Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Review: Side Effects, Benefits, Risks, and More
In 2016, Rodan + Fields (or simply R+F), the company behind the famous Proactiv brand, has launched a new product to compete with other eyelash enhancers available now on the market.
It’s called Lash Boost, which uses a blend of keratin, biotin, and peptides to boost your eyelash health and make them appear fuller, darker, and younger.
The question is: Is this product really worth the money?
- It's easy to use. Simply apply to lash line each night with provided applicator.
- It nourishes the follicles to promote new growth.
- It may also be applied to eyebrows to get fuller brows.
- It's pricey, $150 per tube, and it is unclear how long the tube will last with the recommended daily use.
- It is also not known what happens if the product does not apply or rest on the lashes evenly. Could there be longer lashes intermingled with shorter lashes?
- Lash Boost contains the ingredient isopropyl cloprostenate, a synthetic prostaglandin analog. The FDA noted that the use of the products which contain this ingredient should be supervised by a licensed practitioner, as isopropyl cloprostenate may lower intraocular pressure and other side effects such as ocular irritation, hyperemia, iris color change, macular edema, ocular inflammation and interference with glaucoma therapy.
Lash Boost Side Effects:
- Irritation: Because the product is applied so closely to the eye, it is possible for the eye to become irritated especially if you accidentally get it into the eye. Rinsing the eye with water is the remedy for any Lash Boost product that inadvertently falls into the eye.
- Tingling/Redness: A possible side effect is tingling or redness of the eye, at which point you are instructed to discontinue use if those symptoms persist. Mascara does not cause this type of side effect so it's curious as to what ingredients may cause these potential problems for users.
- Darkening: Another potential problem is that Lash Boost can cause the lashes to darken. This may not be significant given that mascara does the same thing, but it does point to the issue of what ingredients can cause this.
Rodan + Fields recommends two options to find out if your skin will accept this product:
- Perform a patch test. Remove any makeup and make sure your face is clean and dry. Apply a small amount of Lash Boost serum on a small area of the lash line of your one eye. Allow it to dry before applying any other cosmetics near the area. Wait at least 24 hours and check for reactions.
- Reduce the frequency of application. Sometimes, your skin needs to adjust slowly to a new product, and it may take a few applications for your skin to get used to it. If you experience a slight sensation for the first few days, try applying Lash Boost every other day (instead of daily) until the sensation no longer occurs. Then, gradually go back to daily application until your skin adjusts.
If your skin has not reacted to the serum, then you’re all set to continue using the product. But if tingling, itching, or redness persists, Rodan + Fields advises to discontinue the use of the product and seek for medical advice
What You Need to Know:
Lash Boost is an at home remedy that is more cost effective than extensions. The company recommends nighttime usage on a clean face and eye area. Application is as quick as a swipe over the lash line, similar to liquid eye liner.
Application is only necessary on the top lashes because as you sleep, the product will also be absorbed by the lower lashes.
Longevity: Though it has been tested, it has not been on the market very long (about six months) so its long-term results and side effects of use are not widely known.
Limited Test Group
While Rodan and Fields touts excellent results of 90% of test participants experiencing fuller looking lashes after repeated use and 85% reporting longer looking lashes (I don't know the difference between fuller and longer looking that creates the 5% differential), it tells you in the fine print that the test group consists of only 41 participants.
Considering the price point and marketing splash the company is trying to make with this product, the test group is astoundingly small and subject to scrutiny.
This is not a once and done product. You can't apply for four or even eight weeks and enjoy the benefits over a long period of time. Rodan and Fields is a multi-level marketing system so they expect recurring sales of the product and can offer you discounts and perks if you sign up to be a consultant (This is the best case scenario for the company because enrollment kits range in price from $395 to $995.) or as a preferred customer who gets perks of "up to and in some cases more than 10% discount off of retail price" if you sign up and pay a $20 initiation fee.
Rodan and Fields Lash Boost is a relatively unproven product that at $150 a tube is supposed to deliver incomparable lash building results negating the future use of mascara. The first red flag is that the test group only contained 41 women, hardly an adequate sample size to fully evaluate the performance of the product. Also, it has known side effects that are show stoppers for some users such as the use of almond oil as a carrier which can be a huge problem for peanut allergy sufferers..
YouTube videos have shown consultants posting results which aren't convenient since they are attempting to gain customers and sales dollars from the product. Here's an example:
It would be more compelling to see independent testing of the product compared to competing eye serums intended for the same purpose.
What's better than Lash Boost?
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How to Apply Lash Boost
Just like any other cosmetic products, Lash Boost must be used exactly as directed to avoid any complications or side effects.
- Clean your face before applying lash boost. Remove any make up, wash your face, and make sure your eyes are completely clean and dry.
- Get your Lash Boost bottle, take the brush and dip it in the product. Before applying, wipe off the excess product. Only apply along the upper lash line of your both eyes. If any excess gets to your eyelid, carefully wipe off. Do NOT apply Lash Boost to your bottom lashes.
- Wait approximately 90 seconds until dry before going to sleep or applying any additional cosmetics around the eye area. Do NOT wash your face or eyes after applying. If some of the products get into your eyes, rinse with water.
- Use the product regularly, preferably before bedtime to achieve the beautiful look of longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. Do NOT apply more than necessary. Additional application will not make the product work faster, but will increase the potential side effects.
- Lash Boost can provide noticeable results in 4 weeks of regular use, with full results in 8 weeks. Lash Boost can also be applied to eyebrows to help improve their appearance.