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?


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