Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler review, photos

Monday, November 5, 2012

The product: karl lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curl & Karl

Out this month with the Holiday 2012 Mon Shu collection is the Eyelash Curl & Karl, a limited-edition version of the classic Shu eyelash curler. This one comes with a red silicone pad (plus a spare), as well as a little detachable Mon Shu keychain looped through the tool.

Creepy red-eyed keychain or not, I have to say: the curler’s cute! I love the classic silver-on-black aesthetic, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little, you know? (I’m still tempted to pick up the matte black MAC + Carine Roitfeld Full Lash Curler, which is ridiculous. I really, really don’t need any more lash curlers!)

The aesthetic aside, though, I wasn’t terribly smitten with the design of the Shu Uemura curler. It’s sturdy, but it’s also on the stiff side — I found myself having to go over my lashes two or three times (squeezing hard and curling 3x from base to tip each time) just to get a curl in.

The opening’s a little on the small side (vertically), too. I think it’ll keep the curler in good shape for longer, but it was just too hard to get all of my lashes in, a problem I’ve never had before. With my stick-straight, downward-pointing Asian eyelashes, I really had to work at getting them all in there, which I just don’t think you should ever have to do with a curler.

So, how about that shape?

I would personally recommend the Shu Uemura curler for someone with fairly curved eyes (so, not monolids) and lashes that need a bit of a boost, but aren’t stick-straight to begin with (again, not Asian lashes.) I’ve always been puzzled as to how something like this came out of Japan, but, well — to each her own, I suppose!

The verdict?

The Shu eyelash curler doesn’t fit my eye shape, unfortunately, but I don’t want to write it off entirely. I do know a lot of bloggers who are very happy with theirs, and if you have slightly-curled lashes on a curved lashline and a good, strong grip, this LE version might be worth a look.

(I’m not kidding about the grip, you guys. You really need to squeeze! with this one.)

The Eyelash Curl & Karl is $4 more than the regular Shu Uemura curler (putting it at $24 USD / $24 CAD), but it’s essentially the same product. If you’re a fan of the classic curler & need a replacement, have a look at this styled-up edition, too.

shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld eyelash curler + silicone refill pad

shu uemura eyelash curler – curve / eye shape

shu uemura eyelash curl & karl

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24 Responses to “Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler review, photos”

  1. mostlysunnybunny, on November 5th, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

    I own both this and the Shiseido one now. While this is more solid, Shiseido is easier for me to use. I pinched my eyelid with this one in the beginning, and let me tell you: that's painful!

    Once I got past that it actually holds all of my lashes, but the learning curve wasn't too pleasant.
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  2. So what curlers do you recommend for monolid eyes?

  3. I'm Chinese and while I don't have monolids, its close enough (the eye crease go in, not out…sigh). I love the shu eyelash curler. I used a Revlon one before and it was terrible. The shu one never pinches the inner corner of my eyelid. But now I want to try the Shiseido one because everyone says its so good.

  4. yeah i'm not that crazy about the mon shu girl. but i like the pop of red too!
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  5. Ouch! Pinched lids suck — sorry to hear, Sunny! :(

  6. If you can find something with less of a curve, Angela, I find that helps a lot — I'd put the shape of the curve above sturdiness in terms of importance, to be honest! :)

  7. Oh, god, YES. I think the first lash curler I tried was a Revlon, and it was so awful — super curved, and the pad was badly in need of replacement. (A fondness for beauty doesn't run in the family, unfortunately, and my mum had had hers for years!)

    I'm really curious about the Shiseido one too, niche! Will update you guys if I ever get around to trying it ;)

  8. It's cute, isn't it? ;o) I wish someone would sell coloured eyelash pad refills — they're a great way to jazz up a basic tool!

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  11. I'm happy to see this review. I'm sorry you pinched your lids. I do know how painful that can be.
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  22. Is it just this batch though? Like maybe the red pad doesn't work quite as well, or the curvature of the curler was changed. Anyhow, the Mon Shu keychain is sooo cute!
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  23. This one didn't pinch my lids at all, actually! I just wasn't crazy about how difficult it was to use :)

  24. I don't think so — I've read pretty similar comments in other negative/neutral reviews. The tension does seem to be breaking down slowly with use, though, which is good!

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