A few months ago, I wrote a mascara review that focused mainly on how to make your lashes look like false lashes. This prompted a reader to ask: “Have you ever tried Latisse? The eyelash growth serum?” I hadn’t, but had definitely heard of it. A few friends of mine love it and swear by it, so I thought it was time to review it on the blog and share some info.
What Is Latisse Exactly?
Latisse is “bimatoprost ophthalmic solution”, which is the only Health-Canada-approved treatment out there which grows your lashes. Not only does it make your lashes grow longer, the solution thickens, darkens and makes lashes look fuller too. So yeah, it’s essentially liquid gold.
The Best Discovery Ever…
Doctors discoverd that Lumigan, a drug used to treat glaucoma, increased the number of lash hairs, along with growing them longer, fuller and darker. Right there was how one of the best beauty treatments was borne.
How Do You Use It?
I consider myself the main guinea pig for all of the beauty treatments I recommend, so I’m trying out Latisse to see how it works. I contacted Concept Medical and asked to review the product and pass along a little knowledge to you all. During my consultation at Concept Medical, Dr. Sam Hetz said that Latisse is an excellent option for those looking to “beef up” their lashes, with results typically being mind-blowing. Seriously.
At that moment, one of his assistants walked in with a set of the most impressive lashes I’d ever seen. When she told me it was all Latisse, I was absolutely sold.
Before I get into that though, a quick tutorial:
- When you purchase Latisse, you will be provided with enough of the treatment for 16 weeks.
- Latisse is applied each night before bed.
- Apply one drop of Latisse to a disposable brush (these will be provided for you with your Latisse purchase)
- Apply to the UPPER lash line only! No need to apply to bottom lash line. Applying to the lower lash line can cause growth that looks very unnatural.
- Throw out that brush, use another clean one and repeat on the other eye.
- You will see results in 12-16 weeks.
While I’m really excited to see the results, I am aware of the side effects. They aren’t too bad, but they should be carefully considered before you take the plunge.
Things You Should Know Before Trying Latisse:
Change In Eye Colour – but super rare!
It *may* change your eye colour…but this is extremely rare. This can affect those with light blue or green eyes, but again, it’s extremely rare
Some may experience a slight darkening of skin near the lash line. This is not permanent though and skin tone reverts to its normal colour once you stop using this serum.
Lash Growth Is Not Immediate
You will most definitely see some amazing results…in 12-16 weeks. Be patient. It will be so worth it!
Some may experience slight dryness of the eyes while using this product. My sister-in-law noticed dryness of the eyes first thing in the morning while she was using Latisse.
Keep some moisturizing eye drops on hand to keep dryness at bay while your eyelashes bloom!
Long Lashes = Continued Use
In order to keep your amazingly long, full lashes, you will have to keep using Latisse. Once you stop, your lashes will go back to normal.
So, be sure to continue using Latisse, even when you start to see results (some stop at the first sign of growth thinking it will be permanent).
A No-Go For Pregnant Ladies
Sorry! Latisse is not recommended for pregnant women.
So, if you’re intrigued and ready to board the Long Lash Train, visit either Concept Medical or your doctor to get a prescription for Latisse. A 5ml bottle costs $210 CAD and lasts approximately three months. Stunning lashes are only one consultation away!
To book your consultation for Latisse at Concept Medical, please call (613) 829-1266. The clinic is located at 11 Holland Avenue, Suite 400. Feel free to visit and pick up a few great skincare products too! You can read about my favourites here.
*In collaboration with Concept Medical.