A few days back, a friend of mine was raving to me about how effective Obagi ElastiLash was and how it made her grow longer and stronger eyelashes. You should try it and write a review abou it.
Considering that I have tried Obagi ElastiLash before and have found it to be not effective for me and have written a review in the past, I ended up wondering if the manufacturer decided to do a reformulation of the product or something.
A search through the Internet revealed several websites stating that the product has been discontinued or is no longer available. That should’ve raised alarms but I decided to do more digging.
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There is only ONE seller on Ebay that is still selling Obagi ElastiLash for the hefty price of $68.99, definitely more than the $40 I spent the first time I tried out the product. Still, I ended up buying it to find out what my friend was hooting about.
Obagi ELASTILash Eyelash Review
When the product was delivered to my doorstep, I immediately checked the package to see if there’s anything new in the ingredients list.
Considering the fact that I originally had to get a doctor’s prescription to purchase Obagi ElastiLash because it supposedly contained Bimatoprost, I was not at all surprised that not only was Bimatropost still NOT listed among the ingredients, the ingredients are still very much the same as the product I purchased in the past.
Let’s do a quick run through of the ingredients of Obagi ElastiLash and what they do…
Glycerin = The active moisturizing ingredient that improves hydration to the eyelash follicles
- 1,2 Hexanediol = Binds moisture to the eyelashes. It also functions as a preservative
- Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 = Promotes collagen production in the eyelash follicles
- Tropolone = Aids in conditioning the eyelash follicles and the eyelids
- Caprylyl Glycol = Another preservative
- Sodium Chloride = Aids in binding the ingredients together. It also acts as a scrub to remove dirt and other impurities
- Hydroxyethylcellulose = Another binding agent working together with Sodium Chloride
- Sodium Borate = Adjusts the pH level of the eyelash serum
- Boric Acid = An antimicrobial agent that kills harmful bacteria on the eyelashes and eyelids
- Disodium EDTA = A stabilizing agent that prevents the eyelash serum from binding with harmful trace elements
From this list alone, you can see that Obagi ElastiLash is more of an eyelash conditioner than an eyelash growth product.
For it to have an eyelash growth effect, Myristoyl Pentapeptide should be partnered with other peptides. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try.
How to Use Obagi ELASTILash Eyelash
According to the instructions, Obagi ElastiLash should be applied in large amounts to the base of the upper eyelashes at night. This is very different from other eyelash serums wherein you need to apply just a thin line of the product to the lash base.
I still recommend that you just apply a thin line to your eyelashes because the product is stinging to the eyes. Besides, one dip of your wand in the tube already gives you enough of the product, but make sure that you let excess serum drip back down into the tube.
It was earlier reported that clinical studies done on the product promised results by the 6th week of using it regularly. This is quite a long time, considering that I have tried other products in the past that gave me noticeable results as early as two weeks.
Since patience is a virtue, I still gave it the full test. During the first two weeks, as I already expected, I did not see any significant changes in the appearance of my lashes.
By one month, I noticed that my lashes seem to have grown darker and thicker, but definitely not any longer. At the 6th week, while my lashes are indeed thicker and don’t fall out on my pillow as they used to, they are still the same length.
The next time I saw my friend, I asked her why she was so happy about Obagi ElastiLash when I didn’t get the same results that she had.
Apparently, she purchased a number of bottles of the product when it was still available on Amazon. Having read one of the reviews there, she actually followed the advice of one of the reviewers to pair Obagi ElastiLash with Latisse, a product known for its Bimatoprost content.
I could barely stifle my groan at her revelation. I’m not surprised that she did achieve the lush eyelash growth that she reported because of the Bimatoprost in Latisse.
Add the conditioners in Obagi ElastiLash and she had set up a condition in her eyelashes that allows for both growth and strengthening of her lashes. Then again, I’m also not sure if Obagi ElastiLash still contained a certain unreported amount of Bimatoprost that allowed eyelash growth.
I ended up telling my friend to stop combining her eyelash products as this may have detrimental effects to her lashes in the long run.
Sure enough, when she did stop using both, not only did her eyelashes go back to their usual short length, she experienced eyelash fallout as well.
I advised her to talk to her eye doctor about using another, much safer alternative to Bimatoprost called Travoprost. Since she still had one full bottle left of Obagi ElastiLash I told her to use it nightly, but she should ask her doctor first before using it in combination with any eyelash growth products that he will prescribe.
Obagi ElastiLash is still a disappointment for me. Now I understand why the manufacturer discontinued the product to begin with. At its current price of $68.99 excluding shipping, it’s definitely not worth spending your hard-earned money on.
I must emphasize to anyone who is planning to use Obagi ElastiLash or other eyelash product for that matter with prescription eyelash growth serums like Latisse. You will be doing harm to your lashes in the long run, same as what happened to my friend. Always consult with your doctor first before combining eyelash products.[/read]