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Five Best for eyelash and brow 2011

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September 10, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 27 Comments

In her last post, our makeup guru, Kristen, said that your eyebrows can be the key to an instant eyelift and softening of the face. I would add that full brows (as opposed to aging moth-eaten ones) keep the face looking younger and who doesn’t want a full set of lashes to bat at any age. I am very excited about our 2011 Five Best eyelash and brow growth products as it shows that the industry is really listening to us – these products are safe (prostaglandin-free), existing formulas have been made more effective and there some great new products here as well.

ReLuma Lash ($95). This is a relatively new product and an already updated formula that doesn’t irritate. Simple yet sophisticated, the actives are growth proteins from stem cells. ReLuma Lash gets a boost with keratin and panthenol and lashes are conditioned by moisture attracting gluconolactone. ReLuma lash can be used on brows as well. It takes a few weeks for this product to kick in, but prolonged use yields longer, darker, stronger lashes Read the full review

Hydropeptide Lash ($98).  This has been on our Five Best list for several years running, but Hydropeptide could never be accused of being complacent and it boosted the peptide power of its lash enhancer not long ago. Results tend to be faster than some of its competitors and can be seen within a month. The actives are three peptides: myristoyl pentapeptide-17, myristoyl hexapeptide-16 and octapeptide-2, plus there’s healthy hair promoting biotin and folic acid as well as sodium hyaluronate to prevent brittleness.

Chella Brow Conditioner ($95). Devised with Hollywood brow beater, DeeDee Marcelli (who counts Paris Hilton and Celine Dion amongst her clients) the Chella Brow Full-Fillment Conditioning Treatment is aimed at those sparse of brow (that would be me). Prostaglandin-free, the active here is a peptide, Biotinoyl tripeptide. This is made by the same company as Matrixyl 3000 and it helps to slow aging effects by lessening the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to improve the irrigation of the hair follicle. This brow growth product as plenty of additional ingredients that are also associated with hair growth such as saw palmetto, amino acids, various algae and a couple of members of the vitamin B family. This kit is great bargain because the serum comes with a professional-style eyebrow grooming kit and accoutrements.

Code:ai Lash Extend Serum ($118). The big guns in the formula are myristoyl pentapeptide-16 and 17. The Lash Extend Serum has this peptide at a 30% concentration. You could get results after about three weeks, more noticeably after six weeks. In my experience, the hairs are not just longer, but also more flexible and healthier looking.

Folligen Cream ($22 in the TIA shop). I would recommend this for eyebrows rather than lashes. Folligen works on lashes too, but you need to be super careful when applying it and some people have found it very irritating to the eyes. Still, it’s a great price and on brows it can be effective. The active is copper peptides and this seems to work on the follicle in two ways: increasing follicle cell proliferation increased follicle size; and copper also decreases programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles.

Ingredients in ReLuma Lash: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Glycerin, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolized Keratin, Gluconolactone, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Oleth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Water

Ingredients in Hydropeptide: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Bioflavonoids) Peel Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16, Octapeptide-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Phosphate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methylisothiazolinone, Tropolone, Sodium Hydroxide

Ingredients in Chella: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Ergothioneine, Alcohol Denate., Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Milk Protein, Lactose, Inositol, Acetyl Cysteine, Acetyl Methionine, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Propylene Glycol, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Liminaria Digitata Extract, 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, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Disodium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in Code:ai: Aqua, glycerin, licorice root extract, hydrolized wheat protein, allantoin, panthenol, pentylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, myristoyl pentapeptide-16, myristoyl pentapeptide-17, hyaluronic acid, panthenyl ethyl ether, acrylates C10-30, alkyl acryates copolymer,triethanolamine, diethanolamine, phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Folligen: Purified water, squalane, octyl palmitate, PEG-100 stearate (glycerol stearate + PEG-100 stearate), cetyl alcohol, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), stearic acid, saw palmetto oil, allantoin, polypropylene glycol, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, herbal fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ergocalcifero



  • April 23, 2016

    by Jessuca

    I have tried Wonderlash and E Salon❤️Cute couple and have found the Wonderlash does increase brows and lashes some and is a reasonable price. It does contain Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 and is under $20 for a 2.5ml (3 math supply). E Salon contains Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 and Myristoyl Hexagon-Peptide-16 plus Retinyl Pulmitate so it does work more effectively. And is around $20 for 4.5 ml (3 month supply).

