I Tried Magnetic False Eyelashes: Here’s What Happened


You know all of those adverts for magnetic eyelashes that keep popping up on your Facebook feed?

The ones you look at, and think, “Now, who in their right mind would be stupid enough to try THAT?”


*sheepishly raises hand*

In my defence, for almost a year now, my natural lashes have been a MESS. They’re thin, sparse and fragile, and absolutely nothing I’ve tried has helped*, so honestly, I was getting pretty desperate over here. I’ve been doing my best to just leave them mascara-free as much as possible, to give them a chance to grow back, but given that my lashes are pale as well as sparse, it’s something I’ve been feeling pretty self-conscious about, so when I saw those ads for magnetic eyelashes, I figured I had nothing to lose. Well, nothing other than around $20, and my self-respect, anyway. Ahem.

(*If you’re about to comment to internet-diagnose me with some awful disease, my health anxiety is going to ask you to kindly refrain: thanks in advance!)

“These magnetic lashes will be the answer to my prayers!” I thought excitedly, as I logged into my Paypal account to hand over my hard-earned cash to a website located somewhere in China. “Why, I’ll just clip them on every morning – no glue, no mascara – and I’ll be ready to go! And then, at night I’ll just unclip them again, and be ready for bed, without having to rub at my poor, fragile eyelashes with eye-makeup remover: what could possibly go wrong?!”

Well, the first thing that could go wrong was that the eyelashes didn’t turn up for over two months. I know! I mean, it’s almost like I did absolutely no research before buying them, huh? Who woulda thunk it? I’m not going to name and shame the website in question here, because I basically placed the order on impulse, and didn’t bother to keep track of their details, but suffice it to say that I’d actually lodged a complaint with Paypal by the time the damn things turned up. Also, yes, I was pretty stupid, I know. The rest of this post doesn’t make me look a whole lot smarter, though, so, you know, be warned.

Anyway, one day a couple of weeks ago, when I’d almost forgotten my quest to buy magnetic eyelashes, these dropped through the letterbox:

magnetic eyelash review

magnetic eyelashes review(Dream big, magnetic eyelashes, and one day you may get to be REAL eyelashes! Probably not, though, because, seriously dude, you really, really suck at eyelash-ing. Sorry to break it to you.)

It’s actually just occurred to me that some of you might not have seen the adverts for these (Maybe it really IS just me who’s being followed around the internet by them?), so just in case the contextual adverts on this page haven’t magically picked up on the fact that this post is about magnetic eyelashes, and started showing you ads for them, let the record show that these are… well, they’re false eyelashes, aren’t they? That are magnetic. Yes.

Basically, each set of lashes contains two separate eyelash strips, each of which has a small magnet attached to the rim, where you’d apply the glue on a normal false lash. The idea is that you essentially sandwich your own eyelash between the two magnets, which then adhere to each other, trapping the natural lash in between, and thus holding themselves in place. Now, as weird as it might sound, this idea actually really appealed to me, purely because it sounded a whole lot kinder on the lashes that either coating them with glue or mascara would. So, as soon as they arrived, I rushed to the mirror to try them out, and just 16 short hours later, I finally succeed in attaching them to my eyelashes. Just.

applying magnetic eyelashes

attempting to apply magnetic eyelashes

magnetic eyelashes review

The video I’d watched made this look super-simple. It wasn’t. And, OK, I’m exaggerating very slightly about the 16 hours, but I did find the whole process really, really fiddly: you have to basically balance the first lash on top of your lashline while you attempt to attach the second one underneath, and I found that one – or sometimes both – of  the two would inevitably fall off during this, and would generally fall down my top, or under the bed or something, at which point I’d have to spend the next five minutes searching for it, before starting the whole sorry process again. I finally worked out a technique whereby I’d apply the bottom lash first, and clamp my eye shut to hold it in place, before attempting to snap the top lash over it. It was a long, tedious process, but it was totally worth it in the end, because…

… oh no, wait, sorry: it really WASN’T, was it?

