I BOUGHT MAGNETIC EYELASHES. LIKE A WEIRDO.

One Two Lash review

I BOUGHT MAGNETIC EYELASHES.  LIKE A WEIRDO.

I stand before you, a clear lashed woman, who wants two simple things in life.  To be able to do the splits (either direction) and to be able to have luxurious eyelashes. I know. It makes no sense. I don’t even stretch on a regular basis.  I’ll never be able to do the splits.

But eyelashes?  That one’s doable. Magazine pages, CNN commentators, grocery store cashiers … everyone has some sort of fake lash apparatus on now.  You can’t walk down the street without almost being knocked to the ground by someone’s enormous set of eyelashes.

So I decided.  I wanted to try wearing some kind of fake eyelashes. I have friends who have semi-permanent eyelashes that have to be touched up every few weeks.  No.  NO.  I have enough to maintain in my life without having to maintain eyelashes.  If anything’s going to be maintained around here it’s gonna be my roof.

One Two Lash review

Then I remembered hearing about magnetic eyelashes. I think it was Betty who told me about them.  I did a bit of research and discovered that magnetic eyelashes are very expensive.  About the same price as a new roof as a matter of fact.  For 2 sets of One Two Lash (which is the original inventor of the magnetic eyelashes) the price is $69 American.  Once you convert that, add in shipping and duty, the One Two Lashes were going to set me back over $100.

But I was doing this for science so it was worth it.

And yet, there were also cheaper options on Amazon.  I could get a set of magnetic eyelashes from China for about the price of a few roofing shingles.   $10.

So I ordered both and committed to an eyelash experiment for you.  My blogging friends who might want to get into the eyelash market.

Before you get all worked up into a lather, I’ve done as much research as I could possibly do and have not found any harmful effects about having magnets around your eyes, let alone magnets the size of a grain of rice.  So no, magnetic eyelashes aren’t bad for your eyes.

One Two Lash review

The double set of magnetic eyelashes from One Two Lash came in a Chanel inspired box that makes that incredibly satisfying “click” sound when you close it.

The Chinese eyelashes came in this.

chinese magnetic lash review

Like this.  This is how they arrived.  I felt like a Princess.

I went with trying the One Two Lashes first.

The premise behind magnetic lashes is you wear two sets of eyelashes on each eye. Each row of lashes has a small magnet in the centre of them.  One sits on top of your real lashes and the other one sits below.  Once they get near each other, the magnets click together.

I DIDN’T WEAR ANY MASCARA FOR THESE PHOTOS SO YOU COULD BETTER SEE THE FAKE LASHES.

You start by grabbing the top set of lashes and resting it on your own lashes.

One Two Lash review

You can see the magnet in the centre. The magnet is very, very thin.

One Two Lash review magnetic eyelashes

You just rest it on there as close to your lash line as you can get it.

One Two Lash review magnetic eyelashes

Then let it fall off.  Repeat this sequence approximately 72 million times.  Break to practice the splits then do it another 72 million times.

One Two Lash review magnetic eyelashes

Finally you’ll get the hang of resting the lashes on your own lashes.  Then comes the hard part.  Bringing the lower set of lashes up underneath until they click into the right place.  “Right place” being the operative words here.

You will hate these eyelashes at this point.  You will say they’re stupid and it’s impossible and you hate everyone and everything.

Then you’ll have a drink.  An alcoholic one. And the process will start all over again over the next few days. Until one day, it’ll happen.  Just like riding a bike, all of a sudden you’ll find your balance and all will be right with the world.

One Two Lash review magnetic eyelashes

You will be SO thrilled that you finally figured out how to put these stupid things on that you will be willing to overlook some of their idiosyncrasies. At least for the first few minutes.  Then you’ll start to notice a few problems.

One Two Lash review magnetic eyelashes

Like the fact that these eyelashes are completely straight for some reason.  STRAIGHT.  Eyeballs are not straight.  They’re curved.

I don’t know why the makers decided straight was the way to go for eyelashes, but for some reason they did.  The concept is genius, and these eyelashes are SO close to being brilliant but they’re not.

They’re also awfully glamorous for someone who just wants a bit of a lift.  They’re long and luxurious which is perfect for Dino’s girlfriend Sassy, not so perfect for me.

ARE THE CHEAP MAGNETIC LASHES ANY GOOD?

Maybe I’d get lucky and I’d discover that the cheap, Chinese eyelashes were fantastic and I’d be able to recommend these $10 beauties to you.

The packaging was promising. Anything that looked this horrific to begin with surely had nowhere to go on the scale of 1-10 other than up.

Chinese magnetic eyelash review

I specifically ordered these lashes because they had 2 magnets on each lash which I saw as a bonus.  It was a bonus magnet.

I tried to keep that upbeat attitude whilst hefting them out of their Pepto-Bismol pink case.