  • October 15, 2012

    by Linda

    Hi All,

    What a great site. Has anyone tried Fysiko and had results? I would appreciate honest feedback before making such an expensive purchase. Thanks!

  • May 30, 2012

    by Emilia

    Interested in a few products but apprehensive due to being very sensitive & also a contact wearer.
    (Have read about Hydropeptide Lash, Enormous Lash, Real Lash, & Lashem but not sure about which direction to go.)

    Would like suggestions (& reviews, if possible) for good/healthy lash enhancer, as well also a healthy mascara that can be used in conjunction w/ the enhancer & is suitable for contacts/sensitive eyes, please.

  • February 24, 2012

    by april

    has anyone looked at or used the one another poster wrote about,on this thread, i liked the price. DHC Eyelash tonic?

  • February 4, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Beth, you can use all of these on eyebrows as well. I tend to gravitate towards ReLuma. But Hydropeptide is also good. The need a few weeks (4-6) to kick in though.

  • February 4, 2012

    by Beth

    So Marta, would the ReLuma be best? I also need to amph up my brows, they are pathetic!!

  • February 4, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Beth, I haven't experienced any lash fall out after stopping use. I recently went on a break from ReLuma Lash and all was fine. After a month though, I felt I should restart as my lashes weren't looking as thick as they used to. The only downside of ReLuma is that the lashes do grow thick and more straight than upwards. It doesn't bother me, but I thought i should point it out.

  • February 4, 2012

    by Beth

    I've tried many lash growth serums but the only one that truly worked was Latisse. But after discontinuing it, my lashes became very sparse and thin. I was finding lashes on my cheeks all day long! I don't want to continue using something so toxic but would like to have nice lashes again. So question - do any of the above products do the same thing as the Latisse - produce gorgeous lashes but fallout after you stop using it ??

  • February 4, 2012

    by cindy

    Hi, I have also been using Marini Lash for about 9 months and I need to reorder... however as new products have been coming out - which does research say really works the best. My lashes are short and few;(

  • January 26, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Nour, I find that the ReLuma and Hydropeptide work best. The only thing I would add is that with ReLuma my lashes grow very thick and straight (as opposed to upwards).

  • January 26, 2012

    by Nour

    Hi Martha,

    I am using Marini Lash and pretty content with the results, though i got them after 2 months. It s really fuller, longer, denser and thicker but I find it a little bit price. Which one of the above you recommend I should try instead.

  • December 30, 2011

    by crissy

    What are the side effects of lia lash

  • November 7, 2011

    by Jan

    Nancy, and anyone else with eyelashes falling out.....when I began taking Evening Primrose oil at least every other day, my eyelashes stopped falling out. I also swipe a small amount of castor oil on my eyebrows after applying Folligen nightly, and what little is left on my fingers I pat my eyelashes. They are now very soft. May not work on you, but has significanlty helped mine out..

  • November 2, 2011

    by Ervina Wu

    Here's the link to the site:

  • November 2, 2011

    by Ervina Wu

    Hi Martha and TIA community,

    Any chance one might heard of/tried Amplif eye by Xtreme Lashes? Would love to hear any sort of feedback.


  • November 2, 2011

    by Nancy

    Thanks JustD for your comments. I'm actually really happy with for now and was surprised that it started to work. It did take 9 weeks for me to actually see some sort of result! Now I'm just kind of biting my lip....I want to purchase another bottle but it's so expensive....(which is why I was asking Marta for a coupon code...)

