The Hype Behind the “Best Eyelash Curler on the Planet”: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review

I wrongly assumed that people had heard about the hype behind the “world’s best” eyelash curler from Japanese brand, Shu Uemura.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler box
Authentic Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Box

But then I have to remember that most women in the U.S. (and probably all the men) don’t worry about having the stick-straight eyelashes that most Asian women have. It may seem trivial, but eyelash curlers become a HUGE deal if you don’t already have naturally curled eyelashes. Besides being able to keep mascara on your lashes and not looking raccoon-like, the other advantage is that curled eyelashes open up and draw attention to your eyes.

Why I’m obsessed with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler:

  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler inside
    Shu Uemura eyelash curler with refill pad

    For thick, straight Asian eyelashes, it works better than any other ones I’ve tried, including the ill-advised curler/medieval torture device from Urban Decay.

  • If it works for Asian eyelashes, it probably is off the charts effective for people who already have some curl.
  • The curl lasts longer than other brands.
  • The eyelash curler doesn’t break off your lashes. Yes, that terrifying scenario can happen if you go too crazy over-curling weak lashes. The curling pad is soft, so the curl looks natural and is easier on your lashes.
  • They give you an extra refill pad in the box.


  • Shu Uemura used to sell their products in the U.S., but took all their stores out. You can now only order online–or go to Japan or Korea to get them directly like I did.

    Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Box Instructions
    The back of an authentic Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler box (bought in Japan in May 2016)
  • I’ve heard of the existence of knockoff eyelash curlers and seen some reviews on Amazon. I think that they’re going to be genuine if you order from a reputable place. Check out my photos for what the box looks like.
  • A Shu Uemura saleslady told me that they recommend that you throw away your
    eyelash curler after 6 months, if you’re using it daily. Apparently the tightness of the curling mechanism degrades with use. You use it for 3 months, then replace the pad with the included refill…and then you toss the whole metal contraption away! I know that’s hard to stomach. But I did notice that it feels less springy over time. I try to stock up when I go to Asia.


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler with Silicone Refill

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