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    31 Products From Sephora That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

    Formulas so effective, they're practically magic.

    1. A bottle of The Ordinary peeling solution packed with quality ingredients (think glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid) to remedy your biggest skincare concerns: acne and excess oil. The time to break up with breakouts has arrived, my friends. And for less than $8, to boot.

    on the left, former BuzzFeed Writer Jamé Jackson  with more oily skin labeled "how oily I used to get" and on the right, Jamé with matte skin labeled "how oily I get now"

    2. A Sephora Collection cream mask that is truly, in the words of the Great Gwen, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Really! It contains a hefty dose of nourishing banana extract, aka your complexion will get an instant dose of moisture and glow after just one use.

    yellow bottle with illustrated bananas labeled "Sephora banana cream mask"

    3. A Clinique BB cream with a buildable, lightweight formula that won't worsen breakouts and feels like a second skin. Added bonus: This has SPF40, which means you'll be getting protection *and* coverage all in one swipe.

    4. 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.

    5. A First Aid Beauty priming moisturizer that enlists the help of coconut water and quinoa protein for a dewy canvas that allows for foundation to glide on like butter. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging, so repeat after me: sorcery.

    6. An Amika straightening brush designed with impressive iRed technology so heat can rapidly penetrate your hair. In English? This thing reduces straightening time by up to half (#bless), ion projectors and a ceramic base promise smoothness and shine, plus it doesn't give that "pin-straight" effect that basically ruins your chance at volume and body.

    On the left, BuzzFeed Writer Hannah Loewentheil with slightly wavy brown hair; in the middle, Hannah running a black brush through her hair; on the right, Hannah with straight hair labeled with the text "miracle brush"

    7. The Inkey List apple cider vinegar peel, because you've heard about the benefits of ACV but detest the taste. No worries! Add it to your skincare routine with this bottle of 10% glycolic acid and fruit enzymes, which gently reduce redness and dark spots to reveal a glowing (and non-irritated) complexion.

    8. A Sephora Collection scrub to deep cleanse your scalp and get rid of the built-up gunk in your roots, because your hair shouldn't feel greasy a mere three hours after shampooing. And FYI: It has a peppermint scent that will totally wake you up on mornings when even three cups of coffee aren't doing the trick.

    green packaging labeled "Sephora peppermint hair cleansing scrub"

    9. A Milk Makeup gel pencil that's basically a dual-ended pencil: One side holds matte color and the other houses a built-in spoolie brush. This easy-to-use product is fab because it guarantees natural-looking brows that won't transfer and actually stay put all 👏 day 👏 long 👏.

    10. A Peter Thomas Roth treatment mask packed with sulfur, kaolin clay, and bentonite clay for a strong formula that follows through on its description of being "maximum strength." Let me break it down for you: This mask will quickly dry out your acne and tell excess oil to hit the road.

    white jar labeled "therapeutic sulfur mask" with white product inside

    11. A Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick so lightweight, it'll feel like you're wearing nothing (as if your lips are just naturally a bright fuchsia). And while that is all fine and dandy and grand, let me present you with the pièce de résistance of this product: the packaging.

    12. The Ordinary toning solution to fade dark spots and zits, improve radiance, and provide gentle exfoliation with just a few swipes of a cotton round (you can thank a formula of glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and Tasmanian pepperberry for that).

    clear plastic bottle with white nozzle labeled "the Ordinary"

    13. A hydrating Summer Fridays cream face mask created to give tired, dull, stressed skin some serious pampering. Serious moisture and serious glow? Pass that marriage certificate because I ~dew~.

    14. A Hello! Beauty Icons Set that costs $10 (but has a $36 value), aka this is the epitome of ~bang for your buck~. It's packed with sample-sized versions of the following: Nars lipstick, Nudestix blush and bronzer duo, Youth To The People antioxidant cleanser, Laneige moisture cream, a Living Proof hair mask, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume.

    the products

    15. A Sunday Riley clarifying oil bordering on Harry Potter-grade magic. This medicated dry oil prevent blackheads, stubborn pimples, and fine lines whilst you sleep, plus it absorbs super quickly — no more waking up to grease stains on your pillowcase that you'll get around to washing...eventually.

