I have sparse, short and brittle eyelashes and have always wanted to have the long, thick and sexy lashes that I saw on models and actresses in beauty ads, commercials and movies.
I considered wearing false eyelashes but wanted natural, long lashes 24/7. I tried both expensive and inexpensive OTC (over the counter) lash conditioners. Many of these worked to varying, but limited degrees. While conditioning my lashes seemed to make them healthier, less brittle and less prone to breakage, the conditioners did not seem to really help “grow” longer, thicker eyelashes.
I had seen the television commercials and beauty magazine ads for Latisse®, featuring Brooke Shields, and hesitated because of the costs – $120 for a one-month supply. But, when there was a special offer – buy a two months supply and get one month free – I decided to try it.
I followed the directions very carefully, applying the product only along my upper lash line once a day. But, within days of beginning use, I awoke one morning and found it difficult to open my eyes. It was as though they were glued shut. When I was finally able to wash away the yellowish, crusty discharge and see, I saw that the whites of my eyes were pink, as though I had pink-eye.
Although I have never had an allergic reaction to any cosmetics, I had just started using a new mascara, eye-liner and eye shadows and thought that maybe this reaction was to one of the new products. So, one by one, I discontinued using the new cosmetics in an effort to figure out which one may be the culprit. But, I kept on using Latisse®.
After nearly two weeks, I finally got to the point of discontinuing use of all of the new cosmetics but the eye discharge and the pinkness in my eyes persisted. Having made a $240 investment, I did not want to believe or admit that it was the Latisse® that was the cause but, by this time, I also noticed a circle of redness in the skin around my eyes.
At this point, I felt the only prudent thing to do was to stop using Latisse®. After about a week, the discharge stopped and, not wanting to give up on having long eyelashes, I resumed using Latisse®. I also resumed using the new cosmetics. In the months that followed, I occasionally awoke with my eyes glued shut. The pinkness in the whites of my eyes, as well as the redness in the skin around my eyes, has also persisted.
However, I do now have long, thick eyelashes and when I apply mascara to them, they are simply gorgeous!
Nonetheless, I am forced to use eye drops and a good concealer and so I have to ask myself … is it worth it? For me, the answer is “probably no”. While I love my long lashes, it seems that I am not a good candidate for this product. I will stop using it and maybe try again at some point in the future only because I know it works.
I would be genuinely interested in hearing from others (real women with real experience and not internet marketers) who have used it, have had side effects and if it has otherwise worked for them and whether they think its worth it.