In this week's endeavour to make the cosmetics world a clearer place (one lip gloss at a time) we're turning our attention to eyelash serums and accelerators and whether or not they really work, since they cost a pretty penny or two. Nuta hit us up with this question - remember you can too, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"My question: Do any of the lash accelerators work? I am not fond of eyelash extensions, so I am wondering if they actually do what they claim."
The simple answer, Nuta, is that yes, some do work and receive rave reviews, but you have to balance up what you want to get out of it, the side effects of some products and also manage your expectations. Ever since Latisse got FDA-approval in the US back in 2008, everyone and anyone who suffers from short, thinning and gappy lashes has been interested in it (including Mad's Men's Christina Hendricks, Claire Danes and Brooke Shields) but what they don't tell you is that, while your lashes will be fuller after 16 weeks, they won't just magically stay that way. You'll need to keep using it, which means more money. This doesn't specifically apply to Latisse as hasn't been approved for sale in Australia, but it is something to bear in mind when looking for a lash accelerator. Like laser and cellulite treatments, there's always maintenance so it's never a one-off payment. It's worth giving affordable and effective products like Ardell Magic Lash Growth Enhancer ($19.95), L’Oreal Paris Renewal Lash Serum ($25.45) and Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara ($17.95), which help to strengthen and condition lashes, a go first.
Keep reading . . .If your budget's a little more flexible, Jan Marini Lash is great and comes in two sizes — 2.4ml ($66) which will last for two months and 7.2ml ($198) which is a six month supply. I've heard of a beauty ed receiving such good results with this product that she had to stop using it as her lashes were getting too long! But it's important to note that some side effects, such as eye discolouration, lid discolouration and red, irritated eyes have been linked with lash accelerators as they're used on such a sensitive area. Obviously we're not saying that these will happen, but that's why it's important to purchase products from reputable brands that come with clear instructions. And obviously always discontinue use immediately if you do have a reaction.
Stockists: Ardell (02 8709 8800)