Well hello there! Miss me? Sorry for being a bit delinquent in the posting, I’ve been very busy this past week/weekend….buying a condo!! My boyfriend and I have been looking for a couple weeks, and lucked out on Saturday. We move into our new home in just over a month. I can’t wait! It’s just perfect and in a great area, a nice neighbourhood with a lot of trails – which will make up for the fact that I won’t be able to walk to work anymore *sad face* But, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for the right home! So, the past couple days has been filled with calls and paper signing and appointments etc. I feel like a big girl now
Anyway, I really wanted to take some time to get this post up as I’ve been meaning to for ages. I have quite a few items that I’ve taken photos of but haven’t posted yet, shame on me. At least this is one of the list! Earlier last month, I received two sets of the new Katy Perry Lashes, created with Eylure, the award-winning British lash specialists. I used to wear false lashes ALL the time back in my ‘downtown’ days (aka University); I loved the dramatic effect they’d create, and I’d even amp it up and draw a couple on my bottom lash line sometimes for extra pizzazz. As I got older, I started wearing individual lashes when I wanted to go big, which I found looked more natural and I could wear for days at a time without having to remove them.
The lashes Eylure sent are strip lashes, and each set varies in the amount of drama they impart. First we have ‘Oh Honey,’ which are full yet demure, with quite a bit of length and a fair bit of volume, and textured for a more natural finish:
I thought these looked pretty good, like your very typical false lashes, and I liked that they curled nicely and come with their own lash glue. The glue has a really handy applicator wand that makes applying the glue to the lashes a snap – far easier than anything else I’ve tried.
I applied the glue to the lash line of the lashes and waited for about 20 seconds (for it to get tacky) before applying the lashes to my own lash line. These were a touch long and probably could have been trimmed a tad, but overall the fit was OK. They are quite flexible so you can mold them to your eye shape fairly easily. I held them in place until they adhered and then checked out my handy work.
I sort of want to say ‘Oh Honey NO’ when I look at these. They’re not terrible, granted, and in photos I’m sure they look fine, but in person there was just something about them that did NOT sit well with me. They just looked too fake for my liking, I think. The nice curl I liked initially seemed too much, and the lashes themselves just looked gaudy – I probably could have trimmed the length of the lashes down, but honestly? I know I won’t take the time. It’s like getting pants hemmed (not taken in – different altogether!) – I just can’t be bothered. I want it to fit properly the first time or never mind. UNLESS those pants my my booty look rad, then I’ll be all over it. If these lashes otherwise wereawesomeI’d go the extra mile. As it were, they just kind of fell flat for me.
The next set I checked out was the ‘Oh My’ version: a big, bold lash with a layered effect with major texture. These were a bit intimidating in the box, yet still piqued my interest. As my big 3-0 party is coming up, I thought these would be a perfect addition to my going-to-be-fabulous outfit.
(Please forgive me, I took photos of these after I had already trimmed one set – oops!) These also came with their own glue, and I used the same application method as I did with the ‘Oh Honey’ lashes above. Wanna see the result?
Again, looking at these pictures makes it look pretty darn good. I’m even second-guessing my feelings on these – they look va-va-voom here! However, again I just felt like these were too crazy for me to even consider wearing anywhere, and I am NOT a shy gal when it comes to makeup. And these particular lashes were hard to apply – the double effect makes them particularly stiff, and they don’t shape around the eye well at all, and to get them to stick you have to hold as much as the lash down as possible as it wants to spring up from the tension. As I mentioned, I did trim these ones on the edge a bit, as they were far too long for my eyes – and even still I feel like I could get rid of even more length. A whole lotta WHOA here for me.
Of course, my reaction to these lashes could be because I don’t wear false lashes a whole lot nowadays, and am unused to how they look and feel. I certainly can understand why these are a collaboration with Katy Perry, because they are TA-DOW! lashes and definitely made for show, which is just like her (at least on-stage) persona. If that appeals to you, then I think you’ll probably love these (though the ‘Oh My’ lashes are a bit tricky). But if you’re looking for a more natural, wearable false lash to add a little oomph to your look, I’m not sure these two are for you.
All Katy Perry by Eylure lashes retail for $6.99 at ULTA Beauty Stores nationwide and on www.ULTA.com.
Do you wear false lashes at all? What brand is your favorite? Do you prefer strip lashes or individual?
*These products were provided for my unbiased consideration by the PR company/brand.