Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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What’s the Best Eyelash Curler you’ve tried?

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83 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Eyelash Curler

  1. I love ELF’S lash curler, for some reason I favor spring loaded curlers more than manual curlers. Plus it’s a dollar at target!

    • n8iveBeauT

      I second that, and it’s only $1!!!!!!!!!!! It’s so awesome.

    • LB

      I could not disagree more…the ELF lash curler was TERRIBLE for me! It did nothing but tear out my fine, long eyelashes and leave me with an uneven curl. I recently sprung for the Shu Uemura curler and, I must say, it’s worth it!

  2. Allie Williams

    I’m most excited for the speckled nail polish!

  3. Jennifer

    For me, Shiseido and Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are the best! :)

  4. Tigerlily

    Kevyn Aucoin! And I find Jemma Kidd’s very good too.

  5. Laura

    I use Shu Uemura which is great. Cheap eyelash curlers pull out my lashes on the ends and pinch my skin. Ouch!

  6. Yellowlantern

    I think the “best” is just a matter of which curlers out there fit your eye shape the best.

    • Jessica Rafalski

      I agree. I have a Lancome Le Curler and it just doesn’t fit my eye! I gave it to my sister and went with Shiseido instead.

  7. CARLY

    I have only ever tried the Shiseido one and while I’ve been pretty happy with it, I’m actually quite curious to try one of colored Sephora curlers (they come in hot pink, green, blue, etc). I find that because my lashes are dark and the rubber pads on most curlers are also dark, I have trouble telling whether all of my lashes have made it in before the big clamp. Since the rubber pads on the Sephora curlers are also colored hot pink or blue or whatever, I think this might solve my problem. Has anyone ever tried and like the Sephora curlers???

    • Robin

      I use the Sephora hot pink eyelash curler and it works great. My eyelashes are long and I wear glasses, so I need to curl to avoid my eyelashes hitting the lens. I can see my eyelashes quite well with the hot pink color.

    • Steph

      YESS!! I have the blue one and they work great!! Get one for sure!! <3

  8. My favourite has to be the Shu Umemura eyelash curlers, they actually give lashes a perfect ‘U’ shape instead of a ‘V’ shape. Jude x @jadlgw

  9. jessica

    I used the old, metal elf eyelash curler for years. it was meh – ok for the price. i havent tried their “new” plastic curler.
    then switched to Tarte =HORRIBLE!! didn’t fit my eye shape at all. no matter what I did, it pinched me. (it was super cute and i loved the handles on it though)
    Now I use shisheido. It fits perfectly and I get a nice, even curl every time. I’ll never switch again. shisheido is my perfect lash curler.

  10. Bombshell

    Shiseido is amazing!

  11. becca

    kevyn aucoin. it opens up bigger than any culer i’ve tried which lets you get ALL your lashes in at once. very good for people with long lashes.

  12. Cat G

    I swear by my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, best curler I’ve ever owned.

  13. Suzanne

    Dior’s heat curler. Love it! I have long lashes and wear glasses, so I have to curl them if I wear mascara or my lashes smear mascara all over my glasses. I hated the crimping method-it hurt! I tried the Dior and it’s great. I actually like how it feels-the warmth on my eyelid. Okay, I know that sounded odd. Anyway, the trick is that you apply mascara first, then curl. The mascara acts like a styling product and helps maintain the curl. I have one in my bathroom and one in my purse. The heat curler is a snap to use to touch up during the day, unlike the crimpers, which make a mess. I will never go back!

    • LBH

      I used to use Tarte and loved it. It just quite working though and bought a Trim one and I discovered the ELF mechanical one a few days ago and love it and a lot cheaper than Tarte.

      • Kathleen

        I purchased a Trim lash curler once–big mistake! It pinched my lids, wouldn’t fit all of my lashes, and the pad kept popping out before I could clamp down. Ouch! I tried and tried to make that thing work. I tossed it.

