You know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’ve been using my Shiseido 213 Eyelash Curler for about a year now, and it works pretty well. So how did I end up with a Shu Uemura?
Curiosity, my friend, is the answer. So many people have raved about this eyelash curler that I felt almost obliged to give it a go! They launched a gold version of the curler (apparently 24k gold). Since it’s only a couple of bucks more expensive, that’s what I ended up with.
How does it work for me? Let’s read on!
Shu Uemura curlers come with a replacement silicone pad, which is handy. The SA told me the silicone pad has to be replaced after a year, and after 2 years the curler usually loses enough tension to be replaced. Even though the silicone pads are not sold separately, they are supposed to last through the life span of the curler.
The curler is very well-made. It is much heftier than the Shiseido one or any other I have tried before, and the mechanism seems sturdier. Only time will tell if this is because the curler is relatively new, but for the moment this is my observation.
The instructions on the back of the packaging are fairly standard. I also curl my lashes several times so that the curls would look more natural and hold better.
So does it work? Yes and no. I like how even the lashes on the outer corners fit into this one (this is very often my complaint with lash curlers), it has never broken one single lash (I’ve had that happen to me with a really cheap drugstore one, so now I am very cautious), and it does the job beautifully. However, the slightly rounder curve means there was a learning curve for me, as my eye area is really kind of flat. In the beginning I found it awkward to fit this on my eyes without my bones getting in the way. I’ve also pinched myself more times than I ever have with my Shiseido one. Once I figured it out though, it’s definitely less of a problem. It’s just that I had to get through the learning process!
Bottom line: I can see why Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is a legend in the industry, as it is very well-made and sturdy. However, it depends a lot on your eye shape/bone structure whether a lash curler would work effortlessly for you. For my flatter eye area there was definitely a learning curve with Shu! Now that I’ve figured it out this curler works beautifully, though I wish I could have foregone the pinching in the beginning!
What is your favorite curler? Have you tried either the Shiseido or Shu one?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx