The Truth About Eyelash Enhancing Serums

By, Karen Weathers

Senior Editor
Consumers Guides Beauty Advice

I have to admit, I didn’t want to take this assignment at first.

Before a few months ago I had never used an eyelash enhancer and when I was asked to review them, I told my editors “I don’t feel comfortable reviewing something I don't see the need for.”

You see, I never thought that eyelashes made that big of a difference on your appearance. Sure, I'd seen some celebrities with big, dramatic lashes, and I'd worn falsies a handful of times...but it always just felt like something I did for me, with no one else noticing.

But then something happened… My friend Nancy was visiting me from San Diego and there was something different about Nancy…she looked fantastic. I couldn't put my finger on what was different, until finally I realized...her eyelashes were huge!

I grilled her for that entire weekend until she finally confessed her secret: she's been using an eyelash enhancer. In just a few weeks, the serum she'd been using had transformed her lashes from wimpy to wow, and believe me, people noticed!

You've probably already heard some of your friends ranting and raving about eyelash enhancers. Some women love them for their ability to repair damaged lashes and bring them back to their full potential, while others use them to support new lash growth.

What they all seem to agree on, though, is that a good lash enhancer can make your existing lashes longer, darker and much fuller... and let me tell you – these things stand out!

But the real question is… which ones REALLY work? After all, like with any cosmetic, some companies put out products that are just junk, which makes it difficult to tell which ones are effective and which ones aren't what they seem.

Naturally, the incredible claims some of these companies make have caused some women to be skeptical of the products and their promises, and a quick glance at the research shows why:

  • They might not work- this is probably the biggest reason why some women are reluctant to try an enhancer, and with good reason: a lot of companies don't use the right active ingredients to create results.

  • They can be expensive- some enhancers can cost $125+ for a four week treatment!

  • Some products can cause discoloration or irritation- thicker lashes aren’t much help if they’re attached to red, puffy eyes.

But how can you know which products are the good ones? How can you tell an eyelash enhancer that works from those that are simply a waste of money?

We know it's not easy to find an eyelash enhancer that works, and we know how time consuming it can be to research all the brands out there.. That’s why our experts reviewed the products themselves.

How We Researched

For an eyelash enhancer to work, it has to use the right amount of active ingredients to actually be effective for growth.

Now, these ingredients are not cheap and many brands cut costs by only using miniscule amounts.

So, how can you tell which brands use the right amount of active ingredients?

It's easy. The higher up on the ingredient list the active ingredient is, the more of it is in the formula.

We looked at 47 different brands in all to find out which ones really use the right amount of active ingredients, and have also been proven to grow your lashes.

Here's What We Found:

As we suspected, the majority of eyelash enhancers do not use nearly enough of the expensive active ingredients required to support eyelash growth.

They claim to get results, but many only use basic mineral oils that can be bought at any drug store for pennies on the dollar compared to the excessive prices these eyelash enhancers cost.

However, we did manage to find a few brands out there that do use the right amount of the high quality ingredients and that have proven to be effective.

Upon reading user stories of these products, we heard nothing but amazing results! Women report these products to do exactly what they claim. Many women with damaged eyelashes say these products have caused incredible results and that they would gladly spend the money to buy them again.

Other women in our trials said that, while they've used other eyelash enhancers with no results in the past, these products actually worked as promised. In fact, some women even report that these products work so well, they were able to stop wearing mascara to show off their eyelashes.

Here are our top picks:

What You're Going To Learn:
How To Choose The Best Eyelash Enhancer For The Money
The Ingredients The Cause Results
How To Not Get Ripped Off By Cheap Formulas

6 Rating Factors In Evaluating Eyelash Enhancers:
Clinical Studies
Product Testing
Proven Ingredients
Product Formula
Proven Reputation
Real User Reviews

Proven Ingredients
Real Clinical Trials
Positive User Reviews
Company Reputation
Never Tested On Animals




#1 Top Choice: CITY Lash

If you've ever thought about trying an eyelash enhancer, this is the one to use.

The women in our test groups raved about this product, saying it's one that gets results.

Those women are clearly not alone. Online retailers constantly sell out of CITY Lash because it costs so much less than competing brands with similar ingredients.

The active ingredient in CITY Lash is Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, which has proven to be one of the most potent ingredients for supporting eyelash growth.

The main reason CITY Lash is so effective is because they have this listed as the 3rd ingredient on its list - meaning they are one of the few that use the required amount that has been proven to work.

Be careful of other brands that claim to use this ingredient, though. Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 is very expensive and it’s rare that products use the right amount.

Would we recommend this? Definitely! This is one of the few products out there that uses ultra-high quality ingredients. And more importantly, women say this is the one that works.

If you want those full, thick, eyelashes that really stand out, this is the product to use.

We have found the best place to get it is on their website, where they have a few different order options.

You can check it out with the link below. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you. We know you won't be disappointed.

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# 2 Second Choice: Elastlash Eylash Solution


Another lash enhancer that we liked quite a bit was Obagi ElastiLash Eyelash Solution, although it was a distant second to CITY Lash, mainly because it was so much more expensive. Still, it offered quite a bit of lash improvement, and you could definitely do worse if you’re shopping for an enhancer


Like CITY Lash, ElastiLash uses Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 (MP-17) to restore lashes. Given that MP-17 is the most proven ingredient for stimulating hair growth, it’s no surprise that we saw thicker, sexier lashes in a few weeks.

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#3 Third Choice: Jan Marini

The third product we feel comfortable recommending is Jan Marini Lash Eyelash Conditioner, an enhancer that’s comparable in price but wasn’t quite as effective as the other two. It’s a middle-of-the-road product that won’t break the bank, but won’t revolutionize your look, either.


Like the previous two products (or any product we’d recommend), Marini Lash uses Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 (MP-17). However, while the product doesn’t list the percentage of MP-17 used, they clearly use a different configuration than either CITY Lash or ElastiLash.

We didn’t like this formula as much as the other two, because while we saw results, they took longer and weren’t as pronounced as with the previous products. The effect was gradual and subtle enough that, while the growth was noticeable in pictures, friends and relatives didn’t comment as frequently on the changes.

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P.S. As City Lash is the best eyelash enhancer we've found, we would still love to hear about any other eyelash enhancers you've tried. If you have you had a great experience with an eyelash enhancer of your own, please send me an email at with the details. We'll check it out and if it looks good, We'll post it here.


Karen Weathers


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