9 Quirky Tools That Actually Work

9 Quirky Tools That Actually Work

In the beauty industry, there’s definitely no shortage of quirky tools and gimmicky products that sound amazing but leave you feeling a little skeptical. Whether they’re promising to perform miracles or just helping to make a small difference in your beauty routine, it’s not always easy to shell out your hard-earned money for something that sounds too good to be true (and let’s be honest, usually it is).

Sometimes though, these wacky devices pull through and prove themselves useful. I’ve rounded up nine beauty tools that might sound a little crazy at first, but totally work (I’ve put ’em to the test)! So get ready to cut down your blow-dry time, soak-off your gel manicure with ease and finally master that liquid eyeliner because these products will definitely come in handy! Let me know if there are any wild beauty finds that you’ve discovered too!

PonyDry

PonyDry

One of the things I miss about short hair (yes—I once had a pixie) was how quick and easy it was to shower and dry my hair. This innovative tool allows anyone to shower like they have short hair, by wrapping up the lengths of your hair so you can just shampoo where you need it—your roots.

I’ve tried it out a few times and it definitely works! My lengths didn’t say completely dry (there’s a little scientific term called “capillary action”) but they were more just lightly damp then soaking wet, which saved a lot of blow dry time. Available at ponydry.com.

NailMates

NailMates

We all love a good gel manicure, but who hasn’t committed the ultimate beauty sin and picked off their gel polish because they couldn’t stand to soak their nails to remove it? NailMates make the process a whole lot easier. These re-usable caps fit perfectly and snuggly onto your fingertips and allows you to actually perform minor daily duties (getting dressed, brushing your teeth or even reading a book) while you soak your gel polish away.

NailMates use sponge pads that soak up the acetone and keep it in place. You can wash and reuse the pads, but they do offer replacement ones that aren’t going to break the bank either if you use them regularly. NailMates are available at Sally Beauty.

Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleanser

Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleanser

This little pad of makeup-removing magic allows you to quickly switch powder colors without having to switch brushes. It is completely dry, so there’s no wait time. It kind of looks like a dish sponge, but is definitely made with some form of voodoo magic, because it works really well. Essentially, it knocks off the pigment from the brush bristles so you can move on to a different eyeshadow shade or switch from contour to highlight in a flash. You can also clean the sponge and keep on using it once it gets too dirty. Available at Sephora.

Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager

Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager

I have to admit, I really had no idea what this tool was when I first laid eyes on it. However, after having given it a test drive, I have to say I’m quite a fan! Made by the creators of the Luna cleansing device, this eye device uses T-Sonic technology to massage the eye area. It helps to reduce puffiness, increase circulation to reduce dark circles and it helps to improve the absorption of eye creams and serums. To be honest, if you haven’t felt a good orbital bone massage before—you’re missing out! Available at Sephora.

Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Polish Barrier

Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Polish Barrier

With all the crazy nail art designs you see on Instagram and YouTube, it can be a little intimidating when just straight-up painting a clean-looking coat of polish is a challenge. This paintable liquid latex will solve all your manicure mishaps—promise! Simply paint on a barrier around your cuticle (you can even go slightly onto the nail plate to get that perfect cuticle line), let it dry, apply your nail polish and then remove the dried latex with a pair of tweezers. You’re left with a flawless, clean edge that looks like you just left the salon. Available at Sephora.

beautyblender liner.designer

beautyblender liner.designer

We’ve all heard of the scotch tape (or a business card) trick for creating a perfectly sharp eyeliner edge—but this tool allows you even more options. This little piece of plastic resembles a guitar pick, but if you look closely, the edges all have a different amount of curvature to them. This allows you to create that flirty cat-eye “flick” with a little extra curve than a perfectly straight line.

It can also be used to guard your eyelid while applying mascara or help sculpt a perfect lip line. While it may be a little overpriced for what it is, the amount of frustration by lopsided liner issues you’ll save makes it worth every penny. Available at Sephora.
The Makeup Eraser

The Makeup Eraser

Everyone was pretty skeptical when this makeup-removing cloth came out that promised to remove waterproof makeup with just water—but then they tried it and somehow, it worked. I’m not entirely sure how this thing works, but it does. The cloth is reusable, free of chemicals and cleanses off all traces of makeup with just warm water. It works so well that it freaks me out a little bit but hey—if you’re wondering if it works, it does. Ps. The Sephora brand version works just as well too. Available at Sephora.

Essence Volumizing Lash Powder

Essence Volumizing Lash Powder

This volumizing powder allows you to use your favorite mascara formula and build extra volume and length. Simply apply your mascara, then apply the volumizing lash powder and seal it in with another coat of mascara. You’ll be amazed at how much more volume you’ll get without kissing your must-have mascara goodbye. Available at ULTA.

KISS Instawave

KISS Instawave

This tool might look more like a torture device than a curling wand, but it works really well to create soft, beautiful curls (and it’s a whole lot less scary than those that suck your hair inside). You simply place a section of hair in the prongs and use the automatic rotating button to curl the hair up onto the wand.

It gives the natural, beachy look of a curling wand without having to get your hand near the hot tool. It does take a little getting used to, but once you do, you’ll be able to create gorgeous waves in no time at all. Available at Target.

