Despite my love of makeup, I have never dabbled with false lashes. I wanted them for my wedding because I find most mascaras smudge by the end of the day and I was positive I was going to cry. I knew I would have to compromise a little in terms of using some harsher chemicals I haven’t used for a long time, but I finally settled on Lashify.
The Amplify, Bold & Curl Gossamers / $20.00 USD – $30.00 AUD
I decided on the Whisper Light Single Sided Bond, the Glass Finishing Coat, Fuse Control Wand and Lashicurl (an electric lash curler). As for the lashes, I bought the Amplify Gossamer Lashes, Curl and Bold all in 8mm and 10mm lengths.
You probably can’t tell the difference in this shot. In fact it’s pretty hard to tell the difference in person. From left to right, I laid out Amplify 8+10, Bold 8+10 and the Curl 8+10. You can find the full descriptions on their site, but if you’re trying to choose between them, Amplify and Curl are the closest in appearance, especially when they’re together. The Curl Gossamers are described as a combination of both the Amplify and Bold Gossamers. The Amplify are only 0.7mm thick, while the Bold’s are just that, a little thicker at 0.15mm with more impact overall.
I really like that these have the perfect tapered tips, which is one of the main reasons I chose Lashify. I find many fake lashes either have the tips cut bluntly or they’re too long for my eye shape. Now that I’ve seen them on my eyes, I wouldn’t go larger than the 10mm, but they do offer up to 18mm. They have a large collection of different lashes, with varying amounts of fibres per gossamer, as well of different colours.
Whisper Light Bond
Glass Finishing Coat
The lashes are vegan, made from Korean PBT silk. The glue and sealer have ingredients I haven’t used for years so the first time I did, it did sting my eyes a little. I washed them off straight away the first time because I was worried about having a reaction (something that’s happened with other eyelash glue) They have a slight glue/chemical smell, especially the Crystal Finishing Coat, but it goes away.
I have had fake lashes applied to me maybe once but I’ve never actually applied them myself. Having no experience, I don’t think it’s much difference than applying typical lashes, as you apply the glue, allow it to dry slightly and then apply each lash. The main difference being that you apply it underneath your natural lashes whilst leaving a very slight gap so it’s not on your waterline. Lashify recommend using their curved tweezers with silicone tips so you don’t damage the gossamers.
Even without prior experience and only watching videos I don’t think it’s too hard. I only practiced once before applying for my wedding, but even while I was in a panic, rushing to be ready on the day, I found the whole process to be quite seamless.
I curl my lashes, just so they have a slight curl otherwise they stick out straight. I then try to apply the glue just to base of my lashes. I give it a few seconds and start from the outside in. I apply 3 of the 10mm lashes on the outer corners and I finish with 2 of the 8mm on the inner corner.
My tips would be, to practise holding the lash in the tweezer while bringing it to your eye. It’s easier if you only have the tips held, rather than too close to the band. If you practise without glue, you’ll be able to feel comfortable with the motion you need. I’d also recommend pulling out all the lashes you want and laying them out so they’re easy to grab. Sometimes it can be tough to pull them out of the cartridge and if you want to avoid reappling glue, you don’t want to fumble too much. When you’re happy with the placement, press the tweezers at the base of the lashes to make sure they’re stuck properly. You can then brush through some of the Crystal Finishing Coat. This helps combine your natural lashes with the false ones as well as remove some of the tackiness from the glue.
Even though I’m not used to having lashes on I only really notice them if I can see them when I’m blinking. I personally wouldn’t go any longer than the 10mm as I think they would look far too long. They’re not heavy or bothersome at all. I noticed many people tout how great these are for long wear, up to a week. In fact they’re marketed as DIY lash extensions, rather than one time use fake lashes. I don’t want lashes stuck to my own lashes for a week, so I take them off that night. If you’ve applied them properly, take care of them without using cleansers around your eyes, I do think they could last very well. You’d also have to take care not to rub your eyes, crush them in your sleep and touch them up during the week. I believe this is what the Crystal Coating is designed for. If you’re after that longevity, I’d recommend looking at their extra strength adhesives and more reviews from others who know how to take care of their lashes.
