Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to beauty products. So, it’s no surprise that opinion is divided when it comes to one of the most commonly used eyelash materials – mink.
Why a divide?
First and foremost, the groups are split in two depending on which type of mink eyelash they prefer – real or fake.
While the look, feel, cost and variety also come into play, the fake-real divide tends to sway the decision.
A quick overview of mink
Mink is a super lightweight and fluffy material that mimics the look and feel of your very own lashes. It’s that natural effect alongside irresistible versatility that makes it so highly sought-after in the eyelash industry. However, those searching for mink eyelashes are often faced with the above-mentioned dilemma – real or fake?
Faux mink lashes imitate natural mink but are made of plastic/synthetic fibers. Still, many argue this man-made approach hasn’t lessened the beauty and greatness of mink.
A more in-depth comparison
A common claim is that the real mink fur used in mink eyelashes is sourced from the tails of live mink. However, other companies promise to obtain mink fur through shedding or brushing.
In reality, that’s unfortunately not always the case. This puts natural mink eyelashes at odds with an ever growing awareness of animal cruelty and anti-fur sentiment.
When it comes to fake Mink eyelashes, absolutely no animals are harmed. As a result, those who choose these synthetic lashes enjoy the cruelty-free experience and peace of mind knowing that no creature has been hurt.
As with all-natural hair, real mink eyelashes require more care and tend to wear faster than their faux counterparts. However, if cared for properly, you can expect to get around 5-6 uses out of authentic Mink Lashes.
Note: Water-based makeup remover works best with natural mink.
While faux mink lashes require less maintenance, it’s still recommended you comb them with a clean mascara wand or eyelash comb regularly. Plus, much like with real mink, it’s best to use a water-based makeup remover. Expect around 5-6 uses out of faux Mink lashes.
Genuine mink fur is renowned for its feathery, almost silky-smooth strands that mimic healthy eyelashes for a gorgeous finish.
While some people argue that fake mink eyelashes lack a specific “luster,” the truth is, they’re probably just not buying the right kind. Most of the time, it’s impossible to spot the difference between real and fake mink lashes – the “burn” test exists for a reason. However, one telling sign is if the lashes haven’t been appropriately maintained. In addition, fake mink eyelashes may need a little extra curling to stay looking their best.
Mink has a natural feel, lightweight, smooth, velvety, and flexible.
Faux mink eyelashes are lightweight but not quite so light as the real deal. Still, they’re arguably softer and equally flexible for a natural, albeit somewhat heavier, feel.
There’s little variation in color, length, or feel when it comes to natural mink unless it’s processed and synthesized to a certain degree.
Fake mink eyelashes come in a wider variety of styles, including a wide array of shades and lengths.
Who are they for?
Genuine mink fur eyelashes are for those who’re willing to spend a little extra and prefer a lighter feel.
Faux mink is better for those with allergies, ethical aversions to fur, and the opposite of aversion to an endless selection of gorgeous styles. When you choose faux, you can also select from a range of vegan mink eyelashes.
Moreover, faux mink eyelashes tend to be cheaper than authentic mink, which makes faux mink lashes the clear winner!