What is it? An eyelash conditioner that stimulates hair growth.

For people with: Sparse eyelashes, or who want longer, fuller lashes.

Recommended use: Apply once or twice a day to your upper lashes with the brush as you would a liquid eyeliner, close to the lash line.

TIA recommends for people in: their 30s+ or those with lash growth issues.

Highlights: Fortunately, what makes up RevitaLash was recently reformulated to no longer include bimatoprost, an ingredient in glaucoma drugs to lower the fluid pressure in the eye, which can not only deactivate the drug, but can also lead to damage to the optic nerve and even blindness for sufferers of the condition. The FDA has identified side effects in normal users of bimatoprost as swelling of the retina, inflammation, and reduced vision. Athena Cosmetics, the manufacturer of RevitaLash, reformulated its eyelash product and relaunched it as an “eyelash conditioner” in January of 2008.

Sarah says: I am an obsessed Revitalash user. I love that I can use RevitaLash on my lashes and my brows. It saves me time and money! AND IT WORKS!! Just a thought.

Chantal says: I love [Revitalash’] lash conditioner and have gotten all my friends using it.

Chantal also says: I researched eyelash growth products on-line, read a lot of reviews and ended up buy Revitalash. Apparently, it was one of the first products on the market. My lashes look amazing (it’s been 9 weeks). I haven’t had any side effects and you can buy it on-line for a great price.

Harleypilot says: I have been using Revitalash daily for the past 3 months. (Oct ‘08 to Jan ‘09) Today I have much longer lashes than I did three months ago. I am pleased with the product and have not had any side effects. My blue eyes are still blue, too. I do not know which formula I purchased in October of 2008, but I am pleased with the results.

Audrey says: My salon suggested that I use Revitalash… I’m on my 5th week now and got no side effects. The best part is, my friends compliment me on my thick, long lashes!!!

Michelle says: I started with Revitalash and had a burning red eyes and stopped using.

Jennifer says: I have been using Revitalash for the last month. I haven’t seen any dramatic changes but I do notice some blurred vision. Kinda skeptical about it now and I don’t think I’ll continue to use it until more legitimate research has been done on it.

Cher says: 44 yr. female using Revitalash for approx. 30 days. Did start noticing new growth and thickness in my sparse eyelash and eyebrow area. Yet, only a few days ago noticed dark brown spots appearing in my blue eyes. Upon further investigating via on-line. This seems to be a common side affect which is NOT mentioned anywhere on Revitalash’s website or paper insert you receive with the product. BEWARE if you have light colored eyes.

Ingredients we love: n/a

Ingredients we don’t: Instead of bimatoprost, RevitaLash now contains another so-called prostaglandin found in glaucoma drugs, which is also quite controversial.

Chlorphenesin, used in cosmetics as an antimicrobal preservative, can also be taken orally as a muscle relaxant, which effectively blocks nerve impulses sent to the brain. Not commercially available in the U.S., chlorphenesin is linked to a number of unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and dizziness, as well as interactions with other drugs. In addition to phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin was part of the reason behind the mass recall of Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream. The FDA issued a warning that these two ingredients may cause “respiratory distress, vomiting, and diarrhea in infants.” Studies have shown that both phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin can depress the central nervous system and cause facial dermatitis.

Retail Price: $150 normal retail, but available for $124 on Amazon.

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Bottom line: While many, including our own Copley, have found that RevitaLash does, in fact, allow users to grow longer, fuller eyelashes, there are a number of risks associated with using this product. RevitaLash is not yet FDA approved, although Athena Cosmetics insists that their products are “very safe” in a number of different places on their website.

The RevitaLash website states that the product may cause discoloration of the skin around the eye and, if the product comes into contact with the eye itself, the pigment of the iris may be darkened. More troubling than the aesthetic damage this product may have are the irritating and harmful ingredients in the RevitaLash formula, including chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol, which we mention above.


Water, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol (Provitamin B-5), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Phosphate, Trifluoromethyl Dechloro Ethylprostenolamide, Cellulose Gum