikes intended to separate and coat individual lashes.

So did it deliver?

To be honest, I think that the mascara delivers on the promises it makes. While I cannot test it out while snowboarding (for lack of skills and the wrong climate), I can confirm that South Africa’s climate is warm enough to count as a sauna test and it gets an A+, and as for the last promise, I cannot confirm nor deny that Troublemaker makes it through. I had no issues with bleeding, smudging or flaking while wearing the mascara.

I found that the mascara applied to the lashes really well and made a definite difference in the volume at the base on my lashes. It also lengthened without clumping and gave my lashes a natural curl after just one application. I have read a few reviews about the volume, lengthening and curl of the application and a lot of other reviewers have found the opposite to what I found. Their lashes only lengthened but they were left without volume and curl.

Although the mascara wears great, I had issues removing it at the end of the day. After using micellar water to break down the formula I washed my face as usual (I use a cleanser designed to break makeup down) but the mascara was stubborn. It peeled off the same way I would expect waterproof mascara to, and it took 2 cleanses to completely remove the remaining mascara from between my eyelashes.

Single application of Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara after 6 hours of wear.

The verdict.

Although I love it, I am still faithful to my Better Than Sex mascara. While I do believe that this mascara is a great alternative to Too Faced Better Than Sex, Too Faced delivers a slightly fuller and whispier lash look. But the difference is minor and both mascaras deliver a result that is similar enough to say that the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara is a more affordable alternative to the Too Faced Better Than Sex.

*Disclaimer: This post is entirely my opinion.

Tyla van Til

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