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BPGP: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

As you may have noticed, CHS has been featuring a lot of beauty content and product reviews over the last week.  The reason for this is that most of the fashion content is being saved for next week’s all encompassing Spring Fashion Week 2010.  It’s going to be even better than last year, and dare I say, epic.

Today’s product is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler immortalized in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

Earlier this week, my co-worker proclaimed the Shu Uemura eyelash curler the greatest thing in her makeup bag.  Never having used an eyelash curler, let alone one that cost $20, I was skeptical.  Until I tried it.

Curling my lashes really opened up the eye and made me look more awake.  Using the eyelash curler also made it possible for me to use less mascara than I normally apply.  all in all, I was very surprised what a big difference this one small change made.

The reason I like the Shu Uemura curler better than the $4 Cover Girl curler that I bought to compare it to, is that is seems to provide a stronger, more even curl.  I’m not sure if this is because it’s better balanced or if it’s because the spring mechanism seems so much stronger, but either way the difference between the Shu Uemura curler and the cheap one was noticeable.

To use an eyelash curler, apply your eyeshadow and liner first.  Then, before you apply your mascara, curl the lashes.  It’s critical that you curl the lashes before you apply mascara otherwise you’ll end up with brittle lashes and clumpy mascara. 

I am now a convert to the legions of fashionistas who talk about the Shu Uemura eyelash curler like it has magical powers.  Because in the mind of this reviewer, it does.


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  1. Christina says:

    Magical, indeed. I love my Shu curler.

    February 25, 2010/Reply
  2. ~M says:

    The curler also has round edges so you just get a curl instead of a crimp and you only have to hold it for 4 seconds instead of 15. Those 20 seconds saved are really nice even though they’re miniscule.

    February 25, 2010/Reply
  3. AJ says:

    I have always wanted one of these but its one of those things where I always opt to buy something more "fun" at Sephora than an eyelash curler. Will get one on the next trip-especially after what M said about the curl instead of the crimp-makes sense in my head now. Also-the time save will be great. Waiting the req time for my cheapy one is probably why I hardly ever use it.

    Love these beauty reviews BTW Belle.

    February 25, 2010/Reply
  4. JD Chic says:

    I have heard sooo much about this lash curler. The product junkie in me is calling for it! I might have to try it after all.

    Speaking of Shu Uemura, I’m wondering if there’s a local salon that sells his hair products. I used to buy his shampoo and conditioner from Roche Salon in DC, but haven’t been able to find it again since they stopped selling it. I know that Nordstrom has select Shu Uemura items but, last time I checked, there were no hair products available there.


    February 25, 2010/Reply
  5. Belle says:

    Yes. St. Germain, my salon, on 7th Street and E NW sells it. Tell Julie at the desk that Belle sent you…or just tell them it was that chick with the blog ­čśë Teri, the owner, is my favorite, I couldn’t live without her.

    February 26, 2010/Reply
  6. KH says:

    Belle, I have tried over and over again throughout the years to discover this "magic" that others proclaim about their eyelash curlers. I follow directions, but just don’t see a difference in my eyelashes. What could I be doing wrong? help!

    February 27, 2010/Reply