I'm picky about my eyelashes. Next to mascara, a good eyelash curler is absolutely important to me.
This showdown will be between Japonesque Power Curl ($16.50), Japonesque Go Curl ($10.00), Shu Uemura ($19.00), E.L.F Mechanical Curler ($1) and LA Cross ($2.97).
Japonesque Power Curl Eyelash Curler
This eyelash curler is made to fit Asian eyes. The design of the curler is slightly different from other ones. Notice how the hinge area is totally different from the typical curlers.
Pro: Curls lashes nicely (no L shaped lashes), lashes stay curled for a long time, curls those hard to reach lashes, free refill pad for the life of the curler! You can call them or just go on their website www.japonesque.com/programs.cfm and fill out the "Eyelash Curler Replacement Pad Form." You don't even have to pay for shipping!
Con: Pinches occassionally.
Cost: $16.50 on Japonesque.com and UrbanOutfitters.com, $17.49 on Ulta.com (buy 1 get 1 50% off on Ulta)
Overall: I love it. It definitely delivers! I just wish it didn't pinch me =(. I think this is a little too wide for my eyes but hey free refill for life? I'll stick with this. I recommend this for ladies with wider eyes.
Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler
Super cute eyelash curler that's compact and great for girls on the go. I probably should have bought the black one cause mascara stains this cute little thing and makes it look dirty. The pad is white too.
Pro: Cute design, long lasting curls, I can feel the my lashes touching my eyelids! (haha), comes with one refill pad, free refill pad for the life of the curler
Con: L shaped curls, hard to get all your lashes in one curl
Overall: I like the way it makes my lashes stand out. I can live with a little bit of L shaped lashes. I can feel the curling power with every press. I recommend this.
Supposedly the best of the best out there. Well...Let's see...
Pro: Does a beautiful job of curling your eyelash without leaving a harsh look
Con: Doesn't make my lashes stand out. Doesn't give me the "Oomph!" I'm looking for.
Cost: $19.00 @ http://www.shuuemura-usa.com
Overall: Not really impressed. I don't understand the hype. Judging from the pictures, LA Cross and Shu gives pretty similar results. If you like natural looking curls then you would like this; otherwise go for the ELF. It's $18.00 cheaper and you get great definition for your lashes.
E.L.F Mechanical Eyelash Curler
Rumor has it that this is comparable to the infamous Shu Uemura. For a buck, I had to see this for myself. The pad for this curler is more rounded and cushiony compared to the other ones.
Pro: Long lasting curls (I curled it before bed, woke up and it was still curled!), I can feel my lashes touching my eyelid, cheap!, sturdy design, good lash coverage, comes with a refill pad
Con: L-shaped lashes, have to use more power to push because the curler is in an open position at all times
Cost: $1 on eyeslipface.com and at Target
Overall: I'm impressed! Don't kill me for saying this but I think it's better than the Shu. I found the effects very similar to Japonesque Go Curl. This is probably the best $1 eyelash curler you can get. I think you get the most bang for the buck with E.L.F. I definitely recommend this.
I've been using this one for the past 4 years. I'm not sure why I stuck with it.
Pro: Curls really well the first couple of uses, comes with 3 refill pads, cheap
Con: Lashes don't stay curled for a long time, stops delivering after a couple of uses, doesn't get the inner lashes, droopy curls, the curler itself gets really flimsy
Cost: $2.97 at Walmart
Overall: I'm going to retire this eyelash curler from my stash. It was great while it lasted, but I think I found better. I don't recommend this.
Based on quality and value my favorites are:
1st Place: Japonesque Power Curl
2nd Place: E.L.F Mechanical Eyelash Curler
3rd Place: Japonesque Go Curl
Phew! That was a long post. haha. So what do you guys think?