Chinese magnetic eyelash review

If I thought attaching one magnet was difficult, attaching two in the right place was harder than doing the splits in both directions at the same time.

Chinese magnetic eyelash review

The magnets on the cheap Chinese lashes were the elegant size of bricks.

Chinese magnetic eyelash review

Buy at least they looked good.  I found the massive space in between the upper and lower lashes made a perfect spot for holding pens, knives or any other metal object that happened to be attracted to the brick magnets.

In conclusion I cannot at this point recommend either the One Two magnetic lash or the hilariously ridiculous Chinese lashes.

But it’s killing me. The One Two Lashes are SO close to being great. The actual lashes look great.  If only they’d curved the strip. If only they weren’t $100.

If only I could do the splits.

 

 

119 Comments

  1. Wendy says:

    I literally Laughed Out Loud at this post! I had seen magnetic lashes at the Showcase store and wondered if/how they worked. Now I know! Still laughing my arse off! You da best!

    • Patricia says:

      I’ve been reading you for about a year & had not felt compelled to respond until today. I’ve looked at ads for these magnetic eyelashes for awhile and am so glad that you were the one to try them out – so I don’t have to. I nearly always laugh out loud while reading your posts, but this one took the cake! Like you, I have very light colored lashes. I get them tinted – it lasts about two months. Doesn’t make them thick like mascara, but at least makes them visible.
      Thanks for all the laughs.
      Have you tried those foot patches you put on the bottom of your feet to “pull out the toxins” while you sleep? Used to be advertised on late night T.V. Would love you to review those!

  2. Jani Wolfe says:

    Had seen an info commercial on these and wondered how they really worked! You are the best! I was in tears looking at your selfies with your best effort to get them on. I like you would have lost my patience very quickly. Probably would have put them on one of my Yorkie’s for Halloween!!

  3. Robert says:

    I normally laugh with your post at some point but you are killing right now with this one.
    You’re totally ready to take the beauty blogin business by surprise.
    Maybe the cheap pair for an artsy theme Halloween costume this year?

    • Karen says:

      I don’t even remember this post being funny, I’ll have to go back and re-read it. I wrote it a few days ago. Maybe I was drunk. Do you think I was drunk? I don’t really drink, but I wouldn’t really remember if I was a drinker or not if I drank a lot. omg, how do drunk people ever remember anything? And no wonder they never think they have a drinking problem. They don’t remember drinking. ~ karen!

  4. Susan Hollier says:

    Maybe you could curl the expensive lashes with a regular eyelash curler?

    • Karen says:

      That’s not the portion that isn’t curled Susan. The lashes themselves have a curl. It’s the base of them. The thing all the lashes are attached to that’s straight. There’s no curve to it. Upon further inspection I’ve discovered it’s basically a piece of clear fishing line. ~ karen!

      • SusanR says:

        If it’s basically a piece of clear fishing line, you might be able to shape them with some heat. Heated water might be the best route, and when they’re softened, form them over something round, like a small styrofoam ball, to get the shape you want, pin them and let them dry. They “might” retain the shape.

  5. Lynn says:

    Really magnetic eye lashes who thinks up this stuff…. what was my first thought . Then I started to laugh as you explained just how hard it is or was to apply them . I wish to thank you Karen for your adventuress nature.

  6. Lisa says:

    Oh my gosh! I keep picture a cat trying to attack your lashes. In my house they’d probably get thumped by a thong – as someone mistook them for a weird bug. Fabulous!

    • Tina says:

      LOL!!! I read your comment about 4 times before I understood the lashes being beat on by a flip-flop! I thought you meant a g-string type thing!

      • Lisa says:

        OK that made me splurt my coffee…”image of g-string beating off a magnetic eyelash”…I’d be driven to drink.

      • Trish says:

        So glad you cleared this up. I was wondering why anyone would kill a bug with their underwear!!

      • JVF says:

        Thank goodness! I was afraid I was the only one trying to figure out who swats bugs with underwear.

      • Grammy says:

        I thought, oh no! Lisa leaves her underwear lying around the house? That’s the only reason it would be readily available to swat a bug. Unless…oh, no, Lisa — you don’t strip off your panties when you spot an insect! Here I was thinking I was hanging out in a relatively nice establishment where once in awhile the host makes us giggle with a little off-color banter, but then Lisa hurled her panties at a housefly and I remembered what my mother said about the company you keep.

        The worst thing is, I am old, so I grew up knowing that a thong was casual footwear. Then I spent years trying to readjust my thinking because I found out what passes for underwear in the younger set. So my internal vocabulary was brought up-to-date. And then Lisa conjured up an image in my febrile brain of how one would go about thumping a bug with their underpants (taking them off, first, was my second thought) and I completely forgot that Karen is walking around with ugly black brushes hanging off kilter on her eyelids and now even she has started drinking.

        It’s almost noon here. I’m going back to bed.

