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    Apr 15, 2020

    23 Beauty Products That Seriously Just *Work*

    You can count on these things to pull their weight.

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    1. Caudalie Instant Detox Mask uses clay to help keep pores clean and tight. It's great for people with oily or uneven skin.

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    Promising review: "I almost never leave reviews for products, but wow! This brand has me really wanting to sing its praises! Within ONE use, my tons of pesky blackheads on my nose, cheeks, and chin seem minimized. Now that I’ve used it multiple times, my skin looks much less congested with smaller pores and a more even skin tone. I look forward to using this every few days!" —Jacqueline4815

    Get it from Sephora for $39.

    2. Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm is meant to be used post-pimple. It melts into skin and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes with the help of antioxidants and peptides.

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    Promising review: "I love the Rescue Bomb. It’s the perfect addition to my skincare routine and brings down the redness significantly. My favorite thing about it is the texture: It’s so creamy and makes my skin feel great!" —Alexandra W

    Get it from Hero Cosmetics for $12.99.

    3. Meow Meow Tweet's vegan lip balm soothes chapped lips and comes in a cardboard container so you can cut down on plastic waste.

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    I have this lip balm in the coconut cacao scent. It smells heavenly (like hot chocolate) and it's honestly hard to not just take a giant bite out of it. The balm makes my lips extra soft. I love how chunky it is — it makes application fast and easy.

    Get it from Meow Meow Tweet for $14 (available in three scents).

    4. Flesh's hydrating serum comes with 35 SPF so it will protect you from the sun's evil rays while hydrating and priming.

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    I have this serum and really like it! It layers well and only has a sliiiight sunscreen smell. It does contain fragrance but even my sensitive skin seems to deal with it. Since using, my face has felt a little bouncier and brighter. I recommend, especially for anyone who — *gasp* — hasn't been using sunscreen every day. It's so easy and important — just do it!!!

    Get it from Flesh for $32.

    5. Eva NYC's Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo wants you to have a healthy scalp, so it exfoliates, purifies, and works to banish residue, pollutants, and build-up.

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    It's vegan and free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. I use this shampoo about once a week to help get rid of build-up, and it's really effective. It has the usual Eva NYC scent, which I would liken to a light bakery smell.

    Get it from Eva NYC for $12.

    6. Pixi Glow Tonic is a fan-favorite that chemically exfoliates to leave your face glowing.

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    Promising review: "Yes, go get it! All the hype is true! This makes your skin glow from within. I like using this in the morning. Preferably every other morning, instead of every day. It might be too strong for my skin to use it every day. Anyways, it's a great product! Go get it now if you're thinking about it!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $15.

    7. First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream provides instant (and long-lasting) hydration that your dry skin sorely needs.

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    This moisturizer is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "I suffer from eczema on my hands and washing my hands throughout the day causes severe damage (cracked skin, redness, and sensitivity). Thankfully my sister introduced me to this about a year ago and it has changed my life! No more dry, flaky, irritated skin. Even during those cold and dry winter days, my hands remain smooth and hydrated."zelmar

    Get it from Sephora for $14+ (available in three sizes).

    Read more about this hydrating skincare formula in This Moisturizer Is A Dream Come True For Anyone With Dry Skin Or Eczema.

    8. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation is designed to provide 24-hour coverage and can even survive humidity, heat, and other factors that might try to mess up your look.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is so amazing. Let me tell you. I think I've found my life foundation. This is the longest-wear makeup I've ever owned with the best coverage. I have been through many many products, some of them I actually like pretty well but I believe this is the crown jewel of them all. I work twelve hour shifts in a hot trailer lifting pretty heavy stuff and when I get home I still look like a fabulous goddess. I gave a bottle of this to my best friend and she also adores it. We love you Estée Lauder. Thank you so much." —PlattKatt

    Get it from Sephora for $42 (available in 42 shades).

    9. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask soothes and hydrates your lips with its antioxidant and vitamin C formula, all while you're asleep.

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    Promising review: "I love this product! The scent is really nice and not overpowering and it works well to help my lips feel less dry. I love that I can put this on overnight and not worry about it while I sleep!" —Nicolee7

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in three scents).

