Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler!

Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler
Every time I go to ULTA, I usually raid the clearance rack before anything else to see if I find any good deals. I was a little short on time as the store was about to close and I had a 20% coupon that expired that day.. but I managed to find a Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler clearanced to $14.49. Although that doesn't seem too cheap, the 20% off coupon took an extra $3 off, so not bad at all. It was actually missing the replacement pad, which is most likely why it was on clearance (or because Shu isn't even sold anymore in the US - maybe I got lucky?), but I figured I wouldn't need one any time soon. I've had my regular Shu curler for at least four years and the pad is still in mint condition.
Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler, front & back.
Shown next to a dime for scale.
I pictured it next to a dime for scale to show how small it really is (and in comparison the regular Shu below). It's roughly 1/3 the size of a regular Shu.

Left: Standard Shu Curler, Right: Mini Shu Curler
In the past four years or so, my Shu lash curler is the only lash curler I have used. Prior to my Shu, I would purchase a new lash curler from my local Dollar Store every month. By the end of the month, the pad would be slit through the middle and the hinges would most likely be loose. My Shu has been carelessly tossed in my handbag almost every day and has withstood lots of handling and it's still in perfect condition. It's really the best curler I've tried. It doesn't pull my mascara off, pull my lashes out or pinch my lids.

Everyone has a different eye shape, so some may have trouble finding a lash curler that fits to the contour of their eye. If you have very rounded eyelids, or very flat eyelids (not only those - you may have very small eyes, very wide eyes, etc) you may find that your lash curler skips some of your lashes. So, while most of your lashes are sticking up, the ones in the corners may be sticking down.

Whats great about the mini is, you can get to all of your lashes with precision. No lashes left out! In the picture below I curled my lashes with one coat of mascara on. But, with this lash curler, I find it much easier to curl your lashes without mascara on. When wearing mascara, it was a little more difficult to get in between my row of lashes to curl them all the way across.

All you have to do is start out in the beginning of your lashline, clamp the curler, release, and continue working your way across your lashline.

I know Japonesque also makes a similar style curler that is available at ULTA, sold for around $10.

Do you own this curler or similar? Love it? Or was it a complete waste of money?


  1. I've never used the mini version but I love the regular sized one. I've been using mine for years and I love it.

  2. Shu is the best when it comes to eyelash curler. Too bad the brand had withdrawn from US market. I really love the lipsticks and shadows

  3. I have this in the bigger version... except I rarely use it because my eye lashes are already so curly.. this makes them out of this world afterwards lol.

  4. I have the standard Shu Uemura curler and the mini one. I love the standard one and use it every day, but never use the mini one... I think I'm going to dig it out and start using it now! xx

  5. I've been looking for this for a while! You're so lucky you found it at Ulta. Why isn't it sold in US anymore?

  6. i don't own this eyelash curler but i used it in a shoot once but i didnt like it!! lol how did you find using it? i thought it took twice as much time

  7. I had this one but didn't like it very much. I didn't like how it spliced my lashes into sections since the side bars would get in the way. I prefer using the precision/individual eyelash curlers that look like tweezers.

  8. That looks a bit scary to use just because it looks so... rigid or something. I like a little curve which grabs pretty much all my lashes at once so I'm loving the good ol' MAC curler.

  9. nice~
    but i don't think this suits me.XD

  10. ahh I've been looking for this everywhere! I bought mine like two or three years ago at Sephora, but my much-younger sister recently broke it. I lost the refill pad some time last year, but up until it broke the single pad worked fine all those years. I think I'll try ebay and hope I don't get some knockoff.