If your current eyelash curler doesn't seem to fit your eye shape very well, or it seems to always miss those (shorter) inner and outer lashes, you may want to give this new S curler from Shu Uemura a try!
The original, new generation eyelash S curler was first launched back in the Summer this year and it has a white top cushion pad. The one I'm reviewing today is a limited edition from the 6♥Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura collection and it's called the Heart and Flower by Murakami S curler. It has a black top cushion pad and a super cute detachable charm attached to one of the loop handles. The curler also comes with an additional silicone replacement pad.
One thing to note is the top cushion pad falls off easily as it isn't glued to the metal base so do be careful when handling or you'll lose it. But after several uses, I don't find any difference in lash curling efficiency at all between having and not having the cushion pad so I suppose you can leave it out if want to.
The size of the S curler is considerably smaller than the original (see size comparison photo at the end) and was designed to fit all eye shapes while being precise and pinch-free. Besides the smaller size, it is also sidebar-free, meaning there will be nothing to block the view during the crimping process while you move the curler along the lash line.
I was a little skeptical at first to try it but as a long time sufferer from not being able to curl all of my lashes with any of the curlers I have tried I thought what do I have to lose! It took them 13 years to design and test this thing, so it has to be an excellent piece, right? Plus, it's from Shu Uemura – the king of lash curlers, so I was pretty confident it would help solve my long time woe of not having all parts of my lashes properly curled. And in fact, it kinda did.
See, the problem I have with any regular full-sized eyelash curler is they don't fit my eye shape well. I'd be able to curl the lashes in the middle part nicely but then I'd miss those in the corners and when I move the curler along to those corner spots, part of the curler would mess up with the center lashes that I have curled – so it's like a never-ending process trying to get all of them curled. When I heard about this S curler, the light bulb went off in my head and in my mind I imagined using this curler to get that perfect, every-strand-gets-curled look I long to achieve.
It isn't easy to use in the beginning, though. It does take a lot of some getting used to and it takes more time to curl than a regular curler.
First, you align the base as close to the lash line as possible and crimp. You can start in the middle, or in the corner. I like to start from the inner corner first. Then I move the curler along to the middle and then to the outer corner. Getting as close as possible to the lash line means you will get the maximum lash lift from the root. This is a section-by-section curler so you can choose to have a certain part of your lashes curled more, or less, than the other part according to your preference. I think this would be great for false lashes, too since you can place the curler exactly at the location that needs adjustment.
Having to curl in 3 sections isn't the only thing you have to do. After that, you have to repeat the process where you move further away from the lash line and into the lashes themselves. You've started at the base, now you have to curl the middle and the end of the lashes. And here is where I see problems. For me, when I do this 9-step process, my lashes end up looking “crimped” into multiple L shapes rather than a smooth curl and if you are seeing the same result, well, here's a fix!
Use the S curler in combination with your regular curler! It really works for me. To do this, I'd go in with my regular curler first, get most of the lashes curled like I normally do, then I follow with the S curler to the area of the lashes that are missed out and voilà! Now, I have all my lashes lifted and curled the way I want to!
Comparison to other Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
As mentioned above, this S curler is a section-by-section curler and it cannot perform the crimp-all-at-once-and-go act. If your current lash curler already works great for you, you don't need this (unless you're curious, then of course). If you are impatient and can't afford extra time it needs, then you probably don't want this. If you have short or straight lashes or uncommon eye shape and are regularly frustrated with your current curler, definitely try this. If you are a makeup artist who deals with different eye shapes of clients, then I think you should also try this. And lastly, if you like anything cute, you absolutely have to get this! :)