Skincare Sunday! Some of you may recall when I hauled this last December. My eye lashes could use a little help. So when I happened upon the Kate Somerville True Lash Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover while browsing online, I thought – why not? I needed a new eye makeup remover anyway and one that promised to help my lashes look more full? Even Better.
According to the company, *Kate Somerville True Lash, which retails for $36.00 USD, is a multi-tasking formula which promises to remove makeup while revitalizing the look of lashes. It contains a Lash Enhancing Peptide which claims to “enhance natural lashes and promote volume, creating visibly fuller lashes. Luxurious botanicals are designed to reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines, while nourishing Extracts help condition and contour the entire eye area. Powerful Sodium Hyaluronate is intended to hydrate deeply in order to smooth out the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles. Rosehip, Evening Primrose, and Avocado are combined in an effort to firm the appearance of sagging skin.”
Before I get into whether or not this product actually effected the length and thickness of my lashes, I want to talk about it purely as a makeup remover. After all, that is one of its functions. It has a lotion-like consistency, which you can conveniently pump out. I love the ability to have such control over the amount used. I used about one pump for each eye. Working this gently into the eye area removes all traces of makeup in seconds without stinging or irritating my eyes. It is supremely comfortable. Usually, I rinse it off but you could certainly use a cotton round to remove as well. Price and all other claims aside, this is an absolutely amazing eye makeup remover.
Now, moving on to its promise to “enhance natural lashes and promote volume”. When I first purchased the True Lash, I did not use it on a regular basis (maybe once a week). However, after having such positive experiences using the product as an eye makeup remover, I decided to give it a proper trial. To test the lash enhancing claims, I started using it every evening as part of my cleansing routine. Between using the Kate Somerville True Lash intermittently for the two months I owned it, and properly for the 6 weeks of the trial, I’ve nearly used it up! Actually, this brings me to another noteworthy observation: the pump mechanism on this tube is one of the best I’ve ever encountered. As you near the end, it gets every bit of the product out.
I should note that after removing my makeup, I cleanse my face in the shower which sort of put in me a quandary as I wasn’t sure if I was washing away the benefits of the product. But it didn’t make sense for me to remove my eye makeup after a shower, so I went with it – hoping that the ingredients were able to penetrate as intended. These are the results after 6 weeks:
Kate Somerville True Lash: Before and After (6 weeks)
Can you see any difference? I definitely noticed a slight difference in length and the lashes toward the center of the eye do look a little fuller. I appear to have a few more bottom lashes as well. Just to be sure I wasn’t this making it up in my head, I asked Mr. Bear to compare the two photos as well. He had no idea I’d been using a lash anything and generally doesn’t pay attention to my skincare routine, making him a fairly neutral observer. Plus, I wasn’t specific in my request (I didn’t mention lashes – just asked him to tell me what was different). After staring at the pictures of my bare eyes, clearly wondering how he got wrangled into this, he declared that my lashes were longer in the second photo (the one on the right).
It is also worth mentioning that I noticed my eye brow hairs growing back like nobody’s business during this trial. Usually, I pluck the strays once a week but I found myself having to do it every third day!
Final Thoughts: As a makeup remover, this is one of the best I’ve used. As a lash enhancing product, it is also seems to work if you are realistic about your expectations. Listen, we’re not talking Latisse results here (which I’ve never tried but which I understand works miracles). This isn’t going to make your lashes grow inches over night. How weird would that be? But it doesn’t really claim to do that.
It is likely that because the makeup removal process is so gentle with this product you end up not rubbing your eyes excessively, which guards against lash fallout. I, for one, can definitely say I’ve noticed less of my lashes falling out. The conditioning and hydrating properties present can’t hurt either. In other words, this creates optimal conditions for your lashes to grow healthfully. Can you achieve the same thing with oils and other products that contain great skincare ingredients? Maybe. But I’m a huge a of the *Kate Somerville True Lash for all the reasons outlined here (packaging, effectiveness, convenience) and will absolutely be repurchasing. 🙂
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