Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Ah the famous Shu Uemura eyelash curler. It has a huge amount of amazing reviews and a reputation for being a fantastic eyelash curler, as well as being a cult classic. After having my eyelids pinched by cheap eyelash curlers (eek $2 ones), probably about more than a year ago I decided to purchase the Shu Uemura eyelash curler! I got it off eBay but I can't remember how much for- but it was a bargain. Did I have qualms about it being fake? Definitely. But the performance has been excellent and my doubts subsided. I'm not too sure how much the curler retails for in Australia though (maybe around $30?), if someone can enlighten me then I can include it here in the post!

 Anyone read Japanese? :P Designed and made in Japan!




Oops the rubber is a little dirty!
The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is designed best for Asian eyelids but this does not mean that it won't suit anyone else! The curler is curved more than conventional eyelash curlers and this is what minimises and prevents any pinching.
Curved
Let's talk about the cheap eyelash curlers I have used before. Pinching was awful, and the curve definitely did not suit my eyes. When you attempt to "curl" the lashes, you have to apply pressure and the eyelashes  become kinky and very unnatural looking- it is obvious where the lashes have been curled at, shown by the kinks. Not only that- they had the tendency to pull out lashes, definitely not ideal! I got sick and tired of using a subpar curler, and after reading many amazing reviews for the Shu Uemura, I really wondered if it lived up to the hype. Here is what the website says it offers:
The emblematic, best-selling and award-winning shu uemura eyelash curler featuring enhanced design and upgraded features for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl.
  • upgraded silicone pad in a new "mushroom" shape provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl.
  • upgraded patented hinge with precise engineering applies perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes
  • curved angle suits all eye shapes
  • calculated shape and size of frame length and ergonomic handles ensure stability and control
What I like to do before using eyelash curlers is to heat them up a little by using my hairdryer. Before I curled my lashes I blasted the curler for about 4-5 seconds, tested the temperature on my hand then used it on the lashes. PLEASE don't immediately put the curler to your eyes without checking the temperature first as you might burn yourself! So here is a before and after shot (excuse the messy eyebrows- I got to do something about them....and the blurry shots, my phone isn't too good at close ups)
Before
After
The photos speak for themselves. WOW! Such a dramatic difference in my eyelashes. It was such a pleasure to use the curler- absolutely no pinching as the shape was perfect and I did not have to apply pressure at all, which I did with the cheaper curlers. The curl was smooth with no sign of kinkage (haha is that even a word?!). How well did the curl hold? Very very well. I actually took several attempts to take photos of my eye but they turned out super blurry- so instead of using the other eye (I don't know why) I decided to flatten out my eyelashes again to take a before shot but they were very stubborn! The curl held very well (I ended up curling my other eye's lashes in the end haha).

After using the curler for more than a year, it is still in excellent condition! And if I ever need to replace the pad, the curler comes with one replacement one. Overall, a delightful eyelash curler to use with wonderful results.

Who's tried the Shu Uemura curler? If not, which curlers do you use?


32 comments :

  1. I use it!!! It's so good for asian eyes. When I use those cheapie ones, my eyelash falls out.

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    1. yes it's so good! YES cheap ones pull my eyelashes out, perhaps i should mention that in the post too :)

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  2. I've been using mine for 2 years now and still good as new! And the rubber pad is amazing, there's hardly a dent in it! I remember the Manicare ones I used to use - I had to replace the rubber pad like every few months. I think I've read elsewhere that this curler retails for around $45 in DJs but don't quote me on that. I got mine for $15AUD or so at Sasa in HK! :D

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    1. the quality is amazing! mine is as good as new too, it is definitely worth the price! maybe i'll have a look at DJ when i have a bit of free time :)

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  3. I like that it's shaped for Asian eyes... I need this! I use a Shiseido eyelash curler, which is great but doesn't grasp the lashes on the inner and outer corners like this seems to do.
    Your lashes look pretty long too!

    -Monica
    http://lemonpetit.blogspot.com

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    1. This Shu Uemura curler seems to grab every lash which is amazing! Hehe thanks :D

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  4. yay asian eyelids! I need some of that :) haha

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  5. I use this lash curler too. It's the only one that can actually curl the lashes all the way around my eyes. I switch off between this one and my Japonesque curler.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. It is amazing :) I haven't heard of Japonesque before, I'll have a look up to see what it's like!

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  6. nice, amazing :)



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  7. Your lashes look amazing! Love Shu Uemura, but they stopped selling them :( I bought one on Amazon before and it was totally fake!

    http://letskisstomakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! Aww have they stopped selling them? Damn that sucks! Was it really awful quality and obviously fake?

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  8. It looks nice & I need a new eyelash curler, but my lashes barely ever stay curled :(

    http://swatchesandwhatnot.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Aww I know it sucks but if you try heating up your curler it will help :)

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  9. I have been using the Shu Uemura curler for years now. I have tried quite a few other lash curlers but I found that the curve of this curler suits my eye shape best. I think this lash curler is around $50 in Australia? Not too sure but I remember it's crazy expensive in Australia.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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    1. It is an amazing lash curler! I love the curve too, it is perfect and doesn't pinch at all. Yeah I have heard it is quite pricey in Australia but I have no clue of its actual price. Do they sell it instore?

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  10. Shue Uemura eye lash curler is the only one curler that works on my lashes!! my lashes are so short, fragile, straight and invisible, so I can basically do nothing with it, lol
    but this eyelash curler makes my lashes look a lil bit visible ;D

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    1. it really is a great curler for asian lashes :D so gentle on the lashes as well :)

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  11. Amazing difference :) Eyelash curlers are a must for Asian eyelashes! I have the Shiseido one but I've not tried the Shu. Maybe when my Shiseido stops working properly, I'll try to track this one down!

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    1. I have always heard of the Shiseido vs Shu Uemera eyelash curler debate but I haven't tried the Shiseido one before :) Maybe I should give it a go too!

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  12. amazing difference! looks really good! (: x
    http://beautybynaynay.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. I used a Misscha one and I really liked it but then I can't find replacement pads anywhere so now I'm using a cheap one. I think it's about time I get a Shu Uemura one especially after seeing how they look on your lashes!

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    1. Yes! They last a very long time and they are such good quality, such a pleasure to use as well :)

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  14. I bought this while I was in Hong Kong and paid a much more respectable price for it than here in Aus, haha. I absolutely adore it and it curls my lashes wonderfully! Glad it works for you too!

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    1. It is such a great eyelash curler, definitely worth the investment :)

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  15. Hey, yours is a fake. Real Shu Uemura has images on how to use the eyelash curler on the back of the box.

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  16. i use it tooo~~ it's such an awesome curler!! like miracle on asian eyes Ô__Ô!

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  17. I must buy this eyelash curler! I just discovered your blog - we're both from Melbourne, YAY! :) Following hehe.

    x

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  18. Sorry to disappoint you - but according to this picture it is fake shu uenura- authentic and has letter S near the logo - not W

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