I love to experiment with bold, vibrant make-up looks and out there lipstick colours. So, it may surprise some of you to know that I’m not very experienced with false lashes. Alas, it’s true. More than once, I’ve attempted to affix a pair to my otherwise mediocre eyelashes only to end up with a crooked, peeling mess. So, whenKKCenterHKapproached me to try out some of their lashes, I was understandably dubious about whether I could pull it off…
So, the first thing I did was approach my much more eyelash savvy younger sister, who’s done a course in make-up application and frequently dons false lashes for nights out. With her agreement to model them for me (and provide the critique of a more experienced lash wearer) if I sucked too much, I was ready to go.
WHAT ARE THEY?
TheES-A504 Handmade Black Sector Luxuriant False Eyelashespretty much describe themselves, courtesy of their real mouthful of a name. They’re a five pair set of reuseable (if you’re gentle), handmade lashes with flexible, transparent stems. KKCenterHK suggests that they make an excellent addition to professional and/or party make-up. The bands come pre-primed with some adhesive, but it’s a good idea to have your own eyelash glue to hand.
HOW DO THEY PERFORM?
Even as someone not particularly well versed in false lashes, I immediately noticed the difference between these and the eBay quality lashes I’d attempted to use in the past. For the first time ever, I actually managed to apply a pair. Granted they weren’t pretty and neat enough to show you guys, but I actually got them on.
After watching countless Youtube tutorials on application in the past, I thought there was something terribly wrong with my technique. In actuality, I was only half right. Lol. I’m now more inclined to believe that the bands of the cheapo lashes I’d used previously were far too stiff. This might be okay for an expert, but it makes the newbie experience a whole lot harder. Conversely, the flexible ES-A504 brand makes for much easier application. The stickiness of the band/stem also gave me a helping hand, though I found that I needed to commandeer some of the sister’s eyelash glue to make sure the end pieces stayed firmly in place.
While we’re talking about the band, Briar (the sister, obvs) noted that the transparency can make it slightly shiny, so if you’re going to be taking close up photos, you probably want to line your eyes with black eyeliner to cover it up.
Here’s Briar testing out a pair:
I found that the lashes were about the right length for my eyes, but Briar trimmed her pair slightly for a better fit.
I think that whether these lashes look natural or showy depends on the make-up that accompanies them. They really enhance and add interest to a simpler look, as you can see above. However, I think they’d do an equally good job at amping up a bolder look. I hate when I spend a lot of time composing a bright, colourful EOTD only to find that it totally swallows up my natural lashes. Lol.
Wear time is ‘medium’, according to the expert. After a while, the edges might come slightly unstuck.
Comfort rating? High, both in Briar’s opinion, and mine, which is saying something, given how uncomfortable (eyewateringly) I found the other lashes I’ve attempted to wear in the past. Considering their size, they are pretty weightless.
WHERE TO BUY?
RRP:$15.44 KKCenterHK stocks these for the above mentioned price. They ship worldwide (cheaply).
False lash newbies (these are by far the easiest I’ve tried)
People looking for versatile lashes (suitable for day or night, play them up or down)
Anyone looking for comfortable, weightless lashes
People who find eBay quality lashes disappointing
People looking for reusable lashes (you can use these probably 5 or so times each)
People on a very tight budget (they’re not the cheapest lashes around)
People who don’t like top liner (necessary if you want to disguise the shiny band)
These are a great medium between your super expensive false lashes and your cheapo eBay variety. For the price, you’re getting excellent quality. The flexible band makes them really easy to apply, even for people new to false lashes like myself. They’re also quite versatile. With a bold make-up look, they’d be suitably showy. With something more natural, they add a little something without being too loud. Now that I’ve discovered these, I think I may need to rethink my distant relationship with false lashes. Briar was impressed too and said she may consider buying some herself.
Stay tuned for a review of the more unusual swallow eyelashes featured inthis post.
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