Free shipping on all domestic orders over $39

RevitaLash: what price will you pay for long lashes? Review

March 25, 2013 Reviewed by admin 41 Comments
TRU Rating
Potential side effects from prostaglandin are too risky


No longer contains bimatoprost, a prostoglandin


It does contain another prostaglandin

Does Revitalash Work?

When I got my hands on RevitaLash I couldn't wait to use it.  I had caught wind of rumors that Revitalash was widely effective at making eyelashes longer and fuller and thought that this could be the answer to my prayers for Bambi-like lashes.  Then Marta had to burst my bubble, ominously warning that RevitaLash might stain my eyelid skin or even turn my baby blues brown!  Refusing to cave to the naysayers, I persevered with my RevitaLash experiment, all for the sake of Truth in Aging and a genetically-endowed set of stubby lashes.

I am glad I did because, as you may have heard, RevitaLash works.  Around the five-week mark, I started to notice a difference.  There is now a slight curl to the lashes on the outer edge, and one lash in particular seems to have nearly doubled in length.  What my lashes continue to lack in thickness, they are beginning to make up for in length.  Once ashamed to admit that my boyfriend's eyelashes were more luscious than mine, I am now proud that my set can hold their own- with the requisite dose of mascara, of course.

Though some users claim that RevitaLash darkens the actual hair, I was not so lucky.  With my light coloring, I still need to glob on mascara to achieve that enviable eye-popping effect.  But on the upside, both my eyelids and eyes have retained their natural color.  I was a little worried by a slight stinging sensation that occurred when I lined the liquid too heavily and felt it seep into my eye after closing it.  Aside from producing a bloodshot effect, the stinging subsides after a few seconds and is not so much painful as disconcerting, since it makes you wonder what exactly is reacting with your eyeball.

Is Revitalash Safe?

Fortunately, what makes up RevitaLash no longer includes 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 this year.  Instead of bimatoprost, RevitaLash now contains another so-called prostaglandin found in glaucoma drugs.

Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest product reviews and save 10% on all orders over $50

The list of ingredients in RevitaLash is surprisingly short.  There is some sodium chloride, a common medication to reduce the swelling of the cornea in certain eye conditions.  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.

Though Revitalash's reformulated ingredients have been marketed as "100% safe", the conspicuous presence of two precarious preservatives makes you wonder- Just how safe was the original formula?  According to some users, RevitaLash has the potential to increase ocular pressure, and therefore, it is advised to see an opthamologist while using the product.  I wear contacts and didn't notice any change in vision, but I'm a little wary of long-term effects on eyesight if the solution continually comes into contact with the eyes.  Minus the nominal discomfort, I experienced no iris discoloration nor any other visible drawbacks after six weeks of use.

An article on eyelash lengthening products in the Wall Street Journal last week included a quote by the opthamologist who founded Athena.  He claimed that the ingredients in RevitaLash are "of a concentration that is reduced from anything that would be in any kind of medication" and that he has been "scupulously careful not to make any claims outside the realm of beautification."  Desperate to comply with FDA regulations, RevitaLash ensures that its ingredients will not be classified as drugs.  But in no way does that mean they are safe.

sign up for our newsletter

  • April 7, 2018

    by syl

    Has anyone had eye problems after using revitalash. My eyes feel as if there is a grain of sand moving around. I have taken to using a liquid drop on them hourly
    but it doesn't help.

  • April 5, 2018

    by Kayla

    I have used RapidLash and, more recently RevitaLash. The RapidLash worked extremely well, My average eyelashes were so long that after applying mascara they would touch my eyebrows. Happy, happy. Until it just stopped working, and I have heard from other users who had this same problem. That's when I switched to RevitaLash. Much, much more expensive, but honestly, I will pay what I have to pay to have and keep these eyelashes. I've been using RevitaLash for about a year and have had some set backs. After a explosive growth period, my eyelashes were thick, black, and really long. Then they were not as thick, but still looked good, still dark, but not as long. With mascara they looked good but not as OMG good as they did at first. Then the really bad things began happening. The skin around the corner of my eye has darkened considerably. For the first time in my life, I have to apply makeup to conceal the discoloration. And the real deal breaker is the scattering of brown pigmentation in my pale green eyes around the pupil and scattered through out the iris. You will read how this won't happen, but it does and it seems as if green eyes are the most susceptible. So now that I know the culprit, prostaglandin , can cause the same very undesireable side effects as bimatoprost, I will no longer use either product.

