First things first; packaging. I couldn't decide whether the packaging of these lashes was really interesting and unique or downright creepy. It's just an eye-less face staring at you...Anyway, the lashes come in a little transparent plastic box, with the glue hidden underneath. The lashes themselves are the perfect width, so there's no faffing about trying to cut them to shape as you would with some others.
The staying power of the glue itself was average. I would say without a couple of coats these wouldn't last more than a few hours. For someone who wears them daily and expects them to last from morning to night, this was quite a let down. The glue that comes with these lashes also takes a while to dry. Usually, it goes tacky and dries clear almost instantly, but I was left with white glue on my lid.
Next is the design. I usually look for the lashes to cross over as this makes them seamlessly natural, meaning I can pass them off as my own. While the lashes don't cross over at the base of the strip, they do naturally lap over each other further down. Because of this, there is unfortunately noticeable gaps between the lashes near the lash line; something I didn't get with the Kiss falsies. As you can tell from the pictures, my lack of lashes is very evident, and I knew it. As a result, I didn't feel particularly confident wearing these.
such as Eylure or Kiss, after 10 minutes they become barely noticeable and I forget I'm wearing them because they're so light. However, these Ardell ones seemed to really weigh my eyes down, and it became an effort to flutter or blink.
Overall, these are not the wonder-lashes for trichotillomania sufferers I was hoping they would be. They leave noticeable gaps where your lashes should be and feel too heavy for daily wear. However, they are great if you want a glamourous pair of lashes to enhance your own on a night out. The length and volume give a sultry flutter, and will blend seamlessly with your own lashes with a bit of mascara. They also have an incredible curl to them, making them ideal for finishing a night-time make-up look. My only advice would be to use another glue you might have lying around to prevent them flapping about whilst you're boogying away!
These retail for £5.49 in Boots.
I don't normally like doing negative reviews, but these left me so torn I wanted to share and know what you think! Are you convinced by Ardell lashes?