I have pretty standard-issue eyelashes, not the worst, but certainly not long and luxurious and I was always envious of those who had the latter. Recently, I was given a sample of Latisse to try and while I was a little apprehensive (because of the possibility of iris discoloration), I went ahead anyway with the hope that I too could have long “look at me” lashes!
I’ve been using the lash-growth serum nightly for 3 months now and I’m ready to share my experience with Latisse (including before & after pics of course)!
The last time I was at the plastic surgeons office (for Voluma XC Cheek Filler) I asked about pricing on Latisse thinking I may use it if it wasn’t too expensive and the good doctor handed me a free sample pack! The package I received contained one 3mL bottle of Latisse solution and 70 disposable applicators.
To apply, you just squeeze a drop of solution out onto one of the disposable brushes and paint it at the upper lash line and repeat for the other eye. It’s a clear watery solution that frequently rolled right off the brush wasting some of the product. It dries quickly, but does sting if it gets into the eyes.
After using it for about a week or two my eyelids started to feel funky. I noticed that it hurt to put on mascara, put my contacts in, or remove eye makeup. It felt like there were tiny lash-sized swords poking my eyelids right at the lash line. The sensitivity and irritation lasted for about 2 months but then stopped and my eyelids have felt normal again for the last few weeks.
I didn’t see much growth for the first 2 months and then BAM in the 3rd month they really took off!
Looking at the pictures the growth doesn’t look as dramatic as it does in real life (maybe it’s because I’m not wearing mascara in the pics). Before Latisse it would take 3 coats of mascara to have noticeable lashes and after the 3 months I could get away with one coat of mascara for the same look.
I’m sure with continued use my lashes would get even longer, but I don’t think I’m going to continue. It’s not that it was hard to use or time consuming, but it was just one more step to add to the night-time routine. Not to mention those little swords…. Ouch!
I’ve seen on the web that prices range from $85 – $125 for a 3 month supply and I’m not willing to spend that much for slightly longer lashes. Plus there are newer OTC products I’d like to try that look easier and less expensive, so I’ll keep you posted…