  • November 20, 2017

    by Jessica

    I am so relieved to read the above because I have been experiencing dizziness and am exhausted and actually went to the doctor today to get blood tests. Reading this makes me think its the revitalash that i use on my eyebrow.... They did grow but this is definitely not worth it!!

  • December 8, 2016

    by Melissa

    Revitalash was forced to legally change their formula because Latisse/Allergan sued them. They didn't change it to make it more safe. The side effects listed for bimatoprost are for dropping DIRECTLY into the eye, which actually ISNT how you apply Latisse.

    Basically, the thing that "conditions" your lashes are B vitamins. A more cost effective solution would be vitamin E or castor oil. It will do the same thing!

  • October 16, 2016

    by Addie Davison


    Thank you for sharing this review, it's very useful revitalash for women.

  • October 4, 2016

    by Belinda

    I started using Revitalash in June of this year. For weeks I couldn't see an any improvement, then suddenly they started to grow, some of them double the length they were before! Unfortunately, like previous reviewers, being fair haired, they didn't darken at all, or thicken, or curl. But they are very long! Now for the downside. I have started to notice the skin near my lashes darkening considerably. I hadn't read that you should wipe any excess from the brush before applying, hence this side effect. I have also noticed that the skin around my eyes gets itchy sometimes, so perhaps I have an intolerance to the formula. Also concerned about the change in pigmentation of the iris; although I haven't noticed it, being pale blue-eyed I don't want my eyes to change colour, so sadly I am going to ditch the product and go back to mascara. Too many risks!

  • September 6, 2016

    by Elizabeth

    I've been using revitalash for two months now and I've had two eyelid infections a few weeks apart, one on each upper eyelid. I went to the doctor and she said it wasn't conjunctivitis or a stye. I've never had a stye but from what people saw me experiencing they said it looked similar to a stye. It took about 3 weeks to fully run its course. It was very painful but once it drained it felt better. No one has ever used my makeup brushes, I religious wash my hands before touching my face, I religiously wash my face morning and night, and I change my pillow case once a week. So as much as I don't want it to be revitalash I'm pretty certain it's the cause.

  • August 27, 2016

    by linda

    Is Revitalise safe for someone who has had laser eye surgery done for myopia?
    Thank you..

  • May 25, 2016

    by Margaret

    Side effects: Red, itchy, flaky eye lids. Looks terrible!

  • September 10, 2014

    by tracy

    Amazing product. My middle upper lashes had broken off. After 4 months of waiting for them to grow I decided to try Revitalash. For approx 2 months I didnt notice an diffefence. Then as if by magic one am I applied my regular mascara, to my amazement they had grown back. All my lashes are now thicker and longer. I have not used Revitalash since the renewed growth. I have never had eyelashes this long. Even without mascara they are so noticeable. Like they have been dyed. They also are slightly curled. I had given up ever having all my lashes again. For me this product has done exactly what I had hoped. It has been about 3 months since I last used Revitalash. I hope they are here to stay.

  • August 19, 2014

    by Lila

    I have been using Rivatalash Advanced for two weeks. During those two weeks, I started getting more and more tired. The tiredness turned into headaches, respiratory problems and dizziness. Aching muscles in my legs. Feeling extremely heavy. Also I was very thirsty.
    I did not connect my symptoms to Rivatalash at first, but when I read about it containing prostaglandine - when I then researched that, I had the answer.
    Maybe younger women will not get these symptoms easily, but, according to my MD., women around and over menopause should be very careful!

  • October 12, 2013

    by Karen

    I have used revitalash for about one year. My lashes were gorgeous, long and thick. Before I used revitalash my lashes were nice, relatively thick and long enough. People noticed a huge difference.....I had comments ALL the time about my lucious lashes. I stopped using it as I ran out and ordered more, but I noticed gaps in my lashes and I noticed now that I've stopped for about 4 weeks, my lashes are thin and short and bare.................It's a dramatic difference from my lashes before I used revitalash. I'm wondering if they have damaged my lashes. Will I ever get my own lashes back. Now I'm worried.

  • March 17, 2013

    by Jenn

    this is the 2nd time I am using revitalash. first back in 08 for my wedding. & now again because I just loved how long my lashes got .

  • March 5, 2013

    by Lesley

    I have used revitalash for 9 months,they grew amazingly for ages,so I stopped using every day and went to applying 2/3 a my lashes aren't quite as long and have really noticeably started to fall out when I take my makeup off at night,one of my eyes now has a big gap where loads have fallen out together??so have stopped using altogether ,think I can see them growing back again, but I has made me slightly nervous about continuing to use this product,has anyone else had the same thing?

