I bought this eyelash curler 7 years ago in Hong Kong. A few years ago it went missing and I briefly switched to another eyelash curler also by an Asian makeup brand, but it was nowhere as good as the Shu one! Since then I have invested in a new Shu eyelash curler, and I will not be switching anytime soon! It is essentially a smart investment, because for me (who is Asian and have long but very straight eyelashes), I use it everyday and it does miracles for me. Let me explain why.
As Shu Uemura is a Japanese brand, it means that its products are designed for Asians. For this eyelash curler, it has a perfect shape for Asians, which means being able to get into the smallest corner of your lashes. After squeezing about one or two times, my eyelashes are always ready for mascara. They also remain curly for the whole day (10 hours +) when paired with mascara. Some days when I don't feel like any makeup at all, I still use the eyelash curler to give myself a more alert look, since curly eyelashes open up your eyes and make you feel more awake! It definitely does what it sets out to do, if not more!
The packaging also comes with a refill rubber. Personally I have only changed the rubber once; I think you don't even need to bother with changing the rubber as long as you clean it regularly with water, just to wash away any mascara/eyeliner that you get on the curler when you're using it.
The cheapest price I can find on the net now is about 11 pounds from third-party retailers. Officially from Shu Uemura, it is 20 pounds. This is more expensive then when I got it (the second time) a few years ago, which was around 10 pounds but it was from Hong Kong where they don't pay VAT. If you have the chance to go to Asia or even duty free at airports (I think Heathrow has it), do invest in one! I guarantee it will last you for a very long time.
I first discovered the eyelash curling tool when I asked a family member how she got her eyelashes so spread out and curled upwards thinking that she'd just recommend a mascara but instead she showed me a silver painful looking contraption, she showed me how to use it at the same time so I thought I'd try it myself as I did envy her lashes! I spotted the Shy Uemura Eyelash curler in Selfridges and despite the cost, £20, I went ahead with the purchase.
I used the eyelash curler for 12 months, it was very sturdy and didn't break in the 12 months I had it. It had a white sponge type material around the eyepiece to protect your lashes and two circular slots for your fingers which are similar to scissors. To curly your eyelashes you insert your fingers into the slots and place your eyelashes (as close to the root as possible) into the square slot and squeeze for about 30 seconds.
My experience was that it tended to rip out my lashes which were painful and unsightly, I wanted thicker eyelashes! I found that they did spread my eyelashes out and I always completed the curling process before applying mascara so it prepared my lashes a treat for the mascara.
I found that the longer you grip your eyelashes with this tool the greater the effect however I found the great effect you can initially achieve waivers with time. If you have allergies or dislike mascara you can really open up your eyes with the eyelash curler without using mascara afterwards.
If you use mascara prior to using this device it will pull part of your mascara off and will take more eyelashes out with it, too! Therefore, I have a few tips if you want to try this eye lash curler: either use it prior to applying mascara or, apply the desired amount of mascara and let it dry for 2 minutes and then curl your eyelashes.
I cannot fault the quality or design of this tool, the reason I threw it away was because the white sponge which cushions the lashes was ripped and soiled with mascara. Instead of buying another £20 device I spotted a £1.50 eyelash curled in Bodycare, I was amazed! It looked exactly like the £20 one I'd bought some 12 months previous!
Overall, I would opt for the cheaper bodycare version you may get less use out of it (6 months) but if you have to buy 2 a year that is £3 saving you a total of £17! I enjoyed using the Shu Uemura implement despite the disadvantages I previously noted and it now features in my daily beauty regime. I award this tool 3 stars, it loses 2 stars one for the high price and another the disadvantages I mentioned.
According to the product information, the 'curved angle suits all eye shapes' and i find this to be true as it fits my eyeline perfectly and gets every single lash, even the ones at the corner of my eye, which I have found many cheaper curlers don't do. It means i get a great curl on the whole of my eyelash.
It feels really comfortable to use and doesn't pull your lashes.
I hold it for about 40 seconds on each eyelash and then I apply mascara. The result is a perfect curl and my eyes look bigger, while my eyelashes look longer.
The curl also last most of the day. For an even bigger curl which lasts longer i warm the curler up for about 5 seconds with my hair dryer before I use it.
