Lashing Out!

Posted on April 6th, 2009 by Michelle


If the eyes are the windows of the soul, they should at least have a nice set of curtains, don’t you think?   Our friends at the pharmaceutical companies are giving us lots of ways to strengthen and lengthen our lashes, and the latest is the product  LATISSE™.

New from Allergan, the makers of Botox, LATISSE™, is basically a diluted version of Allegan’s glaucoma treatment.  Patients reported that one of the side effects of the eye disease treatment was longer eyelashes.  Of course, it didn’t take long for the company to cash in on the cosmetic angle.

There are a number of over-the-counter products available to help grow stronger, fuller lashes, starting with RevitaLash ($150), which bills itself as America’s No. 1 eyelash conditioner.  Others we found include Mavala Double Lash ($16.50), RenewLash Eyelash Stimulator ($79.99), Enormous Lash ($95) and last, and maybe least, Ardell Brow and Lash Accelerator ($3.99).

They all work in a similar way – applying a clear solution with an eyeliner or mascara-type brush at bedtime – and all suggest that it takes about three weeks to see the results. Because the eye area is so sensitive (not to mention the importance of, um, vision), side effects are a main concern and include reports of discoloration of skin, a change in eye color (brown flecks in blue eyes) and irritation.

What sets LATISSE™ apart from the crowd is that it is available only by prescription and followed an FDA testing process. Prices for the new brand range wildly from $50-$150 for a 30-day dose, or maybe a 60-day dose, depending on where you are as well as who and when you ask. It’s over-the-counter counterparts cost considerably less, but most don’t come cheap. RevitaLash costs anywhere from $60-$150 for a 4-6 month supply.

Are you using an eyelash enhancer?  Which one?  Any side affects?

2 Comments on “Lashing Out!”

  1. weight loss Houston

    hi all,
    I think its good news for ladies one more thing get added to their make-up box. Nice article for ladies. Just go and use it how you fill about that….

  2. Jenna Marquez

    Thanks for the review.

    My fave one is this:

    After only a few applications, the difference in my lashes is noticeable. It really makes my eyes pop.

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