        • Terry says:

          Oh my the post was funny enough but these replies are killing me. And yes I pictured underwear too.

        • Tina says:

          Oh Grammy! We’re apparently “of an age” because all that was racing through my mind…but I must admit, I never once thought of Lisa as trying to swat the bug with her undies still ON! Dang, now I need a glass of wine!

        • Jeanne says:

          Here I am late to the party once more. I am of a similar age Grammy, but underwear also came to my twisted mind. It is so nice to come here to snort coffee through my nose. Where else can you do that?

        • ecoteri says:

          When my niece, now 31, was around 17 years old, she was at a beach with my sister. As Jessica walked down the beach barefooted, Debbie hollered after her (really loud) “JESS, DON’T FORGET YOUR THONGS”.
          My sister then collapsed in a heap of laughter as her daugher turned around with deathray eyes and Debbie remembered that the word ‘thong’ has changed meaning from when we were kids. Debbie (and I) still laugh about this. Jess is almost old enough to laugh about it too… Almost….

  7. Kathleen Aberley says:

    I never even knew these things existed. Where have I been? However, now that I know and have read your hilarious post on applying them, I doubt I’m going to rush out and buy them!

    I read with great sadness that Gord Downie has passed away. You introduced me to the Hip’s music recently and have been an avid fan since then. I am truly saddened by his passing. It feels to me as if Canada has lost a son and the world has lost a magnificent musician and wonderful person.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kathleen. It’s hard to describe the feeling in the country now. None of us can explain what Gord Downie was to Canada and I think we’re all surprised at how important he was to us. He was just an extraordinary, ordinary man. 🙂 ~ karen

    • Dale Lacina says:

      I Googled Gord and found this nice article of his life as I listen to his music on Spotify. Gone too soon. http://www.macleans.ca/gord-downie-obituary/ RIP GD.

    • Grammy says:

      I had never heard of Tragically Hip before Karen began a conversation about music quite awhile back. I googled and found I liked them very, very much. Then, at some point, I read that Gord Downie was ill and I felt so sad that someone so talented and admired has things happen to them. Then, on my way to pick up my grandson from school, I heard on NPR how profoundly his death affected the entire nation of Canada, and I thought of Karen. Then I heard Justin Trudeau barely able to maintain his voice as he spoke about how much this man meant, and I thought again of Karen again, and how kind she was to offer sympathy recently to those of us south of her border for our many disasters, and I intended say something to her and all of those who loved Mr. Downie.

      I’m sorry this is so late, Karen, but please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of someone who obviously affected a nation of good people in a way they deserved to be affected. I appreciate you having introduced him to many of us who otherwise wouldn’t have known what a great loss this is to the world.

  8. Paula says:

    Very, very funny! lol Bricks and gaps for pens and knives, the exact choice of words to associate with eyelashes!

  9. Tina says:

    I have very short, very skimpy, very pale lashes. I also have a friend who (professionally) puts on the individual “lash extensions”. They’re not too expensive but I agree, way too much maintainence! She keeps trying to persuade me but honestly, if someone is going to judge me by my insignificant lashes, screw them! Thanks for trying out the magnetic lashes, saves me wasting my time and money!

  10. Valerie says:

    Your post Karen was so very funny as well as revealing about the things we woman play at.
    I don’t really understand how these eye lashes you procured work. Magnets normally have to attach to metal do they not? If so how can they possibly attach to one’s eyelid? Can you please explain this Karen?
    I have read Latesse lotion (sp.?) is effective but expensive and one must continue using this product to have the nice long lash result.
    And more news on the eye lash front – some poor woman somewhere in the USA tattooed her eye lids and has negatively effected her vision.
    Many years ago I purchased a box of false eyelashes and tried determinedly for 20 minutes to stick them to the correct place on my upper lids. In the end they just looked goofy. I solved this problem though as I put them down the toilet and never looked (no pun intended) back.

    • Gayle M says:

      Valerie, there is a magnet on the top and bottom lashes, which attract (well, are supposed to anyway) each other, pinning your natural leashes between them. So you can see why it takes 72 million times to position them. On TV, it looks so simple. Key word: looks. lol

      • Angel says:

        Your post was funny but I have used the one two lashes for a few months now and love them. They didn’t cost that much and I get them on faster than mascara. Get plenty of compliments. Great find for me. To each his own I guess.

        • Karen says:

          They cost exactly that if you’re in Canada. Slightly over $100. They’re quick to put on once you get the hang of it. But they’re straight and don’t bend to the lash line. You could literally see them sticking out straight on my eyes. I showed people and all of them said, Oh no. No, no, you can’t wear those. It may have something to do with eye shape or size, but according to the other reviews a lot of other people have an issue with them being so straight. Like I said, they’re close to being genius. Just not quite. ~ karen!

