Rodan and Fields Lash Boost: A Popular Eyelash Enhancer. But Is It Really Safe?

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, peptides to boost your eyelash growth. It also includes a questionable ingredient isopropyl cloprostenate which we'll discuss later in this review.

The question is: Is this product worth the money and is it safe for your eyes?

Pros

  • It's easy to use. Simply apply to lash line each night before you go to sleep with the provided applicator
  • It nourishes the follicles. This promotes new growth and makes your eyelashes look fuller and longer.
  • It can be used as a 2-in-1 product. As well as using it on your eyelashes, you can apply it to your brows to make them look fuller.
  • Application is only necessary on your top lashes. If used overnight, it will be absorbed by your bottom lashes while you sleep.

Cons

  • There’s a high price-tag. It’s a whopping $150 per tube, and it is unclear how long the tube will last with the recommended daily use.
  • The instructions are unclear. It’s unknown what will happen if the product does not apply or rest on the lashes evenly. Will it only work on some of the lashes?
  • The longevity has not been fully tested. Lash Boost has only been on the market for around six months, so the long-term results and side-effects are not widely known.
  • The ingredients may produce unwanted side-effects. 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.

This last point startled us a little, so we decided to look into the product side effects more closely.

Lash Boost Side Effects:

  • Irritation: Because the product is applied so closely to your eye, irritation may occur - especially if it makes direct contact. Fortunately, rinsing your eye with water should be enough to reduce the irritation.
  • Tingling/Redness: A possible side effect is tingling or redness of your eyes. If these symptoms persist, you should discontinue your use of the product.
  • Darkening: Lash Boost contains ingredients that may cause your lashes to darken.

Rodan + Fields recommends two options to find out if your skin will accept this product:

  1. 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.​
  2. Reduce the frequency of application. Sometimes, your skin needs to adjust slowly to a new product, and it may take a few applications to get used to it. If you experience any side-effects for the first few days, try applying Lash Boost every other day (instead of daily) until side-effects disappear. Then gradually increase your usage.

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:

Key Features:

  • Lash Boost is an at home remedy that is more cost effective than extensions.
  • It is recommended that you use the product overnight on a clean face and eye area.
  • Application is as quick as a swipe over the lash line, similar to liquid eye liner.

Limited Test Group Has Been Carried Out

Rodan and Fields touts excellent results of 90% of test participants experiencing fuller looking lashes after repeated use, and 85% reporting longer looking lashes after repeated use. Admittedly, we’re not really sure of the difference between fuller and longer looking that creates the 5% differential. However, the fine-print also states that the test group consists of only 41 participants.

Source: ENHANCEMENTS_Lash_Boost_FAQs.pdf 

Considering the price point and marketing splash the company is trying to make with this product, the test group seems astonishingly small.

Lash Boost is a Multi-Level Marketing Peoduct

This is not a ‘one off’ product. You can't buy a single tube and expect to enjoy the benefits over a long period of time.

Rodan and Fields is a multi-level marketing system, and part of their marketing plan is to encourage you to keep buying their products. They even offer discounts and perks if you sign up to be a consultant (although you’re still expected to pay the enrollment fee that ranges from $395 to $995.)

They also offer the option of becoming a ‘preferred customer,’ where you can get perks of "up to and in some cases more than 10% discount off of retail price" if you sign up and pay the $20 initiation fee.

​So, Should You Buy Lash Boost?

In conclusion, we’ve deduced that Rodan and Fields’ ‘Lash Boost’ is relatively unproven product, and we can’t ignore the enormous red flags.

A test group consisting of only 41 women hardly seems like an adequate sample size to fully evaluate the performance and side-effects of the product - especially when some of these these side effects sound relatively serious.

YouTube has countless videos of consultants posting ‘amazing results’. But should we really trust such biased sources? It’s hard to tell when the person advertising the product makes a profit from everyone who buys a tube. After all, this is a Multilevel Marketing Scheme.

Here's a video of a Rodan and Fields consultant discussing the product:

What we’d really like to see is an independent testing of the product compared to competing eye serums intended for the same purpose.

Overall, it’s hard to recommend a product with so many drawbacks - especially when there are so many superior products on the market. For those searching for a quality product that you trust will lengthen your lashes without potentially causing harm, we strongly advise against this product.

​What's a Better Alternative to Lash Boost? 

