Wish Granted: Babyliss Miracurl

We all know I've been relentlessly stalking the Babyliss Perfect Curl for months now, but it has always been way out of my budget. Until a few days ago, that is.

Watsons is now the official distributor of the Babyliss MiraCurl (different name, same product) in Singapore, and it's going for an introductory price of 199 SGD until the end of the month (I think). Still pricey, but considering that this device retails for almost 200 USD online, I think it's a steal.

I found out about it as I was browsing through one of their sale booklet things on my way home, and you bet your ass I hopped off that train and hightailed it towards the giant Watsons store in Ngee Ann City. Nevermind that it was already nine in the evening.

They only had one version, which is the black one with three heat settings, three timer settings, and three curl direction settings (left, right, and auto - for random curls). It also comes with this tiny cleaner thing for the chamber.

First impressions:
  • It's definitely heavier (and bulkier) than your usual curling iron. I don't have a lot of hair, so it's not that big of a deal, but I can see how that could be problematic. 
  • It is scary at first - there's that mechanical winding sound, and as the hair gets sucked into the barrel you can't help but wonder if it's the last time you see those strands. 
  • It's very easy to use, although the beeps can be distracting (it makes a couple of spaced out beeps that mean nothing, and then beeps four times in succession to let you know it's done). To put things in perspective, it took me years to learn how to curl my hair with a flat iron, a couple of days with a curling iron, but with the Miracurl I only needed a couple of minutes.
  • The initial curls are a bit tight - think bouncy ringlets - but can be easily transformed into loose waves by brushing them out.
  • The device can get hot, but not enough to cause blisters.
  • It works best if hair is well-sectioned - about an inch thick and with no stray strands. 
  • In the event of a snag, it beeps twice to let you know and the barrel rotates the opposite way to free the hair. But this isn't likely to happen if you follow the above tip. 
  • To be honest I cannot tell the difference between the curls that go left and those that go right. But then again when was I able to tell left from right, really.  
  • I have managed to get my hair stuck a grand total of two times - the first was because I did not take time to section off that lock of hair (there were a couple of strands sticking out), and the second was when I was testing out different amounts of hair; it really works best with skinnier sections. Both times I was able to extract my hair without any problems. 

Before and after

I have to say I'm quite pleased. In fact I'm trying to stop myself from curling my hair too often ;)


  1. Hi there - just wondering which Watsons store you got this from? They are selling it online for $60 more so want to buy it for the same price you did. Thanks!!

    1. Hi! I bought mine from the Ngee Ann City branch, but I think you can also find it in other big Watsons branches. I got mine on promotion so it was cheaper, but I see it go on sale from time to time :)