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Eylure Girls Aloud Lashes - Cheryl
Member Name: Lools_24
Eylure Girls Aloud Lashes - Cheryl
Date: 14/12/09, updated on 15/11/11 (326 review reads)
Advantages: Add thickness, no additional mascara needed, black and glossy
Disadvantages: More care needed to apply than other lashes in the Girls Aloud range,not for those with smaller eyes
For those of you who have read my beauty reviews, you may have guessed that I have a slight obsession with false eyelashes. I wear false lashes regularly both for everyday wear and for evening occasions and as a result have tried a variety of styles and brands. My collection of lashes is near to around 30 pairs, some excellent whereas others very poor. This ranges from professional more expensive lashes from the M.A.C range to cheaper lashes bough online from ELF.
**My Eyelashes and preferences**
My family are always very surprised when I tell them that I wear false eyelashes as I do have medium to long dark eyelashes. However I always feel that false eyelashes create added thickness to my eyelashes which is something I struggle with using mascara alone. Overall I feel false eyelashes help create a wide eyed look and frame my eyes better than mascara which often makes my natural lashes look spindly with clumps of mascara in them.
When choosing false eyelashes I would never opt for the "drag queen look" with lashes that look apparently fake as they are too long or thick. For everyday wear I would always opt for a fluttery, long lash which adds some thickness. For a more special occasion I would still go for long and fluttery but also a thicker false lash creating long dark lashes which still look natural.
Although fiddly at first once you get the hang of applying false lashes you have a variety of looks and styles at your finger tips!
Eylure are one of the most popular brands of false lashes and in my opinion offer the widest range of lashes in terms of styles available. The brand in my opinion is at the mid point of the market in between the more expensive professional lashes and cheaper alternatives.
I was very intrigued to see that Eylure had teamed up with Girls Aloud, with each group member designing their own personal false lash set. I'm a fan of the Girls Aloud style so decided to give the "exclusively designed" lashes a go and try out all five styles.
***Eylure Girls Aloud Range- Cheryl ***
Being a big Cheryl fan I decided to give the Cheryl lashes a try first. These are described as "dark and glossy, very cool and glamorous perfect for a night out". The lashes are very dark, thick and very spiky looking which have a spiky section which sweeps out towards the outer corner of each eye.
Immediately from looking at the eyelashes in the packaging it is apparent that the "Cheryl" lashes are the most dramatic from the Eylure Girls aloud range because of their thickness and definitely suited for a night out or special occasion with smoky eyes rather than more plain natural made up eyes.
The "Cheryl" eyelashes from the Eylure range come in a black and red leopard print cardboard packaging. The is a long rectangular box with a cut out window so the spiky full "Cheryl" lashes are visible. There is also an image of Cheryl on the front of the packaging with Cheryl's signature written on the front of the box.
Each pack contains
A pair of lashes- marked left and right
One small tube of eyelash glue (enough for 3 wears of the lashes)
Application and care instructions
The lashes are affixed to a white inner tray inside the box. I personally prefer the more expensive brands of lashes like MAC where the lashes come in a plastic case which allows easy storage after you have worn the lashes and these types of case help the lashes retain shape. A disadvantage of the Eylure tray packaging is that you need to ensure you put the lashes back in the case carefully and ensure you do not squash them otherwise this could change the shape of the lash strip.
A pack of Eylure Girls Aloud "Cheryl" lashes costs £4.89 in Boots and Superdrug. These lashes are also available online from ASOS (£5.00) and FeelUnique.com for £4.89. As I have mentioned previously this is mid priced for false lashes. This is reasonable value for money as the quality of the lashes is average to above average. A good price for those that want to try flase lashes but don't want to opt for the more expensive brands.
The lashes from the Girls Aloud range are slightly more expensive than some of the other lashes from the Eylure range which are priced around the £4.00 mark.
As I have mentioned applying false lashes takes practice. I have included a full description and tips of how to apply at the bottom of the review for those that have never applied false lashes before.
The Cheryl lashes come with a very small tub of Eylure eyelash adhesive . When you first open the packaging it is clearly marked which lash is for which eye; the shortest section of lashes is always placed next to the inner eye if you do get the lashes mixed up.
The Eylure lash glue has a mini applicator a bit like a cocktail stick which allows you to apply the glue onto the false lash band. After about 10 seconds the glue on the lash goes tacky and this is when you can apply the lash to the eye and hold until it becomes attached to the eyelid. The glue is white but does dry clear. You may need to touch up with eyeliner as this sometimes when dry the glue does have a slight white tint to it.
A downside to the Cheryl lashes is because they are so full and dramatic they take much more careful application to ensure you have applied to each eye evenly. With some lashes if you apply in a slightly different position it is not noticeable. With the Cheryl lashes because the lashes sweep out and the outer corners of the eye if you don't attach to the eye in exactly the same position your eyes will look uneven and unsymmetrical. It may be worth trying a different set of lashes from the Girls Aloud range if you are less experienced at applying false lashes as these definitely are the fiddliest set to apply.
The lashes are very full and so felt slightly heavier than other false lashes I have used and are heavier than the other lashes in the Girls Aloud range. Because of this I felt I had to use a lot more lash glue and once initially affixed to my eye I had to apply slightly more glue to the inner and outer corner of the lash band just to make sure the lash stayed in place.
The lashes do stay affixed all night when you have used the Eylure lash glue which comes with the Cheryl lashes but personally I do not find the Eylure lash glue very effective and the lashes felt quite fragile and that they could come off. Especially if you go outside and it's windy or if you happen to touch your eye. When I used a different lash glue (DUO which is recommended for use with M.A.C lashes) the Cheryl lashes felt much more secure.