The most popular consumer choice in 2017 is Idol Lash.

With a combination of proven ingredients, superb customer service and a 90-day money-back guarantee, Idol Lash is making big waves in the eyelash growth world.

Find out why thousands of people are choosing Idol Lash to achieve their eyelash growth goals, and why it's also the editor's top selection.

Read the Idol Lash review here.

How to Apply Lash Boost

FAQs on the safe use of Lash Boost

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Camilla Evaline

Camilla is the chief-editor of Eyelash DASH Growth. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful look by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

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Martha

I have been using Lash Boost for 3 months. My lashes have grown a bit but not dramatically as I had hoped. i also have developed very red irritated eyelash line in the last week which is itchy. There is also darkness on my skin. Not worth the money

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Lydia

I came here to write a review for another product but remembered using this last year so I thought I would leave a review for this as well.

I bought the serum last year and in about 3 weeks I noticed that my lashes were longer and they weren’t falling out as much as before. So far so good. Fast-forward to two weeks later, I lost a good deal of my lashes. I decided to give it the benefit of a doubt and stopped using it for a month. Bought a new serum, started to continue using it, and my lashes started to fall out again.

Conclusion, the minimal growth isn’t worth losing your eyelashes over.

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    Shanie Parkinson

    Me too! I had the exact same scenario:(

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    Jocelyn Lilly

    Agreed! Same happened here- Plus I’m a little skeptical about putting all these ingredients on my eyes (?? Long term effects??)

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Sarah Scott

Been using it for 4 months.

Pros: does its job. Lashes are now longer and fuller. Very easy to apply and simple to use. Lashes have grown almost half a centimetre in the past few months.

Cons: For the past month or two, the Lash Boost solution would cause me to get a stye on my lid and this would occur almost every week – interchanging between the eyes. It does cause for skin darkening where the solution is placed – so a lot of the time I look like I have dark circles. Can cause eye irritation and itchiness. Expensive – you pretty much have to keep ordering a new bottle if you want to keep your lashes long and growing.

Overall: I would recommend this product if you have the money – it does what it’s meant to. I do like the product – you just have to use it with care.

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Vi

I used this product for 3 weeks and I haven’t seen any improvement at all. My lashes are still short and far and view between, don’t waste your money, this item is not cheap

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    Karen B

    results are supposed to show up at 4 weeks, get better by 8 weeks and really WOW you at 12 weeks. Don’t give up…results get better and better. I had NO lashes at all after I stopped using extensions and now mine are touching my eyebrows!!

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    Khaleesi

    hi, it does say to use it for 4-12 weeks before seeing any results. I am on my 10th week and finally seeing longer fuller darker lashes. Might not be for everyone, but maybe give it few more weeks? 🙂

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Anna

After 25 days my lids still turns puffy right where I place it and lids turn red. Has now burnt a stripe all the way across my entire eyebrow where I placed it yesterday!! Discontinuing use immediately

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DH

After using this I got an eye infection that wouldn’t go away that was later diagnosed as episcleritis. I don’t know if the serum was the cause but given the timing of the infection/episcleritis I am not using it again.

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Lisa

I have been using this product for about 2 months now. My lashes are much fuller and longer. I tried using nightly for the first month but had some irritation (A burning sensation, slight redness). The consultant told me to try using every other night so I have been doing this. I didn’t really see any benefit for the first 4 weeks at all, then almost immediately following that initial 4 weeks, it was a dramatic difference. My lashes are full and much longer. When I have mascara on, they hit my sunglasses which is annoying but not a problem worth complaining about. The price was a bit steep and like others have said, I have no idea how long this bottle will last but it is doing it’s job so I’m happy with the purchase.

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Andrea

I have been using this product inconsistently for about 6 weeks and I have seen quite a difference. I work in the beauty industry and have tried a lot of “miracle” products. I did notice at first I was getting some irritation in my eye the following morning and spoke to my consultant about it and she suggested I was using to much product and to wipe off the brush tip and using one dip for each and and that solved the issue. I would suggest it if you are looking for longer thicker lashes.

This, like all products, is not for everyone. Best of luck.

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Michele

I used the lash boost for nearly 8 weeks, I saw some growth but not nearly as much as the before and after pictures that the consultants are posting. Once I stopped using the lash boost, my lashes fell out like crazy- I’ve got way less lashes than I had before starting this product.

