Bionic Asks: What are your thoughts on lash enhancers?

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Feb.2010 · 23 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

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’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?


1 Mo February 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

I have a coworker who uses Latisse and her lashes are UNREAL. I actually asked her if they were falsies the first time I got a gander at them, so long she practically smacks you in the face if she blinks near you. Seriously though, Latisse clearly works. However, with my fair skin and bright blue eyes I’m just not willing to risk the side effects.
I’ve been using the tarte formula for a couple months as well and haven’t really noticed much improvement. Like you, I hope to see a boost soon though.
I loved the Marini Lash. Pricey but effective. And I also tried and really liked the DermaLash color, which is a liquid liner and treatment in one. Still on the spendy side, but it works AND it’s a drug free alternative to other lash enhancers.

2 kortney February 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I haven’t tried it but i’m really interested. However, I don’t have the funds for it yet ! I haven’t heard of the yellowing of the whites of your eyes, though, I have heard that they can make blue eyes brown permanently. Hopefully by the time I finish school and get my funds up there will be improvements made on the product !

So how can it be that when you stop using these eye enhancers, the effects “wear off” ? Do they grow back into one’s face ? :] I don’t understand everything but i’d still like to try them. Luckily, my daughter won’t need anything lash enhancing, she inherited extra long, thick, gorgeous lashes from her father.

3 Tashi February 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’ve wanted to try Latisse since it came out, as I have sparser/lighter lashes more as I’ve aged. But Now I’m afraid to, especially for the risks! I have hazel eyes,a nd I wouldn’t want darkened skin that may never reverse itself. Ick. I think I’ll stick with my favorite mascara, or maybe one day try one of the alternatives. Besides, I can’t afford $1,400 a year for Latisse! I’m interested in hearing anyone’s reviews on the more reasonably-priced product versions.

4 joycey couture February 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Definitely try DeaBella. 🙂 It took a few months of applying nightly to see results, but now.. I’m loving it! I was tempted to try Latisse as well, but just can’t see how I can justify the side effects.

One thing to make sure of.. whatever kind you try, make sure to remove your contacts before applying!

5 Tashi February 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Thanks, Joycey! Where does one buy DeaBella (it may have already been mentioned, but I forget, either way)? I don’t have contacts, but what a great tip for anyone reading this chain. 🙂

6 Bionic Beauty February 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Hey Tashi, Here’s the link to the DeaBella website:

🙂 ~Jami

7 Cristina February 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Latisse is the same thing as Lumigen, the eye drops for glaucoma patients. Lumigen is cheap if you can get a prescription. I buy it for $10.00 from a overseas pharmacy and it is awesome.

8 Bionic Beauty February 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Cristina, Excellent point! I just attended a science seminar on this topic and have a wealth of notes about the hormones involved, how Lumigen/Latisse was created, etc. I’ll be posting up an article soon! Are you just using a small liner brush or a nail polish type brush to apply the Lumigen along your lash line? Have you been getting any results?
Thanks for sharing your tips!

9 Cristina February 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

Hi Jami
I use the brush from the tube of Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For. The results are as expected..quite wonderful. And I know some women fear the discoloration around the lids but honestly, it’s more like permanent eyeliner for me. I am brunette and the effect is kinda pretty, I think!

10 Alicia March 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm

(I think I replied to the wrong person a few min. ago.) Do you mind sharing which overseas pharmacy you use?

11 Anna May 1, 2010 at 5:27 am

You can buy lumigan @ alldaychemist. I use the lumigan too, it works great!

12 Bionic Beauty May 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hi Anna, Welcome to Bionic Beauty! Thanks for your tip on where to order the Lumigan. Are you using a small brush to apply, or a Qtip or what? Any other tips to share?

I’ve found with the lash enhancers it helps to rotate which eye you apply to first; and to shake the formula before every application. Also, in all the ones I have been testing (not Latisse, but non-prescription lash enhancers), you can go to every other day or every 2-3 days after you see good results. That way you save product and make it last longer.

I hope to see you around Bionic Beauty in the future! Thanks again for your tips & have a great weekend.

13 Bionic Bronnie February 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I LOVE Talika’s Lash conditioner. It does help them grow, goes on clear and doesn’t guck up mascara. Also, It’s a super primer but clear so if you mess up, it doesn’t show!!!

I started Talika and really can’t live without it. It doesn’t burn my eye’s either……and usually there’s great promo’s when you buy Talika online….

