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Faux Vs Real Mink Eyelash Extensions – What Is The Difference?

Do not allow yourself to be confused, there are many differences between faux mink and real mink eyelash extensions, and you will need to know the differences before you have them adhered to your existing eyelashes for numerous reasons, and it’s not just cost that you need to think about! And, you might be surprised to find out that what you think that you know about various types of eyelash extensions may not be the whole truth.

The first and most obvious and glaring difference between authentic mink eyelash extensions and their synthetic counterparts is the source.  Faux mink lashes are made in a factory somewhere from various polymers, plastics, fibers and chemicals and other products that are deemed by someone to be safe for eyeballs.  Meanwhile those that are genuine mink eyelash extensions are made of actual hair (like what’s already there!) from – well, what else? – a mink!  Now it’s probably safe to assume that these smallish and ferret like creatures aren’t just handing over the trimmings from their haircuts to eyelash extension kits manufacturers in all cases. But, don’t panic!  There are  manufacturers that offer cruelty free mink extensions, such as those who supply Minki Lashes.  These producers don’t harm the providing animals; they obtain the fur from brushing the animals and collecting the hairs. Regardless, the largest difference between real mink eyelash extensions and the faux ones is source.  And of course, how you feel about where your products come from and what they’re made of.

In addition to the source and ingredients component, another factor to consider is cost.  Obviously the processing cost associated with making fake hairs for silk eyelash extensions is a lot cheaper than actually harvesting real ones, and as such, you will find the price differences between mink eyelash extensions and real ones quite different.  The difference in cost between the two varieties will run you a couple of hundred dollars with mink natural eyelash extensions starting at around $400 and then requiring a couple of maintenance sessions under $100.00 or so each.  Conversely, some of the best false lashes (according to some users) of the faux variety are much cheaper to start out with.  For around $200.00 or less you can get your main primary application.  And, while there are still follow up maintenance visits for the time that you have the lashes affixed, these subsequent visits are often less expensive as well.

While Minki Lashes carries both faux and real types of mink, as you can see, there are a few differences between real mink and synthetic eyelash extensions.  Not only is cost an important factor, but also sourcing and manufacture.  However there little debating that genuine mink provides for a sultry and sensuous look that make any housewife instantly glamorous, that  faux and synthetic products are simply are unable to hold a candle to.

There are some ways that you can make the synthetic versions of lashes even more decadent if you find the sticker shock of the real thing to be obscene.  Consider mascara application techniques and also eye make up for extra enhancement.  Smoky shades and creative application can change the entire look of the eyes.  Additionally, natural makeup looks including mascara only and simple eyeliner can put a tremendous amount of emphasis on your new fringe.  However, if you want the look that celebrities have and you are going to spend the money anyways, then perhaps consider the byproduct of mink grooming,  a surefire way to enhance your eyes to new lengths.


The original creator of the MINKI LASHES E-MAGAZINE that covers everything from false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, eye makeup tips and ideas for all eye colors and eye shapes, to eye makeup product reviews and eye makeup ingredients safety. Your FAUX LASH AUTHORITY and founder of the soon-to-be-launched affordable luxury BRAND of cruelty-free 100% Siberian MINK LASHES and MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS.

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  1. Do you really think they brush the mink to get the fur?? Some people are so gullable. The company itself probably doesn’t even know how it’s harvested either! Everyone just believes what everyone tells them. Smh. And no, I have not been to a farm to see for myself how they are harvested, but I know how shady and greedy corporations can be. Corporations and politicians go hand in hand. Can’t believe either one!

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for expressing your concern RE: safety of minks. As you know, animals shed naturally during shedding seasons. Instead of throwing out the fur that the animal naturally loses (while remaining alive and well), it gets collected and used for mink eyelashes. Since authentic fur is a biodegradable material unlike conventional synthetic materials used in the production of most other false eyelashes, the process of using otherwise to-be-discarded material (shedded leftover fur) makes real mink eyelashes an eco-friendlier alternative to most other lashes on the market. Minki Lashes does not associate itself with the production of fur coats or any other products that require harming the animals.
      ~ Minki Lashes

      • You are saying that minks naturally shed during the shedding seasons….My question is Where? Mink farms? Where they are held captive and tortured? Come on people! This cruel mink eyelash trend needs to go away. People with ethics are not stupid.

  2. If you have allergies to animals fur will you have an allergic reaction to the real mink eyelash extensions?

    • Hi there,
      No, you should not have an allergic reaction to real mink eyelashes provided they are high quality (such as Minki Lashes) because they have been specifically sterilized to be made hypo-allergenic. It is often the glue that a salon uses that may cause a problem because some glues contain allergenic ingredients. However, some low quality cheap (too-good-to-be-true-kind) “real” mink lashes may potentially present an issue if they haven’t been properly treated or used black dyes to make lower quality of fur appear darker. My advice is to ensure you are using good quality eyelashes and a safer glue with low fumes (ask your salon technician). And, of course, daily cleansing routine is important, too, to make sure no bacteria settles on your lashes. One tip: wash your lashes with a special lash poo that contains baking soda, in an upwards motion so that your lash curve lasts longer. Enjoy! 🙂

    • If you have a fur allergy, it will depend on the quality of real mink eyelash extensions your technician uses on you, as well as the glue (sometimes people think they react to fur but in many cases it’s the glue as many glues are toxic). Normally, high quality real mink eyelash extensions are sterilized and made to be hypoallergenic, so you should be OK, but again, it all depends on the quality of the product. Some cheap companies that offer real mink extensions may be using additional toxic dyes on their product, which would make you more prone to reactions, but with high quality product, you should be OK. I have sensitive eyes and they work for me.

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