And to complicate things more everyone persisted you get glues in black because there was this whole thing about white glues not drying clear (which obviously messes up your swag...).
Of course all the pros are down with Duo. Every time I went into Sephora I was tempted to pick up that little tube. But here's what stopped me:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Rubber Latex, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,Formaldehyde. May Contain: CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Okay, well I have no latex allergies so this was no issue for me. I will also calmly overlook Linalool and Fragrance. But what in the heck is the carcinogen king FORMALDEHYDE doing there? Yeah definitely a no-go for me. I realised after much online and in-store hunting that finding a glue without the f-bomb was simply impossible.
One day I was at Wal-Mart and decided to take a look in the make-up aisle just to see what was there. That's when I came across Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive. Now Revlon is a brand that already makes an awesome foundation and pretty decent self-adhesive falsies. I decided, hmm...let's check it out. Turn over the ingredients and guess what? No formaldehyde and no latex!
Product Description: Claims to dry clear, mess-free and waterproof. Product comes in a tube, has a brush applicator which you use to apply the glue to the lash band. Wait 20 seconds (it starts to turn a little purple), then apply. To remove, use make-up remover--don't simply peel it off. It will ruin your skin over time.
My Thoughts: Is it water-proof? Hmm....probably. Once I got the hang of applying the lashes, it stayed on. My eyes do get teary eyed and if it manages to hold up that is a good sign. Twice I went clubbing for an entire night and it only lifted a little on the inner corners, one of the two times. I blame that more on my own inexperience than the glue itself, though. The lift was barely noticeable, I might add.
This brush is a godsend because it prevents you from using too much glue.And it definitely dries clear, is no mess and does not leave clumps that prevent you from re-using the lashes. My lashes are not the cheap kind so this matters.
Ingredient-wise, it aint perfect but if you are going to wear fake lashes this is probably as good as it will get. It's rating on Skin Deep is still much better than Duo. I don't wear falsies very often, so my exposure is still limited. I suggest anyone who wants to wear lashes avoid making it a "daily" habit.
Lastly, it is made in Korea--so it's like an Asian cosmetic in America. Korea makes good ish. ;)
Revlon has a winner!
- Not natural, but this is expected
- Decent rank on Skin Deep could be due to "limited" info about some of the ingredients
- Probably could have better hold
- Application: ★★★★
- Cost:★★★★Overall: ★★★☆(3.5 out of 4)