It’s every girl’s dream to own extremely beautiful lashes. That’s why we spend hundreds of dollars every year for products such as mascaras, extensions, and now eyelash serums. Nevertheless, when you’re on a tight budget or you want to put your money on something that is more beneficial, you may find yourself in a tight spot, asking, “Which one should I get: an eyelash extension or an eyelash serum?” To know the answer, let’s assess each according to categories:
Obviously both of them are meant for the lashes. They are used to give our lashes length, volume, and curve. To be very specific, however, eyelash extensions are products that are normally attached either to the skin of the eyelids or to the lashes themselves to give the appearance of thicker lashes. A long time ago, they are made of mostly synthetic materials. As women demand something better, manufacturers have opted to use human hair.
On the other hand, an eyelash serum is a liquid or a gel that is applied on the skin of the eyelids. Consider it as the vitamins for the follicles and the lashes. They are applied as if you’re using a mascara, although this one is enriched with natural compounds such as proteins and enzymes, to name a few.
At initial glance, an eyelash extension costs cheaper than an eyelash serum. In Amazon.com, for example, an eyelash extension that’s already considered premium or made from very fine quality costs only less than $20. On the other hand, most of the eyelash serums are $30 and above. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’ll end up spending too much with eyelash serums all the time, especially if you factor in long-term effects.
Speaking of effects, eyelash extensions give instant boost to your lashes. In a matter of minutes or hours, depending on how the extensions need to be attached, you can already have very thick and gorgeous ones. However, once you remove them, your lashes are basically back to what they are before. In other words, you need to wear these lashes regularly to get what you want.
Meanwhile, with an eyelash serum, you won’t be able to see the results instantly. It may take about 4 to 8 weeks before you can see the full effects. But when they do, they’re almost always permanent. Moreover, these lashes will grow faster then, and each strand is expected to be properly nourished and strong.
We find an eyelash serum a lot easier to use. It normally comes with an applicator, which acts as its brush. You simply “brush” the gel or the serum into the skin of the eyelids. The entire process can take less than 5 minutes. Eyelash extensions usually take a while especially if the strand needs to be attached one by one into the eyelid.
It’s actually easier to develop eye irritation and infection with extensions especially if they are not effectively maintained.
Verdict: It’s the eyelash serum, definitely. The benefits make the higher cost worthwhile.