  11. Carole says:

    “…a perfect spot for holding pens, knives or any other metal objects”… great! Now you’ve destroyed my relaxing melatonin slumber! Full outsnorting does that you know.
    Oh Karen!

  12. Dawn says:

    Karen,

    You just get better and better I swear! LMFAO here…..I fell for this mesmerizing concept and shelled out the big bucks about 2 years ago…….two years and many, many alcoholic drinks later, there is no way these things don’t look like a spine caterpillar about to cocoon on my face…..it was a brilliant concept, but I don’t feel nearly as bad now about my ineptitude; I mean, if someone who does as much from scratch as you with ZERO trepidation (including removing flystrike from hens butts) and whose own mum has a doormat that says “Oh, shit not you again” (HAVE to get one of these myself)…..

  13. Elaine says:

    I know I speak for all of us readers, Karen, when I say a big “thank you” for the in-depth research you do for us and thanks for the laughs. Your blog is like the box of chocolates in Forest Gump! I never know what interesting or funny or weird subject each post will bring me … but they are all great!

    I have a “beauty” problem and wonder if others have the same issue. I’m fair skinned, my legs never tan so I resort to faux tanner from the local drugstore. With age, I now have darker spots of pigment here and there so when I apply the self tanner, it nicely colors the “normal” parts of my legs BUT darkens the already pigmented areas. I’m wondering if (when you get bored with your magnetic lashes), you’d care to do some research on faux tanner for us poor souls with uneven skin. You look as though you have lovely even skin so I may have to wait another 35 or more years when you reach my age … which may mean you’re going to be too late! 😉

    • TucsonPatty says:

      A girl friend years ago told me she painted over her “spots”with clear nail polish before applying the self-tanner. Maybe she picked the polish off later? Maybe she used matte polish instead of shiny so it didn’t matter? My legs are too freckled for this to work..everyone will just have to put on their sunglasses to look at my legs!

      • Elaine says:

        Nail polish?! 😳. Wow! After I stopped laughing while drinking my morning mug of tea, I thought to myself “why not”! I may just try this ….. maybe! Thanks so much TucsonPatty! Maybe it’s time to reveal my “other use” for clear nail polish at the age of 14/15. I loved Audrey Hepburn’s pointed little “pieces” of bangs in the movie Sabrina. My hair was blonde, wispier, fluffier and just didn’t form those little “points” so I dabbed clear nail polish on the very tips. It worked like a charm. I think there was a gel product out there called, Dippity-Do that would have also done the job but I was unaware at the time. The things we do for beauty!!

    • Karen says:

      Why not have those spots removed at a dermatologists office? I’m not sure what laser or sandpaper or machine they’d use but I’m sure it could be done. 🙂 Either that or just use a Q tip to remove the self tanner from the dark spots on your legs as soon as you’ve applied it. Those would be my suggestions. ~ karen!

      • TucsonPatty says:

        Oh, Karen, you just think things through more thoroughly than I do. That why you are the genius blogger, and I…….well, I am not! I’m am wondering, as a former Dippity-Doo aficionado, how did that nail polish come off later? The hairsytlist in me is imagining the 80 to 100 hairs that you naturally lose every day were hanging off the ends of those wonderfully spiky bangs! If they were long enough, they might have been the false eyelashes we needed! You had the idea first!

  14. Mama Toto says:

    I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of the latest trend …….using fake eyelashes for nose hair !!! Don’t know if the magnets would work though!

  15. Gayle M says:

    Yeah, I have enough problems dealing with straight hair, so straight lashes would push me over into the abyss…

    Thank you for, in the name of science, keeping us out of the abyss.

  16. Lori Colleran says:

    I love it!! You’re so funny!

  17. Louise says:

    Thank you so much for doing this! I’m sure I would have been tempted to buy these and I can’t afford to spend that much money unless it’s going to be a huge success. Can you return the expensive ones? I think you should! And tell them why!

  18. Jenny W says:

    1-Thank you, you just saved me some $$$!
    2- I have been using a mascara that has fibres in it to lengthen and thicken my eyelashes.
    One swipe of the mascara, followed by one swipe of the ‘fibre’ tube, then finished with another coat of the mascara. As much or as little as you like, where you like – and it’s Great! Legendary Lashes $19 at a good drug store near you.
    3- It seems that you have a strange person, standing in your doorway with a canoe paddle, ready to strike- the eyes don’t lie!
    4- Happy Weekend 🙂

    • Nicole says:

      OMG, I had to scroll back up to take a look at what you are talking about. It totally looks like there’s a paddle-wielding something-or-other there, you’re right! Check the reflections in Karen’s eyes!

    • Karen says:

      1. I haven’t completely given up on them yet, I still have some kind of sad little hope for them, lol. 2. I’ve tried fibre mascara, it works quite well. 3. That’s my tripod and camera. 🙂 4. Thanks! ~ karen

  19. Thandi says:

    Would heat work? We can’t just give up! This is for science dammit!
    Obviously too much heat and they’d melt, or the magnet would fall off. A hot coffee cup maybe? No, that would just be a temporary fix.
    You realise I’m going to be waking up at 2am with “but what if you just…” moments for the next few weeks.

