Hoping for a cheap eyelash extensions alternative, I tested out Lashify lashes and Kiss Falscara.

By Renee Cherry
February 13, 2020
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Nothing tempts me like a hole-in-the-wall salon advertising lash extensions. Yet, I've resisted them because A) they'll drain my bank account, B) appointments last hours, and C) I'm afraid I'll never be able to go back to wearing my lashes au naturel.

I love the concept of waking up with Disney-princess eyelashes, though, so when DIY lash extensions called Lashify hit the scene in 2017, I was intrigued. But it wasn't until years later, that a new product launch from drugstore brand Kiss inspired me to finally try home lash extensions. The brand's new Falscara looks extremely similar to Lashify but is significantly cheaper.

Could this fraction-of-the-price Lashify dupe really deliver the same results as the real thing? It was finally time to give home lash extensions a try. I gave both a test drive to find out how they compare.

Lashify Control Kit Review

I started with Lashify so I could form my thoughts on the OG first. (It's only polite, right?)

The application: Applying Lashify is a five-step process. You prep your natural lashes with Lashify's pre-cleanser, brush a bond (aka glue) onto your lashes like you would mascara, adhere the short lash strips piece-by-piece to the base of the underside of your lashes, clamp everything together using a tweezer-like tool, then brush on a "glass" liquid that seals everything and gets rid of any stickiness. If you want extra hold, you can also apply a layer of bond to the lash strips before setting them in place. (If you're already like "nope" then consider this mascara that Amazon reviewers are loving instead.)

Did you catch all that? I didn't get the hang of it until around my third time using them. With practice, though, I was able to cut the whole process down to 10 minutes. Once I got the hang of applying the lashes riiiight up against—but not on—my top lid's waterline, it was a cinch. (Related: The Best Eyelash Growth Serums for Serious Length, According to Customer Reviews)

Lashify

Buy It: Lashify Control Kit, $145, lashify.com

The perks: Even though it took a second to fine-tune my technique, I preferred Lashify to regular strip lashes from the getgo. With strips, I've never been able to master getting them right up against my lashes. Since Lashify is applied to the underside of lashes, there's no noticeable black band (...that I always feel the need to camouflage with copious amounts of eyeliner). The biggest difference, though, is how light they feel once they're on. I'd forget I was even wearing them—but I looked like I'd been blessed with the Instagram eyelashes filter IRL.

The downsides: As easy as they are to apply, I haven't had luck with getting them to stay put overnight. Lashify is intended to last up to seven days, which was a huge draw in the first place. I've tried sleeping with them on (both with and without an eye mask), but I've always woken up with at least one piece looking wonky. I did manage to keep them on for a week, but each morning I needed to reapply any loose pieces rather than starting fresh.

That had me wondering whether sleeping in lash extensions might cause unnecessary tugging on my natural lashes, especially in light of the lash loss associated with professional lash extensions (!!). I called up Jennifer Tsai, O.D., a VSP network doctor, to get her thoughts on whether Lashify or similar options applied to the underside of the lash can do damage.

While she didn't call for avoiding them altogether, Dr. Tsai noted that professional and DIY eyelash extensions both have pros and cons. With both, "it's possible to disrupt natural lash growth if not applied correctly with extreme caution and care," she said. Ideally, you'd cycle between periods of wearing them and giving your lashes a break, she says. Dr. Tsai also doesn't recommend wearing DIY lashes overnight for hygiene reasons. "When you're attaching it to the base of your lashes, as the day goes on (with pollution in the air and the environment), and your eye creates oil and protein buildup, it does catch underneath the base of your lashes," she says. "If you don't clean it thoroughly, you can end up with styes, blepharitis, and sometimes eye infections." Those are all ramifications I'd rather avoid, so my plan is to wear them on and off and always carefully remove them at the end of the day. (Related: What's In Your Eyelash Growth Serum?)

Kiss Falscara Review

After my conversation with Dr. Tsai, I was ready to move on to Kiss Falscara, which isn't intended for overnight wear to begin with. Whereas Lashify lashes are single-use (but can be kept on for up to seven days), Falscara can be reused up to three times (but you take them off at the end of each day).

Kiss

Buy It: Kiss Falscara Starter Kit, $20, cvs.com

The application:  The process was familiar—apply bond, place lashes, apply seal—and I was able to apply them with the same ease as Lashify. The lashes themselves felt slightly flimsier and the glue less strong, but since I wasn't attempting to batten down the hatches for a week, it was no biggie. (Related: What You Need to Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions)

The perks: I wore them for a day and the lashes didn't budge, even when I bumped them while putting on a VR device. (Don't ask.) I went with the "lengthening" style which is on the long and wispy side. Were they any longer, they'd look startling without eyeshadow on.

The downsides: Falscara's one major shortcoming is its tweezer tool, which can't curve around your eye and secure everything in place the way Lashify's does. In the end, I got by with my fingers and the Falscara tweezers, but the process wasn't as seamless.

My bare lashes
Lashify "Amplify" lashes
Kiss Falscara in "Lengthening"

The Verdict

The glaring difference between the two products is the price. (Note: Both Lashify's $21 remover and Kiss' $7 remover are sold separately.)

Lashify's Control Kit is $145 and includes black and clear bond, glass, two sets of lashes, and the application tool. That's close to what you'd pay for a professional lash extension application, which most Lashify reviews are quick to point out. Lashify also offers flexible weekly, biweekly, monthly, and bimonthly memberships with discounts. A monthly supply of three sets of lashes, lash prep, bond, and seal, would set you back just over $100.

Kiss' Falscara Starter Kit is $20 and includes tweezers, bond and seal, and one set of lashes.  After the initial cost of the starter kit, though, they're a lot closer in price. A Falscara bond and seal costs $10 and replacement eyelashes are $7. If you were to buy a bond and seal and enough lashes for every day of the month, you'd spend about $80.

All things considered, I fully intend to use Lashify and Kiss Falscara for special occasions. And, since I already shelled out the $$ for both, I plan to use Lashify's superior tweezers. (I haven't found another pair of curved tweezers that's as rounded. If you do, holler.) When I need to replenish my lashes and adhesive, I'll save a few bucks by going with Falscara.

If you're unsatisfied with traditional falsies but don't want pro extensions, they're worth trying. (Or maybe try a lash lift?)

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