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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: Lena Lashes in Ellarie

Hello Loves!

Guess who's back with another lash review! I am very excited to try out some mink lashes, again. I haven't worn minks in a while because I had a bad experience with two pairs I have bought previously. The adhesive keeping the mink hairs on the band was defective and cause the lashes to easy shed its hairs. One of the lashes I had basically disintegrated after its first use. Let's hope this time I have a good experience with the lashes I got.

I got sent four pairs of lashes from Lena Lashes and have decided to review them. I want to say all opinions on these reviews are my own and nobody else's. Now that we have that out of the way...

A little background since I haven't previously reviewed any products from this company. Lena Lashes is a lash company selling lashes of different types of hair (mink, fox, human, etc.) and it is owned and operated by Marlene Aymone. It is indicated on her website that the human hair lashes are cruelty free but doesn't specify if the mink/fox hairs are. According to her IG, it is a cruelty free company. If you are unsure about this, shoot her an email. It never hurts to ask.

SHIPPING/CUSTOMER SERVICE
These lashes are a press sample and were sent out to me so I have no experience on either of these issues. If you want to input your experience on this company, email me about it! 

Ok, onto the review!

PACKAGING
All of the lashes I have received came in a white magnetic closure box with the company artwork on the outside and a clear viewing window to see the lash. Enclosed in the box are the lashes on a clear tray and a string so that the tray can be removed easily. The lash tray stayed secure if you flipped the box with tray in it upside down.



The label on the boxes were a bit inconsistent. I don't know if this had to do with it being a press sample but not all of the boxes had printed label sides showing which style they were. Two of my boxes had a printed out labels on the side while the other two had them written out. With this pair in particular, I think what was written may be incorrect. I looked on the website and have not found the style "Juju" to exist. This pair of lashes were very similar to the style Ellarie. So, I am going to go with that being this style.

Juju or Ellarie? The world may never know.
Left Lash: Post Trim
Right Lash: Pre Trim
I want to say that I really appreciate the lashes only being glued to the tray on the outer and inner corners. It made it significantly easier to remove from the box and prevented any damage to the lash.

A word of caution: make sure the lash band is not too long. They will not be comfortable if the band is too long. The inner band will poke at your inner corners and make them sore. I couldn't even wear them for more than a hour, if I even wore them that long. I should of trimmed them a bit more.

The back of the box has their website, all the social media outlets, and contact information.



APPLICATION
These lashes were easy to apply. These lashes have a thin band and were lightweight. I waited around 30 seconds before I applied the lashes and they were easy to move around before I was satisfied with the placement. Mink lashes usually need to be cut quite a bit because they are made very long.

Below is a before and after pictures to show the effect of the lashes:

Before

After

But, the real test is...
LONGEVITY/WEAR
When these lashes are not cut properly, they will really jab your eye. I had to remove them after 30-60 min of wear because of that. Since then, I have properly cut the lash and worn them a second time with no problems. The lashes had a flexible band, were comfortable to wear, and felt like real lashes.

The problem I have had with mink lashes in the past is that they shed hairs pretty easily. I feel like if you lose even a couple of hairs, it can compromise the look of the lashes. I have worn this pair three times, twice on its own and once stacked with another pair (Naomi from the same company). I removed them both times by pulling them off, using oil-free makeup remover if needed. The lash may have lost one or two hairs. That's it. I was quite impressed considering I had to separate the stacked lashes and was pretty scared they would just disintegrate. Oh, did I mention I am really rough on my lashes? I feel like the lash band can withstand any amount of force but I found that to not be the case in general...
I tried my best to be gentle with these because mink lashes are more fragile.

The following shows the wear of the lash after 3 uses:








QUALITY / PRICING / RANDOM:
The quality of the mink hairs were soft and felt like real lashes. These are great lashes for everyday use because they add a nice amount of thickness to your natural lashes and aren't very long. These lashes retail for $30 (for the Ellarie style) and this company often has sales (BOGO, B2G2, etc.). If you want to splurge on a nice pair of lashes and prefer less dramatic styles, this pair is for you.

FINAL VERDICT
These lashes get a...

9.5/10

Pros:
Sturdy Packaging
Lash not over-glued to tray
Easy application
Natural feeling

Cons:
Inconsistent and sloppy labels
High retail price



WOULD YOU IT BUY AGAIN?

If I wanted to splurge on lashes and got them during a sale, yes. However, these lashes are too natural for me. If I wanted really good lashes for everyday, I would choose these.



Dupes/similar styles by other companies:

Velour Lashes in Are Those Real?

Flutter Lashes in Mara
Esqido Lashes in Unforgettable

Reviews of other Lena Lashes styles:

If you wish to purchase any Lena Lashes, here is the link to the website. You can save money by using my code "pittpantherelle." This is an affiliate code and I do get a portion of the sale from it so use it if you wish.

Until next time,
Have a beautiful day!

-Elle 

2 comments:

  1. I was very disappointed with the customer service of this company. I'm a college student with not very much money, but I splurged and bought a pair of 35 dollar lashes. I am VERY gentle with my lashes and they completely fell apart after just 2 uses. I commented on one of LenaLashes's instagram pictures stating this, and stating that my emails had gone ignored for weeks and I got BLOCKED from their instagram page! The customer service number I texted was not responding, and when they did, they were extremely rude to me. I am very distressed and upset that as a paying customer they would not replace these defective lashes (like companies such as VelourLashes tends to do for their customers.) Do you have any advice for me?

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  2. It is actually impossible for mink lashes to be cruelty free...

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