Magnetic Lashes – Yay or Nay?

Admittedly, when I heard of Magnetic lashes entering the beauty sphere, I was skeptical, confused and maybe a little intrigued.

Something about magnets and eyes didn’t sit right me so I definitely didn’t rush out to buy any and as a makeup artist for the past 14, years I can apply regular lashes very well, so I ruled it out as just not for me and another fad.

Mink Lashes with Glue
Mink Lashes with Glue

Fast forward to the last few months and everyone has been asking me about them. I understand a lot of people struggle with regular lash and glue application so can see the interest in something claiming to be easier… I decided to give them a go to see if they are worth it.

Ardell Magnetic Lashes
Ardell Magnetic Lashes


So here’s my breakdown

I purchased the Ardell pre-cut magnetic lashes with an upper an lower strip, designed so that your natural lash sits in between the top and bottom false lash.

As pictured, the lashes came in two parts with tiny magnets. I had to attach them to the applicator and quickly sandwich together on my lash (sounds easy, right) well apart from the applicator breaking straight away, the lashes kept sticking together before I could Sandwich them with my own lash in between. I then tried tweezers but the magnets stuck to the tweezers too! So I ended up using my fingers and after a few failed attempts I managed to get them on and l will say the lash style actually looked quite beautiful, however, the fidgeting for 20min to get them on, had me in a bit of a fluster.

They stayed put for the few hours I wore them but I did feel like they were going to drop off me any second and weren’t secure.

The price of these lashes are €17.99 which I think is extremely overpriced for a false lash, especially as the applicator broke and they were hard to apply.

Overall verdict
After my experience with the lashes, I read some reviews from others who had the same vibe as me but went on to say once they developed a knack for getting them on they loved them. So I’m kind of torn, they looked beautiful! But they are definitely harder than a traditional lash and glue application.

I’ve been applying lashes for many years so I thought these would be a doddle and I have to say they really tested my patience.

If you were off to an important event and were using these for the first time, I don’t  think you’d go in a good mood.

All that being said, it was a fun experiment and there’s no harm in trying them out as you might love them and find the no glue aspect much easier.

There are also some other versions I believe which require you to apply a liner first and then the lash adheres to that as the magnet, however unless you’re good at liner application, I can see that being quite messy and would rather the glue option as that dries transparent

False lashes with liner
False lashes with liner

I’m going to glue mine together and make a traditional lash out of them as the style was gorgeous and don’t want them to go to waste at that price.

Don’t mark my words, but I can’t see them replacing the traditional falsies any time soon.

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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