i've been a long time user of shu uemura and shiseido lash curlers, but decided (foolishly) to give this tarte one a try since it's at a lower price point. first off, i hate that this curler has a spring that keeps the curler part open because it requires more force to clamp the curler shut (and keep them shut) around my lashes to curl them. i feel like i'm at incredibly high risk of cutting my lashes every time i tried this curler. this leads me to my second hate which is the grip part of the curler... there is no loop to secure my fingers around the grip making me feel like 1 false move and my fingers will slip easily and cause an accident that will either injure my eyes or rip my lashes out. this is a big problem (and possibility) since i need to use a lot more force than normal to clamp the curler around my lashes. third hate is that of the metal part of the curler which feels a little rough and jagged, making me feel like i'm at even higher risk (than the sheer force needed to use this contraption) for slicing my lashes up. to round up insult to injury, the curler pinched my lash line (could just be mis-match shape to my eyes) and didn't really curl my lashes all that well. i returned this to ulta and will happily invest in higher price point curlers from now on.
The packaging of these is really pretty and suckered me in. I got a set of the gold curler with the lights, camera, flashes mascara.I didn't care for the mascara or the eyelash curler.
I am used to the shu uemura curler and much prefer that because you get your wrap your fingers in the curler and get a great curl, whereas with this one you just press down and I couldn't get used to it. I returned it.
I love love love this curler! It's $16 at Ulta but also comes with a mini mascara. Which I also like but have a fav already. I'm about to buy my 2nd one bc mine broke. However, it lasted 3 years! Awhile back it got bent in my luggage. I bent it back and got another year of usage from it. I think it would've lasted longer had that not happened. First one ever that didn't pinch my eyelid. Must buy!!!
This is a great eyelash curler! It doesn't hurt and curls lashes well and Ive had mine for 4 years without replacing it so its extremely good quality!
I saw this on the Tarte site and it was a really nice limited edition one with a groovy pink and purple handle design. It's the gold color and has 2 purple pads. I like that they give you a backup because it can pop out if you don't put it in securely. Honestly it wasn't till MUA that I even thought about using an eyelash curler. Bet heck if you ladies do there must be a reason. And there is my lashes look hella better when I curl them. I have very long lashes that would get in my eye. Not anymore thank goodness!
I like the purple pad it does make it a better time because I remember I got turned off because I would pinch my eye or maybe I was too young. Who knows but now my lashes look excellent with mascara. It's easier to apply and I look more awake. This baby doesn't pinch me and it gives me a great curl that I like. I'm stoked I got it because I really like it, it makes getting my eyes the way I like so much better.
I swore for years I didn't need an eyelash curler. My eyelashes are long-ish and very curly. However, when you have naturally curly eyelashes, they don't always like to curl in the same way, which is frustrating (and a great way to get mascara all over your eyelids, yuck). After years of buying the heaviest, goopiest mascaras available to weigh down some of the crazier curly lashes and blend them with the regular ones, I tried a new, less-obvious method: enter the eyelash curler.
I tried the Tarte curler on a whim as it came with a mascara for a pretty good price. While the mascara wasn't really to my liking, this curler gives me uniformly pretty lashes and calms the craziness! It perfectly curls the straighter ones and straightens the super curly ones into a smooth curve, with each lash going -- gasp -- the same direction!
It's pretty intense, however: I have lower brows and very round eyes so if I squeeze too hard my lashes will curve up and hit my eyebrows, which is pretty bizarre looking.
This curler gets bonus points for almost being long enough to get all my lashes while being curvy enough to fit my eye shape. I find that the flatter curlers, like Shu, don't really work with my face, and the curvy ones to be too short.
Did I mention it's pretty cheap? Not outrageously so, but I've been using it for a couple of years without problems so I feel the 16 buck price tag is justified. Lasted longer than the Shiseido, which did nothing for me and broke after four fruitless uses.
I like the handles and how you don't have to hook your fingers in, however anything positive I have to say ends there. This eyelash curler is incredibly bulky and I can't maneuver it comfortably to get close enough to the roots of my lashes to give a good curl. It curls the lashes too far from the roots, which makes them look shorter. I jammed the thing into my eye and still couldn't make it work.I guess one other positive is that it didn't pinch the delicate skin surrounding the eye. My old revlon one does a better job than this and it cost about 1/4 the price.
However, I will say that I like a really dramatic, super curl that is almost like a 90 degree angle but with a curve. If you want something natural, this may be a good product for that. Not so much for the fake eyelash look.
I will continue on in my quest for a new eyelash curler that I actually like.
Ever since Shu Uemura left the American market, I have searched for a practical replacement. After being disappointed by the Shisedo curler, I tried the Tarte one. I really don't care for the bulky purple handles but the curler itself gets a solid 3 lippies. I really have to pump this one to get a consistent curl throughout my stick-straight lashes. The shape isn't ideal for my large, but not round eyes. The whole curling your lashes vs. making them bend at a 90 degree angle completely depends on how you hold your curler. I don't find that this curler gives me a nice round curl no matter how I use it. The Shu Uemura one always gave me a lot of curl at the base of my lashes; the Tarte one gave nice curl to the ends but took several squeezes to lift my lashes from the base. I lost a lot of lashes from my left eye because it took so much squeezing for anything to happen.
I would recommend this curler to someone with non-stubborn lashes. I think it would work beautifully on someone whose lashes are full but just need a little oomph. For those of us who need some lash miracles, stick with the Shu.
I've had this curler for a few months now and it gets the job done for me. Although I find that I do have to touch up in the afternoon, but I think that I have to do that with other eyelash curlers. I would repurchase.
Cheaply made, designed poorly and breaks way too easily. I've now had three of these and each one has had the spring on it snap. This last one I've only had a couple months. If they had "normal" ring finger inserts instead of the silly paddle-like handles I'd still be able to use it even with the broken spring. (Whose idea was it to have the paddles anyway? It's not the easiest to hang onto even when it isn't broken).
I also found it odd that I could never get replacement pads. Though if it breaks well before you even wear a pad out I suppose it doesn't matter.
I have a cheap, $6 curler from the drugstore that doesn't curl as well as this does, but I've had it for years and I don't have to worry about it snapping in half when I've only gotten one eye done. (I can also get additional pads for it too!)
All that being said, it does curl my lashes better than anything else I've used so far. I'm just not willing to spend another $16 to replace my THIRD broken one.
(Also, I tried to post my review on Tarte's website. It said it was "submitted for review". Over a week later and it's still not displayed. Do they only approve good reviews??)