"When I heard there was a lash treatment that claims to "add length, volume and lift to natural eyelashes with no extensions, no adhesive and no mascara" I may have done a little dance.
As someone with long yet super straight lashes that refuse to stay curled no matter what I do, the Nouveau LVL Enhance lash treatment sounded like it was created especially for me. In my lifelong fight against my pin straight lashes, I've tried curling mascaras, heated eyelash curlers and lash extensions which, rather than giving them a lift, just left me looking doe-eyed and sleepy thanks to the extra weight on my already long and droopy lashes. I was pretty convinced they were a lost cause.
Until the LVL Enhance that is. LVL stands for length-volume-lift, and the idea is simple: a therapist uses a setting serum to straighten your natural lashes at the root (making them look curled up), and then your lashes are tinted, creating the appearance of mascara."
And here's how it works...
To start, 48 hours before the treatment I had to do an at-home patch test to make sure I wouldn't react to any of the perming lotions, serums or tints. This involved rubbing a bit of each of the four solutions onto the top of my shoulder with a cotton bud and covering them with a plaster for two days to make sure I didn't have a reaction. To patch test the tint, they gave me what looked like a temporary tattoo, and I pressed that into the inside of my arm and left for a couple of days.
The treatment itself began with the therapist cleaning my lashes, then putting a shield over my lower lashes to make sure they were protected from the perming solution. If you've had lash extensions you'll be familiar with these. Then you close your eyes over the shield, which feels slightly weird but not at all painful, and you keep your eyes closed for the rest of the 45-minute treatment.
Then she combed out my lashes and put silicone shields on my upper lids. These shields determine the level of lift and there are three options to choose from: most dramatic (small shield), average (medium) and least dramatic (large). I went with medium, as my lashes are already long and just needed the lift.
She gently pulled my lashes up onto the shield, and applied a perming lotion to the roots. After leaving it on to set for around 10 minutes, she applied a neutraliser to the roots for five minutes, then applied the tint to darken my lashes.
The last step was a moisturising serum, which helps the lashes come off the shield. Then I could open my eyes and look at her handiwork.
I'm gobsmacked at the results. I've never seen my lashes so curled, and I've had daily compliments on how nice they look.
The effects last between 6-8 weeks depending on your lash type, and three weeks later mine are still nicely curled. I've thrown out my fake eyelash strips and curlers and only need a few coats of lashes to look done, but they look great without any eye makeup (as seen in the before and after snap, above) as well. The LVL is definitely my new must-do pre-holiday treatment.
Cosmo's Taylor reviews the length-volume-lift treatment to see if it lives up to its lofty claims.
LVL lashes add length, Volume and Lift to your natural Lashes. With no extensions, adhesive or mascara LVL is gentle on your natural lashes. Results last for 6-8 weeks. Includes a colour boost to darken lashes.
Please note: A patch test is required at least 48 hours before any treatment.
LVL Enhance £53.00
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