The full name of this product is "ARDELL LASH & BROW GROWTH ACCELERATOR," but that wouldn't fit in the product line so I abbreviated it as best I could...now let's get down to business: I tint my own lashes with a DIY lash tint kit in blue/black and I use three different lash conditioner/growth products (Starlash, DreamLash and the Ardell). In the past, Iíve also used Talika Lipocils and Mavala Eyelite Doublelash eyelash growth serums, so this isnít my first foray into those types of products. My eyelashes are getting so dense and lush Ė not to mention longer Ė that they are actually getting tangled up when I try to apply any type of mascara or lash treatment so that I actually have to use the metal Sonia K. lash comb both before and *after* I apply them! Golly, what a terrible problem to have.... nanny, nanny, boo-boo: my eyelashes are longer than yourís are!! The trouble is, I donít know which one of the three is responsible for it, or if itís a combination of all of them. But I donít want to stop using any one of them to try and find out.
Anyway, the combination of my longer, lusher lashes, and the glossy colored results I get from the DIY kit means that I no longer feel the need to wear a traditional mascara during the day. Iíve been searching for a clear mascara that will impart a look of glossiness, for a completely natural look.
Believe it or not, the best product that I have found for this is Ardell's Lash Growth Accelerator which isn't even a mascara, but a lash conditioner that is supposed to encourage growth. I've found that this stuff actually gives my bare lashes some definition (for the "natural, daytime look") and it also holds a curl all day with one of those traditional clamp-type lash curlers, so that's what I've been using the last few days and so far I'm very pleased!
This product clear, but it somehow defines the lashes and Ė I know this is my imagination because it doesnít contain any ingredients that would do this Ė I swear it also makes my lashes look a bit longer. Itís the damnedest thing, really, because this stuff actually gives me the natural and healthy, but still defined, look that Iíve always wanted from a traditional mascara. Itís also a lash conditioner, so itís going to give them moisture. And so long as you donít apply anything on top of the Ardell, this stuff holds the curl all day long, regardless of whether you use a crimp-type lash curler or a heated lash curler. In my opinion, this stuff out-performs any ďprestigeĒ brand of mascara or lash conditioner that is on the market regardless of whether youíre talking $5 or $150. Iíve also used the Lamas Lash Masque myself, and although I liked it well enough, the Ardell blows it out of the water! The fact that this stuff costs less than five bucks makes it all the more remarkable. Ulta stores and most CVS Pharmacy locations have this stuff in stock, youíll find it in the aisle/area where they sell the false eyelashes and false eyelash adhesives and the like. Personally, Iíve cleaned out two Ulta stores and one CVS of their Ardell, but I imagine you can find it at the other locations that I havenít visited yet!! ;) *** ETA: I want to clarify one thing: the Ardell holds the curl in my lashes all day, but only if I do not apply any other product or mascara on top of the Ardell. If I use the Ardell as a lash "primer," then apply some brand of mascara over it, then the curl in my lashes (from a traditional crimp-type curler) goes limp within minutes. Fortunately, IMHO, I don't need to apply any kind of mascara on top of the Ardell because my lashes look just great without it! *** Bottom line: this stuff is fantabulous because it can do double-duty as a lash conditioner/growth serum and as a clear mascara. The lemming-master says you must rush out and buy this now!! ETA: Just to clarify, when I say that the Ardell will hold a curl all day long, what I meant is that I first apply the Ardell, wait for it to dry, then give my lashes a clamp-squeeze with my little Luxor Go-Curl curler and Iím good to go for the rest of the day. If youíre a fan of the clear mascara-look, you seriously need to try this stuff!