  • 1 of 9 PonyDry
  • PonyDry
  • PonyDry, $19.99

    One of the things I miss about short hair (yes—I once had a pixie) was how quick and easy it was to shower and dry my hair. This innovative tool allows anyone to shower like they have short hair, by wrapping up the lengths of your hair so you can just shampoo where you need it—your roots.

    I’ve tried it out a few times and it definitely works! My lengths didn’t say completely dry (there’s a little scientific term called “capillary action”) but they were more just lightly damp then soaking wet, which saved a lot of blow dry time. Available at ponydry.com.

  • 2 of 9 NailMates
  • NailMates
  • NailMates, $11.50

    We all love a good gel manicure, but who hasn’t committed the ultimate beauty sin and picked off their gel polish because they couldn’t stand to soak their nails to remove it? NailMates make the process a whole lot easier. These re-usable caps fit perfectly and snuggly onto your fingertips and allows you to actually perform minor daily duties (getting dressed, brushing your teeth or even reading a book) while you soak your gel polish away.

    NailMates use sponge pads that soak up the acetone and keep it in place. You can wash and reuse the pads, but they do offer replacement ones that aren’t going to break the bank either if you use them regularly. NailMates are available from their website or at Sally Beauty.

  • 3 of 9 Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleanser
  • Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleanser
  • Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleanser, $18

    This little pad of makeup-removing magic allows you to quickly switch powder colors without having to switch brushes. It is completely dry, so there’s no wait time. It kind of looks like a dish sponge, but is definitely made with some form of voodoo magic, because it works really well. Essentially, it knocks off the pigment from the brush bristles so you can move on to a different eyeshadow shade or switch from contour to highlight in a flash. You can also clean the sponge and keep on using it once it gets too dirty. Available at Sephora.

  • 4 of 9 Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager
  • Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager
  • Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager, $139

    I have to admit, I really had no idea what this tool was when I first laid eyes on it. However, after having given it a test drive, I have to say I’m quite a fan! Made by the creators of the Luna cleansing device, this eye device uses T-Sonic technology to massage the eye area. It helps to reduce puffiness, increase circulation to reduce dark circles and it helps to improve the absorption of eye creams and serums. To be honest, if you haven’t felt a good orbital bone massage before—you’re missing out! Available at Sephora.

  • 5 of 9 Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Polish Barrier
  • Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Polish Barrier
  • Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Polish Barrier, $14

    With all the crazy nail art designs you see on Instagram and YouTube, it can be a little intimidating when just straight-up painting a clean-looking coat of polish is a challenge. This paintable liquid latex will solve all your manicure mishaps—promise! Simply paint on a barrier around your cuticle (you can even go slightly onto the nail plate to get that perfect cuticle line), let it dry, apply your nail polish and then remove the dried latex with a pair of tweezers. You’re left with a flawless, clean edge that looks like you just left the salon. Available at Sephora.

  • 6 of 9 beautyblender liner.designer
  • beautyblender liner.designer
  • beautyblender liner.designer, $16

    We’ve all heard of the scotch tape (or a business card) trick for creating a perfectly sharp eyeliner edge—but this tool allows you even more options. This little piece of plastic resembles a guitar pick, but if you look closely, the edges all have a different amount of curvature to them. This allows you to create that flirty cat-eye “flick” with a little extra curve than a perfectly straight line.

    It can also be used to guard your eyelid while applying mascara or help sculpt a perfect lip line. While it may be a little overpriced for what it is, the amount of frustration by lopsided liner issues you’ll save makes it worth every penny. Available at Sephora.

  • 7 of 9 The Makeup Eraser
  • The Makeup Eraser
  • The Makeup Eraser, $20

    Everyone was pretty skeptical when this makeup-removing cloth came out that promised to remove waterproof makeup with just water—but then they tried it and somehow, it worked. I’m not entirely sure how this thing works, but it does. The cloth is reusable, free of chemicals and cleanses off all traces of makeup with just warm water. It works so well that it freaks me out a little bit but hey—if you’re wondering if it works, it does. Ps. The Sephora brand version works just as well too. Available at Sephora.

  • 8 of 9 Essence Volumizing Lash Powder
  • Essence Volumizing Lash Powder
  • Essence Volumizing Lash Powder, $3.50

    This volumizing powder allows you to use your favorite mascara formula and build extra volume and length. Simply apply your mascara, then apply the volumizing lash powder and seal it in with another coat of mascara. You’ll be amazed at how much more volume you’ll get without kissing your must-have mascara goodbye. Available at ULTA.

  • 9 of 9 KISS Instawave
  • KISS Instawave
  • KISS Instawave, $46

    This tool might look more like a torture device than a curling wand, but it works really well to create soft, beautiful curls (and it’s a whole lot less scary than those that suck your hair inside). You simply place a section of hair in the prongs and use the automatic rotating button to curl the hair up onto the wand.

    It gives the natural, beachy look of a curling wand without having to get your hand near the hot tool. It does take a little getting used to, but once you do, you’ll be able to create gorgeous waves in no time at all. Available at Target.

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