Review and Comparison: Shu Uemura S Curler

If there is one item in my stash that became an involuntary witness to my triumphs and downfalls, it has to be the iconic shu uemura eyelash curler. Okay that’s overly-dramatic lady, what I’m trying to say is that this original curler remains a great ally in the last eight or so years since I had it.

That’s why I have very high expectations when shu uemura released the new “s curler” ($24). Will it dethrone its predecessor?

Before we go to my formal review, I want to ask if you have ever ordered online from shu uemura. I cannot for the life of me understand their slowest (yeah in superlative degree) shipping policy. Would you believe I received this curler after one month in transit? such a bummer! I’m not ordering online again (said no woman ever, haha). Anyways, let’s go to the meat of the matter.

What the website says about the new s curler: “The innovative new s curler fits any eye shape and offers precise application so that you can really emphasize parts of your lashes without pinching skin, thanks to its small structure without side-bars. It is compact and portable, allowing you to curl even the shortest of lashes due to its non-sidebar and angle of the padding. It’s truly an essential piece that you’ll fall in love with instantly”.

Here it is upclose:

And for comparison, here’s a side-by-side photo of the original shu uemura eyelash curler and new s curler. You can see that the s curler is definitely smaller and slimmer. It is slightly concave with white pad on top and black pad at the bottom.

Pictures say thousand and one words so let’s do a blow-by-blow comparison of my lashes using the original and new s curlers.

What I like about the s curler: you can definitely tell from the photo that my lashes look more curled and lifted compared to the original curler. Since it’s slimmer in structure, you can curl your inner lashes as you please. I think women with smaller eyes will benefit more from this so-called innovation.

What I don’t like about the s curler: it is time-consuming my lovelies. To get the curl effect, you have to crimp your lashes by section, starting from roots to end, moving from side to side. It took me all of nine crimps to get the look I wanted. So this ain’t your I’m-rushing-but-I-want-to-look-nice secret tool. Also, that white pad keeps popping out which makes me wonder why is it there in the first place- to protect my skin from accidental pinching? I was even more careful because it sits so close to my lids. And since curling and applying mascara are the last two steps whenever I do my eye makeup, poor white pad gets stained pretty much all the time. It’s not for the OC like moi!

With that said, you bet I still prefer the original eyelash curler because of ease, function, and proven longevity. 

What’s your holy grail lash curler?




  1. October 28, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    I need that lash curler shape

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:22 am

      just don't order directly from their website. buyer beware, shipping sucks!

  2. October 28, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    One month to ship? That's just nuts! I am also a fan of the original – you can' t beat it! Great review.

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:23 am

      Thanks Shiela. Just like in the movies, the original version is always better. Sequels are bleh 🙂

  3. October 28, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    My HG lash curler is a very old Revlon lash curler that is built on similar lines of the new Shu, no side bars, but a longer, curved clampy part, and the blade is smooth and curved, it curls like a BEAST, never pinches and I have never found another curler, cheapie or overpriced to compare. I have had it since the 90's and it is still going strong. I hope it never breaks, I don't know what I will do if it does.

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:24 am

      Wow, now that's longevity!!! I've never tried a Revlon curler.

  4. October 28, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    Ugh I'm so impatient when waiting for online orders– that would have KILLED me. I definitely don't think I'd like the extra time it takes to work with this, and the white pad would be stained soooo badly on me, since I also do mascara last!

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:25 am

      yeah, shu won the slowest shipping time award. OC girls unite, agh!

  5. October 28, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    Wow I do not even curl my lashes but this looks like a great product (:

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:27 am

      if you have great lashes, you don't need a curler. unfortunately, mine are sooooo boring!!! 🙂

  6. October 28, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    Wow! I've actually never used a lash curler (I'm not a morning person and rush through routines) but I may need to try this!

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:28 am

      Let me know how it turned out for you. On another note, I have never met someone who's a morning person. I know I'm not 🙂

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:28 am

      worth-a try Leticia. I'd like to see how it worked for you!

  7. October 28, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    I've tried so many lash curlers and they just really don't make a difference on me. I have a bit of natural lift already, so I guess my expectations on a curler are pretty va-va-voom high lol

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:29 am

      lucky you Brooke, you have gorgeous lashes already. I've always admired people with natural long and flirty lashes!

  8. October 29, 2013 / 12:22 am

    I've always great things about the original shu uemura eyelash curler but I hardly use lash curlers actually….just not my thing.

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:30 am

      I don't think you need curler Harshleen, you have great looking lashes!!!

  9. October 29, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    I have this curler, and it IS time consuming, so I stopped using it because I usually do my lashes in the car, and I can't be crimping it a million times just to get all my lashes curled.

    • November 5, 2013 / 5:13 am

      yeah, isn't that a bummer? I had high expectations 🙁

  10. November 4, 2013 / 6:57 am

    my hg curler is actually the shu umera mini. it looks like the original but half the size so basically a caged version of this. after my bank account recovers from the holidays, i may have to look into upgrading to this.

    • November 5, 2013 / 5:13 am

      LOL on bank account. I'm on a self-imposed spending ban too but Sephora's having a VIB sale soon so I will lift my own, hahaha!

  11. November 4, 2013 / 7:00 am

    my hg is actually the shu umera that looks like a caged version of the s curler. it does take a lot longer to curl my lashes but it's better than weirdly curled ones or not curling them at all out of frustration. after my bank account recovers from F&F sales and the holidays, i may have to look into upgrading to this!

  12. November 4, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I have the original Su Uemura eyelash curler, and it doesn't fir my eye shape perfectly, and it doesn't curl the leashes in the corners of my eyes, so i have to curl them with a small curler from Japonesque. It looks like a traditional curler, but half size. Great for those areas where you need some precise curling.

    • November 5, 2013 / 5:14 am

      Oh I haven't tried Japonesque!!! Thanks for the mention, I'll look it up now!!!!

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