Product Type: Eylure makeup
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Weird, but wonderful
Eylure Girls Aloud Lashes Nadine
Member Name: shonsay
Eylure Girls Aloud Lashes Nadine
Date: 06/02/11, updated on 06/02/11 (109 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use and look great
Disadvantages: Taking them off feels a bit icky
False eyelashes seem to have taken off in a really big way in recent years and everyone seems to be wearing them - from celebrities to the average girl on the high street. I'm not a fan of fakery at all and prefer a more natural look so I always though false eyelashes were, frankly, a bit weird, cheap and tarty looking. I suppose I'm lucky that I have good eyelashes already and they are quite thick and long already so I never really considered wearing false lashes. On a shopping trip out with my Mum, she was looking at them saying she would like to try them just to see what they're like but didn't like the idea of putting something on her eye. A girl shopping in the store overheard us and began chatting about how easy they are to use and so I bought a set of these Nadine lashes spur of the moment. They sat in my makeup bag for several weeks before I thought of trying them.
The Eyelure Girls Aloud Lash range have a set of lashes each designed with one of the members of Girls Aloud in mind. I chose the Nadine ones as I thought they were the most natural looking out of the five and they cost me £5. The packaging is a black cardboard box with a picture of Nadine and a clear window through which you can see the lashes inside. Inside the box you have the 2 lashes clearly marked as left and right, a tube of the lash glue and an instruction leaflet. The Nadine lashes are graduated in length and so they are thicker and longer at the outer corners of the eye. The lash has a natural curve to it which should follow the curve of your lashline.
Before applying any glue, you take the lash and hold it to your lashline to check the fit. If it's too long then just trim a few individual lashes from the inner part to make them fit properly. When your ready to apply, take the glue and with the little applicator inside run the glue along the base of the false lash. It is a white colour before it dries so you can see how much and where you've put it easily and you don't really need a lot of it at all - a thin coating will be enough. Give the lash a few waves about in the air (which just makes the glue start to set and it goes a bit stickier) then apply to your lashline. The lashes should just sort of fall into the correct position but you want the base of the false lash to stick onto the base of your natural eyelashes, not the skin of the base of your eyelid as I made the mistake of doing at first. The glued part should stick on the bit of your eyelid where the lash meets the skin - before the glue dries you can push the lash right into place directly on top of your natural lashline. Tweezers can be useful here to move them into place. Then gently press and hold the lash for a few seconds to let it set into place. Once set you can gently adjust the curl of the lash by pushing it up.
I find it easier to apply the false lashes as the finishing touch i.e. when you have finished applying your eyeshadow and mascara. The false lashes are already black and so they don't need mascara on them. It also helps if you wear black eyeliner on the top lid to disguise the false lash as without it you can sometimes make out the false lashline.
I was quite pleasantly surprised at the result with the Nadine lashes. My lashes looked longer, fuller and perfectly shaped but were not overly fake looking. In fact, at first no one noticed I was wearing false lashes until I told them I was - it actually looks surprisingly natural. Some false eyelashes can look ridiculously fake and these are definately not the ones to buy if you're after that kind of look.
To take the lashes off, gently loosen the inside corner of them with your nail, grasp the false lash with your finger and gently pull them off. It's not the most pleasant feeling but it doesn't hurt and if you're gentle then it won't rip out your own lashes. Or you can put some eyemakeup remover onto some cotton wool and then place over your eye for a minute which will loosen the glue and make it easier to pull off. I found that the lashes stayed on really well throughout the night and didn't come loose at all so the glue appears to be very good.
Overall I was quite impressed with these lashes. They are definately not something I would wear everyday or even regularly but for a night out or special occassion they are fun and look good. It means your lashes stay looking perfect when if you were just wearing mascara on your natural lashes they can tend to look a bit flat after a few hours. The lashes can be reused if you take care of them and pick off all the old glue on them but I think after 2 or 3 wears they really need to be replaced as they lose their shape a little. They are quite sturdy and aren't overly delicate so you don't need to worry about ripping them too much.
Summary: Good for a night out