I cannot imagine trying to place an eyelash on such a small surface and getting it perfect. Unfortunately, it's those eyelashes that can totally ruin a doll's face in a photograph. If the eyelash is too low, too high, or crooked, it's enough reason to return a head to Customer Care. It's the most disappointing part of doll collecting for me, personally.
Integrity Toys didn't always apply eyelashes to their dolls. They started experimenting with these eyelashes in 2005, using them with their Atelier and Exclusive lines. Prior to these lines, all Integrity Toys had naked eyes! Some of these dolls remain in my collection today (although they've been upgraded to taller, articulated bodies).
Recently, my husband came up with a very good idea to help me narrow my focus in collecting. He suggested I take photos of my dolls without any jewelry or clothing. As he pointed out, "You're able to change the bodies; isn't it just the face and hair that is important to you?" So I started taking "mug shots" of my dolls. Even without applied eyelashes, these girls have managed to always make the cut.
The oldest dolls in my collection are from 2004. Three are Veronique Perrin. This is Diamond Dusted Veronique from the 2004 IFDC Convention. She cost $125 and there were 500 in her edition.
There are only twelve dolls (eight different characters) without eyelashes living here: 1 Vanessa, 1 Kyori, 1 Natalia, 1 Isha, 2 Adele, and 4 Veronique, 1 Colette, and 1 Nadja. I think they are beautiful. They definitely don't need no stinkin' lashes!
BTW did you notice how many of these dolls show white under their irises? When dolls started showing up with eyelashes, that white started bothering collectors. I think the eyelashes reduced the amount of iris and exaggerated the white. Just a thought ….