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This article was originally published on November 15, 2016. (Scroll down for updates!)

When I first heard about One Two Cosmetics’ ingenious faux eyelash, One Two Lash, I immediately wanted to get my hands on them. One Two Lashes are the first false eyelashes to adhere to the eyelashes with magnets! (Don’t worry, I’ll explain.)

As someone with rather modest lashes and little patience when it comes to applying conventional false lashes, I’m perpetually in the market for an innovative lash product to basically give me lashes from nowhere (I know, such high expectations!). In early August, I pre-ordered a set of the Original Lash. (The pre-order price was easier to swallow than the lashes’ current price.) After months of not really knowing when I would get my new magnetic lashes, they finally arrived shortly before Halloween.

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Because the lashes received a lot of hype before many of the One Two Cosmetics customers received their lashes—and because they’re vegan and chemical-free!—I wanted to share my experience with them here—just in case you were thinking of picking up a set before the holidays.

How Magnetic False Lashes Work

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Magnetic eyelashes. You can tell upper and lower sets by the red dot.

For each eye, there are two strips of lashes, a strip that goes underneath the top eyelash and a strip that goes on top of the top eyelashes. Both strips have a small magnetic piece in the center. The bottom piece has a red dot on the magnetic piece to help you remember that’s the bottom lash.

With about 40 minutes of tedious practice, I was able to secure the magnetic lashes. There really was a bit of trial and error involved, but now I can get them on in a minute or less. There’s no glue needed.

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Magnetic Eyelashes

The best part about this product is probably the cool case…

The magnetic lashes are removed by using the thumb and forefinger to slide the magnetic strips apart. The lashes should never be pulled off the eyes. One Two Lashes can be used indefinitely with proper care (if you want to keep using them, of course). They may also be used with mascara provided the lashes are gently cleaned after wearing. The lashes come in a luxe box with designated magnetized sections in which to store the lash strips.

How Magnetic False Lashes Worked for Me

I wanted so badly to love these—especially after the long wait to receive the product, but I was a bit underwhelmed.

I didn’t so much mind the time it took to learn to apply them. My problems were really about the way the lashes looked.

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The lashes don’t really fit around the outer curve of the eyelid, which gives them an abrupt look and makes them difficult to “blend.”

  • From some angles, they looked okay, but because the strips aren’t very curved, they lay straight along my lash line, rather than following the natural curve of my eyelid. This resulted in a corner of the lash strip noticeable sticking out. (The lash strips aren’t bendable, either.)
  • I found that for lashes at their price point, they look rather cheap up close. In particular, the ends of the lashes themselves aren’t tapered like a natural hair. Rather, they’re blunt, making it immediately obvious that they’re fake.
  • If I did need to adjust the lashes after applying them (and my eye makeup), moving them around smeared the mascara and eyeliner.

These lashes would certainly suffice for photos (but not close ups) and for festive costumes and party wear. But a pair of synthetic lashes from the drugstore also suffice for those purposes—and are pretty darn cheap!

In the market for faux lashes? Save your $$$ and pick up a beautiful set of lashes by Georgie Beauty, a vegan and cruelty-free lash company (that’s so chic!). Ardell also offers numerous varieties of false lashes, some of which are available at your average drugstore, which is where I might head the next time I want a lash adventure. After all, my eyelash icon Lana del Rey is apparently obsessed with lashes from the drugstore. If they’re good enough for her, they’re good enough for me 😉

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**Updated August 16, 2017**

I recently decided to give One Two Lash another try. The glam case peeking out from the corner of my beauty kit had me convinced that if I gave it one more go, I might just be able to pull them off. (Alas, such is the power of beautiful packaging.)

To really give it my best shot, I decided to apply a healthy dose of eyeliner and mascara to “blend” the magnetic false lashes—and then wear them in public on a girls’ date. I met two of my friends for lunch and asked them both what they thought of my eyelashes. (Maybe I was being too critical of the lashes this whole time?)

Taylor*, who was giving me a ride, got the first glimpse. I really trust her opinion because she’s a fellow beauty addict and has seen more YouTube makeup tutorials than I can fathom.

Taylor wasn’t convinced: They look too straight—and why don’t they cover your entire lash? And they awkwardly start in the middle, was her assessment. Dependably, she had a YouTube recommendation.“You should really watch Manny MUA’s video about them. It’s everything.”

When we got to the restaurant, I asked our friend Eleanor* for her opinion of my magnetic lashes. 

“They look beautiful!”

Even up close? I asked.

