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I Tried These Viral Magnetic Lashes But Are They Worth the Hype?

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Main image – Lola’s Lashes

Confession. I am terrible at applying self-adhesive eyelashes. The glue, the tweezers, the tweezers getting stuck together with glue, the lashes getting stuck to the tweezers because of said glue. And this is all before said lashes have even reached my face. 

Enough! I’ll take my favourite Jones Road Mascara over that stress any day.

But last year, the concept of magnetic eyelashes made its way over to my algorithm (could it possibly have heard me shout angry curse words the last time I tried to apply self-adhesive ones?). I was nearing my 40th birthday party so it was perfect timing to try something new.

But are magnetic lashes any good? Are they easy to apply? Do they stay on? And where on the magnetic eyelash Richter scale do my curse words measure? Here’s my review.

 


Choosing my brand

With so many brands now selling magnetic eyelashes, it was hard to know which one to go for. Luckily, I had a friend who had tried some before me and she recommended Lola’s Lashes.

So, I immediately went online and found that they have a huge variety of different lash styles. I knew I would definitely find my style here.

I wanted them to look natural-ish but also thick. This means not so natural that they looked sparse but not in-your-face fake looking either. I took their online quiz which was really helpful and ordered one of the three sets they recommended based on my needs.

 

Image – Lola’s Lashes

 


Preparation

The best piece of advice I can give when it comes to magnetic lashes is to practise applying them days before your event. And you can with magnetic lashes because they’re reusable. The ones I bought – and in fact most magnetic lashes – promise 30+ wears, as long as you look after them.

In my set was a magnetic eye liner, corrector pen and the box containing my lashes. Unlike self-adhesive lashes, it’s not so much the application of the lashes that’s tricky. It’s applying the liner they stick to, especially if you’re not usually a liquid liner girl.

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So, doing a practise run is vital so that you can get used to how much of the liner to apply, how long it takes overall to apply the lashes and how to place them on the liner properly. It may look easy on Instagram, but in reality it isn’t as simple as ‘one click and they’re on’.

 


Applying the magnetic liner

The instructions say to apply three lines of the magnetic liner and to wait for each one to dry until you apply the next one. This is very time consuming, especially when you’re getting ready for a night out and you’re running late. 

The liner takes a while to dry as it is quite thick so bear that in mind on the day and put plenty of extra time aside. You don’t have to do one eye at a time, so do your first line on both eyes in the same sitting, then your second on both and so on.

Try to apply your liner as closely to the root of your top lashes as possible. Your faux lashes will sit wherever the line is and you don’t want to be able to see a gap between your natural lashes and your fake ones. Try to also apply a thin line, instead of one that’s too thick.

It’s really useful to have the corrector pen handy, if your kit comes with it, in case you make any mistakes. The liner formula is so unique – and can get quite sticky – so not many standard eye makeup removers take it off neatly and using the corrector pen is your best option. I’d recommend buying it separately if your kit doesn’t include it.

Once you’ve applied your third line of liner, wait for it to dry and you can then apply your lashes. I made sure I filled in any gaps with a black eyeliner pencil beforehand as I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this after the lashes were on. Just be careful not to disturb the magnetic liner too much. 

 


Applying the lashes

This is where I got nervous. I mean, I was already twitching over the amount of black eyeliner I now had on – not my usual look (insert curse word here) – but I knew that it would eventually be covered by the lashes. As long as I didn’t mess it up. But so far, so good – and only one curse word.

When I picked up my first lash piece, I could see the mini spaced-out magnets along the line. I couldn’t help wondering how on earth it wasn’t going to be really obvious that I was wearing magnets on my eyelids. But anyway. 

I went along with it and fed one corner of the first lash to the inner corner of my magnetic liner. I then fed the rest of the lash along the magnetic line. Excitedly, I waited for the lash to ‘click’ into place, like you see on Instagram. No such luck. 

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There was no click. (Curse word) There was a tiny bit of ‘stick’ but I didn’t feel confident letting the lash go. So, I went again, this time pressing my finger down onto where the lash should be ‘clicking’ as I went along the line. Finally, the lash stayed put. Still no ‘click’, but something must have metaphorically clicked because I was now sporting a pretty sturdy eye of lashes on my right side. 

