You know all of those adverts for magnetic eyelashes that keep popping up on your Facebook feed? The ones you look at, and think, “Now, who in their right mind would be stupid enough to try THAT?”

Er….

*sheepishly raises hand*

In my defence, for almost a year now, my natural lashes have been a MESS. They’re thin, sparse and fragile, and absolutely nothing I’ve tried has helped*, so honestly, I was getting pretty desperate over here. I’ve been doing my best to just leave them mascara-free as much as possible, to give them a chance to grow back, but given that my lashes are pale as well as sparse, it’s something I’ve been feeling pretty self-conscious about, so when I saw those ads for magnetic eyelashes, I figured I had nothing to lose. Well, nothing other than around $20, and my self-respect, anyway. Ahem.

(*If you’re about to comment to internet-diagnose me with some awful disease, my health anxiety is going to ask you to kindly refrain: thanks in advance!)

“These magnetic lashes will be the answer to my prayers!” I thought excitedly, as I logged into my Paypal account to hand over my hard-earned cash to a website located somewhere in China. “Why, I’ll just clip them on every morning – no glue, no mascara – and I’ll be ready to go in seconds! And then, at night I’ll just unclip them again, and be ready for bed, without having to rub at my poor, fragile eyelashes with eye-makeup remover: what could possibly go wrong?!”

Well, the first thing that could go wrong was that the eyelashes didn’t turn up for over two months. I know! I mean, it’s almost like I did absolutely no research before buying them, huh? Who woulda thunk it? I’m not going to name and shame the website in question here, because I basically placed the order on impulse, and didn’t bother to keep track of their details, but suffice it to say that I’d actually lodged a complaint with Paypal by the time the damn things turned up. Also, yes, I was pretty stupid, I know. The rest of this post doesn’t make me look a whole lot smarter, though, so, you know, be warned.

Anyway, one day a couple of weeks ago, when I’d almost forgotten my quest to buy magnetic eyelashes, these dropped through the letterbox:

magnetic eyelash review

magnetic eyelashes review(Dream big, magnetic eyelashes, and one day you may get to be REAL eyelashes! Probably not, though, because, seriously dude, you really, really suck at eyelash-ing. Sorry to break it to you.)

It’s actually just occurred to me that some of you might not have seen the adverts for these (Maybe it really IS just me who’s being followed around the internet by them?), so just in case the contextual adverts on this page haven’t magically picked up on the fact that this post is about magnetic eyelashes, and started showing you ads for them, let the record show that these are… well, they’re false eyelashes, aren’t they? That are magnetic. Yes.

Basically, each set of lashes contains two separate eyelash strips, each of which has a small magnet attached to the rim, where you’d apply the glue on a normal false lash. The idea is that you essentially sandwich your own eyelash between the two magnets, which then adhere to each other, trapping the natural lash in between, and thus holding themselves in place. Now, as weird as it might sound, this idea actually really appealed to me, purely because it sounded a whole lot kinder on the lashes that either coating them with glue or mascara would. So, as soon as they arrived, I rushed to the mirror to try them out, and just 16 short hours later, I finally succeed in attaching them to my eyelashes. Just.

applying magnetic eyelashes

attempting to apply magnetic eyelashes

magnetic eyelashes review

The video I’d watched made this look super-simple. It wasn’t. And, OK, I’m exaggerating very slightly about the 16 hours, but I did find the whole process really, really fiddly: you have to basically balance the first lash on top of your lashline while you attempt to attach the second one underneath, and I found that one – or sometimes both – of Β the two would inevitably fall off during this, and would generally fall down my top, or under the bed or something, at which point I’d have to spend the next five minutes searching for it, before starting the whole sorry process again. I finally worked out a technique whereby I’d apply the bottom lash first, and clamp my eye shut to hold it in place, before attempting to snap the top lash over it. It was a long, tedious process, but it was totally worth it in the end, because…

… oh no, wait, sorry: it really WASN’T, was it?

magnetic eyelashes disaster

Seriously, WTF? This is NOT OK, guys. Like, very, very NOT OK:

magnetic eyelashes review

Excuse the extreme close-up of my face: we can all cringe about it together later. For now, let’s just marvel at how very, very WRONG this is. Like, they’re just kind of clinging on for dear life, aren’t they? I look like Dame Barbara Cartland on a bender:

magnetic eyelashes review: spoiler - they really, really suck

Actually I shouldn’t have said that, should ? The poor things look like they’re so disappointed in themselves that they’re about to throw themselves off my lashes, like, “Goodbye, cruel world!” And it’s hard to blame them, is it? I mean, one sneeze and they’d be gone, anyway: might as well end it sooner, rather than later, huh?

