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Whether you’re looking for ways to look more put together immediately upon waking up or you simply love the appearance of a full flutter, getting acquainted with magnetic eyelashes is a must. Unlike lash extensions (which can be damaging if not professionally removed) or adhesive falsies (which can be uncomfortable—or even dangerous—if glue seeps into your eye), magnetic eyelashes safely add volume and length to your lash line without being difficult to apply and remove, or, being too expensive to embrace.
When magnetic lashes first debuted on the market, they manifested as two strips of magnetized lashes sandwiched around your natural lashes. Since that was nearly as difficult an application process as glue-on faux falsies, magnetic eyeliner was born, and magnetic eyelashes were changed forever. And as a result, a full, flirty flutter became more easily accessible.
“There’s no waiting time for the adhesive to become tacky before applying the lashes, and they’re also less messy,” lash expert Rochelle Magno previously shared with Byrdie.
Meet the Expert
Of course, not all magnetic lashes—or their accompanying magnetic eyeliners—are created the same. So, we set out to uncover the best magnetic eyelashes out there, spending 80 hours testing the most popular options on the market. While wearing our falsies, we took note of everything from the length and weight to how easy they are to apply and remove. In doing so, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five magnetic eyelash brands of 2022.
Check them out below.
Best Overall: Lola's Lashes Rose Quartz Magnetic Eyelashes and Eyeliner Kit
Smooth black eyeliner
Kit includes remover balm
Eyeliner brush picks up too much product
Not super dramatic
If your goal is to add volume and the tiniest touch of length to your lashes (i.e., create a natural-but-better flutter), these are the magnetic lashes for you. Made with premium synthetic silk, these ultra-fine lashes are the most natural-looking of any that we tried. (Because they look so natural, the shorter styles are almost unnoticeable, so keep that in mind when selecting your length.) What’s nice about these lashes is that the magnetic strips individually adhere to sections of the lashes, as opposed to being a solid, inflexible strip like most other brands. As such, they’re incredibly easy to apply to the included magnetic liner (which admittedly is easy to overapply, so be sure to wipe your brush before lining your lids). What’s more, these falsies come with a creamy cleansing balm that makes removing residual eyeliner a breeze.
Material: Synthetic silk | Application Method: Magnetic eyeliner | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Editors Say
“These lashes look glamorous but natural and feel totally comfortable. They’re like the ‘I woke up like this’ of magnetic false lashes.” —Eden Stuart, Associate Editor
Best Budget: Kiss Magnetic Eyeliner & Lure Lash Kit
Easy to apply
Lashes remain secure throughout wear
Liner doesn’t flake or fade with wear
The eyeliner is very wet
Slightly synthetic appearance
When we saw the result of these $16 magnetic lashes in action, we were blown away by just how great they looked. They’re made with a faux mink material, providing a fine flutter that’s medium in length. The included liquid magnetic eyeliner is very wet, which gives the lashes more surface area to adhere to (though this also makes it easy to overapply). Once they’re on, they’re on! They don’t lift or budge throughout wear, so long as you properly size them to your lids before applying. One of our testers realized she needed to trim the inner corners for a more natural-looking fit, and once she had, she was pleased with how well they stayed put and how virtually weightless they felt.
Material: Faux mink | Application Method: Magnetic eyeliner | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Editors Say
"I'm so floored by how much I love these magnetic lashes. They are natural-looking and wear comfortably all day. The pull between the eyeliner's formula and magnets is very strong, and I wasn't worried that the lashes would move out of place. The liner is richly pigmented and glides easily across the skin. It did not crack, flake, or fade." —Jesa Marie Calaor, Editor
Best for Dramatic-but-Natural-Looking Volume: Eylure ProMagnetic Eyelashes & Eyeliner System
Dramatic but fluttery
Easy to trim
Incredibly comfortable throughout wear
Liner is wet and takes a while to dry
Liner requires three coats to work
In case it isn’t obvious enough, the only thing we didn’t like about these magnetic lashes is the liquid magnetic liner they come with. In addition to being entirely too wet, too slow-drying, and too uncomfortable all around, it’s formulated with PEGs, which means it’s not Byrdie Clean. Still, we love the look of the lashes so much that we ditched the included liner (which, according to the brand, calls for three coats for it to work—eek!) and tested them out with the Glamnetic Soo Future! Magnetic Liner Pen ($43) instead.
Once adhered with a liner that works, they looked great. The density, length, and curl of these magnetic lashes make them an excellent option for hooded eyes and almond-shaped eyes. Looks aside, they wore extremely well, with zero lifting along the edges or middle of the strip. What’s more, despite their density, they never felt heavy or super noticeable during wear. Suffice it to say, considering they’re less than $20 a pair and can be used again and again, we think they’re worth it (even if it means using a different liner).
