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I decided to try this after using Talika Lipocils Eyelash Conditioner. Talkia did make a subtle difference but is expensive to use long term. This is half the price at £10.50 and is available to buy in Boots. I was sceptical at first after researching it and reading the mixed reviews but I decided to go ahead and try it anyway.
It comes in a little 10ml glass bottle with a small mascara brush. After using the larger Talika brush I wasn't impressed with this little scratchy feeling brush but now I'm used to it it doesn't bother me anymore but it's not a very good quality applicator.
The instructions say to use this at once night. This is because it can sometimes leave a white substance on the lashes. I have been using it every night since I got it which was 3 weeks ago and still have loads left in the bottle! From a few days after use I noticed an immediate difference in my lashes and was really happy. They are noticeably longer and curlier. The corners are especially curly which is what us girls want. I've also noticed a little bit of new growth.
For me compared to Talika I prefer Mavala. I noticed better results almost straight away with Mavala Eye Lite Double Lash. My lashes are most definitely a lot longer and have the curl back. I will continue to use it until this bottle runs out and most definitely buy it again if My lashes stay like this.
At half the price of Talika and longer lasting as it only has to be applied once per day this is a great option. For me it's worked wonders and I'd definitely recommend it.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review :-)
**Also published on Ciao under the same username**
Ages ago I went on a bit of a shopping spree in boots, buying myself a load of new cosmetics with some extra cash I had. As a result, and the use of coupons, I racked up a large number of boots points and decided to spend them there and then. I decided to buy this eye-lite double lash formula as I had used up all my l'oreal renewal lash serum (see my review).
I go through phases of using products like these. Initially I am all over them and use them religiously every single night. After a while I get a little bored and it becomes a once in a while thing. I usually go back to them after some time off and use them compulsively again - but it tends to go through waves. The biggest off putting factor for me with the l'oreal serum was that the application stick was hard to use and I wished it had a mascara brush instead. This formula does have a mascara brush so I was hopeful about the effects.
The serum comes in a small glass bottle with a white plastic lid that twists off. It almost looks like tip-ex (if it came in a glass bottle) and has a rather clinical looking white and blue label. The design is functional but seriously unexciting. It looks more like an ointment than a luxury product for my lashes. I'm not so shallow that the packaging would put me off completely and if the product impressed me then it really wouldn't bother me.
The serum itself is really thin in consistency. You have to shake it first to get the particles to mix otherwise there is a layer at the bottom of the bottle. The mascara brush is a nice shape and slides easily in and out of the pot. My biggest issue was that because the lash serum is so watery and thin the brush struggles to pick up any of it. As it comes out of the bottle it brushes against the narrow neck which removes a lot of the serum attached to the brush which leaves you with very little to work with.
I found that when applying it I had two options. Either I could spend 30 minutes applying one coat, dipping the brush in so many times that I feel asleep. OR I could tip the serum out onto a clean surface and dip the brush in that way. Neither of these are ideal and frankly I think the design of the bottle or the formula needed more consideration and testing because I found it a pain to use.
The results were also minimal, but it is hard to say whether this is the serum or the fact that you could barely apply any. My lashes felt healthier and looked generally better. I noticed fewer lashes falling out but there was little difference to the length or the volume of my lashes. These are the two areas I would aim to improve on and yet the serum had very little effect on it for me.
This formula can set you back roughly £10.50 which seems excessive for something that pretty much does nothing for me. I'm glad I paid for it in points I had accrued and not my own money, but I still feel a little robbed by it. My l'oreal serum achieves the same, if not better, results and is easier to apply at half the cost of this one. I know which formula I'll be returning to.
Overall, a terrible design that stops you from using it properly.
Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash is a unique nutritive product for lashes / Eye lashes are an essential element of face beauty / Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash contains proteins which strengthen, cover and protect the lashes allowing them to become healthy, long and resistant / It is the natural active ingredients in Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash which stimulate growth of the lashes giving them a lovely luxuriant and silky appearance / 'Best Eyelash Serum' Winner! Prima / February 2011 / Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash achieves 10/10 in a Tried and Tested on eyelash serums and is also awarded Best Value /