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Eyelash Extensions vs. False Eyelashes: Which is Better (& Are They Really Worth It)?!

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There are so many beauty trends these days to fluff-up your style and save you a lot of time! If you’re considering getting some fake eyelashes, read on for the pros and cons of eyelash extensions vs false eyelashes, and whether or not they’re truly worth it for lusher lashes.

Lash extensions pros and cons

person applying eyelash extensions with tweezers

The average price for a full set of eyelash extensions | $100-$300+

What are eyelash extensions?

“Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent false lashes that are individually glued to your natural lashes by a professional to add lash volume.” 

Pros of eyelash extensions:

  • Lashes last about 4-6 weeks
  • You have control over the fullness and length
    • Length can range between 6mm to 17mm
  • Cuts down makeup application time
  • They stay on until they fall off
  • Make your beautiful eyes pop
  • They can get wet (after 12-24 hours of application)
  • Choose between different types of hair to achieve different looks
    • Synthetic
    • Silk
    • Mink (most expensive)
  • You don’t need to deal with mascara

Cons of eyelash extensions:

  • Requires professional application
  • They’re expensive to apply and maintain
  • Habits of plucking or rubbing eyes can damage the lashes
  • Requires proper daily cleaning and fluffing to prolong their lifespan
  • Refills are needed every 2-4 weeks
    • The length of time will depend on your own lash growth cycle
  • Appointments to get them on can be time-consuming
    • 2-3.5 hours for a full set
    • 1-2 hours for a refill
  • Going to an unlicensed person can be very harmful to your eyes
    • You can get pink eye if tools aren’t sanitary
    • Temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes
    • Infection of eyelid or cornea
    • Improper glue application can cause injury
  • Possibility of allergy to the adhesive
    • Eye irritation
    • Burning
    • Itching
    • Bloodshot eyes

False eyelashes (strip eyelashes) pros and cons

hand holding false eyelashes from Eylure, Duo, and Ardell

The average price of strip lashes $10-$40+

What are false eyelashes?

“Strip lashes, or otherwise referred to as ‘falsies’, are non-permanent, false hairs attached to a stip which are then glued to your eyelid slightly above the lashes to add volume.” 

Pros of strip false eyelashes:

  • Can give you a natural or full glam look based on preference
  • Can be reused
  • Reduces impact on natural lashes (if applied correctly)
  • Make your beautiful eyes pop
  • Choose between different types of hair to achieve different looks
    • Synthetic
    • Silk
    • Mink (most expensive)
  • More noticeable in photos

Cons of strip false eyelashes:

  • They have to be taken off before you sleep
  • Difficult to put on
  • They cannot get wet
  • Can be very time consuming
  • Requires cleaning after each use
  • Some can look very fake
  • Requires separate purchase of adhesive glue
    • Some glues can cause eye irritation and even vision loss
  • Glue can easily get stuck on eyelashes or in your eye
    • Natural lashes can be ripped off if not applied correctly

So which type of lashes do I prefer?

woman smiling and bloodshot eyeball

“I’ve had years of experience using both types of false lashes. To me, some fluffy eyelashes make your whole face pop. They make this momma of three look less tired, and they make me feel put together.

I loved getting lash extensions before vacations, so I wouldn’t spend a lot of time getting ready or worrying about mascara running down my face if they got wet. Sadly, I had an awful experience recently where a piece of dried adhesive got into my eye and scratched it (this is rare). Not only did I end up in the emergency room two days before our big trip, but my eye was bloodshot and in a significant amount of pain. While everything worked out for the best, this experience will make me think twice about ever getting them again. There are much more serious consequences of getting lash extensions that I never paid any mind to. To me, it’s just not worth the risk. 

That said, I know strip lashes can be a hassle to put on, but after some practice and finding a glue that works, they are pretty easy to use and will definitely transform your look!”

– Sara

🏆 Overall Winner: Strip Lashes “Falsies” 🎉

Hip Tip: Read what Alana thinks of her false lashes from Lash & Crown!

My top recommendations for great-looking false lashes:

1. Natural volume lashes

close up of eyeball with lashes and full eyebrow

Buy them at Sephora – $26

These natural volume lashes are perfect for your day to day wear or for those who don’t want too much drama in their makeup routine.

