The Best Eyelash Curler For Asian Eyes – Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review


I don’t know how I managed to survive the past 9 years without the Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

Actually I had it before, it was my very first eyelash curler and I bought it because everyone said it was good. It was extremely expensive to a poor student like me back then (it is still now!) but I thought there must be a reason why everyone swears by it, so I scrimped and saved for it. My eyelashes went from *hmm* to *WOW!* the first time I used the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. But we humans never appreciate the things in our lives and think that the grass is always greener on the other side.

On the other side of the fence I went and what ensued were years of 90 degrees eyelashes, pinched eyelids, fallen eyelashes (UGH!) and probably damaged eyelashes from all that crimping. Think how regular straightening damages your hair. =(

Because I didn’t have anything to compare the Shu Uemura eyelash curler with, it was hard to make a good judgment of what was the ‘best’. So I thought hey, let’s get out there and try other curlers.


I’ve tried so many different brands of eyelash curlers. Brandless ones from SASA, Watson’s inhouse brand, brandless ones from brandless shops, The BodyShop one, Sephora one, heated lash curlers, even Shu Uemura’s constantly compared to counterpart – the Shiseido one.

Man, the Shiseido Eyelash Curler didn’t work for me at all. It claims to be ‘ideal for Asian eyes and eyes that are not too round. It will not poke or pinch the skin’, but all these it did! I suffered from painfully pinched lids all the time when I tried sticking to the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. And the corner lashes always stuck out like stubborn baby hair. And because the corner lashes stuck out like stubborn baby hair, the corners of my lower lashline always got smeared with mascara. The horrors! I dare say applying mascara is second nature to me (Read: 5 common mascara mistakes) but I always, always, always had trouble crimping my lashes with the oddball eyelash curlers even though I have reasonable eyelash length.

I scouted and scouted and scouted. And wasted tonnes of money.

I guess I was trying to find The One.

And then one day last year I felt had enough of traveling the world, and decided that my first love gave me the best time of my (eyelashes) life. So I went to buy the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and since then, there’s no looking back. No makeup look is complete without this beauty tooland my peepers couldn’t be prettier without it.

Buy Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler at:

US: amazon

Singapore & rest of the world: dolltodoll

Buy Shu Uemura Limited Edition 24K Gold Eyelash Curler


One annoying thing is that Shu Uemura doesn’t sell the curler refill pads on their own, which kinda sucks because it comes with only 1 refill. They want us to change the pads every 6 months, so the eyelash curler should last just about a year. Then you can either dig into your pocket to get another or use the refills from other *cough*Shiseido*cough* brands!

Buy Refills for Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

I’ve used mine for more than a year and haven’t felt the need to change the pad. It still crimps very well, the hold is sturdy, the pad is tough. I believe the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler was engineered to last a long time!

Bun Bun rates the Shu Uemura eyelash curler for Asian lashes as:



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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • PZ

    I got it after ur recommendation n it has been the best eyelash curler for me! Thanks!

    • Bun Bun

      Glad that you like it! It truly is the BEST eyelash curler I’ve ever used. =)

      • Lilies

        Hi Bunbun,btw can we refil this shuemura curler w/ others pads? Such as @ d drugstore one?was it still feel (or worked)d same as d real shuemura pad?thank u

        • Bun Bun

          Hello Lilies,

          Upon your query, I went to dig out some eyelash curler refills. =)

          I found one from The Body Shop, one brandless one, and the last one, the Shu Uemura refill. The Body Shop one just doesn’t feel right – too hard, and the platform where you lay your eyelashes is flat so I can imagine not getting very natural curls from it. I didn’t like The Body Shop curler by the way, if you read from my post. Even though there’s no clear name printed on the refill, I can totally remember how it felt – bad.

          The other refill… I’m not sure… I suspect it’s from Shiseido coz the texture and bounce is not too bad; the Shiseido eyelash curler curve just wasn’t right for me. You can get the eyelash curler refills from Shiseido, they do sell them separately, unlike Shu Uemura. Here’s the link.

  • Grace

    Did you purchase the from amazon like in the link? Just wondering if that is a knock off because it’s quite cheap.

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Grace!

      Oh dearie me, USD19.99 is not cheap at all to me! I bought my second Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler for SGD32.00 in Singapore, which I still feel is very costly, but totally worth it given how nicely it fits the curve of my eye and can last many good years.

      I wish we had something like Amazon though! You can buy anything from coffee makers to car wheels to pet treats. Envy!

  • Carleen

    I’m so sad… they don’t sell this eyelash curler in the US anymore!! :( lol

    • Bun Bun

      NO WAY!! Really?!? Why?! I’m sure they do sell it at Amazon right? I included the link for you so that you don’t have to go searching for it. It’s so great to have Amazon over there. Envy, envy.

  • Bun Bun

    Ah?? That’s a weird way of commemorating the life of a great makeup artist, isn’t it? I thought they should keep this forever so that his name will live on.

  • Carleen

    Oh weird, the eyelash curler is available on the official site now. When I went looking for it after reading this post it was no where to be found, crisis averted! Lol jk. But yeah just thought I’d mention the recently discovered news (to me)

  • Bun Bun

    Yes I have, coz they said it’s comparable to the Shu Uemura one. I don’t think there’s much difference in quality (AND PRICE =.=), but it’s the curvature of the plate that really makes the difference. Only Shu Uemura’s does it for me. =)

  • SuzanneLlanera

    You’re right. We always think the grass is greener on the
    other side. In fact, while it’s been shu-uemura for me since about 3 years ago
    I’m checking into Eye & Mighty at
    . It just might cost less.