I'm not so sure when but there has been a flood of lash growth serums in recent years...From the famous Latisse and Lilash, the names and companies are endless! All claiming that their products, if applied consistently will give you longer, fuller lashes! Something most ladies fancy? I do at least!
Then again, I'd read of the 'side effects' some of these products have been reported to have such as...discoloration on the lid, lashes rapidly 'returning' to the original state after stopping treatment, hair growing in unwanted areas on the face...all the not so appealing things I'd say.
Last year in March I spotted an article in 'Simply Her' magazine here in Singapore, it was a 'Tried & Tested' article on 5 different lash growth serums...
The two most affordable and rated as second and third best out of the five were DHC's Eyelash Tonic and L'oreal's Renewal Lash Serum...I went out and bought both!
They can be purchased at most Watsons...I purchased L'oreal at $28.90 but the price of DHC's is now $27.90...what happened to $18.90 from a year ago?
Continue below to see the article, review, application and photos!
|All the five featured... in Simply Her magazine...|
|The full page, sorry, blurry from being resized from a smaller size...|
|page 252, March issue of 2010...|
|Experience on the 'Christian Breton Eyelash Builder' and 'Talika Lipocils Eyelash conditioning gel with Liposomes'...|
|Experience on 'DHC's Eyelash Tonic', 'Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner' and 'L'oreal paris Renewal Lash Serum'...|
|Comes in a shiny navy blue and gold box...what's up with the droplet of golden stuff, an attempt to make the product seem more 'scientific'?|
|Fits in the hand...|
|Slightly larger than life size image of the the tube you get inside....|
|Shiny blue and gold screw on cap and a sleek looking tube with the name in multiple languages, doesn't seem too bad...|
|Applicator wand from the side...like a spoon...or Maybelline's "the Magnum" mascara...|
|From the top...the pointed tip is very useful...the line down the center is like a drain where the serum catches in...|
|A bottom view...it's hollow...more like a drain shape...(heheh, drain), this side is concave and can be used to apply serum more heavily...|
|An earbud pushed through the center to show the running 'hole' down the wand...part of the design not a flaw...|
|As shown in the instructions, you may need several coats this way to cover lashes evenly...|
|Using the applicator backwards like this applies more product, faster...it can sometimes put a bit much so go slowly...|
|Lashes will clump together when you put on a thicker amount of serum, you can leave it or separate them with the tip.|
|Coat the top of your lashes too! Do this with the eye partially or completely shut prevents the serum from going into your eye! ( i don't know why my eye is open here!)|
|Remember to get the little ones! I usually do this with the applicator concave side (opposite of what is show here!)...but most of the time serum from the upper lashes get onto the bottom so there's no need for this step!|
|Lashes coated! Go to sleep now! Don't get sweaty or active wearing this! It will dry up to a flaky milky film in the morning, just wash your face or your eyes and they will dissolve away!|
NOTE: My eyes are monolids naturally but they often "become" double when I wear mascara...(no tape, no glue)...it can take a day or two before they "become" single lids again...
Below, one eye has gone back to a monolid, the other is still a bit double...
|Left eye: Eyelashes extending past monolid, curling up and out...(I do not curl lashes regularly, very rarely)|
|Left eye closed...|
|Right eye: Still a double lid from wearing mascara, more lashes visible curling on the edge...|
|Right eye closed...lashes have even thickness..|
Overall I can't tell for sure if the serum has made a big difference because of a lack of "before" photos and measurements but my lashes do look more curly and longer on the outer half. They also have a nice even spread across my lash line...
Without mascara my eyes really look as if they don't have lashes at all! Like most chinese girls, our lashes are typically shorter and finer than other types of lashes and I've seen many girls with very straight or pointing downwards lashes...a lash curler would come in handy with that type of lash.
Monolid or not I love having monolids over a double lid because our lids are more versatile...you could make them double, there's no space to apply color, our lids are like a smooth canvas stretching all the way up without any deep dips.
Sure we'll never be able to see that skinny line of eye liner but who care!
Bold and things that matter most to me!
- Great applicator
- Affordable/good amount ($28.90 SGD/7.5ml)
- Fancy-ish packaging
- Feels comfortable
- doesn't irritate eyes
- no smell/chunky bits
- Can easily over apply
- clumps lashes together
- feels like eye wax in the morning
- can sting if too much gets onto the waterline
Paid: $28.90 SGD or $24 USD/ 7.5ml (bought my spare on sale for about $19!)
Repurchase: Yes! I already have a back up!
Recommend: Yes! (remember, don't put on too much! And never apply with lenses on!)
Bottom line: It seems like an affordable eyelash serum for those wanting to try out something to enhance your lashes! I know most asian and chinese ladies like myself love falsies and lengthening mascara and hopefully this product can help our little asian lashes and eyes!
Apply an even amount, don't go overboard and use it regularly every night or other night for a few months! It's worked for me and I hope it will for others!
Overall I'd give this product a 4/5!
Feel free to leave me comments and questions!