On the advice of my dermatologist, I have been using a fine eyeliner brush (Sonia Kashuk) to apply the product every night. She stated that the applicators are much too large and you don't need that much product. I am currently on my 11th week of use and still have product left. I really don't know if more product produces faster results but due to the cost, i'm willing to wait a little longer to reach "full impact".
My initial issues with my lashes were sparsity and gaps. I had decent length.
The first changes i noticed were more length. Around 8 weeks I noticed that one gap in particular had filled in. At this point, my lashes are not darker, or thicker, but the gaps have all filled in, my lash line as a whole has become fuller, and they are really long. Also, at around 8 weeks is when other people began to notice a difference.
As for the side effects...I already had darkened lids and I haven't noticed any difference. The first few weeks and randomly now there is itching, but it's tolerable and not long-lasting. I have had no redness, burning, or eye discoloration. The only "side effect" i've had that has been an issue is that I have gotten tons of new/longer eyelashes on the inner corners of my eye and they tickle the sides of my nose and drive me crazy. I have remedied that, to some degree, w/ better eyelash curling. I also have tried to avoid putting any more product there.
I will definitely repurchase and am looking forward to more changes. My dermatologist also told me that she has many patients who, after "full impact", only really use it every other night for maintenance. This will also make the bottle last much longer.
Latisse did help with fuller, longer lashes, but I had the eyelid darken so much that I stopped using it for almost a year. Before stopping, I tried all types of light eye shadows even concealer to hide the darkness, but it kept getting worse. Darkening of the eyelid is a possible side effect that Latisse mentions. First couple of weeks did cause some itchiness and redness, but that passed. Very expensive to keep up. Packaging is ridiculous for such a small bottle with many brushes that are not very good. It is very easy to waste the product trying to get the one drop on the brush. Using the lid can help by putting the drop there and then the brush in the lid. Tried MD Lash, but that did nothing whatsover for me. I am now using Rapid Lash and will let you know the results. Rapid Lash is very reasonably priced.
Hi. Well I´ve been using Lumigan religiously for about 6 weeks every night before I go to bed. I´ve read some great reviews but honestly at this moment I can´t say that I see a big difference if a at all. I will continue to use it since people say you see the first results around week 10. Has anyone had same experiences? I really hope they get growing like crazy these coming weeks! will put before and after around week 10.
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so I'm at the 10th week mark and I can't say I see major lenght or any difference for that matter. I just started adding Talika lipocils to my routine and I'm curious to see if this will add. Most people see results around week 10 (I just don't get people who say they notice difference within a week but hey I;m happy if that's the case for some) but I can't say I see differnce nor have people around me commented me on my lashes. I believe the product does work for a lot of people maybe it just doesn't work on me. I'll stick it out till week 16 ofcourse as they say that's when you'll see the maximum growth. Will update in six weeks.
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Ok so FINALLY I'm really starting to notice some lenght.I'm up to 4 stars now. Without mascara it looks a bit more minnie mouse and with mascara they're really long now.. I swear it looks like it happened overnight, a few days ago I put on mascara and was like wow how and when did this happen! I had to pluck like 3 lashes from my inner eye by the tear duct but hey if that's the only side effect then I'm cool with that. I also noticed that the on the outer part of my lid new lashes grow. A weird thin is that just above my eyelid a few straight (like straight straight straight) lashes start to grow but that's ok I use a lashcurler anyway. I'm waiting for week 16 and then I might get a eyelash perm to get a more natural curl. Hopefully I won't have to and my lashes will curl naturally. By the way I'm using Chanel Imitable mascara alond with a coat of MakeupForever's Smokey Lash.
People, if you're starting with Latisse/Lumigan/Careprost please be patient..for me it really took 12 weeks to notice any difference! Will update at week 16!
This product does work...over time. Don't expect immediate results - it takes a couple months see results.
I have a gap in my eyelashes due to excessive curling (I know, I know, you're not supposed to curl after applying mascara). This product, although pricey, got rid of my gap. I tried lash extensions, which ripped out my eyelashes when I decided to stop filling them), as well as many other "lash-enhancing" products. This was the only one that had any effect. I'm willing to pay the price if it means I don't have to buy fake lashes anymore to disguise my gap.
I have very light eyes and there were NO side effects. My dermatologist told me that the darkening of the eyelid and iris were merely hypothetical side effects that Latisse included as a precaution due to the ingredients they include. She told me that she had never seen these side effects in her patients. I had no darkening.
If you have a gap or extremely short lashes, this product is worth the price.
