Wednesday, July 27, 2011

L'Oreal's Double Extend with Lash Boosting Serum works! And it won't make you blind.

Jan Marini's late, lamented, and very naughty lash growth serum
Like a lot of other idiots, when Jan Marini came out with her original Age Intervention eyelash growing serum, I bought a tube of the stuff. Even though it cost--wait for it--$160. The shame! It burns.

There was some science blather that didn't really interest me about how it worked--I knew it started as glaucoma medication, contained prostaglandin, and worked by arresting the eyelashes' growth/shedding cycle. The main thing was that it worked.

But then my gorgeous friend Liz saw an article saying that using this miracle lash growing potion was a really bad idea. It mentioned scary things like iris color change and blindness and whatnot. And Jan Marini recalled the product. So I stopped using it, and my eyelashes devolved to their original wispy, pathetic state.

Then, the other day, I spotted L'Oreal's Double Extend mascara. I've been using L'Oreal's Double Extend mascaras for years, so I was intrigued. Because this formula included lash boosting serum.

You're familiar with these two-ended mascaras, right? One end is color, and the other is usually primer. To the eyelash-challenged, these formulas are a godsend, and well worth taking a little extra time to apply.

L'Oreal's Double Extend (with lash boosting serum!) works just like the usual two-step mascara. I curl my lashes, apply one coat of primer (with lash boosting serum!) and then top with the color coat. As with other two-step mascaras, I find I have to apply the color coat very lightly to prevent clumping.

The result? Long, dark, thick lashes that don't smear, flake, or give me morning-after raccoon eyes.

And I swear my lashes are looking longer. And I've only been using it once or twice a week. What with summer road trips, the house being full of painters, and Chicago being struck by heavy rains followed by flooding in my basement, I just haven't really been in the mood to slap on a lot of spackle.

At any rate, two enthusiastic thumbs up for L'Oreal's Double Extend (with lash boosting serum!) It works as well as their usual mascaras, and it seems to be doing something to beef up my feeble fringe.


  1. I have we tiny eyelashes as well - but I wear glasses all day...thoughts?

    Also, at the bottom of this post, where it suggests other posts I might like, PENISES was suggested. And I do!
    I like penises.

  2. This is my go-to mascara now actually! I've used the serum, but it still makes me a little hesitant and I didn't notice that many least not beyond what the mascara does, which is tons, and I'm content with that. Love it.

  3. I wonder if it would help boost eyebrow growth. My brows are getting sparse now that I'm of a certain age. Would the primer appear white on the brows?

  4. Bird: as you know, I wear glasses all day, too. Don't worry. If you use this serum, your lashes will grow, but they won't knock your glasses off your nose, or anything like that.

    OK, I'll be serious. At Our Age, I think mascara on the bottom lashes is a bad idea--emphasizes circles and puffiness and draws the eye down, when we want to bring the eye up. To that end, I curl my top lashes, tightline my upper lid, and wear one coat of this mascara. Brightens things considerably.

    Also, I like penises, too. What a coincidink! Pun intended.

    QJ: See, it may or may not grow cascades of eyelashes, but it's a great mascara.

    Miss M: Covering up the primer can be tricky and I'm not one to advocate off-label use of beauty products, lest you start to grow sideburns or some such. That being said, the effects on my lashes are so mild, I'd risk using the serum--but at night, as a night-time eyebrow beauty treatment.

  5. Sounds good! I love Revlon Lash Fantasy (also a double ended product) but am willing to switch for gorgeousness...

  6. I have bookmarked this one i guess i have to read it again. anyways thanks for posting this.


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