RapidLash review | Latisse Comparison
So many of the changes that come with aging are both a blessing and a curse! Take thinning hair for example, it means less shaving of the legs and arm pits, but it also means diminishing eyebrows and lashes. I tried and reviewed the prescription lash growth serum Latisse earlier this year and while it definitely DOES grow lashes, it came with a hefty price tag and a few side effects. So when I finished my Latisse sample, I stopped using it and decided to try one of the over the counter lash serums instead.
I purchased RapidLash Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum from Costco for $57 for 2 30 ml tubes. It normally retails at Ulta* for $50 per 30 ml tube, and on Amazon* for about $27 each. RapidLash is paraben and fragrance free, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers, and not tested on animals.
The packaging of RapidLash is compact and makes the product so much easier to use than Latisse. It comes with a thin brush that makes it easy to quickly swipe once at the base of the upper lashes or on the eyebrows.
RapidLash contains Hexatein 1 Complex which is made up of peptides, biotin, panthenol, amino acids, soybean oil & pumpkin seed extract. Latisse contains Bimatoprost, an FDA approved drug that’s available by prescription only.
Since their active ingredients are so different I really wasn’t expecting great things from RapidLash. I thought it might condition my lashes and help make them look a little glossier and healthier, but I was pretty sure I’d be watching all my ultra long Latisse lashes fall out while I was using RapidLash!
I used Latisse for 3 months from October 27, 2014 – January 27, 2015. After I discontinued the Latisse, I waited a month for the Latisse effect to fade and I did see quite a few of my mega-lashes fall out. I started using RapidLash on February 27, 2015 and have been using it nightly for 2 1/2 months now. I didn’t use Latisse on my brows but I noticed they’d become dramatically thinner and that I rarely needed to pluck even a stray hair, so I used RapidLash on my eyebrows too.
Let’s take a look at the before and after pictures to see if RapidLash works:
(all photos are of lashes and eyebrows without makeup & are not re-touched)
So, are you as shocked as I am?? I can’t believe it, but RapidLash actually works! And based on how often I have to pluck my eyebrows now, it may work a little too well… I think the Latisse definitely produced the longer lashes, but only by a hair 😉 The RapidLash lashes look darker and glossier as I thought they might, but they also look longer and more curled, and my brows are so much fuller!
So the pros on RapidLash are: Longer, fuller and darker lashes, from a product that costs less, is easier to use, did not irritate my eyes, and doesn’t run the risk of changing my eye color.
The cons are that there’s little to no scientific evidence that anything in the formula works to grow hair. I know that when taken orally, biotin helps hair grow faster from testing I did on a collagen supplement that contained biotin called NeoCell. But there aren’t any supporting studies proving that or that it can work topically.
Nevertheless, I’m convinced that it does work, and work well so I’m going to stick with it (now I’m glad I got the 2 pack)!!
RapidLash Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum: Ulta* Amazon*
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