Unfortunately, however, I DIDN’T end it sooner rather than later. No, I took a long, hard look at myself – and the magnetic lashes, obviously – and I came to the conclusion that the problem was with these specific lashes, which each have one small magnet in the centre of each strip. Because of that, they don’t curve to fit your lash line, like regular false eyelashes do, and just kind of stick out rigidly at each side: awkward!

So I bought another set: this time with TWO magnets on each lash:

magnetic lashes reviewMAGNETS, BITCHES.

So… it’s not a great photo, granted, but these particular magnetic eyelashes, as I said, have two tiny magnets on each – one on each end of the lash. I figured that would make them curve to fit my lashline, for a more natural – and less ridiculous look. Again I found myself wondering: what could possibly go wrong?

when magnetic lashes go wrong

Oh yeah: THAT.

Now, I swear to God, I didn’t deliberately ham this up just for comedic effect: this is actually what’s happened almost every time I’ve tried to apply these – the magnets just kind of turn in on each other, so, rather than lying flat, one on top of the other, they just look like they’re trying to run away from each other, as fast as they can. Which, unsurprisingly, is NOT the look I was going for.

After a bit of fiddling, I finally managed to get them a little bit straighter:

trying out magnetic eyelashes

Only a little bit, though…

that one time I tried out magnetic eyelashes: won't be making THAT mistake again!

And, well, only on the one eye.

As you can see, the other issue with these is that they’re way too short to wear on their own: I’d need two or three sets to cover the lash line on each eye, and I might be willing to make the same mistake twice, but I don’t normally go in for a third try, so you’ll be happy to hear that, after this set, I finally wised up and accepted that magnetic eyelashes are NOT, in fact, the answer to to my prayers. Because who prays for the worst looking eyelashes of all time, seriously?

Honest opinion:

These are the single worst beauty product I have ever tried in my life.

Heavily caveated opinion:

So, I know I said I hate it when people are all, “Oh, I wish bloggers would be more honest! They should do negative reviews every now and again!” immediately followed by, “Oh, I hate it when bloggers are honest: they should be more positive!” but I have no desire to just trash someone’s business/product here, so let the record show that:

a) I have not tried every single type or brand of magnetic eyelashes on the market, and nor have I done any research to find out which ones are the best.

b) I am not a beautician, makeup artist, or even a beauty blogger, so I’m totally willing to accept that it could just be my eyelash-application skills that are lacking here, rather than the product itself. Just to give you a little more context, though, I DO use “normal” false eyelashes every now and then, and I don’t generally have any problems applying them, so I’m not TOTALLY eyelash challenged, although I’d be the first to admit that it’s not a skill I’ve spent time honing, either.

c) I could have tried adding some mascara to blend them in a bit with my own lashes. I didn’t, because that would’ve defeated the purpose I bought them for (and let’s be honest: nothing would’ve really fixed this mess, would it?), but I’m not suggesting that very pale lashes should look A-OK with just a couple of small black falsies whacked on : they won’t.

d) Your experience might be totally different from mine. House prices can go up as well as down. Charges from cellphones may vary. Please feel free to try them for yourself, rather than just trusting some woman on the internet, who couldn’t even get her false eyelashes to sit straight.

And if you DO decide to try them out for yourself? Please come back and tell me how you got on…

Do magnetic false eyelashes actually work? I decided to find out...
35 Comments
  1. hahaha the photos look so funny! I’ve watched a couple of video reviews of people trying to apply them and no one could get them on properly! I think I’ll just stick to mascara πŸ˜›

  2. I think this is my favourite of your posts, ever! Crying with laughter on the bus right now! Thank you for going this ordeal so we don’t have to! I was very tempted to try them but I’m going to trust your honest opinion and give them a miss!

  3. Amber, I love your honesty and willingness to laugh at yourself. Thanks for sharing so none of the rest of us make the same mistake!! πŸ™‚

  4. Such a funny post! I so appreciate your honesty (yes I truly do) and willingness to let such funny pictures out there in the world.

    I just got done doing a show for which we wore false eyelashes, and some people were wondering about the magnetic ones. I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t try! If nothing else, the show would have been over by the time they arrived! πŸ˜‰

  5. Well…..mine have just arrived after having to go through the dispute on PayPal too.
    My friend has just put them on me, they stick on well but as you say, they are short across the eyelid and just sit on the outside lashes

    Think I am going to trim them to see if a gradual build up to the longer hairs look better.

  6. I have honestly never heard of these or see the adverts. Maybe I don’t buy enough beauty items online as my targetting advertising is pretty much always Boden… ha.

    Anyway thank you for going through this so we don’t have to!

