What exactly are faux mink lashes? Where does the material for these lashes come from? With other lash types like silk, it's pretty self-explanatory that they are made from silk fibers. But what is faux mink?
Faux mink lashes are made from PBT, polybutylene terephthalate, a synthetic thermoplastic material. This material is known for its ability to hold its shape and is heat/chemical resistant. Basically, faux mink means synthetic lashes.
But, synthetic doesn't mean they are low-quality. Lashes made from PBT are lightweight, soft, look natural, and will hold a curl.
Mink Lashes vs Faux Mink
The way mink and faux mink lashes are made is a huge difference between the two types. Mink lashes come from mink fur, typically from a Siberian Mink or a Chinese mink. These are small animals in the weasel family whose fur is used for lashes, coats, and other products. And faux mink is from PBT, a plastic meant to look and feel like real mink fur.
The durability of PBT makes it hard to tell the difference between synthetic and authentic mink lashes. You can have the same quality lashes in a more ethical way with faux mink. It's also a better alternative for those who have allergies and can't wear real fur lashes.
Are Minks Killed for Eyelashes?
Typically real mink lashes come from fur farms that keep minks in captivity. While these farms claim that the minks are not mistreated and obtain their fur by brushing them, it's often not true. Not enough of their fur could just fall out through brushing to produce lashes or other products.
According to PETA, it's more likely that the minks are being killed for their fur while living in unjust conditions.
Are Faux Mink Lashes Cruelty-free?
Faux mink lashes are made from PBT fibers that are meant to imitate mink fur. These false lashes are not made from mink fur or harm any animals in the process, making them cruelty-free.
How Long do Faux Mink Lashes Last?
You can wear your faux mink lashes up to 4 or 5 times depending on the brand and proper care. It's important to take the appropriate precautions to care for faux mink lashes if you would like to rewear them. And when you're looking for DIY eyelash extensions, remember to shop at FlutterHabit - the #1 choice online!