i am also one of those that bought this product from ADC and my credit card was hacked and used right away. i had to cancel the card. i also believe that this company does not have a consistent quality product. so if you can buy from someone else, i would recommend you do so.
Sept 4, 2012 Today is the first day I started using Careprost. I will post before and after photos to show if the product works, because, ladies, if it DOES work, you will definitely see a difference. The reason being: I have SO FEW eyelashes and eyebrows, I could virtually count the numbers of individual hairs, and I doubt if I would have more than 150 in all four areas combined. I use mascara, but have to apply at least four coats before you can see any definition at all, and even then it looks like I have about ten eyelashes clumped together. These are mostly at the outer area of my eyes...in the middle, they are almost entirely bald, with maybe two or three lashes to stick mascara on to.
I've never had much in the way of eyebrows, but over the last year they have virtually disappeared altogether. I have a few brows at the beginning of the eyebrow, but none at all past the middle area...I have to draw that on with a pencil. The hair on my head is also thinning (it's a genetic thing, as my mother has the same problems, although she has maybe fifty tiny eyelashes and eyebrows, all up), so I think I'm as good a test case for Careprost's effectiveness as you can get ! I'm only going to apply the product to my right eyebrow for the first couple of weeks, just to see if I can notice any improvement. Stay tuned !
Update: 4 weeks in and I have to say that I'm yet to see any change at all in either my eyelash or eyebrow growth, darkness, thickness, volume or length. The bare patches are still completely bare, which, on my right eye is about 5mm wide - not even a hint of new growth. I apply the product every night, waiting for it to dry and then re-applying, and nearly every morning, again applying at least twice. I have a magnified mirror, and if anything is happening at all, it is completely indiscernible.
Since I have had no adverse side effects either, I will continue to use the product in the hope that something will eventually start to happen, but I have to admit that I'm a little disheartened with the results (or lack of them) to this point.
Update : 6 weeks now, and still nothing. The only change at all has been the development of a bare patch on my left eye of about three millimetres...now it matches my right eye. I'm not saying the Careprost caused it - I don't think it did at all - but neither did it prevent it. I think I can pretty safely say that I am one of the people this product will not work for. Either that, or the stuff I bought is dodgy (I got it from InHouse Pharmacy). Not only have I not had any growth in either eyelashes or eyebrows, but I haven't had any darkening of eyeline, redness, irritation - anything. I'm starting to think that the product I bought might be - or might as well be - plain old tap water, for all the effect it's having.
Update : 8 weeks and I think there may be a VERY slight increase in length in my outer lashes (although that could be just wishful thinking). Bald patches are still there, though, with no sign of any new ones coming through...the longer outer lashes actually make the bald areas look worse, because of the contrast. No change whatsoever in eyebrows. I suspect that I may have a congenital inability to grow new lashes, so all the serums in the world aren't going to make them grow. I liken it to putting fertilizer on a field...the fertilizer will improve growth where seed is planted, but won't do anything if the field has nothing to activate upon. Similarly, the Careprost may have had some impact on the growth cycle of my (few) existing lashes, but can do nothing in the areas where the follicle is congenitally unable to produce them. It seems that eyelash transplants might be my only option...
I'm in my ninth week of using careprost and I am seeing some growth. Some lashes are particularly longer than others and some I can see are just starting to sprout out! I am loving this product, but recently i've noticed that my right eye has thicker and fuller lashes than my left -like SIGNIFICANTLY so. I don't know if this is something that others have experienced with the product, but it is really annoying. Besides that I know that seeing the affect at its fullest potential is at around 6 months so I am hoping by then my lashes will even out.
SO I ordered careprost from all day chemist. I think the reason I give it two stars is because the quality from this ADC was lacking. I used two bottles worth and the first bottle seems fine. My lashes were getting a little longer, nothing great. I started the second bottle and my lashes started breaking, falling out and looking like crap. I stopped using the second bottle. Then my lashes started to grow back really long, and this time I was using nothing. I was really happy. But then they got short after a few months. I think you better be careful when buying from ADC. I do not believe them to have a quality product at all times. IT says something when you can get a bottle for under $10.. I dont think it is worth it to buy from them.
I used this on my eyebrows only, in an attempt to regrow overplucked hairs. I experienced no irritation or discoloration, but it took 3 full months to see any results. It produced hairs that were darker (not good) and slightly longer (not bad). It didn't fill in my bald spots, just made my brows slightly "thicker looking", nothing anyone except myself would notice. I discontinued Careprost after 5 months and have been using Rogaine 5% for a year now with amazing results.