magnetic eyelashes disaster

Seriously, WTF? This is NOT OK, guys. Like, very, very NOT OK:

magnetic eyelashes review

Excuse the extreme close-up of my face: we can all cringe about it together later. For now, let’s just marvel at how very, very WRONG this is. Like, they’re just kind of clinging on for dear life, aren’t they? I look like Dame Barbara Cartland on a bender:

magnetic eyelashes review: spoiler - they really, really suck

Actually I shouldn’t have said that, should ? The poor things look like they’re so disappointed in themselves that they’re about to throw themselves off my lashes, like, “Goodbye, cruel world!” And it’s hard to blame them, is it? I mean, one sneeze and they’d be gone, anyway: might as well end it sooner, rather than later, huh?

Unfortunately, however, I DIDN’T end it sooner rather than later. No, I took a long, hard look at myself – and the magnetic lashes, obviously – and I came to the conclusion that the problem was with these specific lashes, which each have one small magnet in the centre of each strip. Because of that, they don’t curve to fit your lash line, like regular false eyelashes do, and just kind of stick out rigidly at each side: awkward!

So I bought another set: this time with TWO magnets on each lash:

magnetic lashes reviewMAGNETS, BITCHES.

So… it’s not a great photo, granted, but these particular magnetic eyelashes, as I said, have two tiny magnets on each – one on each end of the lash. I figured that would make them curve to fit my lashline, for a more natural – and less ridiculous look. Again I found myself wondering: what could possibly go wrong?

when magnetic lashes go wrong

Oh yeah: THAT.

Now, I swear to God, I didn’t deliberately ham this up just for comedic effect: this is actually what’s happened almost every time I’ve tried to apply these – the magnets just kind of turn in on each other, so, rather than lying flat, one on top of the other, they just look like they’re trying to run away from each other, as fast as they can. Which, unsurprisingly, is NOT the look I was going for.

After a bit of fiddling, I finally managed to get them a little bit straighter:

trying out magnetic eyelashes

Only a little bit, though…

that one time I tried out magnetic eyelashes: won't be making THAT mistake again!

And, well, only on the one eye.

As you can see, the other issue with these is that they’re way too short to wear on their own: I’d need two or three sets to cover the lash line on each eye, and I might be willing to make the same mistake twice, but I don’t normally go in for a third try, so you’ll be happy to hear that, after this set, I finally wised up and accepted that magnetic eyelashes are NOT, in fact, the answer to to my prayers. Because who prays for the worst looking eyelashes of all time, seriously?

Honest opinion:

These are the single worst beauty product I have ever tried in my life.

Heavily caveated opinion:

So, I know I said I hate it when people are all, “Oh, I wish bloggers would be more honest! They should do negative reviews every now and again!” immediately followed by, “Oh, I hate it when bloggers are honest: they should be more positive!” but I have no desire to just trash someone’s business/product here, so let the record show that:

a) I have not tried every single type or brand of magnetic eyelashes on the market, and nor have I done any research to find out which ones are the best.

b) I am not a beautician, makeup artist, or even a beauty blogger, so I’m totally willing to accept that it could just be my eyelash-application skills that are lacking here, rather than the product itself. Just to give you a little more context, though, I DO use “normal” false eyelashes every now and then, and I don’t generally have any problems applying them, so I’m not TOTALLY eyelash challenged, although I’d be the first to admit that it’s not a skill I’ve spent time honing, either.

c) I could have tried adding some mascara to blend them in a bit with my own lashes. I didn’t, because that would’ve defeated the purpose I bought them for (and let’s be honest: nothing would’ve really fixed this mess, would it?), but I’m not suggesting that very pale lashes should look A-OK with just a couple of small black falsies whacked on : they won’t.

d) Your experience might be totally different from mine. House prices can go up as well as down. Charges from cellphones may vary. Please feel free to try them for yourself, rather than just trusting some woman on the internet, who couldn’t even get her false eyelashes to sit straight.

And if you DO decide to try them out for yourself? Please come back and tell me how you got on…

Do magnetic false eyelashes actually work? I decided to find out...