    • Karen says:

      I tried heat Thandi. I curled the lash strip around my finger and also a makeup brush and hit it with a bit of hot air from my hair dryer then let it cool. It bent a teeny little bit, but just reverted to its natural straight state soon. ~ karen!

      • Rhonda N. says:

        What about using some sort of starch to form the bits into a curve? Surely there’s a stiffening agent that’s safe around the eye area?

  20. Jo-Ann says:

    And yet – in the little thumbnail picture you/they look good! It gave me a little thrill of hope that you might have solved The Lash Problem. After a solid 20 or so years of curling and mascara-ing, and another 10+ of giving up while parenting and aging ungracefully, my lashes are well nigh undetectable. Certainly not enhancing in any way. So lately I’ve been trying the lash goo. It’s a product called Plume, and it’s made in Canada (in Alberta I think), that I saw promoted on the Marilyn Denis show I think with a 50% off code. Still not cheap but reasonable I thought compared to other ones I’d heard of like Latisse. I’ve yet to see any appreciable difference, perhaps because I haven’t used in the morning and night religiously for 3 months yet because it’s a bit oily and gets into my eyes and I loathe that smudgy vision thing (esp. added to the same from my supposed-to-work-but-don’t-quite-for-me progressive lenses).

    What I want is long-er somewhat full-er lashes that Look natural-ish. False lashes Always look false. Am right put off by all those TV hosts who look like they have great bit black strips of fur on their eyes. Don’t want to put on mascara (and I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t clump or have little gritty bits no matter what the company or anyone says to the contrary). And I think that the lash curlers are a big part of what damaged my lashes in the first place. Apart from the aging bit.

    The best ‘solution’ I’ve seen is on a local young woman who works at the grocery store. I had to ask because they were so long, lovely and natural looking: “are you naturally blessed or are they ‘enhanced'” I asked in as non-creepy a way as I could. She was very kind and told me they were extensions. So I had resolved to save up for these wonders. But now I read here that extensions require somewhat more ‘maintenance’ than I was thinking? Does that mean going back again and again to redo them Frequently (and so $$-$)? That you cannot sleep with your face mashed into a pillow (as I do)?

    Am so wishing our notions of beauty (well, maybe just ordinary attractiveness) returned to the days of yore where those sometimes strange looking women-with-undetectable lashes confined their enhancements to their cheeks and lips. I’ll skip the beauty marks, the lead paint, and the piled up hair though.

    But thanks for this foray into the imperfect world of lash options for us. The close-ups showing the non-lash-line conforming ends do look truly strange, but the thumbnail looks great. So maybe we should just keep everyone we want to Think we have lush lashes at 2 or 3+ arm lengths distance? Or reserve their use for talk-show gigs.

    • Shirley says:

      Okay, Karen, you can relax, I’ve got this! Jo-Ann, I’m calling this the “Comment of the Day.” My gosh, you write well, and at 6:26 AM, no less. Brava! (P.S. I have one final word for you: Bifocals)

    • Karen says:

      You do need to touch up lash extensions. Around once a month you need to have them “filled”. So that’s not something I want to do either. :/ ~ karen!

  21. Lisette says:

    OMG, words can’t express how much I enjoyed reading this this morning!!
    Even funnier because I have a pair of “full lashes” with 2 magnets on their way…
    Oh, the hilarity that will ensue… but at least I’m prepared? 😁

  22. Chris White says:

    You crazy, hysterical nut!!! Loved this! Thanks for a great start to the day!

  23. Debbie D says:

    I saw these things on an infomercial for the first time the other night. Wondered about them and if they were heavy and how the hell I would ever get them near my eyes to put them on. I have a great flinch reflex much to the dismay of my eye doctor.
    Thanks for researching this for the rest of us. I too wondered about them being straight.
    Yup. Just like 99% of most things on late night TV. Not worth the investment. But wait! If you act right now….you can get double the product for the same low price!!!! I know these are not $19.99, but research has shown that most people won’t return something bought at that price, so these “carny” hawkers keep getting away with selling “stuff” that makes you wonder how much it cost to produce in the first place since you know they are making a nice profit on the “stuff.”
    Yes, the word “thong” has quite a different meaning in the US than elsewhere. I remember when flip flops became big in the 50’s and 60’s, they were called thongs. Now that word is for a garment in a very different part of the body (at least in the US).

    • Elaine says:

      Oh gosh … I laughed at that word “thong” too! I thought to myself “well, that won’t hurt” then realized she meant “flip flop”!

  24. cary says:

    hilarious. what were they thinking? have you ever heard of rodan and fields lash boost? i’ve been using it for several months and have noticed a big difference. it’s not cheap, but it works.

