My Eyelash Curler History | Cosmo, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, etc Reviews

This post is a lengthy one. It my lash curling history, which is essentially a review of a multitude of lash curlers I have encountered in my life thus far. This includes lash curlers by Cosmo, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, Fanny Serrano, etc. I hope this is useful for any of you looking for good lash curlers to try.

I've been through a few eyelash curlers in my life. I started wearing makeup at quite a young age because I was heavily involved in the performing arts. I took part in a multitude of musicals and shows in my hometown. Although the makeup I wore was stage makeup rather than everyday makeup, curling my lashes was still an essential.

Plastic Eyelash Curler

The first eyelash curler I've ever had was given to me by my Japanese aunt when I was about 10 years old. Oriental women generally have the most stubborn straight eyelashes that are resistant to most temporary lash curling devices. We also tend to have shorter lashes and smaller eyes, which might lead to difficulty in finding the perfect fit with lash curlers. This lash curler she gave me was this plastic one with silicone rubber that looks exactly like in the picture above. She swore by this and gave one to me. It did its purpose, it curled my lashes well. The only problem I had with it was that it was quite difficult to hold and pressing it to curl my lashes was a bit uncomfortable. Nevertheless, as a child, I didn't mind and I continued to use it for years.

Cheap Silver Curlers - A no-no!

When I was about 15 years old, I realised it was really becoming a pain using that plastic curler and I also started to become more conscious of different makeup products in the market. I found more adult looking lash curlers, ie. the silver ones. It was cheap, and I thought, why not try it. "It looks good, it should do the trick!" I was naive. I was using it a couple of weeks until one day, as I was curling my lashes, a couple of lashes cut off - as if I was using a pair of scissors! I was utterly horrified and swore never to use any no-name brand of curlers. It took months before that little bald patch grew out; you know how long it takes for lashes to grow. From then on I decided I needed to invest in good eyelash curlers.

Fanny Serrano Eyelash Curler

Then, I found the Fanny Serrano eyelash curlers. I was getting my makeup done for my 18th Birthday Debut and the makeup artist used them on my lashes. I loved the doe-eyed effect of the entire makeup look and decided to search for these curlers. I had also read online that it was a good and more affordable dupe for the more expensive Shu Uemura ones, and so I decided to give it a go. When using it on myself, it did the job, curled my lashes a bit, but I wasn't completely happy with it. All the while I kept thinking of how much I wished I had the Shu Uemura ones as everyone in the beauty industry used and swore by those ones.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

And then one day, my mom and I were doing a makeup spree. We passed by the Shu Uemura counter, she saw me gawking at the curlers, and bought them for me. I was so happy to finally be able to try them. I was not disappointed at all, they were pretty good. Easy to hold, and gave me a natural-looking curl that lasts the day. No wonder everyone loved them. I used them for a couple of years and was happy with it.
That was up until 2 years ago. One of my oriental friends always had beautifully and dramatically curled lashes, with or without mascara, and I was amazed and puzzled at what curler she used. I finally mustered up the will to ask her, and she showed me what it was, it was the Shiseido eyelash curler. I bought myself a pair the first chance I got and we've been inlove ever since.

Shiseido eyelash curler

I don't know why this curler doesn't have as much fame as the Shu Uemura ones. It provides an even better and very dramatic curl when used especially near the roots of the lashes. It gives the impression of doll-like lashes. With average length lashes and mascara, they look like false lashes - and I've been mistaken for wearing falsies many times before. I've never had any problems with these, such as lashes being cut or pulled out of their roots, etc. and I am very happy with the results. Apart from false lashes themselves, I think this is the holy grail lash curler for everyone (especially oriental folk), I think everyone must have a pair of these.

Cosmopolitan Eyelash Curler

I have recently been sent this curler for review. I don't know if it is a product fault or the actual design, but the window of curling is an asymmetrical quadrangle, more wedge-shaped. It is easy to fit my lash fringe within the window. I love its ergonomic and excellent grip handle and overall, it is more pleasant to use than the Shiseido one.

