Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Battle of the Eyelash Curlers!

It's Revlon's eyelash curler (top) vs. Shu Uemura's curler (bottom). Who will win?

As a kid, I was mildly afraid of my mother's eyelash curler. It looked like a torture device, and the thought of putting it anywhere near my eyes was unappealing. Times have changed, and I use an eyelash curler almost every day of my life.

When it comes to eyelash curlers, there are two titans in the field: Revlon's budget-friendly classic curler and Shu Uemura's spendy trendy curler (it was even name checked in The Devil Wears Prada). The Revlon curler costs about $4 and is available at drugstores. The Shu Uemura curler will set you back $19 and can be picked up at Sephora or department stores.

I have both and put them to a head to head battle. It's the Revlon eyelash curler vs. the Shu Uemura eyelash curler!

Both curlers look very much the same. The only difference is that the Shu Uemura curler is straight across the top which Revlon has a somewhat scalloped edge. The Shu Uemura pad is black rubber; the Revlon pad is white.
ROUND 1 WINNER: Draw. There is virtually no difference, so there is no winner and no loser.

Both are easy to use and require very little effort to curl my lashes. I am going to give Shu Uemura a slight advantage in this category because I didn't have to apply as much pressure as the Revlon curler and the Shu Uemura's motion felt slightly more smooth.
ROUND 2 WINNER: Shu Uemura, but not by much.

After using both curlers regularly for a couple of weeks now, I can honestly tell you that I don't see that much of a difference between Revlon and Shu Uemura. Both made my lashes look great!

OVERALL: Unless you are a professional makeup artist or are obsessed with brand names and hip products, I say save yourself $15 and buy the Revlon eyelash curler. You won't notice that much of a difference between the expensive curler and the drugstore brand. I certainly didn't see enough differences to warrant spending $19 instead of $4. Hell, use the $15 you'll save to buy yourself a spendy mascara instead!

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