6 Ways To Make Your Latisse Last Longer

Will-Lee on 4 Dec 2013 at 9:00am

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No doubt about it: many women love Latisse for the way it lengthens their eyelashes. Eighty five percent of our community has given it a thumbs-up, with some serious raves to boot.

But Latisse will have you shell out more than your average mascara: about $130 for a two-month supply, if used as directed. That means one drop on one applicator brush for each eye for 60 days.

Still, everyone from RealSelfers to our experts to beauty bloggers have been finding creative ways to make their precious drops of Latisse -- and their dollars -- last a little longer. Here's what they're finding:

1. Use only one Latisse drop -- in the cap -- each day. 

The directions tell you to apply one drop directly to the brush for each eye. To avoid waste, RealSelf's ever-resourceful Eva has crafted her own method: "I put one drop in the cap, and dip the brush in the cap. This way, I can do both eyelids with one drop and one brush." Eva used Latisse to get lush lashes before her wedding -- and said they were "ridiculously long" after three weeks.

2. Use the Latisse brush for two consecutive days.

Another problem with Latisse -- you get 60 applicator brushes to use, and that's it. New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Joseph says he suggests that patients use one brush for two days straight: "It can be rinsed with water in between uses, and left to air dry." This way, you can get a full four months out of your prescription.

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3. Use your own brush.

Beauty bloggers Beauty in the Bag -- which seems to absolutely love Latisse -- thinks a "skinny eyeliner brush" is the way to go rather than with the ones that comes with the package. BITB claims this will also lessen irritation and hyperpigmentation.

4. Cut the Latisse brush in half.

Along the same lines, some docs are telling people to give the little brushes that come with Latisse a chop. This way, you'll use less product -- and what you do use will be applied more carefully and efficiently.

5. Apply only as much Latisse as you need. 

Even though Allergan says you need one drop per eye per day, the consensus seems to be that a full drop is probably more than enough. Of course, this depends entirely on how long you want your lashes to be, and don't forget that Latisse's effect isn't permanent -- once you stop using Latisse, your lashes will revert to their original length and thickness.

6. Find discount Latisse or Latisse rebates.

Many doctors are offering Latisse at the suggested retail price -- about $120. But there are definitely some out there who are giving pretty sharp discounts -- even some, like Dr. Corey Maas of San Francisco, at cost -- so make sure to shop around for a good price. And several docs have mentioned they're giving discounts in conjunction with other treatments, or are participating in the Latisse rebate program, which can shave $10-$20 off the price.

And one more thing you should know ...

Some of our members have tried Lumigan -- which is the glaucoma drug that, in a lower concentration, inspired Latisse -- as an alternative (and cheaper) way to lengthen their lashes. However, as Houston plastic surgeon Dr. John LoMonaco cautions, Lumigan is not FDA-approved for eyelash treatment, and you (and any doctor that tries) are likely to run into some pretty thick legal issues if you try to get a script for Lumigan, but don't have glaucoma.

Any other tricks to share that have worked well for you? We'd love to hear in the comments below!

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My sister uses this Latiesse and she has had eye problems and still uses it. I think her problems may be due to the applications. She has had two surgeries and now sight problems on this for several years now. I quit using it. I dont think enough is known about the long term effects.
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Such a vague and uninformed comment... "This Latiesse" What kind of eye problems? What kind of surgery? Who in their right mind would continue using it if they had sight problems? Sight problems are not even one of the side effects. Perhaps you are just affiliated with one of the vendors that sells lash products and makes unsubstantiated claims?
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I don't apply it at night.I apply in the morning and let it dry and apply my mascara over it.I've been doing it for years. Works great. And after you've achieved your length and thickness you can apply ever other day.
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My dermatologist said I should use Latisse for my thinning eyebrows. Anyone try that?
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I think a lot of people do that.  Here is a forum post about it:
http://www.realself.com/forum/latisse-for-eyebrows