P.S. If you live in LA, you can get the product without a prescription - just walk in and buy it (at least at Westwood Dermatology at Westwood and Santa Monica)
This review is for Latisse. I figured I'd get it from my dermatologist first and get the little insert about side effects from applying it over the eyelid, etc. If it works then I'll be more confident about buying it in the cheaper for of careprost (bimatoprost).
I just started using it, but I will try to update in 4, 8, 12, and 16 weeks. I put one drop in the bottle and use a fine eyeliner brush (I think I might go to the art supply store and buy very fine brushes...I think synthetic might absorb less.) to apply it to my lash lines.
There's no way I can use the Latisse applicators, I'm Asian and I have small eyelids--their applicators would likely discolor most of the area above my eyelid! I'm fine with a darkened line but NOT that much. I'm so glad I came here first!
That said, I must comment on the woman in the NY Times article who had a lot of discoloring on her eyes. She didn't get go see a professional to warn her of the side effects. And I also think she overused it. I was warned of everything by the derm and I've done extensive reading on it so I know how to handle it and the worst that can happen. That is why this is a PRESCRIPTION drug. And it's not that hard to get because it's NOT a controlled drug.
Update: Almost at week 3. I do see a subtle difference, and my mom said that she could see it too. My boyfriend said that he can see some lashes that are definitely longer, because the shorter ones are where all my eyelashes maxed out at. I use 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean my brushes after I use them. I ordered generic bimatoprost from ADC, I just got them in the mail the other day. This way, I'll save a bunch of money...would not have had the confidence to get it if it weren't for the great people of Makeup alley!
Okay girls...This product works!!! My eyeslashes are almost up to my eyebrows. Even with no mascara. luv, luv, luv this product. At first there is a little itching of the eyelid, but that goes away. I highly recommend this product. Even though it's very expensive...it's so worth it.
This is for LATISSE. I used my 1st bottle of Latisse last year 2009 and it worked. I got compliment from my aunt, she thought I was wearing falsies. As an Asian, my eyelashes are ok, not too short and super straight. I highly recommend using Shiseido Majolica Majorca the one in a comb shape. I think it's called Lash Expander, but I heard they changed the formula little bit and the name added with Plus at the end. I really love the 2009 formula, sometimes I added Loreal Voluminous mascara on top. The only cons of Latisse, the area that I put this on, tends to get red,which is normal. I've used LilLash in 2008 and got the same effect. Expensive indeed. I just found out about the generic brand. But, I just purchased my 2nd bottle of Latisse 2 wks ago, because I'm so desperate to grow my lashes back due to really bad eyelash perm and extension. I do not recommend eyelash extension at all. I hate it for life. Just stick to eyelash perm that's done by professional Japanese esthetician. I truly only trust Japanese ppl for this after my horrid experience. Extension is hard to take care and damaging your lashes.
This review is for the name brand Latisse (once this bottle runs out, I will try ordering the generic from alldaychemist.) Let me just tell you, I have only been using this stuff for a week and it WORKS! My eyelashes were long to begin with and now they are approaching "freakishly long" territory. They are not noticeably thicker or darker, but definitely long, long, longer. I am hopeful that they will get thicker and darker over the coming weeks. I am also using the product on my eyebrows on some stubborn areas with sparse growth from years of overplucking and have definitely noticed a difference. I will keep using this and update after a couple more weeks. Oh, FYI, I am doing the drop in the cap with the eyeliner brush trick, as I learned from all of you. However, I do use two drops per night, as I find one drop as not quite enough for both my eyelash lines and eyebrows. Maybe I am using too much, but doesn't seem like it. Also, I have had a little bid of redness but nothing too troublesome. And no color pigmentation change...my aqua eyes are still aqua. Will update. YAY!!!!!
Bottom line is... this stuff works! I have grown long, thick lashes. I feel like I'm wearing false eye lashes, but their mine! Personally, I have not experienced any side effects the product disclosure says you might. The small bottle lasted me longer then 3 months.
OVERALL: I'm on week 5, and there is definitely a difference. I got these from my derm because my eyebrows don't grow at all on the temple side...genetic. Anyway, he thought this would help. Oddly enough, it has worked on ONE of my brows but not the other, which is disappointing; on the other hand, it's worked wonders on my lashes...
DIFFERENT Application: I use my small eye shadow/concealer brush instead of the ones that come with the drops because my brush holds the solution better and it seems to go further (and it's softer). I just wash the brush after every use. I tossed those aweful brushes that came with it
I also used the brush on my lashes after I apply to my brows. I wish I'd taken a picture of my lashes before I started. They have grown considerably, but I understand I have to continue using it to keep them this long. '
If you have small lashes or brows, I'd definitely give it a try. I have a 3-month supply, and I still have hopes that my other brow will react.