It's every girl's dream to have long, fluttery lashes but nobody has all the time to bother with false lashes, eye extensions or wait for that hair growth serum to start kicking in. A decade ago, you were only left with these options but finally, low and behold, the birth of magnetic lashes came! It opened doors to give that instant daily glam makeover we all have been wishing for. But aside from its easy lash application, what makes this so special compared to traditional fake lashes?
The truth behind eyelash extensions and fake lashes?
False lashes have been the greatest hype of the beauty industry because it instantly gives you that sultry and dramatic look that you can never achieve without clumping coats of mascara on your natural lashes (which is not sexy at all). But look out! All that glam promise comes with major disadvantages.
First, they are costly. Glue-on false lashes have a wide variety of choices of length and volume which ranges from the cheapest up to more than $100 for a single pair, depending on the hair quality. And whether you buy the cheapest option, most of them are only good for 1-5 wears which means you need to keep buying pairs and eventually adds up to be significantly more over time.
Secondly, no matter how much diversity it offers on a style point, in the end, you need a single, most essential factor to make it work...a good GLUE. But did you know that whatever brand it is, these lash glues, even those formulated for sensitive or allergic eyes, contain Cyanoacrylate?
Cyanoacrylate is a strong fast-acting adhesive with industrial, medical, and household uses and commonly known as “Crazy Glue” or “Super Glue”. Yes, that glue you're always careful not to come in contact to your fingers because it can cause irritation, you are using it on your eyes!
Have you ever had a bad reaction to your eyelash extensions? This is the main culprit.
Lash Extensions as an alternative to Fake Lash Strips
So you thought, "No problem, you'll go to a lash salon an invest on a semi-permanent lash extension. It might me expensive, but it is done by a professional. No daily gluing and you get to wake up with pretty lashes every time, right?"... Well, think again.
The majority of the top individual lash extension brands use Ethyl-2 Cyanoacrolate in their adhesive. Ethyl-2 (ECA) is made by the condensation of formaldehyde with Ethyl Cyanoacetate. Yes! You read that right... Formaldehyde. As in what is used to embalm dead people!
Many of these brands will mention 2-Octyl Cyanoacrylate (Dermabond), which is used as a medical adhesive to close skin wounds. How does this type of Cyanoacrolate differ from the type used to apply eyelash extensions? The glues used in medial applications for tissue adhesion (such as 2-Octyl Cyanoacrylate) have longer alkyl chains than Ethyl Cyanoacrolate used for non-medical indications. This difference is also what can lead to a heat reaction with ethyl Cyanoacrolate which can cause burns.
What makes Magnetic Lashes different?
Unlike regular falsies, magnetic lashes rely on magnetic attraction to secure lash strips on your lashes. In short, no glue required and less likely to trigger any allergies. All you do is pop them on whenever you want a little lash boost and gently pull them off when you're done—simple as that!
What are the ingredients of the magnetic liner and is it toxic to your eyes?
Will magnetic lashes cause my lashes to thin or fall out?
Glue on Strips/Tufts:
Magnetic lashes are the the safest option in the market. It doesn't have any harmful ingredients and offers the convenience that is unmatched with other options in the market today. These lashes can be used for everyday wear or special occasions. Moreover, the ease with which they are applied makes them a good choice any time you want to add some glamour or confidence to your look.