Yesterday I received my order of the ELF Hollywood Eyelashes kit which is part of their "Studio" range. I bought the kit for £3.50 purely for the lash applicator contraption, but it also comes with a lash stand, eyelash glue and a set of false lashes..
I was looking for a lash applicator clip because I am seriously rubbish at applying false lashes but I love the look of them. I've never got the hang of sticking on strip lashes using my fingers or tweezers - it's just too difficult to see where I'm going, and then the lashes end up wonky and shoddily stuck down on the ends.
Here's the lash applicator that comes in the kit. It's appalling quality - proper cheap tat. However, it does the job. It's basically just a curved clamp that will grip fake lashes in the shape that you need them, freeing up your other hand. The ends are rubbery to give a tighter grip and to not cause too much pain if you end up jabbing yourself in the eye.
The lash stand is another piece of tat that turns out to be quite handy. It keeps your fake lashes in an optimally curved shape, ready to be lifted out in that same shape.
The stand looks pointless but honestly, it's quite useful! When I grasp onto the lashes with the applicator clip, they're perfectly curved (I have slightly rugby ball shaped eyeballs so I need quite a deep curve on strip lashes).
Once the lashes are secured in the applicator clip, it's then easy to apply glue along the spine of the lashes. However, the glue that comes in the kit is godawful - it smells rancid, is thick and clumpy and doesn't adhere to anything. It's literally useless as a glue so I just use my normal Eyelure lash glue.
The lash applicator makes it so much easier and faster for me to apply strip lashes... I can actually see where I'm going, and it frees up my other hand which I can then use to precisely stick the ends in place. The clip doesn't completely eradicate the need to use fingers but it will really speed up the sticking-down process.
I also tried the false lashes that came in the kit which are really nasty but I put them on anyway for the sake of a full review. The lashes look ultra cheap and have visible adhesive all over them from where they've been secured down in the packaging. They also have that drag queen sheen to them when you look at them from above. I don't think anyone could actually leave the house wearing them.
Anyway, here's a before photo:
And here's the after photo ("styled with lash inserts" haha):
I recommend this lash applicator clip and lash stand for anyone who struggles to apply strip lashes using just their fingers. There are a few other brands that sell similar lash applicator tools, including Ardell, Sally's and Japonesque, but this ELF kit was the easiest to get hold of at the time. There are also loads of generic-branded lash applicators on eBay which cost virtually nothing and are shipped from Asia if you are patient enough (I wasn't!).