All the curlers

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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Prepare for a mini essay on one of my most used tools: eyelash curlers!
Everyone has either owned/own/wanted the Shu Uemura eyelash curler at some point in their 'beauty' life. It was one of my first beauty purchases, looong before I even became interested (obsessed) with beauty. You may even have dabbled with other brands, like the Shiseido, or the Japonesque curlers which I have.

The sad situation is you know when you want to love something but you just can't? Well that's the unfortunate case for me with these two.

I didn't get on with the Shu's: yes they definitely gave curl in the completely fluttery and, dare I say it, gorgeous sense, but I always found that they pinched and hurt my eyes. I mean seriously hurt. Maybe I was doing something wrong? The other thing that bothers me a lot about the Shu Uemura's is the refills, or rather, lack of them. Apart from the single one that comes with the curler when you first buy it, I don't think you can buy refills, and you are forced to buy a whole new curler. This arrangement strikes me as quite cheeky, because I like to buy my tools and have them until they break. If the curler itself isn't broken, why would I want to buy a new one? All I want is a refill pad! (If I am wrong and you are able to buy refill pads, please let me know, I'm happy to try them out again)

The Japonesque, on the other hand, just don't curl in the same way as the Shu Uemura's, but they gave lift. When I say lift, I mean that they seemed to curl my eyelashes up next to the roots, not through my lashes. This was good for my pointy-down-stick-straight-thin lashes because it kept my mascara off my face and helped reduce the panda-eye effect. While I wished I could get the fluttery-ness of the Shu's, I was happy using these until one day, less than 3 months in of owning them, they broke randomly. Cue a very angry morning trying to get ready and some ranting.

Well I'm going to propose you try a different brand, one that you have possibly never heard of at all. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present the Koji Curving Eyelash Curler.
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Koji Makeup is actually a well established Japanese makeup brand that has its origins back in 1927, and were apparently the original manufacturers of false eyelashes, so for anyone who likes a set of falsies, you have them to thank. With this kind of history, it's not surprising that they do good eye products, and these eyelash curlers are all kinds of wonderful. Apparently these curlers are hugely popular in Japan, and considering eyes are a huge part of the beauty looks there, these curlers must be good, right?

I decided to google around for a replacement, and came across a review for the Koji curler and was intrigued. The review itself seemed very positive, the pricepoint was very reasonable, and as importantly for me, you can actually buy refill pads. I took me to eBay (where Asian Cosmetics is a big market) and ordered myself one. Less than two weeks later, my new curler landed in my mailbox and excited doesn't even cover how I felt.

The first thing I noticed was the case that came with it. Yes, that's right, it came with it's own case, making it easier to take travelling, sans the worry of crushing and breaking the curlers. It also came with a bag of four refill pads, which is fantastic.

As for the curlers themselves, they're quite different to both the Shu Uemura's and the Japonesque ones. The curler section is very wide and flat compared to the other two, and rather than being flat, it has a bit of a diagonal slant. Also, it's a little larger overall, which you might think is a problem, but it is really easy to hold. It was designed with the aim to let you curl your lashes while having your eyes open, and I find this actually works for me, so I can see what I'm doing while still wielding what can look like a scary tool round my eyes. eyelash 3
Now, most importantly: the results. These curlers are ahhmaaaaaazing. Really. Truly. Admittedly, they don't give as curly a result as the Shu Uemura's, but what they do is lift up and out the eyelashes, making them look really long, with a little bit of curl, so you can say they combine the best part of the Shu's with the Japonesque curlers, and then add some.

I read in passing that really, you do need to change your curlers and not just the pads, but the Koji means I can use these for at least a year or more, before changing, and at a better price than the Shu's. At this rate, I'll be sticking to the Koji curlers forever. Who knew, I'd find love in a curler, it'd make me write my longest post yet!

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