  • October 20, 2012

    by Rachel Brown

    I have been using Revitalash Advanced on my eyelashes and eyebrows for about four weeks, applying about 4 times a week.
    My lashes are getting longer (not fuller, yet) but the best news is that it is working on my eyebrows - where hair hasn't grown for years!

  • September 29, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Lorna
    We have a special and safe product for eyebrows. It is called Brow Vitality Complex and there is some information here: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

  • September 28, 2012

    by Lorna McCluskey

    Hi- Has anyone tried this product on eyebrows?? I've lost mine and need help!

  • April 6, 2012

    by Danny

    After one of my surgeries I lost most of my eye lashes and my hair went to strange . I had little teeny dots where hair had fallen out all over my head . I read up on Revitalash and bought some . I applied it very very carefully just on the roots of my upper lashes . It's incredible . They have grown and grown and are longer than they ever were before . People commented on how incredible my lashes are . It got a bit expensive so I bought the generic Bitamaprost. I got very fine applicators and used that and they grew even more . Now I am very careful when I apply it . I don't get any on the eye lid skin at all . People are always going to have bad reactions to products as we are all different . My experience is that it works incredibly well for me . X
    Danny x Happy Easter

  • April 5, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    Hi all I am on my second bottle of hydropeptide and there is absolutely no irritation. The manufacturers say it takes 12 weeks...I like it even if it goes in my eye as has happened its not irritating and yes there are results...slowly but surely!

  • April 4, 2012

    by J. Cheng

    Ladies, beware! I used Revitalash for more than a year before discovering negative effects. It did lengthen SOME lashes, though very many, and I didn't notice any/much difference in thickness. After a year, however, I did notice a red spot on my left eye that grew and grew. I went to an opthamologist who said there was an unidentified "mass" growing on my retina and that Revitalash was most likely the culprit. He advised to stop using it immediately, whereupon the mass reduced in size, though it never went away completely. Be careful! If you notice ANY changes at all, stop use.

  • May 29, 2011

    by Larissa

    hey i was wondering if you could do a review on a product called "lashem". I want to know if its a clean product.thanks!

  • March 22, 2011

    by Beth

    An example of what I was saying in my post above: isn't "dechloroethylprostenodimide" in the revitalash formula a prostaglandin?

  • March 22, 2011

    by Beth Reed

    Either your site wasn't functioning when I tried to leave a reply or I was doing something wrong, but it kept on stating that I had to fill out all fields, so I did. But I didn't want my last name or e-mail address printed out. Could you please remove these?
    I would also like to ask your thoughts on whether you think any of the eyelash enhancers are safe. It seems like no matter how careful someone puts on the product, some of it is going to get in the eye and cause irration and inflamation. It also seems like a frustating guessing game with a lot of these companies as they try to disguise what's in their "natural" lash enchancers with names the average layperson won't recognize. You think you're buying a product w/o any prostaglandins, parabans, etc. but they're in there. Your thoughts on this please.

  • March 22, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Beth, here are the ingredients for Idol Lash. There are no prostaglandins.
    Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Allantoin, Alfalfa Extract, Arnica Extract, Propylene Glycol, Honey Extract, Chammomile Extract, Kelp Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetamide MEA, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoyl Collagen Amino Acid, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sulfur, Polysorbate 80, Oleth-10, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Nettle Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA

  • March 21, 2011

    by Beth Reed

    Do you know if Idol Lash contains any prostaglandins or any scary stuff?

  • November 26, 2010

    by irene

    so far using maximum lash, I haven't experienced any itching side effects. it works perfectly for me

  • August 17, 2010

    by selene

    switched to revitalash last month. and so far its been great!!

  • July 17, 2010

    by Sassie

    I have tried other products and regretted it! That’s why I switched to Maximumlash Eyelash Conditioner after reading a lot of comments and reviews. I agree with Bredgette, with Maximumlash Eyelash Conditioner I had no irritations or discolorations. And it really made a difference in my lashes. It's really amazing isn't it?

  • July 15, 2010

    by Bredgette

    I hate to say it, but I totally regret using other product for eyelashes. Although it did work, and I loved that my lashes were getting fuller and longer but it caused my bright green eyes to go hazel and much darker. Now when I look in the mirror, I have no idea whose eyes are looking back. I think anyone with blue or green eyes, should not even consider using any of the lash growing products but now, I’m so happy with Maximumlash Eyelash Conditioner because my natural beauty returns! Thanks!

