Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review of: Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me


Hi everyone! I'm here today with a review on Velour Lashes' Oops Naughty Me. To give a brief background, Velour Lashes was founded by two best friends, Mabel and Angela, from Toronto, Canada. The idea behind the company is that the lashes are high quality, and exemplify luxury, sophistication, and elegance. The lashes themselves stand apart from ones you might find for $4 at the drugstore in terms of quality and material- these lashes are made out of 100% authentic mink fur. The lashes are said to be cruelty-free, and the minks are not harmed in the process- they are simply brushed and the loose hairs get collected and made into lashes. Having the lashes made out of mink fur means they are super lightweight, comfortable, believable, and long-lasting. These lashes last through at least 25 wears, which is unparalleled by any lash I've ever encountered or heard of up to this point. However, with high quality comes a high price tag- the lashes were all originally priced at $59.99-64.99. Your Day to Shine is priced far higher at $149.99! This is because this style of lash is adorned with black Swarovski crystals. However, all the lash styles have been slashed to half-price (or nearly so). It has remained this way for at least a month now, so I'm unsure of whether or not this is a temporary promotion or permanent. The styles now range from $29.99 to $34.99 to $79.99 (only Your Day to Shine). There are 9 styles of upper lashes (including a half lash) and 2 styles of lower lashes.

I knew I wanted to try Velour Lashes when Gossmakeupartist on YouTube did a Kim Kardashian bridal-inspired tutorial, and the lashes he used looked absolutely incredible. I, and everyone else, left comments badgering him on what style they were and where to get them. He wrote that they were Velour Lashes, and did a video showing every style briefly, which can be seen here:


Oops Naughty Me- I chose Oops Naughty Me because my favorite style of lashes are wispy, and I love that look. It gives a fuller look in my opinion, and looks more sultry then typical lashes. Ordering them was quick and easy and they arrived within 3 or 4 days (the shipping was free). They looked so lovely and beautiful in the box, but I was extremely disappointing with the quality of the packaging. It was scratched and it looked like it had been kicked around and mistreated.

Pictures of the packaging and lashes:
 The outside cardboard sleeve

 The inside actual box was scratched and damaged 





However on my eye I was actually slightly horrified. Gossmakeupartist had commented on all of the lash styles' incredible lengths but the fact that they were still believable, but I found this did not match up at all to my own experience. Yes, the lashes are very long- but they're too long. I have googled Velour Lashes and found pictures of other girls wearing them, and they look beautiful. But I have hooded eyes, which are somewhat atypical, and on top of that I do not have that much lid space between my lashline and my eyebrow. It's not a tiny amount of lid, but it's probably less then your average, and when I open my eyes my mobile lid is no longer visible because my lids are, as I said, very hooded. So that might be why these lashes look so jarring on me. However, every other lash I have tried has still looked nice on. The fact is, is that these lashes are too tall (you'll see what I mean) and too long, at least for me and other girls with similar lid space. The lashes touch my eyebrows when I look straight. It just looks fake and kind of unattractive. I asked muliple people for their opinions, and most everyone were kind of turned off/scared/weirded out. My father told me it was the first thing he saw when he looked at me, and that it was too much. Then he corrected himself and said that it was the only thing someone would see looking at me. That was when I knew I had to send them back, because I agreed. They look absolutely beautiful if I'm looking down, but if my eyes are open it just looks bad.

So with all that said, I'll show you how they looked on. My makeup and hair was kind of a practice run for a formal event I'm going to in May, and I plan on wearing a satin strapless bustier-style top, so that's why I threw on one that I got from ShopNastygal for any of your who are wondering!