Material: Faux mink | Application Method: Magnetic eyeliner | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes
Best Splurge: Glamnetic OMW! Long Wispy Magnetic Eyelashes
Heavier than others we’ve tried
Liner is very difficult to remove
If the goal is Euphoria-level dramatic lashes, Glamnetic has you covered. We found that these lashes are not only the most dramatic but the heaviest, too (not so much that they’re uncomfortable, though). They’re easy to trim down to fit your natural lashes, and unlike many of the other brands, they come in a sturdy plastic case for easy storing between uses—and considering they can be used up to 60 times, this is crucial. Now, one thing to note is that the eyeliner isn’t included, and given these lashes cost $30 for a single pair, that might be a deterrent for some. That said, we used them with Glamnetic’s liquid eyeliner pen, and it worked like a charm.
One thing to keep in mind is that while the lashes themselves are easy to gently pluck off, the liner is, ahem, a b*tch to remove (but perhaps that’s why the lashes stay so secure all day long). Both of our testers found that the liner required ample rubbing and reapplication of makeup-melting balm to remove, and even then, it had to be followed up with micellar water. Still, for a lash look that ties your entire MOTD together? We say they’re worth it.
Material: Synthetic fiber | Application Method: Magnetic eyeliner | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes
"I am fully obsessed with the design of these lashes—the cat-eye cut is the perfect touch of drama for any makeup look." —Eden Stuart, Associate Editor
Best for On-the-Go: Velour Lashes Luxe Faux Mink Magnetic Lash Kit
Natural, fluttery appearance
Lifted slightly at the corners
Says not to trim, but you should if needed
We found these faux mink lashes from Velour to be comfortable, natural-looking (compared to the ultra-dramatic offerings on the market), and long-lasting—everything you’d want from a set of magnetic lashes. The directions mention you don’t need to trim them, but depending on your eye shape, that might not be the case. One of our testers found that if she had trimmed, they would have likely been even better. What’s especially nice is that they come with miniature eyeliner, so if you do anticipate needing to touch them up, it’s easy to toss the tube in your pocket or bag. But so long as you trim the inner corners and line your lid thick enough to attract the magnets, touch-ups likely won’t be necessary.
Material: Faux mink | Application Method: Magnetic eyeliner | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“I don’t often wear eyelashes because I’m worried they’d be uncomfortable and would look too fake, but these are both comfortable and have the right level of drama I want.” —Alice Sungurov, Editorial Commerce Producer
There are dozens of different magnetic eyelash brands on the market these days—and even more styles and lengths to choose from. When we honed in on the eight most popular brands (ie: those with the largest fan followings), we found that Lola’s Lashes Rose Quartz Magnetic Eyelashes and Eyeliner Kit was best of all, thanks to the natural-looking lashes and luxurious cleansing balm that comes with them. (Plus, the sturdy box they come in works well for storing them in between uses.) From a budget standpoint, nothing compares to the Kiss Magnetic Eyeliner & Lure Lash Kit. In addition to being some of the easiest lashes to apply, they held up the best throughout wear, too. Lastly, the Eylure ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Lash System offered dramatic volume that rivals in-salon lash extensions. The lashes themselves are easy to apply—but only with a separate eyeliner because the one that’s included is subpar.
How We Tested Magnetic Lashes
The author of this piece, Byrdie contributor Rebecca Norris, spent two weeks researching magnetic eyelashes and sorting through reviews to determine the most popular brands on the market. Once she narrowed down which lashes were worth being reviewed firsthand, two testers were assigned to each product, each of whom spent five hours putting each set of magnetic lashes to the test. In total, the testers spent a combined 80 hours evaluating the lashes, taking note of the material they’re made of, how easy they are to apply, how realistic they look, and more.
Each set of magnetic eyelashes was rated on a scale of one to five for ease of application, weight/comfort, wear, and overall look. At the end of the testing period, Norris averaged the responses between testers to determine the top five magnetic eyelashes and weighed the pros and cons of each based on the testers’ experiences. All testing was conducted at the home of each tester.
