7 Eyelash Serums That Actually Work, According to Dermstore Shoppers

7 Eyelash Serums That Actually Work, According to Dermstore Shoppers7 Eyelash Serums That Actually Work, According to Dermstore Shoppers.

BY Gracee Tolentino · September 10, 2018.

If you just can’t seem to get your eyelashes to stay full and thick, you might consider an eyelash serum or growth enhancer. But before you try just about anything that claims to help your lashes “grow,” it’s helpful to know how they really work and how to pick the best one.

How Eyelash Serums Work.

If you use mascara daily and/or curl your eyelashes often, chances are you’re damaging your lashes and might benefit from the conditioning aspects of lash enhancers. “Over-the-counter lash enhancers work by preventing lashes from falling out and conditioning them so they don’t break as easily,” explains Rebecca Kazin, M.D., of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. “The conditioning agents strengthen lashes against daily stressors like mascara and curling.”

On the other hand, virgin lashes may not see as much of a result, though experts say that it certainly won’t hurt you to use one (assuming you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients). With continued use, you’ll see stronger lashes that are less prone to breakage and fall out at a slower rate.

What to Look for in an Eyelash Serum.

When searching for the one that’s right for you, Dr. Kazin recommends finding one with biotin, proteins, peptides and antioxidant-rich plant extracts. “Biotin is known to strengthen hair and nails, and plant extracts high in antioxidants and vitamin B help protect, nourish and revitalize,” she says. Plus, antioxidants neutralize free radical damage and slow the breakdown of the hair follicle.

However, dermatologists also warn that certain ingredients in some eyelash enhancers might cause irritation and allergic reaction. Your eyes are sensitive, so you might try on a small area first to ensure that you won’t have a negative reaction.

“Consistency is key. It can take a full eight weeks to see any sign of results, so be patient,” says Dr. Kazin. “Take before-and-after pics and compare after eight weeks to see if progress is being made.” She also recommends stopping the damage you’ve already done by removing your mascara carefully, curling your eyelashes properly and avoiding professional lash extensions, which can pull lashes.

Ready for stronger, fuller lashes? Here are the best eyelash enhancers as picked by Dermstore shoppers:

1. SmartFX SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer.

3,000+ 5-Star Reviews.

Why we love it: Aside from the 3,000 5-star reviews? This prostaglandin-free blend gives you the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes without having to worry about the harsh side effects of other lash-enhancement products.

Why shoppers love it: “I have used this product for several years and can testify that it’s an excellent product that really does work! I use it on my thin eyebrows AND eyelashes and it’s amazing!”

2. Rapid Lash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum.

350+ 5-star reviews.

What it is: For use on both lashes and brows, this serum contains polypeptides to improve the look of length, thickness and volume of the hair while protecting against breakage.

Why shoppers love it: “This product works and it was only minimally irritating to my eye area. I’ve found that all the lash enhancing products will cause a bit of irritation at first but usually subsides after a few days of repeated use. [I’ve] used this exclusively on my lashes and it has definitely thickened and spawned new lash growth. Best part….the price point.”

3. jane iredale PureLash Extender and Conditioner.

120+ 5-Star Reviews.

What it is: If your lashes are looking dull, sparse or fine, give them a volumizing boost of active botanicals. This lash conditioner contains panthenol to stimulate, sweet almond extract to hydrate and wheat proteins to thicken and lengthen.

Why shoppers love it: “Recently, my eyelashes had been damaged from the constant amount of mascara and curling that I’ve done on them. This product took about 1 month for me to notice results, but they are much longer, healthier, and stronger! I will continue to buy this product and apply it to my lashes every night before bed.”

4. neuLash Enhancing Serum.

50+ 5-Star Reviews.

What it is: Reveal healthier, more lustrous lashes with this formulation of polypeptides, sodium hyaluronate and pumpkin-seed extract, which creates fuller, thicker-looking, more voluminous lashes.

Why shoppers love it: “After 1 month of use my lashes seemed to pop overnight. They were noticeably longer. After two months of use, my lashes got so long that friends and family were amazed. I get lots of compliments on my lashes now.”

5. Talika Lipocils Legendary Eyelash Conditioning Gel.

40+ 5-Star Reviews.

What it is: This clear, gentle treatment nourishes and enhances the natural beauty of your lashes. It’s designed to strengthen and support each hair fiber with its formulation of plant extracts and lecithin.

Why shoppers love it: “In 28 days I had a lot of new lashes sprouting, but in 60 I had length to them. My lash line is so full when I use this product. Seriously, lashes I never knew I had! I have received so many compliments on my lashes since starting… They say it takes 28 days, but that’s when you really start to notice results, I really think you need to give it 60 days.”

6. DHC Eyelash Tonic.

20+ 5-Star Reviews.

Why we love it: If your lashes are prone to breakage, this eyelash tonic locks in moisture and improves elasticity and lash strength. The formula contains aloe, watercress and comfrey and glides on easily and evenly with a curved applicator brush.

Why shoppers love it: “I wasn’t sure this was working very well until I ran out. Wow! What a complete difference. As soon as I stopped using it I could tell a difference in my lashes in a bad way. They weren’t as curled, as dark or as defined. While I don’t think this is what you’d use to help lashes grow long, like Latisse, [it’s] a great add-on treatment to a lengthening product. It seems to just strengthen them and keep them pliable and soft.”

7. Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner – 3 Month Supply.

5+ 5-Star Reviews.

Why we love it: Featuring BioPeptin Complex, peptides and botanicals, this nutrient-rich eyelash conditioner encourages healthy follicle growth, helps to repair environmental damage and promotes a full, voluminous lash line. Each order contains a three-month supply.

Why shoppers love it: “Have been using product for 8 weeks and notice a significant difference. My lashes have enough volume that I don’t need eyeliner, and have been able to reduce the amount of mascara I wear.”

Gracee Tolentino.

Gracee Tolentino is the managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time . Read More >