Looking up close in my magnified mirror, I could see a slight gap between my natural lashes and magnetic ones. Also, one end of the lash strip hadn’t quite ‘stuck’ (curse word). 

But the more I stepped back from the mirror, it got less noticeable, and I realised that no one at my party, except maybe my husband if he was feeling particularly romantic, would be looking at me that closely. And even if my husband could see the flaws, he was contractually obliged to ignore them.

I went ahead with placing the other lash piece on my left eye and used the same technique of pressing it into place (again, no ‘click’) and was pretty proud of my finished look, actually. Only three curse words down, compared to the deluge of bad language during my attempt at using the glued ones and these already felt more sturdy and like they were in it for the long haul. 

Once they’re on, they’re on and then you don’t really think about them. Until you need to take them off…

 


Removing the lashes

My plan was to gently ‘unclick’ them from their magnets and then back into the box they’d go, ready for the next wear. Easy peasy. 

However, it wasn’t quite as simple as that. It takes a bit of force to pull them off (which, to be fair, proves my point that they are sturdy). And you have to be careful not to pull your natural eyelashes out as you go. Ouch.

And then there’s the mess. You need to use something like a pair of tweezers to pick the leftover liner off the lash magnets once your lashes are off. Otherwise, little blobs of it – which by this point looks like stringy glue – are left and it’s harder for the magnets to work next time you use them.

The stringy glue gets all around your eyes too, for obvious reasons. Don’t use tweezers here, instead try to grab most of it with your fingers and take the rest off with eye makeup remover. It’s a bit tricky to get it all in one sitting, but not impossible. 

 


What other users are saying

Other users seem to agree with me, with Fiona C saying on lolaslashes.co.uk, “These lashes were so easy to apply! They stayed put all night and never bothered me one bit! Love them!”.

Another user, Kuki S agreed, “I can never apply lashes with glue, this was soooo easy, I want to wear them everyday!”.

 


Overall value for money

You can buy a set of magnetic Lola’s Lashes for £14 but that only includes the lashes, no corrector pen or magnetic eyeliner. The eyeliners are £20 and the Makeup Remover pen is £8. I would recommend buying one of the starter sets first which comes to around £35 (prices vary depending on the lash style) This includes the pen, the liner, the lashes and a lash brush.  So, you can see that buying it as a bundle initially is well worth it.

Once you’ve bought the set and you’ve exhausted your lashes, you’ll probably only need to top them up for £14 which I think is very reasonable. A self-adhesive set will cost on average between £5-10 and you’ll only get one wear out of those.

 


The takeaway

Since buying my magnetic lashes, I wouldn’t say I’ve worn them 30+ times. Not even half that actually, but maybe that says more about my social life than the lashes themselves. 

It’s worth noting though that the last time I wore them it was around wear number 5. They definitely weren’t sticking as well as they used to, and they were a little harder to get on that time as well. Maybe I need to clean them more thoroughly or I need to replace my magnetic eye liner as it has been almost a year now. But, let’s face it, 5 times isn’t anywhere near 30.

If you can get past that though, they really do live up to all expectations when you’re actually wearing them. My lashes looked amazing even if I do say so myself. And each time I’ve worn them, they were practically begging me to stay on for longer.  

Behind the scenes, the application process doesn’t quite ‘click’ as well as in the ads (pardon the pun) and the removal is quite messy (no one shows you that on Instagram), but the bit in between is spot on. 

I love that Lola’s Lashes offers so many different styles so that everyone can find a set that works for them. And, with practise, they are relatively easy to apply. If I can apply them using minimal curse words, anyone can. Just don’t expect that all important click.

 

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The former Beauty Editor of Glamour UK, Philippa has been a beauty and lifestyle journalist for over 16 years, picking up countless tips and tricks from makeup artists, hair stylists, dermatologists and celebrities. In that time she’s written for names like Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, Grazia, Refinery 29 and Byrdie. Philippa lives in the UK with her husband, two children and their hyperactive cockapoo, Paddy.

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