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Silk Lashes vs. Mink Lashes: What's the Difference?

Aug 12, 2020
Silk Lashes vs. Mink Lashes:  What's the Difference?

Falsies give your look that extra pop that you desire. They can provide even the simplest of makeup applications a touch of glam. False lashes are so on-trend, and everyone wants a set.

But when it comes to choosing which lash set is best, it may seem challenging to decide. We will walk you through the difference between mink and silk lashes and which you should choose.

What Are False Eyelashes?

Falsies are faux lashes that are bound to a lash band and applied in a variety of ways. 

Not only are false lashes fun to wear because they provide you with the extra confidence and style that you want, they can be used as lash extensions, applied magnetically, or with lash glue. It is up to you to decide which application type you prefer. 

What Are Authentic Mink Lashes?

Mink lashes are soft fibers that mimic natural human hair. The mink hair comes from the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink’s tail. The fibers are shiny and strong, similar to human hair. 

These hairs come from the mammal commonly known as the weasel. Weasel hair is light, wispy, feathery, and creates a beautifully versatile set of lashes.

Mink hair lasts much longer than synthetic hair, making it ideal for reusable lashes. This hair is gathered through the natural shedding process of the weasel.

Once the mink hair is collected, it is sterilized and used to make false lashes.

Mink hair is known to cause allergic reactions to its users. It also doesn’t hold a curl for very long, especially if they get wet. Also, mink lashes are very expensive. Mink is not considered cruelty-free because it is derived from the weasel animal.

What Are Faux Mink Lashes?

Faux mink lashes are created from manufactured cruelty-free vegan synthetic fibers that mimic the texture of mink. It is very soft and has a fluttery effect. This type of mink is known as vegan mink.

These vegan fibers are often mixed with silk. Both natural mink lashes and faux mink lashes offer a luxurious lash set full of volume, other lash options are also available.

What Are Silk Lashes?

Silk lashes are soft, voluminous, and one of the most popular types of lashes. They are available in both natural and glam styles. These wispy lashes can be multi-layered to create a 3D effect because of their soft texture and tapered style.

Lash companies often create synthetic silk lashes, which are much lighter in weight than natural silk. Artificial silk is much easier to wear and makes beautiful lash sets.

Mink vs. Silk

The main difference between mink and silk lashes is the lash taper. The taper is defined as how fine the lashes are shaped toward the tip of the lash.

Silk lashes tend to have a glossier finish, are lightweight, and are less tapered. This taper type means that they remain thicker for longer on each strand.

Mink lashes are more tapered, ultra-lightweight, and have a matte finish. Brands differ in the quality of materials used, so these differences may vary between brands.

The Characteristics of Mink Lashes

Synthetic and authentic mink lashes both have many pros and cons.


  • Mink is very lightweight.
  • Mink provides a more natural look than other types of lashes.
  • Mink lashes offer a luxurious feel.


  • Mink causes allergic reactions in some people.
  • Mink lashes promote inhumane animal practices in some cases.
  • Mink lashes lose their curl over time and with wear, especially if they become wet.
  • Mink is more delicate than silk.

The Characteristics of Silk Lashes

Most silk lashes are thought to be 100% silk, but they are synthetic silk fibers. Silk lashes also come with a list of pros and cons.


  • Silk lashes can have a natural or dramatic look.
  • Silk lashes are long-lasting when they’re applied correctly, and they’re more durable than mink.
  • Silk holds a curl better than mink.
  • Silk is available in both shiny and matte finishes.
  • Silk lashes can be used multiple times if cared for properly. Doe Lashes can be used up to 15 times.
  • Silk is lower maintenance than mink.
  • No allergic reactions are known from silk lashes.


  • Silk may be marketed by sellers as “silk” but may be filled with other synthetic materials.
  • If you purchase a poor-quality silk lash, they can appear heavy, dense, and may look synthetic. Doe Lashes are high-quality, beautiful 100% synthetic Korean silk.

What Are Doe Lashes?

If you’re looking for a high-quality, beautiful set of false eyelashes, look no further than Doe Lashes. Doe Lashes are made from vegan, cruelty-free, 100% sustainable synthetic silk fibers sourced from South Korea. 

We believe that your lashes should feel comfortable, light, and wispy and shouldn’t create unnecessary allergies or heaviness. 

Doe Lashes are hand-crafted by artisans. We use lightweight cotton lash bands containing gorgeous Korean silk lash fibers gently woven onto each band.

Simply choose your fav lash set, apply the Doe lash glue, and presto! You’re ready to hit the town with your new look.

The Choice Is Yours

There are many differences between mink lashes and silk lashes. Mink lashes do not hold the curl very well, and they are very delicate. Mink lashes can cause allergic reactions and are not cruelty-free. They also can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Silk lashes are soft, wispy, and can be worn in both natural and dramatic styles. Doe Lashes offer unique, high-quality, 100% sustainable synthetic Korean silk fiber lashes designed by artisans. 

These premium lashes offer a weightless experience for a beautiful lash fit every time. There are many styles to choose from, both natural and dramatic.

Simply apply the Doe Lash glue to the lightweight Doe cotton lash band and gently place the band on your upper lash line for a full, gorgeous lash look.

Doe Lashes can be worn up to 15 times if they are cared for properly. To find your perfect lash fit, check out our lash guide

Enhance your natural beauty with Doe Lashes for doe-like eyes, every single day!


Eyelash Extension Facts and Safety | AAO

Eyelash extension allergic reactions: What to know | Medical News Today

The Cruelty Behind Mink Lashes | PETA