Unlisted Brand • Andrea-Permalash Flare • Eyes
|Would buy this product again.||100%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I don't really use these for their real purpose (applying them and keeping them on for a week or so), I just use them for special occasions or when I have an obvious gap in my lashes (I have trichotillomania, so I use these sometimes to hide any missing lashes). They made my eyelashes look naturally beautiful, without being overly noticeable. I have rather sparse lashes, so its nice to make them thicker with these :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I initially bought these lashes last fall to wear when I competed in the Miss New York USA pageant. Prior to getting these, I had actually NEVER worn falsies before! They're individual lashes and they look both natural and dramatic at the same time, in equal measure. They weren't too difficult to apply, even for a first timer like me! I just loved the look they gave to my eyes. I texted a photo of the finished look to my BFF and she went crazy for it and told me they looked amazing. I also had more than a few people asking me "Are those your REAL lashes?!?". I'm glad they look natural enough that I get asked that. Some falsies look so fake that it's too obvious. These will make you look like the luckiest girl on earth that was born with superhumanly long lashes (wink,wink)! I'm going to wear them regularly on days I just feel like being extra girly :) .
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Ok. I am almost fully in love with this product. Mainly because when I look in the mirror I see gorgeous feathery awesome lashes. There are some cons and I will go over those. First the pros. :)
Easy to apply.
Can make lashes look very thick or long.
May not need mascara ever again!
Makes your face look finished w/o makeup!
Woke up today and lost one.
The one at the outer corner of my eye is a lil crooked now :( Turned inward. Not sure how to fix. Brushed it but havent tried mascara yet.
All makeup/ makeup remover must be oil free. Oil will remove them.
Obviously requires daily upkeep.
So they are high maintenance. I think that if you're the type of woman whos worried about all the details in your appearance, you'll love these and possibly become addicted. If you're a no fuss type of gal, these probably arent for you. I'm guessing that I will have to wake up a lil earlier in the morning just to add some more time to my beauty routine to maintain them. Overall I really do like how my lashes look, so its definitely worth it to me. I havent put on full eye makeup yet, so I'm not sure which liner I will have to use. I had gel liner that got dried out so I added vitamin e oil to it and I wont be able to use it any more. No biggie. Vitamin e oil wasnt the best thing to add to it any way turns out:) One thing that I'm really excited about is the mascara thats made specifically to go with these lashes. Its supposed to be at walgreens and sallys and its made to blend your natural lashes with the extensions so you cant tell you're wearing extensions! Sounds good to me. My sallys never has anything in stock though, argh. But will definitely be picking that up as soon as I see it.The bottle of glue is not bad. Its a little glass jar and you'll probably have to use a tooth pick to get it out. Not a problem for me so far but I imagine if I was in hurry it would suck.
So I do recommend these if you really want thick luxurious lashes without a high price tag and are willing to devote a little more time to your appearance.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I found these at a beauty supply store. I picked them up because of the name, Permalash. I was so impressed. These lashes are far better than their competion. They are lighter, easier to apply and appear to feel softer. I also appreciate the way the ends of the lash types taper slightly to give a more natural apperance. :) Love these.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I have been wearing false v-lashes everyday for over two years now, and have tried a bunch of the different brands and styles from madamemadeline.com. Andrea Permalash flare (aka flair) shorts are my personal favorites because they are slightly longer and more curled than the Ardell flare shorts.
A brief comparison of styles:
Naturals: unknotted v-lashes; taper into a flat surface
Flares: knotted v-lashes; taper into a small knot that gives you a little more surface area to work with the glue
Individuals: single lashes, thicker than a real lash though--lash extensions are often individuals, but these are easier to use for fill-ins between v-lashes than to use on their own.
Generally the Andrea are slightly longer (in short and medium length--I don't use the long so haven't compared) than Ardell.
I thought I'd address a few concerns I've seen on the message boards.
1. You can't rub your eyes (probably for the best anyway).
2. Eye makeup application must be done with a gentle hand to keep from twisting lashes. If you have to fill in lashes, do the rest of your eye makeup first.
3. Eye makeup removal should be done with a non-oily remover (keep cleansing oil away from your eyes too). Oil breaks down the glue.
4. These do fall off (during sleep, during a shower) and you need to allow time to touch them up. I almost always lose the outer edges overnight.
5. You'll need to keep a towel close in the shower to gently blot your eyes when you get water in them.
I have not had any problems with my real lashes breaking or pulling off at all (though have seen lots of horror stories on the message boards so ya know as always YMMV). I do wear these every day, and plan to continue doing so...as long as I have something to attach these to I'm not worried about my real lashes.
I've considered getting lash extensions, but after seeing how they work, my lashes just plain grow too fast (about 1mm a week) to make it practical. I can't stand the flares if they've been on more than a week because my lash has grown out enough that they feel floppy and actually kind of hurt. I can't imagine how they would be if I left them on for six weeks. Plus these are easy enough to learn to do and maintain, so why in the world would I pay someone else $300 to do what I can take care of myself?
Andrea Permalash are cheap, and I buy them in bulk, so I don't feel guilty about doing a new set every week so they look and feel fresh. If I have these, a bronzer, and a lipliner I could get through the day. It typically takes me about 10 minutes to do a full set, and if I am careful about cleaning/de-greasing my lashes and eyelids before the full set application, most will stay on about a week. I count on about 3 minutes for touch-up/fill-in as part of my everyday makeup application. Oh and BTW, I don't use mascara over them.
1. Gently degrease your eyelashes and eyelids before a full application.
2. Pour a small drop of eyelash glue on a non-stick surface (I use the plastic lash box cover). If your lashes are naturally dark you may prefer the dark glue to the clear.
2. Turn the tray so the wide end of the v-lash is facing away from you. Pick up the v-lash with tweezers (you may need to tug gently to release from the tray).
3. Dip the base of the v-lash in the glue; if you are using a knotted lash, try to limit glue to the knotted piece.
4. Tilt your head back a bit so you can see the edge between your eyelid and eyelash. (I use a magnifying mirror). Till you get the hang of the spacing, start in the middle of your eye, and attach the v-lash to your real lash as close as you can to your eyelid.
5. Align the lash to the line of your eye by using your tweezers or fingers.
6. To avoid disturbing the lash and to let the glue set up, apply the next v-lash to the other eye using the same method. Alternate back and forth till you have the desired effect.
7. When you're ready to remove, it's best to use the Lashfree as sparingly as possible as it stings like mad if you get it in your eye (the tiny pointed q-tips work really well as they don't soak up much liquid). Take your time to let the glue loosen up.