    • Karen says:

      I haven’t heard of it but I assume it’s like Latisse which I know works, but requires the dreaded maintenance. ~ karen!

      • Elaine says:

        Hey, Karen … I was curious about R & F Lashboost and read the reviews. Gulp! There was some VERY scary stuff on there along, of course, with positive reviews. Re you suggesting me going to a dermatologist, I may just do that. Thank you!

      • Cary says:

        from what I understand Latisse has some pretty bad side effects. This you put on like eyeliner every night until you get the lashes you want. Then maintenance is every other night.

  25. Ella says:

    Omg!! Can you not bend the strip with a little bit of steam to shape it into a curve? At this point what do you have to lose? If not, try either Latisse or Eye Envy. Latisse is ~$120 for a 9 month supply available through spas and doctors. Eye Envy is about half that for about half as much. After 3 months with either used nightly you will have your own lashes — just longer and thicker. Promise. Been using it for years.

    • Karen says:

      $120 for 9 months doesn’t seem bad. I seem to remember reading that it’s not good to use if you have blue eyes. That it can turn them brown! That may have changed now though. And no, I tried bending the strip over my finger and blowing on it with my hair dryer, letting it cool etc. It just went back to its natural straight state. ~ karen!

      • Ella says:

        Well, I have blue eyes and it hasn’t turned my eyes brown at all after several years of regular use. It did very slightly darken my upper eyelid but no one notices except me. And let me correct another commenter about the eyelash extensions which I also get when I travel. You absolutely CAN get them wet after the first 24 hours. I get them specifically so I can sweat on the golf course and then swim anytime without wearing that awful waterproof mascara or worrying about racoon eyes. The maintenance sucks though which is why I continue with the Latisse. It just enhances what you have and looks completely natural.

  26. Mary W says:

    Your nails looked great! My opinion (which I suppose is one obvious use for the comment section) is that your eyes look larger without a lot of color around them. They are sparkling, laughing eyes that make me smile. Adding a dark line of color around them tends to make the whole area appear larger BUT the eyes stay the same and then don’t have character shining through. I guess what I’m saying is eyeballs appear larger when unadorned. But eye sockets look larger with all the makeup on. Just look at any guy that you find attractive and his eyes are really attractive on their own – no make-up required much less longer, colorful lashes. I see your eyes in the picture below the article where you are donating blood and they are positively larger – probably from trauma but hey, it works! I love your face without the movie star make-up since I see you – not make-up. Signed, Old and not-with-it, Mary

    • Karen says:

      Well, I don’t wear a ton of makeup, lol. But I definitely need mascara and a touch of eyeliner. That’s what I would be wearing in the blood donating photo. 🙂 ~ karen!

  27. Marilyn says:

    Thank you. !!! I have been wondering about these for ages. Asked and answered. Xo

  28. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Karen!!! I was going to get myself these for my Christmas present. I did the same research you did – found the originals and the Chinese “fakes” on Amazon and have been holding off for months on either purchase. However, last summer my two daughters and I all went to have eyelash extensions put on. We went for the real mink hair extensions and the lady used a very good type of glue (I am allergic to acrylates and was very nervous that it’d make me blind or itch like crazy – but for want of my gorgeous eyelashes back that I used to own I went for it). At first they were great – but I maybe should have listened to her recommendation and went with a shorter, less full set (but still maybe would have ended up with the same problem). As I (we?) age, I have shorter and less full lashes and since they glue the extensions to each of your own lashes individually, the shorter and sparser your lashes, the more pull down the fakes will have on them. You also can’t get them wet or apply mascara to them (not that you’d have to) = fun in the shower NOT. Every morning after the first couple days, I’d wake up and find one hanging into my eye or wandering off to space straight out. The glue is STRONG, so not only would you lose the fake eyelash when you tried to remove it, you lose your own in the process. HOWEVER, both my daughters sets turned out wonderful. They have nice full long-ish lashes to begin with, but like all late teens, they want those hairy long caterpillar things on their faces. Theirs lasted 5-6 weeks before they were in need of a touch-up. My younger one went a couple more times for touch-ups, but my older one couldn’t bother to find the time – a new set with a good person who knows what she is doing takes 2.5 – 3 hours to put them on you.
    So, if you figure out the curl, please post asap so I can maybe have beautiful lashes for Christmas! Thanks as always Karen for your research!

  29. Melissa says:

    I did not know one could buy magnetic lashes. Man, if you can think it up, the product probably exists. On your facebook page, I am going to post a picture of a product that a) you didn’t know existed, and that b) I really, really need you to “review” as a product.

    • Karen says:

      I saw the link you shared Melissa but it says it isn’t available for sale at the moment, otherwise I would DEFINITELY have reviewed it. ~ karen!

