Browse any magazine or even your Instagram feed and it’s easy to see that full, borderline-bushy eyebrows are in. If you’re like me and fell victim to over-plucking, tweezers, and waxing in the ‘90s, you may be stuck with sparse brows and looking for an easy way to create a bolder, modelesque look—thankfully, that’s where eyebrow growth serums come in.
Of course, there are hundreds of eyebrow makeup products that can temporarily help you achieve the appearance of thicker arches. But eyebrow growth serums go one step beyond by stimulating actual hair growth to create lush brows even when you’re completely barefaced.
Keep reading for an honest review of brow growth serums, including the top eyebrow growth serums of 2020 with before and after photos, serums I’ve tried and recommend, whether or not (and how) they work according to dermatologists, and how to choose the right growth serum for your skin type, needs, and budget.
Do Brow Serums Really Work? What the Pros Say.
It’s important to understand that there are technically no over-the-counter eyebrow growth treatments that are proven to work in a lab; in other words, they haven’t been tested by the FDA. There are only two products, Latisse and minoxidil, that have been tested and proven by the FDA to be effective for new hair growth, but both require prescriptions, are expensive, and have associated risks.
Mind you, this isn’t to say that eyebrow serums aren’t effective. In fact, thousands of reviews provide anecdotal and photographic evidence that proves otherwise. Over-the-counter brow serums work by combining ingredients that lay a foundation for thick, full brows. Peptides promote healthy hair at the follicle, biotin and panthenol strengthen hair strands, hyaluronic acid softens and conditions, and amino acids, plant extracts, and oils prevent existing hairs from falling out.
According to dermatologists and brow experts, this cocktail of strength-promoting ingredients may not cause new hairs to grow (from my experience, I’d argue otherwise), but it will prevent new and existing brow hair from falling out, resulting in the thicker, fuller brows you’re after.
The Best Eyebrow Growth Serums of 2020
Below, I’ve selected the top 8 brow growth serums of 2020 and who they’re best for. My suggestions are based on serums I’ve used, dermatologist and brow expert recommendations, and thousands of customer reviews on Dermstore, Amazon, and Sephora.
Grande Cosmetics GrandeBrow Brow Enhancing Serum: Editor’s Pick, $70.00
This best seller was the first brow serum I ever used, and it’s still my top pick for a handful of reasons. It contains an amino acid (l-proline), hydrating hyaluronic acid, and plant-based extracts that strengthen hairs at the follicle level. To boot, it’s both ophthalmologist-approved and cruelty-free. For less than $100, you can buy a 16-week supply (Grande Cosmetics recommends four months for a full growth cycle, but results appear in as little as six weeks), and a mini size is available for $36 if you’re just dipping your toes into the world of eyebrow enhancers.
RapidLash RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum: Best Value, $39.99
Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, likes this affordable serum because it contains ingredients that both strengthen existing brows and promote new growth. The wand design makes precise application easy as pie and can be used to style/comb your brows as well. RapidBrow costs significantly less than other serums but doesn’t sacrifice when it comes to results or formula—it has four- and five-star reviews on Amazon and Dermstore, is ophthalmologist-tested, and is paraben- and fragrance-free.
NeuBrow Brow Enhancing Serum: Best for Fast Growth, $100
If you’re looking to see new growth as fast as possible (a wedding, engagement photos, etc.), Neubrow, designed by Skin Research Laboratories, is the fastest-working option I’ve tried. Nearly 80% of Dermstore reviewers left a perfect 5-star review for this product. Keep in mind that NeuBrow will darken brow hairs slightly, which can be a pro or con depending on what you’re after. Scroll down for my NeuBrow before and afters.
RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner: Best Customer Reviews, $110.00
One of my favorite brow experts, Kristie Streicher, recommends RevitaBrow to her Hollywood clients. Consistency is key with this one, but you can expect visible results after six weeks with daily application. While I haven’t used this brow product, I have used their lash serum and had excellent, dramatic results. 84% of Dermstore reviewers gave this 5/5 stars and rave about the product. One reviewer wrote, “I now have good brows where I barely had any!”
ShiSeido Full Lash and Brow Serum: Best Two-in-One, $36.00
Here’s a secret: lash serums and brow serums often contain the same exact ingredients. ShiSeido makes it simple by creating a single serum that can be applied to both the lashes and brows to enhance growth. This serum’s hero ingredient is arginine, which Dermatologist Matthew Lin confirms has been used as a hair growth stimulant. Expect to see results in as little as 8 weeks.
