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    35 Expensive-Looking Products That Aren't Actually Expensive

    Hear ye: Breakfast is only being served on fancy trays from now on.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.

    the interchangeable tray with yellow, green, orange, and white pieces

    Promising review: "These are the perfect plates. Lightweight and very cool design, and are a fun way to bring my favorite recipes (sliced homemade bread, cheese/crackers/grapes spread) to showers and parties. Love." —Sandia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    2. Faux marble granite adhesive that is waterproof, stain-resistant, and a foolproof way to spruce up an old piece of furniture. This is an easy way to fancy up your home, plus it allows you to keep and revamp pieces you love (but are in dire need of TLC).

    white desk with white marble adhesive

    Promising review: "I took a chance and bought this originally as a 'Band-Aid fix' to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that ... paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen counter top with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don't have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real counter top." —Z

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in four sizes).

    3. Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris, a stunning book designed with illustrated graphs and "hidden" treasures — think a scrap of replica mummy cloth and a how-to guide on reading simply hieroglyphics.

    I have personally owned this book since middle school (cc: Scholastic Book Fair) and it remains one of my most prized possessions.

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I've made in a while. My 8-year-old son hates reading but he can't put this book down. He loves the pull-out letters and all the envelopes with hidden maps. He loves the big red diamond on the front cover and he keeps telling me we need to plan a trip to Egypt so he can discover all kinds of treasure. This book has opened up his eyes to Egyptology and created a huge spark of interest in learning about other parts of the world." —bbb625

    Get it from Amazon for $16.01.

    4. A Jane Austen planter pot that would make any bibliophile shed tears of joy regardless of their pride (and prejudice). If they love books but hate greenery, they can use this to store makeup, dish sponges, keys, and more. The possibilities are endless.

    the white planter pot

    The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild actually has a few different planters to choose from, including Shakespeare and Einstein.

    Promising review: "I love it! I am OBSESSED with Jane Austen so I ordered this for my desk. It is small, about the size of a teacup, but makes me smile every time I see it." —Madelyn Petrovich

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    5. A satin set aka this is the embodiment of luxe loungewear. Wearing this around your apartment takes mundane activities (hello, mindless Instagram scrolling) and makes it feel like an event.

    model wearing the red shorts and tank top

    Get it from Boohoo for $10.80 (originally $18, available in sizes 4-12 and in five colors).

    6. A multipurpose glass kitchen board that adds a ton of style, but does *not* take up a lot of space. This functions as a trivet for hot pots and plates, makes for the ideal cutting board, and is the perfect way to display fruits, meats, and cheeses. Talk about a gouda gift, eh?


    This carpet-inspired kitchen board is heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and has nonslip rubber feet to ensure it stays in place.

    Promising review: "Perfect addition to the countertop. Instead of tucking it away like most cutting boards, this is one to display. Stays put, no sliding, and just big enough for slicing up veggies for a salad. We've also used it for hot dishes on the dining room table." —C M Moriarty

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A marble organizer to make hand-me-down utensils and old school supplies look luxe. For everything from kitchens to home offices, this functional piece is the perfect way to ~dress up~ your space.

    the marble holder with copper utensils inside

    Promising review: "I bought this for my makeup brushes and it did not disappoint. When I opened it I actually thought it was going to be way too small, but because it isn't totally round it ended up holding way more than I thought it would. Plus, it looks really great on my counter." —Alexis Puzzella

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors).

    8. Sterling silver cubic zirconia studs that look like they would run you about trillion bucks, but no — they actually cost very little and even my humble savings account wouldn't be bothered by the purchase.,

    Promising review: "Really beautiful earrings! They look expensive and not gaudy by any means. I have been considering spending $500 on a pair of different studs, but now I’m not sure they're worth the money. You can get the same look with these earrings for so much less!" —Lauren Carter

    Get them from Amazon for $10 (available in three sizes and finishes).

    9. A Bodum pour over coffee maker here to turn you into a complete caffeine snob. This heat-resistant borosilicate glass carafe is designed with a permanent filter that makes a smooth serving of Joe, is dishwasher-safe, and can make up to eight cups at a time.

    the clear coffee maker

    Promising review: "Super easy to use, makes a mean cup of joe, and is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my coffee loving friends." —Brad Lemons

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85 (available in three sizes and five styles).

