Early in September I treated myself to the Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler because I was feeling like cheating on my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler just because. I should really know never to stray far from my beloved Shu. I mean I’ve had love affairs off and on again with the Sonia Kashuk Eyelash Curler and quite a few others that shall not be named but I always come back to Shu.
If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it right?
But the Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler was pretty darn sleek, chic, and tempting so I purchased it!
And here’s what I think!
I pay $24 bucks for my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler without a fail year after year. You see I toss it after a year! It comes with one replacement pad which I change after six months so I get my first six months with it out of the box, replace the pad in six months, and at the end of a year the curler handles are looser after that time and potentially dangerous plus not as effective so I toss it out and buy a new one.
At $24 I didn’t really think the $6 difference to purchase the Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler all that big a jump. Sure, it seemed like a bigger indulgence but if it worked I’d feel a little bit better about the price.
Like many beauty tools many of the reviews gave me unrealistic expectations for this curler. I thought I was going to come out of this experience with showstopping, false lash-like lashes! But no…
Surratt did a great job with the presentation of the curler. It has a long body with easy to grip handles that fit comfortably in my hand plus the body is very lightweight. It also has a wider head that fits my eye perfectly. If you have a smaller eye area with a smaller lash line to cover you might not like the wider “cage” of this curler. Personally I have big eyes and a good deal of lash line so I’m covered well with this curler. According to the brand it’s a Japanese design and you can see some of that in the curler but funny thing is in Japan you can get very high end curlers for as little as $6 dollars where as this one costs $30.
Now for me personally the pad is what makes the curler. Tweezerman makes a variety of eyelash curlers but they, like many brands, they fall victim to creating great curlers with really, really hard plastic pads. The pad on Surratt’s curler is silicone with a nice cushy feel which bounces back after squeezing. People, it’s all in the pad! If the pad is horrible, your entire experience is going to be bad!
So lots of raving here right?
It’s not all good sadly.
As slick, chic, and pretty as the curler is that would also be its down fall for me. It might be better suited to someone with lighter hair because when I use it I can’t see my lashes so I’m not sure where exactly my lashes are located against the blackness of the cage and I end up pinching myself every single time I use it. Once I even made myself bleed. Ouch! My lashes against the black just don’t show up well and it makes me feel like I’m trying to curl my lashes with the lights off!
I read about how this sold out fast when it originally launched and I can definitely understand that. It’s designed very well but they might want to rethink the color of it and that might just make it a better experience.
As for me, I happily went back to my beloved Shu!
The Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler is available now at Sephora.com.