“Well, it looks like they’re falling off at the edges…”

They weren’t, of course, falling off. The outer edge of the magnetic lashes remains straight rather than conforming to the contour of the eye. That said, I didn’t feel too self-conscious while wearing them in public. I knew they weren’t adequately fitted to my lash line, but I figured that from a distance, they probably looked okayish. I would just want to be standing at least six feet away from anyone who saw me.

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Bottom line: My initial feeling about One Two Lash is unchanged. I love the concept of magnetic false lashes, and I’m looking forward to seeing updates from the company, but these simply don’t look quite right on my eyes—whether I put them on the outer corners (as instructed) or closer to the center (where they’re less likely to have that falling-off look).

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That’s not to say that the magnetic false lashes adventure was over for me. In the name of beauty and scientific inquiry, I decided to compare One Two Lash to another magnetic false lashes brand called iLashes. These currently retail for $29.99, marked down from $79.99.

I knew that the packaging and quality of the lash materials may not have the same luxe feel as One Two Lash, but if I’ve learned anything about beauty products, it’s that packaging and branding aren’t everything, so I gave them a go!

Below, you’ll see my results with iLashes. They’re a bit bolder than One Two’s “Original” set, but I encountered a lot of the same problems with them: I had trouble finding the right spot along my eye line so they’d look the least awkward; the lashes have a similar “abrupt” look in the center (it’s a bit more pronounced than One Two given how dense these are); and finally, the lashes are straight at both ends, meaning they don’t contour to the curve of the eye (whhyyyy??).
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Bottom line: I didn’t feel that the iLashes magnetic false lashes were much different than those made by One Two when it came to end results. One Two remains the most luxe brand of magnetic false lashes, but I’ve just got to accept that they don’t quite agree with my eye shape—but that’s not to say that they won’t work for others since everyone’s eye shape is a bit different.

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While I realize that the whole point of magnetic false lashes is to take the hassle out of applying false lashes, I don’t believe the lash payoff outweighs the no-glue aspect of either brand of magnetic lashes (or their cost). Until I see some curved magnetic lashes on the market, I’ll be turning to Ardell or Georgie for my false lash needs!

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If you’re going to shell out $$$ on lashes, they better make you look like a snapchat filter is all I’m saying…

Have you tried any fun lash products? Let us know below!

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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Photo: Mary Hood Luttrell; Lana del Rey via Instagram

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Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • patti cuozzo

    i agree…these lashes are so hard to apply. so disappointing 🙁

    • Kari-Lynn Michalchuk Heighingt

      Did you watch the how to application video? I did and applied as suggested. Got it first try and love them. There couldn’t be an easier product to apply. This concept is fabulous. I love mine ?

      • michele

        Aren’t you in their video?

  • Steph

    I am wondering which set of lashes you received – Original, Bold, or Accent? Thanks for the article. I see what you mean about the abruptness at the ends of the lashes. Maybe they could fan the lashes out diagonally at the end of each strip, and taper them more toward the inside of the eye and at the tips of each lash strand. I also noticed the lack of curvature and was concerned about the design using only one magnetic strip in the center of a too-long lash strip. I would feel more comfortable if they spaced two magnetic strips apart, reaching more closely to either end of each lash strip.

    • Hi Steph! I received the original set 🙂

    • Mick Garrett

      Try the accent lashes, ladies. LESS is more sometimes.

  • Kari-Lynn Michalchuk Heighingt

    Curious how it could take 40 mins to apply these LASHES. I just received mine yesterday. We had a family dinner and were running a little late. I told my hubby to just hang on a sec while I quickly put my lashes on. Ran up to my room, opened the parcel from the post office. I then applied the top to the top lash just like in the video and then the bottom. Bam-bam…,done! That said…,I ran upstairs opened the parcel applied and was downstairs in under two minutes. They are easier than I even imagined.
    I love them. Wore them out for the evening. No issues and they were very comfortable. Taking them off was just as easy.

    • Rebecca Russow

      I watched several videos and still had a very hard time applying them and when I got them on felt they looked extremely fake – too abrupt end in the center of my eye and way too full at the outer edges to look anywhere natural

      • Kari-Lynn Michalchuk Heighingt

        Rebecca I am sorry to hear that. I find them easy but maybe they aren’t meant for you. Have you tried anything to increase eyelash growth. If you are wanting a truly natural look there are many on the market. I am not sure if you have heard of Monat but we sell a fantastic one with a full money back guarantee. It’s called Eye Wonder and you can check it out here..,

        https://karilynn.mymonat.com

        I also have a Facebook page if you search karilynn.mymonat.com

        All that is required with Eye Wonder is application to the lash line Morning and evening on a clean eyelid. You can search Monat Eye Wonder for before and after pics.