2. Medium to full volume lashes

close up of blue eyeball with full eyelashes and eyebrow

Buy them at Sephora$20-$26

Medium to full lash volume is great for when you want to really glam things up. They’ll look best for a night on the town or if you really enjoy putting on a full face of make-up.

3. The best glue to apply your lashes

duo eyelash glue lined up on store shelf

Buy it on Amazon$3.50-$5.50

Whether you want a glue that dries black like your eyeliner, clear to blend with your skin, or is packed with vitamins, I find DUO glue to be the best adhesive for strip lashes. It doesn’t dry hard, so if you end up getting a little on your eye your first go around, you won’t have to worry about scratching.

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Comments 48

  1. Jo28p

    Shop miss a has eyelashes for $1 and the ones I use are good. Even YouTuber Tati uses them. Also Ardel lashes are good and often on sale. Watch YouTube videos to apply. I prefer the duo glue that looks like it is in a lipgloss container. Also I use real tweezers to apply instead of the lash ones. With practice putting them on gets easier. I used to put them on daily but now my lashes are fuller and longer so I only do so for special occasions. I wish I could afford extensions though! I just don’t have the time or money!

    • Amy blue

      Did you use a specific product to make them fuller?

      • Jo28p

        Rapid lash. I also have trichotillomania and used to pull them out and that’s why I used fake lashes daily. I found rapid lash once they grew in made them stronger so they grew less brittle allowing them to grow longer. Ulta ran a sale with 30% off awhile back and I gave it a try. I’ve been pleased.

      • Jo28p

        Rapid lash. At one time I pulled my lashes out (I have trichotillomania) but have since stopped. They grew out but were brittle and sparse. The rapid lash seems to help make them stronger which allows them to grow without breaking. It worked well! It goes on sale sometime as I got mine at ulta for 30% off.

        • Amanda

          I have Trichitillamania too. I use Lashliner and love it! It’s magnetic eyeliner and lashes that just magnetize to it. Game changer for me 🙂 Let me know if you want the link.

          • Jo28p

            I saw that! It does look cool! Thanks!

  2. Alyssa

    I just had my first set of false lashes and no joke they lasted 4 days. Not worth it at all. Get a lash lift instead- lasts 5-6 weeks and looks way more natural.

    • Alyssa

      I mean extensions!*

    • Dan Dougher

      Extensions are wonderful for a special occasion but they will destroy your real eyelashes. Ask me how I know this. LOL

    • Renae Brandt

      Alyssa, I had a very similar eperience. I was very careful, but multiple would fall out everyday. Some even pulled out my real eyelashes.

  3. Renee

    I’ve never gotten extensions bc I’ve been afraid it would ruin my real lashes. I use Rodan+Fields Lash Boost and love it and so do my customers. It has made my lashes very long and a bit darker but they would look even better if they were naturally curly too. I need to look into getting a lash lift. Does anyone have experience with lash lifts?

  4. ashley

    Lash extensions should definitely be touched up sooner than every 4 to 6 weeks.

    • Tiffany

      The article says they need to refilled or touched up every 2 to 4 weeks.

  5. Nesta

    I’ve been getting lash extensions for 8 months now! I absolutely love them! It’s the only makeup nowadays I wear nowadays ( before I would wear a full face for events and work). Just this alone really makes your eyes pop! I love not having to take them off at night. It does get pricy as I get mine touched up (refilled) every 2 weeks but for me it’s worth it because I don’t get my nails done at the salon so this is my one beauty splurge I treat myself to! They make me really happy!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, SO glad you have been loving them! I haven’t tried them yet! Thanks a ton for sharing your experience!

  6. Tracy

    Has anyone used the magnetic lashes? What is your opinion on them? Thinking about trying some.

    • Amanda

      I love Lashliner. They are really great. I have the Seattle that are perfect for going out. I have worn them several times and have not had any problems. I want to purchase the new released New York lashes for everyday wear as the Seattle are just a bit much for me for everyday 🙂

    • Nesta

      I’ve tried those. They were nice and easier to apply but if not applied right they really mess with your natural lashes! Mine were folded by the magnet strip and then when I took them off, 3 of my natural lashes fell out. This could all be due to Mt inexperience with them though

      • Tracy

        Oh gosh!! That’s awful!

