Dec 02

What is the difference between silk and synthetic eyelash extensions?

One of the questions we’re asked here regularly at Lady Lash about eyelash extensions is about the difference between silk, synthetic (also known as ‘acrylic’) and mink eyelash extensions. Using all three of these materials every day, we’re very familiar with the difference, pros and cons of different kinds, and why you might choose one over the others.

Here’s a little rundown on each type, the pros and cons, and who they are most suitable for, to help you choose your next set of lash extensions:

Synthetic eyelash extensions: These are made from a polished, acrylic material and are the firmest/sturdiest of all. In appearance, they are a little shinier or glossier than the mink or synthetic, and when applied quite thickly, more dramatic. While they come in a wide variety of thicknesses and curls, and can be applied to look very natural, these are most popular with ladies wanting a more dramatic and made-up look. They hold their curl extremely well due to their firmness. Some people don’t find them as ‘soft’ or ‘natural’ looking than silk or mink eyelash extensions, and while they last a long time, the thickest type (normally 0.20 mm in width) don’t have quite as good staying power as the silk and definitely not the mink. Though, of all the lash extension types they do allow for the most stunning and glamorous looks to be created. They are most suitable for those with healthy, dense lashes of their own, and are generally favoured by younger clients. If your own lashes are very fine or weak, then we’d recommend silk or mink over synthetic, as they are slightly lighter.

Silk eyelash extensions: These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions, and are finer and more flexible than the synthetic type. Because they are softer and more porous, they tend to hold on slightly longer than the synthetic ones. They can be made to look very natural or very glamorous, but not quite as dense/thick as the synthetic lashes. Because they are lighter weight, they are often a better option for your lashes if your own ones are weak or fine. Like synthetic lashes, silk come in a variety of curls and lengths, though are a better option for a more natural look, as the curl is not generally as uniform or as pronounced as synthetic. Glamour sets of silk lashes are one of the most popular options for brides, who are looking for lashes that are full and long yet still natural looking.

Faux-mink lash extensions: At Lady Lash, we’re against animal cruelty, which we why we do not and never will use real mink fur for lash extensions. We use faux-mink lashes, which are man-made fibres, designed to imitate real mink fur. They are very fine, soft and silky, just like real fur. However, they have been improved slightly, in that if you wet them, they won’t lose their curl. When wet, real mink fur lashes become straight and wispy and you often need to use a curler to curl them back up. Faux-mink lashes are becoming very popular because they are so light and fine, they feel exactly like your own lashes. They are (with proper care!) very long lasting, and are great if your own lashes are fine and weak. Because they are so light, they don’t tend to drop or twist, even after many weeks of wear. Because they are so fine, the surface-area-ratio between your own lash and the extension is much closer to 1:1 (with synthetic it can be 1:2 or even 1:3) so they last longer. It takes a longer time (around 1.5-2 hours) to apply a set of mink lashes because, as the fibres are very fine, we tend to apply more. One downside is that even with a lot of volume, they are still beautifully natural looking, so those that want a really glamorous/made up “Kardashian” look are better off going for synthetic lashes which give even more volume.