Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve heard from Rio Viera-Newton about the Shiseido eyelash curler she uses to achieve the no makeup-makeup look, from the editors at the Cut about the Tweezerman eyelash curler that works on everyone, and even written about a mascara that makes your lashes look like falsies, here we’re diving into the best eyelash curlers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Cult-Favorite Eyelash Curler
“I’ve been using this eyelash curler for over 15 years, and if I had to pick only one tool to have in my makeup bag, this is it. I just bought a second one for my travel bag. It is definitely worth the extra expense versus drugstore brands because it curls much better and the curl lasts longer. I have eyelashes that are straight and do not curl up at all, so it may not make as much of a difference to those of you with naturally curled eyelashes, but if you need the extra oomph like me, this outshines cheaper ones.”
Plastic Eyelash Curler
“I have been using a cheap plastic eyelash curler for years (or, more to the point, NOT using it because it sucks). I decided to get a new curler rather than messing around with fake lashes for a wedding I was in, and this was cheap and had decent reviews. I really like it! I love that it comes with extra silicone pads, and I kept the small plastic doohickey that kept the curler closed in the package so that it doesn’t take up so much room in my makeup drawer. I followed the advice of another commenter and heated it just a little with my hair dryer, and that really amps up the curl. I’d definitely recommend these!”
Waterproof Eyelash Curler
“I didn’t realize eyelashes could curl so beautifully! I have used multiple other low-cost curlers, but none gave results like this one! Yes, it is pricey, but the results are fantastic! I can get away with less mascara or none at all. I found with other curlers, I would always pinch my skin or have to hold so hard to get even a small curl. There is almost no pinching with this curler!!! If you can get past the price, don’t hesitate to buy this.”
Ergonomic Eyelash Curler
“I was skeptical about this product when I purchased it because every time I try an eyelash curler, they always pinch my eyelids and give me that tight, crimped, unnatural curl. But THIS one is now my Holy Grail of eyelash curlers. There is no way whatsoever that you can pinch your eyes or crimp your eyelashes. Because of its design, it gives you the most beautiful natural curl for your eyelashes and it holds for several hours. I can give it a very good squeeze and hold it that way, and it still only gives that PERFECT beautiful curl each and every time.”
Best Eyelash Curler for $10 and Under
“I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last eyelash curler (Shu Uemura Art of Beauty eyelash curler) was twice the price, and this is 1,000 times better. I’m so glad it was recommended to me, and that I went ahead and tried it. The product is very well made, and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL item!”
Compact Eyelash Curler
“I’ve tried everything from Revlon to Tweezerman to Shu Uemura and, for me personally, this one tops them all. I have long, straight lashes that tend to get a super-unnatural-looking crimp in them with any other kind of metal eyelash curler I’ve used before. The lashes on the outer corners tend to be hard to get to with any curler because they are long and grow straight down, making it tricky to even grab them with the curler. With this one, though, I’ve finally figured out how to do it well each time. Because my eyes are long and almond-shaped, I curl them with this curler in three separate sections — from the inner to the outer corner of my eyes. After doing that, the curl looks super natural and pretty and stays in place all day.”
Heated Eyelash Curler
“I purchased this after reading reviews. This method of curling looked easier than the ones that look like mini–curling irons. Those scared me. This is simple to use and you will not burn yourself. The heating element does not get hot enough to burn you. Place your eyelashes inside and crimp just like a regular curler. I hold between 10 to 15 seconds, moving up the lash to curl in three or four places. It works well and the curl holds all day. I often just curl and don’t bother with the mascara. The three-pack is odd, but nice. One for regular use, one for a travel bag, and a backup.”
Eyelash Curler That’s Good for Travel
“This little curler does the job and then some. Used to have really long eyelashes when I was younger, but time has taken a toll on them (like everything!!), so I have tried a number of curlers trying to find one that works a bit better. Most are average and some even broke off eyelashes. But this one — WOW. I love it, and my lashes have not looked like this in years … there may be a little adjustment while you figure out how to use it to the best advantage, but it is certainly worth it. I have only owned it for two weeks and cannot speak to its longevity, but with these results, I would probably even buy it again!”
Editor’s note: This is the same one our own Rio Viera-Newton uses when she travels.
“I looooove this eyelash kit! I have big eyes and other eyelash curlers pinch or don’t fit all my eyelashes in them, sometimes leaving the corner lashes with a weird dent. With this eyelash curler, my lashes are perfectly curled every time. I really like the little pad of the curler because it cushions the eyelashes just right. The extras are also amazing … I don’t know how I’ve been doing my makeup without a mascara guard all these years! And the replacement pads make me so happy because it means I’ll get to use this great curler for a long time. I would recommend, and I have been doing so since I purchased.”
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