And here is some info from our Doctor Q&A:
http://www.realself.com/question/use-latisse-grow-...
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Yes. I use it on my brows as the outer corners are sparse. I saw a difference in two weeks and after five months of using on my brows and lashes, I no longer feel 'naked' without brow pencil. My lashes are long and full.
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I started using Latisse in early December and have definitely noticed a difference. Even by Christmas they were a little longer. A new brush each day for each eye seems really overkill to me considering I am the only 1 using the product. However, I could see just from contact contamination why you would not want to let a non-sterile brush touch the tip of the bottle itself- but through a controlled drip, you can get a drop to fall on the brush. So I started using 1 brush a night instead of 2. Then I decided to dip that brush into rubbing alcohol and let it air dry and use it again the next day and then throw it out. So that way you get 2 nights of both eyes out of 1 brush and the sterilization seems relatively intact. I like the idea of putting 1 drop into a separate container and then dipping the brush in, but the cap does not seem like a good idea to me as you will then invert that back over the tip of the bottle. Seems like just to be on safe side, a separate surface that is not reused would be better. It's only a single drop, so it's not like the surface would have to be able to hold much liquid! Maybe just a small square of plastic wrap would work. Thanks for the advice here; good ideas. I think many of us are saying that we really like this product and the safety that comes with a FDA approved med, but realize the price point is high and there could be more ways to stretch the effectiveness. Latisse if you are reading this, bring down the price. I will stretch an extra month out of this before I rebuy. If the price were lower, I wouldn't do that, so it might equal out plus more people might try it.
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I was using Latisse monthly and I loved my eyelashes. However the price eventually got to me, and I was hoarding every drop of that stuff. Now, since I only $11.00, I use a full drop per eye lol, as far the brushes, it is overkill, I mean do you change eyeliner brushes every time you put eyeliner on your lashes? The brushes only drive up the cost. All you have to do is like your doing, put it in alcohol and it's good to go. I've used the same brush for over a month. When you think about it, surgeons use equipment for operations and only clean their instruments and use the same ones for years. Changing brushes I feel is a gimmick. just know this, once you start paying $11.00 for it, you will laugh how afraid you were to loose one drop of your golden miracle drops! You won't be doing that now, trust me. Good luck!
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Where do you get Latisse for only 11.00?!
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I got Latisse in November and pretty quickly realized I did not like the applicator brushes that came with it. I just use a thin MAC eyeliner brush and rinse it afterwards. I figure, I am the only one using the brush so infection is not an issue. This allows much more precise application of the product. Appreciate the suggestion to put the drop into the cap and dip into it to apply. I am going to try that for sure! I have definitely seen results...longer thicker eyelashes but unfortunately I seem to have the redness and irritation that are a common side effect. I use eye drops to counteract this but may go to using it only every other night. To those concerned about the potential for eye color change, I researched this and also found that this side effect had only been documented in those using the product for glaucoma and placing drops directly into their eyes. The warning that comes with Latisse about potential for eye color change was required in order to get FDA approval. That said, I also am getting a little hyper pigmentation on the skin right along my lash line where I apply the product. Not an issue for me as I usually put a little concealer on my eyelid anyway but worth nothing. For sure, not a cheap product but it does do what it claims for me.
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Bought six bottles for $140 thru a pharmacy in New Zealand plus free S&H. It's the real product by Allergan and no prescription required.
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Website pls??
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Does anyone know of a trusted website to purchase Lumigan? I've heard you can get it from Mexico & Lumigan is much cheaper than Latisse. It's the same thing but without the brushes.
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Thanks for info. Now I can improve my lashes plus the maintenance on them., Jennifer p.s do you have any pic's.
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Bought some in Cabo for 50 bucks
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That's still expensive compared to $11.00, but a lot better than $129.00 from doctors office or US pharmacy
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To make it last longer, the best way is to use it only twice a week and get a brush instead of the cotton brush in the package. To get them fuller as well, I use Activlash the other 5 days. 1. use activlash brush with your latisse product. the brush is very thin, not much product is wasted. use latisse only on mondays and thursdays. 2. use activlash on the other days as it is a conditioner in which it helps to get them fuller and healthier.
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You can buy Lumigan at any pharmacy in Mexico with no prescription. It runs between $33.00-$37.00 a bottle. It has exactly the same concentration as Latisse. Well worth the trip if you live close to the border.
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