High-Tech Beauty Products: Are They Worth It?
Beauty and technology are two of my favorite things. After receiving an email a few days ago about the latest beauty innovations, I couldn't help but try to figure out which high-tech tool I want to add to my arsenal (move over iPad 2
These futuristic beauty products coming to the market aren't cheap though. They promise to make us look well-groomed and fabulous. So are they really worth it?
Here's my take on just a few of them.
Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($195)
The Clarisonic Skincare Brush
is a battery operated tool that deep cleans and exfoliates your skin. It's like a toothbrush for your face (made by the creators of Sonicare
) and is gentle enough to use every day. It claims to cleanse and remove dirt, oil, and makeup up to six times better than traditional washing but it comes with a hefty price tag--almost $200. Many spas and estheticians use this during facials to set up the skin for better product absorption.
Many beauty gurus swear by this tool but $200 can be a lot to pay for a face brush. A cheaper alternative would be the Olay Pro-X Cleansing System
. The Clarisonic
has a little more power and uses vibration, but for only $30, you pretty much get the same deep cleaning effect. The Olay
version comes with a 60 day money back guarantee (Clarisonic offers only 30 days
) and is smaller in size making it more travel-friendly.
Silk'n SensEpil ($499)
The Silk'n SensEpil
is an FDA-approved over-the-counter device for hair removal at home. It uses HPL (Home Pulse Light
) technology for safe hair elimination and has a skin sensor that will only activate light energy onto appropriate skin types. According to the Sephora
website, after about two to four self treatments, reports from testers
- 80% have noticeably less hair after 3 months.
- 90% prefer using Silk'n SensEpil rather than going to a professional.
- 90% said they would recommend it to a friend.
- 90% described the device as convenient, easy, useful, and innovative.
Laser treatments at a spa or professional office can cost around $1000-$2000 for a single area of the body so the Silk'n SensEpil would be the cheaper way to go. However, not everyone can buy it. You have to fill out a questionnaire to make sure your skin tone fits within its guidelines before you can purchase it. For about $100 less, the Tria Hair Removal System
is another well-known at-home laser device
but there are some definitive differences that you should check out if you are considering one or the other.
Temptu Airbrush Makeup System ($255)
Airbrush makeup is great if you want to achieve flawless looking skin. With the Temptu Airbrush System
, you can go from sheer to full coverage and is really quick to apply. It's also very hygienic and clean since you don't use any brushes--it's just a mist of foundation that goes on your face. There are some downfalls, however. In addition to it being pricey, you can only use the Temptu brand foundation which costs about $30 for one cartridge and only lasts about a month. It can really add up after some time. Unlike traditional airbrush makeup systems, you can't custom blend different colors to get a perfect match--it's one color at a time.
It's a cool product that delivers professional results, but I'd rather save my money and stick to my regular foundation which gives me about the same results. I've actually had a makeup artist try airbrush makeup on me and even though my skin looked flawless, I kind of felt like a mannequin. The foundation contains silicone so it's not something I'd use every day.
Are there any other high-tech beauty tools you've splurged or wasted your money on? Share it in the comments below.