June 25, 2012

Lancome Le Curler Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Well, I gotta say you’d have to tear my Shu curler from my cold dead fingers. I love it. I’ve tried numerous curlers and a rare few have come close to being as incredible as my beloved Shu but none have yet to take its place in my heart.

Lancome Le Curler
, Lacome’s first ever eyelash curler, recently released and I was all about checking it for myself so when it passed across my desk last week I decided to tuck my Shu away for a spell and test out Le Curler.

Here are my thoughts!

The new Lancome Le Curler promises a gentle lash curling experience with a specially designed no slip grip and a unique silicone pad to guard against breakage while cushioning lashes.

Lancome is pretty much straight up honest about the curler coming with two pads only without an option for refills. They suggest changing the pad every three months and proceeding to toss the curler after the six month period and purchasing a new one.

That isn’t the most economical solution in the world but it does make logical sense since over time the hinges on the curler will loosen and offer less of a curl plus for safety reasons you might want to indulge in a new curler with constant use over time. I think a six month period is a little too soon for me but a year with two pads is pretty much solid playing time for your curler before you’ll want to take precaution to purchase a new one. God forbid the curler should break as you squeeze it around your eye area ya know? So I do appreciate Lancome’s suggestion to replace your curler however, a six month period might be too soon.

Now the curler is $3 bucks more than Shu’s version, I’m a little on the fence about that price since I didn’t quite have a lash curling orgasm after use. I imagine if I did have some sort of amazing experience with it I could warrant the three extra dollars however, Le Curler pretty much reminds me of Shu’s curler with a few quirks.

The length, design, and overall size and appearance of Le Curler is pretty much an exact dupe of my Shu curler however, I felt like my fingers didn’t have as comfortable a fit here. For some reason I felt awkward using this unless I fit my fingers completely into the handle holes while curling. It wasn’t a major issue but there was some discomfort at first try.

The lash pad is a little more dense and firm than Shu’s version but it doesn’t pinch and it cushions lashes quite well. I typically like a little more of a cushion-y give on my lash pads but I had no issues with this one. It had a comfortable feel and didn’t pinch or pull lashes out.

The curling experience is gentle, pinch and tug-free and gave my lashes a nice lift which added curl, length, and flutter.

Overall, Lancome Le Curler is an excellent lash curler however, I do question whether I need to spend three extra dollars to own it since the performance is what I can get from the cheaper Shu Uemura version. But on a whole, if you’re a Lancome fan, this is actually a very good curler. Curlers in my experience are a dime a dozen with very few that offer a pinch-free experience and this happens to be up there with the best. A little shave off the price tag and perhaps a little revamp on the finger loops and I’d be willing to Muse Approve it for purchase.

It’s available now at Lancome counters or online at www.lancome-usa.com

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This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Icequeen81

    I just saw the price of Shu, 20 dollar, and this Lancome one is 23 I suppose i thinks it can be expensive in one place and cheaper in another one. Both are high end. But u are right if yours works as well for less why should you expend more.

  • cat

    I am perfectly happy with my Shiseido eyelash curler. And I’m really annoyed at Lancome after all the ads I’ve been seeing the past few months. Like they invented bloody eyelash curling…

  • Becky

    I love my Shu too. What do you do about refills? Its that time for mine..

    • the Muse

      I end up buying a new one after a year becky 🙁 imho it’s shu’s pad that really makes the curler awesome so replacing it with anything else is not an option for me!

  • Ryou

    I thought you were in love with Koji’s eyelash curler as well? Sneaky Musey doesn’t want to be caught cheating on her beloved Shu curler, eh? 😉

    • the Muse

      yup love it too ;-D but def love my shu ;-D It’s the one I reach for daily! just don’t tell my koji, it might get jealous!

  • jeansco

    I’ve been using Shiseido’s refill pads with my Shu curler for the past year and it’s been quite good 🙂

  • Anna

    Muse, I actually got insider information that this Lancôme eyelash curler is in fact the very same one by Shu- as in, one in the same. Lancôme bought the rights to sell the Shu eyelash curler in the states, since you can only get his stuff online now, but under their label, which is why they sell it for $3 more (to cover the expenses of selling it in the states).

    • the Muse

      anna could be but lancome def added their own touches to the curler. the lash bad is different as are the handles, so it isn’t completely 150% shu to me.