Over the years, in my quest for long and full eyelashes, I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths (no pun intended). I’ve had my eyelashes tinted, permed, lifted, and tried countless mascaras, but the results were hit and miss. I did consider lash extensions or strips but it just seems like too much maintenance for me, as well as being expensive. Plus, I’d be worried about them falling out at an inopportune moment.
I’d always been a bit skeptical about lash serums, but when I was offered the chance to try Epibrow Lash Serum I figured it was worth a go – after all, it only takes about 30 seconds to apply it. So, every night before I went to bed I applied the serum to the upper and lower lash line. The thin brush makes it easy to reach the hair follicles and ensures you don’t waste any. After about two weeks I started to notice a difference: my lashes were longer, thicker and darker. By the end of the four week trial I was amazed at the difference it had made.
I’ve always had fairly long lashes, but the natural hair cycle and over zealous use of eyelash curlers meant that sometimes they looked sparse and gappy. The photos below show my lashes with mascara before I started using the serum, and after I’d used it for four weeks. The before photo was taken on my phone so it’s not as clear as the after photo, but you can see the difference. It has made doing my eye makeup much quicker and easier, which is a real bonus when I’m in a rush in the morning. Having long, thick lashes makes me look awake even if I’m not feeling it.
Anagen (growth) stage – This is the phase when lashes are actively growing, which lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only about 40% of the upper lashes and 15% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.
Catagen (transitional) stage – During this phase the lash stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. If an eyelash falls out or is plucked out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.
Telogen stage – This is a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. This phase can last more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.
The serum extends the anagen phase so you get full and maximum growth. It contains essential minerals and polypeptides to feed the hair follicles. It’s recommended that you wait four weeks between treatments, then repeat. I’m now on my second treatment cycle but the results from the first cycle haven’t diminished. Starting the second cycle is really to maintain those results. To give you a better idea of how effective this serum is I’ve compared photos of my lashes without and with mascara. In the bottom photo I’ve applied two coats of Tarte Maneater mascara.
The results far exceeded my expectations, I was really surprised at the difference the serum made. Thicker, longer eyelashes might seem like a minor detail but I feel much more confident without makeup. With a quick curl and one or two coats of mascara my eyelashes are almost touching my eyebrows! I’m so glad I discovered this treatment because I really didn’t want to get into the expensive and time consuming habit of having lash extensions. Now I know I don’t need to. At £55 it’s not cheap, but compare that to salon treatments that can cost more than that and don’t last as long, I think it’s quite reasonable. It’s difficult to tell how much is left in the tube but it’s showing no signs of running low. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! My lashes have never looked better!
Disclaimer: I was gifted the serum in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own and completely honest.