| Sasha Ryan
We're seeing lots of new innovations in the lash industry! One of the more recent and most popular has been the introduction of a new style of individual lash known as the Flat or Ellipse Lash (also sometimes referred to as Eclipse Lashes).
Professing easier application, better retention, thicker look and lighter weight, Lash Stylists all over have hopped aboard the Flat Lash train. But how do they really weigh up to a traditional Classic eyelash extension?
(due to varying styles of Flat/Ellipse lash being produced by various manufacturers, we will be using the MYSTIQ ELLIPSE Lash range for today's comparison)
How do they weigh up?
First, let's compare the most commonly used 0.15 Classic Lash to a 0.15 Ellipse Lash
In this diagram, the black circle represents a cross-section of a 0.15 Classic Individual Eyelash Extension. The grey rectangles represent a cross-section of 2 x Ellipse Lashes.
As you can see, while the Ellipse lash is the same width as the Classic lash, it is infact only half the height. The Ellipse lash will weigh approximately half of a Classic lash, while looking to be the same width from the front perspective.
A 0.15 Ellipse lash could be safely applied to any natural lash which could safely hold a 0.10-0.15 Classic eyelash extension. You would select this size for use on very fine to fine lashes.
In this diagram the black circle represents a cross-section of a 0.20 Classic Individual Eyelash Extension, while the grey rectangles represent a cross-section of 2 x Ellipse Lashes.
While it is generally agreed that a .20 Classic Lash is too heavy to use regularly without damaging the natural lash over time, the .20 Ellipse Lash weighs approximately half of a .20 Classic Lash.
A .20 Ellipse lash could be applied to any natural lash which could safely hold a 0.15-0.18 Classic eyelash extension. You would select this size for use on most healthy natural lashes.
What about application?
When applying an Ellipse lash, it must be placed on top of or underneath the natural lash. Due to the shape, and the additional surface area, the lashes bond very well when applied in this manner. The only real drawback to this is if you're a seasoned lasher who prefers applying Classic lashes to the side, they might take a little getting used to.
And the pickup?
Picking up finer Ellipse Lashes such as the 0.15 can be a little challenging if you've never worked with Volume lash diameters before. As they are only 0.07mm in height, using poor quality tweezers or too firm a grip can cause them to kink. This can be prevented by using good quality tweezers and lifting upwards.
There are so many different types of individual lashes on the market now, the ones you choose do come down to personal preference. However, if you're very passionate about lash health, being able to reach for a lighter lash option with comparable results is always a bonus!
This information is true of the MYSTIQ ELLIPSE Lash range and may not be accurate for other brands. Please check with your lash supplier if you are unsure if this information applies to their product.