Moi…? Review a fiber lash product…? Anyone who knows me is probably shocked right now, as they know how I am opposed to fiber products near the eyes. Not only do many of them look either tarantula-like or clumpy as Hell, but there are health concerns as well. While there are some decent products available, there are also some really bad ones, especially cheapo knock-off products from China. After horror stories of irritation and eye infections, I have avoided this type of product like the plague.
However, fiber lash products have become very popular, with a lot of companies making them now. I have had so many people ask me about this type of thing; seemingly every day someone would ask. So, when I received the Tarte Best in Faux fibers in a reward box, and Missy at Sephora promised this would not give me clumps or tarantula lashes, I decided to bite the bullet and try Best in Faux out. You asked, I shall deliver!
At first, I wasn’t going to go near this stuff, even though I didn’t pay for it. But then, I found out the fibers were made out of hypoallergenic nylon, which is less likely to cause irritation than fibers made out of natural or other substances (see “Natural Isn’t Always Better” here). Less irritation is definitely a plus when dealing with the eye area- not to mention my dreadful allergies! Please keep in mind, though, that just because these are hypoallergenic and opthamologist-tested does not mean you, or anybody, will not have problems. If you wear contacts or have any eye issues or sensitivities, make sure to check with your doctor before using this type of product- no matter what the content.
Like other fiber lash products, this is a two-step process. The first step is to apply mascara, then fibers, then mascara again. The set comes with Tarte’s best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, but you can use any kind you choose. I find this mascara to be too dry, so I opted to use Diorshow instead. Tarte recommends applying mascara first, then the fibers. You should apply the fibers only from the middle of the lashes to the end, do not apply at the base of the lashes. After applying the fibers, apply another coat of mascara. You can repeat these steps more than once for a more dramatic effect. In order to avoid the dreaded clumpiness that comes with many fiber products, make sure you have a lash comb on hand. A fan brush is also helpful to brush away stray fibers. I also found that it’s helpful to keep your eye partially closed to avoid getting the fibers into your eye.
Overall, these fibers worked as advertised, and my eyelashes looked quite nice. Would I recommend this stuff? That would still be a “no.” It seemed like only a matter of time before a fiber (or multiple fibers) fell off into my eyes. In the photo, the eye without fibers has just one coat of mascara. Another coat or two, and it would be nearly as effective as the fibers. Maybe my lashes still wouldn’t have looked quite as long and full as they did with the fibers, but a set of falsies would be much quicker and easier. Not to mention my other half’s reaction: when I showed him eyes and told him I actually tried lash fibers- he said, “They look nice, but they will still fall into your eyes, then you’ll get an infection and your eye will fall out!” Thanks a lot, Jerry…lol 😉
Nevertheless, if you are one of the many people out there who like fiber lash products, this is a great buy. You get both the mascara and the fibers for just $20. You can also get them separate (with the mascara and fibers unattached in a wand) for the same price.
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