  14. Miss J

    I really love the MAC Half Lash Curler since I can get to the very inner ad outer lashes super easily, but I have been looking for a full lash curler. Can anyone tell me anything about the Lancome Le Curler or NARS’?

    • AmyD

      i can’t speak to any expertise with different eyelash curlers, but i have the nars curler. i’ve only just learned that curling my lashes prevents them from brushing against the lenses of my glasses! as for the curler itself – i like it! it fits almost all of my lashes in one pass, doesn’t pinch, and has a good number of replacement pads.

      if the nars curler poops out on me for any reason, i’m not sure i’d get it again – i might give shiseido’s or shu uemura’s a try; i think i’d have to see how they work in the store first before i purchase.

  15. Mariella

    In recent memory, I’ve only tried one – the Shu Uemura one, which I know is “the gold standard” but to be perfectly honest, I rarely use it and don’t find the effect it gives to be worth all the hassle.

    • Natalie

      I have to agree…I decided to splurge and try ShuUemura’s curler given the rave reviews here and elsewhere, and I’ve actually found it to be one of the hardest to use–almost like it’s too big for my eye, even though I don’t have particularly small eyes…takes me a good few tries everyday just to fit it to my eye, and it can crimp my lashes too (though maybe my technique is just bad, who knows). I’ve yet to have an HG curler, I guess, though I remember being happy with a drugstore one a while back. It’s made me a bit skeptical now, though I guess mileage always varies…

  16. crystallinity

    I have a little tiny plastic one made by julep. I like it because it doesn’t look like an obgyn instrument ;p

    • Sabriel

      LOL! I’m going to remember that the next time I curl my lashes, and it’s going to crack me up!

  17. Jennifer Spears

    Shu Uemura. Hands down.

  18. Ana

    Shiseido’s lash curler is the one that fits my eye shape best. I tried Shu Eumura’s but I keep coming back to Shiseido.

  19. Jennifer

    I have a Japonesque travel eyelash curler that I think is pretty good.

  20. Shu Uemura for sure :p

  21. Kati

    Shiseido, but I’m not in love with it. I have yet to find a good curler for deep-set eyes. Tarte’s and the tiny Sephora one were both godawful.

  22. cocochanelno1

    Chanel’s!!! I Love that curler! It really curls well and gives my lashes that needed lift <3

  23. Alexa S

    Does anyone know of a good eyelash curler for small eyes? :) I have the e.l.f curler but is so big!

  24. Charlotte

    I would love to hear some eyelash curler recommendations for Latinas and/or Middle Eastern women. I have yet to find any eyelash curler that is as long as my lash line or fits my eye shape and doesn’t pinch me. I have a precision curler to curl the inner and outer corner lashes, but even that doesn’t suit the shape of my eye very well at all.

  25. I love my Japonesque curler. Used to swear by Shu Uemura’s but then it stopped being sold in US Sephoras so I tried the Japonesque. Turns out it fits my wide eye shape so much better! I can finally curl all of my lashes in one try. Plus free pad refills for life of the curler – just call and they send you them.

  26. Ronja

    The Koji ones. The only one I’ve found that fits my eye perfectly. They come in various widths and are a bit flatter in the middle

  27. Denise

    Lancome! Just like Shu, great curve.

  28. Denise

    Lancome! Just like Shu, great curve!!

  29. Chelsea

    I’ve had good luck with my Sonia Kashuk curler.

  30. Kimberly S.

    LMdB, because it doesn’t pinch, has the perfect curve for my eye-shape and it was reasonably priced. I own me loving this brand to you, Christine…it’s heavenly!! ;c)

  31. Candace

    The Sonia Kashuk Eyelash Curler, the silver metal one, is amazing! After my beloved Shu Uemura eyelash curler got mangled in my makeup bag one day was heart broken. I think that the SK eyelash curler is a great dupe because it features the wider base and the some construction.

