Options for Growing Your Lashes at Any Price

Miracle lash growth serums are being touted all over the beauty market from $5 to $200 a tube. All of those options can be overwhelming, so here is a quick overview of some of the available lash growth serums out there, organized by price. Revitalash: One of the most popular higher-end eyelash conditioners, Revitalash ranges from $60 to $100 a tube on the internet, depending on which site you buy it from. It does get pricey—the website sells a three month supply for $100. Reviews of the product are split between those who think it’s worth the price and those who don’t, but the general consensus is that it does make your lashes longer and healthier.

Latisse: An FDA approved eyelash growth serum, Latisse requires a doctor’s prescription. It typically sells for around $120 a bottle, though some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost. Latisse is generally more consistent in getting actual results, but it should be used with a doctor's care and supervision.

Talika: Talika Lipocils sells at Sephora stores for $40 a tube, and unlike Revitalash and Latisse, it can be used over mascara. The results are less dramatic and speedy than those of the more expensive lash-growth serums, but the price and convenience of location makes it far more accessible.

L’Oreal Lash Boosting Serum: This serum can be found in local drugstores from around $10 to $15 a tube. It promises visible results in four weeks, and since I'll be testing out this product myself, stay tuned for my review in about a month.

Ardell: Some tubes of the $4 Lash and Brow Accelerator can be found in some drugstores, or online at drugstore.com. More common is their new Lash and Brow Accelerator-Excel, which sells at around $20 a tube in drugstores. The $4 accelerator is a great steal, as it does keep lashes healthy—but be sure to replace it every few months before it goes bad.

Castor Oil (a personal favorite): A bottle of castor oil sells at about $4 in local health food stores (i.e. Trader Joe’s) and will last you a lifetime. Simply dab a q-tip into the oil and gently spread it onto your upper and lower lashline. The castor oil will keep your lashes conditioned and healthy, with results that often rival products far more expensive.

Note: One serum to avoid is Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For. As much as I love Peter Thomas Roth, this $125 tube has delivered only mediocre results to hundreds of disappointed women hoping for beautiful eyelashes. Your money is better spent on Talika, which you can pick up a few aisles over while at Sephora.

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