Video: Eyelash Curlers

Eyelash curlers were one of those makeup products I never thought I’d use. They look scary, and I wasn’t sure why “curly” lashes would be desirable. But I came to appreciate (through several makeovers at various counters) that an eyelash curler can temporarily redirect those few rebellious lashes that grow at random angles, and that — in a very subtle way — my lashes look nicer when they’re all pointing in the same direction.

Probably once a month, I see someone walk into a cosmetic department and ask for a Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Shu left American counters in 2010, but they still hold the title of best known curler. I sometimes strike up a conversation with these shoppers, and I love to recommend two options: Le Metier de Beaute’s eyelash curler ($18, which is $2 cheaper than Shu) and Chanel’s ($34).

You can still buy Shu Uemura via their website, free shipping at any price through June 17 with code FSHIPPING.

You can buy Le Metier de Beaute’s curler with free shipping from NeimanMarcus.comicon (code JUNEFS) or Nordstrom.comicon.

And though Chanel’s curler is limited edition, it’s still for sale at both NeimanMarcus.comicon and

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15 Responses to “Video: Eyelash Curlers”

  • Becky says:

    The new Lancome one is the exact same as the Shu, down to the pad. It’s a couple dollars more expensive, but worth it to me.

  • Brooke says:

    Thanks for the review- I’ve always wanted to try to Shu lash curler, and I’m thinking I might finally take the plunge. Is there a code necessary for free shipping on their site? When I clicked your link, the site said “free shipping over $50″.

  • shusheshe says:

    So many people rave about the Shuu eyelash curler, but I just can’t seem to get it to work for me.

  • Kat says:

    Sephora has a new eyelash curler; I was told it is based on the Shu design.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Agreed, the Lancome curler ($23) is VERY similar to Shu’s. The head size is identical. Side by side, the curve of Lancome’s curler is *slightly* deeper/less flat (but it’s really a very small difference).

    But when I tried the Lancome curler, the head seemed too big. It’s the same problem I had with the Shu: I couldn’t get close enough to the roots of my lashes.

    The Shu curler has been dominant for so long, I guess anyone joining the field now is imitating.

    Brooke, whoops! So sorry. The free shipping code is FSHIPPING (the message pops open briefly when you arrive at the home page, it’s also under “this week’s offer”).

  • elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for the review! I’ve been using a Shu curler forever, and while I do like it I find that it isn’t curved enough to reach the lashes at the sides. Will definitely check out both of these!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for the review. I appreciate you saying that the Shu was not your favorite. I thought I was the only one! I think the reason is (just my opinion) the Shu is more for an Asian eye curve and since I am not asian they don’t work well for me!

  • niche says:

    I hear Shiseido has a great one but I have not tried it. Some people say it is even better for Asian eyes than the Shu Uemura one.

    I read that Le Metier licensed their lash curler from Shu Uemura. I wonder if that is true and if Le Metier had it modified as I suppose their target market is more Western. Perhaps you are getting the best of Shu and Le Metier in a cheaper product!

  • NeenaJ says:

    I actually think the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler tops them all. It certainly works better than any of the others for my eye shape, which is more rounded.

  • Carol B says:

    Have you tried the Trish McEvoy lash curler? It’s been my favorite to date. Better than Shu or Shiseido, in my opinion.

  • Ann says:

    I’ve had trouble with the LMdB curler. When the pad is brand new, I like the shape it gives lashes and its performance. However, the pad is quite soft & seems to crimp very easily, trapping lashes and pulling them out. I’ve gone through 2 pads (and lost a decent number of lashes) in less than 6 months, which never happened for me with the Shu curler. I’m going back to Shu Uemura.

  • Terri says:

    The Lancome counter I shop at claims that Lancome purchased Shu’s curler for distribution in the U.S., and that the new Lancome curler is the Shu curler. Interesting.

  • Susan says:

    Although Karla says that the LMDB eyelash curler has an advantage over the Shu Uemura one in terms of the curvature of the head (LMDB has a deeper curve which works for her to get at the eyelashes towards the ends of her eyes), the Shu Uemura curler may be better suited for those of Far East Asian decent. I’m not sure how familiar Karla is with other Japanese makeup brands (e.g., SUQQU), but many of the eyelash curlers designed for the Asian market have a flatter curvature because of the relative shallowness of the eyes in some Asians–it is actually this flatter curvature design that allows for some Asians to get at those eyelashes way off to the side (that Karla can’t get to with the Shu Uemura). And anyway, Shu Uemura is a Japanese brand, so that may partially explain the curvature design of their product. Therefore, besides the four variables she mentions in which eyelash curlers may differ, you must also consider your eye shape as another variable.

  • Josephine says:

    I finally gave up my Shu when I bought the Lancome. Withthe Lancome, one squeeze and you’ve got a perfect curl. It’s similar to the Shu as everyone is saying, with a slight shape change. Chanel gives a perfect curl with one or two squeezes as well. Expensive but really nice. Shiseido works well but it’s straight/flat so on me it but pinches like crazy. Major ouch on a round eye! I had to give it up. Shiseido seems to be the awesome/superior curler for a less round eye. LMDB has a very nice shape but it’s waaay too soft of a pad and the mechanism is much too springy. It took me about 10 squeezes to get a solid curl. And then it didn’t hold. Far too much work. Ugh. Not a good curler (for me). I’ve had the Kevin Aucoin for a long time. It works really well. Since using the Lancome & Chanel, I’ve put the Aucoin away, for now. But it’s definitely in the mix.

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