May 16, 2013

How Far Are You Willing to Go for Your Lashes?

It’s no secret I’m terrified of lash growth serums but how far are you willing to go to make your lashes longer?

As I said, I’m scared of lash growth serums. The warnings that come with these serums break me out in hives. Seriously. But what about false lashes and eyelash extensions?

Actress Kristin Chenoweth wore sunglasses on the David Letterman show after her eyelids swelled up, she likened the effect as having lips on her eyes ha….she got eyelash extensions which are where single fibers are glued to your individual eyelashes to create a fuller look but had a adverse reaction to them. I dislike mucking around my eyes so imagine me sitting in a chair and willingly having someone place small little fibers near my eyes? I mean seriously, I don’t even like fiber mascaras because I feel like lashes are in my eyes. So imagine me allowing someone near me with a tiny tweezer with a fiber on the end of it and gluing that on my lash line!? No thanks!

Moral of the story?

Just use Too Faced Better Than False Lashes and call it a day. All the glamour of fuller lashes and none of the glue or god forbid irritation and danger that comes with it. Those lash extension fibers that Too Faced includes with their Better Than False Lashes Mascara is incredible. Loves this stuff. When are they releasing a full size version of just the fibers? I’d buy! Simply swipe the fibers on and follow up with mascara for fuller, longer lashes without any drama or having to embarrass yourself on Letterman by being interviewed with sunglasses!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes

Anyone a Too Faced Better than False Lashes fan?

What do you use to get fuller, longer lashes?

Do share!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Debster

    I’ve used the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die Forβ„’ Platinum and it worked really well for me. I use to do false lashes which have stripped them really bad, and I got tired of how crappy they looked. The PTR product is 125$, so about the same as Latisse, but without a prescription (I’m not sure about ingredient differences).

    I got tired of paying that much for the product and swapped to Rapid Lash, which has worked just as effectively for me, but for much cheaper.

  • Lulubelle

    I use Smartlash, which is peptide based. It’s prostaglandin-free, which is the cause of the potential negative side effects.

    I can’t say I’ve seen dramatic results, but my lashes are a bit longer and fuller. If it gets in my eye I experience sight stinging, but that’s the only problem I’ve experienced. I got it on special for $29.99, and at that price I’d buy it again.

    • the Muse

      I’m still scared to try πŸ˜€ lash serums just terrify me for some reason!

  • charlotte

    I’ve heard wonderful things about castor oil for lashes, brows, and nails. I can personally vouch that when I started cleansing with evoo on a daily basis I saw definite improvement in my own lashes and brows. Thicker, denser, and longer than they were before. No way I’m slathering my eyes in chemicals.. and certainly not hormones. Seriously asking for trouble.. perhaps permanent trouble.

    I stick to the application of a good mascara.. and if I want “va va voom” the layering of a couple of them. The current trend of false lashes everyday is just not for me.. I can spot them a mile off and I’m betting everyone else can too. Plus I have hooded eyes and there is no way I’m giving up my precious lid space to a lash band and liner. I think it’s a real shame so many bloggers and YT’ers wear them constantly.. seems like nobody knows how to do really nice mascara anymore. I guess it’s a dying art.


    I go all the way with my lashes just beacuse i think they make such a big difference on my face with and without it. i always get lash extensions in the summer as i don’t like to wear a lot of makeup in humid weather, and having fake lashes is just a one stop shop! I use growth serums (Rapid Lash) when i don’t have lash extensions coz i think growth serums will increase the lash turnover which isn’t good with you have extensions on. Of course i use fake lashes to add the makeup look when i dont have extensions on.

  • Kimmwc03

    I’m pretty scared of all the lash serums too but I recently started using Rimmel’s accelerator. I haven’t seen any side effects but I also haven’t seen any improvement.

    I’m not a fan of fake lashes. I’m usually pretty happy with my lashes with a coat or two of mascara. I wouldn’t want to pay a lot for a serum or get fake lashes applied unless I had an illness that made me lose my lashes. I heard argan oil makes a big difference for some people too.

  • Christi

    I’ve had great results on growing my brows & lashes with castor oil!

  • Jane

    I actually get lash extensions done every 2 months or so and I LOVE them. They make my makeup routine so much easier. I’ve always been an avid tightliner, but with the extensions there’s no need to, and I have many more natural days where I’ll just go out with some BB cream and blush; no eyemakeup needed!

  • Rosemary

    Hello Muse!
    I haven’t written a comment in ages.

    Just want to say that I really like Latisse, and it got the OK from my ophthalmologist before I even tried it. However, it just means that I don’t’ wear mascara most of the time.

