Because they're made from real hair, mink eyelash extensions are praised for their soft and fluffy feel, while offering a spectacular look.
Mink lashesare truly superior in the sense that they look natural and fluffy. Even regular extensions applied eyelash by tab can look similar to a strip, since they are machine-made. The mink ones, because they are made of fur, take on their own natural look.
There's basically no way for anyone to know it's not real. Natural mink lashes are the best type of eyelashes for customers looking for a more natural look. The main benefit of individual mink lashes is that they cause little thinning of natural eyelashes, since they are very light and very flexible. Both real mink and vegan silk lashes are super light, but mink is the lightest.
You can achieve a very fluffy eyelash look without feeling like you're wearing them. However, since mink comes directly from an animal, if you suffer from allergic reactions to other animal skins, such as cat and dog hair, you may also have a reaction to mink eyelashes. Mink lashes are a little closer to real ones, because they're matte and get narrower at the tips like people's eyelashes, but you'll still get a much more natural effect with vegan silk than with any man-made alternative. Now that the ugliest part is out of the way, let's talk about the REAL quality and durability of mink lashes versus synthetic lashes.
Silk lashes have a shorter cone than natural mink lashes, meaning that the body of the lashes is thicker at the base. Mink eyelash extensions sound like the most luxurious and exaggerated beauty whim in history, second only perhaps to a caviar facial. As pretty as some luxurious lashes sound and look, mink lashes tend to look faker than synthetic lashes. Silk eyelash extensions usually contain several materials, including silk, cashmere, and derivatives of high-quality acrylic plastic.
Long-term use of these lashes can damage natural lashes, as they may be too heavy for natural lashes. Generally speaking, mink lashes cost more than other types of eyelash extensions and aren't as thick, long, or dramatic. This confused me a bit when my favorite eyelash extension brand, London Lash Pro, changed its packaging from plastic to cardboard and, at the same time, without notifying its customers, changed the finish of silk and mink, which means that their silk lashes are less shiny than mink lashes. Some people don't think they look “soft” or “natural” than silk or mink eyelash extensions, and while they last a long time, the thicker ones (we use a maximum of 0.20 mm wide) don't have as much staying power as silk and definitely not mink.
Currently, no manufacturer on the market can produce eyelash extensions made from human hair, as it would be almost impossible because of the amount of work it takes to recover them when they can be created artificially so easily. Unlike hair extensions, where the highest quality extensions are made from 100% human hair, eyelash extensions are almost never made exclusively with human hair, and especially not with human eyelashes. For more luxurious false eyelashes, any option, from horse hair to human hair, is an option, but vegan silk and mink lashes are by far the most common and popular types.