Silk vs Mink Lashes - Which is Better?
Posted on December 10 2019
Not all false eyelashes are created equal. There are various fibers available to choose from, but how do you know which are the best? Traditiionally Synthetic lashes are the cheapest, but at a price - these coarse, shiny lashes have stubby ends and tend to look obviously fake, not to mention they can feel heavy and uncomfortable to wear. For more luxurious false eyelashes, everything from horsehair to human hair is an option, but vegan silk and mink lashes are by far the most common and popular types.
Real mink eyelashes are made from the soft tail fur of the Siberian or Chinese mink, an animal similar to a ferret or otter. The fibers in vegan silk eyelashes, on the other hand, come from the newest synthetic vegan fibers created to mimic the look of real human lashes. Below we've laid out the pros and cons of vegan silk vs mink lashes, to help you make up your mind.
For durability, choose vegan silk
Vegan Silk lashes are more hard-wearing than mink ones, ideal if you'll be wearing them all day long. Mink is more delicate and, unlike vegan silk, they cannot get wet at all. Forget your umbrella and get caught in a downpour with your mink eyelashes on, and they'll instantly lose their curl!
Vegan silk eyelashes can withstand more handling than mink in general. They're less likely to come off the band when you're removing them or cleaning off the glue for example, so you can expect your vegan silk lashes to last much longer.
For low maintenance, choose vegan silk
It's not just water that will make mink lose its curl - time will do that too. Mink eyelashes need to be re-curled regularly, whereas silk will hold its shape much better.
For comfort, choose mink (unless you have allergies)
Both real mink and vegan silk eyelashes are super-light, but mink is the lightest. You can get a really fluffy eyelash look without feeling like you're even wearing them. However, because mink comes directly from an animal, if you suffer from allergic reactions to other animal furs such as cat and dog hair, you may have a reaction to mink eyelashes too.
Vegan Silk comes from the most technologically advanced synthetic fibers that have a low grade of allergens - many people with sensitive skin choose to wear vegan silk clothing for exactly that reason.
For a natural look, choose either
Because both vegan silk and mink fibers, they have that wispy, feather-light feeling. Mink lashes are a little closer to the real thing, because they're matte and taper more at the ends like people's own eyelashes do, but you will still get a much more natural effect with vegan silk than you will with any man-made alternatives.
In fact, even false lashes made from human hair don't taper the way real eyelashes do, because of the way the long hair strands are trimmed by simply cutting across the middle.
For drama, choose vegan silk lashes
Vegan Silk may be a little thicker than mink, but that means it's better for creating a really intense look. It's also glossier. And because vegan silk is able to get wet without losing its curl, you can add mascara on top for even more volume.
Plus, vegan silk also absorbs pigment more readily than any other lash type so you can achieve deeper, darker colors. If you want a really rich black, it's got to be vegan silk!
So, should I choose vegan silk or mink lashes?
Overall, we think vegan silk is even better. It can be reused multiple times, is easier to care for, and you'll find styles with a more dramatic and intense curl because vegan silk holds its shape. It's also cheaper than mink!
That's why we decided to use only vegan silk fibers for all of our false eyelashes here at Mademoiselle Lash. Whether you're going for a light and fluffy natural look, or a strikingly thick and spiky one, we've got a range of vegan silk eyelashes to choose from. To find out which of our faux eyelashes will suit you best, click here.