I'm back from my work trip! Thanks to all those that visited and/or commented even though I haven't had much time to work on the blog recently. I didn't have internet access except for a brief moment in the middle of my trip, so all I did was moderate blog comments.
Anyway, for now here is a review of the Koji 38mm curler I've been meaning to do for a while!
This is the latest curler from Koji I believe. It boasts a 38mm curvature, which is supposedly more suitable for Asian eyes.
It comes with 2 replacement pads as well:
I got this from eBay either at or close to retail, which I think is about US$17? (Let me know if you know anywhere else to get this cheaper). It is definitely on the pricer side, similar to what a Shiseido curler would cost at Sephora.
However, I think its worth the price, especially if your curler either pinches your eyelids or tends to not curl your lashes properly. Here are my lashes curled with the Koji curler - I think its quite good at getting most of my lashes, especially the outermost corner.
The curvature is a little different from other curlers I've tried, so it does take a few tries to get the hang of it. The first few times, it crimped my lashes instead, since I was so used to my ELF curler which is mechanical so there is some resistance when clamped that helps pad my lashes. Most likely I was just pressing too hard.
The Koji curler just works best if clamped gently for just a few seconds, and repeated multiple times through lashes rather than just once.
Just to show you how different this curler is, here's some side by side pictures of it with my other curler, from ELF. In all pictures the Koji curler is on the left and ELF curler on the right.
The curler is definitely more curved, which helps pinch my eyelids less:
It is also flatter, which probably suits Asian eyes more as ours aren't as deep set.
The width is also wider, which is more forgiving on more eyeshapes.
Here is the pic of my lashes curled with Koji again for comparison with ELF:
Lashes curled with the ELF curler:
Granted these are not the same eye but it shows you how the Koji curls even the outermost corner of the lashes properly, unlike the ELF curler. For the record, I've tried the Shiseido curler before and it most definitely pinched my eyelids >.< Thats the reason why I had been sticking with ELF until now, even though it doesn't do the best job. Shu Uemura is another option, but considering it is more expensive and doesn't allow refills, the Koji curler works out to be cheaper in the long run.
Hope this review helps, since the Koji curler isn't widely available to try! I think its worth the price though if you have not been satisfied with most curlers sold in the Western market.