Removing the lashes after using the Eylure lash glue is easy. You carefully peel the lash from the inner corner of the eye and the lash should come off the eye and still be in its original shape which you can use again. You will get around 3-4 uses of the lashes providing you put them back in the packaging and remove any dry glue carefully. The lashes and glue are suitable for contact lenses wearers but I did find the Eylure lash glue is not as gentle on eyes as some other lash glues are. After removing the lashes I did find I had a slight red mark on my eyelid where the lash had been and glue applied which has never happened when I have used other lash adhesives.
When applied correctly these lashes do give a very glam and special look which is exactly what the packaging says they do. These gave a different look to what I would usually wear for a more glammed up occasion. I usually opt for a slightly full yet longer lash whereas the Cheryl lashes didn't add much length to my own lashes but gave much more definition to my eyes as they were extremely thick and full, so my eyes had a very black look to them.
The lashes are very glossy and black and unlike other false lashes I have worn (even the expensive M.A.C lashes) they do not require any mascara to be added as they are so black and have a great smooth silky looking texture to them. The Cheryl lashes have a fantastic spiky look to them and give a sultry look to eyes. This sultry look is created as the outer corners of the lashes flick outwards and upwards.
These lashes are thick and full and as a result have quite a thick band on the lash line (as the false lash contains so many lashes). This means that the lash band is visible. If you are creating a smoky eyed look this is not a problem and the lash band can be hidden by using dark eyeshadow or smoky eyeliner. Or, if like myself you wear eyeliner on your top lash this is not noticeable. But for those that do not like wearing eyeliner on their top lid or want to create a barer eye look using light coloured or nude eyeshadow these probably are not for you. The only other downside with the Cheryl lashes is that for those with smaller eyes the heavy fullness of the lashes and fact they are so dark could look too much and be too intense for your features creating a less natural look.
These are a great lash for those wanting a more dramatic look for a special occasion and look great with smoky eyes and have a definite black glossy look to them. The lashes are definitely suited to those with mid to long eyelashes that want fuller looking eyelashes with a flirty fluttery look at the outer corners of your eyes. The quality of the lashes is reasonable and will last for around 4 uses if cared for correctly. The Eylure "Cheryl" lashes are also very reasonably priced.
A major disadvantage of the lashes are because they are so full they are quite heavy therefore you need to use a lot of eyelash glue to ensure they are secure. I personally feel that the Eylure lash glue which comes with these lashes is not strong enough. My recommendation would be to use DUO eyelash adhesive. As these are a very full lash these certainly are for those that want to create a dramatic look and not for those with smaller eyes or those that prefer a more bare eye make up style.
These are not false lashes which look noticeably false but from all of the Girls Aloud range they are certainly the most dramatic and for those that like a more "made up" look as opposed to completely bare faced and natural! Great for those wanting the Cheryl Cole look!
***How to apply false lashes- the Lools way***
Step 1- First of all if you have not applied false lashes before, give yourself an additional 20 minutes to get ready and get used to applying the false lashes. As this is quite a fiddly task you need to take your time. If you are under pressure to get ready for a time, if you do not leave extra time and the lash doesn't go on first time, you are likely to get yourself flustered. This only makes applying the lash more difficult!!
Step 2- Apply eye make up to you eyes, with the exception of mascara. It is advisable to apply a line of black eyeliner to your upper lid. This is because if you do not apply the false lash close enough to your natural lashes the eyeliner will hide the "gap" in between and it creates a more natural look
Step 3- Most false lash strips are about 25mm long but do vary. Put this up against your eye and check that this fits your eye. If this is too long trim the lash strip with scissors so it is a suitable size for your eye. Always trim from the inner corners of the lash strip (the length of the lashes on the inner corners will be shorter)
Step 4- Before you apply the lashes set out the right and the left lash strip. You can tell which lash strip is for which eye as the shortest lashes on the lash strip will be applied to the inner corners of each eye.
Step 5- Check the instructions of the lash adhesive you are using to see how long it takes to dry. This will vary depending on the adhesive. (No matter what false lashes you are using I would always recommend DUO lash adhesive) Apply a thin amount to the top of the lash strip. Leave so the adhesive goes tacky and sticks to the upper lid easily and immediately. If the glue is too wet the lash will not stick immediately and the lash will slide around on the eyelid.
Step 6- Once the glue is tacky hold the inner edge of the lash with a pair of tweezers and press the lash strip down as close to your natural lash line as possible. If possible try not to stick to your own natural eyelashes as the false lash strip will not sit right and will feel quite uncomfortable.
Step 7- Once the false lash strip is applied to the eye use two cotton bud to hold the strip onto the lash line. Hold onto the lash and apply a small amount of pressure for around 30 seconds. This ensures the lash is fully affixed to your upper lid and it should be nice and secure.
Step 8- Repeat above steps to apply lash strip to your other eye.
Step 9- Touch up and apply more glue using a cotton bud if necessary to the inner and outer corners of the false lash if they do not feel secure.
Step 10- Apply mascara to your own lashes and the false lashes if necessary. This should blend your lashes together and give a fluttery natural look. Depending on the look you want to achieve will depend on the amount of mascara you apply to your lashes. Therefore if you want a dramatic look, I would recommend a thicker coat of mascara, for a more natural look, a touch of mascara will suffice.
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
Summary: Reasonably priced false lashes from Eylure for the Cheryl look!
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