I used to have a cheap eyelash curler. I wondered who would spend more than $5 on one. Turns out it DOES make a difference. This doesn't hurt my eyes when I use it, and it makes nice rounded curled lashes rather than a sharp bent lash that the cheaper ones can be guilty of. The reviews are right. It works really worth. Buy one and use it everyday and you will wonder why you ever used a cheap one. Happy purchaser.