Review: Dior Backstage Lash Curler
Yes, I’ve done it again. I’ve gotten another lash curler. I didn’t mean to, really I didn’t. But I was browsing the Dior counter and it caught my eye – I thought to myself “I don’t remember seeing that before.” The SA confirmed that they’d come in pretty recently, and of course I had to sit down and play with it. It seemed to be a good fit and then whoops, impulse buy!
I guess the packaging doesn’t really matter for eyelash curlers, but in any case, this one is very nice. The curler comes in a reflective silver box, similar to their other products. The really nice touch, though, is that it comes in a velvet drawstring bag, which I can already see being convenient for traveling. None of the other curlers I’ve had came with one, even the much pricier Chanel. You also get two refill pads, instead of the more standard one, which should help stretch out the total life of the curler. The pads will most likely wear out long before the curler itself does, so the more refills the better, if you ask me.
There’s nothing really ground-breaking about the design of the curler – it has the same hinge mechanism that you see on most of them. The top edge does curve up a little more than the others I have, which looks like it would be great for very hooded eyes, since the top can lift the lid out of the way.
As you can probably see from the picture above, the Dior is a little narrower than the Shu and Chanel curlers, and it has just a little bit less of a downward curve across the bottom bar.
It’s always easier for me to picture the differences between curlers from a diagram rather than photos, so I’ve got that for you too! For each one I put a slip of paper through the curler, traced the inner curve and took measurements on that.
I hesitate to compare it with the Shiseido curler since I took measurements for that one based on the top of the curler instead of at the pad (and I no longer have it to re-measure). However, I think it’s safe to say the Shiseido curler is a similar width (I measured it at 29mm across) and more flat (7.25mm). As you can see from the diagrams, the Dior curler is definitely quite a bit flatter than the Shu or Chanel, and not as wide. In other words, it fits my eye very well!
It may not be an earth-shattering design, but it feels very high quality – everything is well-joined and the hinge moves freely. It does feel a little bit looser than the others to me, but that might be because it opens up just a hair wider. The finger loops are also just a tiiiiny bit smaller than the other two, but not uncomfortably small by any means. The pad is a little bit squishier than the others, and the curl is excellent. I can get very close to the base of my lashes for a very natural-looking curl, and it catches my lashes all the way across. So far I haven’t experienced any pinching.
In Short: I think this is a great curler for small eyes. It might also be a great substitute if the Chanel curler is too round for you, or if you just don’t want to drop over thirty bucks on a curler.
The Dior Backstage Lash Curler ($23) is available at nordstrom.com and Dior counters.