Reviewed by Susan
I was the person selected to review the Prolatogen eyelash enhancing solution and I want to apologize for taking so long to get this to all of you. I was having an allergic reaction around my eyes to some other product and I wasn't sure which one, so it took a little while to get that all sorted out so I could start off testing with completely healthy, irritation free eyes, so thanks for your patience.
Prolatogen comes in a very plain box that almost looks like it should be a prescription product. It claims to be a revolutionary lash-enhancing solution combining "patented lipo-oligopeptide technology with a human recombinant keratinocyte growth factor". Supposedly in clinical trials there was a visable increase in lash volume and length of up to 40% in 4 weeks and up to 72% in 6 weeks.
I decided to use the product exclusively on my right eye so I could compare and see if there was any difference to my other eye ... I didn't want that whole "Gee, they do seem a little longer" wishful thinking bias. My lashes are not too short, but since I've gotten older they seem more sparse and are definitely not as long nor as dark as they used to be.
The product is to be applied at night before any other products. Applying more frequently or more product than prescribed doesn't speed up or increase results. The product itself is a clear, odorless liquid gel in a small prescription eyedrop type bottle and comes with 60 disposable applicators, one for each eye, so a 30 day supply. After using it once a night for 4-6 weeks, you can cut back to twice a week, so the initial $75 will be a little more affordable over time.
The directions say to squeeze a drop into the cap and apply along the lashline with the brush. Well, my first problem was that the product is pretty thick and the bottle really hard plastic, so getting even the tiniest drop out proved to be a challenge ... and shaking it down really hard didn't seem to help. So I strongly suggest you store the bottle upside down so you can get the product out. Then once it's in the cap ... uh, is it in the cap? Hard to see. It's clear and the cap has all sorts of nooks and crannies, so I started squeezing it onto a clean spatula which was much easier. The little disposable plastic brushes are a nice touch (if you can shut up the little "it's not very green" voice in your head). They're soft, but firm enough you can really work the product down into your lashes. If it gets in your eye it's supposedly harmless and I didn't find it to sting at all. I used my finger tip to take the tiny bit leftover on the spatula and rubbed it into the bare patches of my eyebrows.
So how did it do? I used it religiously for a full 8 weeks (except for 2 nights ... don't ask) and saw almost no change to my lashes at all. I continued it for 2 more weeks, just to make sure, with still no substantial change. The little bald patches on my eyebrows, however, had a tiny bit of very fine hair growth, but not enough that I didn't have to still fill it in with brow pencil. So all in all, I'd say it's not worth the money.
I've attached some photo proof of the "no difference" results. The eyes on left side of the photos (my right eye) had the product applied.
Purified Water, Sympeptide (r) 226 (Purified Water, Glycerin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17), Sodium chloride, KGF-1 (Human Recombinant Keratinocyte Growth Factor), Sodium phosphate monobasic, Sodium phosphate dibasic, Hydroxyethylcellulose, EDTA, Benzylkonium chloride (0.01%)