I am currently on my 12th week on Careprost. I have never used Latisse or any other eyelash product. I have not experienced any darkening of my eyelids or my irises (I have brown eyes).
Here are some tips:
- Purchase micro applicators that are used for dental procedures or eyelash extensions because it uses the product very efficiently. I was able to extend one bottle (3 mL) for 2.5 months and I used Careprost every day (1 drop) for my eyelashes and eyebrows! (Note: I bought mine on Ebay for under $5 and there are 100 applicators - just throw it out after each use and it keeps a tab that you are using Careprost everyday)
- During the daytime put on vaseline or castor oil on your eyelashes to keep them hydrated. I noticed that 2 months into using Careprost my eyelashes were not as lustrous and shiny (I assume since my "old" eyelashes aren't falling off so they go through more wear and tear).
I noticed more of a difference in my eyebrows because I have sparse hair at the head of my eyebrows (genetically not because of over tweezing) from the beginning (1.5 months in). Now at 3 months I do note a significant increase in length in my eyelashes and increased volume especially at the outer corners. The most drastic change of course is after applying mascara since I have more lashes to work with. I am receiving a lot more compliments about my lashes. Additionally, I can apply 2 coats of mascara opposed to 3 coats of mascara for the same effect now that I have more lashes. This means saving time in the morning and less clumpy lashes look. I would defiantly recommend Careprost.
There's a lot of advertisement on MakeUpAlley on where to purchase Careprost. I suggest that everyone does their research and compares prices because shipping internationally adds up. I was able to purchase 3 bottles of Careprost $55 (USD) with free shipping to Canada twice. Unfortunately, that website has been down for the past 3 weeks, but luckily I still have 4 bottles as back ups.
Sad that I had to quit using this because it did work for awhile. I started using name brand about 2 years ago and it worked wonders! Switched to the generic about a year later and it worked equally well. My lashes, which are normally short and thin, were long, dark, and luscious! People at work actually thought that I had false eyelashes! THE PROBLEM: This has quit working for me. About 6 months ago I noticed that my lashes were returning to normal. I thought that maybe I needed to take a bit of a break. I stopped for a week, started applying again every night and...nothing. Maybe it was the bottle I had? I bought Latisse in case it was a problem with the generic version I had and...nothing. Nothing as far as eyelash growth that it. The whites of my eyes were red all of the time and Visine didn't help. My eyelids started to darken and turned a purply sort of reddish colour and the dark circles under my eyes increased drastically. Drastically! I stopped using this about a week ago and the redness and purple hue around my eyes is starting to fade. The amount of concealer and lid primer that I was having to use to cover up the darkness just wasn't worth it. I might try this again in the distant future but for right now, I'll just have to stick with a good mascara.
If you're considering an eyelash growth enhancer that won't bring tears to your eyes (I'm talking about the price!) try Careprost. It is far cheaper than Latisse but, as I've discovered through using it, you have to be patient. I've been using it for seven months and have got through about 4 bottles so far by using it before going to bed. It's been slow to show results in my case but I'm a redhead and my lashes were very sparse and fair. Since I've been using it my lashes are definitely thicker, darker and longer. I used to have to load my lashes with mascara before I discovered Careprost. Now I just give them a light coat otherwise I look like Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge!! I can recommend PharmacyGeoff as a supplier. It takes up to 2 weeks to arrive from online order as it comes from the US but it's only around £15 plus p&p. I'm really happy with the results!
When I first started using Careprost, I had slightly bloodshot eyes for a couple of weeks. I stuck it out because I couldn't wait to see my new, super long lashes! The side effect lessened and my lashes were growing beautifully for about 3 months.
I received lots of compliments and was really impressed, especially seeing as Careprost is so much cheaper than Latisse... I sometimes woke up with my eyes a little red, but this was only once a week or so, and eye drops helped.
However, after around 6 months of daily use, my lashes started to fall out. First it was just one or two when I removed my mascara (even very carefully) then I noticed a bald patch on my left eye. I was worried and decided to stop using it.
6 weeks or so later, my lashes are returning to their normal length. I still have a few long ones left (woohoo!) and the bald patch is recovering, albeit very slowly.
I had eyelash extensions put in for my brother's wedding and was super sad to see them go. So when I heard about careprost, I had to check it out.
