Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
The fabled Shu Uemura eyelash curler is up for review today! I recently purchased it on a whim at Sephora (haul post here) after thinking about purchasing it for years.
So here's the thing.... I'm not too crazy about this lash curler. But I don't think that it's a bad lash curler. I think I'm just spoiled because by total fluke I happen to already own the best freaking lash curler ever, and nothing - not even the Shu - can measure up to it for me. The curler I already own has no brand name on it, I received it in my kit when I attended makeup artistry school several years ago. It's got pink cushioning on the handles for a softer, easier grip, so in my mind I call it "Pinkie"! I pray I never lose it because I wouldn't know where to buy it. I'd probably have to resort to calling the school up to try and figure it out.
In any case, here's the lowdown on the Shu. I do think it's a good curler (just not the best) and if you aren't happy with the curler you have now, particularly if you're using cheaper ones from the drugstore like Revlon (which is what I used to use before Pinkie came into my life) then the Shu will be a huge improvement for you!
The main thing I've noticed that makes the Shu different from many other lash curlers is the shape of it.
Notice how the part where the pad sits is curved, and then of course the upper part is as well? Most other curlers are straight across. I can see how this can help because it is shaped to the curve of your eyelid, which helps you grab more of your eyelashes. Here's another angle (it looks crooked but it's not, it's just the angle I'm holding it at):
All in all my only issue is that I feel I have to apply too much pressure and hold it too long to get the curl I want. Still definitely better than drugstore, but not as good as Pinkie, which has a spring on it and takes only a couple quick squeezes as I walk up the lashes to get a strong curl. With the Shu I would usually have to hold at each spot on the lashes (I usually curl once at the base, and twice more up the lashes towards the ends) for about 5+ seconds each, and without any padding on the handles it can get uncomfortable on the fingers.
I'm not too confident with a number rating system yet, but if I had to give this lash curler one I would probably rate it a 4/5 - good, but not my holy grail - turns out I had that all along!
Here's a shot of Pinkie for those curious. :)