Review: Shiseido Sharpener Shows that Brand Name does Matter

Geared up for another 5-star review? You’ll be surprised how a great makeup sharpener such as Shiseido Sharpener #231 can make life so much easier. How so? A sharpener is just a sharpener. How different can sharpeners be?

Well, I thought so too until I tried Shiseido Sharpener #231. My immediate thought was, “Why didn’t I buy it earlier?” 

Shiseido Sharpener 231

Some of you may know that I just came back from Okinawa. Just like any lady would, I brought home a huge pile of Made-in-Japan beauty products. Shiseido Sharpener #231 is the first item of the haul to be reviewed here and I’m so glad that I found another gem to add to my Japan Must-Buy List!


Shiseido Sharpener Lives Up to Her Long-standing Reputation for Quality

I have to declare first that I’m not a sharpener expert. Such a tool tends to last a long time giving me very little opportunity to experiment. So far, I have only used drug-store sharpeners. Even this Shiseido Sharpener #231 was also bought from a drug-store in Okinawa, Japan.

Now, here are the reasons why I’m gonna add Shiseido Sharpener #231 to my holy grail list.

1. Pencil doesn’t get stuck

Do you often encounter the scenario of not being able to pull out your makeup pencil when you are done sharpening? This happens to me very often! Somehow, the wood strip that was hanging from the pencil couldn’t get sliced off. So I had to twirl the pencil a few more seconds and forced it out.

I didn’t know there was a solution to this problem. And I lived with it for years (decades maybe?).

After trying out Shiseido Sharpener #231, it was like an awakening. The wood strip miraculously and effortless separate from the makeup pencil once sharpening was complete. I could pull out my pencil anytime without experiencing any form of resistance. How it was done, I’m not quite sure. But it just works!

2. Pencil doesn’t break!

Perhaps, it’s because the sharpener is still new, and hence the blade is still sharp. But I’ll like to think that Shiseido Sharpener #231 is engineered with precision to prevent the core of the pencil from breaking.

I’ll know after a few months of usage, and would surely update this review should Shiseido Sharpener #231 fail to withstand the test of time.

Shiseido Sharpener 231
Old eyeliners, newly sharpened!

3. Adapter Ring to Fit Different Pencil Sizes

There is an adapter ring that you can remove to allow Shiseido Sharpener #231 to take in pencil of a larger circumference. One product – two sizes! And so compactly-built. Definitely great for traveling. 

Most standard eyeliner should fit the larger circumference, while lip pencil may fit the smaller size.

Shiseido Sharpener 231
Original state to fit slimmer makeup pencils
Shiseido Sharpener 231
Detachable adapter ring to fit pencils of larger circumference

4. It’s Cheap

Shiseido Sharpener’s recommended retail price is Y400 (excluding tax). When I saw it selling at a discount, I couldn’t resist and got hold of it at just ¥320 nett. That’s less than SGD4.

OMG, that’s probably cheaper than an unknown brand from Watsons. You can view the latest price at Amazon and Ebay.

Shiseido Sharpener 231
Branded makeup sharpener at affordable price


What’s not so Great about Shiseido Sharpener #231? 

1. Need to Squat in front of the Dustbin

Shiseido Sharpener #231 doesn’t come with a storage body to hold the scraps. So I had to squat in front of my dustbin like a beggar when sharpening the pencils. I stood for quite a while because I was so fascinated with this sharpener and went on to sharpen all my pencils in one go. It was a pleasurable moment. LOL!

So, that’s it. I could only find one thing that’s not too great about Shiseido Sharpener. 


How to Care for Shiseido Sharpener #231?

Thank god, we have things like Google Translate because everything was labeled in Japanese. To take proper care of Shiseido Sharpener, please remove scraps using a cleaning stick and wipe off residue with tissue or dry cloth.

Did you know that I had a hard time buying beauty products in Japan because I didn’t know what I was buying most of the time. Was it one for dry skin or oily skin? Waterproof mascara or not? Matt or dewy finish?

In any case, I took a gamble on my purchase because I didn’t have internet connection to seek help from Google Translate. Next time, I better make sure I get data plan before heading to Japan. LOL!



This is a straight forward one. GRAB IT! I can’t find any reason not to buy Shiseido Sharpener #231 given its quality, price and functionality. It’s not an everyday affair that you can find a product that solves a long-term problem. Rating: 5/5


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