    • Amanda

      Also they come with a price tag but I feel they are worth it. I know of friends that have tried other magnetic lashes that did not work well at all.
      Full disclosure: I just became an affiliate for Lashliner yesterday because I like them so much and they are helping me in my own life since I have Trichitillamania and have not had lashes since I was 5years old. These have been amazing for me. The link I posted would link back to me.

      • Tracy

        Might have to try those. Thanks!

      • Tracy

        I don’t see a link.

        • Amanda

          I guess I can’t put a link on here per site rules but you can email me if you’d like at and I will just send you the link. 🙂 Thanks!

    • OregonLexy

      I bought some on clearance for $5 at Walmart months ago and they definitely take a while to put them on correctly they are Ok

  7. Amanda

    I just discovered magnetic false eyelashes. They are amazing!!! I know a lot of people don’t like to fuss with the glue and such. These eyelashes use a magnetic liquid eyeliner that you apply and then the falsies have tiny magnets on the strip that just magnetize to the eyeliner. Game changer! I love them! There are many styles to choose from. I bought Seattle which I love for going out! They are more expensive but I feel they are worth it 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How neat! Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Reyna

    False lashes work better for me. I buy them when they are on sale at Sally’s. You can combine coupons with rewards. Just recently they were b1g1 free so I used a coupon & combined my rewards. I’m good for a very long time.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for the helpful tip, Reyna!

  9. Amanda

    I’m allergic to all eye makeup. I get extensions from a lady who is licensed but does them from home. The costs vary greatly regionally. Here it is $75 for a full set and $30-50 for a fill depending on how much you need. In my hometown, it is $50 for a full set. In the resort down the street, it is $150 for a full set. They do make hypoallergenic lash glue. That is what they use on me.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh interesting! Thanks for the helpful comment, Amanda! My mother in law is allergic to most makeup too!

  10. Emma

    I get a lash lift at a salon occasionally and I it makes my regular lashes look like extensions. I have straight blonde lashes that won’t curl and it’s been a lifesaver to make me look like a regular human! I’ve done lash extensions and I won’t go back, they were too expensive and damaging for me. If you can find someone in your area that does lash lifts, it’s essentially a perm for your lashes to give a curl and also a dye job to darken them. Mine last about 6 weeks and costs $60 or so in my area. I don’t need to curl my lashes at all and I only use mascara if I want them to look dramatic. I also use $8 castor oil from Amazon each night on my lashes which conditions and lengthens them so they’re super long.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! Thanks for letting us know what has worked best for you, Emma!

  11. DeeC

    Love Love Love my lash extensions. They look great. I don’t need to worry about curling my own lashes applying mascara which is diffucult for me since I wear glasses. I have gotten so many compliments well worth the money for me. Make sure the person who applies has great reviews from others

  12. Yessenia

    I’ve tried extensions twice. Both times to go on vacation. The first time was a disaster because although they looked great and I mean gorgeous some of them ended attaching to my real lashes so they were coming off attached. I freaked out and wanted them off and they would not come off! I had a few that months later were still stuck on there. The second time I did it was great. Beautiful. But it got to be expensive and sometimes I just want to rub my eyes real good and I felt they were getting in the way. I probably will get them again for our next vacay. It eliminates the need for mascara because the eyes look open and full. I absolutely love the look.

  13. LoJo

    I got lash extension ONCE and I will never do that again. The lady that did mine said if I had any problems just notify her. Well when I woke up the next day my eyes were swollen and I could barely see. I called her and she never returned my call that day! I looked on YouTube and found how I could get them off (steam). I removed them by nightfall. She returned my call a WEEK later! I told her it was too late that I had removed them myself with help from the internet. Oh and she had used hypoallergenic glue too. Now onto the Roden & Fields Lash Boost! I tried it also and no my eyes didn’t swell up but they itched worse than when I did have an eye infection (from work). The lashes I was born with are more than enough for me.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh no! SO sorry to hear about that! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

  14. Emily

    I love eyelash extensions, but only the real mink ones. I had synthetic lash extensions once, and they didn’t even make it a week. The mink ones are softer, more flexible, and last me 3-4 weeks before needing a fill. (funny thing is that I went to a different salon when I had the synthetic ones, and they actually cost more than my usual place’s mink lashes) I love not having to deal with putting makeup on in the morning when I have extensions. I just wish they were a little less expensive.