        If you are interested or have questions you can reach me through my website.

        As for the magnetic LASHES…,they also have a money back guarantee so if they aren’t working for you, just send them back ?

  • Thank you so much for this review, Mary! I know this is a really belated comment, but this post was so helpful for me. I’d much rather have no false lashes on than blunt false lashes, so that seals the deal!

    • Lindsey

      I feel like there was user error here … these lashes are meant to be applied to the middle-outer corner of your eye. Not smack dab in the middle of the lashline … mine look good!

      • Rebecca Russow

        I agree about the placement in the photo….however I don’t have a lot of lashes from the inner to the middle so I got just as an abrupt look whenever I applied them correctly. After a long wait, I boxed them up and they are on the way back to the company. I really wanted these to work,but they just looked fake. I’ll stick with my extensions (which last 3-4 weeks and also cost $69…but each trip!!) and I constantly get comments about beautiful, natural eyelashes (I don’t cover the extensions with mascara).

        • michele

          Don’t they ruin your real lashes?

          • I’m not sure if these do damage to real lashes. I imagine that if they were used gently, damage probably wouldn’t be much of an issue, but as with all things, moderation is probably best.

          • Mick Garrett

            No. Follow instructions, use a gentle hand – these are your eyes, after all…

        • Hi Rebecca! Thanks for sharing your experience. I, too, tried placing them “correctly,” but got an abrupt look as well :/

        • Mick Garrett

          At roughly $140 a month for lashes, you must be rolling in disposable income. I got my One Two magnetic accent lashes 6 weeks ago and have yet to wear the second set. But I chose the demi lash – not the full lash because I did want just an accent, not a ‘false eyelash’ look. Depends on what look you want. Right tool, for the right job.

      • Mick Garrett

        Mine have always look good. Reams of compliments.

  • Lindsey

    Hmm it appears that you applied the lashes in the incorrect place … they aren’t meant to sit in the middle of your lashes [or as close to your inner eye as where you have them placed] … they are meant to cover the middle to outer corner portion of your lash line. And you apply mascara to the rest of your lashes [so, middle to inner corner] … Ive tried these and like them! And they definitely dont look or lay like these …

    • B Jones

      Also – wouldn’t if be possible to just trim the edge? I might still try these out since I am allergic to all glues. I am concerned about the post above regarding her swollen eyes 🙁

      • Hi there! Trimming the edges may definitely work! I’ve tried trimming lashes (the regular kind), and I often botch the job haha, but I’m sure there’s a way to possibly customize these 🙂

      • Mick Garrett

        Don’t trim. adjust where you put them. FIRST fill in your real lashes with lash lengthening mascara and apply normal (not necessarily THICK) eyeliner. LET IT DRY. Then place the lashes. Everyone is unique – you will have to experiment for the best fit.

  • SansSensibility

    This was my assessment as well after receiving mine. I still had to use glue which totally defeated the purpose! Waste of $70 for me. 🙁

    • michele

      Why? Did they not stay?

  • Gisele R

    I bought the lashes too and I got an extremely bad reaction after half a day of wearing. I woke up the next day with my lash line being red, swollen, extremely painful and puffy. I noticed after 4 hours of wearing the lashes were feeling uncomfortable. I wore no mascara as instructions said to only put on inner corners which kind of defeats the purpose. I figured since I was wearing my glasses that day, no one would get a close look at my lashes. I have been wearing Ardell Wispies almost daily for years and can wear the same pair at least 5 times with no reaction. Also wear MAC and Kiss and never any reactions. Today I could not wear makeup and have been applying hot cloths to eyes. I hope better by tomorrow, otherwise going to see doctor. Can’t blame eye makeup as wore none yesterday. Only wore magnetic lashes. Throwing away!! Not worth it.

    • Sorry to hear about your reaction! Yikes. Thank goodness for Ardell 🙂

      • Mick Garrett

        Everyone reacts differently. If you fool with them for an extended period of time, or apply them on the lid line where they can rub, it will irritate your eyes. ICE for swelling – not heat…

  • Mary R

    I am glad to see this review! I received mine today and am just OK with these. I positioned the lashes in the middle/edge of the eye area as shown in the video, but the end sticks out in the middle because there is no curve. Also, one of the magnets was half off a top piece when I opened the case making it unusable. I’ve already emailed customer service about it. Fingers crossed it won’t be a hassle. Otherwise, I will return them because these are too expensive to receive anything defective. Hopefully that will be addressed and after a few more days I will like them better.

    • Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! Hopefully, the lashes start working better for you 🙂

      • Mary R

        I have an update. The Customer Service for this company did an amazing job. They were responsive, gave me a full refund and didn’t have me send the lashes back. I hope they work on these to fit better against the eyelid, maybe magnetic dots along the line instead of one rectangle in the middle? In any case, although they didn’t work out for me for a few reasons, their CS will make me look at future products if they improve the design.

        • I’m so glad you had such a nice CS experience! I’m definitely rooting for the company, and I’ll also be staying tuned to see if they update the design.

  • Chloe

    more pictures showing the issues would have been nice.

  • Alex

    Soooooo underwhelmed here as well. In my case they blended fine with my natural lashes, but the magnets are so pathetic that I lost them in less than 5 hours. The company won’t let me buy a replacement one either. Their customer service is God awful. Don’t waste your $, they just want you to spend another $70 every few days. For that I’ll save my money and use falsies put on every few weeks.

    • Dee

      I use magnets for some of the jewelry I make, Alex, and they are super strong….so it’s possible you may not have had a ‘full on’ connection. I just got mine and will take note of your comment and see how well mine’ll stay on…

    • Mick Garrett

      Not applied correctly, I would wager…or you rub/touch your eyes. Not the first issue with loss from my experience. As for applied lashes…it’s no less expensive.

  • Dee

    I agree with Lindsey…but in addition, I would swear you put them in the wrong eyes…meaning they would have looked much better if you put the one shown in the left eye into your right eye and vice versa.

    • Thanks, Dee! I’ll have to keep playing with them.

      • Mick Garrett

        DO experiment – if you get the left and right sides mixed up, position an improper fit for you (no product is perfectly one size fits all), or put the bottom lash on the top accidentally….it’s going to look wrong.

        Try using a pointed rubber tipped dental gum massaging tool (doesn’t stick to the magnetic lash). Place the lash, the use the tool to precisely position (blend) the top lash on yours FIRST before attaching the bottom lash. The tool allows you to adjust the fit better as it’s thinner and more precise than your fingers.

  • Melody

    Mary!!!! Thank you so much! I’m really glad I read this before I invested in them!

    • Thanks, Melody! Hope you find a pair our there that works for you 🙂

  • Dee

    I have to say, as a past patent holder, I was amazed at the incredibly short timeline from when I heard about “these” (One Two) magnetic eyelashes—the “Originals”—and googling to place my order HOW MANY KNOCK-OFF BRANDS THERE ALREADY WERE!!! So I cannot assume you are speaking about (One Two) unless you specify. There were some really tacky looking “others” out there… It would be a shame to knock the wrong company…

    • michele

      You can clearly see they are one two. Sounds like people who work for the company made their way here. I was going to order some but they said 6 weeks. I see posts when they pop up in my feed of women still not receiveing after 3 months. Plus they use cheap lashed that are straight. Those never do anything for me. Why don’t they sell elsewhere so you don’t have to wait so long? I already know the answer.

      • Dee

        “Sounds like people who work for the company made their way here.”

        If your last comment was to MY reply then all I can say is…There you go ASSUMING again! Try sticking to facts, Hon.

        • Diana Lee

          I see above where it makes it clear what company they are from.

          • Mick Garrett

            I am a bonafide user of the lashes, love the look, have no issues. ONE TWO is the product – the knock-offs look unnatural like Halloween or stage costume lashes.

        • michele

          Assuming again?

      • These are definitely One Two Lashes. I think they have a faster turn around time these days, so that’s something 🙂

      • Mick Garrett

        I got mine in less than 2 weeks. It’s a production issue and if they have a run on product, they have to set back delivery.

    • Mary R

      Mine were from One Two in Originals style. It took several months to receive them, but they kept me updated during that time. I am disappointed that they arrived defective and didn’t work well for me as noted in my review below. Hopefully the design issues for fit will be corrected. I would gladly purchase from them again based on my experience with their Customer Service.

      • Mick Garrett

        Try the accent lashes – smaller, and gives an outer edge lift.

  • thanks for the review

  • Diana Lee

    What are the best lashes without spending a arm and a leg to get?