Other Options We Tested
LANVIER Magnetic Eyelashes and Eyeliner Kit
Lanvier's Magnetic Eyelashes and Eyeliner Kit has its perks—namely, a convenient carrying case, five pairs per box, and tweezers to expertly apply them. But at the end of the day, these long silk falsies didn’t hold a candle to the other pairs we tried. For starters, they’re incredibly long—so much so that you can perpetually feel them brushing into your upper lid and brows. (That said, the two shortest pairs in the set are quite nice.) Additionally, the magnetic eyeliner to apply them is so wet and takes so long to dry that it’s far too easy to make a mess of the application. And, despite how wet it is, which makes applying a thick coat almost a given, it still wasn’t enough to adequately adhere to the lashes. Once they were on, though, they did stay in place, so if you’re looking for dramatic falsies, a cute case, tools to help within the application process, and a variety of lengths to choose from, these may still be worth a try in your book.
Arishine Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Kit
While the Arishine lashes were long and wispy and quite natural-looking, the liner they come with is an absolute disgrace. When both of our testers opened their boxes, the tubes of magnetic eyeliner were so dried out that they had to pry them open. (Needless to say, they used a different liner to test them.) However, considering they’re only $15 for three sets, you might still find them worthwhile with a different liner—one of our testers did!
Ardell Magnetic Liner & Lash Kit
Made with premium-grade sterilized human hair, you’d expect the Ardell Magnetic Liner & Lash Kit to look the most natural—so it was a shock to our testers that they appeared the most synthetic of all, despite their short-to-medium length. Still, they do stay put throughout wear, and, from a distance, they don’t look unrealistic. They’re great for photo sessions or costume makeup looks, so they’re not a total toss. Just keep in mind that the magnetic eyeliner they come with is a gel pot and is extremely easy to overapply, so be sure to wipe off the edges of your brush before looking to line your lids.
What to Look For in a Pair of Magnetic Lashes
Most magnetic eyelashes are made out of synthetic fibers, silk, or sterilized human hair (weird, but some people love it). Generally speaking, silk and faux mink lashes look the most natural, as they’re the finest. While you might think that human hair would be the standout from a realistic appearance standpoint, we found that the premium-grade human hair Ardell lashes simply didn’t look as natural as the others we tested.
Type of Application
Magnetic eyelashes come in two forms: styles that adhere with a magnetic eyeliner (as is the case for all of the lashes we tested) or options that sandwich your natural lashes between two strips of magnetic lashes, which magnetize to stay in place. Nowadays, magnetic eyeliner is the most popular application method, as it’s easier to master than the sandwiching technique—and much easier than traditional glue-on falsies. Still, magnetic eyeliner isn’t without its faults. Some are incredibly difficult to remove, and some dry out incredibly quickly. With this in mind, we recommend always keeping a high-quality eye makeup remover on hand (more on that below), as well as a backup magnetic liner, just in case.
Size and Style
There are so many different magnetic lash styles on the market. Shoppers can choose between short, medium, and long length, as well as wispy, full, and dense volume. Because of this, the options are virtually endless.
When choosing your size and style, it’s important to keep both your lash goals and your eye shape in mind. If you have almond-shaped eyes, celebrity lash expert Courtney Buhler says that nearly any lash style will look great, as it’s the most proportionate eye shape. If you have hooded eyes, she says a long, severe curl will help open up the appearance of your lids. For round eyes, she recommends shorter, wispier lashes with a slight curl for a softer, less wide-eyed appeal.
How do you apply magnetic lashes?
If you’re using the kind that sandwich over your natural lashes, apply the top set of lashes as close to the lash line as you can, then place the second set underneath so that the magnets connect, explains Magno. If you’re using ones that adhere to magnetic liner, apply the liner as you would any traditional liquid liner, creating as straight of a line as possible, she says.
Are magnetic lashes safe?
Yes, but as with any cosmetic product, there’s always a risk of an allergic reaction or infection if they’re not used correctly and carefully, explains Magno. Applying them properly (and washing your hands before doing so), keeping the lashes themselves clean, and practicing simple hygiene steps (like not sharing them with others), can go a long way towards mitigating this risk.
How do you clean magnetic lashes?
Holding lashes by the band, Magno suggests soaking them in a container filled with a small amount of oil-free makeup remover for a minute or so, then using a cotton round soaked in makeup remover to remove any additional residue from the lashes and bands. Comb through the hairs with a clean mascara wand and let them air dry on a clean paper towel before placing them back into their box or storage case.
Why Trust Byrdie
Rebecca Norris has been contributing beauty articles to Byrdie for over three years and has been working within the beauty field for over eight years. She’s constantly learning about all the latest and greatest beauty products—including magnetic eyelashes. With her brand exposure and industry knowledge, she hand-selected the top five magnetic eyelash brands based on her own first-person testing experiences. Rather than focusing on a singular brand, Rebecca and a team of testers rated each of the eight brands tested on a standardized scale to conclude the best magnetic eyelashes of 2022.