Reviewed by Imelda

I couldn’t contain my extreme excitement when Truth In Aging gave me the privilege to try out the Chella Lash Full-Fillment Conditioning Treatment. Packaged in an attractive pearlized orange .2 fl. oz. tube, the colorless fluid formulated prostaglandin-free by Chella Skin Care has an orange colored application brush trimmed to a perfect point just like an eyeliner brush. The accompanying brochure greets the reader with “Hello, Luscious Lashes!” and showed two close-up pictures (also in their website) of 1)an eye with short lashes (before) and 2)the same eye with beautiful long lashes (after) that reached almost to the model’s eye brow! These alone made me, of asian descent and whose sparse, short lashes could truly use the boost, dream and visualize that happening in (as estimated by Chella) just four weeks! Thus, I joyfully accepted the challenge with great anticipation of one day truly saying “hello, luscious lashes.”

The treatment was easy to apply and I didn’t feel any stinging on the lids at all, except for one time when I thought I got too close to the rim of my eye and felt a bit of fluid drip inside. The ingredients that are said to produce the improvement as indicated in the brochure are: biotin, essential for strong hair, panthenol, moisture booster and retention, Thiotane (ergothioneine), a powerful amino acid that conditions and protects, milk protein, nourishes and moisturizes, and citric acid, a natural preservative. Per the brochure, these along with vitamins (inositol, retinyl palmitate, niacin), peptides, bio-based molecules and antioxidants are supposed to make lashes thicker and lush in just 4 weeks. Also listed among the ingredients are jojoba seed oil and castor oil, which according to some, is said to help thicken and lengthen lashes. All these are good enough for one to keep hoping for the best as the weeks progressed.

It has been exactly seven weeks now as I write this review, that I have religiously applied Chella Lash Full-Fillment Conditioning Treatment on my upper lash line as well as my lower (actually almost non-existent) lash line. Okay, maybe I missed a couple of nights throughout the first 4 week period, but anyway, I noticed only a minor change in the appearance of my lashes, where a few strands seem longer and some new growth seem to be sprouting in between lashes. So I decided to carry on for another two to three weeks and diligently apply the treatment, as well as thoroughly scrutinize my lashes’ appearance with my hand mirror’s magnifying side. I hoped that probably my lashes were just in that so-called phase wherein growth is slowed down somehow. Well, those three additional weeks have passed and my dream of having “Bambi-like blinkers” has come true. Alas, the only time I see my lashes darker and thicker is with mascara applied. And, where my lower almost non-existent lashes are concerned, there has been only a glimmer of hope - probably 3 new lashes per eye. In spite of the continued usage that, as mentioned in the brochure, would produce maximum results at 2-4 months, my dream of having fabulous un-mascara-ed lashes is somewhat shattered. I am probably just one of those who, due to nature, heredity, the frequent use of harsh cosmetics and false eyelashes during my youth, have no more growth hormones to produce thicker, longer lashes at this mature age.

Still, I am thankful to Truth In Aging for letting me try this product. Will I continue to use the remaining treatment in the tube? Yes, since it has become quite a habit to have it in my nightly regimen and it has somehow strengthened my existing lashes; there are fewer fall-outs observed during these past 7 weeks. And compared to the Folligen ($21 in the TIA shop), which I tried previously, it didn’t sting or have that funky turquoise color. However, when Chella runs out, I probably will not purchase this $90 product, because I hate to splurge for realizing only minimum results. I must mention that I also tried, with a better success rate, the $100 Latisse more than two years ago, before I learned of the negative side effects of prostaglandin. Lastly, I should say that as a developing purist, I worry about the Chella Lash Full-Fillment’s questionable ingredients included in the list such as propylene glycol (PEG), triethanolamine and phenoxyethanol, no matter how little of such is contained in the product formulation. Perhaps those with a big budget for this type of concern should instead  try, as Marta recommended sometime ago, the Hydropeptide Lash ($130). I believe one is never too old to dream, so I may just try that next and see if this dream to have fuller, longer lashes, with no need for mascara, will someday come true.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ergothioneine, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Denatured Alcohol, Milk Protein, Lactose, Inositol, Acetyl Cystein, Acetyl Methionine, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Biotin, Algae Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Pca, Sorbitol, Proline, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Saccharomuces/Zinc Ferment, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthum Gum, Triethonolamine, Disodium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Castor Oil, Potassium Cla Glutathionate, Sodium Dna