Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rocaille Raves: Shiseido Eyelash Curler

It took me forever to finally take the plunge and splurge $19 on this bad boy... And I'm so so glad I have it in my possession now, also thanks to the amazingly detailed review comparison by Citrine and delicate nudging from Suka and Spice on our swatching trip to Sephora.

What is it?
A redesigned Eyelash Curler that firmly catches each lash at the root and leaves them beautifully lifted and curled. With just one squeeze, you will instantly glamour-eyes your lashes with this new and improved curler from Shiseido. The broad curve curls lashes from the inner to the outer corner and the edge-free design prevents pinching. (from Sephora website)

What I like about it:
- It works. Simple as that. Mind you, I have naturally a bit of a curl to my lashes, but this is another story. The curler hugs beautifully the curve of my lash line, gripping every single hair, and curls without pinching. My lashes look lifted and my mascara goes on easier coating all my lashes evenly. The curl does drop a little during the day, but it might also have something to do with the mascara I'm using (a dying tube of Maybelline Full 'N Soft). Just take a look:

- I really like blackened silver color of it, I think it looks simple and elegant!
- The spring is rather powerful so that you don't have to squeeze very hard
- The rubber pad feels nice and squishy... Citrine really does explain it a lot better.
- The handle is comfortable to use
- It comes with one replacement rubber pad, and additional ones can be purchased for $6
- I think currently it's more widely available than the Shu Uemura curler and it's a tiny bit cheaper

What I dislike about it:
- Hmmm... That's a tough one! Maybe it could cost a bit less? Or the fact that it curls my lashes so well that it makes it difficult to put mascara on my lashes without smearing it under my browbone (yes, my lashes touch my browbone when I look up... not because they're that long, I just have rather small lid space)? I don't know. It's simply fantastic.

If you're still unsure whether a more expensive eyelash curler is worth the money compared to a cheaper one, here's the proof:

Can you see the difference between the curve of the silver no-name curler and the Shiseido? That's what makes it work so damn well. Maybe you can find a cheaper curler that does the same thing - in which case I congratulate you - but I love my Shiseido. Now and forever.

What is your favorite eyelash curler?


  1. I have been on the hunt for a good eye lash curler lately and i'm sooo glad I came across this post..

    Just the other day I tried Tweezerman Eye lash curler and it pinched!!!! I tried it again and again and it still pinched.. So it was big no no for me..

    I'll check this one out for sureeee.. Sounds promising.. thanks heaaaaps =)

  2. @Delyteful Speaks: Do try it and let me know how it works for you! It's a good thing we can return products here in the US... x

  3. oh, god I have to stop reading these amazing reviews or else I'll HAVE to buy it, haha!


  4. i like shu uemura and majolica majorca's lash curlers. :)

  5. DON'T TEMPT ME! I've been meaning to replace my horrible eyelash curler for ages and was musing over having a Shu one again... But now I want this one. Shiseido have such lovely products - so next month perhaps I'll allow myself their lash primer, some new cartridges for my liner pen and this eyelash curler. You're evil! xx

  6. @Essie: I think it'd be money well spent, as it's an essential which will last you ages! x

    @sugar sugar: Shu Uemura is a classic, but I believe now in the US you have to order it online...

    @Cami: It's a close battle between Shu and Shiseido, you can read Citrine's post if you'd like to know all the tiniest differences between the two. And yes, I'm evil, muahaha :)

  7. i think that comparison picture says it all! i'm still using my trusty shu curler, but am always on the hunt for a new one--especially one where i can replace the pads.

  8. That truly looks luike the holy graal of lashes curler :D
    It has great curve and shape! A bit pricey though... I only have a non-label one and it wors for me, but i would love to try that one you have! I also have that upper-lid "problem" and about that I have a suggestion. Could you do a post about makeup to people with this kind of eye shape? almost asian like, with the biger upper lid? I usually get along perfectly with eye-liner and pencil, but I would love to see some of your tips about eyeshadows. I love them and I usually can achieve great effects when I put makeup on my friends, but I can't do it with my own eyes...

  9. (sorry for the grammar mistakes...tiny keybord)

  10. @fantastic: Yes, the pad option is definitely super important!

    @Fleur-de-Lis: Of course, hun, this is a great idea! My eyes are mostly almond-shaped and it's true that the eyeshadow placement is a bit different for this eye shape. I'll get working on a tutorial as soon as I can! x

  11. I am happy with my ELF lash curler.:D

    ***** Marie *****