After my wedding, I showered and washed my eyes with the Acure Soothing Cleanser multiple times before the glue loosened enough for the lashes to pull off without tugging. It’s slightly easier if you have an oil, like jojoba oil to release the glue. I definitely think it would be easier to use their lash remover or a dedicated eye makeup remover but it is mostly silicones. It also has fragrance which irritates my skin terribly.
I honestly like the way they look, moreso in photos than in person. I really like that the Lashify gossamers give me a wispy, more natural look than mascara does. They fan out nicely, the spine is pretty undetectable but also enhances your lash line so it looks like you’ve tight-lined. If I ever were to repurchase some lashes I think I’d really like the Starburst of Stardust Gossamers. Those designs are more multi-length so it looks wispier.
Unfortunately the downsides outweigh the benefits. Keep in mind that I never wear false lashes and I wear minimal mascara. Since I’m not used to them, I just feel like they overpower my face a little. I don’t like that even though they’re smaller clusters, once they’re applied, they still look like a full band of lashes, without the dimension I’d prefer. The 8mm are still a little too big on the inner corners, so I would want a 6mm option. I’m sure a different design such as the Starburst would help.
I also don’t like glue around my eyes. It makes me very nervous. I think I missed out by not purchasing their remover however I am always wary with using too much around my eyes. For the hassle of taking them off, I’d only wear them in instances where I know mascara isn’t going to be suitable. Even as a lash novice, I didn’t really have issues with applying them. If you do have issues there are plenty of videos and tutorials so I’d recommend watching them.
As for everything I bought, I do think you’d be able to get by if you bought just the lashes and glue. The curved tweezer with silcione coverings help avoid damaging the lashes but if you were careful you could just use normal ones. If you do buy the tweezers, then they come with one set of ‘wandoms’ so you don’t need to buy the 5 pack as well. The Crystal Finishing Coat probably isn’t necessary if you only wear them for one day/night. I think the Whisper Light Bond adheres them very well. I probably woudn’t buy the Lashicurl again, the heated lash curler. It’s good for when my lashes too sensitive for the manual one (Sometimes I accidentally pull lashes out) but it doesn’t actually curl them that well.
So if you’re still with me and you want the final ‘they’re good, but‘, then keep reading. The initial order went smoothly and shipping was quick. My issue came when I was awaiting the second installment of my subscription to be fufilled. I was expecting payment to be taken but it was cancelled and refunded. I logged into my account to see why and it told me it would be processed on the 2nd of September. When I reached out to customer service their response was that they were updating their website. My order may have been cancelled by mistake and they would reprocess it the next day. I waited 4 days until I rechecked the order status and this time found that my subscription had been deleted. I again contacted customer service (I used the same email thread) and they said they would process the order again. It didn’t happen. I decided to leave it and find another option. When the 2nd of September did roll around, the original subscription still wasn’t fulfilled. I probably should have checked again, but as it said I didn’t have any active subscriptions I honestly thought the porting of information had failed. So by now, both of my requests to have the order fulfilled went unactioned and the original subscription hadn’t been fulfilled. So I was surprised and unprepared when my order was finally fulfilled on the 9th of September, almost 3 weeks later from the initial cancellation.
I understand technology is unpredictably imperfect and no one can control everything but it was very frustrating to be told my order would be processed, it wasn’t and I had to chase them both times. In the end I received the items I paid for, but it definitely tainted the shopping experience for me. I probably won’t be repurchasing any of the lashes once I run out, but they were good for my wedding and there may be a few more instances where I’ll need them. I think they’re satisfied the curiosity, but ultimately they won’t be replacing my trusty eyelash curler and mascara for my daily makeup.
Foundation: Suntegrity Impeccable Skin in Ivory & Buff
Blush: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Joyful
Lipstick: Ilia Beauty Colorblock High Impact Lipstick in Cinnabar
Lashes: Lashify Gossamer Lashes in Amplify A8+A10
Eyebrows: Loose Mineral pigment in Charcoal & Fitglow Plant Protein Brow Gel in Clear