Sunday, 5 November 2017

My first (and last) experience of LVL Lashes

It was my birthday last week and where I work you get a day off for your birthday, which is great. So I wanted to make sure I didn't waste this free day and do something I haven't done before. This did prove quite stressful as I really started overthinking the day. I was invited to have a beauty treatment in London but then didn't hear back from the PR woman, so that went out of the window.  I then even thought about getting the Eurostar to Paris for the day. But I didn't want to get up that early. So in the end I took myself shopping (I have done that before!) and then in the afternoon booked myself in to have LVL lashes.

LVL - length, volume, lift is a treatment to your lashes whereby your top lashes are 'permed' to a curled and lifted position and tinted. The effect is to give you lifted lashes which make your lashes look like you're wearing mascara and have curled your lashes. And the treatment is meant to last for between 6-8 weeks. 

I curl my lashes every day, and although I only ever wear one coat of mascara, the thought of not having to curl them and giving my lashes a break from mascara was what appealed to me about this treatment.

The treatment only takes about 45 minutes and you lay down, with your eyes closed and the technician applies several different lotions to your lashes. The top lashes are bent around a curl guard (you can decide on how much curl you want depending on which guard is used). The different stages of the treatment are then gently painted on to your lashes, one of which is a tint to darken lashes. It didn't hurt at all.   

I have to say at this point that I have never had lash extensions and only once worn false lashes for a Christmas party but I had Googled lots of before and after LVL lashes photos and so was expecting fuller, longer, almost Daisy the Cow style lashes. I did not get this. I have before and after pictures below and I think we can all agree that there is very little, if at all, difference to my lashes. To say I am disappointed is an understatement.

Maybe it's my lashes because all the reviews I've read, people love this treatment and go back time and time again. I won't be though as, for me and my lashes, there was no difference and I'd much rather spend the £40.00 on two good mascaras.

For those of you who are interested and especially if you have very straight lashes (I am sure you would notice a difference) the only "maintenance" of LVL lashes is in the 48 hours immediately after. You cannot get the lashes wet at all, so no shower. And you have to avoid all types of steams, so no saunas or even getting near steam from cooking or a boiling kettle. You also have to sleep on your back for that 48 hour period after, as you can't risk sleeping on your side and crushing your lashes in to a weird position. I did find this hard as I am a side sleeper. And I was left with some dried on solution on my eyelids (like dry PVA glue). This was tricky to get off as I couldn't get my lashes wet.

On the left is me before treatment and the right, two days after treatment. (apologies for the difference in lighting-damn winter day light, and I do have foundation on in the 'after' picture). I am not wearing mascara in either.
Before Treatment (left).  After Treatment (right). 
I know I am probably in the minority of people who are unimpressed by this treatment and what hasn't worked for me, could for you. But at least now I know if I do want the fuller, voluminous lashes I had envisaged, it will have to be extensions.

Back to my mascara..



  1. I had an LVL treatment once, and to be fair the difference was huge - my lashes did look so much better. But my lash roots are quite weak and not long after, they all seemed to fall out and I practically had none left. I went from them looking the best ever, to the worst ever! I'm scared to try it again.
    It's such a shame you didn't get on with it. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your birthday though xxx

    Rhi |

    1. Oh no that’s disappointing as well. I would feel the same as you as well. But I suppose it’s good to try these things isn’t it.
      Thanks for your comment Rhi.
      Julie xx

  2. I see what you mean Julie about there not being much difference. I had it done a few months back and after looking at other pictures I had big expectations. To be honest my lashes are long and quite curled anyway so didn't think I'd see much of a difference. I could see a slight difference,nothing major and like you I had glue stuck to my eyelids which wasn't pleasant,BUT when I was able to put mascara on again, wow they were fab. Would I have them done again? Jury's out!

    1. I’m not having to curl my lashes at the mo but overall disappointing, so I’m with you on!
      Julie xx

  3. Oh no, it's too bad the treatment didn't up to your expectations. So disappointing for something quite pricey.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. I know. It’s always annoying when you pay for something and don’t get what you’re expecting.
      Julie xx


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