I’m sure many of you have heard of French brand Talika before this. They are popular for eye care products and the Talika Lipocils lash serum is their star product for helping condition lashes and help them “grow”. We did not have Talika Lipocils here in Malaysia before, but now we do, at selected department stores from April 2010.
With their arrival in Malaysia, Talika also launches their new improved Talika Lipocils Expert lash growth serum at the same time as the rest of the world so we aren’t left out of the action. Hoorah!
Owner of Talika Paris, Mr. Alexis de Brosses flew into KL specially from Paris about 2 months ago to launch this new brand and product amidst adorable cupcakes and drinks made up in the signature Talika blue colour. I love how he said “Li-po-seel” in that lovely French accent ;) I used to call it “Lai-po-sil” but no longer! “Li-po-seel” is so much more elegant.
Talika Lipocils Expert boasts an improved formula for conditioning your lashes and to help them grow longer, darker and curlier. 3 things a woman wants in her eyelashes, Mr. Alexis contends. There is also an improved brush for application, that comes with a sponge tip at the end as you see above. I’ll explain why this is so, and show you some before and after photos below.
Yeah, I know you’re wondering if this lash serum works. Hop on over and find out! ;) Beware large scary close up eye pictures.
Brush with a sponge tipped end to get to your roots
Ok, first the brush – why is there a sponge tip at the end? It is to make it easier for you to apply the serum to the roots of your lashes. Conditioning your lashes is one thing. Growth comes from the root. So, you have to get the formula right into the root which is now made easier.
One small draw back. The sponge tip is quite big. So on my small eyes, I can get the sponge tip to work great along the lash lines. I just swipe it on. But when I use the brush to apply the serum on my lashes, I find it hard to get to the lashes in the inner corners of my eye because the sponge gets in the way. So, I have to use the sponge on my lashes in my inner eye area.
Talika Lipocils Expert – Longer, Curlier lashes in 28 days
So, here’s the pictures of my lashes before using Talika Lipocils Expert on the left, and after 1 month’s use on the right. Remember, Talika’s boast is that you get longer darker curlier lashes after 28 days.
Length is a little debatable, looking at my before and after pictures. I don’t have a ruler small enough to measure if there was lengthening of lashes although it does look like there is a tiny little bit. What I am very happy about however is the fact that this serum helped fill in a bald spot in my lashes!
If you look at the before picture, right in the centre is a bald spot where there are no lashes. I only noticed this when I took this photo. 1 month later, this spot is filled out with fresh new longer lashes. If you notice, the new lashes are about as long as the existing ones and the filling in of that bald spot has me sold on this product many times over.
Use it to increase lower lashes
Also, I used this serum on my lower lash line, because I have hardly any lower lashes, and I want to be able to apply mascara on them.
Well, now I have them – sort of! Yep, am happy to report that my lower lashes have grown a little and are now long enough for me to apply mascara albeit very carefully. They are a little spindly but they are there. I now have to get them to look more obvious. I also have some before and after pictures from Ms. M (who’d remain anonymous) who also tested this lash serum from preview launch date.
Clearly Ms.M has experienced much more dramatic lash growth than I did which tells you that we will all react differently to this serum.
I experienced no reactions to the lash serum
I experienced no stinging of my eyes or interference with my vision. The Talika Lipocils Expert serum is supposed to be plant based. I applied the serum on my lashes day and night for the first week and then only at night thereafter (because I got lazy). The texture of the serum is a very light gel with a watery texture and does not affect my mascara at all.
I know you’re wondering if this lash growth will last. Well, I reckon like everything else, your longer lashes will last as long as they live. Once they drop off, your new lashes will need the serum to boost their growth too. Yes, our lashes do drop off, don’t look so shocked – they do grow back too as my bald spot attests ;)
If you’d like to try this iconic product for yourself, head down to any of the Talika counters listed below. Each 10ml tube of Talika Lipocils Expert eyelash serum retails for RM185. Nope, it does not come cheap but you know what? I will repurchase this when its finished because I’m liking the look of my longer lusher looking lashes – I just need to be more diligent! Besides, after the first month, you don’t have to use the lash serum everyday. I now only use it every other day instead – helps a tube last longer.
Pros: Does what it says – I have longer and curlier lashes, Helps lower lashes grow longer, Helps new lashes grow longer and stronger faster!
Cons: Expensive, Needs dedication and regular use for it to work and for maintenance
There will be a Talika Lipocils roadshow in April. Deets are below :)
I’m no stranger to lash serums – heaven knows I’ve used my fair share of them in my time. My problem tends to be with laziness and forgetfulness. For purposes of this review, many is the night when I’ve had to climb out of bed to administer the serum to my lashes while bleary-eyed from sleep, because I forgot :P
I will try to be a little more diligent now, its the filling up of the bald spot that sold me I tell you! Will you be up to trying this? :D
Talika Lipocils is available from 1 April 2010 at Parkson Pavilion, Parkson KLCC, Parkson 1 Utama and Parkson Gurney, Penang.
Talika Launch and Roadshow details
Date : 5 – 11 April 2010
Venue : Level 3 Pavilion entrance
Activity : Free mini eye pampering treatment, Complimentary Lash Conditioning Cleanser sample, Special offers on Lipocils Expert