Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Good, Better, Best. False Eyelashes Reviews

just wanted to repost my False Eyelash Review i did for kiki creates:

if you know me personally, you know i am no stranger to false eyelashes. i have tried everything from false eyelash strips, individual lashes, and eyelash extensions. false eyelashes are a must for photography and if willing, i encourage everyone i make up to use them. it opens yours eyes, makes them brighter, and more defined. trust me, they're worth it.

with that being said, here's a look at some lashes:

Ardell Fashion Lashes can be picked up at any Drugstore or major Supermarket. made of 100% sterilized human hair, they claim each pair can be re-used up to three weeks. i typically use these lashes for photoshoots because they are inexpensive and work. however, they are not the most comfortable to wear and do not look as natural "in real life" as they do in a photograph. three weeks is a stretch, i would say three uses. average price $4-5.

Revlon Fantasy Lengths can also be picked up at any Drugstore or major Supermarket. their claim to fame is that they are safe, latex free and come with self adhesive strips making them easy to apply. yes, self adhesive strips do make them easy to apply, it just does not make them reuseable. product comes with extra strips but it can be a bit cumbersome removing the old adhesive strip and applying they new one. great for single use and photography. average price $6-8.

MAC false lashes come in a variety of styles. most popular would probably be number 7, claiming natural length and everyday glamorous. M·A·C Lashes are handmade to exact specifications. if properly cared for, lashes can be reshaped or adorned if desired. because of the craftsmanship, these lashes last much longer than the first two and at a higher price point, $15 a pair, you can see why.

saving the best for last would be Shu Uemura's Luxe Black false eyelashes. inspired by the mink false eyelashes custom-ordered by celebrities (typically costing $120-300 a pair), this synthetic version features a criss-crossed design to provide the most voluminous lashes. thicker at the roots, it tapers at the tips for luscious-looking lashes with a defined eyeline. these lashes cost $23 a pair, but worth.every.penny.

i was recently sent a pair to review and i originally thought, can these really be any better than the department store brands i have previously tried? let me tell you, Shu Uemura knows lashes. they are AMAZING. incredibly comfortable to wear, incredibly crafted, incredibly natural. after having worn these i would hate to go back to the $5 lashes. thankfully, due to the craftsmanship (thick and sturdy band that keeps lash shape and allows for easy application and removal) they last much longer than the other pairs and are worth the initial investment.

if you are looking to try false eyelashes, or even if you aren't, i would highly recommend these. typing GRAIL in all caps cannot emphasize my feelings enough. when it comes to lashes, Shu Uemura is the industry leader. if you'd like, you can also read my Shu Uemura eyelash curler review here.



Though Shu Uemura eyelashes were sent to me, no monetary compensation was given for the eyelash product review. All opinions stated were my own personal reviews.


  1. I love the false eyelashes. I don't think I can give them up.

  2. I've never worn false eyelashes, but they seem like a good option since extensions are a bit pricey and time consuming. But my question is...have you ever had them fall off during the day? Does the adhesive come with the lashes??

  3. Meg, i am jealous every time i see you guys. the lashes always look amazing. love you. xo

    Ali, i have yet to have a pair of false lashes fall off while wearing. i did have a pair loosen, but that is because i was crying. some lashes do come with adhesive but you can buy Duo eyelash glue at Target, Walmart, etc. for about $5 and it lasts FOREVER. if you are trying them out for the first time, i would suggest trimming the eyelashes to half the width, or even a third, just to get used to wearing them. OR just jump right in, it's up to you. let me know what you think if you give them a try.

  4. Thanks so much! Oh, and are the Shu Uemura or Mac lashes similar in looks to having eyelash extensions, or do they look longer?? And do you still wear mascara on your natural lashes before applying them, or no mascara necessary? Sorry for all of the Q's. I appreciate your blog, and have used a lot of your suggestions.

  5. the Shu Uemura lashes look VERY similar to the eyelash extensions. i have tried both and that is my personal opinion. to apply the false eyelashes you first mascara your own lashes so they blend in color with the false lashes, then apply your eyelash strip. i don't recommend applying mascara to your false lashes only because it will wear them out quicker (the mascara can't be washed off)
    i'm happy to answer any questions! keep 'em coming :)

  6. So just wanted to give you an update (not that you care!) but I decided to try the Ardell lashes first just to give them a whirl. They look good, but you can hardly tell they are there since my natural lashes are the same length (although I do appreciate the extra volume)! I guess I need to try the Shu Uemura, but it looks as though I will have to buy them online. The Sephora here in Utah does not carry them...is there anywhere else to find them?

  7. Shu Uemura products can only be found online. i would suggest purchasing the eyelash curler and the lashes at the same time (any purchase over $50 gets free shipping). if you are looking for something to try locally, i would head to your nearby Nordstrom MAC counter and try out some lashes from their lash bar, that way you can see the fit instantly.

  8. I totally agree! Shu Uemura falsies are the best in the industry. Too bad Shu pulled out its stores from the US 2 years ago or so, and now can only be bought online. $25-30 for a pair of falsies may sound expensive but the lashes can last you months if taken care of properly! with the drugstore falsies brands, ur lucky if ur able to use it three times since the quality is inferior to shu's especially the base strip that holds the lashes together. shu uemura lashes forever!!

    -kim from nyc

  9. Hi.. I'm newer to wearing false lashes, however I love them! I am wanting to place an order for Shu Uemura ones, but before I did so I wanted to see which are the best. You mentioned the Luxe ones... Are they a little dramatic looking? I'm looking for something a bit more natural..but at the same time a little glam. What would you suggest? Or do you still say the same? I really appreciate your wisdom ;) Thank ya!