We put Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Despite 10 years working in the beauty industry in some capacity (either as a journalist or behind various department store beauty counters), I have never been able to master false strip lashes. I’ve had many tantrums and ruined many winged liner looks trying to get them affixed to my eyelid—rarely with any success.
And so I resigned to a lifetime of mascara, which is fine… but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t crave the full, fluffy look of an expertly-applied false lash. Enter Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes, a strip lash that adheres to the matching liquid liner using magnetic technology. Usually, I’d be skeptical of a gimmick such as this, but with countless rave reviews and a stellar reputation online, I figured I’d give them a go. Turns out, they’re surprisingly great.
Keep reading for my very honest thoughts.
Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes
Best for: Anyone who wants to wear false lashes that are relatively easy to apply and long-lasting. They’re especially great for anyone who finds it challenging to get strip lashes that work with their eye shape.
Byrdie Clean? No (the liner)
Potential allergens? Fragrance
What’s Included: Lashes are sold either individually (and can be used up to 60 times), as a set of three, or in a bundle with the Magnetic Liner.
Price: $30 for a single set of Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes, $38 for Magnetic Liquid Liner
About the brand: Glamnetic is an American beauty brand founded by Ann McFerran, who left her path as a doctor to launch a range of magnetized false lashes that are easy-to-use, effective, and beautiful.
About My Lashes: Long and a little blonde
I actually had trichotillomania as a kid and pulled out all my eyelashes. Praise be they grew back, and I’ve been pedantic about them ever since. I would describe my eyelashes now as quite long but blonde at the tips. So when I apply mascara, for example, the difference is palpable. As for my actual eyes, I think I’d describe them as almond-shaped.
The Material: Mink or a vegan alternative
The Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes are a strip lash made from either 100 percent mink or a vegan alternative, depending on the style. The style I used, Livin,’ happened to be mink. I get that that might not sit well with some (and that’s totally fair). Personally, I wish they were synthetic, but I cannot deny the softness and manageability. It is definitely work noting that, according to the brand, the mink is cruelty-free, harvested entirely from mink hairs that were naturally shed.
Everything else about them is standard, except for the fact that there are tiny little magnets attached to the actual strip. The matching Magnetic Liquid Liner also has magnetic technology, so that when the lashes come into contact, they stick together.
The Styles: Something for everyone
My favorite feature about these lashes is the sheer number of lengths, colors, and styles that are available. There are big, bold options, short fluffy half sets, wispy textures, and everything in between. The brand also takes into account eye shape, whether that’s hooded, almond, deeply set, rounded, or monolid. You can actually take a quiz before purchasing, where you answer a series of questions that will recommend suitable styles at the end. How great is that?
How to Apply: With precision
Herein lies the real test: Getting the lashes on safely and securely (a task that is, in my opinion, easier said than done). I started with a clean eyelid and painted on the Magnetic Liquid Liner. Honestly, I’m not a big eyeliner person, and I wouldn’t say that I have a steady hand, but it went on smoothly and I figured the lash would hide any bumps. You can choose to trim the lash if necessary—I didn’t, but if you do be sure not to snip the magnet.
Once the liner was 90 percent dry, I used tweezers to place the lash. It didn’t ‘grab’ like a normal set of magnets, but I did feel it connect. It took a little bit of fiddling with the corners, but eventually, I was happy with the placement. You can use little anchor magnets for extra grip, but honestly, I found it too hard and didn’t bother. I will say though, be sure to paint the liner very close to the lash line, or else you’ll end up with a weird gap.
Once applied, they felt very light and comfortable—presumably due to the lack of sticky glue. The style I used, Livin’, was also very short, wispy, and natural-looking, so I think that helped my case. After an hour of wear, the inner corner lifted slightly, but a tiny drop of additional liner fixed it.
The Results: Fluffy lashes that last
Overall, I was really happy with the results. They were comfortable, stayed attached, and definitely lifted my entire makeup look. Livin’ was perfect for me as well—soft, natural, and wispy. The application was also much, much easier than standard lashes. There was no tacky glue or mess. The only real downside is that you need to go with black eyeliner (as opposed to clear lash glue), but I think it adds to the end result.
The Value: A worthy investment (if you like them)
According to Glamnetic, each individual strip lash can be used up to 60 times because there’s no glue involved. I’m not sure about this… maybe if you were really, really careful? Either way, I think $30 for even just 10 uses is still pretty reasonable. You do have to buy the liner separately though, so it’s a big expense if you happen to not like them.
Similar products: You’ve got options
Lilly Lashes Click Magnetic Faux Mink Eyelashes: Another magnetic option with 12 micro magnets for ultimate wear, the band on Lilly Lashes’ Click Magnetic Faux Mink Lashes ($30) is thicker, and the liner—sold separately—is slightly tackier. So these are best for dramatic makeup looks or makeup pros.
Velour Lashes Magnetic Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection: Velour Lashes’ Magnetic Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection ($35) is a magnetic version of the brand’s iconic original strip lash. They’re super flexible and come with eight magnets for long wear and a natural finish. They are also vegan.
In summary, the Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes are legit. They do work, and I love the fact there’s no messy glue involved. With so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to find one that complements your eye shape and makeup aesthetic, too. I am not really a huge lash person so definitely wouldn’t bother with it daily, but for special occasions, I’d absolutely rely on these.