I'm not a fan of eyelash curlers as a concept. It seems like an unreasonable torture device and a dangerous one at that. I'm not an expert when it comes to eyelash curlers but I am a cosmetics junkie and don't like to intentionally harm myself.
That said, my lashes are stick-straight. I don't always wear mascara, which helps with a bit of curl, yet wanted something that would make my eyes seem bigger. I considered the famous Shu Uemura curler but it seemed like a lot of money to me [$19 @ Sephora.com]. I was in Ulta one day and saw the NYC Eyelash Curler for a ridiculously cheap price. I figured I'd try it.
The product comes with an extra pad. The handles are not particularly comfortable. Despite the pads' non-silicone material, my eyelashes stick to the pad a bit even before applying mascara. I applied light pressure for the recommended 10-20 seconds and even longer; couldn't seem to get any noticeable curl to my lashes at all. It didn't seem to matter how I positioned this eyelash curler, I consistently pinched my eyelid. Needless to say, *that's* pretty painful.
It seems to be a fairly durable product considering eyelash curlers are suggested to be replaced every 6 months and the pads every 3 months. I didn't bother to keep mine long enough to find out if it would hold up to daily use for a 6 month period. I tossed it.
Don't bother to get this NYC Eyelash Curler. Spend the money and get a Shu Uemura or other high-quality eyelash curler.