KK Center HK Handmade Glamour Big Eye Eyelashes (ES A613) – Review
Okay so, anyone who’s read a beauty blog has probably come across the wide variety of lashes sold by KK Center HK. Their selection is insanely massive and they are eager to work with bloggers; offering sponsorships and samples in a beautiful exemplification of what the blogging review world is all about – real people trying real products and giving real opinions.
It’s not huge news. It’s happened to most of the beauty bloggers I follow already – so why was I so absolutely giddy when I was contacted by KK Center HK with an offer to send me a set of lashes to try out? It’s all about legitimacy! It’s been less than a year (hint hint: expect a surprise for SB’s 1 Year Anni) but I sometimes don’t feel like a legitimate beauty blogger. I’m too dorky, inexperienced and I lack the artistic talent of other ladies online. But somehow, sharing a sponsor makes me feel that much closer to the lovely women I admire online.
Enough gushing though! Onto the lashes!
I selected style A613 by ES. They’re described as handmade, glamous, black lashes that give a big-eye effect. There is a transparent stem but that effect is somewhat negated by the black edges along each cluster on the lashes. They are sold in pairs of 10 (twenty lashes total) for $14 USD. That means a $1.40 price tag per pair – not a bad deal at all!
Granted, there are similar quantity sets of lashes on eBay and the like for anywhere from $2-20 USD. I’ve purchased a couple of boxes myself. But you’ll notice I didn’t review them. Why? Simply put – they weren’t very good. They were stiff, or frail or prone to shedding. Sometimes a bargain means sacrificing quality and when that’s the case it’s always better to pay a little more.
Now, these were sampled so I didn’t have to pay shipping. But FYI, shipping for this set would have run me $2.50 USD for their cheapest option, $4.62 for registered air mail, $20.35 for Express and over $50 for shipping via Fed Ex. I’m located in southern California so make of that what you will.
The lashes were sent to me on the 21st of February and arrived this Monday, the 5th of March. That’s 10 working days – speedy delivery for something coming from Asia.
As I said, I was given an option of lashes to choose from. Normally, I either wear extremely dramatic fake lashes (remember the spikies from the Bloody Mary look?) or very simple natural lashes. I have a harder time with natural lashes because I find them more difficult to apply. Granted, I’m a total novice when it comes to falsies. I think i’ve only actually worn them out…maybe…two weeks of my entire life combined? So naturally, I wanted to try something I hadn’t done before.
I chose design A613 by ES. They are described as glamour lashes but I think they’re very natural looking! The lashes consist of small groups of varied length and thickness lashes. The effect when applied is really pretty – you get a nice solid base of lashes at the bottom with a few extra long wispies peaking out. The length of the longest lashes extends beyond the majority of the rest, but the effect isn’t gaudy or spiky, as one might expect.
As you can tell from the picture, the lashes decrease in length as you go from outer to inner corner. It gives a lovely flared effect at the end of your eyes that reminds me of pin-up girl days gone by. The transparent stem has small breaks of black where the groups of lashes are attached.
At first glance I was sure these were a true black. But in the sunlight I’m told that the longer lashes at least have tints of brown in them. Of course, you can cover this up with mascara but I think it adds to the versatility.
I have the admittedly TERRIBLE VERY BAD NEVER DO IT habit of ripping off my lashes without taking an eye makeup remover to them first. I know, I know. I’ll correct the problem later. But doing so allowed me to see that these lashes were relatively sturdy. They’ve survived three such brutal removals with only the loss of a single long lash. I’m not sure how I’ll get through 10 pairs!
The only part that tripped me up was the handmade claim. I’m not really sure how to distinguish handmade from …machine? made lashes. They were certainly soft – though I don’t believe they were natural hair lashes. They had a bit of sheen to them, especially under flash photography but it is much less pronounced in everyday wear.
Now, have I mentioned I fail at applying fake eyelashes? I’m mentioning it again! I totally do. But I persevered and the lashes did a lot of the work for me. They adjusted admirably to my wonky eye shape (that little bend you see in the “Down After” shot? Yeah that’s because my eye actually bends that way. -w- ) And of course, i filled in both the gaps of the lashes and the unholy, amateurish amount of space between the falsies and my natural lashes with black liquid liner.
I certainly think these could be worn in a glamorous fashion. They’re also perfect for those that like to layer their lashes. They really defined my eyes and made them look wider. See?
I only had two minor issues with these lashes. First, although the stems are transparent – the black edging of the clusters renders that moot. They may as well be black stems. Second, they have some mild shinyness that might make them photo unfriendly.
My lashes stayed on for five hours with my eyelash glue of choice (Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive.) That includes one brief face-cuddling session with my grumpiest cat. Because it dries clear, I did take a picture of the lashes with another, black, lash glue so you can see how the band handles adhesive.
In the old days, $14 for some eyelashes would have seemed monumental to me. But now that i’m older, more contoured and wiser I know that for that price I am getting 10 pairs of versatile, durable lashes that are easy to apply. It’s not too shabby at all! I’d definitely recommend these to lash newbies, as they allow you to try try and try again!
Overall: 86.7% (B+)
What can you, wizened denizens of beauty advise me in terms of eyelash application? Have you tried KK Center HK’s lashes? Which ones?
This product was sent to me to review by KKCenterHK. I received no monetary compensation for my review and all of the above is my honest opinion.