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Jill

I have used Lash boost about 5 days a week for about 5 weeks. My lashes are definitely a lot thicker and a bit longer and multiple people have said I look “really good” without knowing about it. HOWEVER!!!! My eyelids are super red when I use the product especially if any face cream etc is intermingled by accident. And, and this is bad, I have started have dark long hairs sprout on lower corners of my eye area/upper check. I think at night some it running down onto my skin. I sleep on my side and of course eyes water etc. I also noticed that I have a lot of hair below my brow that is new. Although I have been using very little product and following directions perfectly I am going to discontinue use before I turn into a red eye hairy eyed monster. Whaaaaa! I so wanted this to work.

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    Nancy Reid

    Same. Weird eyelashes growing on my cheeks. Having to pluck them out and the lash boost no longer works for me. Worked great for months, but now…they are breaking off.

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    Maria murphy

    The very same happened to me Jill my lashes don’t look too bad but the hair on my cheek I can’t stand . I haven’t stopped using it yet because I just read the reviews and I thought it was just happened to me . Since you stopped using the serum have the hair on your cheek gone? Thanks maria

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    Jocelyn Lilly

    Your response is hysterical, but I’m sorry to hear! My lashes fell out basically when I stopped using it… thanks R&F

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Naomi

Please look at the ingredient list. Lash Boost contains the ingredient Isopropyl Cloprostenate. From what I have read, Rodan and Fields Lash Boost should only be used under the supervision of your doctor. http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/regulatory/claims/120476614.html

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Ada

Awful. My upper eyelids became severely irritated, dry and my lashes fell out. I have a patch of missing eye lashes on both eyes. Dissatisfied and dissapointed does not even begin to explain my thoughts on this product. Never again.

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    Jenn

    This same thing has happened to me…TWICE!! I used the product religiously for 4 week and by week 5 my lashes were falling out. My R&F rep spoke to someone from the company that insisted I keep using the product. After a few more weeks I finally saw great results. My lashes were dark, full, and super long, and then….boom, thin, frail, and I lost over 50% of my lashes again with full patches missing. I don’t think I’ll be pressing on again like I did last time. It’s too depressing when they all start falling out :/

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Barb

I actually LOVED this product except now I’m having issues. Around week 3 I noticed my lashes were growing really fast, however I’m on week #5 and I’ve developed a massive Stye on my left lid and it’s super painful. The lid is extremely swollen so I have to stop using this product =( I can say it’s because of this product as I haven’t worn any eye mascara or used anything else on my eyes in 2 weeks and it’s swollen painful starting in upper lash area. Maybe i’m just unlucky.

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    Jan J Williams

    I too developed styles. Week two, bottom and week five top. Ouch!

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Melissa

Like other lash serums Lash Boost is meant to condition your lashes so they will be stronger, therefore lasting longer in the normal lash growth cycle. If you stop using, your lashes will return to normal because you are no longer giving them that nourishment. Also, the tube will last around 3 months and then should be replaced because it loses its efficacy. Lash Boost was developed over 5 years before being put on the market. With all that being said, everyone reacts differently to any product. If any irritation or bothersome side effects are presented, stop use and return it for a refund (within 60 days). Yes, I am a consultant.

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Jenny

Been using this product for 3 months with minimal results. My lashes are a little longer, but not thicker at all. I got much better results with Latisse & much less irritation. I was told by my consultant that my eyes had to get used to the serum, to make sure I didn’t get any of the product in my eyes (duh!) & to wipe off any excess. My eyes still get red & puffy & feel like I have sand in them. Definitely won’t be reordering!

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Amanda

So I just stumbled on this article and had to comment. I have been using lash boost for 4 weeks and my eyelashes do look a little longer. However, last week I got a stye, which I haven’t had in a long time and now I am currently on antibiotics, steroids, and drops because I have double kerititis in both eyes. I woke up in the morning two days ago and my eyes were so painful and blurry and luckily my eye doctor squeezed me in. This is horrible.

Ps. I have used latisse in the past and NEVER had a reaction like this. I’d rather have short, stubby
Lashes then lose my eyesight, which keratitis is one of the number one causes of.