Hi, I'm Amber, and I'm a full-time parenting/lifestyle blogger, and author of My Blogging Secrets, now available from Amazon. I live in Scotland with my husband, Terry, and baby son, Max, and you can read more about me here.

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  1. hahaha the photos look so funny! I’ve watched a couple of video reviews of people trying to apply them and no one could get them on properly! I think I’ll just stick to mascara 😛

  2. I think this is my favourite of your posts, ever! Crying with laughter on the bus right now! Thank you for going this ordeal so we don’t have to! I was very tempted to try them but I’m going to trust your honest opinion and give them a miss!

  3. Amber, I love your honesty and willingness to laugh at yourself. Thanks for sharing so none of the rest of us make the same mistake!! 🙂

  4. Such a funny post! I so appreciate your honesty (yes I truly do) and willingness to let such funny pictures out there in the world.

    I just got done doing a show for which we wore false eyelashes, and some people were wondering about the magnetic ones. I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t try! If nothing else, the show would have been over by the time they arrived! 😉

  5. Well…..mine have just arrived after having to go through the dispute on PayPal too.
    My friend has just put them on me, they stick on well but as you say, they are short across the eyelid and just sit on the outside lashes

    Think I am going to trim them to see if a gradual build up to the longer hairs look better.

  6. I have honestly never heard of these or see the adverts. Maybe I don’t buy enough beauty items online as my targetting advertising is pretty much always Boden… ha.

    Anyway thank you for going through this so we don’t have to!

  7. Amber, what a fun way to start my day! This was a riot to read and you are absolutely adorable! I have been toying with the idea of buying these magnetic lashes but in the videos the women who were “trying them for the first time” ( uh, don’t believe that!) they looked very excited , like puppies in a window seeing a passerby! Now I know those women were “excited ” because they managed to “click” them together! And if I’m only going to get 1/2 of a lash then I’ll have to equally coat my other half of lashes with mascara! So I’m going to save my money and keep using great mascara! Thanks for the morning giggles!
    Kathie Hardy

  8. Great review !!
    Actually I have the first ones you brought and they took 4 months to arrive, took ages to get them straight but I’ve worn them all day today and I like them, people have said today ohh like your lashes
    Charlotte lol

  9. Brilliant photos! I bought some false eyelashes a couple of years ago as an alternative to mascara, but I’ve yet to attempt to try putting them on. I think it’s a mental block coupled with the reality that I now wouldn’t be able to see what I’m doing. I went through a great false eyelash phase in the late eighties when I had a silver pair. They were fab! But for now I’m sticking to my trusty Mac Bold and Bad.

  10. As a falsy fan, now aged 68, I looked at the ads for magnetic false eyelashes, but as someone who cannot bear to wear contact lenses, I thought no, and laughing so much at your article, a def no no, I shall just stick to my lovely Kiss false eyelashes, which I wear over and over every day.

  11. What an hilarious post, Amber! These are the craziest things I’ve ever seen but I will forever admire you for bringing them to my attention, and for the fantastic photos!

  12. OMG I haven’t laughed so hard for age’s you are a real tonic & the reason for this is because iv gone through the same situation right from seeing the add on Facebook to buying another pair!!!

  13. Oh my god I am crying reading this, it is hilarious! I love the progression of pictures and how it looks like your eyelashes are trying to make a break for freedom. Comedy genius.

  14. Laughing so much, only because I’ve considered getting these myself!! They always pop up on Facebook!! Thanks for the honest review and cheering me up, love your honesty haha!

  15. Amber, this could have been written by me. If I had carried through with my instincts to blindly ignore reviews and go for it. Thank you for your honest, in-depth description of the product and your illustrated experiences. It’s such a good idea – now why doesn’t somebody invent a better mousetrap?? Er, I mean, eyelashes.

  16. Amber, this was so funny to read! I’ve seen these lashes on Facebook and was curious, so thanks for your honest review, now I know that I’ll probably end up with lashes stuck inside my eyes if I give them a try (I find even normal falsies very difficult to apply, I thought magnetic ones would be easier but now I see they aren’t…)

  17. Found this blog while researching magnetic lash options and I’ve yet to see a pair that look any good. They all seem to create the same blocky, shambles that you’d get if you glued falsies halfway down your natural lashes.

