Best Eyelash Curlers

March 9, 2011

When it comes to eyelash curlers,  I tend to gravitate towards Asian brands as they are designed for asian eyes. The most well known is the legendary Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler , which I absolutely adore. I have had this one for 10 years and it still works as good as it was brand new.


My other favorite includes the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. Both Shu and Shiseido’s eyelash curlers are very identical – I can’t tell the differences in my lashes between the two of them.  They have very identical curvature – I can get them really close to the roots of my lashes and they never pinch my eyelids. They also apply the perfect amount of pressure by gently pressing them, giving a nice smooth curled look without crimping your lashes.


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler vs Shiseido Eyelash Curler


Shu on left r vs Shiseido on the right

Recently I have discovered an amazing eyelash curler, which I hate to admit but it truly blows my other favorites out of the water.

It is the Koji  Curving Eyelash Curler. According to Koji, they have tested this on thousands of Japanese women and came up with a unique curvature that is suitable for every shape of eyes.


The width of Koji eyelash curler is 38mm, so comparing Koji with Shu, the Koji eyelash curler is much wider and more curved. It gets all my lashes without pinching my eyelid.


Left: Koji Eyelash Curler Right: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler


Left: Koji Right: Shu

If you compare the curvature from this angle, the Koji one is flatter than Shu’s.


Left: Koji Right: Shu

So what makes Koji more superior than the rest? The picture below is the best illustration, with its unique shape, it spreads your lashes out to 120 degrees which gives it a more fanned look.

koji eyelash curler

Left: Ordinary eyelash curler Right: Koji Eyelash Curler

Have you tried Koji? Which brand is your favorite?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley March 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Really nice post. I haven’t yet tried Koji, but I definitely would like to. Thanks for the info. Shu Uemura is so far my favorite.
Love your blog and also haaaappy to see that the products you reviewed are either in my purse or on my shopping list. Looking forward to reading more from you!



Reika March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

Thank you Shirley! I LOVE knowing people who have the same taste as me! looking forward to talk to you next time 🙂


24hbeautiful June 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

Awesome review! I’ve been pondering on the Shiseido eyelash curler for a while now and I was browsing through the website and was wondering which curler I should get. I’ll definitely get the Koji one now! Thanks so much! 🙂


Cynthia C. October 5, 2011 at 4:31 am

Hi Reika, love your blog – I’ve been reading it for about a month now, and really enjoy your excellent reviews, swatches and pics!

I purchased the Koji curler based on your review here, and I have what may be seen as a dumb question – when I use the curler, I feel as if it is pressing my eyeball! I think this is because it is “flatter” than my Shu curler… do you have any recommendations on how to best use this curler? Thanks!


Reika October 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hi Cynthia, I get what you mean even though I didn’t have this issue myself. The way I use eyelash curler is: once the lashes are clamped, I lift the curler up at a 90 degree angle so it’s not pressing against the eye. That way it also gives more lift to the lashes 🙂 Hope it helps!


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