There’s a new product coming out this month, Latisse, that has been shown to make lashes thicker, longer and darker. You could only get Latisse by prescription through a doctor. I must say that I am very impressed with the before and after photo which is why I chose to look into this product that is, by the way, FDA approved and created by the makers of the ever-so-popular Botox: Allergan Inc.
When people ask me what is the one make-up item I can’t live without – I always say mascara. I love my mascara (Full N Soft by Maybelline). So when I heard about Latisse I thought “I can make my lashes even more longer now? SWEET!” But after doing a little research, and this isn’t even considering the price, I wouldn’t use it… at least not yet.
So how much will all of this cost? The word out in the media right now is that a full month’s supply of Latisse will cost around $120. You use the product once a day (upper lashes only) with their disposable applicators. There is a worry that people will try to use the product more than directed – doing so will NOT make your eyelashes grow faster! The way Latisse works is that it keeps your eyelashes in the hair growth phase (the phase where hair becomes thicker, longer, and darker) longer.
What gets me with the whole money thing is that a month’s supply might be around $120, and it can take up to about 8 weeks (2 months, around $240) to start seeing results and you’ll get your best results in 16 weeks (4 weeks, around $480). And not only that, if you stop using the product your eyelashes will gradually go back to it’s original, genetically-determined state within weeks or months. So the results are not permanent, you have to keep it up.
I’m on a budget so my $7 mascara will suffice for the time being. But if money weren’t an issue would I use it? Still no… not yet.
Ok so Latisse can have some side effects such as an itching sensation in the eyes or eye redness, but this was fairly uncommon (only 4% of those tested had those side effects). That’s no biggie. Skin darkening can also occur around the area where Latisse is applied but it can be reversed if you stop using the product and can be prevented by blotting excess solution after you apply the product. You can also grow hair in other areas (once again, blot!) but what is crazy to me is how Latisse may cause your iris (the colored part of your eye) to gradually get darker. The entire iris or parts of the iris become more brownish/darker, and is likely to be PERMANENT and not reversible. It’s harmless, but permanent. Sorry, I’m not into permanent side effects, even if there’s a slight possibility that it might happen. They didn’t show what percentage of testers had this side effect.
I would wait to see the long term outcome and side effects of Latisse users. And I’d wait to see if they could do anything about the whole iris darkening thing.
Latisse Product Information on Latisse.com
Lash Lengthener Latisse Is Glaucoma Drug Lumigan’s Second Life on ABC News
Local Company Gets OK to Market Eyelash Plumping Drug on KTLA
FDA OKs 1st Eyelash Drug Latisse on WebMD