    Get yourself booked in for a lash tint. They’re amazing if you want to go mascara free! 🙂

    • I’ve been dyeing my own lashes at home for years now (although not recently, because I’m pregnant and haven’t bothered with it), but it doesn’t do anything for length/volume unfortunately!

      • I get that if I colour my own, but weirdly enough, a salon dye seems to add a bit of oomph to the volume.

        Have you ever tried an LVL treatment? Those are some sort of magic!

        • Ah, I actually have the opposite experience with salons – I seem to get better results at home, but it’s always just a colour change, neither makes them look any longer! You can’t have LVL while you’re pregnant, unfortunately ?

  18. Hahaaa – mine arrived today! Like you, I had forgotten I had ordered them..like you, they sat in one straight line with no curve..like you, me and my helper (a Yorkie, who sat on my knee in curiosity through the whole process, when he was not rescuing the fallen lashes before I got to them and I had to wrench them out of his mouth). I think mine were faulty, as the magnets were the same way with all 4 lashes, so to apply them without the top magnet showing I would have had to put them curling downwards (hey! think you tried that by the look of the pics!) Like you, they stopped abruptly in the middle of my eye, so Phylis Diller would have been proud of the effect. Nothing lost, so I cut them up so I had tiny bits (8 of) each with its own magnet on… the real trouble started here as these were so t . i .n . y that I could not even handle them. I tried to pick them up with tweezers.. durgghh – metal picks up the magnet so they were not leaving the tweezers in a hurry. I have eventually managed to get one set on the very outside of each eye and with them trimmed down lengthwise (forgot to mention that bit) they don’t look so bad… but don’t forget I haven’t left my bedroom yet and as I am not 14 but 65 I will feel rather stupid if they detach whilst I am out. The top magnets still show (they surely are not meant to, are they??) but I am quite pleased with the effect which only took about 4 hours. So, I normally can do my whole face in 5mins so doubt I will be applying these regularly! I do think however the concept is good – I just want to hear when someone has tried a brand that they can recommend! (Without the magnets showing on the top, and lashes that look nice and natural – not like a dead fly stuck on the outer corner of each eye.
    We must all be crackers..

  19. lol I’m glad I’m not the only one that had the reverse polarity effect. I fiddled with mine for what felt like hours only to have them point to opposite poles. I was literally in tears of frustration by the time I got them to stick only to find I had to redo all of my eye makeup. So NOT worth the time, money or frustration. Here’s to mascara!

  20. AMBER I’M LAUGHING SO MUCH TEARS ARE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE AND I CAN BARELY TYPE… I’m sorry for your eyelash woes but good GOD women both the pictures and the write up has got me in stitches.

    I thought it couldn’t get any funnier then you added a second set OH DEAR GOD ???????

  21. Oh my gosh this is so funny! I have seen these ads all over Facebook and have wondered about them, thanks for taking one for the team!

  22. I can’t agree any better. Magnetic eyelashes never appealed to me as I find it so hard to believe they could hang on to any lashes where winds are strong like the airport where I work. But my mom having the same reasons as you liked the idea of just snapping it on and whalah i’m fab. She waited for a month and thought that her transaction didn’t push through and tried to forget about it. But it still turned up. She’s so excited she wanted me to show her how to put it on. But the moment i saw that magnet on the center I immediately thought my mom had wasted her money out of curiosity. It is impossible for the eyelashes to follow the shape of your lashline just on it’s own knowing that the material used for the lashes is just the same typical falsies that we know…plastic. So true that it just hang on to dear life. I hate to break my mom’s heart but this particular product is just no good. My mom wouldn’t have the patience and a clear vision to deal with the skill required to snap them on without looking funny.

