Latisse – National Post, February 11, 2012
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Latisse – National Post, February 11, 2012

Unabashed lashes: We test a few eye-popping augmentation options on for size

By Melissa Leong

To flutter is to flirt. Yet I have never heard a man check out a lady’s facial hair (“Man, did you see how she blinked those lashes?”). Nonetheless, the pursuit for thicker, longer, darker and fuller eyelashes is an obsession for me, and for many. Lashes frame and enhance the eyes (the anatomical area many women would remind men serves as a window to the soul). The cosmetics industry has responded with a myriad of products — you can wave a wand, you can glue on fakes, you can grow your own — and I tried several of them out.

Price $150 for a month’s supply

What it is Just as Viagra was initially developed as heart medication and Botox as a muscle paralyzer for eyelid spasms, Latisse was formulated as an eye drop for glaucoma. As a side effect, it tends to make your eyelashes longer, darker and fuller. “The results are pretty stunning. It provides a 106% increase in fullness which is remarkable for any drug,” Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue, told me. Lashes have a life cycle of about 60 days so it takes eight weeks of daily application to yield the most noticeable results. I don’t take my vitamins daily so remembering to sweep a line of liquid across my lash line (like eyeliner) was challenging.

What it does What does 106% more look like? On me, at least, not much. My lashes were maybe a couple of millimetres longer and indeed a bit darker and thicker.

Verdict The fact that I’ve grown my own superior lashes is pretty cool.

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