    16. A Farmacy lip balm for long-lasting hydration that *won't* eventually dry out your lips even more. I know that you know what I'm talking about — and this 100% natural formula of beeswax, jojoba oil, honey, cupuaçu, and cocoa butters genuinely works.

    product in white packaging labeled "Farmacy honey butter"

    17. A Sephora Collection mask stick that, in addition to nourishing (watermelon formula) and mattifying (bamboo formula) your complexion, is a summer breeze when it comes to application: Simply remove the cap, swipe on some goodness, and rinse off after 10 minutes. No product wasted or smeared all over your hands.

    18. A Dr. Jart SPF30 color-correcting treatment with a major superstar ingredient: tiger grass (centella asiatica). This green-to-beige product remedies redness, helps heal sensitive skin, and covers up pimples — no heavy, crease-y concealer necessary.

    19. A Belief lightweight moisturizer that will, please don't pardon my French, become the pièce de résistance of your skincare routine. Not only is this gel-cream super hydrating, but it also has an instant cooling effect that makes it unbeatable for hot summer months.

    20. A Drybar blow-dryer brush, because getting a salon-quality 'do should be as simple as one-two-dry. This easy-to-use tool will give you a perfect blowout every single time, and you'll have to exert no extra effort.

    21. A splurge-worthy Tatcha sunscreen that will protect you from the sun's harmful rays (SPF 35, baby) without leaving behind a film of sticky, greasy residue. This even blurs pores and doubles as a makeup primer to ensure that your foundation stays put all 👏 damn 👏 day 👏.

    BuzzFeed Senior Editor Maitland Quitmeyer with redness on arm labeled "non-Tatcha sunscreen = sunburn city" and face with no redness labeled "Tatcha sunscreen = no sunburn on face whatsoever"

    22. A Korres probiotic mask here to tackle redness with a vengeance. Quality ingredients like Greek yogurt, lactic acid, and a microbiome re-balancing technology help nourish your skin's natural protective layer (the kind ruined by stress and greasy food) and improve overall texture.

    model with redness on necks and cheeks labeled "before" on the left, same model with no redness labeled "after 15 mins" on the right

    23. A Sol De Janeiro body lotion with a rich, creamy consistency that won't feel like you're wearing 100 layers of grease upon application. Hooray for lightweight formulas that are actually effective (and don't smell like grandma's perfume, to boot).

    24. A Sephora Collection glow serum to deliver some major "I drink a ton of water" vibes. A blend of vitamins c and e and marine algae offers visibly brighter skin, even giving your complexion a touch of illumination — it can also be applied over foundation as a subtle highlight.

    hand holding clear plastic bottle with white nozzle

    25. A Laura Mercier foundation with blendable, medium-to-full coverage that creates a flawless complexion *without* making your face feel like it's drowning in product. This matte formula has a staying power of 15 hours, contains fine powders to help you ditch your greasy T-zone, and is completely transfer-resistant. Pinch me.

    26. A Makeup Eraser that is straight eco-friendly magic. Simply add water to this specially knitted cloth before wiping your face like you would with a makeup removing towelette: Lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, and even waterproof mascara will be banished in a jiffy.

    27. A concentrated Dermalogica serum with an impressive ingredient list: we're talking oat, glycerin, and evening primrose oil. This powerful trio hydrates and calms even the most irritated skin, so you can finally say "Let the door hit you on the way out" to redness and inflammation.

    hand squeezing white bottle with nozzle labeled "dermalogica"

    28. KVD tattoo eyeliner worthy of the cult-like praise it gets: it dries quickly, won't smudge or budge, lasts 25 hours a day, and the thin tip makes achieving the perfect cat eye *gulp* somewhat easy.

    29. A beautyblender liquid concealer that fully covers zits, redness, and dark circles with just a few lightweight swipes. It's even infused with hyaluronic acid and peptides that make it *way* more hydrating than your average under-eye corrector.

    on the left, model with dark under eyes labeled "before" and on the right, same model with brighter under eyes labeled "after"

    30. A vegan and cruelty-free Ghost shampoo capable of cutting down on grease *without* being too harsh on your mane. A mix of moringa oil, quinoa protein, and sunflower seed extract works together to repair damage and strengthen your hair...all while stopping dryness and brassiness in their tracks.

    hand holding white bottle with black cap labeled "verb ghost shampoo"

    31. A Glow Recipe three-in-one cleanser for removing makeup, hydrating skin, and gradually combatting blemishes in just one blueberry extract-laden step. *begins to hum "Hallelujah" a la Shrek when realizing I won't have to quadruple cleanse*

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