  • November 2, 2011

    by JustD

    Nancy, Marta turned me on to Reluma Lash, and although slow, it is working. Of course one eye is better splashed than the other, but that's just the way of lashes. I used LiLash as well and I agree on all points. I also used Code:ai and agree with you on that as well. Hydropeptide Lash Serum is another product I've used and I did like it. My lashes did tend to grow a bit longer. With Reluma they are a bit thicker and so I'm kinda doubling up. I use Hydropeptide in the daytime and use Reluma at night. It's a work in progress. Don't expect immediate results with Reluma, it takes a while. HPT is a bit quicker, depending on what you're looking for.

    Also consider the mascara you're using, it could be drying out your lashes hence they're appearing to fall out more. I like Buxom, maybe not as high on the list as the ones following, but I really like it, by Bare Escentuals, but I also liked Korres and Dr. Haschka as well, there's another one by Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes as well, but Buxom gives me the dark lash drama I crave. :)

  • November 2, 2011

    by Marta

    Sharron the nice people at MAC sent me the ingredients for Future Lash. This is more of a lash conditioner than a growth product - there's no active growth ingredient in it.
    Ingredients: water\aqua\eau, butylene glycol, hydroxyethylcellulose, creatine, glycerin, adenosine phosphate, acetyl carnitine hcl, disodium nadh, arginine tocopherol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, carbomer, sodium chloride, ammonium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol

  • November 1, 2011

    by Nancy Yang

    Happy to give another month because that's when I finally saw results! I'm done with my bottle and wanted to know if they are still throwing in the lash booster primer if you buy the lash serum? Let me know so I can re-order :) Thanks!

  • November 1, 2011

    by Lynne Treharne

    I really have had good, make that great results with DHC's Eyelash Tonic. It worked quickly, and I have such full, lush lashes that people think I am wearing false lashes when I put on just my regular Dior mascara. Even without mascara my lashes are thick, full, and long like they were when I was much, much younger. I am 42.

    The fact that it is only $13.50 is just amazing to me, since most of the other products start around $50.00. I would really love to hear an experts take on the safety of this product and its ingredients.

    Thank you so much! Lynne

  • October 30, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Sharon, I've been trying to find the ingredients for the MAC Lash serum online, but no luck so far. I'll email MAC and see if I can get them

  • October 30, 2011

    by Sharron

    Hi Marta! Thank you for your quick response to my question! A Lady at the MAC cosmetics counter told me of a new product that they are carrying now for lashes. It is MAC Prep+Prime, Future Length Lash Serum and costs around $30. Have you tried this one?

  • October 28, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Christina, the side effects you mention are caused by an ingredient that is a prostaglandin. I would never sell an eyelash growth product that contains this. All the ones in the TIA shop have been selected because they are based actives that do not have these side effects. And I have personally tested them all.

  • October 28, 2011

    by Christina

    Hello Marta,

    I've been using ReLuma Lash for about two weeks. I'm writing to ask if this product has the same negative side effects as Latisse in that it can cause brown spots on the iris. I think I read that it doesn't, but I can't find that information, and I'd just like, I guess, reassurance that it doesn't. Otherwise, I'll switch to another lash-lengthener that has been effective. Thank you for your comments.

  • September 28, 2011

    by Nancy Yang

    Thanks Marta for such a fast reply!!

    Yes I will give another month or so and I'll probably try hdropeptide next...I'll let you know my results.

    I have before and after pics so far of so let me know if you like to see them...

  • September 28, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Nancy, sometimes these products can take 6 weeks or more to show results. Its a bit frustrating when you've been used to faster results from a prostaglandin, but you are right to seek alternatives that are safer - albeit slower. Anyway, if CODE:ai continues to disappoint, you could look at ReLuma Lash or Hydropeptide Lash. I've had good results with both and they tend to be my go-tos - but they both start slow (give them 6 weeks).

  • September 28, 2011

    by Nancy Yang

    Hi Marta,

    Love the website....I'm ready for some honesty about beauty products!

    I've been using for the past month or so and I will say that the results are pretty minimal. I think my lashes are a tad bit thicker, not much longer....but my main concern is that it doesn't help my lashes to be stronger and prevent them from falling out.

    I used Lilash in the past..(which had amazing results to the point where my eyelashes barely fell out anymore)...but the side effects I'm still suffering from today...what a horrible product.

    Any suggestions of what else to try??

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