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Latisse Review: Cost, Discoloration, and Effectiveness

The Latisse Diaries: A Long-Overdue Update

A few months back, I started using Latisse, the drug approved to make your eyelashes longer and thicker. I reported on it for a few weeks, but then dropped off — for which I apologize — and later quit using it. Why did I go through all the trouble of going to my dermatologist, spending hundreds of dollars on the product, and reporting on it to then just quit? I've got a bunch of reasons it didn't work for me, so if you'd like the lowdown from someone who went through the entire Latisse process, just keep on reading.

It's not that Latisse didn't work; it worked pretty well. My lashes were noticeably longer, thicker, and darker. But I used it for a full 16 weeks, and even at the end they weren't voluminous enough to really go without eye makeup. You have to keep using Latisse to maintain the results, and I couldn't imagine going the rest of my life shelling out $130 every other month just to find myself putting mascara on to get the same results I'd always gotten.

What really made me stop using it, though, was the lid discoloration. There's been a lot of talk about Latisse being able to turn blue eyes brown permanently. Although I'm blue eyed, I never experienced anything of the sort. What I did get, though, was a reddish-purple tinge to my upper eyelids that had never been there before. Initially I thought it was irritation, because I'd been getting red eyes from the product, but even once the redness abated, the strange discoloration remained. And then it started getting worse, darkening to the point where my lash line looked almost bruised. I'm absurdly pale, so I'm sure the appearance was much worse than it would be on most people, but still — not something I cared to live with. So I quit using it. After a few weeks, the lid discoloration started to lessen (I'm really, really glad it wasn't permanent and I feel pretty lucky). Now, five months later, my lids are back to their normal shade.

Your appearance is a very personal means of self expression, so I'm sure this is worth it for some people. And I realize that my experience isn't going to be exactly like anyone else's. But as a person with an average income who just wanted to be able to go without mascara, I felt a little put off and a lot impoverished by the entire experience. Latisse sells a very appealing concept, but the reality — for me, at least — just wasn't as charming. If you have any questions about the product, just leave them in the comments and I'll be glad to answer them.

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Beauty Beauty 6 years
Anon11, it's a stock photo. :) This is a shot of the lashes in progress: here
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 6 years
Yeah I'll probably just stick with mascara. $130 is just too much if you still end up using mascara! Plus I have blue eyes and would be terrified of them possibly changing color because of using this. I also already have a sort of dark look to my eyelids (in conjunction with my dark circles) so I don't need anymore eyelid discoloration! Pass. Speaking of dark circles, whatever happened to the series by Bella on remedies for that? Did she find that any one method works best?
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 6 years
I'm so glad no harm was permanent. I'm pretty sure I'll never try latisse. The risk of permanent change of eye color is enough to dissuade me from using it, even if it didn't cost so much.
shaima shaima 6 years
@ laura220: some people say that castor oil helps lashes grow. A friend of mine said it was a myth since it didn't work for her, but after hearing the pros and cons, i decided to give it a try. I use it at night and honestly, i DO see a difference after 5 weeks. I'm stopping it in few days and hope my lashes will remain strong and thick. My friend, as i said, had a terrible experience with castor oil, eye redness etc. So for precaution, i put a very little of the oil on the extremity of my lashes.
shaima shaima 6 years
@ laura220: some people say that castor oil helps lashes grow. A friend of mine said it was a myth since it didn't work for her, but after hearing the pros and cons, i decided to give it a try. I use it at night and honestly, i DO see a difference after 5 weeks. I'm stopping it in few days and hope my lashes will remain strong and thick. My friend, as i said, had a terrible experience with castor oil, eye redness etc. So for precaution, i put a very little of the oil on the extremity of my lashes.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Shaima -- I'm curious...exactly what is that treatment? If I had the money I *might* consider trying this. I am literally white as a ghost but I have brown/black lashes and dark brown eyes. The lid discoloration would be the only major turnoff there. :ponder: Then again I'll most likely stick to what I have since I don't ever need to wear mascara...and I never do.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Shaima -- I'm curious...exactly what is that treatment?If I had the money I *might* consider trying this. I am literally white as a ghost but I have brown/black lashes and dark brown eyes. The lid discoloration would be the only major turnoff there. :ponder:Then again I'll most likely stick to what I have since I don't ever need to wear mascara...and I never do.
shaima shaima 6 years
thanks for updating! I'm happy you stopped before it got serious. There's no way i'm trying this. I'm sticking to my castor-oil treatment, it's working for me!
mek123 mek123 6 years
I was wondering what happened with the test. It does seem like a lot of money to spend and still have to use mascara. I have a friend who used it for glaucoma who now has the most beautiful eyelashes and didn't have the lid discoloration but unfortunately didn't help her glaucoma enough.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 6 years
I'm super fair with light eyes too. I also have mild allergies/sensitive eyes....my doc gave me a great big "no" on this. I'm happy you had no permanent damage. Thank goodness!
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
I totally agree with you Bella...paying that amount of money to still have to use mascara seems like a waste...and we still don't really know the long-term effects of using this product so close to our eyes!!
Gingerpye Gingerpye 6 years
Thanks for the update! Was wondering what evenutally happened with the test.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
eeeek! sounds pretty scary! glad to know the discoloration wasn't permanent :)
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