When it comes to eyelash serums, trying to find one that’s going to work for you can be a bit of a minefield. Unlike makeup, you can’t get the instant results you’re after, so not only are you left waiting weeks, if not months, to see whether the formula actually works, but you’ve also got to trust that it’s going to be a worthwhile investment for your money.
But as I’ve found previously, the wait can really be worth it. Using a lash serum can seriously level up your daily mascara application or lash lift, giving you longer and denser lashes. It’s just about finding the one that works for you.
With this in mind, we decided to use the Eliza team (willingly, of course) as guinea pigs to try some of the best-rated eyelash serums on the market and see if they lived up to the hype.
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After months of application and patience, the team shared their honest reviews on which affordable and high-end eyelash serums are worth the money, and which fall short.
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Lash & Brow Serum, £12.40 – reviewed by Rebecca Fearn, beauty editor
The Ordinary’s serum offers shoppers a chance to invest in their lashes’ health and appearance for under £15; a far cry from many-well known formulas that’ll set you back £100+. Along with the price point, what I like most about this eyelash serum is that it’s designed to be used on both lashes and brows, meaning even more bang for your buck.
Now onto the product itself: while the texture of the serum is lightweight and glossy, I have to be honest and say I’m not a huge fan of the applicator; I find it’s just too small to easily get the serum on without too much faff and it’s also quite stiff. Saying that, it can reach the root of the lashes easily, so there are both pros and cons.
Results-wise, I definitely noticed an improvement in the health of my eyelashes. Where they were dead straight before, they now look slightly fuller with more of a natural curl. Keep in mind that this isn’t marketed as a lengthening formula; The Ordinary created this serum to “support thicker, fuller and healthier-looking lashes and brows”, so if you find your eyelashes falling out or looking thin and limp, I do think this serum will make a difference to the way they look. It’s not going to work miracles, and if you’re looking for length then I’d definitely suggest one of the other serums included in this piece, but for £12.40 it has left my lashes in a better condition than before.
Rapidlash Eyelash Enhancing Serum, £39.99 – reviewed by Hannah Thompson, beauty content creator
I have long lashes yes, but ones that defy holding a curl and lack volume, meaning I can’t live without my trusty eyelash curler and volumising mascara (you can find out my favourite one here). However, after getting semi-permanent eyelashes done at the beginning of this year, my natural lashes were left completely sparse. Mascara was pointless and just left my lashes looking gap-toothed. I’d heard great things from friends about Rapidlash so decided to give it a try.
A few weeks after my first application (note that I am terrible at remembering to apply things daily, so probably applied this every other day) and I couldn’t believe how much my lashes had transformed. Not only had they grown back in the old gaps, but they were fuller and longer too. Fast forward a few months and my lashes are no doubt the best that they’ve ever looked. They’ve grown so long that they’ve actually started to curl naturally (double bonus) and while I don’t think the individual lashes are thicker per say, my overall lash line looks fuller and healthier thanks to that extra growth. It takes a lot for a beauty product to genuinely wow me but at £40, this lash serum has my heart.
Typology Eyelashes & Brows Serum, £19.90 – reviewed by Krissy Turner, fashion editor
My lashes are quite long and thick, but of course, the more of them the better, and the fallout I experience (which could be down to anything from my mascara, my too-rough mascara removal process or just genetics), meant that I was up for trying a serum. When I saw that Typology’s offering promised to ‘nourish and strengthen lashes’, it sounded ideal for me. It had excellent five star reviews so I’ve been committed to using it every night for almost eight weeks now.
While my lashes are definitely softer, I haven’t noticed a change in length or thickness at all. Of course, this is a product that goes on with a wand, so is unlikely to get the root of the hairs and make any real difference in growth at all, so it’s worth noting if you were keen on a serum that ticks every box. I do however feel like I experience less fallout than before, which was what I wanted after all. I found that I got the product in my eyes a few times weirdly, which could be down to trying to coat too much on my lashes in the first place.
Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, £129 – reviewed by Natasha McNamara, publisher
It’s been an on-going battle to recover my eyebrows after they suddenly up and left me circa 2020. I’m not sure why this happened – so many potential reasons – but I think it’s fair to say I’ve tried everything from makeup to castor oil. The former is great if you have the time and inclination to commit (I don’t) and the latter didn’t work for me so the next step was properly investing in serum.
I’ve been using both the eyebrow and eyelash serum for three months now and have had some good results on both. My weedy eyelashes are much longer and look great when I wear mascara. They don’t feel thicker but length was my priority here. The eyebrow applicator is thicker and more sturdy and I have definitely seen real growth (on one eyebrow more than the other but I think this may be me not the product). I’m going to keep at it with both products – I think in six months I’ll have a full set of Cara’s D eyebrows again and lashes that would rival Brooke Shields.
Uklash Eyelash Serum, £37.99 – reviewed by Laren Tayyip, editorial assistant
I have always had very straight lashes that point downwards which makes them seem quite short. Although they are an okay length, I need to use an eyelash curler and mascara to achieve a thicker and fuller look. I’ve been using Uklash’s Eyelash Serum for around two months now and I always apply it after taking my makeup off. Application is very easy and only requires one flick across the upper lash line which takes about two seconds, although I should put my hands up here and say I have sometimes forgotten to apply it if I have had a very busy day.
My eyelashes definitely look fuller and more voluminous, although not a lot longer than when I first started using it. I recently had a lash lift before going away on holiday and my eyelashes look much healthier than in previous years when an eyelash lift wouldn’t have been enough. I am hoping that an increase in length will develop over time as the duration to see results can vary from person to person.
XLash Eyelash Serum, £45 – reviewed by Georgia Shepheard, social media lead
I have always had relatively long lashes but they’re not necessarily thick so when I saw that XLash Eyelash Serum promised to make my eyelashes look longer, thicker and darker, I was sold.
In terms of application, I liked that the serum was swiped on across the top lash line with a teeny brush which made it feel more like it was getting to the root than a wand would have.
Considering the formula is vegan and natural, however, I was somewhat surprised that the serum had an ever so slightly chemical smell to it.
Though I haven’t noticed a difference in the colour of my lashes, I have noticed them looking thicker and fuller at the base than they were before, and I’m optimistic that in a few more weeks’ time these baby lashes will have grown further…
Looking to read about the very latest lash serum technology? Here’s a snippet of Laura Capon’s review of the new Olaplex Lashbond Building Serum, £64
Now, I know we promised you the 6 best lash serums, but we have to give honourable mention to Olaplex’s new Lashbond Building Serum which our beauty columnist Laura Capon put to the test. Her review? “My lashes look longer, are less sparse and are now all a similar length. Basically, I no longer apply my mascara and halfway through wonder why I even bothered.”
Intrigued? Read her full verdict on the Olaplex lash serum here and check out her impressive before and afters pictures.