Looking for a more affordable Latisse alternative you can get your
hands lashes on without a prescription? Of course you are.
There's a whole bunch of us who've experienced the magic that Latisse can do for the lash line and are hungry for more. After all, once you've witnessed the lengths your eyelashes can grow to - and the lush jungle that could be your lash line - you it's hard to go back.
At the same time, Latisse is expensive. And there's that tiny inconvenience of needing a prescription. We could obviously do without all that.
Which leads us to ask: Is there a Latisse alternative that can work the same sort of eyelash witchcraft - but without the price tag and hassle of prescriptions?
Why Choose a Latisse Alternative?
You see, I'd love to say that my foray into the wild and woolly world of eyelash growth serums was prompted by a sense of exploration, but I'd be lying. In truth, what led me to years of serum experimentation comes down to a simple fact: I'm cheap.
Not cheap enough to forego getting real lash results but if I think I can get the same eyelash lengthening and thickening results for a fraction of the price - well, what's loyalty to a brand when you can save money?
After all, eyelash serums are an ongoing expense. Since the lengthening and thickening benefits stop once you stop using a lash growth product, it just makes sense to choose a product that you can afford to comfortably purchase every few months.
That's ultimately what led me to abandon Latisse. It's undeniable that Latisse is capable of growing gorgeously long, seriously thick lashes but the costs of seeing a doctor for prescriptions as well as the cost of the actual product really stack up over time.
But is there a good alternative? Something that produces the sort of drastic eyelash growth like Latisse?
You bet there is. Here's what you need to know.
What Makes a Good Latisse Alternative?
The first thing you need to know about what makes Latisse so special and amazingly effective at growing longer, thicker, darker lashes is its active ingredient: bimatoprost.
It's not entirely clear how bimatoprost works to stimulate eyelash growth, but it's believed that it does double duty to increase the percentage of lash follicles as well as to increase the duration of the Anagen phase, which is the phase during which eyelashes are actively growing.
The result is seriously lush lashes.
The good news for anyone looking for a Latisse alternative is that bimatoprost is not the only lash game in town. You see, bimatoprost is a prostaglandin analogue - and it's not the only one that's been shown to be effective in causing longer eyelashes.
In fact, there are several other prostaglandin analogues that don't have the huge pharmaceutical budget behind them to conduct extensive clinical trials but are still reliably and consistently effective.
What are these prostaglandins? Here's a list of prostaglandin analogues that are also effective for lengthening, thickening and darkening lashes:
- Methylamino Dihydro Noralfaprostal
- Isopropyl Cloprostenate
- Prostaglandin I.C.
- Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide
So if you want a Latisse alternative that works, you need to be on the lookout for a lash serum that contains a prostaglandin analogue as one of its active ingredients. Because that is the one factor responsible for drastic lash growth.
And guess what? It can be found in other non-prescription lash growth products, at a fraction of the price.
What are the Best Latisse Alternatives?
Not only are there Latisse alternatives that can get you the thick, long, luscious lashes that Latisse can - but there's quite a few of them.
Here's a roundup of the best ones!
Latisse Alternative: NeuLash
Gorgeous lash serum that produces gorgeous results. This is probably the best Latisse alternative on the market - not only does it contain Isopropyl Cloprostenate, a prostaglandin analogue to propel long, luscious lash growth but it also contains enough of it to produce drastic results.
And it doesn't stop there - this lash serum also packs a heavy-hitting team of eyelash nourishers like Biotin, Panthenol, and strengthening peptides to further repair and restore lashes back to health.
Overall, a great combination to make lashes grow, grow, grow to full and insanely long lengths. And at roughly half the price of Latisse, this beautiful bottle makes for a reasonably priced and effective alternative.
NeuLash Ingredients: Water, Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Biotin, Panthenol, Pantethine, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Allantoin, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sea Water, Octapeptide-2, Copper Tripeptide-1, Alcohol denat., Isopropyl Cloprostenate, Polypeptide-23, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Phosphatidylcholine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid
Latisse Alternative: GrandeLash MD
Much like NeuLash, this eyelash serum contains vitamins, peptides and amino acids to nourish and condition the lashes. But of course the star ingredient for extreme lash growth is Isopropyl Cloprostenate.
The not-so-thrilling thing is that the star ingredient is listed at the very end of the ingredients list, meaning its the smallest portion of this lash serum's contents.
But don't worry - GrandeLash MD still works magic. As in, ridiculously long and voluminous lash magic. It'll take awhile - all of these products do - but once your lashes grow in thicker, longer and fuller, you'll find that it was worth the wait.
GrandeLash MD Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerol, Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Butanamide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Hydroxypropanoic Acid, Sodium PCA, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, L-Proline, Acathopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva URSI Extract, Actiphyte of Chamomile GL, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitan, Gluconolactone, Triethanolamine, D-Glucitol, Leucidal Liquid, Geogard Ultra, Isopropyl Cloprostenate
Latisse Alternative: RevitaLash
The RevitaLash Advanced lash serum used to be as pricey as Latisse but no longer - the prices have dropped, meaning it's now available for a fraction of the price of Latisse. And it's still just as great, thanks to Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide, an impossible-to-pronounce yet highly effective synthetic prostaglandin analogue that's unique to Athena Cosmetics, the company behind RevitaLash.
RevitaLash is also stocked with lash-health-boosting ingredients like panax ginseng root extract and peptides but it's the presence of Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide that makes a huge difference on the lashes, growing thin, sparse eyelash hairs into full, dark, luscious fringes.
RevitaLash Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide, Biotin, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Swertia Japonica Extract, Biotinoyl Tripeptide 1, Octapeptide 2, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenisen, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Butylene Glycol, Phosphoric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol
Latisse Alternative: NutraLuxe Lash MD
NutraLuxe MD’s formula combines lash-conditioning ingredients like peptides, vitamins A, C, B3, B5 and E, and botanical extracts to nourish eyelashes as well as Prostaglandin I.C., the ingredient directly responsible for causing significant eyelash growth.
What we love about this Latisse alternative - apart from the fact that it actually works to grow thicker, longer and a lot more plentiful lashes - is that it's the most affordably priced. In fact, this is hands down the cheapest Latisse alternative available!
NutraLuxe MD Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol (vitamin B5), Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Extract, Sodium Lactate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Proline, Yeast Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Hexipeptide-11, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Arcyostaphylos Uva Uris (bearberry) Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascrobyl Phosphate (vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Tocophyerl Acetate (vitamin E) Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Prostagladin I.C.
Latisse Alternative: M2 Lashes
M2 Lashes is fairly new to the market but it's already gaining in popularity thanks to the fact that yes, it works. Like every other eyelash growth serum, it does take awhile to see results but after around a month or two, this lash serum results in a huge difference in the length and thickness of your lashes.
If you're scanning the ingredients list and don't see any familiar prostaglandins, that's 'cause M2 Lashes uses a unique one called Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal (MDN), a prostaglandin analogue that's closely related to Bimatoprost, the one found in Latisse. And it works just as well as Latisse in growing immensely dense, fuller-than-thou lash lines.
The drawback? It's expensive. In fact, M2 Lashes is comparable in price to Latisse, making it the most expensive Latisse alternative on the market. That being said, at 5mL, it's also a fairly large bottle.
M2 Lashes Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylyl Glycol and Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Panthenol, Biotin, Hyaluronic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Thiethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal, Sodium Lactate (and) Sodium PCA (and) Sorbitol (and) Proline, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Sodium Phosphate