For results, I found that it does not immediately give the same dramatic effects as Shiseido, however if used longer or a couple of times especially at the roots, it can give that effect. It provides a more natural looking curl, which I might liken to the Shu Uemura effect. I did not find this to hold a dramatic curl as long as the Shiseido one. If you want a natural looking curl with an easy to use and definitely affordable eyelash curler, this one is for you!


I know everyone says to "curl your lashes before mascara". The rationale behind this is that mascara tends to make lashes sticky especially when they are still drying, therefore the lashes tend to stick to the curlers when curling, and they are liable to be pulled out afterwards.

I, however, do not abide by this rule. I find that the curl becomes more exaggerated if curled after mascara, which I love. So what I do is I apply mascara, wait for it to dry for a couple of minutes as I do other things, and then curl my lashes, gently removing the curlers afterwards. I sometimes even wiggle it to dislodge sticking lashes, if any.

Of course, the success on using this method depends on a number of factors. #1 is your curler. I have full confidence in my Shiseido curler that it will not cut my lashes and it is easy to regulate how much force you apply with it. No lashes have been pulled by the curler to date. #2 your patience. You have to wait until the mascara is dry enough, and also be gentle in your curling and removing the curler.

In summary:

Plastic Curlers = Alright if you're in a tight budget
Cheap no-name silver plated curlers = Never buy, or buy with caution!

Good investment:
Shu Uemura, Cosmopolitan, Fanny Serrano = for natural-looking curl 
Shiseido = for dramatic false-lash effect

So that concludes my post. This is the longest I've written in a very long time. If you've gotten this far, you've done very well ! ;)

Do you curl your lashes? If so, what is your favourite eyelash curler? ♥

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!


  1. Great post! I've always wanted to try the Shiseido one, might have to try it out some time, but I do love my Shu Uemura. I also sometimes use the MAC one cuz I find it fits my eyes/eyelashes better lol.

    1. Thanks Carmen! I've never tried the MAC ones because I've been so contented with my Shiseido. :)

  2. I have the same habit with curling after mascara! I use Tweezerman lash curlers, which are great for me and not too expensive at about £15. They've never pulled any of my lashes out, and my lashes are always dry enough before curling because I apply my mascara about 10 minutes before I leave the house and I curl them when I get on the bus! Haha x

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one! I didn't know Tweezerman had curlers! Will be on the lookout for those too ;)

  3. Up until recently I've been using MAC curlers for years but they were just okay. So I decided to get the Chanel ones. And OMG I looooove them! The curl stay put all day and you don't really need to curl it for the long to get the a good dramatic curl.

    1. Ohh those Chanel ones must be pretty expensive! But I'm glad you're reaping the benefits from your investment :) xx

  4. I read the whole thing! And Im chinese...so I need a good one...this is brilliant! I always wear falsies but I invest in shiseido now...if the dont have any ill go to shu umera..but I do like shiseido products though

    1. Thanks for reading the post! :) If you do manage to find Shiseido curler, let me know how you like it! x

  5. My lashes naturally point downwards so I used to curl with the Shu Uemura curler and follow up with waterproof mascara (no non-waterproof mascara has EVER held a curl for me!) but recently I bought the Eyecurl heated eyelash curler and it's actually a pretty great alternative.
    I'm still working on my technique but it's the only heated curler that has given me a proper curl that lasts all day so I'm very pleased with them :)

  6. This is such a great post! I normally use my Shu Uemura curler but it's been such a long time since I invested, I might try the Shiseido one.

  7. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

  8. Thank you for sharing this and talking about how it works. I do not know much about cosmetics but I want to surprise my girlfriend with the best eyelash curler for short lashes on our night out next week.

  9. Great post! I bought a Shiseido curler this weekend (knowing nothing about it, really - my curler had broken that morning and I needed a quick fix) and it is seriously amazing. I will never go back.

  10. Thank you for this post!
    I'm reviewing eyelash curlers before buying my very first one. This post is a tremendous help in finally deciding between Shu Uemura and Shiseido. Shiseido it will be...!


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