Do Motorized Makeup and Skin Care Tools Live Up to the Hype?
If you’re looking to shake up your beauty routine, check out the latest in motorized makeup and skin care tools. We took them for a test drive and asked the experts, and here's what they had to say.
Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster Lash Primer & Mascara
According to Lancôme studies, ophthalmologists who examined eyelashes under a microscope saw a difference in density after one week of using the primer. Additionally, 81 percent of women who used it noticed longer eyelashes after one month. Why does it work? According to makeup artist Hillary Clark, whose looks have appeared on the runways of designers like Betsey Johnson, "The vibrations wiggle the mascara deeper into the lash line and help to fully cover them for a darker, thicker-looking lash."
Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System
Since there's only so much your fingers or washcloth can do, you're better off getting dirt and grime out of your pores with the gentle, battery-operated brush. "[Clarisonics are] great because they help clean and exfoliate at the same time with the slightly abrasive oscillating brush head," explains Paul J. Frank, cosmetic dermatologist and author of Turning Back the Clock Without Losing Time. "It ensures a more thorough cleansing and emptied pores, and therefore helps the penetration and efficacy of skin care products." In fact, a Clarisonic study shows 61 percent better absorption of topical vitamin C when applied after cleansing skin with the brush. The more cell-repairing product your skin can absorb, the harder it can work to do its job.
L’Oréal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Micro-Vibration Eye Treatment
The micropulses delivered through this eye cream may not help absorption of the wrinkle- and darkness-minimizing ingredients, but it can relieve undereye swelling. "The movement it creates can temporarily increase circulation and help massage out fluids to minimize puffiness," explains Anne Chapas, dermatologist and founder of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York. For those who suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes no matter how many hours you slept, this is a great solution.
The powder puff applicator is designed to deliver 7,000 micro-vibrations per minute, breaking down the accompanying mineral makeup and evenly dispensing it onto the face for an almost airbrushed effect. “It really helps blend the makeup and buffs the powder into the skin nicely,” says Clark. Added bonus: A Lancôme study of 50 women showed that the massaging action helps diminish fine lines and refine skin texture over a period of four weeks.
What do you think? Do these tools really work?