      • Melissa says:

        Well you know, you are my favorite blogger, and I could… you know, get you an early Christmas present if it should– er, become available again… 😉

  30. Monique says:

    GREAT shots..I have looked at these lol..now I won’t..I don’t really want the Insta Pot either though..
    even though a small one is $79 at CDn Tire..
    I love your funny honest reviews..
    You really are one of a kind in a great way.
    Betty must be so proud of her girl.
    I adore when my girls make me laugh and I bet you have yours in stitches every day.

  31. Monique says:

    PS I hate maintenance..I leave my streak girl (I love her) w/ wet hair..hated nails..not for me appts and maintenance.I have enough with other appts;)

  32. Jessica Benson says:

    LOL! I tried the One Two lashes too. You’re right about them being SO close to brilliant. They need to be curved for sure! Maybe they’ll hear us and make the change.

  33. Leah says:

    This was hilarious!

    The brick eye lashes with bonus storage space. They should charge more for that feature!

    • Karen says:

      They were so ridiculous that I couldn’t even stop laughing. I’ve thrown them out but I should have kept them just so I could look at them whenever I needed a laugh. ~ karen!

  34. Patricia says:

    Thank you for a huge laugh first thing this morning! I look at the lashes on others in amazement. The Chinese packaging made my coffee go into my nose just a bit. (I’ve been to China).

    I intend to try an oil from MONAT, a company that is known for hair regrowth in U.S. and I have had success with the shampoo. I’ll let you know!

  35. Tracy says:

    Oh my goodness! So funny. I have the eyelash extensions that you have to get touched up every few weeks and I LOVE them. My lashes are blond so you can’t even see them if I don’t have mascara on. It saves so much time in the mornings when getting ready and I always have dark lashes no matter what. Thank for the review. I was actually wondering about the magnetic ones. I guess I will stay with the extensions.

  36. Dale Lacina says:

    So much for magnetic lashes…..good luck with the splits….either direction!!!

  37. J. Ollivier says:

    Instead of flushing, maybe these lashes would make fine lures for fly-fishing. Especially for Steelhead trout.
    John

  38. jaine kunst says:

    I saw these and was SO DESPERATE to try them but the price threw me off. And I thought maybe someday Karen will try them and my wish came true! I’ll just stick with my Latisse which really does work but thank you, Karen for saving me $100.
    Have you tried the new air fryer yet?

  39. Alena says:

    I certainly appreciate that you tested the magnetic eyelashes so that we don’t waste our hard-earned moola. I think I will pass though. First of all, my eyebrows and lashes are the same colour as yours so I don’t think it would look good on me; but mainly, the vision in my right eye is so bad that I would probably have to leave my left eye bare.

    I have a question though, two actually:
    I thought that magnets attach to metal. What’s keeping the magnet in the eyelashes attached to the eyelid?

    And second question:
    May I swing buy and borrow them for Halloween? LOL

    • TucsonPatty says:

      You sandwich your own lashes with an upper lash with a magnet and a lower strip with another magnet. The magnets stick together through your own lashes.

  40. Kbonikowsky says:

    Could you heat them up and then mold a curve to them?

  41. Cristine Cardello says:

    Hi Karen, stop struggling!! I can give you the lashes you want. Grows and thickens your own lashes… made by Rodan+Fields. Be happy to send you before and after pics of my own results. Truly amazing ! Call or text me. 781-771-0869

  42. Elen G says:

    Rolling on the floor laughing my real eyelashes off. I see a post in my blog reader future that shows you showing us how to curl those long, straight eyelashes with [fill in the blank]. Now it’s that blank that I’m really interested in, Karen. Have a great weekend.

  43. TucsonPatty says:

    Our hair salon has sold several different lash growing products. The penultimate one which worked very well for me, was Grande Lash. Another one we are selling right now is LiLash which works well also. They are each about $70 and last 3-4 months. You need to shake gently, then wipe the brush gently against the side of the top of the tube, and apply carefully at only the base of your eyelashes. If it gets into your eyes, you have too much on the brush. Neither of these products have made any difference on my eyelids, because I don’t apply it to my eyelid. I also have brown/green eyes, so I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. However, again, keep it out of your eyes. It stings, and I am not good at having stuff in my eyes. Flinching, squinting, blinking reflexes if and when something gets into my eyes.

  44. Bunguin says:

    I would love to see a few pictures of each from a couple of varying distances. I’m sure they look horrendous close up (both the expensive and cheapies). I guess I’d like to see how they look an how noticable they are from father away.

    Second…. how do they feel? Weird? Fine? Infuriating?

  45. Maggie says:

    I agree these magnetic lash producers seem to be getting close to perfecting them. I say Sephora must be looking into it. Look to them to perfect these beauties and then they will not be able to keep them in stock.