So. I'll update as I go.
Started with nubby and thinned out eyelashes due to my extensions. Right eye is worse than the left.
Had a couple nights of dry eyes. No other side effects.
Still get dry eyes some nights. Missed 1 night of application due to food poisoning. Applied mascara and you can see the fullness in my left lashes, where as my right are still sparse. But, I'm noticing that there are shorter lashes interspersed between longer ones, so I' m assuming it's the careprost trying to grow the lashes I ripped out with my extensions. Yay!!!!
So I think I see a difference. But it could be me really really wanting to see something.
More of the same. I'm starting to doubt that it works :(
But will keep going. Essentially I'm halfway there. I'm told I should start seeing results anywhere from the 6-8 week mark.
Fingers and toes crossed .
More of the same
but they are looking lovely with mascara!!!!
Have to discontinue. I've developed a Chalazion :(
Now hoping the chalazion will go away with time.
12/18: Hi girls! Just here with another update after happily looking in the mirror as I brushed my teeth. So I got this stuff at the end of October... it's now mid-December...
Here are my current thoughts:
-You *will* see a noticeable difference with your first bottle, and if you are careful with application, the bottle should last around two months. Mine still has a bit to go, but I am reordering soon.
-Your lashes may not grow any THICKER, but they *will* be longer, they will have a natural curl and there will be more of them.
- Your lashes will not shed nearly as much as they do normally. Some lashes will grow longer than others. It will be rare to see lashes coming out when you take off your mascara.
-Your eyelid veins will be more pronounced, as will your dark circles.
I am still pleased. Ready to place my second order soon.
11/26: My lashes continue to flourish! To someone impatient or expecting immediate false lash looking lashes, it may not be much, but I am so thankful at how nice my lashes are coming along and cooperating with this product. My favorite thing is that I am growing new lashes, to fill in any gaps that I had before. Yes, they are getting longer but they haven't reached that sweet spot that everyone raves about yet. I am purging items out of my stash to begin saving for my next order of careprost. I would rather part with many, many things than be without this. My eyes are still kind of red and my dark circles are still looking darker, but no one notices or cares all that much. My lashes have never been this healthy looking. My only complaint is how small the bottle is, the dropper is meh, and it does seem to go quickly. I have plenty left, I'm just anxious about having to reorder. My lashes are more curled, btw. Even without mascara, my lashes look more pronounced against my deeper set eyes.
11/17: Hi! I just wanted to remind you girls with downturned eyes to be careful with the application! Today I was having a weeeeird sensation like there was a hair stuck in my eye, and man...this stuff WORKS because there are LASHES growing on the very outer outer corners of my upper eyelid, and two or three were stuck in my eye!! :P I had to fish em out! Now to some of you ladies this would be scary or something, but I have NEVER had lashes grow in those places. And these weren't little stubs just coming in... it seems these new lashes had just snuck up on me outta nowhere! I'm pleased, to say the least. Yeah having lashes stuck in my eye sucked, but this is awesome! I'm growing NEW lashes. This is nothing short of a miracle! It has been a little over two weeks. I received the product in the mail on Nov 1st. Now it may be me, because I'm that girl who will shave her legs and have stubble the next AFTERNOON, will pluck her brows and have to pluck em AGAIN in a few days... Maybe my hair grows faster than most...who knows!? But I sure can't wait to see the super long length you ladies are raving about. For now, I'm thrilled at the extra frills being added to my outer corners, where my eyes need the most LIFT. :D
Hi goils! I'm leavin' a review for now, I'm into my second week of using this stuff. I'll let ya know my experience as far as the side effects and everything goes. More updates to come.
*****UNIMPORTANT YET RELEVANT INFO IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START**** My first issue was all the reviews on this page written by accounts with no activity except a single review, registered recently, logged in only once or not at all since leaving the review. Every one of these reviews were a vendor promotion, and I was terrified of ordering from a site that didn't take Paypal, or even worse, had fake, watered down or expired Careprost. It took me the longest time to finally buy the stuff even though I really wanted to because I just didn't know which site would be alright to buy from. One lady here on Makeupalley had it for like $45 PLUS shipping, and while that would have been 100% safe since everyone recommends her site, I knew I could get it cheaper elsewhere. I ended up just biting the bullet on Grow Lovely Lashes. It was like $35 shipped IIRC.
