Splurge vs. Steal: Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Eyeliner & Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner

Looking back, 2010 was all about lashes. We were flooded with products meant to condition and lengthen the appearance of lashes, from serums to mascaras, and now eyeliners.  I’m all for increasing lash fullness, so this is a welcoming innovation from where I’m sitting. The two products we’re highlighting here, Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liner and Physicians Formula  Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, both boast the same value prop: enhance eyelashes and improve lash fullness, but have a price difference of $80+. An incredible difference, which begs the question: if they do the same thing, why on earth would one pay more? Here’s our thoughts.

The bonus of both is that they pull double duty. I’ve been testing the Physicians Formula version for about 3 weeks now, and have tried a sample of Trish’s Lash Enhancer Nighttime Treatment, which contains the protein complex that the Eye Liner does.

Physicians Formula Claims:

  • Lash Boosting complex targets the root of lashes where it is most effective in providing nutrients associated with growing long, thick lashes
  • Innovative and easy to use eyelining tool delivers effortless definition
  • High-tech Japanese formula is long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant

Trish McEvoy Claims:

  • Contains powerful protein complex SymPeptide™, which is clinically proven to improve lash fullness
  • Ultra-fine brush is precision-shaped to instantly deliver richly pigmented definition while activating treatment for maximum eye enhancement

My thoughts? I’m blessed with long lashes, and they really do seem longer and healthier. It’s really hard to determine which product is to thank, especially because I certainly indulged in my fair share of  lash-boosting mascaras in 2010! But I can say unequivocally that the Physicans Formula Eye Booster is a fantastic liquid eyeliner. It’s so easy to use, and it lives up to the long-wearing, water-resistant, etc. claims. In fact, it reminds me of Lorac Front of the Line Pro, which I really like as well.

The Trish liner, while I haven’t tried on my eyes, has a completely different brush that I typically avoid in liquid liners. For that reason alone, I’d opt to just stick with the nighttime serum as I think $95 for an eyeliner is unnecessary. Especially because I’m not known for finishing them up in a timely manner:)

The Physicians Formula is yet to officially launch, but I spotted it at CVS in December with a “Try it Free” rebate sticker. I officially cast my vote for the “steal” in this comparison, and if you’re lucky, you can snag it for free.

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