Who doesn't love a bit of falsies action?! I remember hearing LisaLisaD1 talk about Esqido lashes early in 2014 and thought they looked beautiful with their padded white and rose gold boxes and the soft, fluttery fullness that comes thanks to the fact that these are crafted from (naturally shed) mink hairs.Esqido contacted me just before February and offered to send me out a pair to try. Fast forward past a failed attempt to wear them on Valentine's Day (thanks to a dodgy tube of Duo glue), I finally got the chance to break them out when celebrating my birthday earlier this month. And, yes, I loved them. Here's why;
- They are incredibly light on the eye thanks to a cotton band - most lash bands are made with a harder plastic.
- Equally, the mink hair ensures a lightness on the eye. I will be honest, I was a bit uncomfortable about the idea of mink lashes - it seemed so frivolous but, I asked some questions and did some research of my own and am satisfied that the hairs are ethically sourced and collected from fur that has been naturally molted.
- As you can probably see in the pictures, the lashes look incredibly full yet realistic - not too long and, again, the natural hair lends a softness to the look that is often lost when we slap on falsies.
- They are easy to apply. And I mean that. I'm someone who ensures my sister is around to lend a hand when I inevitably begin the struggle with lash application. However, because of the cotton band, the Esqido lashes are far more malleable and shape quite easily and comfortably to your natural lash line.
- If you properly care for the lashes, they can be used up to 25 times. You shouldn't use mascara to blend them into your own lashes but, then, you don't really need to because the hairs blend quite seamlessly.
So, the downside, because there always is one. These babies are expensive. Prices start at $39.99 and go all the way up to $49.99. For a pair of false eyelashes. There are codes you can use (10% off your first order, additional 5% using ELLE, free shipping over $50) but, realistically, this is a lot of money for a pair of falsies. Even if you do get the full 25 wears out of them, it seems steep. I found myself packing them away oh-so-carefully, vowing to save them "for good wear". To sum up - a gorgeously crafted product and a pleasure to use but, whether they are worth the outlay will be a personal choice because it's not insignificant.