Monday, January 11, 2010

Latisse/Lumigan - My Review

My eyelashes have always been thin, stick-straight, with average length. Yet, despite having so-so length, I could not achieve a lasting look no matter what I tried-- curling, heating, a million different mascaras. (I also have that same issue with curling my stick-straight hair, but I'll leave that for another post...)

 This picture was taken in October 2009; I had curled and heated my lashes and used couple coats of Chanel Inimitable mascara.


I have always had to resort to wearing fake lashes in order to achieve that full, lush and glamorous look.



When I heard about lash-growth accelerator products like Latisse, LiLash, and Revitalash, I knew I had to get my hands on at least one of the products and try it out. In the end, I went on Makeupalley.com to do some hardcore research on Latisse. The reviews were spectacular and I decided to follow the advice of some of the reviewers and buy "Lumigan (Bimatoprost eye drops)" from a reputable online pharmacy, http://www.inhousepharmacy.com/. I had faith that I would love the product and bought 6 bottles for a total of $144.00. I think that you will spend around $150 per bottle if you buy Latisse from a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Please do the research yourself and decide whether this is something that is safe and makes sense for you.

Lumigan is the same exact formula as Latisse only without the applicator brushes (which I heard are bad and waste the product). Lumigan is the original drug that is used to treat glaucoma patients who drop the product into their eyes. They found that a side effect was longer, darker lashes and decided to market it as a cosmetic product.

 I love that:

  • My lashes curl and stay curled more easily (I still use my Shu Uemura lash curler and heated lash wand).


  • I can use gentler, non-waterproof mascara, which is much easier to remove, and still get lovely lashes.


  • I don't need to wear falsies anymore (unless I'm going for the ultra-dramatic effect).


I don't love that:

  • My eye lids have darkened a little bit (nothing a little eyeshadow/liner can't fix).


  • Sometimes I wake up with eye "crusties."


  • My lashes shed for the first few weeks, but it has stopped altogether and my lash are healthier than ever.


  • If you are sloppy with the application or apply too much the excess can get on your cheek and promote hair growth there too. So be careful to only apply it to the upper lash line.

The verdict:

I LOVE it! I apply it at night before I go to bed (although, recently I have been forgetting and skipping a day here and there). It is easy to apply just on the lash line with a Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush. I only use one drop for both eyes and sometimes I use the rest on my brows. I am still on my first bottle even though I started on September 26, 2009. I haven't applied it to my lower lashes, but I have noticed that they have grown as well too. Some hairs are a bit longer than others but it doesn't really bother me. I can't imagine to going back to having puny little lashes... Lumigan is a keeper for me. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll try to answer as best as I can.

October 1, 2009 (After 4 days of use)


October 27, 2009 (After 4 weeks of use)


December 17, 2009 (After almost 8 weeks of use)

(curled with mascara)


January 12, 2010 (After 11 weeks of use)

(Curled with 2 coats of L'Oreal Voluminous Original mascara, no other make-up)
 

38 comments:

  1. Hey Laura, check out this book for some CRITICAL self-improvement:
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  2. I love your blog, Laura! Your lashes look absolutely fabulous!

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  3. omg! thats so amazing! i want to try it now!

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  4. Read your review on Makeup Alley. Thanks for the great info and pics. I have the same type of unfortunate eyelashes that you USED to have. Can't wait to order and change that!

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  5. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this information. It is SO helpful.

    Did you notice any darkening in your lashes?

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  6. wow this has been very helpful, thanks! i think i might get some for myself to try it out.

    do u know if the progress you've made with this product will still be present if you stop using it? meaning, if you stop using latisse, will ure eyelashes shrink back to the way they were before?

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  7. You are all very welcome. Personally, I know how important it is for me to read other people's reviews and experiences before trying something out for myself. I hope to be able to do more reviews soon.

    Cheryl -- I didn't notice any darkening of my lashes but that could be because my eyebrows and lashes were already black to begin with. Though, I did read that darkening of the hair was a side effect.

    Anonymous -- The length will only stay if you keep using the product. If you stop using it, the long lashes will eventually fall out and your natural shorter ones will replace them.

