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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Faux & Fab | Ardell Faux Mink Lashes

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We're chatting lashes today! I go in spells where I am all for lashes and then will go for months without even thinking of them. Lately though, I've been all about Ardell. These ones specifically have been in constant rotation. I do have a few other styles / varieties to try though, so it only makes sense to give the Ardell Faux Minks some time in the spotlight. So, let's get lashy, shall we?

When it comes to my lash experience, I've yet to use any mink styles. There is a whole rationale to whether or not mink lashes are cruelty-free or not, with many brands claiming they simply collect hair from the mink to make their lashes, meaning no harm comes to the cute little fellas. Regardless of where you fall on that issue, the appeal of mink lashes is real as they are said to be lighter, more natural looking and longer lasting than other options.

Ardell are trying to make to take faux everything (lashes and mink) up a notch with their take on mink lashes. The Ardell Faux Mink range is all about "show-stopping drama is yours in our glamour goddess-worthy faux mink lashes. Loved by prestige professionals, these luxurious lashes deliver serious volume without weighing you down." I have to agree with the the fact that these are light, as they do feel extremely comfortable once on. I didn't find the styles I tried to be overly dramatic, but the range does offer a nice selection of styles should you need more va-va-voom.

ardell faux mink in 811 (2)ardell faux mink 811 collageArdell Faux Mink Lashes in 811 (before with a light coat of mascara & after)

'Got a flare for the dramatic? So do we. Swoop it out in this deluxe strip lash! The so-soft faux mink hair fibers feature finely tapered ends and the flared, winged out style create the perfect cat-eye beauty look.'

From the look of style Ardell Faux Mink 811 in their package, I just couldn't see myself enjoying them. I was wrong. The flared style is definitely not for going to be for everyone, as it can drag down some eye types. it does however, add a great bit of drama and can accentuate cat-eye styled eye looks.

I have been impressed with just how little (or really, not at all) the band shows on this style, which is great for when you would rather not wear liner. The lashes are just as Ardell claims- light, comfortable and oh-so soft. I had no issues applying these, and found them to be really easy to manipulate to the curve of my eye.

ardell faux mink 811 (3)ardell faux mink 812 collage
Ardell Faux Mink Lashes in 812 (before with a light coat of mascara & after)

'Elegantly soft and not for the shy, this luxe strip lash features silky faux mink hair fibers that taper at the ends for the perfect flutter every time. The crisscross style creates a plush multi-dimensional effect and rounded cut opens up the eye instantly.'

When it comes to a style that will suit almost every eye shape, the Ardell Faux Mink 812 are pretty much perfect. They offer a tapered, crisscross style with a rounded shape that works beautifully to open the eye and suits any eye look without being so intrusive you can't see your shadow work. The only thing I would have liked with this style is a bit more curl, as I like my lashes with more of an upward appearance. These are a great option for an everyday style, as they're there, but not over-the-top dramatic.

These have the same light, comfortable feel as the 811s, but I do find that the clear portion of the band shows once on the eye. It's an easy fix- I used a bit of black eyeshadow on an angled brush to fill in the lash-line- but is worth noticing if you plan on wearing these without liner.

Overall, I'm very impressed with these lashes! I did learn that I am not a fan of Duo lash glue though, I am normally a devout House of Lashes glue user, but I just ran out and needed something until my HoL order arrives. Since Duo is the fave of so many beauty fans, I picked up a tube. The glue itself seems fine (although, it does take forever to dry) it makes my eyes sting and water something crazy. I don't have overly sensitive eyes, but I think it's the fragrance in it. Anyway, I'm starting to think Ardell can do no wrong when it comes to lashes. What do you think? Tried these? Have any favourites from the brand I should try next?

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