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The Best Eyelash Growth Serums for an Intense Look

A tube of GrandLASH-MD, an opened tube of Lash Enhancer Serum by Neutrogena, and multiple tubes of Peter Thomas Roth's Lashes to Die For.
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Long eyelashes: Some are blessed with them, while others dream about them. They’re one of those desirable features many of us try to create with certain specialty mascaras. While some of these can give the illusion of long lashes, they don’t compare with the real deal. Luckily, eyelash growth serums can help with that!

If you’re not into fake eyelashes or aren’t inclined to spend a considerate sum every few weeks to get extensions or a lash lift, you should give eyelash growth serums a try. Some of these seemingly magic potions can give lashes the boost they need to get that intense look we’re all after.

However, as lash serums come in different formulas and vary in price, we’ll explain more about how they work, as well as provide a list of the best options for different budgets and preferences.

Do Eyelash Growth Serums Actually Work?

Admittedly, there’s a lot of debate regarding the effectiveness of eyelash growth serums. However, the consensus in the cosmetics industry seems to be that if you find one that works for you and apply it consistently as directed, eyelash growth serums can, indeed, give your lashes a boost.

Serums generally contain three types of ingredients: vitamins, peptides, and prostaglandin derivatives. Vitamins support lash health, with biotin and vitamin B5 being the most prominent ingredients. Both of these are associated with hair growth and vitality.

Peptides coat fragile lashes and increase their flexibility, making them appear thicker.

Prostaglandin derivatives are drugs that were initially intended to treat glaucoma, but boosting lash growth was discovered to be a side effect. Formulas with this ingredient are rare and can only be obtained with a prescription.

Given the individual differences, you’ll find that some serums work better than others, with most results appearing after 4-6 weeks.

If you’re ready to give a lash serum a try, though, here are some we recommend.

Best Overall with Prescription: Latisse

Two boxes and tubes of Latisse in the 3 and 5 mililiter sizes.

Latisse is the only FDA-approved treatment scientifically proven to lengthen and thicken eyelashes. Because it contains a type of prostaglandin, it’s classified as a pharmaceutical, which means you can only buy it with a prescription.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, you’ll have to consult your doctor first to see if it’s right for you. It also comes with a hefty price tag of over $100. However, a 5 ml bottle should last for 4-8 months because you only have to apply it during the initial growth phase.

Best Overall without Prescription: RevitaLash

A product shot of a bottle of RevitaLash, opened, over an abstract geometric background of three different shades of pink.

RevitaLash is an ophthalmologist-formulated, clinically tested eyelash growth serum that’s been a best-seller in the industry for years. Not only does it contain a wide array of nourishing ingredients, but it also features a patented technology specifically designed to improve the health and look of lashes.

It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, and, according to 98% of reviewers, you should start seeing results after six weeks of regular use. Again, it might not be cheap, but it’s sure worth the investment.

Best for Use with Contacts or Lash Extensions: GrandeLASH-MD

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If you wear contacts or lash extensions, you need a serum with a gentler formula to prevent eye irritation or discomfort, and that’s where GrandeLASH-MD comes in.

It contains a botanical extract blend of ingredients and beneficial vitamins that protect and strengthen brittle or thinning lashes. It’s ophthalmologist-tested, and paraben- and cruelty-free, making it a safe option for vegans. With daily application, full improvement of your lashes should become visible after 12 weeks.

Best for Use with Contacts or Lash Extensions

Best Applicator: Lashes to Die For

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Peter Thomas Roth

The distinguishing factor about this lash enhancer is its applicator. On top of having the precision applicator tip like most other serums, Lashes to Die For also comes with a brush so you can apply it right on your lashes.

The rich formula is comprised of peptides, vitamins, and natural ingredients, like Tahitian plankton extract. It’s ideal for those with brittle, dry lashes as it conditions them, making them appear thicker, fuller, and longer. Reviewers report seeing results after about six weeks of nightly application.

Best Budget: Lash Enhancer Serum

A two-fold image of an overhead shot of a bottle of Lash Enhancer Serum by Neutrogena laying on a pink surface with a streak next to the applicator, and an up-close shot of a woman's closed eye and the applicator tip of the product being swiped over the lash line.

Lash Enhancer Serum by Neutrogena is the perfect option for those who want to try an eyelash growth serum without committing to a hefty initial investment. For under $15, you can get a bottle that should last for months, depending on how often you use it.

It’s infused with peptides and biotin to moisturize and fortify your flutter, giving you luscious-looking lashes in just a month! Given its reasonable price and quality, it’s hard to say no to this option!

If you’ve always wanted longer eyelashes, you can have them! It just takes the right serum and a bit of consistency. Hopefully, this list gave you a good starting point on your road to long, luscious lashes. Want some full eyebrows to go with them? We can help with that, too!

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Carla has been writing professionally for five years and blogging for many more. She's worked as a journalist, photographer, and translator. She's also an avid traveler who hopes to inspire a sense of curiosity and adventure in others through her writing. Read Full Bio »
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