Product Review: L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum

After testing a bunch of high-priced mascaras, I was ready to move on to excellent drugstore ones (hello, Cover Girl Lash Blast Length) and away from those that promised a lot and failed to deliver. It was around this time that a publicist from L'Oreal contacted me about trying their new L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum.

The first such serum to be available at the drugstore level, L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum boasts a pro-keratine, pro-peptide, pro-vitamin B5 formula that also contains the amino acid arginine. In other words, it contains ingredients that help lashes grow thicker and longer by infusing them with good stuff. To achieve optimal results, it's recommended that you apply the serum in the morning before putting on mascara and then at night before you sleep. Sweep the applicator on your lashes, then use the tip to swab the upper lash line.

The publicist sent me three full-size tubes of the serum. Because I received so much product, for this review I decided to pass on the other tubes to friends Aliza and Cwangdom to test. Here are our impressions of the product in a nutshell.

Aliza: I'm not a creature of habit so throwing a lash serum into my routine every night was challenging. Needless to say, I didn't use it every night as instructed. The upside is I think I still saw a slight difference in my lashes after a few uses. They were slightly darker and seemed fuller. However, this product stings if you get it on your lash line and anything burning around my eye is a turn off. Plus the serum is pretty thick. Once applied, it makes your lashes seem like you've done too much crying, so going out before it dries is not recommended.

Cwangdom:I noticed that my lashes appeared to be slightly thicker/fuller but not longer, shinier or darker. It takes a little while to add it into the routine. I was applying the serum every day after I curled my lashes and under my mascara in the morning. I found that when I put on the serum it pretty much cancelled out using the eyelash curler, which was annoying. I didn't like using it at night because I would wake up with dry clumps of stuff on my lashes--not the most lovely sight. It seems like the serum is more like a glorified clear brow/lash gel. I wouldn't continue using this product as the results weren't worth it. I'd rather just use the eyelash curler and mascara.

My Take: Like Aliza, I found that L'Oreal Lash Serum did sting a bit when it got in the eyes. After trying to use it as a mascara primer once and finding the product too sticky and clumpy, I gave up. (Kudos to Cwangdom for persisting.) Instead, I only applied the product at night. Like Cwangdom, I noticed that it left whitish clumps on my lashes in the mornings but they came off pretty easily when I washed my face. After 4-6 weeks, I did notice that my lashes appeared thicker, longer, and darker. The results weren't as noticeable as what you'd achieve with makeup, extensions, or false lashes.

All in all, I'd say give this product a try if you're curious. At roughly $13 Cdn, you don't have much to lose, but results aren't guaranteed. I also suspect they aren't as dramatic as what you'd get with a prescription product like Latisse.

Have you tried L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum? Do you use any other products on your lashes?

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  1. Thanks for a very informative review, darling L!


  2. I haven't tried this but I am using Latisse. It's awesome! I barely wear mascara anymore except on the weekends. (Except I've been very bad about remembering to put it on [like seriously, maybe twice a week the past few weeks] and I've been noticing that they aren't as great as they used to be...I need to buckle down and remember to do it every day again!)

  3. I could use darker lashes, but it doesn't sound like that product would do a lot. Actually more than thicker, I'd just like something that would increase the number of hair follicles that form my eyelashes. 'They' should really get on creating mutagens to do that for me.

  4. Thanks for the info I am going to have to try it out.

  5. nice write up, thanks for the info

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  6. Ouch! Stinging is not a good sensation. But seems like it achieves good results. Thank you for the review. It's true, only 13 dollars canadina, not much to loose.

  7. Hmm I guess it's like what they say - you get what you pay for. Think I'd rather splurge on something more effective too!

  8. thanks for the informative review lisa! (as always). I've been wondering about these lash boosting products (because my mom uses one that's really expensive) because since I got my lash extensions, my lashes haven't been the same so I was hoping to try something to see if I could make them grow back to the way they used to be!

    and yes, I do check the weather before I wear my suede shoes out! lol c'mon, I know you do the same!!

  9. Interesting review! But it stung when you got it in your eyes? Eek.


  10. Thanks for the review!! I actaully picked up this product for a friend and I couple weeks ago. Although I have no been diligent in the application of the product, I have seen some change in my lashes... they appear to be a tad thicker. They feel healthy, if that even makes sense... and when I curl my lashes they don't fall out like they used to. I also don't like using the product in the morning, because it doesn't really hold after curling. I hope to continue using it, to see the products full potentional. :)

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  11. I've always been so afraid to try anything remotely medicinal around my eyes! I can't even wear contact lenses! I know there is a latisse craze and such, but I think I will pass it up!

  12. This product has caused me to have a very bad irritation in my eyes. 2 different times!!! The first time this happened I wasn't sure if I had pink or what it was. I didn't relate it to using this product, but I realize now that it was the product and. I had to go months with my eyes so red that it looked like I had been continuously I stopped using it until my eyes cleared up (about 6 months) no kidding!!! Then I started using it again after my eyes cleared (just this one time) still not realizing that this was the reason for my eye issues before. Now this morning my eyes are on fire and stuck together, just like what happened before.. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone!!!....Mine is going in the garbage.


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