    10. A faux suede mini skirt serving Big Fall Energy. Your outfit will have basically attained Pinterest level of perfection — just add some boots and a bodysuit. Glass of apple cider in hand is optional but highly encouraged.,

    Promising review: "I love this skirt so much! I got a large (150lb, 5'4) and it fits me perfectly. I've had this black skirt for around nine months now and it has become a staple in my wardrobe! It has very VERY small pockets, but pockets nonetheless, and it's very comfortable. The zipper is high quality, the material feels expensive, and I haven't noticed any fabric shrinkage or color fading! For me it hits around mid-thigh." –liv

    Get it from Amazon for $13.21+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 21 colors).

    11. A chunky chain bracelet you'll find yourself reaching for on the daily. If you're looking for a pièce de résistance to complement pretty much every piece of clothing you own, then this is IT.

    model wearing the gold bracelet
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $5.99.

    12. A create-a-set book collection consisting of weathered and used copies you can amass according to color scheme, therefore turning your shelves into a sea of thoughtfully curated books that you *wink* came up with all by yourself., Amazon

    Promising review: "Worth every penny. If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hallow, fake ones you see often. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality suburb. Will be ordering more from here in the future! Thanks!" —JHarris

    Get it from Amazon for $4+ (available in 17 colors).

    13. e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer blurs pores, mattifies excess oil, and offers light coverage with one swipe! It wears well under foundation, plus is great to slather on when you're pressed for time but want a bright, dewy complexion. This is widely considered an A+ dupe for more expensive primers on the market.

    the poreless putty primer in clear jar with black lid

    Promising review: "Beauty gurus have been raving about elf's putty primer, so I decided to give it a try because of the affordable price. Another reason why I appreciate elf products. At first, when I applied the primer, it did feel greasy on my skin, but after applying my makeup, my skin looked amazing. Not only did this primer minimize my pores. It also kept my oily skin at bay and helped my makeup last throughout the day. I can now say that I found a holy grail and this primer was definitely a product I will keep purchasing." —Pamela

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    14. A copy of The Art of Mixology: Classic Cocktails and Curious Concoctions that is the epitome of the ideal coffee table book. Aesthetics aside (yes I do judge books by their cover), these pages are packed with awesome recipes you'll want to attempt yourself.

    reviewer photo of the cocktail book

    Promising review: "This book is really nice quality, the hardback cover has a velvety feel, and the pages are thick and glossy. This was a gift for my husband and I was super happy with the product when it arrived! I can't wait to try some of the recipes." —Lauren Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    15. Gold-plated padlock dangles about to ~lock~ in the title of your new favorite earrings. They're dainty enough that they go with everything in your closet *but* are a bit more daring than your average studs.


    Promising review: "I love these earrings! I wear them almost every day, I only really take them off if I’m taking a shower. They haven’t tarnished yet!" —BBRebBe

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask contains an impressive blend of lactic acid and hardened volcanic lava from Jeju Island. If your skin feels greasy enough to fry an egg, this deep-cleansing treatment is fantastic at drawing up excess sebum *and* keeping it under control.

    the gray mask in a brown jar / Via @innisfreeusa

    Promising review: "This mask is to die for. It has the same effect as GlamGlow Supermud, but is almost nine times cheaper. Very effective on acne, clears up my skin from blemishes, and leaves it feeling fresh and squeaky clean. This one is my holy grail from now on, and just a little of this mask goes a long way!" —Aliya

    Get it from Amazon for $11.80.

    17. A vanity mirror that functions as both a gorgeous piece of decor and the perfect makeup tool. Get ready to feel like straight royalty every time you swipe on your $4 drugstore lipstick whilst staring back at your reflection.

    the gold mirror

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. A gorgeous velvet wrap dress I. Can't. Stop. Staring. At. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that this is what Shakespeare would consider love at first sight.,

    Promising review: "I am RARELY able to buy something online two days before an event, throw it on, wear no shapers under it, and go. But. This. Dress. Is. Different. I love it so much! I wish I had more holiday parties to go to so I could own it in every color! I’m a solid 18, this hugged every curve, was flattering, and was nicely lined. I don't have an hourglass figure, but this made me feel like Jessica Rabbit." —sheeshbri

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes 14-24 and in 15 colors).

