I'm half Chinese and inherited my dads large but almond shaped eyes... This is the only curler that is large enough for my eyes and, it doesnt pinch the skin on my eyelids. I love it so much I have a backup in my makeup train case.
I've been using the Shu Uemura curler for the last 15 years or so. It was one of the first high end/cult products I bought as an adult with my very own money. It's also one of the first high end/cult product that didn't disappoint me. It's hyped for a reason - it works well.
Although I have used this curler for a long time, I have strayed from time to time be it out of boredom or simply because I didn't have the means to get a new one. I always come back to this curler for one reason - the curl it produces is obvious. I've used a number of janky curlers that curled my lashes but you couldn't tell. Like all those nifty "How to Apply Mascara" guides will tell you, a curler alone should create the appearance of your eye opening up. That's the whole point of curling your lashes after all and this curler does just that. I've also had other curlers that bent my lashes (gee, thanks), broke them off or pinched my eyelid. I've never had that problem with Shu Uemura.
There's some debate about when this should be replaced. Some say you should buy a new curler every six months. I don't agree with that line of thinking. If your curler still works, keep it as long as you like. I generally don't replace mine unless I damage it, lose it or I notice that it has become misaligned (rest easy, this happened once after years of use, me dropping it a million times and haphazardly throwing it in my bag). I also don't replace the pad every three months. I replace it when it starts to split or I notice that I'm not getting the same results. As long as you keep your curler and the pad clean and dry, you should be golden. I find a lot of these so called rules a little rigid and a bit weird. Why would I spend $40 a year on an eyelash curler alone when it still works well? That's like buying a new car every six months because you put 5,000 miles on it. Do what works for you.
I'd also advise anyone who buys this online to only go through the Shu Uemura official site or a reputable seller like Sephora only. Amazon and eBay are highly risky because there are plenty of fakes floating around. It's worth paying the full price, $20, to get a curler that will last and make your life a wee bit easier.
Best eyelash curler I have ever used.
This is amazing - I have small, hooded eyes and most curlers don't fit properly/too big or they hurt my eyes. However - my lashes are nearly invisible and point straight down, an eyelash curler is a must - I can't even think about wearing mascara unless I curl my lashes first. And then I tried the Shu Uemura. I have been using it exclusively for the last 5 years. I use this by pressing down 3 times on each lash as I move down the length for a perfect curl. Sometimes I will blast the blowdryer at the curler for 5 seconds so the heat helps hold the curl even better (obviously never the apply the curler if it's super-hot to your lashes!)
It has a smaller, more delicate frame than most, which means it fits perfectly into the eye area without hurting your eyes. I haven't ever, not even once, had any problems or issues with this curler. Very good quality. It is pricey, but I think - at least for me- nice lashes are necessary for me to feel put-together.
A very nice curler. I would probably love this curler to pieces if I didn't know the Sonia Kashuk one is an exact replica and works just well, if not better.
I find the pad of the Shu curler to be a bit firmer, so you have to hold the clamp down for a while to get a curl. But one you do, you get a pretty nice curl and not a crimp. Still it takes just a little bit more patience to curl lashes. Also, I have the pretty gold version, and the gold rubs off at both side of the curve pretty quick and you can kind of feel the metal scratching. But that's not really huge deal
This would have to be the best eye lash curler I have ever used. I have tried the Revlon and the Shiseido eyelash curlers, and they do not compare. Although I found the Shiseido curler to curl my lashes very nicely, the curl did not last very long.
This eyelash curler works pretty well. It fits the shape of my eyes better than Tarte's eyelash curler, which was too curved for the flatter bone structure around my eyes. I don't know if it is "the awesome" or anything like that.
I carefully place the top of the curler against my eyelid just above the lashes, then gently squeeze, getting all the lashes pretty close to the base of the lashes. I don't have to hold for more than a long 1-2 secs. The next step is the MOST important: I take my favorite WATERPROOF mascara and start coating my lashes from the base of the lashes, moving slowly up the lashes and LIFTING my lashes up up up with the mascara. With my favorites (currently Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes and the Rocket in waterproof), my lashes curl up and stay up.
It always works better when I put in a new pad; I get the Shiseido replacements for $6 from Sephora. I don't buy the BS that you're supposed to replace the entire curler, especially when it's practically one of the most expensive ones around, every 6 months or whatever their salesladies say.
I'd like to try the Shiseido curler next to see if it's somehow better.
Love this curler! Works wonders! Best on the market
I have straight Asian eyelashes and only the Shu Uemura eyelash curler does the job for me. My lashes are curled all day, and mascara will fixate my eyelashes even more. It might be expensive but worth every penny.
Curls my stubborn thin and straight asian lashes but will return to it's usual state without a waterproof mascara.
Curled long lashes... without mascara!!!
So I'm blessed with fairly long lashes that curl up easily with the aid of mascara. However, I try to give my skin a break and don't wear makeup on the weekends, save a little lip gloss and primer. I've tried to curl my eyelashes with other curlers, but the curl dies very quickly w/o mascara, even if I apply a little lash conditioner.
Enter shu uemura!!! A curl, a dab of conditioner and my lashes stayed beautifully long all day.
It's been three years that I've had this baby now and while it's showing its age, it still curls okay. :)