Hey my gorgeous beauties! It's Zii here, founder of LZRD LASH. I know the eyelash game can be confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the right eyelash glue. There are so many options out there - but it really comes down to two main types: Chinese and Korean formulas.

I wanted to shed some light on the major differences between these two glue types. As an experienced lash wearer and seller of a lot of eyelashes and glue myself, I've tried my fair share of glues and know what works...and what doesn't! My goal with this article is to break down the pros and cons of Chinese vs Korean glues, so you can make an informed decision when you shop. Get ready to lash out with me!

Background on Eyelash Glue Types

When it comes to eyelash glue, there are two main types that dominate the market - Chinese and Korean formulas. Both have their own unique histories and characteristics.

Chinese eyelash glues first gained popularity in the 1980s and 90s. They were known for being quite affordable and accessible. The downside was that early Chinese formulas tended to have a reputation for being lower quality. They didn't hold lashes in place as well and could damage natural lashes over time with ingredients like formaldehyde.

Korean eyelash glues emerged in the 2000s as a higher quality alternative. Companies in South Korea innovated new formulas free of harmful ingredients. They focused on creating medical-grade, non-damaging adhesives that provided stronger hold. The tradeoff was that these new Korean glues cost more than mass-produced Chinese versions. However, many lash wearers found the investment worthwhile for the superior performance and safety.

Over time, these differences between Chinese and Korean lash glues have started to blur. Some Chinese companies have stepped up quality and safety standards. Meanwhile, Korean brands have expanded into more affordable lines. Still, key distinctions remain between the two categories that are important for lash wearers to understand when making their glue choice.

Pros and Cons of Chinese Eyelash Glue

Chinese eyelash glues are widely available and typically very affordable. This makes them accessible and budget-friendly. However, there are some downsides to be aware of.

- Widely available at drugstores and beauty supply shops
- Very affordable, often $5 or less
- Lots of variety in formulas and brands

- Tend to use lower quality ingredients
- Don't last as long, shorter wear time
- Can cause irritation for sensitive eyes
- Limited transparency on ingredients

The easy availability and low cost make Chinese eyelash glues tempting. But the tradeoff is lower quality and performance. The ingredients are not as high-end and you may need to reapply them more often. There's also a greater risk of irritation with the formulas.

Pros and Cons of Korean Eyelash Glue

Korean eyelash glue tends to be made with higher quality ingredients that result in a better, longer lasting hold for lashes. The main benefits of using a Korean lash glue include:

High Quality Ingredients
Korean lash glue formulas often contain nourishing ingredients like botanical extracts, vitamins, and moisturizers. This helps condition lashes and reduce irritation. The formulas avoid harsh chemicals in favor of more natural, skin-friendly ingredients.

Longer Wear Time
The superior adhesive ingredients like latex and cyanoacrylate in Korean lash glue allow lashes to stay put longer without lifting or falling off. This gives you hours of wear without having to reapply.

Lower Irritation Risk
The more natural ingredient list means less risk of irritation, redness, and allergic reactions around the delicate eye area. This makes application and wear more comfortable.

- More Expensive - Because of the higher quality ingredients, Korean lash glues are more expensive than mass-produced Chinese versions. However, a little goes a long way so the value is worth it.
- Harder to Find - Korean lash glues aren't always stocked in regular drugstores and have to be purchased online or at specialty beauty retailers. This makes them less accessible than Chinese glues.

Ingredient Analysis

When you look at the ingredients in Chinese vs Korean eyelash glues, there are some key differences that impact performance.

Chinese eyelash glues often contain more synthetic ingredients and cheaper fillers. This can lead to irritation, fumes, and lower quality adhesion. The glues may contain formaldehyde, which helps preservation but can cause allergic reactions. They also tend to have more latex, which can cause redness and swelling.

Korean eyelash glues focus more on natural, skin-friendly ingredients like aloe vera, green tea extract, and chamomile. These botanical extracts soothe and nourish the delicate eye area. Korean glues also utilize safer synthetics like PVP polymers to create durable bonds.

The combination of nourishing natural extracts and strong synthetic adhesion in Korean glues leads to a better lash application. The ingredients are less irritating and allow the lashes to stay on comfortably all day or night without damage to natural lashes. The ingredients also minimize fumes and reactions. Overall, the Korean formulas lead to happy, healthy lashes and eyes.

Application and Removal Differences

When it comes to applying your false lashes, Chinese and Korean glues perform quite differently.

Chinese glues tend to have a thicker, more viscous formula. This makes them a bit trickier to apply cleanly and evenly across the lash band. You'll need a steady hand! Removing lashes stuck down with Chinese glue can also be more difficult and require more force. The bond is strong, but getting the glue fully off your natural lashes is a hassle.

Korean glues have a thinner, more liquid-like consistency. They spread beautifully onto lashes with barely any effort. Just a few dots of glue, and you can swoop the band right where you want it. Korean glues come off super easily at the end of the day too. A gentle peel does the trick - no scrubbing or tugging. Your natural lashes will thank you!

