This stuff is great and it truly worked on me. The main reason I love it is because it is $10 (I also got it at ADC dot com) so if I couldn't buy it there, I don't know that I would buy the actual latisse brand because I am just a poor college student.. but either way this is a review of careprost.
I have been using it since June (it is now October) and my eyelashes are definitely LONGER! I did take pictures in the beginning, but even if I hadn't I would have noticed a difference. I don't use as much mascara anymore nor do I curl them with an eyelash curler as much(which used to be my makeup staple).
My eyelashes are not that much thicker and they aren't darker either, however, I have half black/half blonde eyelashes so I personally think that makes a difference in just how pigmented this stuff can change your eyelashes. My eyelashes are still long and gorg, so two thumbs up!
Didnīt expect this to be effective on me-
so stupidly enough I didnīt take pictures in progress.:/
(I only review products that are really great,slam dunks OR disappointments IME)
Since I had always has very short lashes Iīve used falsies when going out or performing...struggled with different mascaras or resorted to lash extensions over the years.
As an example of what length of lashes I had before:Ardells short&natural #110 were more than double the length of my own lashes.
So I decided to take the risk of side effects and try out Lumigan/Careprost,because Latisse are not avaliable in the EU legally yet,started using this at the 5:th of August-10,and now itīs the 24:th of October.
My method of application is using a thin *clean* eyeliner brush(one drop is more than enough for upper/lower lashes AND bare spots in brows)dripping it on a *clean* surface,*never* touching the tip of the bottle to anything.
The first two weeks my eyes were a little red,and I felt that my eyes were "crusty"(sorry for the TMI)Regular lubricating eyedrops took care of that,after maybe 3 weeks the side effects were gone.
I have not seen any changes in the pigments on the lids,the first weeks my eyelids were a little red but that disappeared too.After about 6 weeks,I saw some freakishly long,straight growing lashes on the outer corner of my eyes.
They filled in more and more each week,and now people actually ask me what mascara I use,or if I had extensions.
Now they are about the length of Ardellīs "Demi Wispies"false lashes,though not as thick.
With lash curler(must add that the new growth of lashes are very resistant to curling)+any crappy DS mascara they look great IMO!After 16 weeks of use,I will try to get hold of a digicam and post the full results so that you guys can at least see the "after"-really hope this review is helpful for you curious about bimatoprost!:)
I look and look for reviews on Careprost and have not found that many. People on You Tube review but then no follow up. I think I can see why and so I thought I would add another review of this product. I have been using since Sept 3. Missed maybe 3 or 4 nights. My lashes are for sure longer. They almost touch my eyebrows. I am curious to see how they will look after say 4 months (the time I have read it takes for you to get full results). So I will keep using the current bottle and finish the one or two other bottles I bought. My lashes are longer but not thicker. This product works but I am not sure the results are worth the daily routine. So if your goal is longer lashes and you are willing to put the product on daily it works. One thing I have read in reviews your lashes will grow out in various lengths and that is true (almost annoying). So I like the product, it's cheap enough but unless I see some major dramatic changes I may not order the product again. Just wanted to leave a review. If I see any major changes in the next month or two I will review again. I also wanted to say my lashes appear darker and on the days I did not want to wear as much makeup my lashes and eye area seemed darker a look I like. I guess I am saying I am not getting the dramatic results I had hoped for but will continue using the product to see what final results I get.
12/8/10 follow up - Started using careprost on 9/3/10 and am still on my first bottle. My lashes are way longer. I do not curl them anymore. When I did before my lashes went about half way up on the curler now they are almost to the very top but like people are saying the lashes have a curl to them now that they did not have. I have used this daily only missing 3-4 days since 9/3. My lashes seem darker and more like my eytes stand out. My lashes are longer but not thicker. That is the only neg I can say. I still would have to say I have not achieved the wonderful results I had hoped for. Good but not great with that said I will keep using this bottle and then use the other two I purchased. It is sometimes a pain to remember to put this on at night but it's not hard etc. I will decide after my next bottle if I will order again. At this point I am 12 weeks in so may not have received the full results yet. I have not had anyone say anything about how long they look. I like the product. Like the price from ADC. I have not seen any darkness or neg things. I will see an eye dr in Jan and plan to ask them about it's use. Will update again later on.
My lashes were in a pretty sorry state - short, thin and falling out, even mascara and a lash curler weren't much help. I have been applying Careprost on my lashes on and off for about a month and a half. I was battling recurring conjunctivitis (hence the 'off' times) so I never thought I would see an effect so quickly. My lashes have definitely grown longer; they almost touch my eyelid when I curl them, and I have a second growth of lashes coming in as well. They look awesome and I am so happy I stuck it out with the Careprost.
I use just one drop for both eyelids and my eyebrows; I squeeze the drop onto the little well on top of the bottle cap, and apply with the eyeliner brush they included. After I finish applying I wash the liner brush and bottle cap in warm soapy water, then dip the brush in alcohol to kill any germs. So far so good and no infections - please note that the formula has preservatives that can be absorbed by contact lenses, so it's important to remove your lenses before applying (I apply before bed). I had some redness and itchiness at first but it eventually got better. I was pretty skeptical about the effectiveness but I was wrong, it works very well albeit with irritation.
EDIT: I discontinued the Careprost because it ended up discoloring my lash area, making me look older when I wasn't using makeup to cover it - ewww! Wasn't worth it - I am using RapidLash serum on my lashes instead and they are doing really well, with no drugs.
I really hope I will never be without this product, ever.
My lashes weren't bad to begin with; but they were gray and reacted poorly to any brand of mascara (falling out). After 12 weeks of Careprost they look simply fabulous.
My uneven brows now look much fuller (I did not expect this).
