It’s probably a great big oxymoron for a natural girl to wear false eyelashes. But as a person who wears her hair natural and takes care of her skin naturally, I felt like I needed something to put the D back into the Diva. With that said, while I wanted long, lush lashes, I wanted them to look natural, so I tried out two types of natural eyelashes- Ardell Fashion Lashes, and e.l.f. Natural Lashes.
The first false eyelashes I tried were the Ardell Fashion Lashes. (Purchased at CVS) I liked them because they came on a clear band that wouldn’t scream false eyelashes, and they were made of 100% human hair. You can’t get more natural can that can you? The first time you purchase Ardell Lashes, you need to buy the starter kit that includes glue and a tool that helps you grip the lashes. The glue will last you through numerous applications, and several pairs of lashes. There are simple application instructions on the back of the package, but after watching several how to apply eyelashes videoson the internet, I had no problem putting them on. It did take a few tries and a bit of practice to get them on straight.
What I liked about the Ardell Lashes is that they stayed on until you took them off, and they came off easily. I also liked the fact that they did not require mascara to blend my own lashes with them.
What I did not like about the Ardell lashes is that the clear band showed against my dark skin. I had to apply eyeliner on top of the glue to hide the whitish line. I also did not like the sticker price, which was just over four dollars and that they are not very reusable due to the delicate nature of the real hair on the clear band.
Next, I tried the e.l.f. natural lashes which I ordered online. (They are available in some Target Stores as well). they are synthetic lashes and take a little longer to apply as the glue included with each set take longer to dry. You have to apply the glue, allow it to sit, and then apply them when the glue is tacky. I also purchased an eyelash kit that included a curler, and eyelash tools, so I could put the lashes down while they dry. I use my ardell tool to apply them.
What I like about the e.l.f. lashes is that they can take a bit more handling without getting bent out of shape. They can be washed (with gentle facial cleaner) and reused several times without showing wear and tear. I have worn one pair of e.l.f eyelashes twice as long as a pair of Ardell lashes. In addition to this, the e.l.f. lashes cost 1/4 the price of Ardell lashes ($1.00)
What I don’t like about the e.l.f. lashes is that they are pretty long and require trimming. It takes some practice to get both sides the same, so keep realizing after a couple of hours that my eyelashes don’t match. I also don’t lack the fact that the track the lashes are on is a bit inflexible, so the lashes don’t want to stay put for the first wear or two- the edges keep popping off. You have to remember to flex them to soften the vine before wearing them.
Both sets of eyelashes look natural when wearing them. My husband barely noticed the first time I wore the Ardell lashes. They just appear to make your lashes look longer. The e.l.f. lashes are a little more noticeable, but I have been able to wear them with just a tiny bit of eyeshadow and no one was the wiser.
The bottom line:
e.l.f. natural eylashes are much cheaper than Ardell Fashion Lashes.
e.l.f. natural lashes last longer than Ardell Fashion Lashes.
Ardell Fashion lashes are quicker and easier to apply.
I plan to order e.l.f. lashes by the dozen in the future. 10-12 lash sets will last a couple of months. For special occasions, I might spring for the Ardell fashion lashes, but I would get something dramatic and showy. I wouldn’t pay $4.00-$5.00 for everyday wear.