Eyelash Curler Reviews

Not only do makeup artists and models list eyelash curlers as one of their must-haves, they are so huge in Asia that almost every single girl that I know, even those who do not wear makeup, owns one! So here are some reviews of the eyelash curlers that I have.

MAC Full Lash Curler ($11)
I had pretty high expectations of this but when I finally got it, I had to say it was a huge disappointment. Not only did the curve not fit my eye but it did absolutely NOTHING for me! It was simply no different from those $2-3 plastic eyelash curlers you could get at the drugstore and my lashes were hardly curled. Sorry MAC, I worship all of your eye products and brushes but this is not doing it for me.

NARS Eyelash Curler ($20)
Like all NARS products, this eyelash curler comes in a sleek signature black matte finish. The curve is slightly flatter than my Shiseido and Shu Uemura curlers but it fits perfectly on my eye and gives my straight Asian lashes an instant boost. It is super easy to use, never pinches my skin and it weighs a lot less than the Shiseido and Shu Uemura curlers too!


Panasonic Self-heating Eyelash Curler (~$30)
One thing that I love about this curler is that unlike a regular metal eyelash curler, all you have to do is turn it on, place it at the base of your lashes and sweep upwards like how you would apply mascara. It is almost fool-proof and the chances of you pinching your skin or pulling out your eyelashes is pretty much zero. Plus since it is heated, it makes the curl last so much longer too. The only downside to it is that the heat can somehow melt your mascara leaving your lashes slightly clumpy but it is nothing an eyelash comb will not fix. Plus since it is an electrical appliance, it is also slightly harder to clean – you cannot wash it with water and you have to use a brush to get rid of the mascara bits that is stuck between the ridges.
Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($17)
This is my first and hands down the BEST eyelash curler I have ever used! Nothing fits the shape of my eye better than this! I have tried other curlers but I always go back to this. It is super easy to use and 3 curls – one at the base, one at the middle and one at the tip – will make my eyes pop. Plus there is zero pinching and my lashes stay curled for hours. You can also buy the refill pads separately. I have had mine for 10 years now. Love it love it love it!
Shu Uemura Black Nickel Eyelash Curler ($18)
This is the same as Shu Uemura’s famous silver eyelash curler, only in a different color. People rave about this curler but I personally find it okay. The best thing about it is the chic case that comes with it and the fact that it is limited edition. It also comes with an extra pad and for some reason, this curler feels slightly stiffer than my Shiseido curler so I have to press harder when I curl my lashes. I do like how it curls my lashes but the effect is nothing too wowing. The curl also does not last as long compared to the Shiseido curler.
Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I was tossing between Shiseido / Shu Uemura curlers, and ended up got the latter in nickel black. Very regretted about it. Not ony it squeezes my skin every time I try to curl the end of my lashes, but also is I can’t see my lashes between the curler coz everything is BLACK!

  2. Can you make a tutorial about how to apply foundation? and write something about primer?

    Sorry for my english and sorry if you had already do that.

    Thank you !

  3. my 2-cents worth on the Shu Uemura curler. suits asia eyes well cos we have short lashers n the normal curlers always clamp my eyelids instead. :( highly recommended too. :D

  4. hmm..about the heated curler..don’t you usually use curlers before applying mascara?
    just a thought.

    btw. i <3 your site!

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