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AQ Lash- reviewed and recommended

AQ Lash 0.24 oz

Our Rating: 4 stars


Comes with disposable applicators to avoid contamination


Not effective on eye brows
January 17, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments
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:

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • September 10, 2013

    by MJ

    Product has not worked for me. I have been using it for over a month and there is no difference. I want a refund.

  • May 10, 2013

    by Pamela Xiong

    Hello TIA! I don't know how the recent comments have missed me! I will again, put in a request for them and keep the community updated. :)

  • April 9, 2013

    by Marta

    I completely agree with you about the applicators. I have product left and no wands. We've been quietly lobbying AQ on this matter. And, I guess, now not so quietly. Please, Pam at AQ....this is a six to eight week product. And that makes it better value and you'd sell more.

  • April 9, 2013

    by Gloria

    Well I have been using AQ Lash now for about 5 - 6 weeks. I am so in love with this product! For the first time in my life I have wonderful lashes. I did start using the AQ Eye serum and when this came out I started using it too. I stopped using the serum because I was testing the Arcona Peptide Eye serum so it came at a good time.

    I have new growth and thickness. I wish I had taken before and after pictures. It is well worth the price of $135 to me. I am still on my 1st bottle and the only thing I would like is more of the applicators. I have used q-tips but it doesn't do the job quite as well.

    I am very pleased with the results. I had no burning or irritation either. Great product and I will keep buying this one.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Pamela Xiong (AQ REP)

    Hi duck!

    Thank you for the positive feedback! Ecstatic that you are having a wonderful experience with the product!


  • April 3, 2013

    by duck

    I've been using AQ's face serum for about three weeks now and am cautiously optimistic about its capabilities (truthfully, I feel a surge of panicked glee when I look in the mirror and see what I could *swear* is my forehead lines getting shallower and shallower... but common sense reminds me to be circumspect and wait the full six weeks). Longer lashes are the next item on my beauty wish list, so news of an effective AQ lash serum is pretty exciting. I'll have to go about accruing some additional disposable income, though, before spending another $130+ on what is admittedly a rather vain beauty quest. But did I mention that the face serum is even fading the little broken capillaries on my nose?! Yeah. It's totally doing that.

    BIG fan of this company.

  • January 17, 2013

    by Jan

    Wow! Can't wait to try it!!!!!!!

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