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Revitalash: safer than Jan Marini?

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Reviewed by Marta January 9, 2008 36 Comments
Now that Jan Marini's Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner has been withdrawn from the US market, the most worrisome question is whether all the other eyelash growth products that are still available are safe.  I mentioned MD Lash Factor in my last post and then a reader asked: what about Revitalash?

Revitalash, made by Athena Cosmetics, was launched to compete directly with Jan Marini's product at a slightly keener price point. Copley reviewed it and her verdict was that it works, but at what price. You can read her Revitalash review here.

The Revitalash story is very similar to that of Jan Marini. Mind you, it does come with a much better 'origination myth' that is worth a quick detour. The story goes that Revitalash was invented by Dr Michael Brinkenhoff as a "special gift" for his cancer stricken wife (Gayle), whose once luscious lashes were rendered sparse and brittle by the disease.

Anyway, Dr Brinkenhoff's special gift was, just like the Jan Marini product, based on bitamoprost. This is the glaucoma drug that can cause side effects and prompted the FDA to seize the Marini eyelash enhancer last November. Details are here.

Following in the footsteps of Marini, Athena Cosmetics pulled Revitalash and replaced it in mid-December with a new formula that is still on sale today. The new Revitalash is based on a mysterious ingredient called " Formula Lashgro (proprietary formulation)". So what is it?

You guessed it. Revitalash 2 is based on the same key ingredient as the reformulated Jan Marini product; when Marini replaced the bitamoprost-based eyelash conditioner it was with one that contained prostaglandin. The Revitalash currently on sale is also based on an analogue for prostaglandin. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, prostaglandin can cause irritation and change the color of the eyes.

Given the controversy and concern around these products, as well as potential competition from Allergan's Lumilash, Revitalash may go the way of Jan Marini's Eyelash Conditioner and be withdrawn altogether. In the meantime, I am certainly not going to use any of them.

  • August 14, 2011

    by ee

    After 6 weeks of using Revitalash I noticed irritation in my eyes, and swelling of the lids. On cortisone drops now to relieve this, so I'm wondering if the RL caused the irritation. It was the only new thing I added to my makeup/cleanser routine. Not enough difference in eyelashes to mention, just the irritation and swelling of lids. Be careful, even with the new formula.

  • May 17, 2011

    by jd

    Revitalash currently contains "trifluoromethyl dechloro ethylprostenolamide." Ethylprostenolamide is a prostaglandin and is being used in lieu of bimatoprost. These products should be used with caution.

  • July 17, 2010

    by Beverly

    Oh Really, I just heard of maximum lash. Is it a new product out in the market? good to hear that from you ladies. For me, been using revitalash eyelash enhancer and never failed me since then. I felt so well-situated using this product, I am very thankful with what it did to my lushes. From a brittle and dull lushes, now is looking fuller, stronger and healthier. I recommend it for those girls wanting to enhance their lashes.

  • July 12, 2010

    by Brenda

    Hey Annie, No need to afraid of. I'll give you the one I'm using now MaximumLash Eyelash Conditioner . I started using it about 6 months ago and have had teriffic results. I never noticed what a difference lashes made to the face! Try it and you will never regret.

  • November 24, 2009

    by Annie

    My sisters have been using Revitalash for 2 months with good results.And now i want to buy one to try..but still afraid with all your comments above....:((..How??

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