Our Top Pick for 2018: Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
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Long, luxurious, silky lashes can make you stand out from the crowd and garner just the right kind of attention. If your lashes are naturally short, you’ve probably had to deal with glue and false eyelashes – not anymore. Now, you have an easy-to-apply alternative that can give you the look without the hassle. This handy guide presents our top three recommended fiber lash mascaras, as well as a budget-friendly option for money-saving fashionistas.
#1. Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
Mia Adora 3D Fiber lash mascara blends high-quality ingredients into a proprietary formula that lengthens and strengthens eyelashes. Similar to all our top picks, this mascara incorporates standout features, including long wear time, easy application, and only non-toxic ingredients that can improve your eyelash health. As an added bonus, you get free gifts with your purchase.
When you open this kit, two tubes will greet you – one contains dry fibers, while the other houses mascara gel. This two-part system gives you more control over your final look than a single tube applicator, because you decide how much gel and how many fibers you need to create those long fluttery lashes. Additionally, the applicators are straight, and the handles are fairly thick, making application pretty basic if you have a steady hand. The pink applicator brushes also make the fibers and gel stand out, making it easier to gauge exactly how much product you’re putting on.
Before applying the gel, you have the option to curl your lashes and put on a coat of your favorite mascara (15-20 strokes are recommended). Once this base coat has dried, you’ll apply the recommended 10-15 coats of mascara gel. Before it dries (about 20 seconds later), you’ll brush on the green tea fibers, and comb out your eyelashes with the included brush. Finally, you’ll apply another layer of gel. You can repeat this process as many times as you like to obtain the desired effect. Although the process is much easier than applying fake lashes, you may still have to practice before you hit the streets with your new look.
This mascara is smudge-proof, so you can forget about those annoying raccoon eyes. It’s also meant to be worn all day, so you won’t have to reapply it to keep your look fresh. Additionally, the fibers don’t have a tendency to clump, spill, or flake during application or wear. The formula is water-resistant too, meaning if it gets slightly wet, you won’t have to worry. However, it’s not designed for swimming or any extended stays in the water. At night, when you’re ready to go to bed, you can simply wash off the mascara with warm, soapy water or makeup remover.
Mia Adora’s mascara is formulated with only high-quality, natural ingredients. The dry fiber applicator contains a single ingredient – green tea fibers. The gel blends together beeswax, carnauba wax, black iron oxide (to give it a deep rich hue), nylon, propylene glycol, acrylate copolymer, and emulsifying agents. This combination is designed to strengthen and nourish your lashes over time, so they’ll look healthy even when you’re not wearing the mascara. The formulation is also hypoallergenic, paraben and SLS free, and not tested on animals. You can also wear this mascara with contacts and not have to worry about the fibers damaging the lenses or your eyes.
Along with the gel and applicator, this kit also includes a stylish carrying case, an eyelash comb, and a downloadable eBook packed with tips to make your eyes truly pop. The case features a stylish pink and black design to complement the pink and black applicators. The only drawback is that this kit is only available in deep black.
Out of 3,458 reviews on Amazon, an impressive 70 percent of reviewers awarded Mia Adora mascara five stars. Many reviewers raved about how much longer their lashes looked when using this product. Here’s an example, “Awesome product. No eyelash extensions or falsies needed. This gave my lashes full volume and length. It feels very light. No heavy feeling unlike other mascaras. No clumping, smudging, or mess. It is very easy to remove. You just need warm water and some soap and it comes off right away without any leftovers. I’m in love with this mascara. I will buy again in the future.”
#2. Simply Lash Science 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
Simply Lash Science mascara is our runner-up, and the ingredients and dramatic eye effects definitely prove it’s worthy. This two-part lash kit contains a short list of high-quality ingredients, and arrives elegantly packaged in a black and white carrying case. The manufacturer boasts that you won’t need false anymore once you’ve switched to this product, because it’ll create the same effects without the added hassle.
Similar to our top pick, the fiber applicator contains only natural green tea fibers, while the gel boasts an incredibly short list of allergen-free ingredients. You’ll only find water, beeswax, carnauba, iron oxide CL, collagen, acrylates copolymer, nylon, stearic acid, and propylene glycol in this product. All ingredients have a specific purpose like color pigmentation or adhesiveness. This product is not tested on animals.
According to the company, this kit contains an impressive 80 applications – meaning you’ll get more than 11 weeks of daily wear out of this single package.
Putting on this mascara is a three-step process that requires you first apply the gel, then comb on the fibers, and finally, finish with a second coat of gel. It’s recommended that you apply several thin layers, and comb your eyelashes between coats to avoid clumping.
