There’s nothing like lengthy, full and curled lashes to give you that awake look. For years I have been obsessed with getting the perfect flirty flared lashes and have experimented with dozens of tubes of mascara never obtaining quite the look I desired. I’ve tried everything from gimmicky tube mascaras (Blinc) and lash powders, super high-end (Dior and TooFaced) and cult-classics (think the iconic green and pink tube) to no avail. No formula knew how to hold a curl and add volume the way I desired.
Because of my poker-straight short Asian lashes I have been wearing strip lashes on and off for the past 6 years. While there was definitely a learning curve to it, I can put on a pair of strip lashes just as quickly as it would take me to apply two coats of mascara to each eye. My go-to lashes as of late have been any of the Blooming Lashes by Kiss due to their mutli-layered look and flexible band.
When I was first introduced to magnetic lashes the whole concept seemed a bit gimmicky to me. I had seen short videos of OneTwo Lash being advertised on Instagram and other social media channels, but at $69 USD it was a significant price jump to swallow when my Kiss lashes are $6.99 CAD and available locally. A few of my friends get lash extensions and were looking for something to wear between lash fills to give their lashes a fuller appearance, but didn’t feel comfortable applying strip lashes so OneTwo Lash seemed like an easy solution.
The site boasts easy application and their press section is impressive to say the least. Promoted on the Today Show, Allure and Teen Vogue you can’t help but assume that they’re worth the hype, at least in some part. Heavyweight beauty publications called OneTwo Cosmetics “beauty game changers” and their lashes “fluttery and phenomenal” so the bar was set high.
A friend decided to order a pair of their original lash set off their website that states it would be 5-9 business days for free shipping and was aware that she would probably be looking at the two week mark since it had to cross the Canadian-American border before arriving. She ordered them March 31st and they did not arrive until June 6th – over nine weeks since her purchase (a little ridiculous if you consider that they’re coming from California).
Maybe I’m a lash snob because I wear falsies daily but I was extremely unimpressed when I saw the lashes in person. Before she even attempted to put them on I noticed some immediate defects:
- The have no defined curl to them whatsoever and are pretty much flat from root to tip.
- The band itself has no curve which will make them hard to blend seamlessly to the lash line (which in the case of other falsies, glue helps with).
- There is no consistency in regards to fullness and length between the different strips.
- The lashes didn’t all lay in the same direction, some had already fallen out completely and several of them had kinks in them.
- The hairs themselves do not taper at all, instead each one seems to have a blunt cut to them which lends to them looking plastic and fake.
My initial thought that it was not worth the $100-ish CAD she paid for them but I was hoping that once she put them on they would look better. They didn’t. Considering that they’re hand-made I would expect the quality control to be of higher caliber. They are meant to last a lifetime, but my London Drug strip falsies are infinitely better in every measurable way.
The lack of a curved band caused it to jut out at either end causing her lashes to drop on the outer and inner corner and putting them on was nearly impossible. The magnetic band is meant to help assist with application, but it’s nearly impossible to get them both close to your lash line before the magnetics clung to each other mid lash shaft (the closest she got was pinching her eyelids with them). When she reached out to customer service she was advised that she should be tailoring the lashes to fit her eye but honestly considering their poor quality to begin with there was no making lemonade out of these lemons.