Eyelash extensions are not a “one-size-fits-all” type of situation. There are many types of eyelash extensions out there, all made out of different materials and with different weights and thicknesses. Depending on the state of your natural eyelashes, how you want your extensions to feel after they’ve been applied, and the budget you’ve set for yourself, there are enough kinds of eyelash extensions out there to satisfy everyone’s criteria.
Faux Mink – One of the two most popular types of eyelash extensions, it is made of a synthetic material called PBT. It is a lot more affordable than real mink and has almost all the same characteristics, except they won’t lose their curl when they get wet, which is a huge advantage over real mink. A full set of faux mink eyelashes will set you back about $120.
Mink -Authentic mink lashes are harvested by brushing the tail of the animal and is the most natural and lightweight of all the types of extensions. They are also superior in that they are the softest and fluffiest of all the types of lashes. The downside is that they are the most expensive and doesn’t last as long as synthetic. A full set will cost between $300 – $500.
Silk – Silk eyelash extensions are not true to its name. Rather than being made of real silk, they are made from a synthetic polyester called PBT, or polybutylene terephthalate. They are one of the two most popular eyelash extensions, the other one being faux mink. They are the heaviest lash and have a glamorous semi-gloss finish. When someone says synthetic lashes, they are either referring to silk or acrylic lashes. A full set of silk lashes runs between $150 – $200.
Sable – Authentic sable lashes have the thinnest fibre and are made from natural hair like mink, except they are from the hair of a sable. They are an excellent choice for those with very thin and sparse eyelashes, although it can be harder to find than other types of extensions. A full set costs roughly the same as authentic mink lashes, somewhere between $300 and $500.
Faux Sable – Faux sable lashes are made from a synthetic fibre called PBT. They are best recommended for those who have very thin natural eyelashes and thus have trouble supporting the weight of mink or silk lashes. Like the authentic sable lashes, they can harder to find than other types. The cost for faux sable lashes is around $120 for a full set.