Okay ladies, I’m finally getting around to writing a beauty review on my experience with eyelash extensions. I got them about two weeks ago (I blame my delinquent posting on the lack of a working computer – but I’m back, thankfully) and have already started to take them out. Why, you might ask? Because I hate them.
Let me break it down for you because no one did for me. I only ever heard the positives.
- They’re a lot of work: I had to change my eye makeup from waterproof to regular, which I hated. I also use makeup wipes to take my makeup off but this way I had to carefully wipe around the eyelashes. You also have to brush them quite a bit because they get tangled and look less bombshell more tired hooker (unless that’s what you’re looking for).
- They’re expensive: The average cost of a full set is somewhere between $150-$200 depending on how full you want them, the material (synthetic or mink), and where you get them done. I was fortunate enough to get a big deal on mine and only had to pay $60, but that’s the actual cost for refills not the full set. So think about this: Week 1 you put them on, by week 2-3 you’re ready for a refill, and that keeps going every few weeks. That adds up to an expensive habit.
- They grow out and fall out quickly: They’re attached to your natural lashes and therefore grow out and fall out when those ones do, too. So within a week and a half mine were growing out and starting to get itchy and poking my lash line when I blinked and started to get more unruly. They were getting tangled more often, too. The itchy part was the worst because I couldn’t itch them. As they grew out, I could feel them poking me as I blinked and that made it more itchy .. then I blinked more … it was just a vicious cycle.
- They’re hard to take off: The process includes steaming your face for a good 10-15 minutes and then wiping them off with olive oil or coconut oil. Or, do what I did and get drunk and frustrated and start itching them and they just fall out, taking all your regular lashes with them (ALERT: do not do this. It’s really, really bad. It hurts and then you’re left with naked lashes, which is also not good at all. Trust me. My poor lashes are more sparse than before I started).
On the bright side, they look fantastic when they’re brand new. I felt put together and pretty even without makeup because my lashes looked so full. They were a bit fuller than my natural lashes but didn’t look like I was ready to go out to the club. I will also add that my experience had nothing to do with the person who put them on. She did a great job – she was professional, worked out of a hygienic salon, and they looked amazing once everything was said and done. My reasoning for not getting them again is strictly personal preference once I tried them out.
I hope you have a better experience than I did and don’t end up itching them off in a drunken haste.