Like I said, I'm only into my second week and I'm already experiencing some side effects. Namely itchy lashline, "scaly" or "bumpy" lashline, reddened eyelids and it might be just me, but yeah, my dark circles do seem a little worse too (surprisingly, none of this bothers me... Armani Master Corrector #2 and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly are working well as always!)
The itching is only mildly annoying and no one notices or cares about the rest. Doesn't affect my makeup application or anything.
The reason some ladies are experiencing itchy lashline and darker dark circles is because of blood vessel stimulation! This stuff circulates blood to the eye like mad. Obviously, hereditary dark circles will be worsened by this! The purple-blue hue you see is your blood vessels or somethin' like that! And do you know what happens when blood circulates in the scalp or anywhere else? HAIR GROWTH! That's why your lashes are comin' in so nice ladies :D
I *think* I see new growth, It seems like I have a few nice hairs coming in riiiiiiight above my lashline. One thing I'm pleased with...my lashes aren't coming out at ALL. I've lost maybe ONE since using this. Usually, two a week will fall out. I use mascara almost every single day, usually layering multiple formulas together, and SOMETIMES with those big bulky Essence lash powder fibers. Brutal! Yet my lashes remain :)
I'm excited and pleased! Nothing big happening, just thought I'd warn y'all about the fake reviews and just giving my first impressions. I only wish this stuff didn't come in a dropper. :(
I have used Latisse in the past and RapidLash. Did not see much improvement with RapidLash, I did with Latisse,but this is the generic. I would give it five stars if it worked quicker. Took about 4 weeks to see a big difference,saw some difference in the first two weeks. I am rather inpatient and wanted results right away. If you can hang on like I did, you will be very happy. I got two bottles on mylashesforless.com for like 58 bucks and free shipping. Good luck.
What can I say, but I LOVE this stuff! I am a lash fanatic and this gives me ridiculous lashes - long and dark and thick!!! I save so much time since I don't have to take forever putting on mascara - 1 or 2 quick coats and they are crazy long and thick!!! I saw results at about 4-5 weeks and now 2 months later I am super impressed. No irritation, redness or other side effects. I took the advice here and made my own brush by cutting an old eyelash brush waaaaaaaay down so it was super skinny and rather short. I put 1 drop in the cap and apply to lashes and brows (1 drop is plenty for all). Then cap and brush with baby shampoo and rinse. Super quick and amazing results! I now use every other day and have kept the same results. Try it you will love it!!!!!
P.S. Ok, so I feel obliged to mention that yes, the eyelashes do not grow out looking exactly like false lashes. Some are longer than others, etc. I find no problem and just do a quick curl (bought an ELF curler and love it; never needed one before!) and mascara to even them out. Looks much more natural this way anyway.
I have tried both latisse and careprost and both the products are good for growing eyelashes. i have got careprost for less at Universalonlinepharmacy.com but whereas latisse is very expensive . i recommend careprost as it is very cheaper and also gives the same results.
I was so happy to find a generic version of Latisse as it is so expensive plus in Canada you have to go through the hassle of going to a doctor and having a prescription written first....pleaasee! The generic brand of the Bimatoprost called Careprost is a much more reasonable price. Hey not cheap, less expensive and this stuff actually works! I am fortunate in that I have quite naturally long lashes, but with hot curling them and waterproof mascara and lash extensions, well, they have suffered, so I thought I would give up the extensions and see what I can grow on my own. I ordered my Careprost from lifetimelashes as well as MyLashes4Less as I am in Canada and delivery from any United States based site takes longer, I wanted to ensure I got them quickly after finally finding it was available so much cheaper then Latisse! I have to say, both products were delivered within a week (thankyou!), to Canada, that is good clearing customs and all! I have been using the product nightly for three weeks now and I am delighted that I can see some new growth (I think it is important not to miss a day for the first 16 weeks as they advise) and they are already getting longer, thicker and darker (also using it on eyebrows as I over plucked and waxed in the past and they are already improving!) yet they say some see results in 4 weeks, well, I am already seeing results, I cannot wait to see how great they will look after the full sixteen weeks! I will continue to update as my "new" lashes grow!