The Wonky World of Lash Enhancing Serums

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If you have short, straight, and practically nonexistent lashes like I do, then you have probably looked into lash growth serums from time to time. But like me, you may have come out of your research feeling overwhelmed by the high prices and inconsistent results. Even those who have naturally lush lashes may want a bit of oomph to their lashes. And with the super popular trend of lash extensions and lash lifts, it can be hard to keep up.

Yes, false lashes are always an option, but they are not for everyone. And yes, there are also thousands of mascaras that claim to give you a false lash look, but they just do not always deliver on that claim. Whether you can’t afford lash extensions or bother to keep up with the constant maintenance they require, lash growth serums may be a good option to look into, especially if you happen to be on a budget.

But while I dove into the wonky world of lash enhancing serums I found some interesting claims, ingredients, and reviews along the way. Some of these products contain harsh ingredients that can irritate your eyes while others are filled with mostly natural and conditioning ingredients, which means using castor oil or coconut oil on your lashes could give you the same result. But if you want to invest in a lash enhancing serum that will give you darker, thicker, longer, and even more curled lashes check these out.

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Photo via Rapid Lash

Up first we have Rapid Lash, which is probably one of the most popular lash enhancing serums on the market. You may have also heard of it because it is on the more affordable side of the spectrum, at only around $30. You can find it at all sorts of stores like Target and Amazon. From what I can tell, this is certainly effective at growing your eyelashes both volume and length wise, but compared to some others on the list, you could use it for quite a while before seeing any results. The consensus seems to be 6 to 8 weeks before noticing a difference, and it may even darken the appearance of your lashes, which is extra nice for someone with blonde lashes like me. But with that being said, some consumers said they stopped noticing any difference after a few months. So for me, it seems interesting, but is it the most intriguing? Not quite.

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Photo via Revitalash

Revitalash has some of the most positive customer reviews around. And at the price of $98 it better. This is said to be a unique lash conditioner that protects your eyelashes against breakage, improves their health, flexibility and strength, and does it all naturally. One of the number one ingredients in Revitalash is biotin, if you are familiar with that, it does have some amazing benefits. That may be one of the reasons customers usually see a noticeable difference in their lashes within as little as two weeks of use. Now some people have had some eye redness or soreness due to this product. So as the eye area is so naturally sensitive, I would recommend always checking the ingredients list for anything that doesn’t agree with you. If you have heard of the pricey prescription, Latisse. This is said to perform exactly the same, only you don’t need a doctor to prescribe it. It is definitely the most well reviewed, but also has one of the highest price tags.

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Photo via DHC Care

The DHC Eyelash Tonic is sort of a diamond in the rough. Many people are familiar with DHC as a cult favorite due to their killer skincare with its Japanese origins, but this product seems to fly under the radar. At only $14, this tonic comes with a handy mascara wand rather than a brush, making it so much easier to apply it nightly and less likely to seep into your eye. It contains mostly natural ingredients and also has some great reviews. Although not everyone saw amazing growth results, they all said to have noticed a difference in the health of their lashes. But like most lash enhancing serums, if you discontinue using it your lashes will lose what this tonic gave them. So if you are looking for an ongoing product, this could be for you. And at that price, it seems like a good deal.

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Photo via Rimmel London

Here is one you have probably overlooked at the drugstore for ages. At only $8, Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum is said to give both your brows and lashes a fuller and longer appearance. But with the accessibility and low price tag, Rimmel has also ranked pretty low when it comes to results. There are a few standout testimonials from those who swear by this formula, but for the most part the results are a bit lackluster.

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Photo via iBeauty Store

Shopping at Sephora? The Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Turbo will cost you the high amount of $85 for only 0.16 fl oz. That is not the most impressive deal, but more than 90% of consumers noticed results in as little as 4 weeks. Not only will this enhance your natural lashes with volume and length, but if you have brittle, broken, or nonexistent lashes, this should turn your lash line completely upside down. According to reviews, it is a holy grail for many. Some even said they began receiving compliments on their lashes from coworkers and friends. That sounds good to me, but for $85? I’m not too sure.

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Photo via Lashfood

Another pricey lash growth serum is Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Conditioner at $78. But perhaps this is a bit more worth it. This serum is not only vegan, but also cruelty-free, irritation-free, and approved by dermatologists. Plus it is nearly 100% naturally derived and is formulated without prostaglandin, silicone, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, PEG, petrochemicals, GMOs, and formaldehyde donors, which can be found in many similar products. The biggest improvement from Lashfood can be seen in 4 to 8 weeks of use. This very well maybe the best bet for those with sensitive eyes that are irritated easily, because there is little to no complaints about this causing any problems.

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Photo via Rodan + Fields

It hurts my soul to see the price on the RODAN + FIELDS LASH BOOST. For $150 you could get lash extensions at a salon, but out of all the options of lash growth serums on this list, Rodan + Fields shows the most growth after only 4 weeks of use. And the before and after shots on their website are by far the most impressive. But along with the wowing results, the ingredients are not as impressive as Lashfood or DHC. One of the main ingredients is keratin, which I know to be great for straightening hair, so wouldn’t it prevent a curl in the lashes? I’m no scientific expert, but for this price I would be very hesitant.

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Photo via Pretty and Polished

If you want an affordable option No 7 Lash Impact Lash Serum is only $10. I actually purchased this from my local Walgreens recently, but once I got it home I found that the safety seal had already been broken — YUCK! I then returned it and took that as a sign to further investigate the world of lash enhancing serums before diving in. I was taking a risk on this after all. I have extremely sensitive eyes and I only picked No 7, because it was so affordable. And from the reviews, I read this supposedly darkened the lashes more so than growing them.

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Photo via Beauty News Official

I apologize because I cannot link to the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Serum, as it is only available in the UK as of right now. However, according to the Maybelline social channels, it should be available in more countries soon. And my guess is that it will go for around $10. This is the first lash serum from Maybelline, and although I won’t try it up, I foresee it being quite popular. As Maybelline is such a household brand and this is likely to be very affordable, a lot of people will pick this up without doing much research. As I have yet to find a list of ingredients for the Maybelline lash serum, I cannot comment on the quality, but I do not expect much of an impact from this, unfortunately.

As I was researching to write this article I was flabbergasted by the price differences between some of these lash serums. Under $10 and over $100 for products that seem to have similar ingredients is confusing. But with all the reviews, testimonials, and before and after photos I combed through, I did end up ordering one of these and it was the DHC Eyelash Tonic. With its affordable price tag, positive feedback, and the most convenient packaging in my opinion, it was a bit of a no brainer. Plus you get 0.21 fl oz, which should last relatively long and the natural ingredients intrigued me. Let’s hope after a couple months of trying this out my short stubby lashes grow long and lush.

With all that being said, there is nothing wrong with applying castor oil or coconut oil to your lashes at bedtime as an alternative. I have been doing this for ages and it is the cheapest and easiest option hands down. Although it may not give you the transformative results you expect from one of the Sephora lash serums, it does help keep your lashes hydrated and in good condition after all the curling, lash glue, mascara, and whatever else you put your lashes through.


Photo cover via Kyra Kendall