Product highlights include smudge-resistance, volumizing effects, and the ability to wear this product all day without adverse sensitivity. You also don’t need to wear a base coat of standard mascara underneath the gel because the base is sufficient. Although the manufacturer states the product is waterproof, reviewers advise that it’s actually water resistant, meaning you can’t wear it for a swim.
One notable trend is the manufacturer’s approach to customer service. This Australian-based company wants you to love its product. They make it very clear that they want you to contact them if you have any issues with product, and many Amazon reviewers have lauded their exceptional customer service. The company notes that the product’s creator is passionate about brows and lashes, and she’s determined to bring you fantastic products that are within your budget. Additionally, once you’ve purchased this mascara, you’ll gain exclusive access to discounts and new product releases.
Nearly 1,000 customers reviewed this Lash Science mascara on Amazon, and over 75 percent gave it a coveted 5-star rating. One happy customer provided the following testimonial, “I thought I would try this product instead of going out and getting lash extensions that don’t last very long and cost too much. I tried it and went to work. My results were not dramatic (e.g., I didn’t want the hairy spider leg lashes) so I only did a quick stroke with the dry flakes and the length I got was awesome. People did a double take and many of the women at my office asked what I used. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants their eyes to pop (even a little or a lot). My lashes stayed beautiful all day without any maintenance and without any flakes and it was easy to wash off. I’ll be wearing this every day from here on out.”
#3. Lash Factory 300X Fiber Mascara
Similar to our top two picks, Lash Factory’s fiber mascara comes with two separate applicator tubes and a carrying case. Our “Bronze Pick” also incorporates natural ingredients and can provide up to 300 percent lash magnification. It features an impressive ingredient list with skin firming benefits, as well as a specially shaped wand for greater coverage during application.
According to Lash factory, you can apply this mascara in under 60 seconds. Although that claim may be a bit of a stretch, it’s definitely possible to complete your mascara routine in less than five minutes. Just like the other two-part kits, you start with the gel, apply the fibers before the gel dries, and finish up with a second coat of gel to lock everything in place. It’s also recommended to apply a base coat underneath the transplanting gel, and to comb your lashes afterwards to prevent clumping.
One mark of quality is the short, all-natural ingredient list found in this fiber lash mascara. Just like the previous two picks, the fiber applicator contains only green tea fibers. The gel applicator contains only collagen, water, natural propolis, Brazilian palm glue, black iron oxide, acrylic copolymer, nylon 12, stearic, and propylene glycol. Collagen as a main ingredient is certainly impressive, because of its skin firming and plumping effect, which is often need to maintain elasticity around the delicate eye area. Additionally, the mascara is paraben free, SLS free, and never tested on animals.
This gel is only available in one color, and, according to reviewers it’s not a super deep black, making a great choice for fairer-skinned individuals. It also contains a gel applicator wand that has curvy, rather than straight bristles, which helps increase the volumizing and lengthening effects. As an added bonus, it comes packaged in either a silver or black case with slots to secure the product.
Similar to other high-quality cosmetics, this mascara is hypoallergenic and safe to wear with contacts. It’s also flake free and water resistant. One drawback, however, is that the formula can be a bit dry, and you may need to soak the gel in hot water for about a minute to ensure smooth, clump-free application.
Lash Factory mascara is highly rated by Amazon customers who enthuse about the product’s lash-enhancing benefits. Out of 3,059 reviews, 78 percent deemed the mascara four or five star worthy. One makeup artist had this to say about the product: “As a certified makeup artist, I constantly have to wear false lashes to complete a look or apply them to clients. False lashes are difficult to apply, uncomfortable to wear, many have allergies to the glue (which contains Formaldehyde), and you lose natural lashes with each application. With 3D fiber lash mascara, all those problems are solved!! Not only does their formula contain all natural ingredients to strengthen and protect your natural lashes, but it also gives 300% volume and length, 24 hour staying power, no flaking, irritation, or breaking of the lashes. It’s also very easy to remove…”
#4. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
For our budget pick, we selected fiber lash mascara from L’Oreal, a well-known drugstore brand. You can purchase this mascara for less than ten bucks, and still achieve those long, dreamy eyelashes previously only obtainable by the lucky few born with them and those with enough patience to put on falsies. Similar to our other picks, this mascara is clump and flake free, as well as free from allergens.
Unlike our other picks, this mascara only comes with a single tube that contains both the fibers and the mascara gel. This means you’ll have less control over the process, but also that application will take less time and skill. Further, you won’t need to purchase a separate mascara to wear underneath this formula, since it provides everything you need to create the effect.
When applying this mascara, you’ll need to fully coat your lashes from base to tip. This is different from the two-part kits that require you to apply the mascara starting from the middle of your lashes. Additionally, you may need to reapply this mascara throughout the day to prevent smudging and flaking. You should also note that this mascara comes with a slightly angled brush, which could make application a bit more challenging.