LASHFOOD BrowFood Eyebrow Enhancer: Best for Sensitive Skin, $88.00
The BrowFood serum akes a gentler approach to growth by using adenosine, which has been proven to have similar effects as minoxidil (found in Rogaine) but is much less harsh. In a consumer study, 0% reported any type of skin irritation, making it my pick for those with sensitive skin. LASHFOOD is also an excellent brand if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for brow growth, makeup, and treatments. They offer pencils, powders, gels, and more to stimulate growth and style brows.
Joey Healy Brow Rejuvenation Serum: Best Luxury, $125.00
This serum was designed by Joey Healy, a sought-after eyebrow specialist with a women-only flagship studio on Fifth Avenue. This formula earned my pick for best luxury because it contains seven specialized ingredients, like white tea for inflammation and B5 for hair texture, in addition to the staple growth ingredients you see in most serums (peptides, biotin, and hyaluronic acid). One reviewer wrote, “It’s been less than a month using this serum and I’ve had growth like never before. Trust me, I’ve tried it ALL—this one actually works.”
ProNexa Lavish Lash Eyelash and Brow Serum: Best on Amazon, $30.00
This item is Amazon’s top seller and, considering its price and more than 27,000 positive reviews, I couldn’t not include it. ProNexa contains biotin to stimulate growth and is hypoallergenic, meaning it shouldn’t irritate your skin. Many reviewers compare the results from ProNexa to Rodan & Fields’ Lash Boost product, which is nearly five times as expensive. ProNexa Lavish can also be used on the eyelashes.
Best Eyebrow Growth Serum Shopping Guide
Not all eyelash growth serums are created equal, so here are a few dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-approved tips to ensure you select a the best eyebrow growth serum formula for visible results without irritation.
- Look for hypoallergenic formulas—Serums marked ‘hypoallergenic’ contain very few or no allergens, reducing chances of irritation for sensitive eyes and skin after application.
- Make sure the serum has 3 key ingredients—Non-prescription growth serums need peptides, vitamins, and amino acids/oils to be effective. These encourage healthy hair follicles, promote strength, and prevent shedding, respectively. Without this trio, a product may not have lasting results.
- Browse reviews—Many customer reviews include photographs of before and afters, which can give you a realistic sense of what to expect after several weeks of use.
- Consider moisturizers and softeners—Serums with special add-ins like keratin, sweet almond oil, castor oil, and other extracts can help moisturize, soften, and add shine to brows. This can give you the groomed-but-full look that celebrities often sport on the red carpet.
Eyebrow Growth Serum FAQs
Below I answer a few commonly asked questions about lash and brow serums from my Instagram DMs as well as my blog subscribers. If youre looking for brow shape guides and ideas, be sure to check out my eyebrow inspiration Pinterest board.
How do I apply an eyebrow growth serum?
Dermatologists recommend exfoliating prior to applying any hair growth or conditioning product to improve its chances of penetrating deeply into hair follicles. Pat the brow area dry prior to application, then apply to the browline and use the brow applicator to distribute the product.
Most brow growth products can be applied morning and evening, but be sure to follow the frequency recommended by the brand in the product’s directions.
Are there any DIY brow growth solutions?
New York City-based brow expert Robin Evans, who’s worked with Emily Ratajkowski, recommends trying castor oil, which strengthens and conditions hair, as a natural remedy. It can be applied daily with a Q-tip or a clean mascara wand. The results will be more subtle than a brow growth serum and not as immediate.
Where can I read eyebrow growth serum reviews?
Most beauty products sold through trusted third-party retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, and Dermstore offer customers the opportunity to review purchased products and provide photographs of results. Beware of websites that offer free products to customers in exchange for reviews, as the opinions can be biased.
Where can I buy an eyebrow growth serum?
I like to purchase my beauty products through Dermstore.com and Sephora, but Nordstrom offers steep discounts on two-pack brow serum sets during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you purchase through Amazon.com, read reviews to ensure the product is not expired and will be sent directly from the brand (not a third-party supplier).
If I stop using a brow growth serum, will the brow growth stop?
Yes, it’s recommended that you continue use of a brow conditioner or your brows may return to their normal state. Once I’ve gone through a full growth cycle (6 weeks) with a growth serum, I only apply once a week or so to maintain the results. For a semi-permanent solution, consider microblading.
What are the best eyelash growth serums?
I’ve personally seen great success with NeuLash, GrandeLash, and Revitalash. If I had to choose, I’d recommend GrandeLash based on the length and thickness I was able to achieve. I’ve heard good things about Organys lash serum as well. If you enjoyed this best eyebrow growth serums roundup, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to write an eyelash roundup post as well!
Do you have NeuBrow before and after pictures?
Yes! The below photos were taken when I started using NeuBrow and 3 months after using the product at least every other day.