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  8. After purchasing at Inhousepharmacy, I read most people purchased through Alldaychemist. I hope I didn't make a mistake.

    What was your experience with them? And what, if any, extra charges did you incur?

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  9. Both online sites are reputable and good. My experience with inhousepharmacy was great. They did not charge me shipping and gave me a $5 discount because I purchased the Lumigan in bulk (6 bottles). They sent me an order confirmation email with package tracking.
    Although, I have heard good things about alldaychemist as well.

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  10. Thank you for posting those great close up photos. This product looks like it delivers what it promises. I will try it.

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  11. Hello! I am curious to know, did you have to get a prescription in order to order this product? I'm also residing in Canada, I'm not too sure if we'd have the same efficiency in regard to ordering since our customs procedures would be different.

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  12. Did you get a prescription? If so, was it difficult to obtain from your doctor?

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  13. WOW your lashes look spectacular!! Love that you're half asian :) gives me hope because it's always harder for us to see results/effects with these types of things!! Thanks so much for posting this! So excited to try it!!

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  14. Even if you are using the best eyelash conditioner that the world has ever known, if you fail to use it based on the recommendation, you will still not see the results promised by the product.

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  15. Really nice results and I'm glad that you love it! Personally, I've followed the Toronto Latisse treatment and I'm also satisfied of my results! I didn't believe that I will be satisfied! Now my eyelashes are ticker and longer... really love it as you do!

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  16. Latisse Generic consists of a major ingredient bimatoprost ophthalmic solution and it's recommended to treat hypotrichosis.A condition wherein a person has inadequate or scanty growth of eyelashes is known as hypotrichosis.Latisse Generic helps in their growth thereby making them darker, longer and thicker.

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  17. Lumigan is good at controlling pressure, but causes burning and dryness in eye, eased somewhat by use of artificial tears.

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  18. Great review, Laura!

    For those interested in Latisse, you can purchase it at www.LatisseDoctor.com at a discount rate. There's a medical history form to determine if the product is safe for you to use.

    Check out our Latisse Guide Part 1 for more information on the product: http://latissedoctor.com/blog/latisse-guide-part-1-what-to-know-before-you-buy-latisse-2/

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  19. Hi Laura, great post! the difference in your lashes is amazing. I just went on inhousepharamacy site and there's 2 choices and it said 2 was from Australia and the other India, does it matter which one? The prices increase as well 6x for 171. I was hoping If you can check for me if theres a difference. Also have you tried rapidlash? debating on the 2. Thanks so much!

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  20. Terry Lynn...I ordered the Careprost from Inhouse and it's the exact same thing as Lumigan. And believe me, it works! After 7 weeks the difference in my eyelashes is unbelievable! Before they were hardly noticeable unless I used mascara. Now they are impossible to not notice! They're MUCH longer, thicker, and changed from brown to almost black. If you haven't already ordered, I'd suggest saving some money and ordering the Careprost. It works!

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    1. Thank you! So the product is called careprost? On inhouse site?

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    2. Found careprost and the price is cheaper than what I saw when looking up for lumigan. You are freaking awesome!! Thank you so much. I am deft going to grab a few. I hope my result will be good as yours! Lol thanks

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  21. Anyone who wants their eyelashes to grow they can use latisse, as I used it. http://www.pillsincart.com/Product/33-Latisse you can take it from here. While using it avoid touching it to skin as it increases hair.

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  22. i have visited the site ronald and prices seems very cheap. I Hope they sell genuine products.

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  23. Amazing! Who needs falsies when you can get a natural full and lengthy eyelash with Latisse? Of course, false eyelashes are far more economical, but Latisse is worth investing in, as it gives a more permanent result than most products. Congratulation for achieving the result you wanted. Cheers!

    Chantel Fett @ Knight And Sanders

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  24. Yes, Lumigan is best and effective serum for getting longer eyelashes. Buy cheap careprost online which same as Lumigan work on shorten eyelashes as well as glaucoma but it available in cheapest rate than Lumigan.

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