  32. KTB

    The small plastic curler by Julep works best on my long lashes.

  33. Deb

    I love my Shu Uemura. It’s a good shape for my eyes so it’s easy to grab the lashes without grabbing my eyelid! I also have a mini/travel eyelash curler from a 100 yen shop in Japan that I love. I don’t know the brand, but it’s tiny, pink, and plastic. Amazing curl!

    As an aside, Tarte’s is the worst! I always pinch myself with it. :(

  34. S

    I’ve tried Shu Uemura, didn’t love it! The best eyelash curlers for me are the ones with a very thin rubber pad (as opposed to thick) because I can get closest to the roots that way with maximum curl. I heat mine up (have one from the dollar store that’s perfect) with a blow dryer, make sure its not too hot to touch with my fingers then curl away.

  35. Kat

    I have a nice Mary Kay one. But honestly, I don’t use it much because I have a phobia of eyelash curlers.

  36. AmyD

    as i wrote above, the curler i use pretty exclusively now is the nars curler – it works well for me, i like it! not sure if i’d purchase again for $20, though, if/when it poops out on me.

    the only other curler i’ve owned was urban decay’s strange spring-loaded contraption released a year or two ago – i actually didn’t mind that thing, except i remember it occasionally pinched, and the springs quickly went out of alignment.

    i actually realized that i have another curler – sephora made a heat-based curler years ago, i picked it up on sale. i was curious when someone above mentioned dior’s heat curler, so i popped over to sephora’s website to read the reviews. someone mentioned putting on the mascara FIRST before curling with a heat curler – ooo. i just tested my old heat curler that way, and WOW! a great curl, lashed high to the sky, and no crimping! i used to use it on my lashes with no product, and saw no curl, obviously – now that i know, i think i’ll be using this and the nars curler interchangeably!

  37. I used to use Shu Uemura a lot when it was still available at Sephora, but since they left the US market (except online), I’ve been using the NYX one. It’s cheap and works really great with my eye shape! Although now that I’m in Asia I might pick up the Shu Uemura again since it’s super popular where I am.

  38. Michelle Teixeira

    I use Revlon Heated Curler then curl with a metal Lancome Eyelash curler. My fave that I had in the past was Shiseido Curler. I would love to try a Shu Uemura!

  39. Michelle Z

    I know this isn’t a suggestion, but does anyone have recommendations for a flatter eyelash curler? My eye shape makes it so that most drugstore curlers are too round and I have to really press it in (if that makes sense) to get all my lashes. Thanks!

    • It’s kind of a pain, but if you want a flatter eyelash curler there’s the Koji Eyelash Accent Curler, which is a Japanese brand. You can find them on eBay for around $6-10.

    • Rebecca

      Have you looked at Robert Jones precision eye lash curler? It looks medieval, but it gets the lashes right at the base and gets the inner and outer lashes, too. He shows how he uses it in his youtube videos. Hope this helps. (

    • pri

      The Shiseido one is also really flat and very good. It’s more pricey than the Koji eyelash curler but if you check out Asian sites as apposed to British/US/Australian etc.. ones, you will find a better deal.

    • Michelle Z

      Thanks for all the replies, guys! I think I’m gonna go with the Shiseido one :)

  40. Liz

    Kevyn Aucoin

  41. Aida

    My lashes are naturally curled, so I don’t really need an eyelash curler, but I do own the Shu Uemura one. It is the best? I have no idea and I very rarely use it.

  42. Sabriel

    I use Tarte’s eyelash curler. I like it, but I don’t have anything to compare it against.

    The reason I like it is because I didn’t like the idea of my fingers being trapped in those scissor loops while I was using it close to my eye. I’m just too clumsy for that. The Tarte curler has a different style that makes me more comfortable.

    The only thing I don’t like is that I feel like it’s too curved. Maybe it’s because I have kind of hooded eyes, but I would have an easier time with a wider/shallower curler.

