If you’re a woman and on social media, you’ve probably seen an ad for magnetic eyelashes by now. Or at least I have, about 8,000 of them. And if you’re like me, you’ve thought to yourself, “Gee, I hate wearing false eyelashes. They’re unwieldy and difficult. And eyelash extensions are very expensive. But what if…”
And that’s how you end up buying magnetic eyelashes.
The ads make them look super easy to use. The idea is that there are two lash bands, each with a tiny magnet on them. You hold the one band under your upper lash line, then place the second band on top of your lashes so they make a sandwich. The magnet sticks them together and voila! Perfect lashes in a second.
This all seems too good to be true, right?
No messy glue. Reusable. Inexpensive. Easy to use. Miracle, yes?
Magnetic eyelashes are, in a word, terrible. They are snake oil. They are too good to be true. Let me take you through my full experience.
First, the order process.
I saw an ad pop up on my Facebook page several times from a company called Trending Beauty. I know, I know, I should have run screaming just based on the company title. However, I had seen so much hype around magnetic eyelashes, I threw caution to the wind.
When I went to the website, the lashes were $10 per pair.
$10 per pair! Amazing! Too good to be true, right? Right. Stupid, stupid Amy. There were about 20 different styles to choose from, so I decided to order two pairs in different styles just in case one didn’t work out.
I placed my order, got my confirmation email, and waited. And waited. And waited. Now, to be fair, the website had advised that, you know, due to an amazing surge in demand there might be some lag time between order and delivery.
So I waited some more.
Finally, I received an email that tracking information was available on the website. Yesss! So I clicked the tracking info link, and there was no info available. Same thing a couple days later. Same thing more than a week later. I finally attempted to contact the company, explaining in my email (there is no way to contact them via phone *warning bells*) that although there was tracking information available, the DHL website was displaying that the package info was not available.
I received a canned response that they are receiving a huge volume of contacts right now, yada, yada, it might take forever for them to get back to me. So I waited some more. Finally, I saw a $3.98 charge show up on my bank account and a notification that the package had shipped.
I thought this charge was a bit strange, so I hopped over to the website under the FAQs where I found an assurance that of course! This was normal! They have to charge shipping separately! Please don’t worry!
So I decided not to worry.
After what seemed like an eternity, my package finally arrived. I tore open the package and could not wait to try the magnetic eyelashes on. Yes! Beauty products for lazy people!
The company had sent me two sets of the same lashes.
No worry, I thought. It doesn’t matter, these are fine. Plus, when you have a company that’s so bloody difficult to do business with, you make allowances for their mistakes. I took the lashes out, carefully, and began experimenting with putting them on.
Y’all, let me tell you what.
It was not easy. I fumbled and flipped and dropped. Used tweezers. I used my fingers. I tried applying the bottom layer first, then the top layer first. When I finally, finally managed to get them to stick together and sandwich my eyelashes, they looked ridiculous.
They looked like exactly what they were: fake. The girl staring back at me in the mirror was not the carefree, easygoing girl from the video who could simply stick the lashes together and go. Oh, no, folks. It was something much worse.
Now, to be fair, I worked with these magnetic eyelashes for a long time.
I left and came back to them. Tried them with and without mascara. Fumbling for a good hour in one sitting, I thought for certain I would get a hang of it. Finally, I came to the conclusion that it was not meant to be. Magnetic eyelashes are, unfortunately, too good to be true. At least from this company.
Oh, and it doesn’t end there.
Those $3.98 charges kept appearing on my bank account. So I went to the Trending Beauty website again, and buried in the fine print and FAQs, there is basically a clause that says: although we are advertising this product at $10 per package, what we really mean is that you will pay $10 up front, then an additional X amount every month for the next million years of your life. And we’ll take your first born child. Or something like that.
Anyway, I wrote the company an email explaining that the product did not work for me and asked for a refund and return instructions. How do you think that went? I’ll give you a hint: I still have the lashes sitting on my dresser.
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I hate when companies take advantage of consumers. It’s truly unfortunate, and although I realize this is my own fault for being too trusting, I’m still a bit steamed.
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