Here at Milabu Co., we take a lot of consideration when testing products, past the simple “is it good or not?” We’ve developed our own rating systems to reflect what we think are the most important elements when considering if a product is good or not. The most important element is if a product meets its claims. Brands can claim what they want, but will the product actually deliver? We strive to be unbiased in our ratings and test products thoroughly to get a full picture of the performance. Do keep in mind what works or doesn’t work for us, might be a bit different for you. That’s why we keep our ratings based on performance and state our opinions clearly.

Because the makeup and hair world is full of so many different products, we have developed rating charts for different categories. Our ratings are subject to change as new products enter the beauty market and as technology develops.

At the end of the day, makeup and hair is meant to be fun! The beauty community is always growing and there is an overwhelming amount of products going viral. We’re here to get straight to the point with you (and your dollars) in mind.


VALUE ***** (1.0 – 5.0)

This is the price for the technology provided worth it’s price tag? The standard hair tool will have some kind of technology with titanium plated finish (or turmaline ceramic plated) for aprx $60 and with no technology below $20 (i.e. we add $30 to $50 to tools that have no technology or simply unsafe to make a proper comparison)

* (1.0 – 2.0)

Outrageous price for performance.

Value: >$150

Pro: >$400

Luxury: >$600

*** (2.0 – 4.0)

Priced right for its performance and technology

Value: $150 – $60

Pro: $400 – $200

Luxury: $600 – $400

***** (4.0 – 5.0)

Meets all claims; Excellent performance and technology for its price.

Value: $60 – $40

Pro: $200 – $100

Luxury: $400 – $300

PERFORMANCE ***** (1.0 – 5.0)

How well does the tool style the hair? How many passes does it require to style the hair? Does the tool provide smooth, and shine to the hair? does it control frizzy hair…

* (1 – 2.0)

Takes too long to heat up, takes more than two passes to style the hair, frizzy hair, too hot

*** (2.0 – 4.0)

Takes around two passes to style the hair (straighten or curls), minimizes frizzy hair

***** (4.0 – 5.0)

takes one pass to style the hair, smooth and shiny hair, controls frizzy hair and ends.

CONTROLS ***** (1.0 – 5.0)

Does the hair tool provide fully adjustable controls? does it have LCD screen(s)? Are the controls functional and in proper locations?

* (1.0 – 2.0)

Lack of controls, no LCD panels, no extensive controls

** (2.0 – 4.0)

LCD panel(s), adjustable controls, functional locations

*** (4.0 – 5.0)

LCD panel(s), provides all the controls and more to adjust heat and/or airflow…, very functional

TECHNOLOGY ***** (1.0 – 5.0)

Does the hair tool have any advanced technology like titanium plates or other alloys, smart heat controls, controls with feedback loops, is it safe, cordless…

* (1.0 – 2.0)

steel or ceramic tool with no advanced plating

*** (2.0 – 4.0)

Turmaline ceramic plated, titanium plated, smooth plates

***** (4.0 – 5.0)

Full alloy plates (not plated), or censors to adjust heat in the iron or plates, smooth plates, other technology to help with hair styling

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