Pictures:








Lastly, I included this unfortunate up close picture of taken with a different camera setting to truly show you what the lash looks like, in as HD quality as possible

Final Thoughts: At this point in time, I am still unsure about this lash. I like qualities about them, but I don't think I truly like them. They are dramatic but I think they're just a little too harsh and tall. I feel like one thing I would do differently if I could go back in time was to leave a little extra on the end. I feel I might have trimmed too much, and wonder if I had left more if it would have had a more positive effect. Regardless I feel that the amount I left was perfect for my eye size, so it's not like that ended up being an issue. I just wonder, because sometimes people leave a little extra on the outer corners to make the eye look bigger. I am going to return them, because for $34.99 I should absolutely love them. Lucky for me Velour Lash's return policy is extremely generous:

The Velour Promise

If you don’t love it, return it! We want you to be just as happy with our lashes as we are! If in any way you are not satisfied with our lashes, we promise a full refund within the first 30 days of purchase. All that we ask is for you to return them in the original packaging along with the invoice. We would like to reassure you that for hygienic reasons all returned products are immediately disposed of and are NOT resold. The Velour Promise is offered as a limited-time promotion as we are confident you will fall in love with Velour!
I am thinking of getting Lash in the City in exchange for Oops Naughty me. It doesn't have the wispy effect I wanted, so that makes me a little bummed, but they just look gorgeous, so I think it's worth trying. I'm a little afraid though that all the lashes will be too long for me. I hope that won't be the case because I am sure there are many others out there with similar features to me, and that would mean a whole group of us beauty lovers would be left out of the Velour Lash loop. To conclude, I leave you with two more images:

How long are Velour Lashes?
Well, I had to cut off quite a lot to get the lashes right on point with my eye. What follows is a before/after.

Before trimming:
After trimming:

I found this off of a blog- these are all the lashes! This is what they set up at their table at IMATS
[Credit: krimzinart.blogspot.com]

13 comments:

  1. Your eye make up is so pretty in these pictures! Love your blog, am now a new follower :)
    Stop by my UK beauty blog sometime and check it out! xoxo

    http://fabugloss.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Oh wow, you look so pretty! What a shame about those lashes! I can see where you're coming from. If you're paying a lot of money for lashes then they have to be perfect. The most expensive pair I own are from MAC (which I haven't used yet) but they're also very very wide, and I'll have to trim them down a lot. I don't know why they do that, maybe to appeal to everyone will all eye shapes.
    Thank god for the great return policy :) xx

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  3. OMG you are gorgeous with these lashes!!! They are really awesome and don't look like they're false... Love them!

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  4. I'm sorry, I find it impossible that these lashes are cruelty free, these girls are lying about their source. Mink are not like ferrets, they're not cuddly animals--they are more like weasels and do not tolerate handling of any kind. They are extremely territorial and aggressive. They don't even mingle with their own kind, and males and females only meet once a year to mate and then go their own ways.

    How is it they propose that they are able to source this hair without harming them animal when it comes from fur farms, where animals are invariable kept in small cages and killed? I'd like to see them post some proof of the facility where they have managed the incredible feat of brushing mink without getting their fingers or faces bitten. I call 100% crap.

    The only way this is obtained from brushing is if it comes from the processing/brushing of the dead animal pelts: you cannot brush a live mink!

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  5. all those 11 pairs eye lashes on the picture above are from Velour Lashes?I wish to buy all of them!lol

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  6. The ones that are named "are those real" are the exact eye lashes that Beyonce' wears!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. You should reach out and check this companies false lashes made from mink! www.bn-eco.com

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  8. Does the lashes comes off when you peel the glue off? It happened to me and I couldn't wear them anymore. :(

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    1. I'm so glad you said this. This is Kat, the owner of this blog, I'm just logged in under a different name, but yes, that is a huge problem for me and I will be addressing that problem in a video very soon, in my Velour Overview/Review/Guide on YouTube. I'm going to mention your comment, thank you so much. It's a problem that needs to be addressed. Should be up in a week, channel name is Buzzedforbeauty if you want to see. Thanks again!

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  9. Thank you so much for the informative review!! I see what you mean about how long they are, so I'll go for one of the shorter pairs :)

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  10. As others have stated Velour has declined to post a list of where they get their mink fur from and their story about collecting it from zoo's is highly suspect (how does that not sound extremely fishy to you?). Any company can claim they are cruelty-free since there is no universal law or process that they need to go through. Using mink is extremely cruel, I would never support a company like Velour.

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