  23. Ohmygosh I’m so glad you did this post, because I’ve actually been considering ordering these (yes, I, too, am besieged by magnetic eyelash ads everywhere I go on the internet)! I lost most of my lashes this summer during chemo (as well as my hair, and worst of all, my EYEBROWS). I literally had like 6 short lashes on one eye and three on the other…with one, ONE, super long lash on each eye, which really made me crazy and I finally just pulled them out. It was barely enough lash to get mascara on, and there was no lash line to guide my hand while applying eye-liner and it was all just a mess. I was a mess. And I came THIS CLOSE to ordering these.

    Thank GOODNESS I saw this first. Ha, sorry. But at least you know you’re helping people 🙂

    I came here from a link on Catherine Summer’s “Not Dressed as Lamb” blogpost on “Unmissable Reads,” and I’m certainly glad I did not miss it…and I will definitely be back for more!


  24. Sooooo funy – I was laughing my head off!!! Unlike my sister I was not blessed with long thick dark eyeleashes and saw this ad on FBook…..I even actually shared it!!! SOOOO glad I didnt purchase them after reading this!! Thanks Amber!

  25. I bought some magnetic lashes, and after spending 20 minutes trying to do something with them, losing them on the floor and getting them stuck on the glue in the packet. I put that down to the fact I’d had a glass of wine. Thought I’d check out how it’s done before trying again, hence me stumbling across your blog and not laughed this much is ages! I think I might count my losses and stick to mascara (which is now down my face through laughing!) Thank you!

  26. Great review! Ardell are bringing out new magnetic strip lashes on 1st February, they look much better, also I would recommend an eyelash serum twice a day to boost your lashes, best wishes, Nadine (aka The Wonder Woman of Waxing)

  27. I was just about to order these because I have very short eyelashes. So glad I found your post first. Thanks for the advice and a good laugh.

  28. I also bought magnetic false eyelashes with the magnets on both sides. Well I’m sad to say that after three days of trying, I am giving up. I have not even remotely managed to get one side on. What a waste of money.

  29. So funny, that sux, that’s the crap that always happens to me
    But see then when i FINALLY find an awesome product, which isn’t too often but doesn’t matter anyway, it’s discomtinued. ALWAYS. if I love it, it’s inevitable. Sorry everyone. It is my fault that your fave ever beauty product died.
    I’ll forever be waiting on the old fashioned tarte cheek stain. (Lip stain too) it was chock fulla product. So I went back 2 months later to get one for my daughter. (I had tons left still)
    No more.
    Months down the road can you even imagine- Nyx intros a new product. Love love. Cheek soufflés, great colors and great scents to boot! Yaaa and nyx stuff is Cheap. I finally hit pay dirt! Yet my instinct kept telling me, “get more than 1, you’ll wish you HAD.”
    It’s a brand new item, it’ll be here awhile, sheesh instinct have some faith.
    Wrong again.
    I could go on and on and etc etc etc etc etc etc but I’m late for Ulta.

    Your blog is hilarious.
    But I think you should give the full strips a chance. Will you plz consider? Really. Thanks for the review.

  30. Thank you for making me laugh so hard I cried! I just ordered a pair of these so I’m praying that
    *three* magnets makes a difference! Otherwise… at least me and the two other girls I ordered for can take a wild selfie!

  31. Oh dear I’ve ordered 2 pairs from Silly George and wondered why I hadn’t received them yet – then decided to do my research! They look fab on the models in the pictures. Did you manage to get a refund? ………message to self (do research first next time) great blog Amber

  32. After an entire day of attempting various so called “hacks” to apply my newly purchased Ardelle lashes, I too am resigned that magnetic lashes are a great idea but a morbidly overrated lost cause. I attempted the bottom-lash first method, applying the long edges to the inner corner methods, multiple attempts of aligning and realigning, application with makeup and without, and cutting them into sections. All I have learned is that I am a very stubborn person, and I find it very odd how much people are willing to pay to apply faux body hair to their eyes. At least my tears of shame don’t burn from eyelash glue, so I suppose that’s a plus.

  33. Double Demi wispies by ardell! They cover the whole lash line! They changed my Life! They are ?better than glued lashes! The trick to apply them is to lots of mascara then apply the too lash first. Cut the bottom lash into 2 pieces. Apply the inner first then the outter one. It takes me 10 mins!

