The first time I ever put on false eyelashes was for my college graduation. I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea, because I clearly had no clue what I was getting myself into. After watching countless YouTube tutorials, I finally managed to get them on, and luckily they stayed in place all day. Thank God for beginner’s luck. Ever since then I’ve become a false-lash hoarder. Drugstore, high end, mink, and faux mink — give me them all please. Nothing amps up an eye look better than a good pair of falsies.
I was lucky enough to attend the launch event for Kiss’s Lash Couture line (which these are a part of). Being a longtime fan of the brand, I was excited to see their newest products. Sold at the drugstore, this entire collection feels anything but; every different style feels soft to the touch no matter how natural- or dramatic-looking the lash is. You’d swear these lashes were triple the cost (Little Black Dress is around $6, give or take).
When a makeup artist at the event first applied these lashes on me, she needed to trim the band, which happens to be the case with most false lash strips I’ve used. But once she got the size right, I fell in love. These lashes are gorgeous. Full, but not crazy dramatic, they’re shorter at the inner corners and longer at the outer ones, giving you a natural cat-eye effect minus any winged eyeliner. The individual lash hairs are densely packed and crisscrossed along the band (which helps add definition to your eyes), but then feather out toward the ends.
Popping these bad boys on is an immediate confidence booster. Like confident to walk up to a stranger at a bar and ask for his or her number. They’re thick and long enough to add a bit of intensity to your eyes, but also natural enough to make people wonder if you’re just blessed with full, thick lashes. If you are one of those people, I hate you (just kidding…kind of).
I had to test out the Tarte Tarteist Pro Lash Adhesive for our Best of Beauty Awards as well, so I killed two birds with one stone and used the glue to apply these lashes before a cycling class. Normally, I would never wear false lashes to the gym (even though I do often work out with a full face of makeup), but ya girl had no time running between work and the gym, so don’t judge. During the class, I forgot they were even on. I thought if the lashes were to get annoying, it would be during a sweaty gym class, but these guys stayed snugly on my lashes the entire 45 minutes without jabbing me in the eye. They were comfortable enough to wear during exercise, so you best believe these should be your go-to lashes for a night out.