Latisse: My Thoughts

7 Aug

DISCLAIMER:  Latisse is a prescription treatment, therefore do not use before consulting with your doctor.  This post is to share my experience with the drug, I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be an expert in any way.  Consult with your doctor before trying Latisse.

“Are those your real lashes?”

A line every girl loves to hear when they aren’t wearing falsies.  I’ve used Latisse for over a year now and I still hear it ever so often.  My response should be a gracious, “Yes, thank you for noticing.”  Instead I reply with, “Latisse!”

I feel like my genetics shouldn’t take credit for the longer than average lashes that reside on my lids.  The 3 coats of mascara also work in my favor.  After people find out that I’m using Latisse, they immediately want my opinion on it.  So, here today I’m sharing:

Is it everything I dreamed of and more?  

Website description:  LATISSE®solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.  Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.  If you are using, or have used, prescription products for any eye pressure problems, only use LATISSE® under close doctor care. LATISSE® use may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur which may be reversible. Only apply at the base of the upper eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY to the lower eyelid. Hair growth may occur in other skin areas that LATISSE® solution frequently touches. If you develop or experience any eye problems or have eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately about continued use of LATISSE®. The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are itchy eyes and/or eye redness. If discontinued, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.

My experience:

I should start by saying, my natural lashes are short and grow straight out.  Yes, it’s quite a blessing.  My Asian sisters know what I’m talking about.

When I first started using this, I used it every night and applied with the single use applicators that came with it.  I took about 60 days (2 months) before I started to notice a real difference, they were noticeably longer.

After about 2 and a half months, I ran out of solution.  I expected that, since it came with 60 applicators (2 months worth).  However, I did the math in my head… Lastisse is $100 (where I buy it, prices may vary), lasts 2 months, therefore I would have to repurchase 6 times a year…. that’s a whopping $600 a year.

While I was happy with the results, I didn’t repurchase.  After about 2 weeks, my lashes were noticeably shorter (back to their original length).  Drat.

DISCLAIMER:  This method of application for Latisse has not been approved by a doctor, it is the experience and opinion of the author of this post.  Peace Love and Glitter is not responsible or liable for any harm or damage this method may cause to anyone who tries it.

I was casually chatting with a friend who uses Latisse, and she suggested to use a different brush to apply (rather than the single  use applicators).  “Is that safe?” I asked.  “It works for me!” she replied, so I decided to try it (I’m such a daredevil!).

I went to the store about bought the smallest and cheapest brush I could find.

e.l.f. Essential Concealer Brush

I repurchased another bottle of Latisse to test out my friend’s method.  I used every night for about 1.5 months to regrow my lashes, then started using 3-5 times a week.  That bottle lasted me 5-6 months.

After that, I repurchased another bottle and it lasted almost a year.  Keep in mind, I’m using this 3-5 times a week, and I use very little amount each night (top lash line only).

I also make sure to rinse and clean my brush regularly.

My thoughts:

I really wasn’t happy with Latisse until I started using a different brush.  Even though I still had results using the disposable applicators, it also wasted a lot of product.  Using a different brush has extended the lifetime of that tiny little bottle and saved me a lot of money!  Of course, they still grow straight out, but after I hit them with my eyelash curler they look long and thick.  The biggest downside is that you have to continue to use it, when you quit your lashes fall out and go back to normal.

DISCLAIMER:  This method of application is the author’s experience and has not been approved by a doctor.  If you choose to try this method, it is at your own risk.  Peace Love and Glitter is not liable for any damage this may cause to anyone who tries this method.

Latisse is a prescription drug and you need to see a doctor before using.  The active ingredient, bimatoprost, is actually used in glaucoma medications and lowers your eye pressure.  That is why it’s important to seek an eye care professional before use.

Have any of you guys tried Latisse?  What did you think of it?


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