Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

Let’s talk about eyelash curlers. How many of you, truthfully, have bought a cheap, spindly, flimsy pair of eyelash curlers? I see a lot of hands creeping up in the audience…nearly all of you! You, Madam – how much did you spend on your curlers?

“Two pounds fifty.”

Two pounds fifty? Are you mad Madam? This is your eyes that we’re talking about – you only get one set of them! Why would you risk clamping something so flimsy and weak to the outside of your eyes? What happened when you used them, Madam?

“Well,” (blots tears away with a spotted handkerchief) “as I squeezed, the two plates kind of…missed each other, and the bottom section actually crossed over the top section.”

And then?

“And then,” says the woman, looking visibly distressed now, “all of my lashes ripped out and I cut my eyelid open.”

Is that why you wear an eyepatch, Madam?

“Yes. Yes it  is.”

A totally fictional story for you there – watch the lawsuits roll in against me! Come on though – tell me you’ve not had some kind of mishap with cheap eyelash curlers? And it bloody hurts too, if you get eyelash curling wrong – when you think about it, it’s totally the wrong area of your face to be messing around with a metal contraption that looks, scarily, like a pair of surgical scissors.

For the last (nearly) ten years, I have used Shu Uemura’s eyelash curlers, and by eyelash curlers, I mean one singular pair. Yes; my curlers have lasted that long. I have changed the rubbery bit, but only once, and I have used them about three or four times a week. That’s nearly 2000 times. How’s that for a long-lasting, hard-wearing product?

I bought them in New York. I think. It’s also quite possible that I was given them, by a kind and generous makeup artist – I can’t remember for certain, all I know is that these things are the business. No other curlers that I’ve seen or tested come close, which is why pretty much every makeup artist that I’ve ever worked with (apart from a guy named Frunkel who coloured my lips in with blue eyeliner) has them in their kit. Yes, they’re £19.50, but so far mine have cost me 0.01p per use; a pair for £3.99 will probably work out at around…ooh…£3.99 per use.

So. There we go. Not the most interesting of subjects, eyelash curlers, but I did give you a short extract from my new novel, ‘Misadventures with Makeup Tools – The Curse of The Moisturised Hand’, and I’ve probably stopped you from having a horrific eye-related accident. Bonus.

Eyelash Curlers, £20 from House of Fraser

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  1. geisharock
    September 30, 2010 / 5:18 pm

    hahaha, love this post. i too am guilty of buying cheap (and not so cheap!) eyelash curlers and they were all terrible!

    first, a general drugstore one which didn’t fit my eyes properly, then the space NK own brand one (not cheap!) which was terrible, bent my lashes at a 90 degree angle and pinched my eyelids. lastly, i tried the e.l.f. mini eyelash curler because i thought they might be easier to use as they’re only 1-2cm wide BUT they dont have a curve in them and basically press against my eyeball when i try to use them.

    so i took my uncurled lashes down to selfridges and bought a pair of these and have used them everyday since! i was tempted to get the gold pair but thought it was a little too frivolous…


  2. September 30, 2010 / 5:49 pm

    I’ve had a couple of eyelid-trapping mishaps with my spindly curlers lately so I think it’s time that I made my excuses and left Frunkel’s camp to invest in the Shu model. A man who colours lips with blue eyeliner is surely not to be trusted in any beautifying area!

    On a related note, I bought Shu Uemura Nourishing Hair Oil recently which is by far the most fabulous product I have ever used. As soon as I’m back from holidays, I’m off to the nearest Shu counter for one of everything!


  3. Anna
    September 30, 2010 / 7:02 pm

    Yup, totally agree! Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are the best. I’ve got the gold set (a whopping £25!), they look gorgeous and curl perfectly. The little rubber cushion is also the best I’ve come across, I use mine every day (for about a year) and there is hardly any indentation in it! Cheaper brands end up with big dents in the rubber and curl my eye lashes weirdly :( Buying quality products is cheaper in the long run, and less painful ;)

  4. Chrissy
    September 30, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    I have a fear of eyelash curlers. As stupid and irrational as that sounds…no…IS. I just can’t use them. I bought some Jemma Kidd ones in a sad attempt to get over my fear (it is genuine by the way) and I couldn’t do it. Also have a fear of false lashes.

    Just in case anyone’s interested, I hear from the friend I gave mine to that the JK ones are very good as well!

    Chrissy xx

    • admin
      September 30, 2010 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks for your eyelash stories ladies!! Chrissy – I also have a slight fear of them; I hate other people doing it (difficult with my job!) and I REALLY flinch away!

  5. Anna
    September 30, 2010 / 7:31 pm

    Oh, make up tools are always funny business. I love my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers for the simple fact that they give an awesome curl. But the pair I had earlier were dirt cheap and about 8 years old and still going strong! Not as good of a curl, but no horror stories at all. I loved it.
    Same with tweezers, dirt cheap and bought from H&M (they do make up as well as clothes in Sweden) about 12 years ago. Still sharp, still awesome!
    Sometimes you can just get away with a bargain. Got to love it.

  6. October 1, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    I’ve been meaning to buy some for ages, this is VERY helpful. *Trots off to go and buy the eyelash curleers.*

    Ta love!

    • admin
      October 1, 2010 / 3:05 pm

      No problemo!

  7. A D
    October 2, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    It costs about 16 pounds here in SG! Whoop Whoop!!!

  8. Ewok
    March 24, 2011 / 10:35 pm

    Nope, sorry to disagree with you Ruth. I’m using the cheap curlers and yes they’re pretty much *** up at this stage BUT: a) they never pinched me on the eye lids as long as I’m not hungover when curling my eyelashes; b) they do the job they’re meant to be doing, that’s what I bought them for and I’m not asking them to open wine bottles or tighten screws in my cubboard. I’ve had them, let’s see, since I think 2008, maybe 2007. I use them about once every week, I’m low maintenance lol. That’s (52*3)+(4*3)= roughly 168 uses (likely more), which at £5 equals £0.02976 which ok can be more expensive than Shu but by really not too much.

    Anyway I’m going to have them replaced some time soon when I get my next paycheck, and I’ll probably replace them with Shu Uemura. I do like their products and I think they are generally worth the price, unlike so much other stuff in the beauty industry which is ridiculously overpriced and overhyped. I’m happy to pay whatever they cost if they’re gonna live in my makeup bag for the rest of time. What I’m just saying is that don’t push the expensive crap on people when the cheap one does pretty much the same job.

    • March 24, 2011 / 11:40 pm

      I’m not quite sure how it’s ‘pushing’ anything on anyone! If you read through a few of my posts you’ll see that I just write about the things I like, the things I think are good and the things that are widely used in my industry. Usually for good reason. I don’t make any money from recommending Shu eyelash curlers and all of the cheap ones I have bought have been pretty bad in comparison. Same as everyone I have spoken to. Thanks so much for your feedback though!

  9. August 30, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    I love how people give me weird looks from all the laughing I do when I read your blog!

    Currently waiting on my cheapo eyelash curlers to break so I can invest in the Shu Uemura ones. Been 4 years and counting, hopefully will be any day now!

  10. Erian
    August 30, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    I want Shu Uemura eyelash curler…but where to buy on internet that ships to Denmark? Anyone? Help!

  11. Shenanigans
    February 11, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    Oooh, another item I’ll just have to buy!! My first eyelash curler contraption.
    Really like reading your recommendations.

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