14 The Cheap Chick February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Ah, the lameness of me. I honestly don’t care about the length and color of lashes. I barely wear mascara. And no, my lashes aren’t particularly thick or dark on their own!
I’m all about eye-liner though! That’s my fave.

15 roz walker March 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

wish i could try a sample first. anyone? ideas??

16 Bionic Beauty March 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

Hi Roz, First let me welcome you to Bionic Beauty! I really hope to see you around the blog in the future. You are always welcome to comment here with your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or just to chat (we *do* get off-topic occasionally, but that’s fun too!).

As for your question on samples of Lash Enhancers- I haven’t seen any of those yet. I think it’s mainly because you won’t see results in just a week or so. It usually takes 4-6 weeks to see the first bit of results. I can recommend DeaBella (there’s a review on here, use the search bar at the top right of the website to search for DeaBella -or- use the “By Brand” pulldown in the right sidebar to pull down to DeaBella and then hit OK.) and also Jan Marini’s MariniLash. I haven’t published the MariniLash review because I am only on week 3 but I am already seeing GREAT results.

I cannot recommend Tarte’s MultiplEye. I saw no results even after 4 months of use. I gave up. It doesn’t even help my eyebrows. It was a waste of money, in my experience. Although others may, of course, have a different experience.

I hope this helps. And again, here’s a BIG welcome to BB!

17 Virginia March 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Thanks for sharing girls! I started using Rapid Lash about 3 weeks ago, and can already see a small improvement. But of course I’m impatient, and want mega-results immediately!

I don’t like the idea of Latisse either. I’m scared of the side-effects.

I’d like to know if anyone has tried Maxolash? I’ve heard that according to science the ingredients should work better than many, but I can’t find any user reviews…

Thanks, Jynni

18 Bionic Beauty April 5, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hi Jynni, I haven’t tried the Maxolash yet… I am testing Jan Marini’s Marini Lash and it’s still doing amazing things to my lashes. Next up is RevitaLash in my testing sequence. 🙂 I’ll try to find you some information on Maxolash though!!


19 Barbara DeVane June 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I am a board certified ophthalmologist in private practice. I prescribe and personally use Latisse and have amazing results. The side effect about the white part of the eye (sclera) becoming yellow is incorrect. There is a risk of the colored part of the eye (iris) turning brown, if there is already brown pigment in it. (So, strictly blue eyed patients are not at risk.) This is a known side effect for this drug as it is used for the treatment of glaucoma, and it is very rare. Note, the drop is instilled into the eye for glaucoma and not applied topically on the skin as Latisse is. So, there have not been any iris changes seen when used topically on the base of the eyelashes. I hope this information is helpful!

20 Bionic Beauty July 2, 2010 at 2:18 am

Hi Barbara,
First- Welcome to Bionic Beauty! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Thank you so much for contributing your professional opinion. It really does help to get information “straight from a source”. I know that fellow Bionic Beauties will also find your comment very helpful when they are researching Latisse!
I hope to see you around the blog in the future.
Thanks again for your comment.
Jami (aka Bionic Beauty)

21 Jenifer Moore December 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hi Jami – First – love your site! It is MOST helpful, and REAL! (not just an ad made to look like advice/trials). Thanks!!
Question: Did the one tube of DeaBella (at $120) get you through the 3 month trial using everyday? and How long after did the supply hold out (using every 2-3 days)?
My Mom and I have been using affordable RapidLash for four months and started seeing resuts in about 60 days. We’re happy, but not ecstatic with those results. What I’m hearing you say about DeaBella is verrry interesting, however, the cost difference of the two products is astounding!

22 karen November 6, 2011 at 3:40 am

I was recently diagnosed with glaucoma I have been using Lumigan for a few weeks my only hope is that it lowers the pressure in my eyes. My eyes are red, burn and blurry sometimes. If you dont need this medication for lowering eye pressure dont use it. If you are having reddness or itchiness and are using it for eyelash enhancement guess what the medication is getting in your eyes. If you had glaucoma you would understand I could care less about long lashes. I also am an operating room nurse and have been on many eye surgery cases. Remember you have only one set of eyes, take care of them? Only
use medication for what it is intended for , I dont have a choice, you do.

23 G December 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Do your eyelashes fall out if you discontinue use of Deabella? I purchased it bc I heard great things and my eyelashes are nice now. I just wanted to enhance them, but I am afraid that if I start and discontinue use my eyelashes will fall out. Any advice from anyone?

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