There’s something about having long, voluminous lashes that instantly makes you look more polished—even if you’re not wearing any other makeup. But if you weren’t naturally blessed with Bambi-esque eyelashes, it can be an expensive, time-consuming and even painful road to get there. From hard-to-apply falsies to eyelash extensions that can become irritated and rip out your own lashes if you don’t remove them properly, each methods comes with its own challenges. But there’s another route to skyscraper-length lashes that is often overlooked in favour of these ‘quick and easy’ treatments: lash growth serums.
These products have been around for a while, but have stayed somewhat under the radar. Most likely, because most of us are too impatient to bother with a slow and steady option, or flat out assume that they don’t work. But the thing is, they do—you just need to go for the right ones. You see, some of the lash growth serums on the market are simply conditioners which help keep the lashes hydrated and prevent breakage in the future. Which, of course, is a good thing—but probably not quite the effect you’re after. In order to find a lash serum that actually works, you need to opt for ones that use powerful active ingredients to actually target the three growth stages of the lashes. To save you serious time and money, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up 5 growth serums that will give you lashes longer than your HIIT sessions feel.
Love the idea of using a lash serum but are worried about the harsh ingredients irritating your sensitive peepers? This vegan, cruelty-free, growth hormone free and gluten free serum is gentle enough for the most sensitive eyes (including those who wear contact lenses). Instead of relying on chemical nasties to do the job, Long Lashes contains vitamins, peptides and antioxidants that help to stimulate, strengthen and condition the lashes. What’s more, it promises results in 4 to 8 weeks!
Shop Long Lashes.
This serum uses powerful active ingredients like polypeptides and sodium hyaluronate to give sparse, thinning lashes some extra va va voom. It also hydrates and protects the lashes, which will help prevent breakage in the future.
Shop the Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum.
This nighttime treatment does all the heavy lifting when you sleep, using a peptide-based formula lashes to target all three stages of the hair growth cycle. The result? Long, lustrous, ‘are those real?’ lashes within a matter of week!
The ultimate multitasker, this high-performance serum from Shisheido helps give you fuller brows, as well as longer lashes. Because, let’s be honest, the two go hand in hand! The unique flocked-tip applicator makes it super easy to reach small areas and deliver a powerful dose of the active ingredient, arginine.
Shop the Shiseido Full Lash Serum
Launched in 2006, this was one of the OG lash serums—and there’s a good reason it’s remained a bestseller for over 10 years. Not only does it deliver serious results, but it harnesses natural, non-irritating green tea, ginseng, and biotin to do so.
Shop the Revitalash Advanced.