  43. Holly

    I’ve tried Revlon, Sephora, and Shiseido, but Shu Uemura is the best!

  44. A. Mar

    I use the Shiseido curler and it’s been great for me!

  45. Phoebe

    My Panasonic heated curler gives me the best results b/c I can get to 97% of my lashes.

    My Shiseido gives me the most natural curl, but my Tarte fits my eye the best. I have a Shu Uemura one as well, but it fits about as well as the Shiseido but doesn’t curl as well.

    I have yet to find a traditional lash curler that gets all of my lashes in. I always miss the first 1/4-1/3 of the lashes in the inner corner of my eye. My curlers pinch the middle of my lid if I try to get at them. Maybe I need a more rounded lash curler?

  46. I’ve tried a couple of different eyelash curlers, but none of them seem to do anything. My lashes look exactly the same before and after, even though I do what everyone says I’m supposed to.

  47. Courtney

    Shu! But weirdly I’ve gotten really cheap ones at Forever21 because they’re cute, and they always work surprisingly well!

  48. Lisa J

    I feel like I’m going to sound like a makeup snob, but I actually love the Chanel lash curler! Who spends $30 on a lash curler?? My cousin, who then proceeded to give it to me for christmas and I love her for it!! It is the best one I have ever used, hands down! I was using a revlon one before, which was okay and had tried the nars and shu uemura ones in the past. The nars one wore out fairly quickly and the SU one didn’t really fit my eye. The chanel one actually keeps my lashes curled all day, no matter the type of mascara I use and it’s comfortable to use as well. Not a pinch or lost lash yet. It’s totally worth it, imo.

  49. Dolly B.

    Shu Uemura!

  50. NeenaJ

    Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler. For me, it is true love, holy grail and kicks Shu’s to the curb.

    I have quite round eyes and this fits better to the lashline than any other curler I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot over the years). The mechanism is stiff enough to hold up for about 2 years before it becomes too loose and needs replacing. (And even then, the older one works well enough to become my travel curler while the fresh one stays at home.) My lashes are thick and point straight down into my cheek. The pads that come with this curler are the perfect density to produce a long lasting curl with no pinching.

    If you’ve got really round eyes and have never been able to get a good fit with a curler, I absolutely recommend this one (no affiliation). And, get Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara to use with it.

  51. The best eyelash curler is from Shu Uemura! No way you’ll get your eyelids in the curler. My lashas stay up all day, even in teh morning. For my pretty straight lashes it’s a wonder :)

  52. CHelsea

    definitely Shu Uemura !!!!

  53. Jessica

    Tarte! I’ve always bought drugstore brands and felt like they wear out fast and pull my eyelashes out. I saw the Tarte eyelash curler at Sephora one day and bought it on a whim. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It’s very effective and gentle. Mine came with extra pads and a sample of their mascara. I can’t remember exactly when I bought it but it’s been well over a year.

  54. I’ve tried three:
    – Revlon: Cut my lashes. The horror.
    – Shu Uemura: Comfortable to use, fits my eye nicely. But for some super mysterious reason, the curl lasts only for a couple of hours.
    – Bobbi Brown: AWESOME. Doesn’t fit my eye as comfortably as the Shu one, but creates a beautiful long lasting curl.
    I actually bought the Shu to replace my dying Bobbi, but I’ll have to buy a new Bobbi since Shu doesn’t really work for me.

  55. Diane

    Shiseido. It is the only one that curls my lashes quickly and painlessly without grabbling the sensitive skin on my upper lids!

  56. Hanan

    Would love the illamasqua nailpolish

  57. Jen

    The Shu Eumura and Tarte’s curler. I have very rounded eyes, so if I’m close enough to curl the edges, I’m usually too close in the middle and wind up squeezing off some of my eyeliner! But with both of those, if I take my time I can get them positioned so they work just right… most of the time.