I had never used an eyelash curler before I purchased this one from ELF. However, for a dollar, how can you go wrong. I decided I would give it a try, and I am glad I did. The quality isn't so great, as I can feel the joints straining a little bit, but the job it does on my eyelashes is quite good. It came with two of those little silicone pads that cushion the eyelashes, so they aren't lowering the price by skimping on necessary parts you have to buy later.
When I first tried this tool, I pressed a little too hard and ended up with a 75 degree angle in my lashes. That was no good. However, now that I have the hang of it, I can add a great curl to my lashes in no time. My mom, who has used eyelash curlers before tried it as well. She said it worked just as well as any she had tried. So, I think for $1, this little eyelash curler is great. It does the job and saves you money.