Revealed! The REAL Reason Why Expensive Eyelash Curlers Work!

By Beaut.ie | October 4 2011 | 37 Comments

shu uemura lash curlers

Lets forget for a minute that this is the second pair of Shu Uemura lash curlers I’ve had, shall we?

We’ll also put to one side the fact that Mise Beauty recenty sent me a Kevyn Aucoin curler too which I used enthusiastically until I temporarily (I er, hope) misplaced it.

I can’t hang on to the feckin’ things, but that’s neither here nor there: the thing is, you often read in magazines and blogs about Shu’s lash curlers just being “the best” but it’s rarely explained why they’re so good. Maybe a lot of people don’t fully know why they do what they do so well; the finished result is just enough with no further digging needed.

But hey. I’m a nosy type.

So here’s why – and it’s actually not limited to that brand’s curlers, because my Kevyn Aucoin’s are just as good. The secret lies in a very simple little fact and it’s nothing to do with the basic shape or mechanic of the curler or the metal used; basically most lash curlers that follow this format are pretty much alike.

shu uemura eyelash curlers - the rubber pad in the clamp

So what marks the two out from any others I’ve tried? Something small, something you might overlook but something that’s so crucial to a good result it’s fundamental: they both have curved silicone rubber pads in the clamp.

Yep. That’s it bitches. Curved rubber or curved, firm silicone. Doesn’t sound like much but that’s what makes the difference between looking like you caught your lashes in a door jamb and, well, not.

I’ve chucked more crap curlers than I can count, and really, all that was amiss was the rubber pad being the wrong shape so it gave a horribly clunky result. The fact both Shu Uemura and Kevyn Aucoin don’t use a crap pad means that once you buy one of these you get an instant transformation from the bad curl of old; hence amazed eureka moment reportage.

So, the moral? Both are very good products, there is no doubt. Both do the job they say they will very well. But it should be possible to get a curler for cheaper – since as far as I can see, it’s not got much to do with the metal bit – and all that’s required is to find one with a nicely curved curling surface. But all too often, cheaper curlers come with a rubber pad that’s got a flat top and two hard sides. And that results in the door jam lash effect of 90 degree hell. And hey, no one wants that.

So, I’m sticking with my expensive fellers for the time being; they may be both over €20 apiece but they work. I’ll keep a perfectly curled eye out for a more cost-effective substitute and in the meantime, have you got a favourite cheaper lash curler you like?

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37 Replies to "Revealed! The REAL Reason Why Expensive Eyelash Curlers Work!"

  • Daisydaisy says:

    I had an eyelash curlers like that once (am thinking now where the hell are they!!!) and they had a rubber thingy like that in them and a spare one hidden the other side of the curve….clever!!!

  • CherrySue says:

    Have been toying with the idea of picking up an eyelash curlers for a while now.

    They really make that much of a difference?

  • Cel says:

    This might sound really weird, but I only need to use an eyelash curler on my left eye, my right lashes have a nice curl.
    It’s like 20 something euro for the curler,would it be worth my time spending that much on a curler?

  • Avicakes says:

    I got a Ruby & Milly one (with a Boots 7.50 voucher of course) and it just does nothing. I try placing it at different points and I squeeze as hard as I can and the before and after are exactly the same. Anyone else found it useless, or is it just that my eyelashes are already beautifully naturally curled & therefore a curler can’t make any impact?!

  • Siobhan says:

    The MAC one has the curved rubber pad too

  • Chris says:

    I have the NYX eyelash curler, and it’s horrible! The pad is the problem. It’s too hard. I always knew the pad had something to do with the way curlers work.

    Revlon is splendid, and I keep a Shu in my pro kit.

  • Mariga says:

    Timely post! I’ve been looking for a good one and couldn’t decide, now I have the answer, thanks.

  • sweetie says:

    Is it possible that Shu sells the replacement pads separately? Then all that’s needed it to replace the pad on your crapo one with Shu pad, and you are laughing :)

    I love my Shu curler to bits, and now I knwo why. Good detective work, Kisrtie ;)

  • Orna says:

    @ sweetie – yeah they do, dunno how much though…

  • Grá says:

    I actually end up breaking all my eyelash curlers….amongst all the other stuff I have thrown in my handbag, they get quite a lashing! ;)

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