Shiseido Week: Eyelash Curler

Is there really a difference between high-end and cheap eyelash curlers? Yes! High-end lash curlers give a better, higher curl, and keeps it up there for hours on end. They also have less of a tendency to pinch the upper lids as they fit the eyes better than cheaper curlers. If you haven't yet invested in a good lash curler then you'll think I'm just spewing BS, but promise, you'll feel the difference once you try it!

So what is the best eyelash curler out there? Many a makeup maven has sworn by the Shu Uemura one, but I have also heard a lot of great things about the Shiseido Eyelash Curler (P1,300). I'll be reviewing it for you today, and compare it with the Shu later on.

What I love about the product

  • Zero pinching on the upper lids! This is actually the most important thing for me when it comes to lash curlers! I would hate for my lids to have wrinkles before their time. Plus pinching is motherthumping painful, ha! Shiseido has a thin metal clamper (I think it's called) so it doesn't fold the lids over. Hope that makes sense.

  • The Shiseido curler opens wide and has the biggest width out of all the ones I've tried so far. It curls beautifully and splays out the lashes evenly. Some curlers will bunch lashes together awkwardly, but not Shiseido. 
  • The wide rim also allows me to curl the inner and outer lashes just by simply moving the curler to both sides.
  • The curl lasts for hours by itself, but with mascara it won't droop until I remove the gunk.
  • Comes with an extra pad. It's a given.
  • The stainless steel will last for years.
  • Has a comfortable grip.

What I don't like about it

  • I have to exert more pressure on this compared to Shu Uemura or Bobbi Brown. The pad is soft, hence the need for extra pressure.

Why hello there, stubbornly straight eyelashes! Today you meet your maker!


Love that curl!

Shiseido vs Shu Uemura Curler

I like the Shiseido curler more because I have bigger, wider eyes than normal and it simply fits better. I also find it easier to control than Shu Uemura since it's flatter and opens more - I can grab the hair located in more awkward corners of my eyes and angle accordingly.


  • Shiseido has a flatter, wider rim. Shu Uemura has a rounded, smaller rim. Shu I think would fit smaller, deeper eyes better while Shiseido is better for big eyes.
  • Both deliver great curls, but Shu's is a little steeper versus Shiseido. Shiseido has a more sloping curl.
  • You'll need less pressure and less presses to get great curls with Shu Uemura since it has a stiffer pad.
  • Shiseido is much easier to angle than Shu Uemura. With Shu, it's almost impossible for me to reach the inner corners of my eyes. I have no such problem with Shiseido.

Yeah they all look the same but they won't feel the same once you start curlin'


Which one is the best, then? It really depends on your eye shape! I highly recommend that you try both lash curlers first before purchasing. For me, the ideal curler would be Shiseido, then Bobbi Brown, then Shu Uemura. All of them are excellent curlers, make no mistake, it's just that The Best One really depends on the eyes you have. :) 

If you have big eyes like I do and find that Shu Uemura pinches, I think Shiseido will be a great option.


The Shiseido Eyelash Curler is my current Holy Grail, beating Bobbi Brown! They're almooooost a tie, but Shiseido is slightly easier to angle. Just try all three in stores before deciding, alright? 

What's your favorite lash curler?