Name: Eye Booster™2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum
Brand: Physician Formula
From Physicians Formula’s website:
High-tech formula enhances the appearance of lashes while providing the instant definition of a liquid eyeliner, in one easy step!
Lash Boosting complex targets the base of lashes where it is most effective.
Innovative and easy to use eyelining tool delivers effortless definition.
High-tech Japanese formula is long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant.
What I liked:
– pigmented, intense colour payoff
– glides smoothly on the lid
– once set, it doesn’t smudge nor fade
– excellent staying power
What I didn’t like:
– the thin and precise applicator is floppy and hard to control at first
– lash enhancing claims aren’t scientifically proved yet
Liquid eyeliner and I have never been the best of friends. I’ve always admired its intense pigmentation and glossy finish, but I could never get it to apply in a straight line, especially when it comes with a brush applicator. The applicator is often the main, if not the only, flaw I find in most liquid eyeliners and Physicians Formula Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (wow, what a mouthful!) is no exception.
Its tip is very fine, pointed and precise, but floppy. If you’re a newbie at liquid eyeliner, or are simply in a rush in the morning, you will likely make a mess. I definitely did the first few times I used it. You need to take your time and practice a bit to be able to apply this properly. But is the result worthy? You bet it is.
The eyeliner glides smoothly on the lid, leaving behind a pigmented and intense black line with a slight glossy finish that doesn’t budge, smudge or fade for more than 12 hours (although I had to take it off after that). Not even if you get it wet. How impressive is that?
But this eyeliner promises a lot more than this. It doesn’t just define your lashes, it also makes your lashes “more luscious, glamorous & defined.” How? Physician’s Formula have infused it with a serum that contains Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17. According to research conducted by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (Marini sells an eyelash growth serum with this ingredient), this peptide is able to stimulate hair growth at the follicle.
However, I couldn’t find any independent, peer-reviewed studies confirming this finding. Physicians Formula themeselves never claim the serum makes your lashes grow longer or thicker. The packaging only states that it “enhances the appearance of lashes”, that the “Lash Boosting complex applied at the base of lashes is most effective at improving lash appearance,” and that “over 90% of women saw more luscious, glamorous & defined lashes after 4 weeks.”
The key word here is “appearance”. It enhances how your lashes look, not the lashes themselves. Does that mean the lash boosting serum doesn’t work? Not really. Just that it hasn’t been proved to yet, which is probably why the brand is being careful with the claims they make. Besides, if they said the serum made your lashes grow, the product would be considered a drug, not a cosmetic, and would be subjected to stricter regulations.
Did I see any improvements myself? Nope, but then I didn’t use the eyeliner every day, which is what you’d have to do if you hope to see any significant results. A few ladies on Makeup Alley who used it religiously every day swear this stuff really helps lashes grow, though. I’m happy with my lashes they way they are, but if you’re not, you may give this a go. Even if the serum shouldn’t work, you’re still left with a pretty awesome black eyeliner. Not a bad deal anyway, is it?
Physicians Formula Eye Booster™2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum glides smoothly on the lid, leaving behind an intense and longlasting black line that doesn’t smudge nor fade throughout the day. However, its thin tip is a bit floppy so you need some practice to apply the eyeliner properly. In addition, its lash boosting properties haven’t been scientifically proved yet.