When it comes to fuss-free application and removal, Korean lash glues are the clear winners. Their formulas seem specifically designed to make lash wear as seamless and painless as possible.

Brand Recommendations

When it comes to eyelash glue brands, going with a Korean formula is the best bet for getting long-lasting, natural looking lashes. Here are some of the top Korean lash glue brands to look for:

My own brand, LZRD LASH, uses a high-quality Korean formula that provides strong hold throughout the day without damaging natural lashes. Our latex-free, vegan glue dries quickly and is easy to apply and remove. It's designed to blend seamlessly with your natural lashes.

We are not the only brand on the market to use Korean Glue so here's some others you may also want to check out.

This popular brand offers a Korean latex-free eyelash adhesive that dries clear and lasts all day. It's easy to apply precisely thanks to the thin, quick-drying formula. Duo glue is a favorite of professional makeup artists.

The latex-free formula provides a flexible yet strong, long-lasting bond. It dries fast and is easy to apply for a natural lash line.

When choosing an eyelash glue brand, look for "Korean formula" on the label and read reviews from real customers. This will ensure you get a high-quality glue that looks natural and stays put. Brands like LZRD LASH, Duo, and KISS i ENVY are great options for flawless, dramatic lashes.

Where to Buy Korean Lash Glue

Korean lash glue can be tricky to find in local stores. The best place to find authentic Korean formulas is by shopping online. Here's an overview of some top places to buy Korean lash glue:

- LZRD LASH: Of course the first option is right here, click now to see our Korean Glue based product LZRD LASH - Eyelash Glue.  LZRD LASH glue provides maximum hold throughout wear and gentle, easy removal. Shop now for the best Korean lash glue.

- Amazon: Amazon carries a wide selection of Korean lash glues from brands like Kiss Me and DUP. Prices are competitive. Watch out for counterfeits and read reviews.

- YesStyle: This Asian beauty retailer ships worldwide and stocks many Korean lash glues. Good prices and selection. May take longer for shipping.

- Korean beauty stores online: Sites like Soko Glam, Peach & Lily, Glow Recipe sell popular Korean lash glues along with their other K-Beauty products. Good when buying other items too.

- eBay: Lots of Korean lash glues sold here from independent sellers. Prices tend to be cheap but quality not guaranteed.

Do your research and read reviews before purchasing to find the perfect glue for strong, comfortable eyelash application.

Tips for Getting the Best Results

When applying your false lashes, follow these tips for the best, long-lasting results:


- Make sure your natural lashes are clean and free of makeup before applying the false lashes. Any oils or residue can prevent the glue from adhering properly.

- Only apply a thin line of glue along the lash band. Using too much glue can lead to oozing and messiness.

- Wait 30-60 seconds after applying the glue before adhering the lashes. This allows the glue to become tacky for better hold.

- Start applying the lashes at the outer corner of your eye, pressing down on the lash band to secure it. Then work your way inward, pressing as you go.

- Use tweezers or lash applicators to adjust the positioning of the lashes until they feel comfortable. Don't pull too hard as this can lift the glue.

- Once applied, hold the lashes in place for 60 seconds or more to allow the glue to adhere fully before opening your eyes.


- Never pull lashes straight off, as this can rip out your natural lashes.

- Gently wiggle and slide the lashes off to loosen the glue without tugging.

- The best approach is to use eyelash remover and even better to buy that from the same company that you bought the glue from as the comapny will have paired the products to work best together (in good quality lash glue companies). The alternative if you don't have removed at the time is to use oil-free makeup remover on a cotton pad to dissolve any remaining glue, pressing and holding to allow it to break down the glue. This can take a little more time and is perhaps less good for your natural lashes over the longer term. Finally never rub hard.

- Lash glue remover can also help dissolve glue quickly and gently making it the best for lash removal.

- Take your time removing lashes to protect your natural lashes. Rushing can cause breakage.

Following proper application and safe removal methods will help you get the most wear time from your false lashes while avoiding damage to your natural lashes. Investing in quality glue like LZRD LASH can also extend the hold.


When it comes to eyelash glue, the type you choose really does make a difference. As we've discussed, Korean lash glue formulas tend to provide longer wear time, better adhesion, and an overall more natural lash look compared to cheaper Chinese glues.

The superior performance of Korean glues can be attributed to the higher-quality ingredients and advanced formulas developed by Korean chemists and cosmetic companies. While Chinese glues may save you a bit upfront, they often contain more irritating ingredients, dry out faster, and don't hold lashes in place as reliably.

So for those looking to achieve a flawless, long-lasting lash look, Korean eyelash glue is definitely the way to go. The extra you spend will pay off in the end result.

And for those wanting the best of the best when it comes to Korean lash glue, LZRD LASH offers a top-quality formula made with only the finest ingredients sourced directly from Korea. Our unique formula provides maximum tackiness and longevity so your falsies stay locked in place from morning tonight. LZRD LASH glue is specially designed to bring out the best in your lashes.