By now we’ve reviewed plenty of products that claim to make your eyelashes grow longer but what about other things that can make your eyelashes look longer naturally? I am talking about the old standard of makeup cabinets, the eyelash curler.
While the basic design has not changed much from its first appearance the humble eyelash curler now comes with a few fancy upgrades made possible by technology and innovative engineering.
This will be a multi part eyelash curler review covering about 17 of the top selling lash curler brands from upscale models that you can find at Sephora and Nordstrom’s to your regular drugstore brands that come in at under $10 a piece.
|First we will look at the Shu Uemura eyelash curler which has almost attained cult status among women as the gold standard of eyelash curlers.
The first thing I notice about this eyelash curler is that it has a buttery smooth finish. Cheaper curlers tend to be rough and the metal is just covered with a layer of paint which chips easily.
Also the Shu curler is built solidly and I could not get the crimper to move side to side no matter how hard I tried. A flimsy curler would often have a bit of side to side wiggle motion especially after months of use and the joints become loose. This is a danger as it can cause your eyelashes to break.
I would say that this is a pretty large eyelash curler and the crimper part is almost too big to work with my eyes. Fortunately the jaws are not too deeply curved so I can still use the curler if I adjust its position. However this is a warning that people with smaller eyes or Asians should demo the curler first before they buy it.
|Next we will examine the Japonesque Go Curl pocket lash curler. Unlike the traditional eyelash curler which looks like a medical instrument more than a beauty product, this portable curler has a cute chubby square shape which makes it great for carrying around in your purse.
You press a lever in the back and when you are finished it folds back up into the curler so that the Go Curl stays flat, saving you room in your makeup bag.
I really like the shape of this curler because it is not too big or too curved for my eyes. Because it has a shorter length you might need to curl your eyelashes in sections to get every last lash but this also means you can get a more precise curl and target specific areas.
|Finally to round out this comparison of Japanese curlers we have the Seki Edge lash curler.
While this curler is pretty standard, there are several hidden innovative features that you may not notice at first.
You may notice that the jaws are almost flat. This is an intentional design that makes this a great curler for any type of eye shape and size as well as people with short eyelashes. If you use this curler you will have to curl your eyelashes in small sections and follow the curve of your lash line.
There is also a holder on the handle where you can store a spare silicone pad in case the one you are using cracks. I really love this feature because all too often I lose the replacement pads that come with my curlers because they’re so small. It could be months or even a year before you need to replace the pad but when you do it’s often impossible to find the little bit of plastic in your makeup drawer.
This concludes our first eyelash curler comparison. In our next post we will cover heated eyelash curlers and curlers with fancy functions that do everything short of washing your dishes for you. Stay tuned!