I also use Lumigan, it's the exact same thing (same concentration of active ingredient, and all the other ingredients there are the same too). Lumigan is ~50% cheaper so I dont' see why anyone should pay extra just to get the disposable eyeliner brushes that Latisse comes with. I've been using for 3 months now and it's looking really great, longer, bushier, but not thicker. I use a thin eyeliner brush with my Lumigan and clean it everyday. I have been slacking off recently, only using once every 3 days but the results have stuck around; however for the first 2 montsh I did use it nonstop everyday to get to where I am first. Even though it's kinda $$$, one bottle lasted me 2.5 months, and that's using 1-2 drops a night. Don't use a thick eyeliner brush cuz it really soaks up the solution, a smaller brush I feel helps you get the most bang for your buck. I don't even curl my lashes anymore, they got so long they naturally lift at the ends, awesome!!!
Since so many people have been asking, I'll answer some "FAQ"s here real quick:
1. How did I get it? I had to ask for a prescription from my eye doctor (but actually any doctor can write one), and I specifically asked for Lumigan so I dont' have to pay the mark-up for Latisse.
2. How much is it? I paid ~$100 for 2.5mL bottle, you can call around pharmacies and ask for price, but you can save a lot of time by just asking them to match price to Costco, because they're cheapest cash-wise anyway. Insurance most likely will not cover.
3. Side effects? Not for me, I loved it. I got a couple stray hairs in the inside corner of my eye, but it's not obvious or annoying.
I used the product, had AWESOME results...but... bad news. I became allergic to it. I went to my dr. with a bad case of pink eye (so I thought) and was diagnosed with allergic conjuctivitis... similar to pink eye, but not caused by bacteria. I also had some eyelashes that grew into my eye and were pretty painful. The results were great while they lasted...but now I am in search of something else to replace it because after going off latisse, my eyelashes began to break off. So I am worse now than before...
Even though I had the reaction, I am going to try to use it again starting slowly and see if I have an allergic reaction again. I will post again to update.
Because I used to work for a Plastic Surgeon I got these at cost as a sample for us to recommend to patients. Since this is a prescription I thought it would be really great. I used it as directed for 30 days and I have to say I had better results mith Revitalash. Revitalsh had better packaging and was easier to apply. Also, this is really expensive and you really need to use it for at least 3 months to get the full result. I will maybe try it again, but for now I will stick with Revitalash or Ardell Lash Conditioner.
**UPDATE: So I gave this another try and I'm glad I did. I have been getting compliments left and right. People have been telling me my lashes look fake. It's pricey but worth it. Plus I found that using my own eyeliner brush made the bottle last double the time.
I've been using Latisse for 6 weeks and noticed a big change in lengths of my lashes. Somtimes when I look in the mirror, I can't believe they are my own! There are some concerns about the formula changing eye color, but I make sure to put it on the lash line and not get any in my eyes. The best piece of advice I got was to buy a fine eyeliner brush ( I already had Paula Dorf) and apply it with that instead of the brushes it comes with. You end up using less, thus making it last longer, and can more precisely apply. I've gotten 6 weeks use out of one bottle and still have some left. I'll update in another 4-6 weeks, but must say I'm very happy and impressed!
Updated review - July 5, 2009 - after 17 weeks of use. I have been using Latisse since March 3, 2009, so as I write this I have been using it for about seventeen weeks. My lashes are amazingly longer, thicker, and they look great! Truthfully I just use off-label Lumigan because it is vastly cheaper and they are identical medications except the packaging. I have posted before-and-after photos on my MakeupAlley photos, so please check them out if you want to see my results.
As the patient instructions warned, for the first few weeks one of my eyes got better results than the other. It's not a big deal, I just used less mascara on the thicker side so they look even. After the first few months of use, they evened out.
This is an amazing product. I would have loved to try the Jan Marini lash product with the illegal bimatoprost, but sadly the FDA took her product off the market. Latisse is pricey but it's soooo worth it.
The downside is that you have to keep applying it. If you stop using it, eventually your lashes will shrink back to their original size. On the plus side, by using a VERY SMALL eyeliner brush and dropping one drop of Latisse into the bottle cap, I only use 1 drop for both eyes and it works great. This means my medication will last twice as long. I buy a new eyeliner brush each time I open a new bottle, so I don't think contamination will be a problem. continued >>
GREAT PRODUCT!!!! i've been using this for 6 wks, and i've DEFINITELY seen improvement in lash length (probably double) i will use this foreverrrr. i use my NARS eyeliner brush to apply the formula to my lashline. i waste less solution than with those silly plastic applicators. i've also experienced no side effects, aside from a slight darkening of my eyelids (no biggie)
Results are promising after a month of using this. You use two drops nightly; one applied along each lash line like eyeliner. I'm already seeing an increase in thickness and length; a few lashes are touching my sunglass lenses! I've had no irritation or redness-- only occasional mild itching along the lashline.
According to my MD it takes about four months to get the complete results. Although this tiny vial is supposed to last only 30 days, I'm still not finished with the first vial: I'd say that using the directed two drops every night, I'll get two months out of it. I shake it gently to get an idea, but the vial is opaque, so you can't see how much is left.
At $115 this isn't cheap, but perhaps I'll need less mascara!
UPDATE: I'm not advocating that you do this, but I don't waste the product that's left on the brush.
I've been carefully applying the rest to my brows, taking extra care to stay exactly within my browline. The results are simply SPECTACULAR. My brows have filled in to the degree that I barely need to add brow color.
Updated Update: I'm at week 14 and my results have been incredible--both for upper and lower lashes and brows. Lashes are twice as long and about three times as thick. Brows are three times as thick and are longer to the degree that I must groom more frequently (SOOO worth it!) It seems to work more quickly on brows than lashes. I may be in the minority in that I like the stiff synthetic brushes provided with the kit. A natural bristle brush will soak up more product, rendering it less efficient. I moiosten then brush with water first and blot it dry with tissue. This softens the bristles. I use only one brush per application and slowly put one drop near the end, gently twirling it and pointing the brush downward a bit to evenly distribute the product. I then do one upper and lower lashline and one brow. I repeat the process for the other side. No matter what type of brush you use, I don't quite understand using only one drop when the directions call for two. Why cut corners on such a miracle product? How can you know that you are getting the same results with half the prescribed amount? Also, Allergan clearly states that you have to continue to use the product nightly to retain results.
Bottom line: this is a VERY exciting and effective new product.
Update- Even my husband commented on my ridiculously long lashes. I think he thought they were false?
One month in and my lashes are already longer and darker.
I have ditched my lash primer :) Yes, It's pricey but so is the drawer full of mascaras I have tried over the last few years.
I am loving this!
I got this drop & brush set from my PS office mid February. Slowly but surely you will see results. It has been a month & half & I'm just starting to see results. You have to keep using it everynight or you will not get results. YOu have to do it for 12 weeks to get the full results. I'm halfway through to 12 weeks so will update when I'm thru but I can see a huge difference in my lashes already! Pricey though. $120 for a little dropper.