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    27 Products I Thought Were Too Cheap To Work Until I Saw The Reviews

    Prepare to be impressed for less!

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    1. These hydrocolloid patches will cover AND heal your spots at the same time.

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    Wearing a mask has created a lot of breakouts on my chin, so I started using these patches and have been impressed by the results! They're really easy to use – just chuck one over the spot and go – and they're genuinely not noticeable in normal lighting. You can tell it's ready to be removed when the centre turns white (like in the pic), and I can personally vouch that yes, these are incredibly satisfying to remove!

    Rating: 4.2-star average rating from 1,844 reviews.

    Price: £5.99 for 34 patches.

    2. If the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like this easy-to-use cleaner really will transform your headlights.

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    This highly-rated cleaning fluid won't just make your headlights sparkle – it'll help to prevent against future yellowing too! Just place some of the product onto a cloth and rub it into the affected area before wiping it away with a microfibre cloth!

    Rating: 4.2-star average rating from 380 reviews.

    Price: £6.88.

    3. This gorgeous eyeshadow palette is perfect for both everyday wear and more glam ~looks~. Not bad for less than a fiver, right?

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    Reviewers have been wowed by how highly-pigmented and even these eyeshadows are! They come in a sturdy metal tin too, so you won't have to worry about them falling out of their casing.

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 4,312 reviews.

    Price: £4.20.

    4. Transform the spaces in between your tiles with this handy grout-reviving pen.

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    Run its nib along any discoloured grouting for an instant colour refresh! The formula is antifungal, helping to prevent the new coating from getting covered in mould.

    Rating: four-star average rating from 2,434 reviews.

    Price: £3.20.

    5. If your bins never gets put back in the right place after they've been collected, these personalised stickers are the perfect solution.

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    They're completely weatherproof and will arrive to your home via first-class Royal mail!

    Rating: 4.8-star average rating from 2.985 reviews.

    Price: £3.25 for four.

    6. Transform your cuppas for less than £3 with these reusable descaler balls!

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    Drop one of these wire descalers into your kettle, put it on to boil, pour the water out, and then remove the mesh ball – the limescale inside your kettle will have collected between its wires, leaving you with clearer, scum-free cuppas. You can rinse the mesh balls after use and they'll be good to go again!

    Rating: 4.1-star average rating from 750 reviews.

    Price: £2.50 for two.

    7. Not to overshare, but my flat got an infestation of ants recently (look, it's been hot, ok?). These ant bait stations got rid of them for good in about two days!

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    The food inside is laced with slow-acting poison, so when worker ants bring it back to the queen ant, it'll remove the source of your six-legged troubles.

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 2,941 reviews.

    Price: £3.49 for two.

    8. These powerful drain-cleaning sachets will get rid of almost anything that's blocking your plugholes.

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    Pour the contents of one sachet down the affected drain, add hot water, wait for about 10 - 15 minutes, and then simply rinse the blockage away! It'll work just as well in your kitchen sink as it does in your shower. Customers are amazed by how powerful these sachets are!

    Rating: 4.2-star average rating from 1,001 reviews.

    Price: £2.30 for three sachets.

    9. When I first heard about this Seche Vite topcoat, I thought its claims were a little overhyped (especially at its price point). Now, I'm obsessed with its silky, chip-resistant finish, and it doesn't hurt that it's made my home manicures last for weeks, either!

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    This topcoat works by penetrating through your nail polish to the base of your nail, helping to bond the varnish in a really thorough and durable way. It dries incredibly quickly too, so you won't have to worry about smudging your nails or waiting ages until you can use your hands again!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 9,147 reviews.

    Price: £7.88.

    10. This degreaser spray does exactly what it promises to do – it'll keep your kitchen free from built-up oil and grease, cutting through even stubborn stains.

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    This stuff's called "Elbow Grease" for a reason – the product inside is powerful enough to remove oil from plastics and metals without any scrubbing on your behalf. Spray the formula onto the affected surface, let it sit for a couple of minutes, wipe it away, and you're done!

    Rating: 4.8-star average rating from 2.205 reviews.

    Price: £1.00.

    11. This Extra 3D lash mascara from Rimmel has seriously impressed customers.

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    Its fine brush is designed to coat even the finest hairs with a vitamin E-enriched formula! People say it's lengthening and volumising without being clumpy, and the formula is completely smudge-proof, too.

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 1,179 reviews.

    Price: £2.98.

    12. For something so cheap and simple to use, these fabric combs are surprisingly effective.

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    These combs work exactly as you'd expect – simply run them over your clothes and they'll pick up and remove bobbles as they go. Customers love how quickly and effectively these transform their fave items of clothing!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 49 reviews.

    Price: £6.99 for three.

    13. This 4head stick uses levomenthol to get rid of the symptoms of headaches in less than two minutes.

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    Run it over your forehead for a simple and effective treatment! Unlike regular medication, there's no limit to how often you can use this thing (which is handy, seeing as there's up to 100 applications per pack). It doesn't leave a greasy or sticky feeling on your skin, either!

