Magnetic lashes have recently become extremely popular due to their promise of durability and comfort. Some people who have tried magnetic lashes claim they’re more comfortable than traditional glue-on falsies, whereas others claim they don’t stay in place and can be felt no matter how precisely they’re secured. Magnetic lashes also range in material. Some brands use 100% human hair, whereas others use synthetic material or mink fur that promises to give a natural yet bold look.
There are some pretty mixed reviews from people who have tried magnetic lashes, so it can be difficult to decide whether or not they’re worth paying for just to have them not work out. So, before you splurge on your first pair of magnetic lashes, consider these insights to determine whether or not they’re worth it.
There’s a learning curve.
While traditional falsies have one strip for each lash line, magnetic lashes have two strips, which is one of the reasons why they tend to be more expensive than glue-on lashes on average. One strip goes underneath the top lash and one strip goes on top of the top lash, where their small magnetic centers touch and hold each other in place. This application process is going to feel foreign to any skilled false lash user because those of us who wear false lashes often have our own crazy methods of getting them secured into just the right place.
Although the learning curve might feel overwhelming at first, magnetic lashes can be more forgiving than glue-on lashes since you won’t have to remove the glue from your eyelid if you need to start over, which should make the learning process go a bit more smoothly.
They might stay in place all night or they might not.
Some users claim their magnetic lashes slide down their real lashes after just an hour or two, whereas others claim their magnetic lashes stay securely in place through a night of drinking and dancing. It’s difficult to say whether the quality of the magnetic variety depends on how well they’ll stay in place or whether the users might just be applying them incorrectly.
If you’re thinking about giving them a try, check out some reviews from seasoned false lash wearers to get their honest input about their experience with magnetic falsies.
They’re more expensive than glue-on lashes.
If you’ve ever purchased false lashes from a drug store, then you know how inexpensive they can run. Traditional false lashes range anywhere from $2 to $50 depending on the brand and the quality, but the $2 lashes can look just as good and last just as long as $50 lashes if you know how to take care of them.
The prices of magnetic lashes are all over the place, with some brands charging $60 to $70 for one pair of high-quality magnetic falsies and some drugstore brands charging as little as $12 to $15 per pair. Since magnetic lashes require a bit more precision in their shape and texture because of the double strip and because of the user’s inability to bend the lashes to form to the lash line, you might need to spend the extra $50 on a higher-quality product to ensure your magnetic lashes are going to work out for you.
They feel different than glue-on lashes.
Since magnetic lashes are two strips that stick together on the lash line through their tiny magnets, they’ll feel different than the single-strip glue-on lashes that can feel pretty light and unnoticeable when applied properly. With glue-on lashes, you run the risk of the glue loosening at the corners and the lashes lifting, or you might glue the lashes on too closely to your actual eye without realizing it and experience hours of discomfort once the glue starts to lift in the corners.
On the other hand, some users claim they can feel the cold magnets penetrating their eyelid, which can cause a different type of discomfort altogether. If you don’t mind feeling your lashes when they’re on, then this might not be a deal breaker for you.
They might not form to the shape of your eyes.
Some users claim magnetic lashes don’t curve naturally with the shape of their eyes, which can be difficult to work around since you can’t really adjust their shape like you can with glue-on lashes. If you do decide to opt for magnetic lashes, then you need to find a pair that’s going to fit the natural curve and shape of your upper eyelid, which can be difficult if you have very small or very large eyes.
Another possible issue is that if you apply magnetic lashes after applying eyeliner and eye shadow and then need to adjust the lashes, you’re going to smear your makeup and be forced to touch up all your eye makeup. And if you have very small eyes, then you might find that the double strips are a bit much for the look you’re going for, so you might need to look for magnetic lashes that only cover half of your eyelids.
They can last longer than glue-on lashes.
On average, magnetic lashes can be used up to 50 times, which is about 10 times longer than the lifespan of an average pair of glue-on falsies. However, I’ve found that I can reuse my glue-on lashes at least 20 to 30 times if I take care of them and carefully remove the glue from the lash strips without damaging the shape.
If you have difficulty caring for glue-on lashes or just throw them out once too much glue builds up, then magnetic lashes might be worth a shot for you.
The bottom line is that everyone has their own opinion and experience with magnetic lashes, so you might need to try them out for yourself before deciding whether or not they’re your long-term solution to long and voluminous lashes. Have you decided whether or not to try magnetic lashes based on these insights? Comment your thoughts below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!