This week’s Bionic Asks… Have you tried any of the various “eye lash enhancing” products that have invaded the beauty world?
When Latisse received FDA approval as a prescription-only topical eyelash enhancement drug, the beauty world got rocked. Personally, Latisse scares the heck outta me. The side effects can include yellowing of the whites of your eyes (most common in people with gray, green, blue or hazel eyes) which can be permanent; or the darkening skin on your lash line where you apply the Latisse (usually reversible if you stop using the product).
Latisse estimated that people would spend of $500 million on their products last year. This year’s estimate is around $1.2 billion, which makes it bigger than Botox. I certainly am not going to judge anyone who tries it- I’d actually love to hear your experiences! But I just can’t afford the annual cost of $1400 to make my lashes longer (maybe when I win the Lotto…).
With all that said, I have been trying some of the non-prescription lash enhancers. So far I’ve had the best results with DeaBella. It took about 3 months to see results, but then my lashes took off. They were bumping my glasses! I backed down to using it once every 2-3 days to save the product as long as possible. Bionic’s contributing editor, Joycey Couture is also reporting good results with DeaBella.
In the middle of 2009, Tarte sent me their new MultiplEYE lash enhancer for review… I’ve been using it for three months now and all the progress I made with my lashes using the DeaBella is gone. They are back to “normal” and certainly aren’t growing, darkening, or anything else. Maybe I’ll see some change soon, or maybe not…
The Bionic Mom has just started testing RevitaLash, so hopefully we’ll have her results in a few months. And Bionic Bronnie is checking out Code.ai’s version with a review to come soon. I’m going to give tarte’s version another month, then I’m moving on to either Marini Lash or the new drugstore lash enhancer- L’Oreal Lash Boosting Serum. L’Oreal’s version is particularly exciting since it’s affordable (it’s around $13 a tube) and readily available to all of us!
So what are your thoughts on the explosion of lash enhancers in the cosmetics world?