If ever you’ve been to Japan, you would’ve noticed how Japanese women love long, perfectly curled and fluttery lashes. Which is why they produce some of the best mascaras and false eyelashes in the world. So when I heard that local salon Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty was offering the latest Tokyo-raved innovation when it came to lash extensions, I was a little intrigued.
What It Is:
Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty Flat Lash Extensions, price starts at P2280
Kiyosa’s Flat Lash treatment is the newest addition to their lash extension services. Unlike the typical rounded fibers used, these have literally a flat base with a microscopic curved underside that hugs your natural lashes instead of simply sitting on top of it. This way, there’s more surface for the glue to stick to. Flat lashes are also 50% lighter compared to other extensions.
I have to admit, I’m not smitten by the lash extension craze. I love curling my lashes and putting on mascara as part of my makeup routine. I’m also very OC with how my lashes look—I want them to be evenly spaced, long enough, and to fan out into an obvious curl. Luckily, my natural lashes are pretty full; though I wish they were just a little bit longer.
My other issue is that my eyelids are SO OILY. No exaggeration, but I wake up with glossed lids every day. All my eyeshadows must be prepped with primer while the rest of my eye makeup should strictly be smudge- and water proof. If not, they melt off my lids by the middle of the day. I also commute daily so I need to make sure my products last despite the intense humidity.
I opted for a Flat Lash extension using 120 pieces of C Curl fibers divided into nine, 10, and 11 mm lengths. This was recommended by my technician Nana-san, Kiyosa’s Japanese Eyelash Director, who opted to do the “Sexy Design” for my eye shape. This meant that 9mm fibers were used for the inner corner of my eye and would seamlessly fan out to the 10 and 11mm by the outer corners. The result is supposed to look more “cat-like” and sleek. The other two designs to choose from are: Natural (all extensions are the same length) and Cute (shorter extensions at the outer corners while longer one will be placed at the center of the lids framing your iris).
The procedure was estimated to last for an hour and I was brought to this quiet enclosed room with a lazy boy. Nana-san explained to me in detail what the treatment is and the dos and don’ts after having it done. She then started the application almost immediately. Tape is placed on your under eye, your lids are stripped off of any unnecessary product, and then the lashes are attached. They were so light that I hardly really felt like anything was being attached (maybe the feel of the tweezers against my natural lashes but that was it). When Nana-san woke me up an hour later, I hardly felt any weight on top of my eyes.
After the Treatment:
So far I wasn’t experiencing any alarming fallout, which was surprising (considering my lids are as oily as they are)! They still looked fresh and new, and admittedly looked great if you only have minimal makeup on and a bold lip.
I wanted to see how it would look like with eye makeup on so I experimented with two looks. What I noticed is that they really don’t budge even when you press a micellar-soaked cotton pad on your lid when you’re cleansing. I did notice a change in the number of fibers on my left eye, nothing too noticeable, though. These extensions are also easy to rearrange by brushing them up with a spoolie.
This was when I noticed the unevenness on my left eye compared to my right. There was visible fallout already, but the beauty of these extensions is that they’re quite slim and look so real that they don’t stick out like spider limbs.
I’m currently on my fourth week with them on and I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve tried eyelash extensions once before and, because of my oily lids, a visible number fell out the day after I had them on. I wasn’t expecting these flat lashes to last this long. But they proved to be durable and didn’t even come off after my recent beach trip. It’s probably because of the glue used, too. (Must be some sort Japanese magic!) Plus, they look REAL and don’t stand out like a sore thumb even when you have zero makeup on. Our Beauty Assistant Nicole Arcano asked me a few days after the service if they were my natural lashes or if it was my mascara. It’s the probably one of the best compliments to hear when someone can’t tell if they’re fake!
I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who has oily eyelids and would like to try lash extensions for the first time without appearing too obvious that they had it done.
For inquiries you can contact Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty at (8)805-8888 or 0939 915 8888. You can also visit them at the GF of F1 Hotel, 32nd St. cor. Lane Q, Bonifacio Global City.