I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for. If you paid $2.50 for quick sushi take away roll vs a $10 gourmet sushi dish, you get the same type of food, however one will taste better and is made with fresher ingredients. Or if you paid $10 for a cotton / synthetic T-Shirt vs a $50 cashmere T-shirt, they're both shirts, one is made with better quality and better comfort when wearing. I hope my comparison makes sense (lol).
I've been thinking for a long time, how will girls know the difference between cheap quality false eyelashes compared to high quality human hair false eyelashes? I keep saying to myself, yes, I should write about it! This was 6 months ago, I finally got off my butt and here I am.
I love false lashes, and makeup in general. I do wish I have more time to spend in the things i love, rather than a 9-5 office job, however unfortunately this is my current situation.
I fell in love with the concept of false eyelashes, when I bought my first pair from Priceline it was the Manicare brand at $9.95 solely to use for going out on weekends. This was 7 years ago. Now you can get real human hair false eyelashes from priceline from $14.95 and above.
If you ever wondered, how you can get a $1 bulk buy of false eyelashes from eBay and other brands such a 'Ardell' and Manicare is ranging from $8.95 - $24.95, the answer is simple. Cheap lashes are made from cheap material. Most False eyelashes you can purchase off eBay are all made from synthetic (plastic), which are very stiff, uncomfortable and like hard plastic, it doesn't move. Your eyelashes are the same as your hair, they're REAL! So why would you put plastic false eyelashes on them? Like hair extensions, if you put synthetic vs real human hair, i'm sure you can see a huge difference in movement, comfort and the overall look.
Earlier this year for my cousin's wedding, as part of my gift, I gave her a pair of Alash Lashes (100% Real human hair) to wear on her wedding day. The good thing is, she LOVES the lashes and she looks absolutely beautiful all made up in her wedding dress :) the lashes were just the icing on the cake , however unfortunate for her mum, the Make Up Artist (MUA) gave her a pair of her stash, which is the cheap plastic material you get in bulk online! And I can tell you, the difference is huge.
So, I hope what I write below will give you a better understanding on the difference of lashes and why you pay the price you pay for.
My wonderful younger sis, volunteered (or forced to lol) to model the synthetic vs Alash Lashes 100% real human hair lashes.
Here is a pair of cheap synthetic lashes I got online from China, I know they're synthetic why? Not only because they're so cheap and cost $1, but because:
1. They're extremely stiff, they don't move very easily
2. The colour of the lashes is very shiny black (nature of plastic will cause some sort of shiny effect, think of synthetic leather jacket, they're quite shiny)
3. The band is very thick
Just by identifying the above 3 points, you will know and see the difference. I think of them as 'imitation' lashes, just like synthetic extensions, 'plashes' plastic lashes.
Now on another eye, I will be using Alash 'Skyfall' Lashes which are made with 100% Real Human hair. How can you tell?
1. The lashes strand is very soft, and move-able, if you run your fingers on them gently, they will move gently as just like your hair
2. Very natural looking, no shiny effect at all
The result is below, can you tell the difference? Before you scroll down, try to have a guess which one is which.
The top eye is synthetic (did you guess right?), which is very dark, shiny and stiff, the lashes strand stays as it is and there is no movement. The bottom eye is Alash Skyfall Lashes, very natural and replicates real eyelashes as it is made with real human hair.
Cheap plastic (synthetic) lashes are usually heavier as they are made from plastic, and can cause discomfort on your eye. They are also a lot less flexible, and can give out a 'plastic' look.
Real human hair lashes, are very light and comfortable to wear, as they are made with real strands of hair which is natural and light in nature. They will also give the most natural looking false eyelashes and add that extra 'oomph' to your makeup. I think they're a cheaper alternative to eyelash extension as most of them, well, Alash Lashes is re-usable up to 5 times (just saying).
I used to do eyelash extension for a year, not only are they high maintenance, causes a hole in my wallet, they also rip my real lashes off :(
Here is a side view photo of the lashes, again, can you tell the difference? The bottom picture is synthetic, and they are very stiff and plastic-y looking.
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I hope I shared something with you today that you can take away when buying your next pair of false eyelashes. If not, well you get to see pictures of my beautiful sister :)
But again, with everything in life, it's all about preferences. The best way is to try different pair of lashes and feel the way on your eyes, and be your own judge :-)
If you do decide to try Real human hair false eyelashes, can I suggest you try Alash Lashes (not bias at all) haha.. No, but seriously, I swear by my lashes, and you'll know why if you give them a go.
With so many different types for different occassions, try it for your next lashes adventure, all lashes are $10.95 (aud).