There is more than one type of glue for holding on false eyelashes of all types whether they be strips, clusters or individual false eyelashes, made of authentic cruelty-free by Minki Lashes or faux mink, silk, human hair or synthetics. And, one may be ideally suited to your needs while another may not. If you are having lashes applied in a salon, they will likely talk to you about the different types of eyelashes glue available and any allergies that you might have (if they don’t – you should be asking!) But, for the drugstore shopper, there can be some confusion about different types of adhesives, and we’ve sorted out the major variants and provided explanations for you to help your shopping trip or eyelash adventure go more smoothly.
- Surgical / Medical Glue: This type of eyelashes glue is one of the biggest marketing tricks used by false lash brands, and it is similar (although NOT used) in purpose and composition to the types of adhesives that are used in a medical setting. One benefit to this type of adhesive is a bit of added flexibility and strength, qualities that you can imagine would be useful in both wound closure and surgery. However, remember, this eyelashes glue isn’t on any surgeon’s table and the adhesive properties are what make it “medical grade” or “surgical grade.” Duo Eyelash Adhesive makes a product that is referred to as “surgical” and so do many other manufacturers of eyelashes glue, but don’t be fooled into thinking that an eye surgeon would ever pick up a pack of Duo if the authentic FDA-approved surgical eye glue runs out! For instance, Sherani Surgical Eyelash Adhesive has already been discontinued due to allergy concerns and “formulation issues”!
- Rubber Latex: One of the most common types of eyelashes glue, formulations containing rubber latex provide adequate bonding, strength and durability that are all required for good hold and long lasting adhesion. However, don’t look to these types to be hypoallergenic eyelash glue, the inclusion of rubber latex, an ingredient that lots of people have or may have an allergic reaction to, means that if you don’t know that you don’t have an allergy, it’s best to do a spot test on an inconspicuous spot before proceeding; because if not, your natural looking false eyelashes will be nearly invisible due to swelling and redness that you may have from an allergy. Another ingredient commonly found in rubber latex formulations is formaldehyde. And, while you won’t find this ingredient in any organic non toxic makeup, it’s relatively common in both cosmetics and in eyelashes glue. Duo Eyelash Adhesive in clear white or Andrea ModLash Adhesive, for example, contain toxic formaldehyde, rubber latex, and fragrance (among other chemical ingredients), and should be avoided.
- Formaldehyde Free / Latex Free / Sensitive: For the sensitive or health-conscious crowd, there are different types of products that don’t contain potentially irritating ingredients or less of those, or are known for causing allergy. For example, the new latex-free Duo Brush On Striplash Adhesive or Ardell Brush-On Lash Adhesive. Whether called formaldehyde free, latex free or “sensitive”, these variations of eyelashes glue are well suited for people with delicate mink or human hair eyelashes and pristine peepers that can’t handle the fumes or chemical composition of other more readily used forms of eyelash glues. Note that in many cases, formaldehyde is present in very small quantities even if the packaging says it does not, because false eyelashes glue is not regulated by FDA or Health Canada for chemicals ingredients, so the best way to assess the safety and allergy risk of different types of glues is by checking them with Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or the Good Guide. There are some downsides to the sensitive glue formulas though; you’ll find that some may not last nearly as long as their potent predecessors. And, if you have shelled out forty dollars for mink eyelashes by Minki Lashes, watching them fall off your eyelids in the middle of a date can be very inconvenient. So, you will need to decide if the risk of shorter results is worth it or not for you.
Choosing the right adhesive can dramatically add to the success (or failure) of your false eyelashes, and the more you know about the different types, the easier your selection should be!