    • Hi Diana! That’s a great question–and I wish I knew the answer to it or I would definitely own several pairs myself. As far as regular false lashes go, I like the brand Georgie–they’re synthetic and have non-toxic glue–but I’ve yet to find those holy grail lashes!

    • Mick Garrett

      Using them as a temporary costume or for every day? Drugstore lashes & glue will do for costuming – cheap, cheap. Professionally applied individual lashes are the best and most expensive look (2 hours at the salon, too). They don’t last – longest I know of is 6 weeks with gap filling required in between times.

      he magnetic demi/accent lashes are great for the general user looking for a bit of self-applied glamour for an evening out, sans icky glue, and re-usable. You have to be smarter than the lashes to make them work for you, though.

  • passenger61

    Hi Mary, thanks so much for your review and also to many other ladies for their reviews. Ok, that seals the deal for me. Im out. Way to expensive to fork out for un-natural looking blobs. Thanks again ladies.

  • Denise Osicka

    Almost all fake eyelashes damage your own.

    • Mick Garrett

      Mascara, dye, extensions, and lash growth products can be problematic as well. All depends on the individual and how they use the product.

  • Carla Berks Abrams

    appreciate your input

  • Lucy Papas

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ad2954c522e93e80bd2546c9a6555ae15dee956cb7c110746550d85930bd907.png I had a little look on eBay at the various different types of magnetic eyelashes you can buy and it seems the ones you have only have the magnet in the centre and I’ve seen ones with 2 magnets and one of which is at the end you seem to have the issue with? Thank you for your informative blog and I’m definitely going to be giving some a go x

  • Yulia Samara

    The magnet fell off at the first attempt of application. They are not curved correctly and the end stick out. Scam. Don’t buy.

    • Mick Garrett

      That’s unfair. Defective products are promptly refunded by One Two. If they don’t fit you, send them back and get refunded instead of labeling.

  • WOW, all I can say is thank you for this truly honest and helpful review!! SO tired of sponsored posts and am glad to have stumbled across your site!

  • mermaidz

    Hello,

    I absolutely hate these “One Two” lashes. They do not stay on, they do not lay across the lash line, and they are NOT easy to apply. The lashes are now ruined because of attempting to put on so many times. The lashes have twisted, clumped and bent. They are not a superior product in my opinion. They are so small I have lost all the right lashes, as they fall off and I can not find them in the bathroom drawers or carpet. I am very disappointed in this product. I wanted to send them back for your so called refund policy however, I do think you will accept the kit with only the left side.

    I will be writing negative reviews every where I can since this company does not answer when written to.

    Dawn A.

    Order # 173899

  • jeanette_lucero

    Bouldervibes sells lashes that cover the full eye

  • Meghan

    Thank you SO much for this review. You have saved me both time and money in not purchasing these. Thanks again!! 🙂

  • Maria Pignone

    Love Love your review… I think I’ll wait to see if the company makes them better. You saved me some money thanks again

  • Anita Cranbrook

    Hi Everyone: *This* is the drugstore brand to get: “Kiss I Envy Trio Lashes” (but yes still requires a bit of glue). Individual lashes (which really means individual clumps of 3) take too long to apply. A full set of lashes (to me, or on me) looks fake. Lash extensions looked amazing on me but seriously bothered my eyes. The Kiss envy trio lashes are perfect and reviewed extremely positively on Amazon (mirroring my personal positive experience). What makes the Kiss Envy trio is that they are neither individual clumps, nor a full set, but rather a trio of individual clumps (so it’s quicker to put on, but you maintain a more natural look and more flexibility than with a full lash set). I use the “short” length to keep it really natural. I put several of these onto each eye, cover-up with mascara, and Voila! No one can tell…

  • Liz Mack

    This was very fun to read as I just heard about these TODAY, and always thought I knew what was going on! I think that, if they’re really to be what most of us want, we shouldn’t have to struggle with wondering about where to put something on eyes which we’ve lived with our whole lives. Not buying them, gave up falsies years ago and still am always hoping to find the perfect mascara–never do, and probably couldn’t afford the brand if it does exist.

  • Homo Cosmic

    I just ordered one. 🙂 But I don’t give up to raise my own long lashes! As my sister succeeded with Cherish Lash enhancer, I’m sure I will as well! So let’s be resourceful in all directions, haha ;))

  • Phyllis Weiss

    Thank you for telling it like it is. Reading about your experience most definitely saved a lot of us from the unfortunate drama you had to go through. I really appreciate the heads up. I was definitely about to jump right in to the same waste of money and time.

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