    The hassle with temporary false lashes is really only worth it for events – i.e. if I am going out dancing/have a wedding/etc.

  15. Christy

    I used to have extensions and absolutely LOVED them but apparently my lashes grow quickly. I was starting to need a refill every 2 weeks and that’s just not in the budget. I’ve started using Lash Boost so at least they are longer and fuller. I would get them before a vacation for sure, it’s so nice to wake up and look put-together, and your eyes really pop in pictures. If I were made of money I would get extensions again in a heartbeat!

  16. Lin

    Before I had my son I would get lash extensions. I like a natural look and selected shorter extensions, so it just made it look like I had thick, long lashes naturally. The negatives were time and $. It took an hour for the initial set to be placed and about $150. Touch ups every 2-3 weeks were $50 and took maybe 30 minutes. I would get multiple touchups before having to get a initial set done again. It does tend to pull out lashes so when I stopped having them my lashes were sparse and thin but have returned to normal. I would consider them for a special event but haven’t done it again yet.
    I am really interested in the magnetic lashes now that I read what Amande above wrote.

  17. Carrie

    Regarding LashLiner, how long does the eyeliner last until it starts to dry out? Thinking about getting a set, but I’d only wear them for special occasions, maybe a handful of times in an entire year.

  18. Tara

    I use latisse and there is a huge difference when I stop using it. My eyelashes still don’t want to stay curled and they are unruly but at least I have lashes with latisse.

  19. Jamie

    I wish lash extensions lasted longer because I LOVE them. I can’t justify the continued cost though. I didn’t think they’d make a big difference but as soon as I saw them finished i couldn’t believe the change! My confidence soared and I didn’t even feel I needed makeup anymore. Might sound silly to some but they really made me feel so beautiful 😍

  20. mendy

    I feel the same as some above. I got extensions as a treat but didn’t think I would have to refill every 2 weeks. I’m slightly addicted because I don’t even use liner or mascara on my lids and top lashes because the extensions are so beautiful. If my make up is off, I still feel pretty with extensions. But it’s hard to justify the cost. Mine are 40 for fill in and I feel so guilty spending that much. I do notice some of my real lashes coming out with the extensions.

  21. MJ

    Has anyone tried the magnetic lash brand Costco is selling? I think its called love lash, also has the magnetic liner to purchase separately.,,just curious, thanks!

  22. amber

    If you want super full but also natural looking “mink” lashes like the $30 lilly lashes, definitely go on aliexpress they’re about $2.50 each only downside is the take 3-4 weeks to get here but totally worth the wait! The best seller for these are visofree, you can look up youtube reviews to see how the different styles look. Look up “aliexpress $2 lashes” on youtube. Never going back to $20 lashes!!!!

  23. Leanne Anysia

    I’m sorry, but a lot of this article was highly inaccurate. I’ve been wearing false eyelashes for years and I had to laugh when I read the bit about needing to remove them every night. What the heck? That would lessen their integrity and not be very cost-effective. Of course you can sleep with false lashes – just don’t sleep on your face or they’ll flatten – and they can absolutely get wet. I shower with mine, no problem. If you maintain their cleanliness and buy decent quality, they can easily last a week. Also, the price quoted is misleading. You can easily pick up a pair of natural looking good quality lashes (I like Eyelure) for half the prices quoted. Best glues are waterproof and latex free (I use Duo). Very disappointed by this review that didn’t seem to be very well informed!

  24. Kaylia

    I’ve had experience with both, unfortunately my eyelash extensions were cute, however they ruined my real lashes when it was time for them to come off. So now I use strip lashes everyday or every other day. Personally I prefer strip lashes. It takes a little practice to get use to applying them but it’s worth it.

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