This week, for the second time in as many months, I braced myself and ploughed headfirst into Primark. On a Saturday.
I escaped without serious injury – although I was charged by a raging woman with a buggy – and nabbed some false eyelashes to review. I had a pleasing surprise when reviewing their makeup brushes (which you can read here) so I was excited to try something else from their beauty range.
Their lashes come in three styles: natural, sultry and volume. At £1 each, I thought I’d be decadent and buy all three. To hell with the expense, right?
Now, natural is not really a word that would often be used to describe me. Not in any bad way, but I love my bright lipsticks, bold lashes and vibrant hair colours – not exactly the most muted and au-naturel look ever.
These natural lashes are not filling me with much excitement. They’re extremely wispy, and when I try and peel them off the backing, there’s so much glue they almost rip apart with the effort.
After eventually getting them off, I looked for the glue. Which was absent. Every pack is meant to come with a little tube of lash glue, but apparently the natural lashes are so natural you don’t need it…
Luckily, I’d got two other packs to choose from, and used the glue from another box. The glue goes on blue-white and begins drying straight away, so no faffing with these lashes – get them on ASAP! I used tweezers to apply the lashes, however they were reluctant to stay in shape at all. Being so flimsy, these lashes kept sticking to my fingers or tweezers and instantly lifted.
Finally on, I had a look at the result. Frankly, it didn’t really look as if I’d got lashes on at all – I suppose it fulfills their objective of a natural look. They were pretty thin and the band still wasn’t flat to my lid; my natural lashes looked thicker than the falsies themselves.
I’ve always wanted someone to describe me as sultry. You know, like a ‘sultry seniorita’, or ‘hey, look at that girl by the bar. She’s so…sultry‘.
Apparently, these lashes were going to do this for me. Even in the packaging I was more inspired by these ones: they’re substantially thicker and considerably more hardcore than the Natural look. Oh, and I got glue this time, which is always a positive start.
Considerably easier to apply with a thicker band, the sultry lashes sat nicely on my lashline. They looked even more dramatic when curled and a slick of mascara is added. The glue dried quickly so there was no messing around with positioning and the band wasn’t wide enough to obscure my eye makeup.
These volume lashes look a bit dubious to me. When you’re about fifteen and experimenting with lashes for the first time, you always go for the ones which look the fattest, darkest and biggest in the packaging, and normally end up looking horrendous. Where these lashes going to make me look like a high end Katie Price?
These are a hefty lash. It was a bit of struggle aligning these nicely with my lash line as the band is seriously thick and heavy duty; however, still easier than our Natural counterpart. When on, they looked a bit severe, so needed a few goes with a curling wand until they sat up with my natural lashes.
They were also slightly long for my eyes, so I’d recommend measuring and trimming beforehand. The lashes overpowered my eye makeup which was disappointing and made my eyes look smaller. My bottom lashes also seemed extremely feeble in comparison, making me look a bit startled.
A pretty mixed bag of lashes! I’d disregard the Natural ones straight away – invest in a good mascara and you’ll get that look every day. The Volume lashes felt a bit plasticky and more like a dress-up lash: one you’d wear for Hallowe’en, but probably not for cocktails.
The Sultry lash gets a thumbs up from me though – they’re nice to wear, didn’t peel away and looked good when curled. I’d buy these again: hell, for a pound, I’d buy two. Cos I’m a baller like that.