Ever since I started using GrandeLash and noticed a HUGE difference in my eyelashes (think thicker, longer, and actually curled like I got a lash perm), I’ve been a big believer in hair growth serums. I already take 5,000 mcg of biotin and use Women’s Rogaine every few days for my thinning areas (which totally works — granted, the new hair is grey, but I’ll take grey over nothing any day). So why not treat that bald spot on my left brow, I thought.
I had a few in my sample closet, so I started with BrowFood Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancer for three months, then moved on to RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner. Before I review each, spoiler alert: There’s a clear, hands down winner. (And it’s not BrowFood.)
Browfood Eyebrow Enhancer
The claim: An eyebrow “enhancing” serum formulated to minimize brow loss. Rich in patented organic ingredients that are supposed to “activate” brow follicles and restore sparse areas in as little as four weeks.
- Organic and Ecocert certified. Plus sustainable packaging.
- 99.49% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
- 25.02% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
- Free of a whole list of things, including parabens, phthalates, gluten, fragrances, cruelty, on and on. It’s also vegan.
- According to the company, their Phyto-Medic Complex is a natural alternative to prostaglandin, a common ingredient in hair growth serums, including Latisse. Prostaglandin is a lipid found in the body, particularly where there’s damage. It has hormone-like qualities as well as some possible not-so-great side effects like darkening the iris (not a problem for dark-eyed me), swollen retinas, blurry vision, red/brown rings around the eyes, redness in the eyes, itchy lids, and irritation. I haven’t experienced any of these side effects (though I did have to switch out my silicone-based eye serum that caused the lash serum to slip into my eye and sting).
- Rice Protein: Creates noticeably thicker-looking brows.
- Adenosine: Promotes the ideal environment for optimal natural brow growth.
- Peony Root Complex: Essential nutrient to revitalize and rejuvenate skin.
Water, Lavender Flower Water, Bergamot Peel Water, Orange Fruit Water, Butylene Gylcol, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Lecithin, Olea Europaea, Fruit Oil, Phytosterols, Squalane, Shea Butter, Ceramide 3, Propanediol, Trehalose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Potassium Sorbate, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Adenosine, Coconut Fruit Juice
My experience: This looks much like a lash serum in that it’s a long tube and the applicator is a thin brush. You just brush the lash serum every night on the roots of your brows. After 3 months of using Browfood, maaaaaybe each individual brow hair looked a tad thicker? I even felt like at one point it was looking like my brows were getting thick enough to start to fill in that bald spot on my left brow. But then it just sort of petered out and that bald spot never got much better.
RevitaLash Eyebrow Conditioner
The claim: A proprietary blend of scientifically advanced peptides, extracts, and vitamins to protect against breakage and generally “beautify and enhance” the look of brows. (I think it’s an FDA thing — I was specifically told by some PR companies that they didn’t want me to say that this could actually “grow” brows.)
- I like that it has a doe foot applicator. It’s much easier to apply on brows.
- Men can use it on their sideburns and facial hair.
- Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, dermatologist reviewed, clinically tested, not tested on animals
- Biopeptin Complex with biotin, green tea extract, peptides, and lipids
- Calendula: a natural humectant to help keep brows moisturized
- Swertia japonica and ginseng extracts that are rich in antioxidants and vitamin B.
- And yes, this contains prostaglandin (it’s this mouthful: Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide)
Aqua, Disodium Phosphate, Glycerin, Biotin, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphensin, Phosphoric Acid, Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Panax Ginseng Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Extract, Camelia Oleifera Extract, Triticum Vulgare Germ Protein, Pentylene Glycol, Biotinoyl, Tripeptide-1, Octapeptide-2
Price: $110 ($22 more than BrowFood)
My experience: After 1 month of RevitaBrow, already I can see that each brow hair is noticeably thicker and even a bit longer (which helps in doing the eyebrow version of the combover over that bald spot on my left brow). Combine that with the fact that the bald spot has definitely filled in a bit, almost to the point where it’s not that noticeable. Such a huge difference.
Conclusion: If you’re concerned about prostaglandin, then RevitaBrow may not be for you. But since this is going on my brows, not my lash line, I don’t mind the prostaglandin. (Heck, I don’t even mind the prostaglandin on my lash line.) And yes, BrowFood is more affordable. But for me, BrowFood didn’t work, so that’s not even an issue.
If you’re looking to just nourish your brows and give it some TLC, BrowFood may be good enough for you. But if you’re looking to seriously thicken your brows, maybe even fill in some sparse areas, then RevitaBrow was the hands down winner for me.
What has your experience with brow serums been like?