I’ve wanted to try a lash serum for a while, but I’m was little nervous to try Latisse. Latisse was originally created to treat glaucoma, but an unexpected side effect of its active ingredient, prostaglandin, was a dramatic effect on eyelash growth. Latisse was subsequently approved to be used for cosmetic purposes as well as for glaucoma, and women everywhere started using it to get long thick lashes. My friends who use it are thrilled with the results. It is effective but you need a prescription to get it… and worryingly, people with blue eyes can experience eye colour change with Latisse. Remember that 1970’s Crystal Gayle song “Don’t it make my brown eyes blue?” Well, Latisse is the reverse; it can make blue eyes develop brown pigment, and according to the Latisse web site, it is “likely to be permanent.”
As an alternative to Latisse, I’d read good reviews of Neulash lash enhancing serum (is ‘NeuLash’ not just the worst name?). It was easy to find on Amazon so I gave it a try. I didn’t expect much. Since it doesn’t require a prescription, I was skeptical of seeing any real results. I assumed it would be about as effective as an anti-cellulite or anti-wrinkle cream, but I was intrigued by the very positive reviews of some other bloggers. I’ve been using it for just over two months now, and I can really see a difference! If I had known it would work this well, I would have taken some before and after photos, but I honestly didn’t have high expectations. Here is a photo after I’ve been using it for two months.
It doesn’t make my lashes any thicker (at least not yet… the reviews say that can happen later) but it DEFINITELY makes them longer. Anyone I’ve not seen in a while comments on how much longer my lashes are, or asks if I’ve had eyelash extensions. Last week, my mother in law asked me what I was doing differently because my lashes looked suspiciously long!
Here is how I use it– I apply the serum nightly on upper and lower lashes, just painting on a tiny amount of the clear liquid serum at the lash roots. Upon reading the instructions to write this post, I see you’re only supposed to use it on the upper lashes, but I’ve been using it on the lower ones as well. After a few months of nightly application, you can start to use it a few times a week instead of every night. If you discontinue using it, your lashes will go back to however they were pre-serum.
This lash serum works by prolonging the fallout pattern of your lashes. Since each lash is staying in its follicle longer, it continues to grow instead of falling out. There don’t seem to be any sinister things in the ingredient list, just some nourishing ingredients to enhance lash growth. Many lash serum manufacturers (including Skin Research Laboratories, the company who makes NeuLash) have been in and out of favour with the government agencies that regulate cosmetics, because some serums contain ingredients (called prostaglandin analogues) which simulate or mimic the prostaglandin in Latisse. It starts to get a little complicated here, because each country has different rules for what is considered a drug and what is considered a cosmetic. There are additional legal issues surrounding the intellectual property rights over a substance which is being used for off-label (not glaucoma) purposes. Most of these manufacturers have been forced to take the prostaglandin analogues out of their lash serums. Whatever NeuLash has replaced it with, it seems to work… and my eyes are still the same colour!
Have you tried any lash serums? I know quite a few of my readers swear by Latisse. I may still try it one day, but I’m so impressed with the dramatic results of this one in such a short period of time.
Edited to add: It is now two years after I published this post; Neulash isn’t being sold on Amazon anymore, and I tried the much cheaper Rapidlash instead. I wish I could say it worked as well, but it doesn’t. My lashes grew unevenly in length and a few grew almost sideways! I finished the tube, but I didn’t like the results. I’m now on a tube of Nanolash and I’ll see if it works as well as Neulash.
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