Although this mascara is ophthalmologist tested, it doesn’t contain as many natural and high quality ingredients as some of the pricier brands. It also has a longer ingredient list than many of them. Some of the main ingredients are water paraffin, potassium cetyl phosphate, acrylates copolymer, beeswax, carnauba wax, and cetyl alcohol. Notable additives further down the list include jojoba oil, rayon, and palm oil.
This mascara is available in four different shades, including blackest black, black, black lacquer, and black brown. This makes it an excellent pick for those with fairer skin or lighter hair, for whom a deep black could prove too harsh. You can also select from waterproof and water resistant formulations. This means you could even swim in this mascara without smudging it.
The largely positive Amazon reviews show that you don’t have to spend a lot to obtain results. Out of 224 reviewers, 68% gave the product four stars or higher. The following review exemplifies what customers had to say, “I bought the L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara at a drugstore a few days ago and I am totally blown away by it. This creates tons of length and incredible volume. I used to swear by Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara, however, the L’Oreal false lashes leaves all other mascaras in the dust. It also wears very well, does not clump, does not smudge, and will give you the most gorgeous, thick, long fluttery lashes. I highly recommend it.”
The process to apply fiber lash mascara is more involved than putting on regular mascara, but it’s still far simpler than wearing false eyelashes. Many fiber mascaras are packaged as a kit that includes one tube containing the fibers and a second with the gel. Some require you to use standard mascara underneath the fiber lash mascara, while others give you the option to just apply the gel and fiber. Less expensive brands typically combine the gel and the fibers into a single tube that you use like regular mascara.
To apply multi-tube fiber lash mascara, you’ll start with the gel (or your standard mascara, followed by the gel). Some brands recommend applying as many as 15-20 strokes of gel, but others suggest 5-10 applications. After applying the gel, you’ll put on the fiber. It’s important to work on one eye at a time, since the gel needs to stay wet for fibers to stick to it. Once the fiber has dried, use an eyelash comb to separate your lashes, and then apply a second round of gel. You can repeat this process as many times as needed to create the desired effect.
If you’re new to fiber lash mascara, it’s important to realize that there’s a bit of a learning curve involved. At first, you may experience problems like clumpy lashes or lose fibers. However, applying multiple thin layers of product (rather than a single thick layer), and using a comb in between rounds can reduce these effects. It’s also important to time the process to ensure that the gel doesn’t dry before you apply the fibers, and that it’s not so moist that the fibers can’t stick. With a bit of practice, it will be as easy to apply fiber lash mascara, as it is to use your regular mascara.
When applying a product so close to your eyes, it’s important to look for hypoallergenic ingredients. You also want to check for excess oils or ingredients that could dry out your skin. Commonly used ingredients in the fiber tube include nylon, rayon, and silk. Another one is green tea fibers, which are 100% natural. As far as the gel, you can find ingredients like nourishing oils, skin-enhancing collagen, and various natural waxes. If you know that a particular additive is beneficial to your skin, look for mascaras that list it among the top ingredients.
Although most fiber lash mascaras are water resistant, they can still be removed using warm, soapy water. Alternatively, you can use makeup remover to remove all traces of the product. For waterproof options, you’ll definitely need makeup remover. When removing mascara, rub gently around your eyes, and don’t pull or scrub. Rather than harming your eyes, apply warm water or makeup remover multiple times to fully remove the product.
Most fiber lash mascaras are designed to last all day without smudging, clumping, or creating dreaded raccoon eyes. Based on reviews, it looks as though the fiber lash mascaras in this guide hold up pretty well. However, you may need to apply an additional coat halfway through the day to stay fresh. Waterproof mascara will last through swims and tear jags, but water-resistant mascara may require removal and reapplication if it gets soaked. Additionally, mascara should not be worn overnight, thus you should always remove it before going to bed.
The majority of two-part fiber lash mascaras are only available in black. However, some brands feature an extremely deep black, while others incorporate a brownish-black. If you’re looking for a much lighter shade, you may need to go with a single tube that combines the gel and fibers to obtain the shade you seek. Wearing a different shade of regular mascara under the gel won’t work, because the gel contains the black pigmentation and any light color you wear underneath will remain hidden.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
With fiber lash mascara, you no longer have to live with short, stumpy eyelashes or rely on falsies. There are several solid options from which you can select, but it’s up to you to decide how much you want to spend, and whether you’re looking to buy the fibers separately or as part of a kit. It’s also important to consider how much time you want to spend on your beauty routine, and which fiber materials create the look you crave.
This guide can help you decide which features to look for when purchasing a fiber lash mascara, and give you tips on how to apply it. Just weigh the options against your budget and you’ll be well on your way to having the long, silky lashes you desire.