Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Review January 2020. 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 and Cons of Lash Boost
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 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:
Lash Boost Cost
If you enroll as a Rodan and Fields consultant, you will be able to purchase Lash Boost at $112.00 versus the retail cost of $150.00 plus $11.95 shipping. Consultants get all products at a 25% discounted price. However, you would still need to pay a flat rate shipping of $9.95.
If you are not a consultant, but you enroll to be a Preferred Customer, Lash Boost would be offered to you at $135.00, and with no shipping costs, no matter how many products you order at a time.
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.
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 2020 is Bioluma.
With a combination of proven ingredients, superb customer service and a 60-day money-back guarantee, Bioluma is making big waves in the eyelash growth world.
Find out why thousands of people are choosing Bioluma to achieve their eyelash growth goals, and why it's also the editor's top selection.
Read the Bioluma review here.
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