I asked to try this because from my research, the two best curlers of all time are Shu Uemura's and Shisedo. Way back then, I bought Shu's first, and was so terribly disappointed with it that I shunned high-end lash curlers for the longest time. It was only until I bought Anna Sui's (also another highly raved one) on a wimp of fancy, that I rediscovered high-end eyelash curlers.
Unfortunately the Tangs Orchard counter that I was at did not have stock at that time, and I had to hunt this down, running over to Isetan Scotts, then back to Takashimaya, till I finally found it. Yes, I thought it was this good.
Shisedo Maquillage Edge Fre Eyelash Curler
Available: All Shisedo Maquillage counters, $19.
Volume: 1 lash curler and 1 rubber pad refill.
Star Properties: Claims to be edge-free.
It comes in a standard clear plastic box with all the instructions and details.
Left and front.
Right and back.
I feel like this fits right onto my eyes. It is more flat than the Shisedo one, so it will squeeze the lashes at the center of your eye a lot more. At any one point, I can only get it to squeeze say the lashes on the left and the middle, or the lashes on the right and the middle.
That said, this does not fits my eyes exactly. But it is able to reach the corner lashes when I shift it, and give it a nice big squeeze.
The reason why it is able to squeeze my corner lashes nicely is because this is as it claims, edge-free. I find that this really doesn't pinch my flesh here and there like the Shu Uemura does.
Of course I find it good! haha, because I tested it, was convinced, and bought because of this reason. But we shall look at some pictures that will say it all.
From left to right: Look in front, eyes closed, side view.
As you can see above, my lashes are nicely curled upwards from the front view, and you can see that flapping up lashes when eyes are closed, and then the same curl from the side view.
Comparison with Shu Uemura, Canmake and Anna Sui
The one of the left is always the Maquillage curler. Then the ones on right are Shu Uemura, Canmake and Anna Sui, from top to bottom respectively.
Maquillage is a LOT wider than the Shu Uemura one, and has a flatter curve. My eyes are very small, but for some reason, my eyes don't work with the small Shu Uemura curler at all. I feel that the Shu pinches my meat all over, and has very, very poor curling strength.
Then comes the Canmake one that I love, and still do, but for some reason a little bit bored with it. Maquillage is again wider, but only slightly wider than the Canmake one, and also flatter. If you'd like to see how Canmake compares to Shu Uemura, refer to my post here. =D
And lastly, my latest favorite right before the Maquillage, is the Anna Sui one, which I've also reviewed here. Maquillage is also much wider and a lot more flat than the Anna Sui one. I find that the Anna Sui one is a little bit too hard to squeeze, whereas both Maquillage and Canmake are easier to squeeze.
Other than the Canmake one which costs me $12, the rest are all $19 when I got them. I know that Shu Uemura has increased its price to above $20, and really quite ridiculous now.
Overall, I like Maquillage, Canmake and Anna Sui at the same level, and I really hate Shu Uemura's. I have no idea how to differentiate between the three because they really all work the way I want them to. Nowadays, I just go for whichever is closer to my hand, or whichever color catches my fancy that day, or whichever is not dirty and stained with mascara. haha. I normally wait till they are all dirty then clean them at one go.
I like Maquillage. 5/5!
I think I would still recommend the Canmake one if you can find it, because it is cheaper at $12. However, I think if you have the $20 budget for an eyelash curler, I would say go to the Shisedo Maquillage counter and try both the Shisedo one and the Maquillage one out for yourself. I am pretty sure you will fall in love with either one of them, because both are very, very good, and it really depends on your own eye shape. For my eyes, I felt the Maquillage one made more difference. And seriously, Shu Uemura is overrated.
A good eyelash curler will last you a long, long time, like how I stuck with Canmake for more than 2 years already, since I found it. And that was only $12.
What is your Holy Grail eyelash curler? Did you go through a phase of searching high and low for the one true love, like me? Or did you manage to find the only one at first try?