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 concluded:
- 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.