As a beauty blogger, I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing. Korean bubble masks? Sure! Glitter hair? Let’s do this. That being said, I’ll go ahead and admit that even though I love fawning over the latest and greatest eyeshadow palettes and lip stains, I’m pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to the makeup and skincare products I use on a daily basis. But several months ago, I spotted a trend that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on: magnetic lashes.
You’re probably thinking one of two things: “Magnets… on your lashes?” or “Oh yeah, I’ve seen those!” Or maybe you’re still thinking about those bubble masks (because seriously, how cool are those things, right?).
With every passing year, I find myself getting lazier and lazier with my beauty routine. And if magnetic lashes can eliminate my need for daily mascara and (even better) special-occasion false lashes, then sign me up. I decided to take a chance on the latest craze to see if it’s really worth all the hype.
Magnetic Lashes: Friend or Faux?
I ordered my magnetic lashes from One Two Lash, the founders of this patent-pending trend and the company that originally caught my “eye,” wink wink. I looked at some of the brand’s online competitors, but I figured One Two Lash’s higher price tag might imply better quality.
The set included two pairs of magnetic lashes per eye, and it cost a grand total of $69. I ordered the original magnetic lashes, but these designs are also available in accent corners as well as a bold version that’s darker, thicker, and specifically designed for evening wear.
As you can see from the picture above, these lashes are divided into upper and lower lash strips. (The top and bottom lash strips attach to one another, and the bottom strips feature a red dot on their magnets to help you differentiate between the two.) I’d watched several videos on how to apply these lashes – and I’d also read several negative reviews from other bloggers who struggled with the process – so I headed straight to the nearest mirror as soon as they arrived to try them out for myself.
The Application Process
If you’re anything like me, the idea of magnetic lashes is a bit confusing. How do these things even work, anyways? I quickly discovered that the answer to this question is not very easily.
You position the upper strip on top of your upper lashes, and then you apply the lower strip to the underside of your upper lashes. The two sections clamp together, with your upper lashes essentially sandwiched in-between them.
You’ll want to apply and remove your magnetic lashes using your fingers (metal tweezers are a no-go because metal and magnets are a little too compatible). Speaking of the removal process, it’s super easy — perhaps the easiest part, in fact. Just slide the magnets apart between your fingers using a horizontal motion (which is way less painful than tugging glued strips of false lashes off your eyes, IMHO).
Here’s the thing: I really, really wanted to love these… but I didn’t.
From a distance, they look natural. The color is believable, and the length is perfect for everyday wear. They’re made of synthetic materials, so they’re a great cruelty-free option, as well. And the fact that they can be re-used with proper care definitely appeals to my thrifty side.
The problem, though, is that they really aren’t perfected yet – and no, I’m not even that hard to please. There are three primary issues that really stood out to me.
These lashes may look fine from afar, but they don’t really pass the up-close-and-personal test. The strips aren’t curved whatsoever, so they sit on your upper lashes in a straight, hard line.
I like a good challenge, so I wouldn’t even mind disguising this with the help of some eyeliner magic. But these strips only sit on the ends of your lashes, so half of your lash line is completely bare.
Then, there’s the application struggle – and trust me, the struggle is real. You’ll have to play around with these to get them situated on your lashes in a somewhat normal way, and you’ll have to do this while making both eyes look even. I have a lot of patience, but this was a little too frustrating even for me. I can’t imagine trying to include this in my morning routine. (There’s not enough coffee in the world.)
I’d even be willing to overlook all of these issues, but these magnetic lashes actually fell off my eyes twice in a six-hour period (at which time, I promptly put them right back in the box to avoid losing them altogether).
The first time, I’d rubbed my eye without thinking. Fine, my bad. The second time, though, the lash strip literally dropped off my eye out of nowhere. The good news? The magnets do stay together, so you’ll find both strips. The bad news? That’s if you find them at all.
I adore the idea of this trend, and I think that the concept is refreshingly innovative. Unfortunately, I just don’t think these lashes have what it takes to make people say, “Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s magnetics.” With a few tweaks, however, this could very well become a revolutionary beauty product that I’d definitely be willing to try again.
Only time will tell.
- No glue, and no mascara smudges
- Reusable with proper care
- Made with synthetic materials
- Cost-effective in the long-term
- No need for eye-makeup remover
- Very challenging to apply
- Unnatural appearance on the lash line
- Not secure
- Higher upfront cost
What are your thoughts on magnetic lashes, ladies? Will you give them a try, or do you plan on staying faithful to your favorite mascara? Let us know in the comments!