Manicare’s new Glam Xpress Adhesive Eyeliner and Lash Kits consists of an all-in-one hypoallergenic eyeliner pen (black eyeliner adhesive in a slim gold felt-tipped pen style packaging) and a set of false eyelashes.
The Glam Xpress eyelashes come in three different styles: Ella-Rose, which has a crisscrossed mink effect lash style for a natural and soft appearance.(Natural, blue box, #71). Ruby-Grace lashes are more defined that Ella-Rose, with a multi-length mink effect style. (Length, green box, #72). Mia-Louise lashes add intensity with a voluminous mink effect lash style for a statement finish (Intense, pink box, #73).
I got Ruby-Grace, the black and green box of lengthening lashes. According to the box they’re quick, easy, reusable and cruelty free. Simply shake the tube well, apply the eyeliner and press lashes on top for instant application … It sounds too easy to be true!
I’ve been applying false eyelashes for years, so applying lashes is not something new for my, but this line and stick method is definitely different. The Glam Xpress Adhesive Eyeliner is applied directly along the top of the natural lash line, just like a liquid eyeliner, and then the strip lashes are just pressed on for instant application. There’s no applying the glue to the lash strip, waiting for 30 seconds for it to go tacky, sticking the lashes to the eyelid, and then having to touch up liquid eyeliner to disguise any patchy glue sections.
I will admit that the first time I used this pen-style liquid eyeliner adhesive that it was a little tricky. After checking the fit and trimming the lashes, if necessary, I applied the liquid adhesive. The first eye (my left eye, I’m right-handed) went fine, it all worked perfectly, the lashes stuck. On the second eye (my right eye, which I usually battle to apply eyeliner to), I used the adhesive liner exactly as I would a liquid eyeliner, and I got a little too close to the inner corner of my eye, which promptly smudged and ran into my eye once I’d closed my eyelid and was trying to apply the lashes. This adhesive stings! I quickly rinsed my eye before touching up my make-up on that eyelid and trying again. But now my eye was a little weepy, and the lashes wouldn’t stick to the outer section of the eyeliner adhesive. Eventually it stuck, and the lashes were comfortable to wear and stayed stuck all day.
The next day I tried the eyeliner adhesive with a different set of lashes. They’re a different brand with an extremely thin, almost invisible lash band. I wanted to really test this adhesive out and see if it would work with different types of lashes that I own. The thinner band was a little more tricky to stick onto the adhesive, as it was difficult to see where the band was against the black eyeliner, but once I’d lined it up, it stuck and stayed on all day. The only problem I did experience was that one of my nails got stuck in the adhesive while I was holding corner of the lashes down (I find the inner and outer corners don’t always stick properly on the first press, and need to be held down a little longer before they are secure). It didn’t pull the lashes off or mess up the eyeliner adhesive, it just felt a little weird and really wasn’t something I’d expected to happen. This eyeliner works with heavier, feathered eyelashes, too.
What I really like about this product is that the adhesive goes on in a nice smooth line, there’s not patchiness, and it looks exactly like liquid eyeliner. It’s flake free, smudge proof and waterproof. You can even wing it out, and once it’s dried, the tackiness fades, so there’s no need to use a separate eyeliner product if you’re wearing false lashes. The only time I ever managed to smudge this was while trying to apply the eyeliner adhesive to a weepy eye. The extra moisture mixed with the eyeliner and just ended up in one big panda-eyed mess. Other than that, it’s been fuss free!
Removal was easy, just peel off the lashes gently from the outer corner inwards, and place them back on the plastic tray to retain their curved shape. They can be washed in warm soapy water if they’ve been used a few times, or wipe them with makeup remover. The eyeliner adhesive came off my eyelids really easily with an oil cleanser (I use Palmers Cleansing Oil), and Maybelline’s blue and white Eye & Lip Make-up Remover also works well, although there was less eye rubbing involved with the oil cleanser.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this product. I actually prefer it to the Manicure Magnetising Lashes Kit that I tried last year. This adhesive eyeliner is really easy to use, the box states that you get up to 30 uses, and it’ll be interesting to see how long it actually lasts before the adhesive starts drying out in the pen (the recommended replacement date is six months after opening).
Manicare Glam Xpress Adhesive Eyeliner and Lash Kits are available from Farmers stores, selected pharmacies or online.