    If you are wearing anything more than a bit of eyeliner, you need mascara to complete the look.

    I am about to go online and look for a chicken bag. They were totally sold out online when you wrote about them in the past. Perhaps the fervent interest has died down. I think there may have been one that had a “concealed weapon” hidey-hole in its nether regions.

    I hope you are well!

    • the Muse

      hi rosemary! thanks for commenting today…haven’t tried Latisse.

      Ahh you mean the purse????

  • Rosemary

    OMG! They have a brown chicken bag now!!!
    The shipping kills it, but they are both available at
    Just spreading the word…not shamelessly advertising stuff.

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    This type of fiber powder works really well. I have used one off and on since, well, maybe more than 10 yrs ago. Alcone used to make it and it was great. The powder will fly off a little bit as you apply it, but it’s not bad. Now I am reminded to go find my tube.

  • Alanna

    I don’t have crazy full or long lashes (and actually I wear glasses, so theyre kind of hidden haha) but I play around with japanese and korean fiber mascaras, and I get asked on the regular if my lashes are real. My personal trick is that after I apply the fiber mascara, I brush through and “press” them up with a mascara comb. The best mascara combs for this are the ones with longer, skinnier, more separated tines, but regular ones work too. The tines pull the fibers to the maximum length they’ll sit at, and they eliminate any clumps and curl at the same time (I’m terrified of eyelash curlers lol).

  • Debster

    Not sure if this will put my response in the proper place.

    I’ve had no side effects, no itching, no burning, etc. I have a dry-eye issue from some other medications I take, and it doesn’t aggravate it. Just have to apply it lightly, instead of thick on the lashline otherwise it won’t absorb all the product.

  • JaxSale

    Normally I just read but tonight I had to comment. I wash with only a castor oil/grapeseed oil blend. It absolutely made my eyebrows and lashes thicker. And it’s great for my skin too!

    As far as Too Faced, I use this product for many red carpet events even though I have recently started toying with falsies. So easy. But anywho, I’m a complete mascara whore and with this setup you look ah may zing. I prefer to use other mascara with it as the formula doesn’t get as full as I like.

  • blueraccoon

    i wear glasses so I can’t have lashes that are completely outrageous or they’ll hit my lenses πŸ˜› My own lashes are pretty full and thick and dark, so I don’t know what good lash serums or extensions would do for me. Mascara’s usually all I bother with, honestly. I have enough of poking things in my eyes when I wear contacts, which I don’t do anymore because it’s such a hassle.

  • Danii

    It IS a scary thought to have tiny tweezers holding tinier fibers… I know some YTers have talked about them but its rather worrisome in my head. Might I suggest Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Serum + Eyeliner instead? No funky, negative side effects ~ I feel my lashes have gotten better after 2 years and a few months of using it (not that I had lashes that could be scoffed at to begin with! They were just long haha). I had to switch cause PF’s hypoallergenic and I’m finding some ingredient in L’Oreal and NYX liquid liner irritates my eyes into watering up! They look longer, a bit fuller. Black-er if that’s possible.XD They have a clear version for “nighttime use” since you have a dislike(?) of liquid eyeliner. And have you reviewed They’re REAL! by Benefit? I hated it; its part of Sephora’s birthday gift οΌˆγƒΌγƒΌοΌ›οΌ‰At least it was free!

  • Shadia

    As an Asian with short, sparse, stubbornly straight lashes, I can assure you that I’ve tried just about every mascara on the planet. If my lashes aren’t curled, though, whatever mascara I use and however wonderful its effects are get lost. So I’ve also spent loads on just about every eyelash curler (manual and electric) in existence. ALL IN VAIN.

    I’ve figured out that my monolids push my eyelashes straight down and quickly kill any curl I give them. It sucks balls, because after curling, applying mascara, and curling again, my eyes look fantastic–for about one hour, tops. Using eyelid glue or eyelid tape to give myself double eyelids, however, is too much of a freaking hassle just to make my lashes visible and hold a curl–I don’t know how some Japanese/Korean/Taiwanese/Whatever girls have the patience!

    So after hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent, I’ve finally given up on mascaras/curlers. I’ve never tried any lash-growth serums, because I figure that no matter what, my monolid would ruin whatever effect I’d go for with my lashes anyway.

    I tried eyelash extensions a couple of times, and alas, they too proved to be a waste for me. They irritated the crap outta my eyes (I’m pretty much blind and I wear special, toric contact lenses–my vision is around -17 and -18, so not only are my glasses stupidly thick, the visual distortion they produce on my eyes makes them look even SMALLER, and as an Asian, I can’t really afford that, lol). Extensions also required a bit too much delicacy/care that a boorish slob like me doesn’t really like to bother with.

