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Metamorphosis 92.0 – Lashes, Lashes, Lashes! A look at Urban Decay’s fall lash offerings

When it comes to lashes, I’m pretty boring: swipe on some mascara and go. I’ve never worn fake lashes, nor have I curled my lashes. I jokingly asked whether this loses me beauty cred point, but everyone around me seemed astonished. Maybe I’m just gifted with cooperative lashes? I don’t know. But for those of you who are more high-maintenance when it comes to lashes, Urban Decay has you covered this fall!

Urban Decay’s popular false lash line, Urban Lash, gets a few new additions this season with three natural lashes and one pair of sheer drama. I promise I’m going to attempt to wear these–they’re all 100% cruelty-free, synthetic fiber and come with their own tubes of latex-free adhesive. I’ll probably start with Instaflare. They look incredibly easy to apply for glamour that’s still somewhat natural. Urban Decay says:

an adaptation of our easy to apply “Instaglam” lash style, Instaflare is a 1/3 lash with a rounded flare at the outer corner

Also incredibly natural looking are the 3/4 lashes Flirt. Considering my newness to lashes, I foresee myself having some trouble positioning these, considering how short they look. I gather they fit into the outer corners of the eyes as opposed to smack in the middle, which is what my hands will probably want to do. Urban Decay describes them:

a 3/4 lash so subtle people would never guess in a million years that you’re sporting a pair of falsies

Somewhat more dramatic by comparison is Sly. The beauty of this pair is the clear band, easily disguised without gobbing on the black liner. Urban Decay calls them:

a full lash featuring thinned out inner lashes and an almost invisible band for a more natural look

I have to admit, the name “Urban Lash” makes me think of some sort of city-dwelling animal. Something you see on trips to major metropoli: the Urban Lash in its natural habitat! These caterpillars aren’t helping. Black Velvet promises serious drama–I have to admit, I’m most excited about these. UD Gal Kat made me promise to post pictures of these babies on my eyeballs once I get the hang of them. I need to make sure they play nice with my apparently-baffling natural lashes first. Urban Decay calls them:

a lush and velvety full lash with a mink-like texture

As if this isn’t far enough into uncharted territory for me, Urban Decay is also bringing us the Revolution, their High Performance Lash Curler. Apparently, women curl their lashes. Not just on special occasions like their proms or weddings, but every day. I have never. My lashes have enough natural lift that I personally never saw the need. Plus? They’re a little scary looking! They pinch and pull, and from what I’ve seen they don’t “curl” so much as bend or crimp lashes. Once again, Urban Decay rises to the challenge.

What they gave us was a sleek, gunmetal contraption. It’s main appeal is the cage-free curling system, preventing skin-pinching and lash-pulling. This allows ease of use for all eye sizes and shapes. It’s long enough to curl evenly without crimping lashes at either end and is padded along the bottom to cushion lashes. It comes with five replacement pads, which they recommend you change every three months. They also recommend you replace the entire unit every 18 months for spring integrity.

It’s recommended that you use your right hand to curl your right eye and your left hand for the left, laying the curved piece flat against your eyelid.

Last season, Urban Decay came out with their Lush Lash Serum, a growth and conditioning treatment. I can’t possibly tell you why I haven’t tried it yet–it’s an uber-popular growth treatment and it’s vegan. For fall, Urban Decay brings you a great companion product, the also-vegan Lush Lash: a growth serum-infused conditioning mascara.

Not only is the tube gorgeous, the applicator is fab as well. The rubberized teeth form an hourglass, assuring every lash is coated and put in place. UD claims this conditioning mascara lengthens and volumizes without making lashes brittle or drying them out and stays put, thanks to a water-resistant formula. I definitely saw volumizing–more lashes were thicker than I’ve seen them for a long time without clumping or getting spidery–but I can’t say I saw any difference in length.

Below, you can see a before/after of sorts: the top shows my right eye curled, the middle shows it with mascara after curling, and the bottom shows both eyes complete. My left eye remains untouched until the last step: you can see a notable difference between the curled and uncurled lashes, as well as the lashes with and without mascara.

I haven’t been able to use this long enough to tell whether my lashes have “grown,” but I definitely want to try it with the Lush Lash system and test it out.

Urban Lash is available at Sephora and select Macy’s for $15 a piece. The Revolution is available at Sephora, ULTA, and select Macy’s for $20. Lush Lash Mascara is available at Sephora, ULTA, and Select Macy’s for $20. All are available online at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, and UbranDecay.com

Love you to the Moon and Back,

Luna Valentine

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4 thoughts on “Metamorphosis 92.0 – Lashes, Lashes, Lashes! A look at Urban Decay’s fall lash offerings

    • I think I need to put all my new mascaras to this test–I honestly would have written this one off if I didn’t have the side-by-side comparisons.

  1. Let me know how the falsies go. I’ve worn fake lashes only twice and never have felt entirely comfortable with them. I do, however, curl my lashes every day because mine are stick straight and you can’t see them otherwise, despite being pretty long. I’m so intrigued by the curler!

    • I actually wore Instaflare the other day. It was…interesting. It was the first time I’ve worn lashes, let alone for the 10+ hours I had these on. They didn’t budge, though a hair or two from my bangs did get lodged in the glue at one point. I blame that on my probably-sloppy application, though. They took some getting used to–I felt like I had hairy animals on my eyelids all day, but there were definitely periods where I forgot I had them on. I’d definitely wear them again.
      But those are just 1/3 lashes, so I’m not sure how the full strips will be. 😛

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