What is the difference between mink and silk lashes?

Royal mink eyelashes are made from the soft fur of the tail of the Siberian or Chinese mink, an animal similar to a ferret or an otter. Vegan silk eyelash fibers, on the other hand, come from the newest synthetic vegan fibers created to mimic the look of real human eyelashes. Silk eyelashes have a short conical shape, which means that the body of the eyelashes is thicker for longer. And unlike mink lashes, they have a glamorous semi-gloss finish.

Because of their thick, full body, silk lashes are best for dramatic ensembles and are usually used in conjunction with classic lashes (traditional eyelash sets that have one eyelash extension per natural lash). If you have classic lashes, it's likely that your eyelash artist is wearing silk lashes on you. Silk eyelash extensions are also made of PBT, with the biggest difference in their tapered and shiny appearance. Silk extensions usually have a shorter cone compared to synthetic mink, which means that the body of the extension is thicker.

The thicker extension helps artists create a bolder look. Although extremely rare, real mink extensions may still be available in some parts of the world, but at a high price. The color, the gloss, the conical shape) of your eyelash extensions and, for those with several types, also explain the differences. Real mink lashes should be permed or curled with heat, and you'll have to keep curling them at home to maintain that curly look, since they lose their curl every time they get wet.

Despite how beautiful they look, real mink is no longer popular because it is extremely expensive, loses its curl easily and can cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to animal fur. Because real mink lashes are made permanent to curl, they relax over time and are likely to require constant curling at home. Modern mink eyelash extensions (also called synthetic mink) are made of PBT and mimic real mink fur to create soft, natural fibers. Silk lashes from two different brands were mixed to create this hybrid or mixed set of eyelash extensions.

Mink lashes (whether they are eyelash extensions or false eyelashes that you apply yourself) come from Siberian mink or Chinese mink tail, since they are soft and light. They are tapered for most of the body of eyelash extensions, so each eyelash is up to 30% lighter than a silk eyelash extension. In appearance, they are slightly brighter or brighter than mink or silk lashes, and when applied quite densely, they often appear more dramatic. Sugarlash PRO mink eyelash extensions have a natural semi-matte finish that mimics the appearance of natural eyelashes and an extremely lightweight body.

Depending on the brand of synthetic mink eyelashes you try, each one may have its own construction method, some of them may not use a soft band and make their entire eyelash plastic, so it would be stiffer and more difficult to apply than those made with a softer material, such as cotton. This confused me a little 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. Like synthetic lashes, silk comes in a variety of curls and lengths, although it's a better option for achieving a more natural look, since the curl isn't usually as uniform or as artificial as synthetic eyelashes. They are simply created artificially so that they are absolutely identical at the molecular level to another object, which in most cases can be silk or mink.


Désirée Bruski
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