Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Ardell Accent Lashes in Black #301

Unless you have really low standards for eyelashes, you've probably never been blown away by mine. I have completely adequate but also completely unremarkable eyelashes.

And, much as I like so-dramatic-it's-a-little-bit-silly-are-you-sure-this-isn't-stage-makeup falsies, it's not practical for me to wear them all the time, even on mornings when I feel screaming at my mascara, "NO. GO 'OOMPH'. WHAT ABOUT THIS DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?!"


Ardell #301 are usually enough to placate my covetous lash desire in a way that still looks plausibly like a really good mascara.

The product is a half-lash design, intended to hang out on the outer corner of your eye. They lashes are thin and pretty eyelash-y, with various lengths that gradually increase in average length as you extend to the lash's outer corners. The band is clear.


For those of you who are new to this whole "falsies" thing: There are pretty difficult-to-fuck up lashes. Demi-lashes are always much easier than full-strip lashes, and most of you who have a general idea of where your eye is can probably achieve moderate success with them. The clear strip makes it so that your lines don't need to be perfectly even, and the varying lengths of the lashes means that they'll blend pretty well into your regular lashes.

I would consider myself to be in at least the top 10% of people in false eyelash-application (I know of no standardized test that measures such things, but given the vast number of people who don't use them at all, I feel very safe putting myself in the 90th percentile or higher), but I definitely do mess up probably 10% of the time ("FUCK I GOT EYELASH GLUE ALL OVER MY LASHES AGAIN!").  I have never messed up with these. (Still, if these are your first falsies ever, don't get discouraged by a little gloopiness.)

In other words: YOU CAN DO IT. I BELIEVE IN YOU, PERSONALLY, READER!


I tend to use these for relatively neutral makeup looks, especially ones with a slight cateye that's going to be enhanced by lashes that grow in progression as they reach the outer corner of my eye.

Here's how they look on me:

Ardell Accent Lashes 301 on Human Face
Ardell Accent Lashes 301 on Human Face

Ardell Accent Lashes retail for about $3.29 per pair.

26 comments:

  1. These look lovely and wearable, which is something I should probably look into considering all the ridiculous ones I own. Did you buy these online or in a store?

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  2. I get lost in translation in the falsies world. Ty for this nice talk.

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    1. It's always hard to try new things! Half lashes and a tube of lash glue (Duo is my preference) is all you need to start.

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  3. Wait, your natural lashes are considered merely adequate?

    I may have to look into implants or something.

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    1. I know a lot of people with reeeeally gorgeous lashes...

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    2. Right? They look pretty long and thick to me.

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  4. My biggest problem in applying falsies is the lash glue. It just never works for me. It either is not tacky at all or the lashes fall off after 5 mins. Could it be the lash glue? Or could it be some soft of common application error? (Because, seriously, falsies have only worked for me a grand total of one time)

    Any advice would be dearly appreciated.

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    1. I used to have this problem exactly, what finally worked for me is lightly blowing/waving the lashes around a bit for 30-40 seconds before I apply them. It's extremely simple, but it takes awhile for the glue to get tacky for me.

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    2. 1. What lash glue are you using?
      2. How long are you waiting before you apply?

      I am a Duo lash glue fan. I usually wait about... a minute? (I don't time it) before the glue is tacky enough to stick the lashes on.

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  5. I still have my false lash virginity, so we can attribute my lack of knowledge to that...but can you wear and re-wear lashes like this, or are they a one-wear-only thing??

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    1. You can re-wear them! Use tweezers to pull off the extra glue left on the falsies and swab 'em off with a little alcohol on a q-tip to disinfect. You can use them until they fall apart or start looking wonky, which will vary based on the type of lashes and how careful you are while you remove them.

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  6. This look great! I agree that the half-lash is easier - I tend to just cut the lashes in half (twice the value?) and then trim them on an angle a little to look like these (so they are a bit more gradual). This seems much easier - and I do like the clear strip.

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    1. I have never had good luck with that! I guess I just don't have the artistic eye that lets me know when I've trimmed them properly.

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  7. You just summarized all my feelings about my eyelashes and falsies in this post. I've never tried half-lashes like this before, my one pair is the same length across the whole strip which didn't make a lot of sense to me - what, are my eyelashes suddenly that much longer on the ends? - not that anyone gets close enough to my face to see where the transition point is but me, but, still... These ones look much nicer in terms of blending with the natural lashes for sure.

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    1. You can buy nice lashes for cheap, but there is definitely a HUGE disparity between nice and crappy lashes.

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  8. I've always been afraid to try fake lashes(:0). I feel like mascara does all I need but these lashes look nice and natural!;)
    Http://glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. If you're happy with your lashes, keep on doing what you're doing!

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  9. " most of you who have a general idea of where your eye is can probably achieve moderate success with them"

    You don't know me. At. All.

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  10. I've always been wary of falsies because so many of them look SO FAKE I can't get past it - but these are really nice! Someday, I might give them a go, but until I can get my mascara on without making black dots all over my nose and eyelids, I think I'd better keep practicing...

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    1. Master mascara first, for sure. ;)

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  11. actually, you can riddle me this- I wear glasses 24/7, and have tried falsies for 2 minutes a couple of times, because they brush against the lenses and make me crazy. Do they make shorter lengths, can you trim them shorter, or am I just doing it absolutely wrong.

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    1. I would buy shorter length lashes. I do have glasses, and something like this doesn't brush against them, but long ones do. I wouldn't recommend trimming them just because it's way too easy to fuck them up.

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    2. Yeah, that was my thought. Maybe I'll try the halfsies!

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