Cosmetic treatments for long, full eyelashes put to test

DENVER - Ladies, getting those long and full eyelashes can be tricky. There are plenty of over the counter cosmetic treatments that promise to help. We put three of them to the test.

Carisa Scott, a personal trainer and producer at our station, used the Rodan+Fields Lash Boost that sells for $135. She applied it to her lash line every night and says it worked!

“I was shocked! I thought it was great, I thought I had a great outcome!” Carisa said. She loved the results, but did not really love the pricetag. “I think its expensive, but it might be worth it,” she said.

Next, Kirsten Shapiro, a mother of two from Broomfield, tried out Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die for Turbo, which sells at Sephora for $85. “It may look a little longer when I put on mascara,” she said.

She says she was hoping for a cheaper alternative to lash extensions but, “… I haven’t noticed enough of a difference to make it worth it,” she said.

Lastly, Aja Clement, a sales assistant at our station, used the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum which sells for just $8 on Walmart.com. She says she was pleasantly surprised. “My lashes are darker. They feel fuller, and thicker and stronger. I notice when I take my makeup off, they don’t fall out as much. She says she will definitely keep using the product.

But, are there any risks to any of these kinds of products. Dr. Michelle Draznin, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente, says the most common side effect of cosmetic lash products is eye irritation.

But some products may contain prostaglandin analogues, which can be effective, but have the potential to darken the color of the iris. “It’s very infrequent, but it can occur, and that’s not reversible," she said.

Dr. Draznin says to remember that over the counter products are considered cosmetic and there is no regulation. “So it’s up to the consumer to look at the ingredient list and decide whether or not these products are beneficial,” she said.