BAD VIBRATIONS To achieve a dramatic effect with mascara, I’ve always had to apply an inordinate amount of force to my lashes (which isn’t much fun for my blinking-back-tears peepers). So, when I heard about Estée Lauder’s TurboLash, a vibrating brush intended to reach hidden lashes with more force than your hand, I couldn’t get my paws on it quickly enough. And after a stroll through the department store’s cosmetic section, I noticed that Estée Lauder’s version is just one of a handful of micropulsing wonder wands on the market. Here’s how it works: As soon as you twist the tube—voila!—the brush pulses with the intensity of a vibrating cell phone. (The battery should last about six months, though the company advises pitching the tube after three for hygienic reasons.) Unfortunately, my excitement faded a few seconds later, when it took not one, not two, but three swipes to coat my lashes—and even then the color appeared unevenly distributed, leaving my lashes far from flawless. Too bad; I say after three swipes, you’re out. $30 at Saks Fifth Avenue (700 N Michigan Ave, 312-944-6500, esteelauder.com).
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