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InStyle.com: Do They Really Work? 16 Big-Claim Beauty Products Put To the Test

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Cordless Travel Flatiron

Is your bathroom cabinet filled with beauty products you’ve used once—and never again? Yeah, we thought so. To make sure your next purchase lives up to the hype, we gathered a team of seen-it-all experts and up-for-anything staffers to put a slew of innovative offerings to the test. From whitening teeth while washing dishes to flat-ironing hair at the beach (seriously), the trials are over and the results are in. Check out which of these goodies are worthy of your investment—and a spot on your shelf.

The Claim: From inventive stylist Sarah Potempa, who last year sent strands spinning in her rotating Beachwaver curling iron, comes a portable (and totes adorable) mini rechargeable iron. Heating up to 450 degrees and staying toasty for 30 minutes, it allows you to style any time, any place, even if there's no outlet nearby.

Expert Opinion: The 7½-inch-long tool is ideal for small jobs, like "taming frizzy bangs or curling your ends," says N.Y.C. stylist Kattia Solano. But if you want to even out an entire head of long, thick hair, you'll probably need an iron with larger plates that will sizzle for more than half an hour, she says.

Our Take: "It's great in a pinch," says one tester who flat-ironed swelling strands around her hairline on a humid beach in Barbados. It's also awesome for "smoothing the top layer of hair the day after a blowout."

The Jet-Setter by Sarah Potempa, $99; joyus.com.

(CREDIT: Greg Marino)
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