  7. Amber, what a fun way to start my day! This was a riot to read and you are absolutely adorable! I have been toying with the idea of buying these magnetic lashes but in the videos the women who were “trying them for the first time” ( uh, don’t believe that!) they looked very excited , like puppies in a window seeing a passerby! Now I know those women were “excited ” because they managed to “click” them together! And if I’m only going to get 1/2 of a lash then I’ll have to equally coat my other half of lashes with mascara! So I’m going to save my money and keep using great mascara! Thanks for the morning giggles!
    Kathie Hardy

  8. Great review !!
    Actually I have the first ones you brought and they took 4 months to arrive, took ages to get them straight but I’ve worn them all day today and I like them, people have said today ohh like your lashes
    Charlotte lol

  9. Brilliant photos! I bought some false eyelashes a couple of years ago as an alternative to mascara, but I’ve yet to attempt to try putting them on. I think it’s a mental block coupled with the reality that I now wouldn’t be able to see what I’m doing. I went through a great false eyelash phase in the late eighties when I had a silver pair. They were fab! But for now I’m sticking to my trusty Mac Bold and Bad.

  10. As a falsy fan, now aged 68, I looked at the ads for magnetic false eyelashes, but as someone who cannot bear to wear contact lenses, I thought no, and laughing so much at your article, a def no no, I shall just stick to my lovely Kiss false eyelashes, which I wear over and over every day.

  11. What an hilarious post, Amber! These are the craziest things I’ve ever seen but I will forever admire you for bringing them to my attention, and for the fantastic photos!

  12. OMG I haven’t laughed so hard for age’s you are a real tonic & the reason for this is because iv gone through the same situation right from seeing the add on Facebook to buying another pair!!!

  13. Oh my god I am crying reading this, it is hilarious! I love the progression of pictures and how it looks like your eyelashes are trying to make a break for freedom. Comedy genius.

  14. Laughing so much, only because I’ve considered getting these myself!! They always pop up on Facebook!! Thanks for the honest review and cheering me up, love your honesty haha!

  15. Amber, this could have been written by me. If I had carried through with my instincts to blindly ignore reviews and go for it. Thank you for your honest, in-depth description of the product and your illustrated experiences. It’s such a good idea – now why doesn’t somebody invent a better mousetrap?? Er, I mean, eyelashes.

  16. Amber, this was so funny to read! I’ve seen these lashes on Facebook and was curious, so thanks for your honest review, now I know that I’ll probably end up with lashes stuck inside my eyes if I give them a try (I find even normal falsies very difficult to apply, I thought magnetic ones would be easier but now I see they aren’t…)

  17. Found this blog while researching magnetic lash options and I’ve yet to see a pair that look any good. They all seem to create the same blocky, shambles that you’d get if you glued falsies halfway down your natural lashes.

    Get yourself booked in for a lash tint. They’re amazing if you want to go mascara free! πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve been dyeing my own lashes at home for years now (although not recently, because I’m pregnant and haven’t bothered with it), but it doesn’t do anything for length/volume unfortunately!

      1. I get that if I colour my own, but weirdly enough, a salon dye seems to add a bit of oomph to the volume.

        Have you ever tried an LVL treatment? Those are some sort of magic!

        1. Ah, I actually have the opposite experience with salons – I seem to get better results at home, but it’s always just a colour change, neither makes them look any longer! You can’t have LVL while you’re pregnant, unfortunately πŸ™

  18. Hahaaa – mine arrived today! Like you, I had forgotten I had ordered them..like you, they sat in one straight line with no curve..like you, me and my helper (a Yorkie, who sat on my knee in curiosity through the whole process, when he was not rescuing the fallen lashes before I got to them and I had to wrench them out of his mouth). I think mine were faulty, as the magnets were the same way with all 4 lashes, so to apply them without the top magnet showing I would have had to put them curling downwards (hey! think you tried that by the look of the pics!) Like you, they stopped abruptly in the middle of my eye, so Phylis Diller would have been proud of the effect. Nothing lost, so I cut them up so I had tiny bits (8 of) each with its own magnet on… the real trouble started here as these were so t . i .n . y that I could not even handle them. I tried to pick them up with tweezers.. durgghh – metal picks up the magnet so they were not leaving the tweezers in a hurry. I have eventually managed to get one set on the very outside of each eye and with them trimmed down lengthwise (forgot to mention that bit) they don’t look so bad… but don’t forget I haven’t left my bedroom yet and as I am not 14 but 65 I will feel rather stupid if they detach whilst I am out. The top magnets still show (they surely are not meant to, are they??) but I am quite pleased with the effect which only took about 4 hours. So, I normally can do my whole face in 5mins so doubt I will be applying these regularly! I do think however the concept is good – I just want to hear when someone has tried a brand that they can recommend! (Without the magnets showing on the top, and lashes that look nice and natural – not like a dead fly stuck on the outer corner of each eye.
    We must all be crackers..

  19. lol I’m glad I’m not the only one that had the reverse polarity effect. I fiddled with mine for what felt like hours only to have them point to opposite poles. I was literally in tears of frustration by the time I got them to stick only to find I had to redo all of my eye makeup. So NOT worth the time, money or frustration. Here’s to mascara!

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