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Beauty Review: Corioliss "The Wand" Ceramic Curling Iron from

Back in August, I got an email from Misikko asking if I would like to review one of their super high performance curling irons. Misikko is a "family run business" that sells pro-quality flat irons, hair dryers and other hair accessories. I took it as a sign because I've been dying to try a curling iron (haven't used one since I was a little girl), so I readily agreed and within 2 or 3 days, I received my complimentary Corioliss "The Wand" 18mm Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron ($99.99) in the mail. I wasn't feeling all that confident in my styling abilities but I gave it a try—and the results were shocking!

Keep reading to see how it went...

Before we get to the results, here's a shot of the curling iron without all the random accessories that come with it. It's incredibly lightweight and unassuming. And easy to use! Just plug it in, turn it on and in about 10 to 15 seconds it's ready to go! It's easy to hold and the wand rotates indepentendly of the handle, which I found was a really great feature. No pulling of hair and it's easy to use at any angle, 360 degree coverage!

And here are the shocking results, shocking because I actually managed to get a pretty decent 'do going! I followed this how-to (Cupcakes & Cashmere is sheer genius!) and on my first attempt, I was creating tight ringlets and loose waves like a pro. Granted, I burnt myself a couple times because the Corioliss is one of those no-clip styles, but my burn rate went significantly down after a little practice.

I don't want to sound melodramatic but ladies, this curling iron has been life-changing. I think you can probably get similar results with just about any curling iron, but I'm so glad I finally own one. A curling iron can turn a bad hair day into an amazing hair day. It gives you so many options for evening and party looks. It's totally empowering to finally have another hairstyle in my arsenal.

Now, is it worth the hefty $99.99 pricetag? Personally, I would never spend that much, in fact, I had purchased a curling iron at Marshalls the day before Misikko emailed me for under $30, then returned it when I got the Corioliss because who needs two curling irons, but many hair experts swear by their pro styling tools. I suppose if my Corioliss is still working like new 5 years from now, it will have been worth every penny of that steep pricetag. Only time will tell.

I'm looking for more good curling iron how-tos, so if you know of any, please leave links in the comments! And if you can recommend a more affordable curling iron, or if you have experience and think pricey ones are the way to go, I'd love to get your feedback.
Ahhh you look so beautiful! I reviewed a flat iron from the same company a few months ago and I absolutely love it and still use it. You killed the curls!
#1 Dina's Days (Homepage) on 2010-10-11 18:28 (Reply)
I've had an Enzo Milano conical iron for several years now and I swear by it! I paid full price and it was worth every penny. Everyone who has used it was hooked...even my hair stylist. My sister just bought a Conair conical-like curling iron at a local Target for about $45 (which really isn't that cheap). I'm usually not a brand-name-is-better type of person but I prefer mine 100%. The Conair iron doesn't heat up as fast, is awkward to use and didn't distribute heat as evenly as my E.M. but that's just my opinion...

Plus, regular curling irons have left my hair frizzy and the style dropped in a few hours. After using a conical, I've cut back on the use of hair products and have spiral curls the day of and beachy waves two days after styling. Obviously I'm passionate about this styling tool (haha) but I get so many compliments on my hair. Loove it. I'm rather envious BB, you received a fab deal.
#2 PeridotPrizm on 2010-10-11 18:57 (Reply)
One of the best tips I ever got was to use curling irons on curly hair. My hair is thick, curly, and frizzy. I use an old Revlon with the clip taken off (just some screws, no big deal), and it works great. I don't feel pressure to straighten my curly hair and can instead touch it up with the curling iron.

I got a 1.5" Conair and it's worthless. Thick, stubby, and not hot enough.

I'm still looking for a curling iron that's long enough for my long hair.
#3 Amy on 2010-10-11 19:42 (Reply)
Your hair looks pretty! Those curling irons scare me. I am clumsy and would probably burn myself.

By the way, just so your readers know. I won what I thought was an awesome flat iron off a fashion blogger's site sponsored by Misikko. My awesome flat iron lasted all of 4 months. I contacted Misikko's customer service and they basically told me that I was SOL because I didn't purchase the product. Boo.
#4 vyology (Homepage) on 2010-10-12 00:04 (Reply)
Job well done. Your hair looks great!Thanks for the review.
#5 sohoaccessories (Homepage) on 2010-10-12 09:20 (Reply)
I've been flip-flopping b/w buying one of these for a long time. This pushed in me in the direction of getting one - but after reading the reviews, I don't wanna buy a cheap-o one. but I don't want to spend $$$ on one either... OH what to do.
#6 Kate on 2010-10-12 11:18 (Reply)
So in all fairness, it's rather a longshot, and it takes a lot of patience, and luck. BUT!

I would recommend signing up for all those awesome sale sites. Every so often, they'll have sales on really great hair tools (No lie!) In fact, I just purchased my very own corioliss clipless from

For $48.95 with shipping! You cannot beat that! Of course, like I said, you gotta have patience, because who knows when hair products will show up and whether or not it's the brand you want. But I think it's worth it if you want one and am in no hurry to get it.
#6.1 Annie on 2010-10-21 12:03 (Reply)
Sorry! I just realized that ideeli has an Amika purple clip free curler on sale today!!! for $69 instead of $179. AMAZING right?

But it ends in a day, so hopefully you see this soon!

(And yes, that's mildly shameless plugging, but! As I understand it, you need to get invites to these sites in order to sign up, that's how I got in)
#6.1.1 Annie on 2010-10-21 12:07 (Reply)
I recently bought the Corioliss Tri Curl Curling Iron, and I love it. I bought it from a discount seller on Ebay, so the price wasn't nearly as steep as through a typical retailer. There is a learning curve with the clipless irons, but this one gives beautiful results.
#7 Joy on 2010-10-12 21:38 (Reply)
You look great with your curly hair...
#8 kee (Homepage) on 2010-10-13 00:40 (Reply)
Your hair looks awesome. My fave iron by far is by Amika. They even have a set where you can swap the sizes depending on what size curl you want. It heats up in seriously 1 minute and I don't know why but I never need hairspray and the curls stick! And I have japanese straightening on my hair!
#9 Katie (Homepage) on 2010-10-13 14:54 (Reply)
Chi straightener are not only meant for people with curly hair,but also a product of choice for people who wish to smooth out the texture of their hair.Its ergonomic design and easy portability have made the CHI Iron a very popular item among both at home stylists and professionals.For smoothing out frizzy hair or turning tightly curled locks into a smooth waterfall worthy of a shampoo ad,Chi hair straighteners work very well.
#10 BMW (Homepage) on 2010-11-03 21:32 (Reply)
The best curling wand I've ever used is the Karmin Salon Pro Clipless curling iron, it has worked better than any other I've tried. Your hair looks great :-)
#11 melissa on 2012-04-30 18:33 (Reply)
♥ I really like my☺ Karmin ♥
#12 rebeccachase on 2016-02-04 12:26 (Reply)
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