Mink, Silk, Faux, Synthetic Lash Extensions – The Differences

Mink, Silk, Faux Mink, And Synthetic Lash Extensions - What’s The Difference?

There are a lot of different types of eyelash extensions out there, and one of the biggest dilemmas facing those who want dramatic lashes is finding which type is best for them.

Each type of lash extensions has its own advantages and disadvantages – but what are they? Which one is best for you?

Here we are going to be taking a closer look at each type of lash extension, weighing up their pros and cons, so you can find the best type for you.

So, if you want to learn more about mink, silk, faux, synthetic lashes and more, this is the guide for you!

Mink Lashes

Mink lash extensions are made using real mink fur. Minks are small, weasel-like animals that are known for their fine, light fur coats and as a result, they are sometimes killed and skinned.

Their fur is often used in lots of beauty and fashion products – including eyelash extensions.

Real mink fur lashes have grown in popularity because they are very soft in texture and light in weight.

However, they do become wispy and straight when they become wet, thus they need to be curled using a curler to maintain their shape.

After all, they are made from real mink fur!

Some clients will avoid mink lashes because of concerns around animal cruelty.

They are not suitable for vegans and as a result, customers look elsewhere for cruelty free lashes. 

Silk Eyelash Extensions

Silk lashes are a great choice if you are looking for a flexible and fine type of eyelash extensions.

They are also very soft and porous, making them durable and capable of maintaining their curl when worn long term.

They’re even more durable than synthetic lashes, making them a great alternative.

Another great quality about silk lashes is that they can look like natural eyelashes.

They are mid weight which makes them heavier than some other types of eyelash extensions, but they are still shiny and have a very glamorous appearance.

So, these lashes are a popular choice due to their amazing qualities and durability while being a safe choice for vegans.

Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions

A cruelty free alternative to real mink fur lashes are faux mink lashes.

They are very similar to authentic mink fur lashes except that they are made using man made fibers that perfectly capture the silky and light feel of real mink lashes.

They are also better at maintaining their shape and do not lose their curl when wet.

Plus, faux mink lashes are great for long term wear which makes them a great alternative to mink lashes.

But the best thing about them is that they are not made with the same poor treatment to animals as real mink lash extensions are!

The downside to faux mink lashes is that some customers feel that they don’t provide enough volume.

Although they are great for giving you a full and natural lash look, some clients want a longer lash look from these extensions. 

Mink, Silk, Faux Mink, And Synthetic Lash Extensions - What’s The Difference?

Synthetic Eyelash Extensions 

Made from acrylic materials, synthetic eyelashes are a type of very firm and sturdy eyelash.

Due to their materials, they are also very shiny and glossy but can sometimes have a very ‘plastic’ or fake look to them – but at least they are vegan friendly! 

They are also much heavier than other types of eyelash extensions such as silk or mink.

This heaviness can sometimes cause the thinning of your own lashes so it’s only recommended that clients wear synthetic lashes for short periods of use. 

Despite this, synthetic lashes are loved due to their variety in curls and thickness, ranging from natural looks to longer and dramatic appearances.

Their firmness does mean that they are long lasting and hold their curls for very well, although the thicker you go the less staying power the curl has. 

Fox Fur Lash Extensions

These handmade eyelashes are the ‘less affordable’ alternative to mink lashes, and the two types of extensions share a lot of similarities when it comes to texture. 

Both are very soft and give a natural look, although some customers will insist that fox lashes feel more like velvet and are much shinier in appearance.

The reason why some people opt for fox fur lash extensions is because they have a tapered tip which mimics what our actual eyelashes are in shape.

This helps sell their natural look. 

However, like with mink lashes, there are also concerns around the cruelty behind fox fur lashes. 

Sable Lash Extensions

Sable lash extensions are best known as the ‘thinnest’ type of eyelash extensions. 

They are the favorite of those who cannot stand thick or dense false eyelashes and as a result, sable lashes are super light and provide a very natural look.

This is because their light weight does not weigh down your natural lashes. This gives your lashes a very wispy look overall, naturally filling out your lashes.  

But again, sable eyelash extensions are made from real sable fur. Sables are small mammals that are similar to minks, which is why these fur lashes feel so soft.

Sables tend to have lighter coats than minks, hence why the lash extensions are different in weight.

This means that sable eyelash extensions are not vegan friendly. 


So, that is our in depth look at all the details around the different types of eyelash extensions.

With materials ranging from mink to silk, natural lash looks ranging from dense and fluffy, and even how strong and long lasting the curl of the lashes are – clearly, there are a lot of forms and materials to try!

We hope that this guide has helped you decide on which type of lash extensions is best for you. If you contact a reputable local lash extension technician they can guide you on what types of extensions they use as well as find the best lash extensions for your eye shape.

Check over the information again and seriously consider which type matches your eyelash wants and needs.

Remember to take care of your natural lashes and still have fun wearing your new favorite type of eyelash extension! 

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