Not all false eyelashes are created equal. There are various fibres available to choose from, but how do you know which are the best? Synthetic lashes are the cheapest, but at a price – these coarse, shiny lashes have stubby ends and tend to look obviously fake, not to mention they can feel heavy and uncomfortable to wear. For more luxurious false eyelashes, everything from horse hair to human hair is an option, but silk and mink are by far the most common and popular types.
Real mink eyelashes are made from the soft tail fur of the Siberian or Chinese mink, an animal similar to a ferret or otter. The fibres in real silk eyelashes on the other hand come from the cocoons of the silk worm – the very same fibres that can be spun into a thread and used to create expensive silk fabrics. They’re both softer, natural alternatives to acrylic or polyester, but which is best? Below we’ve laid out the pros and cons of silk vs. mink eyelashes, to help you make up your mind.
For durability, choose silk
Silk lashes are more hard-wearing than mink ones, ideal if you’ll be wearing them all day long. Mink is more delicate and, unlike silk, they cannot get wet at all. Forget your umbrella and get caught in a downpour with your mink eyelashes on, and they’ll instantly lose their curl!
Real silk eyelashes can withstand more handling than mink in general. They’re less likely to come off the band when you’re removing them or cleaning off the glue for example, so you can expect your silk lashes to last much longer.
For low maintenance, choose silk
It’s not just water that will make mink lose its curl – time will do that too. Mink eyelashes need to be re-curled regularly, whereas silk will hold its shape much better.
For comfort, choose mink (unless you have allergies)
Both real mink and real silk eyelashes are super-light, but mink is the lightest. You can get a really fluffy eyelash look without feeling like you’re even wearing them. However, because mink comes directly from an animal, if you suffer from allergic reactions to other animal furs such as cat and dog hair, you may have a reaction to mink eyelashes too.
Silk comes from cocoons rather than the silkworm itself, and is well-known for being hypoallergenic – many people with sensitive skin choose to wear silk clothing for exactly that reason.
For a natural look, choose either
Because both silk and mink are natural fibres, they have that wispy, feather-light feeling that synthetic eyelashes simply can’t match. Mink lashes are a little closer to the real thing, because they’re matte and taper more at the ends like people’s own eyelashes do, but you will still get a much more natural effect with real silk than you will with any man-made alternatives.
In fact, even false lashes made from human hair don’t taper the way real eyelashes do, because of the way the long hair strands are trimmed by simply cutting across the middle.
For drama, choose silk
Silk may be a little thicker than mink, but that means it’s better for creating a really intense look. It’s also glossier. And because silk is able to get wet without losing its curl, you can add mascara on top for even more volume.
Plus, silk also absorbs pigment more readily than any other lash type so you can achieve deeper, darker colours. If you want a really rich black, it’s got to be silk!
So, should I choose silk or mink eyelashes?
Real mink eyelashes are significantly better than synthetic ones, but overall, we think silk is even better. It can be reused multiple times, is easier to care for, and you’ll find styles with a more dramatic and intense curl because silk holds its shape. It’s also cheaper than mink!
That’s why we decided to use only real silk fibres for all of our false eyelashes here at Mademoiselle Lash. Whether you’re going for a light and fluffy natural look, or a strikingly thick and spiky one, we’ve got a range of real silk eyelashes to choose from. To find out which of our faux eyelashes will suit you best, click here.