    Maybe velcro will work better. Hmmm

  46. Heather says:

    Chuckle…chuckle…chuckle…every time I think of this post that’s what happens. Thanks for taking one for the team. 😀

  47. Kelli says:

    OKOMGWTF. My first thought was “so they stick only in the middle, and poke straight out at the sides. Ah. Brilliant.” 🙄 😵

    Besides what do you magnetize them TO? I would think magnetic/metallic eye liner would be kind of nifty, but doesn’t look like that’s how it works?

    And $100?!?!? Oh girl. I pray you get your money back. That’s ridiculous on ANY level, even by Hellywood/model/rich-people-with-bottomless-pockets-ridiculous.

  48. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I do believe that I stepped on one of those crawling across my kitchen floor earlier today!

  49. Sue says:

    I loved this piece. Being at that age where I could not care less what my eyelashes look like, I had NO IDEA that such a thing as magnetic eyelashes existed. After reading your post, I started to understand why I’ve been seeing so many people with lashes that are thicker than bangs. That fine packaging of the $10 set just had me howling. The picture of disappointment.

  50. I, too, laughed out loud. First at the Chinese packaging, then it just kept coming. Hilarious. You know you can buy the cheap glue on kind, right?

  51. Angel says:

    Your post was funny but I have used the one two lashes for a few months now and love them. They didn’t cost that much and I get them on faster than mascara. Get plenty of compliments. Great find for me. To each his own I guess.

  52. dana says:

    I have seen these and how quickly they apply them but I was skeptical. Have you tried to apply them after you put on mascara? It might give them a stiffer shelf to sit upon whilst putting the lower one one. Suggestion for a future product review – that stuff you put on your feet then it peels off what looks like 20 yrs of skin.

    • Karen says:

      My sister uses that foot stuff! I’ll ask her where she got it (I think she had to drive across the border to the US to get it) I think she likes it, but I’ll see if I can get it to try myself. I did put them on with mascara, I just didn’t for the photographs so you could better see them. I really wish they worked. They’re super easy to put on once you get the hang of it (which takes a whileeeeee) ~ karen!

  53. Tammy says:

    First time in my life to comment on an article, first time to really want to sign up for someone’s news letter but you are awesome at writing! I do not wear fake lashes or many girly things but for some reason read this to find out the out come of magnetic lashes and fell in love with your humor!!!! Thank you and look forward to more articles of yours.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Tammy! Ha! Well I’m normally covered in dirt and chicken shit but I like to know I can clean myself up if I have to in case of an emergency. Welcome to my site, glad you joined up. ~ karen!

  54. Amy Watson says:

    I tried to kill a nail on my wall, I thought it was a worm I hate to think what I might do to those lol

  55. Jenny W says:

    I came back to this post after I noticed that you replied to my comment, and now I have a question. – Since you saved me the money and exasperation of trying these magnetic lashes, would you consider doing a post reviewing all of the many lip plumping tools out there? They terrify me, yet the quest for pillow lips remains!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, I can do that without doing an actual post. They don’t work. They simple have active ingredients that make your lips a bit numb or tingly. Like cinnamon or cayenne pepper. That in turn makes you *feel* like you have bigger lips but you don’t. If you want fuller lips your options are either a) injections in your lips or b) using illusion by adding a tiny bit of gloss in specific areas of the lip like the very centre of your bottom lip and peaks of your upper lips. ~ karen!

  56. leslie zuroski says:

    I ordered eyelashes like this through ‘Trending Beauty’ on FB. That was a mistake, because the product never arrived, and they kept charging me over and over so I had to call my bank and cancel that card! At least the expensive ones come from a legitimate company.

  57. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    You can always wear them in your nose if they don’t work on the eyes….that’s the newest trend I hear!!! hahahahahahaha

  58. Melissa Keyser says:

    I’ve never heard of magnetic lashes.

    Why not just go old school and use the glue? It’s not hard once you get the hang of them. I like the MAC brand the best (I’m assuming you have that in Canada)? I used to wear them every day for work (I managed a restaurant and bar) but now that I work from home, most of the time I don’t even brush my hair, so forget eyelashes. But I still put them on for nights out or special occasions.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, MAC is actually a Canadian company. 🙂 Started in Toronto about 45 minutes from my house. The magnets are just easier to put on and of, no waiting for glue to get tacky etc. Plus they pull off clean. No glue to scrape off or build up. No special occasions here. 🙂 But yours looks great! ~ karen

  59. Heidi says:

    HAHAHAHA Well until those lashes come with a man servant to help with application I will stick to mascara or sunglasses Lol

  60. Marti says:

    Wow, all the biggest “au courant” questions of our day (and my mind) all answered here? Almost. Really, had been wondering and what seems a good idea can wait for next gen when they work the bugs out.

    Meantime, since you’re so good at answering questions…
    Why haven’t I found a husband? (mom wants to know)
    How was the universe formed?
    Will I get the mittens knitted in time for Christmas?

  61. Patricia Smith says:

    I laughed so hard. Thanks — love your sarcastic wit!!

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