Although at £20 it is extremely expensive I think the results are well worth it, it also lasts a long time. I have had mine for 2 years now.
I used eyelash curlers which look almost identical to these for years, I tried some fancy heated ones and never being quite satisfied and I often didn't bother to curl my lashes.
Then I bought these and I have never looked back. I was cynical, after all they look the same as most other eyelash curlers yet cost about 3 times as much, how could they be any different?
Yet they are, for the simple reason that they work. They are a triumph of good design, simple and effective they do their job and they do it well. It must be down to minute details and the quality of materials but these work so much better than many identical looking curlers. Something in the design must be fine tuned or something!
They are a simple design, plain metal with a small logo and spare rubber strip. They are easy to hold and they curl lashes quickly, you don't need to spend ages with your lashes in a device akin to medieval torture! They don't pinch your eyelids, which has been a big problem with curlers for me in the past, and they leave a natural looking curl and not some odd looking sharp angle. I find that I am curling my lashes every time I wear make up now, something I rarely did before as the results were not worth the pain!
They are expensive but they work and are solidly built so will hopefully last for many years to come! They are one of the best additions I have made to my beauty kit, a worthy investment indeed.
When reading articles about celebrities and celebrity make-up artists, one item without fail (besides Maybelline mascara) is always cited as the must-have tool in any make-up arsenal: Shu Uemura's eyelash curler. Having just purchased my second pair of curlers (having lost my first, trusty, loyal pair during my last vacation! sob!), I can attest to their power.
I was scared of eyelash curlers for a very long time as a Lancome pair loaned to me by a friend ended up CUTTING OFF my eyelashes rather than curling them! Only after using various eyelash growth serums and gels did my eyelashes grow back normally - and I was, understandably, terrified of the thought of what I now viewed as scissors so close to my eye. My sister, however, convinced me that Shu Uemura's eyelash curlers are worth the risk - and she, having used them for years, had never had such a horrifying experience.
I watched her do both of her eyes, and was astonished at the difference - a lot of magazines recommend heating the curler prior to using it, to emphasize the curl, but she used the curler as it was (room temperature) and the curl was immediate AND long-lasting. Emboldened by this evidence, I tried it out, and have been hooked ever since.
So in case you're wondering if the extra cost is worth it - yes! Whilst I've only ever used 2 eyelash curlers before (this one and the Lancome one, again see story above!), my sister has gone through many other brands, and said that nothing makes a curl that holds as well as the Shu Uemura curler. Plus it hasn't cut off my eyelashes once!
I love using my curlers when I'm otherwise not wearing any make-up - it instantly brightens up your face and opens up your eyes. Even if you're wary of what looks like a torture device so close to your face, put your look in the hands of Shu Uemura - there's a reason why people are so crazy about them!
For about the past ten years, my sisters have been nagging me to "curl my eyelashes". Apparently my eyelashes are very long and straight - and to quote my sister, people would "die for them" - but it wasn't until my sister bought me the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (for a joke!) for my birthday that I ever attempted to curl my eyelashes. Shock, horror!!!
I happen to know that they cost her £17.99 from Ebay (shipped from Slovakia of all places!) but that the prices were very variable.
Apparently, from what my sister tells me, these curlers are one of the better makes and there pretty well known among those people who know these things (not me!). Using them is easy. It involves fitting your eyelashes in the blade of the curlers and then closing them on the eyelashes. I then squeeze the curlers for about 3 seconds and then repeat the process again. I'm left with curled lashes which stayed curled for about 6 hours or so without mascara, or about 10 hours with mascara. The curl that this curler gives my eyelashes really does lift my whole face and I hate to say it, but I am a convert.
When you buy the curlers, you receive one free replacement pad with it, but from what I can see you can't buy any other pads - and this seems bizarre. I have no idea how long a pad is supposed to last, but it would be useful to know if and where you can buy more pads that fit this device. Otherwise it will be a matter of having to buy the eyelash curler again!
Before I found these eyelash curlers, I thought eyelash curlers were just that. I couldnt understand how one pair could be different from the other. My friend, who is a big make up guru introduced me to these about 2 years ago.