    Rating: 4.7-star average rating from 1,324 reviews.

    Price: £3.99.

    14. This multicolour rug is 1) stunning, 2) made from 100% recycled materials, and 3) less than a tenner. What's not to love?!

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    This rug is a great way to bring a room together for less! It's made with fabric offcuts, and customers say it really is just as gorgeous as the promo pics promise.

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 546 reviews.

    Price: £9.99 for a 60 x 90cm rug.

    15. The Ordinary's Niacinamide balances the oils in your skin, helping to get rid of spots, blackheads, and other types of congestion.

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    One of the great things about niacinamide is that it mixes really well with other active ingredients (it helps to absorb moisturiser brilliantly). It also works as a brightener, a smoothing agent, and an anti-ageing serum!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 1,186 reviews.

    Price: £7.98.

    16. This Driclor antiperspirant promises to prevent excessive sweating for days, not hours.

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    If the ratings are anything to go by, this spray really does live up to its promise. Customers say just a couple of applications per week is enough to keep them sweat-free for days. If you don't take their word for it, there's a money-back guarantee too!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 1,289 reviews.

    Price: £5.77.

    17. This fabric shampoo will basically let you valet your car for less than a tenner. In fact, it works for all synthetic upholstery!

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    This spray cleans and deodorises, so your seats will smell as fresh as they look. Just spray this stuff onto any stained seats, let it soak in, rinse it away, and voila – the fabric will look good as new again!

    Rating: 4.6-star average rating from 1,226 reviews.

    Price: £7.95.

    18. Reviewers rave about these teeth-whitening strips, with some saying they've noticed a difference after just a couple of uses.

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    You'll only need to apply these non-slip strips once a week for about half an hour to get some impressive results! The formula is completely vegan, and the powerful nontoxic adhesive sticks equally well to all your teeth too for even whitening.

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 133 reviews.

    Price: £5.98 for 28 strips.

    19. This eyelash serum promises to lengthen and thicken your lashes, and judging by its ratings, it's got to be doing something right.

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    The formula is packed full of lash-lengthening peptides and nourishing vitamin E, so your lashes will get stronger and look longer after repeated use. Customers say it leaves their lashes thicker and fuller, and it's super cost-effective too!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 2,041 reviews.

    Price: £6.98.

    20. This Sally Hansen cuticle remover will get rid of the dead skin at the base of your nails in seconds.

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    It claims to dissolve your cuticles in 15 seconds(!), after which point you can push the old skin away from your nails for a faster manicure. Customers say it's as easy to use as it is effective!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 2.270 reviews.

    Price: £4.20.

    21. My laptop seems to be overheating even more now that I'm WFH, so you can imagine how happy I was to see the great reviews for this ridiculously cheap fan-powered cooling mat.

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    This slim mat contains a fan to keep the base of your devices cool. There's a non-slip strip around the mat's edges to help keep your laptop in place!

    Rating: 4.2-star average rating from 297 reviews.

    Price: £5.99.

    22. These watering globes can keep your plants hydrated for up to two weeks with zero effort from you (yes, really).

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    When moisture leaves the soil, it releases oxygen which then enters these watering globes, pushing out the exact amount of water proportional to the moisture lost in the soil (genius, right?!). Once you've filled the compartments, they can last you for up to two weeks.

    Rating: four-star average rating from 74 reviews.

    Price: £5.99 for four.

    23. You'll be able to get your stainless steel surfaces sparkling without any need for sprays thanks to this specially-designed cloth.

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    This clever cloth will clean your stainless steel surfaces using only water! It won't leave any streaks or residue behind, and it's completely machine-washable too.

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 603 reviews.

    Price: £3.99.

    24. And speaking of getting a sparkling finish, this limescale-busting spray is a great way to bring the lustre back to your shower head!

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    Spray some of its enzyme-packed formula onto any affected surfaces and a thick foam will come out. That foam will work its limescale-destroying magic for five minutes, and once it's done, you can wipe it away to reveal a clean surface underneath (ugh, how satisfying).

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 794 reviews.

    Price: £3.00.

    25. These plastic sink strainers will ensure food doesn't go down your drains!

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    These plastic strainers won't rust or scratch your sink when you're removing or installing them, and reviewers say they're great value for money too. Fewer blockages for less than three quid? Yes, please!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 133 reviews.

    Price: £2.99 for four.

    26. This flexible tap extender is a great way to hose your sink down after you've used it, and it's fab for washing fruit and veg too. Plus, it's less than £2(!!).

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    Once it's attached, you can pull it down to use the hose and push it back up again to resume normal tap function. It's made from rust-resistant stainless steel that's incredibly long-lasting!

    Rating: four-star average rating from 56 reviews.

    Price: £1.42.

    27. Protect the base of your oven with these liners.

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    They can withstand temperatures of up to 260°C, and whenever they get mucky you can remove these liners and clean them in the sink or dishwasher.

    Rating: 4.7-star average rating from 3,787 reviews.

    Price: £4.50 for two.

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