$25 Eyelash Extensions?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


There are a lot more of you reading this than there were last time I blogged. I have no idea how that happened, but of course I'm thrilled nonetheless--welcome!

Now it's no secret that I have an obsession with eyelashes, as evidenced by my Everyday Lash Routine, mascara comparison and false eyelash posts. Just to recap, my natural lashes are rather long, but very wispy and fine and point straight down. I've always desperately wanted to get proper extensions to add some much-needed thickness but $600 is entirely out of my budget.

While trying a new eyebrow threading salon over the summer, I noticed they did eyelash extensions for $25 and having never seen that kind of offer before, I became completely fixated on them. I haven't gone back there since that day (they did a crap job on my brows) but have lately been hell-bent on getting lush lashes, and decided today was the day. 

What I started out with

I went in slightly nervous (no Jersey Shore lashes, please!), but mainly curious about how long they would last (real extensions last 3-4 months, so there was no way these would) and how she would get my stick-straight lashes to blend with the fake ones.

Obviously since I've never had extensions before, I don't know too much about that application process--but from what I've read, it's basically a 2 hour job of some highly patient person painstakingly sticking each false hair into the lashline.

My bootleg cheap extensions only took 20 minutes, but the experience wasn't exactly comfortable. With my head leaned back, the aesthetician basically pulled up my eyelid and started plugging in small clusters of fake lashes with the most toxic smelling tar-like black glue. Having someone hold your eye open is tolerable, but the glue burned slightly (I freaked until she told me it's normal) and I wasn't supposed to close my eyes or even blink.

Yeah, okay.

You can only see the glued roots when I do something creepy like this

I obviously blinked quite a lot, but that didn't seem to disturb any of the false lashes she had already put in. If anything, I imagine it just made it harder for her to see where the next cluster should go. It actually only took about 10-15 minutes to put the falsies in, but she spent a lot of time brushing the real and fake hairs together and combing them upwards. 

Five minutes of a small fan held up to my eyeballs, and I left the salon with...

I was relieved to see that they weren't drag queen lashes, but they're still a bit too soft for my liking. In my mind, eyelash extensions should replace mascara and even with these fake ones glued in, my eyelashes still aren't full or dark enough for my liking. They're also barely curled here, but I went home, gave them some more time to dry, and then carefully went in with my Holy Grail Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

A little wonky, but much better.

Still not quite the darkness and thickness I crave, but a definite improvement! Tomorrow I'll play around with them some more to see how I can get them looking their absolute best. I'm not in love with that last little fake lash on my outer corner (a touch droopy), but I appreciate the endeavor to give my eyelashes some sort of shape.

Besides, for $25 I can't be too picky.

I was told they would last two weeks, but I'll probably have a few clusters drop out before then. In any case, I'm going to be extremely careful putting on makeup (thought it kills me to have to stay off mascara!) and wear goggles while washing my face and in the shower.

It's too early for a final decision, but so far I'm glad I tried out this cheap alternative to proper lash extensions. I'm not sure my craving for fabulous lush lashes will ever go away, but this definitely helped to take the edge off. And as for whether or not I would get them done again, well that all depends on how long they last--I'll keep you updated!

Lots of product reviews coming up!

Hope everyone is well!


  1. oh wow i cant believe you did this! looks nice.

  2. They look really good. I also read your follow up post. I got eyelash extensions, the individual one's last week, for $80.00. Today, I wish I had the $250.00 lashes, cause these look quirky. I dread going back to her, cause the glue smelled so bad, and I don't think, normally, the glue stinks. I may not go back to her.

    1. I agree!

      I'm sure real, full-on (and ridiculously expensive!) eyelash extensions look much more natural and sit better on the lashline, but who can afford that?

      Were yours clusters as well?

  3. Eyelash growth products is a good solution for immediate result, but be aware that no matter what type of extension you get they will thin out your natural eyelashes. Other thing to keep in mind is the maintenance and restriction of having eyelash extension.