Shu Uemura is a Japanese make up artist, which explains why these eyelash curlers work so well. I find that Japanese producers and designers are very talented when it comes to the quality of products. Also I feel that he made these eyelash curlers for oriental people. Myself, someone with an oriental background, I feel that my eyelashes are rather straight and are rather short without any mascara, so need as much help when it comes to eye make up and these eyelash curlers are perfect for me.
I bought these eyelash curlers on ebay for about £15.00 including postage and packaging which is actually really good, as when I was in Hong Kong last year, they were worth about £21.00! I wish I actually bought some as gifts actually, but didnt have much money at the time.
The eyelash curlers look exactly like any other bog standard curlers except with abit more to offer. They have the Shu Uemura name across the arch of the curlers. The rubber bit that fits in the bend of the curler is black and you also get a spare one for when it needs changing. Since having my curlers, Iv not had to change it yet! Brilliant.
You use these curlers as you would with any other curlers. Move the curlers towards your eyelashes, fit your eyelashes in and close the curlers. I like to squeeze my curlers for 2 seconds, let go an squeeze again for about 2-3 times. After Iv done this, you can tell the difference straight away. My eye lashes are curled and most importantly stayed curled.
I have no idea how or why these eyelash curlers are so good but they just are! They make a real difference to my lashes and havent looked back since.
As mentioned above, I paid £15.00 for these, but would definitely have paid the £21.00 I seen them for in Hong Kong. They have lasted over 2 years and still going.
You only need to pay once for these eyelash curlers, which will probably last a lifetime. I say that this makes a good investment! Great purchase! I totally love this product and wouldnt know what Id do without it. Absolute miracle worker for your eyes.
Eyelash curlers are the base to getting stunning eyes, and is a must have in my make up bag, and daily makeup routine. I have tried a range of cheap own brand ones, but I find the curl doesn't last that long and I can't see much of a difference. At the moment, I am using the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, which is a lot better than others I have used, but at a slightly higher price (just under £20) from Space NK.
They are very easy to use, whether you have used them before or you are a beginner, with a wider width that allows you to give a better curl without odd looking lashes, and avoids pinching the skin around the eyes. What makes them so easy to use is the hinge isn't tight like some cheap curlers, which means hardly no pressure is needed, giving you more control without pulling out the lashes- which are benefits to having higher quality brand.
You can achieve a range of looks thanks to the black rubber strip lining the inside to curl, which comes with a spare of the rubber strip. You can just curl the base to get more of a natural look, or curl the base, middle and end of the lashes to get more of a dramatic look. With either of these methods, you can use without mascara (if you have dark lashes naturally and want a natural look) - or with mascara if you want a more bold look or your lashes are light. The curl gives a great base to mascara, and makes it a lot easier to apply, and my make up bag would just seem bare without it. The one problem is, you find it hard to find individual packs of just the rubber strips, although the two strips that come with it last ages.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
I bought this at Space NK for around £19
I have really quite flat looking eyelashes. I don't mind the length of them but I can never get them to appear upright or look long with any mascara and I feel that some cheap eyelash curlers don't work as they just end up wearing off eventually. I know this seems a lot of money for an eyelash curler but its amazing and will last for so long.
The curler is silver with 'Shu Uemura' etched in to the outside it has a black custioned pad and an extra one included. The hinge is not too tight and you don't need a lot of pressure to curl lashes.
To curl lashes I usually curl in three different places in order to give a nice natural dramatic looking curl as if you only curl at the base the lashes just go straight up without any curl. At first I press gently at the base of my lashes, then move to roughly the middle and gently curl and lastly curl the end of the lashes which gives a really nice effect.
These eyelash curlers are the best I have ever used. They are so easy to use and do not required any effort. They also manage to keep the eyelashes curled all day. I know the price can be off putting but they really are worth it.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler / The iconic Shu Uemura eyelash curler featuring enhanced design and upgraded features for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl / Upgraded silicone pad in a new mushroom shape provides a protective / stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl / Upgraded patented hinge with precise engineering applies perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes / Curved angle suits all eye shape / Calculated shape and size of frame length and ergonomic handles ensure stability and control.