Choosing the right lash glue is just about as important as choosing the right pair of false lashes. I've been using the original Duo Eyelash Adhesive (both black and clear; $9; Sephora) that comes in a squeeze tube since I started wearing falsies. They perform alright but I really just do not care for the messy application and awful scent at all. Not to mention that I seem to always squeeze out too much product every time!
Earlier this year I made a switch to using a new “brush-on” type where the glue is packaged in a tube with a brush attached to the inside of the cap. In short, it's a total game-changer! No more squeezing the glue onto the Q-tip, no more over applying, and no more off-putting scent!
I have 3 of the brush-on type from different brands to share with you today — Duo Brush-On Adhesive, Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix Glue, and D.U.P Eyelashes Fixer EX. They pretty much work the same way and the differences in their performance are generally minute but still distinct. I'll start off with common features among them:
- They are brush-on type. The brush is very delicate, thin, and extremely precise making application a breeze. You will never over apply the glue again.
- They come in a similar user-friendly and travel-friendly tube. The small tube is safe and easy to carry around. You don't have to worry that you will accidentally squeeze the glue out!
- However, the opening of the tube can get messy really easily from the wand pulling in and out. The excess seems to get caught and can dry up around the opening. Make sure you clean it properly after each use.
- They are non-scented! Yay!
♦ Color and formula
The Duo Brush-On Adhesive (Duo henceforth) and D.U.P Eyelashes Fixer EX (D.U.P henceforth) both have a pearlescent pink liquidy texture, although the Duo is significantly more fluidy.
The Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix Glue (Dolly Wink henceforth) is creamy white in color and is considerably thicker in texture than the other two.
♦ Packaging design
It's a tie between Dolly Wink and D.U.P when it comes to the cuteness factor! I love Dolly Wink's polka dots but I also love D.U.P's floral design!
The Duo one is rather simple but still looks modern in a way.
♦ Application and dry time
The Duo and D.U.P apply fluorescent blue on the lash strip but will turn clear when the glue becomes dry and tacky. It is like a timer in a way to let you know that the lashes are ready to put on. The D.U.P has a faster drying time than the Duo. With the D.U.P, you can put on your lashes and they stay in place almost instantly (great for when you are in a rush!). For the Duo, you will have to wait about 5-10 seconds.
The Dolly Wink goes on white (does not turn blue) and dries clear. It takes the longest time to dry, I'd say around 30 seconds.
♦ Staying power
I find the D.U.P having the strongest hold and lasting throughout the entire wear.
The Dolly Wink comes second and the Duo has the weakest hold. With these two, the ends of the lashes seem to come off easily but since their brush applicator is so precise, it is relatively easy to touch up/re-apply more glue onto the ends without having to remove the whole lashes. I'd try applying a little more than necessary on the ends of lashes, though, to ensure stronger and longer hold.
♦ Ease of removal
The Duo and D.U.P are the easiest to remove. You can easily lift the glue “gunk” off the lashes from one end to the other. There is very little to none of the glue residue left on the lashes.
The Dolly Wink one is trickier to remove since it tends to leave quite a bit of the glue remnant on the lash strip.
I hope you find this comparison post helpful! Do you wear falsies? What lash glue do you use?