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AQ Lash 0.24 oz

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AQ Lash- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta January 17, 2013 12 Comments

Pros

Comes with disposable applicators to avoid contamination

Cons

Not effective on eye brows
Longer, thicker eye lashes without controversial prostaglandins

I may have inadvertently inspired the launch of AQ Lash ($135 in the shop), the new eyelash growth product from AQ Skin Solutions. I had been using the AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) and had been impressed by its eyelid-lifting abilities when one day I thought my eyelashes were looking a little longer and/or thicker. I dismissed the thought, until a couple of other people commented on my longer, thicker lashes. AQ’s Eye Serum was making my lashes grow. I posted a comment on this very welcome side effect and the company promptly launched AQ Lash and sent me a sample to test.

AQ Lash works, as I’d hoped, even better than the Eye Serum at growing my lashes (I gave up using the Eye Serum during my month-long test period to be sure). AQ Lash harnesses the company’s signature growth factors (rather than a prostaglandin – an eyelash growth ingredient that has controversial side effects) used in the face and eye serums with some modifications.

In particular, the face serum includes a TGF-Beta GF that actually inhibits hair growth. This same GF that inhibits hair growth has been removed from AQ Lash, allowing the eyelashes to grow. And if anyone wants the lowdown on growth factors, there’s more information in this post and for a quick reprise know that the original  human fibroblast cell came from donated tissue, and is then genetically modified replicated in a lab.

When I first opened the AQ Lash packaging, the first surprise was it contained not a mascara-like applicator, but a small squeezable bottle and a pack of disposable foam-tipped wands. On thinking about it, this made sense because repetitive brushing and dipping can compromise the solution with microbes. This would be a result that could be mitigated against by adding in a lot of harsh chemical preservatives that I wouldn’t want near my eyes. AQ’s approach means that the preservative used is Japanese honeysuckle. Also, the angle of the foam tips proved to be comfortable and very efficient at applying just the right amount of product along the base of my upper and lower lashes.

AQ says that there is enough solution in the bottle for 30 applications. However, I got more out of it and estimate I have at least another 15 to 20 days’ worth, despite using it fairly generously. Now, it is worth saying that at 30 applications, this need not be a once-a-month buy at $135. After using it daily and seeing good results (stronger, darker, longer lashes), I am able to reduce to a maintenance regimen of three times a week.

Although AQ says the product can also be used for eyebrows, it didn’t do much for mine, despite the inclusion of biotinoyl tripeptide-1 (which you will also find in Chella’s Brow Ful-fillment) and I have gone back to Brow Vitality Complex. Nonetheless, for lashes AQ is a winner.

Ingredients: Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Panthenol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

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  • August 21, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Alice, AQ Lash uses growth factors and Latisse uses a prostaglandin. There are significant concerns about side effects from prostaglandins. You can read about them in our article on Latisse here: https://www.truthinaging.com/review/latisse-and-the-price-of-long-lashes

  • August 19, 2015

    by Alice

    What is the difference between AQ Lash & Latisse? Latisse works, as long as you use it religiously for 4-6 weeks. However, it makes the whites of the eyes very red, and is irritating. (A friend always says, "I can tell your allergies are bad today," whenever I see her after using Latisse the night before.) How does AQ Lash compare? On their website, the model's eyes were quite red and bloodshot, so, I'm curious about your experience?

  • October 7, 2014

    by debbie

    are there any side effects reported with the aq lash serum thank you

  • January 6, 2014

    by Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    Hi Wendy, in this article there is a link in the sentence: And if anyone wants the lowdown on growth factors, there’s more information in this post. The word post links to the url below and explains what human conditioned media is.

    http://www.truthinaging.com/review/epidermal-growth-factors-do-they-work-and-are-they-safe

  • January 6, 2014

    by Wendy

    Pamela, can you please tell us what is in the "Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media?" I just want to make sure I am not putting anything on I shouldn't be, thanks!

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