    I’ve FINALLY settled on strip lashes. I love those things to pieces! I don’t go crazy with the styles, so they tend to look natural, and they’ve become pretty easy for me to use nearly every day. I’ve also found that if I use a style with a thicker strip, they make my eyes look larger and can sometimes give me a double-eyelid if I take care.

    …So yeah, I’m totes jels of all you non-monolidded, non-Asian, non-myopic jerks out there. Thus concludes the tragic saga on my Quest for Visible Eyelashes.

  • Jenna

    Hi Muse!
    Confession: I have an eyelash obsession hehe. I’ve used eyelash serums (Latisse and LiLash) and had great results! People always comment on my lashes and ask if they are real.
    I’ve had eyelash extensions as well and it was a dreadful experience! Having them applied was actually fine and they looked beautiful but the darn things got caught on everything (facecloths, shirts, etc.) and the tugging took a painful toll on my eyes and tugged out many of my natural lashes. Never again!
    It’s funny because my boyfriend is such an eye “chicken” he cant even watch me apply mascara because it makes him squeamish!
    Thanks for the post and have a lovely long weekend!

    • the Muse

      omg jenna the catching on shirts, etc totally freaked me out! OUCH! I’m actually that kinda person ;-D anything eye related makes me squirm….! I can apply mascara fine but watching someone apply eyeliner or something freaks me out ;-D

      Aw my pleasure you as well! not a long weekend this weekend but NEXT ;-D

  • Nina R.

    Muse, you don’t have to worry about this now, but …as we age, our lashes and brows do indeed get more sparse. I swear by just about all the growth serums out there. If you are too scared to try Latisse, please consider the drugstore available RapidLash, which does indeed work, albeit slowly, and the products made by the French company Talika. You can get the Talika products easily on-line and they are tremendous, and inexpensive.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I would never use serums or get lash extensions, I’ve heard horror stories over both! As for Too Faced Better than False Lashes… ah where to begin. I got this for Xmas, and tried every method known to man to make this work. I tried different kinds of mascara with the fibers. The mascara, then the fibers, then another mascara. I let it ‘dry down’. I even went to Sephora and had them demo it to me, then went back home and tried. I’m sorry, but for 40 dollars, this is a waste of money. The picture on the box kills me! Your lashes look nothing like that! I’d rather buy a nice set of false lashes and some duo lash adhesive and save myself about 25-30 bucks and also save myself the nightmare/trouble/eventual return.

  • Elizabeth

    I swear by olive oil. I started useing it about 3 months ago and ever since my lashes are much longer and thicker. I think all these products are rather dangerous. I’m gonna try Jordana Mascara and just live with the lashes the way they are.

  • suvinida

    i onse had eyelash extensions and am a lover of eyelash serum!
    but i do understand the hate toward having gunk on all over your eyes! Thats why i hate having mascara on so i usually use only one light coat of them
    But in the summer where it get hot and humid in tokyo, i tend to go for eyelash extensions! They are much more easier and i tend to use much more less make up.
    my lids had never had a reaction to them, and because i had thinner fiber applied on it didnt feel as heavy, much lighter then falsies and more natural looking (in the non clumpy way) than mascara! It is a budge to maintane them so i wouldnt put them on all year around but,
    Want i wanted to say is that, maybe you should try eyelash extensions in tokyo or korea when you have a chance! there are tons of salons that do them and have a wider menu range! Eyelash extentions can be dramatic or natural! Where as in the states, eyelash extensions are mostly kim kardashian leveled! Lol

  • Claire

    Hi Muse!
    Have you tried Kiss Me Mascara? It’s a Japanese drugstore brand. I like it even more than MJ’s !
    They have their own mascara remover, it’s good too!

  • Audrey

    I just bought better than false lashes when I read your review that said you need this. I love it! Removal is a bit weird though. Its chunky And black clumps, but Totally worth it.

  • Mimi

    Muse! Have you ever tried the dior show maximizer lash plumping serum? I used to have thin, sparse asian lashes, and now, they are very full and healthy! Before,my lashes would fall out everytime I washed off my makeup! It has no side effects on me, and i am quite happy! I recommend you try it!

    • Jessica

      Hi, I too used the Dior product after getting frustrated with my lashes falling out and looking sparse. Its easy to apply and I use it under mascara (apparently it can be used as a night time serum too). I’ve definitely noticed improvement! Really happy with it and I’d recommend it!