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Rose

I LOVE Lash Boost! I didn’t really think it would work, but I tried it anyway. After about 6 weeks I started seeing results, and after 8 weeks my lashes got HUGE! They look fantastic! I have red hair so they still aren’t very dark, but with mascara they are much more dramatic than before. I ran out and forgot to reorder, but amazingly they still look long! Love this product 🙂

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Sarah

My lashes did not grow longer. I started to notice hair growth under my eyes and the tops of my cheeks. I stopped using this product immediately. Will the hair growth go away? I’m freaking out.

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    Star

    I started seeing the same underneath my eyes too… I thought I was having dark circles, but looking into a magnifying glass I saw hair growing there… its so annoying. I am still under 60 days will try to return it back

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Michelle

I have only used this for about 4 days, but every morning I wake up with muck in the corners of my eyes and it continues throughout the day. After reading these reviews, I am concerned about continuing the use.

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Dana

I was so excited to get this product from all of the rave reviews (many friends have used it and it seemingly worked). From the first time I used it my eyes were constantly bloodshot, I was told to not use it everyday but try every other day or every 2 days. My eyes cleared up but once I tried it again…back to totally bloodshot. There are no eyedrops that will even clear them up (I tried 4). I am discontinuing use because I am afraid that I am doing more damage than I know. I am so disappointed that I spent that much money on the product and haven’t even gone through a quarter of the tube. Just be very careful when purchasing.

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Debbie Miller

I wish I had never even heard of this product….the first 4 to 5 weeks were fine…I did notice my vision was getting worse…one morning I woke up with severe eye pressure and pain, my eyes were red and puffy, felt like someone had poured sand in them, I stopped using the product immediately! Hoping they would clear up, no such luck, went to the eye doctor, they couldn’t even get a reading on what my vision was. Sooo I was put on antibiotic drops for two weeks, It helped somewhat, we went on vacation, My eyes went back the same way, I am using strong reading glasses just to see on my computer. I am on my third doctor appointment! I can’t wear any makeup, I boxed up the product, sent it to their headquarters instead of distribution, with a two page letter. I have not heard anything and it’s going on 3 weeks. With the huge cost of the “product” and doctors visits, and just my aggravation of not being able to see properly, the pain, and the embarrassment of meeting my new in laws, not being able to drive myself to see my new gran daughter,( I have to wait on my husband to drive) Well…..I’m really upset! Please ladies….it’s not worth IT!!!!

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    Elissa Amador

    Thank you for sharing this! I experienced itching and redness on my eyelids. I was thinking of continuing but couldn’t take the itch! After reading this I am SO relieved I stopped! Thank you and I wish you a full and speedy recovery!

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Diane

Hi girls, I’ve had nothing but rave reviews and excellent results from Lashboost -myself and customers. FYI: Your Consultant needs to ask you – are you allergic to anything? If you are allergic to nuts , then do not use Lashboost. It sounds like you weren’t aware of that. I’m sorry that you had an allergic reaction. The company does provide 60-day, money-back guarantee so return your product for full refund.

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Pam

I used this for 8 weeks. I did have longer lashes but not really thicker. I didn’t need them any longer so I stopped using it. Now my lashes have spots where they are shorter than before. I guess they have broken off. I think for the money it’s not worth it if they will break after you run out.

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Debbier

I used this product for about 5 weeks and my lashes were amazingly long. . but then I started getting sties and the skin under my eye got red, puffy and then the skin began to dry and flake off. I quit using the product and it went away. I started the product again and within 3 days the same exact reaction. Sadly, i’ll have to quit using it. long lashes aren’t worth looking like someone punched me in the eye.

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Andrea

I bought lash boost to support my friend who is an R+F consultant. I have been using lash boost for about 3-4 weeks and have noticed some results. However, I have had a very itchy lash line, upper and lower, so thought i would try to find some reviews to see what others are saying and this has confirmed my suspicion. I have nice lashes already but wanted to see if they could get longer and fuller but now I’m concerned to stop using the product after reading that my lashes could fall out.

