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It’s crazy how times change; this time last year, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere near a set of false eyelashes as I absolutely sucked at applying them. I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be uploading multiple make-up looks wearing them without having lash glue and a look of defeat smeared all over my face. My last falsies-related post featured some stunning Eye Candy Lashes and this time, we’re going glue-less.
I’ve been seeing an increasing number of make-up artists using magnetic eyelashes and I was absolutely itching to try them out. I got in contact with Magnetic Eyes Lashes as Alice from Black Tulip Beauty pointed me firmly in their direction and they very kindly sent me a pair of their fluttery falsies in the style Drama*. So, I ditched the adhesive and created a make-up look to test whether they’re a suitable alternative. After all, if there’s a successful answer to gloopy, sticky eyelids and wanting to rip your falsies off halfway through the day then I’m all for it.
Application: A Walk In The Park?
The false eyelashes were sent with a little instruction leaflet, to which I gave a huge sigh of relief when I saw it as I’d been worrying that I’d be completely stuck on how to apply them. I mean, it took me years to get the knack of applying regular lashes so being thrown into a new method felt a little bit daunting. Unlike lashes that apply with glue, you get two strips of lashes per eye as opposed to one and each strip comes with tiny magnets attached to them. The idea is that the two lash strips will sandwich together with your natural lashes as the filling.
The instructions suggest that you should apply your full face of make-up as you usually would, including mascara as this makes it easier to see your natural lashes as well as giving them a little extra to hold onto. There are two different ways that Magnetic Eyes suggest applying them so you can try both ways to figure out what works best for you. The first way is to balance the top strip on top of your own lashes and then place the bottom strip below your real lashes. The magnets should ping together and you can wriggle them around slightly to get them perfectly aligned.
The second way is use scissors to cut the bottom strip either side of the magnets to create smaller pieces that are a little easier to apply directly to the top magnets. I tried so many times to apply them using the first method but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. My hands are far too shaky so I decided to try the second method instead. If you find fake lashes particularly fiddly then I’d recommend doing the same thing. It gives you a little more accuracy and gives a slightly less full appearance if you’re not used to wearing big fluttery lashes. I do love the full and fluffy look myself so it’s a shame that I had to trim so much of the lashes off, however I’m sure if I had a bit more patience to practice the first method then I’d get the hang of it eventually. I took my product photos after trimming the lashes (not intentionally, I got too excited to use the lashes and forgot to take initial photos) so these images will give you more of an idea as to how full they are if you use this method. As you can see they’re still really lengthy and voluminous.
Rate or Slate?
These lashes tick so many important boxes for me that I’m a little overwhelmed at how much I adore them. They’re cruelty free, chemical free and an absolute steal at £11.99 considering that you can reuse them multiple times (and way more times than regular glue-on lashes). I won’t lie, I went in a little too confident from the get-go with applying them as I thought I’d be able to do them within five seconds. It is a little fiddly at first but after some practicing, I was able to pop them on really easily – everything takes a bit of practice! A big difference I’ve found is that when regular adhesive lashes go wrong, I end up covered in sticky glue and ruining my eyeshadow (partly with glue, mainly with stress tears) whereas you can just start over with no problems using the magnetic ones.
Another thing they’re really great for is going from daytime to nighttime without any fuss; I recently went to some after-work drinks and it meant that I could easily ping on the magnetic lashes at my desk within a few minutes to give my make-up a little something extra. There’s absolutely no chance I’d even attempt to apply adhesive ones in an after-work rush, there’s just endless opportunities for things to go wrong in that kind of scenario. An extra added touch that I really love is that they come in a sturdy plastic box so they’re easy to transport around without damaging them. I haven’t seen this with any other fake eyelashes and I think it should be a must! I’d really love to try out their other style of lashes called Sass, not only is the name right up my street but they look absolutely perfect for everyday use.
Products used: Bourjois Healthy Mix Glow Primer in 02 Vitamined Apricot, Makeup Revolution x Soph Extra Spice Eyeshadow Palette, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Rose Ivory, Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer in C1, Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder in Translucent, MUA Bronzed Perfection Matte in Sunset Tan, NYX Love You So Mochi Highlighting Palette, Revolution Pro Brow Pomade in Dark Brown, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Magnetic Eyes Lashes in Drama*, NYX Powder Puff Lippie Lip Cream in Squad Goals
Would you try out a pair of Magnetic Eyes Lashes?