FYI: This medicine may cause orbital fat loss. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimatoprost
I really like this! I have gone through only... I think 2 bottles of this in total. The first bottle I used really sparingly, so the results were definitely there, but not as good as when I used a bit more of it. While using the first bottle I didn't tell anyone I was using this. My cousin asked me if I was wearing mascara or something, while neither my mum, my sister or anyone else noticed any difference. When I bought two bottles of this and knew I was going to have enough for quite a long while, I used more of this and people commented me on my lashes, asking if I was wearing makeup or if I had lash extensions, if I curl my lashes, and said that my lashes generally looked very long, dence, healthy and very curly. Many people I hadn't seen in a long time came up close and looked at my lashes. Me personally didn't notice that big of a difference as everyone else (it all happened over quite a long time - maybe I'm just got used to it?), but suddenly, everyone else seemed to have quite short, sparse and straight lashes... I'm not even jealous of my boyfriends luscious lashes anymore :P If you're wondering if I have super thick, super long lashes, then... no, I don't, but they're supposedly much better than they were before. They ARE very shiny and curly though :)
I buy my Careprost at med-pacific.com, for $18 a bottle. This is the only place I have found that ships to Europe. One bottle lasts about 4 months, but can last me up to 6, if I don't use any on my brows anymore (which are also finally prettyyy :D , but I also use Billion Dollar Brows on them). I apply the product right over/under my lash lines, and therefore rarely get it into my eyes. I apply with an eyeliner type brush I have left from Rapidlash (which I didn't really like). I use the product only once a day. I drip a drop of the liquid into the cap of the bottle and use it from there - I have rated the packaging 5 lippies because of this, because I think this is very hygienic - you don't contaminate any of the product in the bottle. The bottle could be a different colour though to not let as much light in.
I start to see the effects of the product after around 2 months of usage. What I have noticed using the product: darker, longer lashes. They seem a bit denser, but not very much (although I'm very happy for my now full lashline). Careprost makes my lashes very shiny and curly (I've gone from 140 to 110 degrees approximately). I have light brown eyes and haven't noticed any darkening of the iris. I DO have a little darkening of the skin where the product is applied though: there was initially more. . The "discolouration" doesn't bother me - it barely shows, especially if I'm well rested ;) Really, it's just the skin making blood vessels where this product is applied - more blood = more nutrtients to the skin = more hair. No itching, no burning, no difference in eyesight, none other side effects. The site I buy it from hasn't failed me yet; it takes quite some time (maybe around 3 weeks) to receive the product, but no unexpected transactions (although the checkout process seemed too simple...) :)
I do understand people having concerns about a product meant for curing glaucoma (which if what Careprost actually is for), but at the same time, I also understand that having little lashes can feel like a problem for some people. I do recommend trying this, but of course, if any bad side effects occur, this may sadly not be suited for you. The price of this can vary from $10-30, but this works better than any other eyelash strengthener/lengthener I have used (I've used 4 others) and lasts longer, and I actually don't have any discomfort or side using this.
The only thing that annoys me a little about Careprost is that it seems to kinda get a lot of my lashes to follow the same growth cycle. What this means it that after some time of usage, several of my lashes may fall out at the same time, in the same spot, leaving gaps (my lashes aren't very dense). It isn't really a problem for me, but a little annoying.
I have such mixed feelings about Careprost. I used it on two occasions, the first time for about six months. I liked the results but didn't care to put unnecessary medication near my eyes, so I stopped. I used it again for nine months. I developed an annoying eye twitch in my left eye. Is it due to Careprost? I can't be certain. But if you research the active ingredient and 'eye twitch' there are a lot of women who were using this cosmetically that now have an eye twitch...scary. I'm hoping the eye twich subsides. I've never liked using a glaucoma mediaction near my eyes, but the lure of longer lashes got me. I'm going to just live with my stubby little lashes from now on.
And oddly, my lashes were longest at 13 weeks of daily initial use. I could never get them that long again, even though I followed the instructions to a tee.
What on Earth did I do without this stuff??? I am so happy to have found this generic Latisse! It is like liquid magic....and for only $10 per bottle!!! I would have never known about this if it wasn't for my fellow MUA'ers, so thank you! I have been using this around 9 months and my lashes are insanely long and thick. I have grown several new rows of lashes, I kid you not! I finally put my mascara and eyelash curler aside, because with it, my lashes look so long, it's ridiculous...like up to my eyebrows. People always think I'm either wearing eyelash extensions or plain old glued falsies. When I tell them it's my bare lashes, they are completely shocked. Check out my photo gallery here on MUA to see before and after pics. I'm still amazed, myself!
I started using Carepost on the 9th of this month and within the first week, I already saw some lengthening! I was really surprised that this stuff works so fast. I was using Rapidlash for 7 months then went straight to using Careprost. Although Rapidlash did make my lashes a bit longer, I wanted more length and this seems to be the ticket.
There was no side effect for me whatsoever. My boyfriend has not had any either(I put this on the roots of his lashes every night cause I want to see how long his lashes will grow lol) and his eyelashes did start getting longer also within the first week of using Careprost.
Update 9/11/12 :
It's been 2 months since my boyfriend and I started using Careprost. 1 bottle lasted us a month and a half which is really great. My eyelashes are now really long and thicker because I grew new lashes that weren't there before and I noticed my eyelashes are now very shiny and each lash very fat. I use a 10x mirror so I see all the little changes. My boyfriend's eyelashes are also long now and very pretty and fluttery like mine. :) Still haven't experienced side effects. Can't wait to see the full result in 2 more months.
I've been using Careprost for almost a year now and it has given my eyelashes astonishing growth! Everyone who sees me thinks I'm using fake eyelashes. I buy mine for $30 a bottle which includes 2 applicators. The company I buy from does 2-3 day shipping for free anywhere in U.S. I love my eyelashes and I will always use Careprost as it is the cheapest in the market. If anyone wants to buy it cheap and gets to you within 2-3 days, you can contact the company I buy from, their email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My friends and I are in love with this product :)