As for side effects, at first my eyes were red and irritated in the morning. Now I have no problem at all.
Going to post comparison pics to my album.
ETA 12/5/10: I have my dream lashes without any scary side effects. Long, full, curling up without any torture devices. My eyebrows are definitely in a much better shape as well: fuller and darker than ever. Optimal maintenance regime for me is 3 days a week; otherwise I notice lashes starting to fall out. Still use my first bottle (I started in July, IIRC)
I started using this generic product after reading the reviews on this website. Latisse is way over priced and I was looking for a more reasonably priced alternative. My eyelashes broke off after using Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara. I ordered Careprost and started using it about 3 weeks ago and I can definitely see a difference. I literally had no eyelashes and at day 12, I finally had something to put mascara on (NOT Loreal). I think this product is fantastic and plan on ordering another bottle so I am never without it. I have only had mild itching, nothing major. I am so pleased with the results that I will keep using it. Thank you MUA for alerting me to this great generic product.
After 8 weeks of using this product, I can honestly say that I have long eyelashes! Unbelievable! This product actually works. Now for the down side, the skin around my eye and my eyelid has become very dry.
Therefore, I am cutting back from every day to twice a week to see if that helps my skin and maintains my new long lashes.
UPDATE * A YEAR AND A HALF LATER*
For all of you looking to get this product in the US or Canada, I've got it delivered to the US via alldaychemist.com and then my friend at the delivery address forwarded it to my Canadian address. I've been told by other MUA members that the following sites will also ship careprost: canadamedicieshop, reliableRxPharmacy, essentialdayspa.com , ioffer.
I've visited my optometrist twice and there are NO issues with my eyes. My eyelids do turn a slight redish brown which is obvious all the time however a little makeup fixes it and no one, not even my girlfriends or husband have noticed the darkening, only me. My eyes are no longer irritated by the product liek I originally posted below. My blue eyes have not changed colour at all. Some people reported that their Iris color was changing brown however I have not experienced this at all. My lashes grow long,and they curl more due to Careprost. Many people think Im wearing mascara or false lashes when I'm not. CLARIFICATION: this product will not give you more lashes, it works by keeping your eyelashes in their growth cycle thus not allowing them to die off and fall out. This is why they just keep growing and growing. If you are looking for thicker/more lashes, this will not work for you. You wont need to trim your lashes. When they get out of control long, they'll come off with you touching your face and washing your face/shower/etc. This is my MOST LOVED PRODUCT!
For the first 2 weeks there was some irritation around my eyes. It was slighlty darker but nothing major. the frst 5 days my eyes were blood shot but again not that bad. it took 5-6 weeks to see any improvement. Ive now been using careprost (bimatoprost) for 9-10 weeks and people around me are commenting on how great my lashes look. Theyr'e longer but there arent more lashes.Theyre also curling ALOT. I use this on the top and bottom lashes and Im very pleased with the results. I apply with a slanted brow brush that I got from walmart. I apply in the morning after I wash my face and at night after showering and use one drop per eye. I have no irritation, discoloration or anything negative to say about this product. would highly recomend!
I've been using this product pretty religiously since October of 2009. I ordered it from alldaychemist and have nothing bad to say about them. I'm asian and have pretty short, sparse, stick straight lashes. While my lashes did definitely grow longer, they haven't gotten any thicker. Over the course of using the product, I've noticed a bit of curl, but it's not necessarily a good thing. I've notice that after I've been sleeping, my lashes seem to be crunched up and go in all directions. Some water will generally put them back to normal, but in the last couple months the lashes on the outer edge of my left eye are curling up, but also angling toward the middle of my face. I've been having to using a heated eyelash curler to straighten them out and going in the right direction. It's really becoming more trouble than it's worth for the results that I've gotten. I probably won't reorder after I'm done with the current bottle. Perhaps once I'm employed again, I'll give the brand name stuff a try and see if there's any difference.
I love this product. I don't feel as though it makes my lashes any thicker, however it does add length if you're patient (like many reviewers have said).
I haven't had any issues with discoloring of the eye lids or eyes (some people have said it makes their eyes red). I recommend dropping a single drop into the lid and using the brush to apply. You don't need more than a drop, a little goes a long way!
I would definitely repurchase this hidden treasure again!
This is a review for Careprost, the generic version of Latisse. Firstly I do have to say that 'patience is a virtue'. If you are looking for a quick fix this product isn't it, but if you want longer lashes and don't mind applying a product DAILY for 4 months than THIS IS IT!
I have been using Careprost for 8 weeks so far and in the beginning did suffer from mild itching and bloodshot eyes but after about the 4 week mark, this totally subsided. I did suffer mild discolouration along the lash line but that really is only noticeable to yourself, but the bloodshot eyes everyone can see; but got eye drops to sort out that problem.
I had lost several lashes due to my obsession with false lashes and my inability to remove them properly so suffered from brittle broken lashes. When I was a kid, I had the longest eyelashes, so much so that even my mum thought I wore falsies when I started wearing make-up. So really just wanted to restore my lashes. Now at week 8 all the bare spaces have been filled and I seem to have more lashes but there hasn't been a change in thickness nor darkness as my lashes are already jet black. I am now seeing a difference in the length and can only imagine that when I get to the 16 week mark - hopefully they'll double in length, like the other reviews I have read, I haven't had any 'wow' comments yet so fingers crossed! I will update when I get to 12 and 16 weeks as through my own research it does seem that a real difference is mainly seen from 12 weeks onwards.
I got careprost from United Pharmacies, only cost Ģ12.80 plus postage to UK. One bottle seems to have lasted me 7 weeks so reordered 3 more. I went straight for Careprost over Latisse/Lumigan as it's virtually the same and half the price (Lumigan from United Pharmacies is Ģ24.90).