Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

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$10.95 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeliners > Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake
Last Updated:
4/14/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

There’s no research showing that any ingredient in this product is going to grow even a single eyelash. Aside from the hype, what you do get is an outstanding, pen-style liquid eyeliner with an incredibly precise brush, smart packaging, and impressive staying power. Simply put, this is one of the best liquid eyeliners available anywhere at any price.

Pros:
  • It’s easy to dispense a fluid line that doesn’t bleed or skip.
  • The fine-tip synthetic hair brush makes application so precise you can deposit color between each lash.
  • The long-wearing formula doesn’t smear, smudge, or flake.
  • Soft colors dry quickly to a matte finish.
  • A snug cap and closure keeps the brush (and liquid liner) from drying out.
Cons:
  • None.

There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.

It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.

For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.

Physicians Formula Makeup

Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.

Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!

Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.

Member Comments

Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
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  1. Gwen R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Love This Eyeliner
    • I am 64 years old. I have been using Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum by Physicians Formula for the last two years. While I can't claim that it grows lashes, the gaps in my lash line have grown back in and I am not losing lashes like I was before I started using this eyeliner. The applicator is very easy to use, the eyeliner goes on smoothly, does not make my eyelids itch, is easy to remove, and the product lasts a long time.

  2. Kat M.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 16, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Finally, a liquid liner I can use!
    • While I can't state unequivocally it will grow lashes (seems to be helping), it's GREAT eyeliner! I have very sensitive eyes, and as I'm older I don't go for the thick liner currently in fashion. This is easy to apply, very thin if you prefer, but can build up if you want to. I have the clear (for days I don't use makeup), and the black, which I agree is more a very dark grey. (Note that I usually hate makeup with "auto" dispensing applicators....)

  3. Deborah
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Itchy eyes
    • I don't know if it is just me and would love to hear from other users, but I itch and burn after using this product, almost a stinging sensation. The product is excellent in every other aspect. I love it so much I withstand the stinging to use it!. I do keep looking for something similar with the same results but without the stinging. The only other comment would be that the brown is a little dark..

  4. KT L.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    The best felt tip eyeliner ever.
    • I have bought many and this one stays all day, has great pigment and is an ease to use. The brown shade is more of a brown/black. I have been using for 1 year and my lashes are not longer.

  5. Catherine S
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 23, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Happy Eyes Eyeliner
    • How nice to find that my own admiration for this eyeliner is shared by The Cosmetics Cop herself! I have never in my (shut up!) years found a liquid-type eyeliner that is as easy to apply as this one. The length of the felt tip and its flexibility give me great control. Note that there are two shades of black: "Black" which is more of a dark gray and "Ultra Black" which is jet. I use both or either, depending on my mood.

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