If you are new to the world of fake eyelashes and lash extensions, you could be forgiven for thinking that all types are the same. However, when it comes to the likes of mink lashes, silk lashes and faux lashes, the most common varieties of lash extensions, there are actually some differences between them that it’s important to understand.
The major difference between these three types of lash extensions is their firmness. Let’s look at them individually.
Probably not for the vegans out there, but Mink lashes are one of the most popular types of lashes on the market. They have also been around the longest. Their popularity is not with good reason either, as they are made for very soft and natural looking lashes. That is largely due to the fact that they are taken from real minks, either the Chinese variety or Siberian breed of mink. The fibres used are taken from their tails.
As popular as they are, they are also out of a lot of people’s price range and as stated at the start of the above paragraph, are unsuitable for vegans and those against the use of animals in beauty products. Furthermore, they are not naturally curled and therefore you would not only have to have them permed before having them applied, but you would also have to continue to curl them throughout the period you had them, to achieve and keep that curled look.
Faux and Silk Lashes
The reason we have grouped both categories of lash extensions together is because despite their different names, both faux mink and silk are made from the same synthetic material. The material in question is known as Polybutylene Terephthalate or the shorthand form of PBT. This is a polyester-based material that is used in a wide range of different products from swim and sports wear to toothbrushes and, as we’ve already established, eyelash extensions.
So, don’t be fooled by the differing names, as it has nothing to do with what they are made from. It is their weight, shape and finish.
Take as an example, flawless so-called silk lashes. These have a very lightweight body and semi-matte-like finish that gives them the appearance of real eyelashes.
Faux mink lashes tend to be a lot thinner than alternative types of eyelash extensions and are generally featured in sets designed to add volume because they are extremely lightweight. They also benefit from having a tapered design that extends for most of their body, meaning that each lash is as much as 30% lighter than other branded mink eyelash extensions.
The confusing thing really is that mink lashes from one brand could be similar to the so-called silk lashes sold my another and vice versa. While it is common for mink lashes to have a much shorter taper than silk, giving a much thicker appearance, and tend to have a more glamorous look and feel with a semi-gloss finish, this is not always the case
Why, you might wonder, do they use the different names? It is mostly just part of their marketing and often just a way of showing the difference between the tapering.