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    Elissa Amador

    I had the exact same experience, my lash line was itching and i think getting red so I stopped using it and it all stopped. :-/

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Sonia B

After using LashBoost for 3 weeks, I noticed my eyes were losing their orbital fat and appeared to be sunken in with deep eyelid wrinkles. These are the exact same side effects I suffered after using Latisse for 3 weeks. A little research revealed that there are dangerous side effects associated with using Lash Boost that R+F has failed to disclose. The active ingredient, Isopropyl Cloprostenate, is a synthetic version of the active prescription strength ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, which belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandin analogues PGAs. PGA use causes severe dry eye, shrinks eye orbital fat causing a sunken-eye look, and thickens the eyes’ natural oil secretion so much so that it creates blockages in the glands. The FDA issued a warning to OTC lash serum makers back in 2011 about the potential dangers of including a synthetic version of a prescription product with known FDA-studied side effect profile in their formulations. Statements from companies claiming that they “contain no active medical ingredient” like this from the FAQ for Rodan and Fields Lash Boost makes it all the more confusing for potential patients trying to do their due diligence if they know they have a previous diagnosis of dry eye or are at increased risk. Shame on Rodan and Fields.

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    Shelly

    I had the same result with both Latisse and Lash Boost. Longer lashes but Loss of orbital fat and sunken dark circles under my eyes. Who cares if your lashes are long if you look like you haven’t slept in a month. Discontinued use and my eyes returned to normal within a few weeks.

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Holly

I have used Lash Boost religiously for 8 weeks and have had no results whatsoever. If anything, my lashes seem thinner than before. I also developed a bald spot on one eyelid. I hope my lashes grow back now that I’ve stopped using this product. I feel scammed.

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Kayla

NO! It is NOT worth i! It gave me eye ptosis, a known effect from the prosthaglandin!!! I don’t know if it will go away. I made a video about it because I am MAD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HlbQeZ54Kk

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    Jamie

    Did your eyelid return back to normal? This has happened to me. :.(

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Shanie Parkinson

This stuff is awful!!! It gave me a stye in my eye that has been there for weeks and won’t go away. It made most of my lashes fall out. It ruins contacts (I wear the ones you sleep in). My daughter used it once and woke up with her eyes infected so bad she had to go to an optometrist. A lot of money to spend and then get horrible results. I have never had such a bad experience with a beauty product. Do not buy!

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Jamie

I have been using lashboost for about four months now. I am still on my first bottle!! The person I bought through informed me that she usually uses hers for six months. However, after the third month the keratin is not as strong. The bottle will continue to maintain what you already have, but is not strong enough to grow a dramatic amount anymore. However, with this being my fourth month, mine are STILL growing. I have not had irritation, redness, or any problems. My mom has a bottle as well and her eyes become red and itchy after she puts it on. Since she puts it on at night, when she wakes up she is as good as new. Both of our eyelashes are touching our eyebrows (at least) without mascara. HIGHLY recommend. Worth every penny. I will buy more when my bottle is empty.

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Mimi Ris

I used this product from February to August. It lasted 6 months. My lashes grew but I did get stye’s on my eyelids, darkening skin around my lids, fine hair began to grown around my eyes. I was too scared to buy it again – worried about side effects with pro-long use of this product. I’m trying idol lash after having read the reviews.

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Maria

I used this product for a month. My eyes got red, puffy and after a week all my lashes fell out. I called my consultant and she gave me a number to call a rodan and fields nurse. They had me on the phone for three hours trying to sell me other products. I hung up ran to the ER. Conclusion: the lash boost ingredients entered my blood stream and I got a nasty eye infection that took three weeks of antibiotics and steroid shots to calm down the bad side effects. Never again.

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Dissatisfied

I’ve been using R+F Last Boost for a year now and you can hardly see a difference. No irritation. I would return it but my friend is a consultant. Not worth the money.

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Pam

I get migraines. My first night of lash boost I woke up at 1:00 a.m. and thought. “Why do I have a migraine in my face!” 🙁

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T.J.

I used R+F Lash Boost for almost 8 weeks. My lashes definitely grew longer but by week six I started noticing redness and burning. Just last week I noticed puffiness around both eyes, especially under my left eye. I stopped using the Lash Boost. I haven’t used it for 4 days and the swelling is getting worse as well as the redness and itching. The skin under the eye that is swollen looks darker. I also noticed hair growing on the skin near the inside corners of my eyes, where hair is NOT supposed to be growing. I do not recommend this product. My eyelids have been swollen and my eyes have been hurting for several days now. It is not worth it. Buyers beware!

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Anonymous

I started this product 5 weeks ago and my lashes are much longer, however, I also noticed I was growing hair under my eyes on my cheekbone!! I am discontinuing. I’m bummed because it irritated my eyes less than latisse.

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