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Latisse and the price of long lashes

Reviewed by Shyema May 7, 2012 17 Comments
A recent New York Times article ruminates about the costly side effects of non-prescription eyelash growth stimulators, like Latisse (given an FDA warning last year) which they call a “cumulative risk” without the supervision of a doctor.

“…the drug can cause redness, itchiness and irritation, which go away if use is discontinued. Less common is eyelid discoloration, which Allergan, the manufacturer [of Latisse], says “may be reversible.” A rare side effect that has captured the most attention is the chance that one’s hazel or blue eyes could turn brown — forever.”

Yikes. The article questions that if its at the expense of your appearance and skin health, why are products like Latisse allowed to be obtained without a prescription at all? You would think different people are more susceptible to different risks and that can best be determined under a supervised setting. Instead, we have celebrities like Brooke Shields appearing on infomercials to promote that can cause heavy discoloration or irritation.

On the other hand, many people report lush results with Latisse. While we at TIA have long before warned our readers on the risk of the prostaglandin drug infused in Latisse and other eyelash enhancers such as Lilash (our readers report side effects and reviews are mixed) and Revitalash (and have suggested safer alternatives such as Nutra-Lift’s Lash Renue and CODE:ai, we’re interested in hearing what YOU have to think about products like Latisse.

Do you think it should be as easy to purchase as mascara, or should it be prescription-only? Is the warning label enough to leave to the consumer’s discretion? What would make you feel safer as a consumer if it were more heavily regulated by the FDA?
  • February 25, 2016

    by Leslie

    I have been using Latisse for awhile now. I went to 2 times a week after the growth got to where I wanted it. I have purple eyelids, swollen eyelids,and my eyes drain in the middle of the night. I have decided to discontinue. I wish I could find something else that works.

  • March 5, 2013

    by Pinky

    I have alopecia. When my eyebrows fell out I started Latisse to ensure my lashes didn't follow. So far so good . . . no side effects yet.

  • March 5, 2013

    by melissa mantora

    I did use Fysiko for a year now. Results didn't start showing up until the end of second month. But now it made my eyelashes long and it also helped my eyebrows a lot

  • December 19, 2012

    by Susan Evitts

    Really unhappy with my puffy eyes from Latisse. I used it for several weeks with no problems. My lashes were long and I was pleased. I did notice a little redness starting to appear and backed off, using it a couple of times a week. I woke up a couple of weeks ago with puffy eyes and it hasn't gone away. My eyes are my best features, or at least they were. I look terrible now and feel that Latisse and these other products are pushed by the clinics. I was reluctant to try it for about a year and kept being pushed and pushed to try it. I'm to the point now where I don't want even botox anymore. I'm switching to more natural products and letting my face do naturally what it will. I'd rather look older and normal than be destroyed by products with side effects.

  • October 18, 2012

    by Roxanne

    I've been using Latisse for over a year, and have had spectacular results with no problems. I have black hair and dark eyes, and my naturally dark lashes are very long and lush--top and bottom. They seem to reach their max at about 16 weeks, and now I just do maintenance every few days.

    However, I want to add that I would never spend $125 a bottle! I buy it online, the generic version, for about $30. Some people have reported getting it from India fro about $10, but the shipping costs may even it out. Yes, the generic is available, and what's more, comes with a really nice little brush so you only use a tiny drop. The bottle literally lasts for months this way. So I am a pleased customer, but surely would not spend 4X the price for it.

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