  • July 10, 2010

    by ayeisha

    people who experience discomfort on their lash grower must say shift to revitalash for safety purpose. It is proven by many that revitalash has no side effects and discomfort feeling. It make your lash look significantly long thick naturally beautiful,

  • July 8, 2010

    by ClaireMae

    Hi Margot! You are absolutely correct. Revitalash is the only reason why my brittle and dull lashes, are now looking fuller, darker and healthier. I've been using it for a year and a half for now and noticed the changes after 5-6 weeks of using it. You'll just have to be patient and that's all it takes.

  • June 19, 2010

    by SheenaG

    Absolutely girls!!! That is why I am using Revitalash now, also it fits my budget and I never expected how it naturally enhanced my lashes. Now looking fuller and darker now which makes a big difference to my face. Latisse is way beyond my price range, too expensive.

  • June 17, 2010

    by Mina

    How amazing, many of us really noticed how revitalash made us prettier. To start off, From the day my best friend found how amazing revitalash is, because of how it made changes to her lashes, making it looking fuller and darker. Now, from our circle of friends and my sisters at home are now using the revitalash eyelash conditioner. Everyone has nothing to say but satisfaction, just like as your experience girls. I love revitalash.

  • June 12, 2010

    by Do You Know Meg from “Megs Make-up?” « Social yarn-freak's Blog

    [...] of my favorites is what Raisa calls her alternative to Revitalash (the eyelash growth stimulator that uses a glaucoma drug as its active ingredient). Raisa’s [...]

  • May 13, 2010

    by LisaM

    I have been using a mascara however I have never been satisfied on it. It brings discomfort to me, like itchiness. Thanks for the information here, I'll definitely try Revitalash. As what I have read from your testimonials that it's good. I just checked the site for Revitalash and I'm really impressed on how they care for Cancer patients. Any advise or suggestions for those who have tried it already?

  • June 2, 2009

    by Kate

    Thought I would mention that I too use Revitalash...I started using it 14 months ago after a skin cancer was removed from the corner of my eye, and the repairative surgery left a little "hole" in my lower lashes. Revitalash worked so well on the "hole" that I started using it on both eyes, top and bottom , and my 51-year old lashes have never been this thick and long before. No problem with any side effects, and a great result...although it took AT LEAST 8 full weeks for my lashes to start growing longer. It was well worth the wait, and I just ordered my fourth tube (ebay, $65). Be sure you use the "new" formula, buy from a reputable seller, and check the expiration dates.

  • June 1, 2009

    by marta

    Michelle - this post might shed some light:

  • June 1, 2009

    by copley

    Eyelashes grow in cycles, and each cycle has 2 phases: growth, transition, and resting. Once your eyelashes stop growing, they transition to the resting phase where they remain before falling out. While the eyelash is resting, the growth cycle starts over again and the new eyelash pushes the old one out. Every person has a unique hair growth cycle and at any given time not all eyelashes are in the same phase. In general it is recommended to do a maintenance program, touching up your lashes with the eyelash growth product a few times per week to treat new lashes that have grown in to replace the old ones.

  • June 1, 2009

    by Michelle

    How long should we be using Revitalash or any eyelash growth product for? I have been using it for perhaps three months now and my lashes have definitely lengthened, especially at the outter corners. However, do we use this product until we are satisfied with the results, or is there a time limit we should stop usig them at? If so, how long in between periods should we wait before applying them again?

  • February 4, 2009

    by Alex M.

    I researched eyelash growth products before deciding on Revitalash. The fact that a Doctor developed it for his wife who suffered hair loss from a bout of chemo convinced me!!! Not only does the product work, but Revitalash donates partial proceeds to Breast Cancer Research!

  • December 3, 2008

    by Junko

    I've been using RevitaLash for a week now.
    On day 2 I noticed a soft line, the color of a bruise on my eyelid. Right about where I had been applying the RevitaLash (per the manufacturer's instructions).
    Not a dark line, but yes, a reddish/blueish line. Now obviously the line was not dark enough to deter me! I'm still using the Revitalash, the line has gone away. Now I'm hoping that I'm only weeks away from those beautiful lash's!

Join the discussion! Leave a comment below.

My Comment

Add a comment...

-or- Cancel Comment
* Required Fields
truth in aging's five best

Truth In Aging's Five Best

The very best to choose from for your skin concerns.

Read More

truth in aging videos

Truth In Aging Videos

Helpful how-tos and reviews from Marta and friends.

Watch Now

meet our contributors

Meet Our Contributors

The TIA community consists of our trusted reviewers.

Meet Them

be inspired

Be Inspired

Inspiring thoughts and women who are aging gracefully.

Read More