  34. My silly George dailies are looking real good. I’ve been wearing them for 4 days. It is hard to get the hang of it, but when you do, it just makes sense.
    It covers my entire lash and has a beautiful build. I don’t like that the magnets get dirty with mascara so I cleaned with witch hazel & q-tips. Lots of compliments..
    **pic @vinaythemrs on IG.

  35. Hahahaha I don’t know what else to say! You LITERALLY had me laughing out loud on my couch at home alone. I have been wondering about these stupid things and I trust all you’ve been through and will not try them lmao thank you for doing it for me!!! Love love love this post. This is the first time I’ve ever commented on a blog, it just needed to be done. I’m sticking to mascara haha thanks for the laugh! You’re a beautiful woman xo

  36. mine just arrived (a different brand) – not as teeny as yours butI complained that they only covered two thirds of my eyelid and they said – they’re supposed to be 2.9cm – take a photo
    SO – I took a photo of these 2.FIVEcm lashes next to my usual stick-on lashes which are FOUR cm long – I mean ALL of the gals applying their magnetic lashes in the videos on the website have normal length lashes – so why are they sending ones that would only fit a toddler that goes in beauty pageants?!!

  37. I have been seeing the FB advertisement for a few days now and have been seriously thinking about buying these!! I was about ready to bite the bullet and buy them after reading all the glowing reviews on their FB page. I figured “let me look for reviews online first”. I came across yours and I appreciate your honesty. I will NOT be going thru with this purchase.

  38. It’s such a shame that you come up when anyone searches for magnetic eyelashes. It put me off buying them for ages – but I bought some recently and it’s the best thing I’ve ever tried. They are really natural, quick and easy once you get the hang of it and the ones I have look totally natural.. I won’t name the brand otherwise you’ll think I’m just plugging a product, but seriously there must be a lot of women like me who didn’t give it a go after seeing your post. Maybe you should have compared a few brands rather than tarnish all magnetic lashes as being rubbish because sometimes it’s only the photo that comes up in a search.

    • I’m really confused by this comment, Sarah. I mean, you’re claiming here that I’ve “tarnished all magnetic lashes as being rubbish” but there’s literally a five paragraph disclaimer at the end of the post which states: “I have no desire to just trash someone’s business/product here, so let the record show that I have not tried every single type or brand of magnetic eyelashes on the market, and nor have I done any research to find out which ones are the best.” That caveat also contains the sentence, “Your experience might be totally different from mine…Please feel free to try them for yourself, rather than just trusting some woman on the internet, who couldn’t even get her false eyelashes to sit straight.” I’m honestly not sure how you got, “All magnetic lashes are rubbish,” from that? That’s not even remotely what I said here?

  39. Oh, my gosh! I am crying/laughing….only because I too, bought the same exact pair, and waited in anticipation for them to arrive. Oh yes, they are something to be admired….FROM AFAR! Great post!!!

  40. OMG maid my day aaaaannnnddd you saved me from a futur impulse buying ?. I’ve been seeing, like you, multiple adds for magnetic false lashes (Silly George in my case) and I was almost in the zone « Fuck it, I’ll try it”. But I definitely will not !!!!
    And daaaaaamn girl ! The pictures ?????????

  41. Your blog was hysterical. This was exactly my experience. I even tried two different brands and had the same problems. I tried everyday for a week thinking that I would eventually get the hang of it….NOT!! Anyway needless to say I gave up and decided that that a good mascara was the way to go.

  42. It feels uncomfortable when I TRY TO apply the magnetic ones, which always results in disaster. It’s through fear that I might poke myself right in the eyeball. Which then frustrates me because I’ve spent nearly £10 on them. My natural eyelashes tend to fall out, so I sometimes need new eyelashes. Mascara is messy. The one’s you only glue to the top eyelid sound like MY best bet. Even though I’ve tried them before, resulting in the sides of them lifting off the outer side of the top eyelids of their own accord, which didn’t look quite right.


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