    19. A resin hexagon coaster capable of taking your breath away with every slam of a coffee mug. Who knew protecting the surface of your Ikea table could be so, well, pretty?

    the blue, white, and gold coasters
    Mint Gold Creations / Etsy

    Get it from Mint Gold Creations on Etsy for $9.74.

    20. A buildable L'Oreal waterproof mascara that not only adds volume and length to your lashes, but it also does the unthinkable — and by unthinkable, I mean it won't smudge by mid-afternoon and create the dreaded ~panda eye~ effect. Like, I already have dark circles. I don't need mascara to enhance them.

    Maitland Quitmeyer wearing no mascara on the left and on the right, Maitland wearing mascara
    Maitland Quitemeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Holy grail of drugstore mascara! Thickens extremely well, adds some length, stays on my watery and greasy eyes all day with minimal clumping — no raccoon eyes and almost no flakes. It also washes off easily for a waterproof mascara!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    To learn more, check out "8 Life-Changing Beauty Products That Are Actually Worth Your Money".

    21. Seamed ponte knit leggings to end your quest for the perfect leggings. This is it, kiddos. These are designed with two functioning back pockets, they're super high-rise (no underwear appearances), plus they're available in short, regular, and long lengths.


    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "My leggings are always tearing, or they thin-out, or they look cheap... But THESE leggings are amazing. The pleats, stitching, and REAL pockets (no annoying fake pockets!) make the pants look nice enough that I can get away with wearing them as business casual. They're also so incredibly comfortable." —J&S

    Get them from Amazon for $22.50 (available in sizes XS–XXL; in short, regular, and long lengths; and six colors).

    22. A 60-sheet customized journal that looks super expensive and thoughtful, but in reality costs less than a New York City lunch. Luxe items + an affordable price tag = a very happy me.

    the customized journal

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this notebook. It is well made and exactly as described. I even gave them a pretty difficult phrase to display on the front and they spelled everything correctly. It arrived quickly and was packaged nicely to keep it safe during shipping. It is beautiful, sturdy, and big enough for all my journaling needs." —Bridget Kenney

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    23. Reflective sunglasses with a vintage-inspired cateye design here to fool random onlookers into thinking that your closet is packed with designer duds. In other words, these are some serious high fashion.,

    Promising review: "These are the best $10 sunglasses! I just bought a second pair to keep in my car. These glasses look like they would cost $100 (but actually aren't) which I love because I always lose sunglasses. BUY THESE! You won’t regret it!" —Morgan LePage

    Get them from Amazon for $9.89 (available in 11 colors).

    24. A macrame mirror perfect for every nook and cranny in your abode. Hanging this will suddenly make it look as if you've been featured on an HGTV renovation show or, at the very least, hired an interior decorator.

    the white macrame mirror

    Promising review: "A dreamy mirror for any room. I was extremely satisfied with this purchase. Looks like an expensive buy but it is definitely very affordable." —Natali

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A clear water bottle so sleek, every sip will feel like a total luxury. This even has time markers that act as a subtle reminder to stay hydrated throughout the day — we love a schedule.

    Promising review: "The only water bottle I sincerely love! It keeps me on track with my water intake. I love that it fits in my car cup holder so I can take it everywhere and it’s easy to clean. I’m buying more!" —madeleine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. Tiered chandelier earrings that have the witchy ability to turn unintentionally ripped jeans and a wrinkled white tee into an ensemble suitable for champagne and caviar feasts.

    reviewer wearing gold drop earrings

    Promising review: "These earrings are fabulous!! They look just like the picture. They are not heavy and they do not hurt my ears." —Sheya Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet with the uncanny ability to sauté, sear, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill any meal to perfection. Want a solid kitchen investment? Look no further than this beauty, which is perfect for almost every meal you'll want to whip up — we're talking breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    the black skillet with salmon asparagus

    Promising review: "This is the cast-iron I have, and it just lives on my stove top because I use it literally everyday. To clean, simply hand wash (I usually opt for no soap, but you do you) and rub with vegetable oil to keep it nice and seasoned." —Rachel Dunkel, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in multiple sizes).

    28. A Sephora Collection palette you'll surely *ahem* love a latte. Each pigmented hue is inspired by coffee, which means these six shades will provide all the warm neutral and smoky brown options your daily eyeshadow look could want.


