Product Reviews

Ardell DuraLash Naturals Review

March 8, 2007

I have been DYING to try lash extension and thanks to Michelle, I finally got my hands on Ardell DuraLash Naturals Extension Kit. This was my first time doing lash extension and all I can say is boy does it take practice and lots and lots of patience!

Since I have Asian lashes, I chose the Short Lash in Black. The pack comes with 56 knotted individual lashes that are slightly longer than my natural lashes. Following the instructions on the pack, I picked up a cluster of hair with my favorite Tweezerman tweezers, dipped it in the Ardell LashTite Individual Lash Adhesive and randomly placed it on top of my natural lashes and near the roots. I started from the middle of my eye and worked my way outwards. After fiddling around for almost 15 minutes, I finally got 5 clusters on each eye. When I was done, I was pretty happy with the result – it was natural yet you could definitely tell my lashes got thicker and longer.

When I woke up the next morning, all the lashes remained intact – yay! I did my usual MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack on the top and lower lashlines, curled my lashes with my favorite Shiseido eyelash curler and Bourjois Yes To Volume mascara on top and bottom thinking that the mascara would help blend the lashes with my natural lashes. Bad bad idea! Not only was it hard to apply the mascara without creating clumps, it was even harder to remove them without tugging my lashes. And to top it off, you are not supposed to use an eye makeup remover with oil so I ended up using Nivea Visage Eye Makeup Remover and it took me TWICE as long to get rid of all the mascara and eyeliner.

The next day, I skipped the mascara and removing my eye makeup was a lot easier. I continued doing this for the next couple of days but finally decided to get rid of the lashes after a week. I simply could not deal with the fact that I could not wear more eye makeup (not wearing eyeshadow was such a pain!) or spending at least 10 minutes trying to get my eye makeup off.

The verdict? Totally loved the results and I might do it again but if you are an eyeshadow whore like me or cannot get your hands off your eyes, you are better off with mascara or strip false lashes.

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  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2007 at 4:36 am

    MY friend used that her natural lashes fall out along with the fake ones and it took a while for it to grow bk. Thats why im too scared to get mine done.

  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2007 at 5:52 am

    just curious, but do you take any vitamin pills? what vitamins would you recommend?

  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2007 at 6:57 am

    any pics ? 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2007 at 2:31 pm


    How do u remove them??


  • Reply Phyllis March 12, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    well mine never fell out guess I’m lucky =)

  • Reply Cecilia March 13, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Hi there! I love your blog. esp the barbie pic. saw you on specktra. you are soo hot! hehe take care. keep up the good makeup.

  • Reply Anonymous March 13, 2007 at 3:48 am

    u mean u can extent ur lashes by ur own? whre can i find this kit?

  • Reply Phyllis March 13, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Ardell is available at Sally’s Hair & Beauty and also at drugstores like Walgreens.

  • Reply ting March 14, 2007 at 9:11 am

    i just wan to ask how to put lower fake lashes?

  • Reply Shellie March 14, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    “Shellie, gold eyeshadow is so hot this season! You can try pairing it with purple (my all time favorite combo) or silver as seen in Chanel.”

    Can I request both of these looks please? 🙂 Can you actually try them out? Thank you so much!

  • Reply Anonymous March 16, 2007 at 7:48 am

    hi. have you used sheer cover before?
    any reviews about it?

  • Reply Kawaii-star March 17, 2007 at 7:50 am

    i recently came across your blog @soompi, and i gotta to say this first, its really great! =)
    hehe but yeah i noticed now that you live in London now?

    so i was just wondering what you think about Rimmel?
    Because all my Caucasian friends really like the mascaras from that brand, (the newest one out, not sure what the name but it is in red and black cover) but im still abit skeptical about it..
    also was wondering about the overall review of rimmel?
    thank you in advance! x

  • Reply Mandy March 17, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Do you think you can post a photo of how your lashes looked with the extension? (:

  • Reply Phyllis March 18, 2007 at 5:46 am

    nope mineral makeup is not that big here in Europe. Plus I’m not really a fan of it. I’ve tried Bare Escentuals and Everyday Minerals and I didn’t like either of them.

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2007 at 5:07 pm


    I have oily skin, even my lids are oily 🙁 what primer do you recommend for the eye area someone suggested the mac paint tube thing, and i saw on ur blog the mixing medium from mac is also very good which one is better for oily skin

  • Reply Phyllis March 19, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    MAC Paints and the mixing medium are two really different products. Basically, MAC Paints are like cream eyeshadows that dry to a very matte finish hence they are great as bases. The mixing medium, on the other hand, is simply a liquid that can be used with lots and lots of different products to create texture and of course, staying power.

  • Reply Anonymous March 20, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    hey phyllis, i’m new and am so in love with your blog. I just need to ask b/c I’m a little confused… what’s the difference b/t this and regular false lashes? Usually, you don’t keep the latter on for more than one day, are these lash extensions that are permanent (the ones you get done professionally)? I’m confused b/c they look like regular temporary extensions, maybe it’s a different type of glue?

  • Reply Phyllis March 27, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Basically, you should remove your strip lashes every night while individual lashes can be worn up to 3 to 4 weeks. The glue you use is also different – the ones made for individual lashes are stronger to help them last longer.

  • Reply statuskuo July 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I also bought fake lashes to try them out. I bought the ones you have and the ones from ELF. The ones from ELF weren’t individual ones. I think I liked that better because I didn’t like working with small individual ones. I had to trim the ones I got from ELF though because my eyes aren’t as large. I was still able to use liner and eyeshadow though. The only bad thing is the glue that comes with it. It’s kinda weak so I had to put a little extra on to make the lashes stay. Maybe you could give them a try.

  • Reply Si Jia December 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    hi, not sure id you’ll get this message or not, but did the adhesive came with the kit or did you have to buy it separately?

  • Reply Phyllis December 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Si Jia,

    The adhesive is sold separately.

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