So for the longest time, I’ve always wanted long beautiful natural eyelashes. I was unfortunately cursed with having short stubby lashes that you could barely see. I would try everything from serums, oils, vitamins, etc. just hoping to get a little growth out of them. In the end, I literally gave up since nothing worked. I decided to invest my money instead towards fake eyelashes and lash extensions. At least these thing were guaranteed.
One day, I was speaking to a friend and she recommended that I try Rodan + Fields Lash Boost. Granted she did work for the company so I was skeptical. I asked her how much did it cost and I swore I heard a different (much lower) price then what she said. I was thinking at the time, “Wow, that’s pretty affordable. Why not try it out if she’s recommending it.” I should also add that she said she was using it and her lashes did look amazing.
When I finally got the bottle, you can imagine my surprise when I found out it was really around $150. At this point, it was the most expensive thing that I have ever gotten for my lashes. I told myself that this HAS to work if it’s this expensive. I wanted it to work so badly too because I was getting tired of putting on fake eyelashes and having to rip them off along with my natural ones. The lash extensions were also taking up too much time and money. They would always make my real lashes itch and I can never rub my eyes when I wanted to.
So, I told myself that I’m going to be the most diligent I have ever been about a cosmetic product. If you’re wondering, yes, I’m the type of person who forgets to put moisturizer on at night, who forgets to do her full set of whitening strips, and who forgets to take out her contacts when she is too tired (I know I know… I’m so bad!). Regardless though, this time I was determined. My friend told me that it is a eight-week process, but people usually start seeing results around four weeks. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment so I aimed for the full eight weeks.
8 Week Timeline
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 1): Obviously not much going on. No make and no mascara.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 2): Still nothing. Also, not expecting anything to really happen.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 3): Do I see something? Maybe? No, I don’t see anything. Just dreaming.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 4): Still looking the same. Haven’t missed one application yet. I’m so proud of myself!
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 5): Okay okay. Maybe something is going on. At this point, I do notice that my eyes are kind of red throughout the day. No pain so I keep going with it.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 6): I think I see a little growth, but who could really tell? I see my lashes everyday so it’s hard to recognize.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 7): I definitely see a few lashes longer than the others. Being already seven weeks in, I’m thinking if this Lash Boost is really worth $150 though. Do you know how many fake eyelashes I can buy with that?!
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 8): Two full months have passed and I’ve never missed a day. So what is the conclusion? I can confidently say that I don’t think it was worth all the effort I put into it for this little bit of growth. Yes, I did see some lashes grow a little bit longer than usual, but I really don’t think it’s worth the money.
POST EIGHT WEEKS
I can’t even tell you how sad I was. I was so excited to get those beautiful long eyelashes that I saw on all the pictures. In the end, I wasn’t surprised though. Nothing worked before so a part of me was prepared for it. Also, my friend told me that R+F does have an eight week return policy if I wasn’t fully satisfied with the product. I considered returning it, but thought that I would finish the bottle at least since I did see a little bit of growth.
Well, I continued on for another month and then I got sick right after I came back from my Singapore trip. I guess all that traveling and jet-lag didn’t really help my immune system. For the rest of the week, I went into work with no make-up on. No mascara, eyeliner, or anything. I still kept using the Lash Boost at night though.
Once I was feeling better, I finally decided to put on a full face again and go into work. I was in a department meeting when it happened. My co-worker to the side of me interrupts the meeting and said, “May! Your lashes are so long!” I turn to her and I must have had the world’s biggest smile on my face. I was ecstatic! It took over 12 weeks, but my friends FINALLY noticed. Not sure if it was because I had a week of no make-up beforehand so the contrast was greater, but I didn’t care. Someone had finally noticed.
After that, I definitely kept using the bottle until it was finished. It lasted me a solid four months with full swipes on both upper eyelids.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost (Week 16): Lashes are significantly longer and a little bit thicker. Can’t believe it actually worked. It definitely took me a lot longer than what R+F was recommending. About a full 12 weeks for someone to finally noticed, but regardless, I’m a happy camper.
A lot of people have been blogging about the side effects of Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and I have to truthfully say that I’ve experienced some of them. Mostly, it’s been the red eyes. I would have slightly pink eyes all day, but it didn’t hurt. It could be that I stare at the computer for most of the day so that probably didn’t help the situation either.
Second, some people say they experience small bumps or cysts. I personally did not experience that, but I actually have before on two other eyelash products. They were some cheaper brands that I found on Amazon. It was a real fear of mine that it was going to happen again with the Lash Boost. Luckily for me, nothing to report here.
Third, some people say that their eyelashes at the end become really curly. I can attest to this. Not sure why the ends are the only ones that are really curly, but they are. You can actually see some of them on the Week 16 picture.
Lastly, I haven’t read this anywhere else, but I thought I would bring it up just in case. My eyes tend to water especially after putting the Lash Boost on. So, sometimes tears will run slightly down the outside of my eyes. Over the past four months, I have noticed that the tiny micro hairs near my eyes are a bit darker and longer. Definitely not noticeable to other people and not enough of a factor for me to stop, but I thought I would share.
Does it Work: For me, yes it works! Not in the time frame that I was expecting, but my lashes eventually got there. You hear stories all the time of these miracle beauty products, but you actually never think they are going to work. Not only was I surprised, but my female co-workers were surprised too.
Update to Today: I’ve been using Lash Boost for about 19 weeks now. Since the 16-week mark, I’ve bought another bottle to maintain the length of the lashes. If I use it every other day as recommended to maintain, it should last me around eight months. So roughly about two bottles a year for an investment of around $300. Even though it is expensive, I do think it’s worth it if you value having long eyelashes. Lash extensions has cost me hundreds of dollars already and they fall off within 4-6 weeks. The worst part is not being able to touch your eyes either.
My eye make-up routine has changed as well. I don’t put any eyeliner on for work anymore, only mascara. The lashes are long and thick enough where I don’t need the help from the eyeliner. Also, I don’t use an eyelash curler anymore either. This is a BIG change. My lashes were so short and straight before that I use to get mad if I forgot to curl them. Now, I don’t even touch the curler unless I’m going out.
How I Apply: For the first three months, I use to swipe across the whole top lid on both eyes. At the beginning of the fourth month, I decided to slightly touch the root of lashes (was in conserve-mode) with the tip of the brush. I still did the whole lash line, but I felt like I wanted the brush to really touch the root of the lashes rather then a general swipe above the lashes. To this day, I’m still doing the touch technique.
Disclaimer: This is based only on my experience and I am not affiliated with Rodan + Fields in any way. The Lash Boost was purchase with hard earn money.
Thoughts: Has anyone else use Rodan + Fields Lash Boost? Would love to hear your thoughts as well. If you are thinking about using it, feel free to leave me a question. I would love to answer them.