OTHER LOCATIONS: Not available locally; Shiseido online; All Sasa outlets
A lot are saying that Shiseido's eyelash curler is the only thing that one can compare with Shu Uemura's iconic eyelash curler. I've been wondering about how great Shiseido's is, but never really got the chance to try it since it is unavailable locally. Besides, my lemming for it is not so strong for me to go out of my way and pre-order it through online shops. So when I saw it in one of my trips to Sasa Hong Kong, I bought one for comparison's sake, and to finally know if this is at par, or can even trump Shu Uemura's legendary eyelash curler.
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Here's a summary of the best features of Shiseido's eyelash curler:
2. Width- wise, it's narrower as compared to Shu Uemura's
3. Doesn't pinch because the eye curve (where the curling bed lies) fits the natural contour of the lids
4. Eye curve suits Asian eyes
5. Best for women with hooded eyes and uni-lids
6. Handle fits women with thin and small fingers
7. Has an extra pad
8. Rubber pad is very soft and durable, just like Shu Uemura's
Let's compare and contrast Shiseido with Shu Uemura:
BODY CURVE: Shu Uemura's body curve is more universal than Shiseido. As you can see, it's more slanted than Shiseido's, making it perfect for women with chunky cheeks, hollow lids, deep set eyes, and eye contours that are somewhere in between hollow and shallow. (Predominant in Filipinas)
HANDLES: Shu Uemura's handles are bigger as compared to Shiseido's. If your fingers are small and thin, you will fare well with Shiseido's eyelash curler.
EYE CURVE/CURLING BED WIDTH AND DEPTH: Shu Uemura's eye curve is wider and deeper as compared to Shiseido's. I like Shu Uemura's better because it lets me curl my lashes in one go, without having to worry about missing the hair on the outermost and innermost parts of my lids. The rubber pads of both brands are excellent: sturdy and soft.
However, girls with hooded lids, uni-lids, and very chinky eyes may have a hard time fitting their lashes into Shu Uemura's eye curve/curling bed since its contour is quite deep, and people with such eye types may need to lift their lids to let Shu Uemura's eye curve rest comfortably on this part. And this is where Shiseido performs best: its eye curve/curling bed is not as curved and deep as Shu Uemura's, and it fits easily onto very small and chinky eyes.
OVERALL: Shiseido's is thinner and more lightweight than Shu Uemura's, but I like the feel of my Shu Uemura eyelash curler more: its thick body gives me a feeling that it will still last me for a couple more years. (I had mine since 2009!)
Shiseido is great, and I think it's cheaper than Shu Uemura's. If you know where to get it, I recommend that you buy it because it's almost as good as Shu Uemura. Actually, most Asian beauty bloggers still prefer Shu Uemura, even those with very small eyes and shallow lids. According to some of these blogs, when they've finally gotten the hang of using Shu Uemura's eyelash curler, they finally understand why it's considered as the best eyelash curler in the world. As for me, there is nothing that can outperform Shu Uemura. It's not one of the world's greatest for nothing! You gotta try it to believe it!
ADDENDUM: According to one avid reader, Shiseido is now offering their eyelash curler locally. Thank you for the info! :)