While I’m lucky to have pretty low-maintenance hair, I do enjoy dressing it up with some loose curls every once in awhile. My weapon of choice is usually a 1.5 inch curling iron, but something else came across my radar a few months back.
I’m reviewing the Corioliss 18mm Curling Wand today. It’s a clipless curling iron, which I’ve never worked with prior to this one.
The wand comes nestled in a sturdy cardboard box. The package also contains a heat-proof glove so that you don’t burn yourself. Personally, I feel like you would be more likely to burn your arm than your hand, so I always wear a long-sleeve jacket on top of the glove. Given my track record, I really can’t be too careful :D
I was impressed that the wand heated up in about 1-2 minutes, a huge improvement on my Conair curling iron. There’s only one heat setting, but I always turn my styling tools up to the highest setting, so it’s not a big deal for me. One thing that did bug me a little was the lack of an indicator light, but since this heats up so quickly, I’m guessing they thought it wouldn’t be necessary.
The wand has a smooth swivel cord, enabling me to easily switch angles when I’m curling different sections of my hair. The curl I get with this is completely different than the curl I get with a ‘traditional’ curling iron. I’m able to produce a number of different curl styles with this wand, from small ringlets to tousled waves. It all depends on how large my hair sections are, and how closely I wrap them around the curler (which I point in the general upside-down direction).
Here are a couple of different looks I did. Purple umbrella included for face-blocking purposes:
The Corioliss 18 mm Curling Wand retails for $99.99. So far, I’ve only dabbled with drugstore curling irons, which run for about $20-40. I do think that this is a quality curling iron, and the biggest difference between this curler and the one I own is the significant difference in heat-up time. I also feel that it curls more efficiently, and it allows me to try a range of curl sizes.
One last thing I wanted to address is Misikko’s customer service. The company really goes the extra mile by personalizing each and every package with extra goodies. I received a mix of doodads, from Corioliss hair serum to an eye mask to a heat-proof pouch for my curling wand (with a nice big bow, I might add). It made me feel quite giddy to open up the box and find a whole host of little gifts inside, and who doesn’t love that feeling?
Oh, and one more thing. If you were wondering how I look twirling with the Curling Wand, here I am:
Thumbs up for
Excellent customer service, carefully put-together package, overall quality and versatility of the product.
Thumbs down for
Lack of an indicator light and the price.
Ultimately, it really depends on whether you’re used to working with high-end hair tools or not. I feel that heat tools are a more common area for people to splurge on, and if so, this one is a worth a look. While my less expensive curling iron does a fine job, there’s no denying that this one works even better. I’m not sure that I would personally spend $100 on a curling iron, but it’s mostly because I don’t curl my hair every day. And once again, I do think that they’re a good company to order from, as I was quite impressed with the customer service.
Full Disclosure: The product in this post was submitted for review, either by a PR firm or directly from the manufacturer. For more information, please see my Disclaimer.