    Promising review: "Really great neutral shades with some pink, and this palette is especially great for beginners as it includes helpful diagrams!" —Alex778

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    29. Hair extensions so fantastic, they've earned over 10,000 positive reviews! These realistic clip-ins are easy to snap in (we're talking mere seconds of effort) and add immediate volume and length to your mane, meaning you won't have to curse the day you went in for a "trim" and left the salon with hair way shorter than you expected.

    Promising review: "Holy moly! This is amazing. So easy to put in, the clips are nice and sturdy, and the hair is so thick and shiny without looking synthetic. I was also very impressed with how great they are considering the price." —Debra Quinn

    Get a pack of five clips from Amazon for $9.90 (available in 33 colors and four lengths).

    For more info, check out "These Cheap Hair Extensions Make You Look Like You Grew Your Hair Out Overnight."

    30. An Anker wireless charger that one assumes could cost upwards of several trillion dollars, but is surprisingly less than $10. This gives battery power/life to your device (think everything from AirPods to Galaxy phones) and even works through tough external cases!

    the black charger

    Promising review: "I leave this on my dresser and drop my AirPods on it or occasionally my phone. It’s compact, lightweight, gets the job done, and even charges my devices through their cases." —Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    31. A ColourPop matte lipstick sent from heaven to be delivered into the paws of makeup newbies. On top of being super affordable, this pencil-like tube design allows for precise (and easy) application: use the pointed edge as a liner, use the rounded side to fill everything in. / Via @colourpopcosmetics, Colourpop

    Promising review: "This has great color pay-off and is easy to apply. I also really like the shape of the lipstick: you can use the pointed edge as a liner, and then flip it around to fill in the rest of my lips." —Siobhan G.

    Get it from ColourPop for $6 (available in 28 shades).

    32. An unlined floral lace bra about to become the pride of your intimates drawer. Gorgeous aesthetics aside, this is equipped with a U-shaped back, soft straps, and lightweight support for a "barely there but still there" feeling.

    Reviewer wearing the mesh and lace bra in black

    Promising review: "I love this bra. I have a large chest and like bras with no padding. This bra is really comfortable and not itchy. It fit as expected. I am either a 32DDD or 34DD, depending on where the bra is from, and if it is full-coverage or not. I ordered the 34DD and it fit just right. It is full coverage on me and I do not spill out of it ever, even bending over. I have been wearing it for a few months now, seriously like five days a week at least, and washing it very often (in a garment bag/hang dry) and it still looks/feels great. I will definitely buy another one when this one is out of commission." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in band sizes 32-44, cup sizes C-DDD, and 15 colors).

    33. A Lily England rose gold hair brush cleverly designed with an ergonomic handle (READ: no more tired wrists) and gentle flexible bristles that glide through any hair type whether wet or dry, ridding your mane of knots with no painful tugging necessary.

    model brushing hair with rose gold brush

    Promising review: "Listen I don't know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. Oh my lawd, am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it — it's shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    34. A NYX liquid eyeliner if you're tired of your liquid liner fading before your second cup of coffee (#rude). This stuff seriously will not budge, plus the skinny felt tip makes cat eye precision a breeze. Who needs to reapply after lunch today? Not you.

    Promising review: "This stuff is my all time favorite liner. It’s super affordable, lasts long, it’s jet black, and the best part is that the liner brush is really skinny so it’s easy to apply. My holy grail." —Alex Reese

    Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

    35. COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad come pre-soaked with willow bark water and BHA, a chemical exfoliant that exfoliates dead skin cells and clears clogged pores. Each cotton pad has a: an embossed side for exfoliation and managing oil and b: a soft side to soothe irritation.

    the white jar with wipes inside

    Promising review: "These pimple pads are my LIFE now! I used to always get about a pimple a week, but after using these, my skin texture definitely improved and I stopped getting pimples unless life was really stressing me out. Would definitely consider it a holy grail item that I can't imagine my life without. This is a staple mild BHA acid that I use as both a physical and chemical exfoliant every day during my night time routine. I love the convenience because it comes in pad form so there's no need to wet your own cotton pads and what not." —Ricky

    Get a pack of 70 from Amazon for $13.50.

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