    10. Innisfree's Super Volcanic Clusters Pore Clearing Clay Mousse Mask clears pores and chemically exfoliates so your skin can look fresh and dewy.

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    Ninety-seven percent of customers would recommend this formula, which is packed with Jeju Volcanic Clusters and salicylic acid, for a clearer complexion.

    Promising review: "I was seriously surprised by this. A little went a long way, which means this is gonna last you forever. Also, it didn’t just sit on my face, it cleaned, it purified, and it just felt dang good. I adored this mask." —Haley8catherine

    Get it from Sephora for $21.

    11. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm melts away makeup and impurities while also hydrating your skin. What a champ!

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    Promising review: "Absolutely essential! I cannot go without it. It removes all traces of all makeup, even eye makeup. My skin feels clean and silky soft. In the morning, I swear my skin looks even better." —WendyH1222

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).

    12. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil harnesses the power of marula seed oil to moisturize and repair dry skin.

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    This skin-saver received 1,010 five star reviews and 144.9K likes!

    Promising review: "I use this oil under my eyes every day and night and it's helped make that skin more plump and happy! But, whenever my skin seems to be in a rut, like it's just BLAH or dry or lackluster, I bring this oil into my life. Sometimes I use it every day or night, sometimes I mix four to five drops into my moisturizer or I just use this as a moisturizer and my face SOAKS it up. This will forever be a staple in my skincare routine." —kwilhite

    Get it from Sephora for $40+ (available in two sizes).

    13. Living Proof's 5-in-1 Styling Treatment delivers conditioning, strength, volume, and shine to your hair as soon as you apply it. It does the work of five products, so you can cut down on the amount of stuff you're adding to your mane. Simply apply on damp hair, style, and admire your 'do!

    Sephora

    My coworker loves this product! Here is what she says about it:

    "I've received lots of compliments on my hair since switching to this product, from random people asking if I paid for a blowout (NOPE!) to a friend's roommate exclaiming, 'Your hair is editorial straight!' (Thanks!) So yeah, it’s legit. It’s also extremely lightweight because it’s made without parabens or phthalates, which I’m told weigh down your hair! And it’s safe to use on straight, wavy, or curly hair. I pull it through my hair from roots to ends and then blow-dry my hair (with this blow-dryer) and a brush (like this one). Without this 5-in-1 miracle stuff, it’d take a lot more product (and effort) to make my hair look like this post-blowout. In short, if Living Proof stops making this stuff, I’m buying a damn case of it." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Read Elizabeth's full review (#8).

    Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in two sizes).

    14. The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% helps brighten your complexion with azelaic acid, a star ingredient that'll work to improve skin texture and minimize the appearance of redness and blemishes.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I use this once a week at night and it really helps reduce redness and smooth out my skin tone. It's a good size so it lasts a long time!" —alemer

    Get it from Sephora for $7.90.

    Read more about this product in 24 Redness-Reducing Products That Actually Work.

    15. Bite Beauty's lip mask is packed with agave and jojoba oil to provide an effective overnight lip treatment that'll leave your lips feeling soft and new.

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    Promising review: "I love, love, love this product! Before I purchased it, I tried everything. I spent one winter in Chicago, and for years, my lips could never truly recover from the harsh, dry cold weather. Other products offered temporary moisture, but never had a lasting effect. I put this on at night and left it on as I slept. In the morning, after my normal cleanse routine, my lips were much softer. After three days of this use, I had normal, moist, soft lips. Now, for maintenance, I apply it once a week at night, alongside my facial mask routine, and my lips have never felt healthier. Pricey, yes. But you really only need a small amount, and it works fantastically. It is well worth the cost!" —Gwillickers

    Get it from Sephora for $26 (available in four colors).

    16. Stila's Shimmer and Glow liquid glitter eyeshadow offers long lasting shimmer that's easy for even beginners to apply.

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    Promising review: "The BEST eyeshadow I've ever used. I use a matte pink in the creases, then the rose gold glitter shadow on my lids only and very, very lightly. It's a light application of the product and perfect for day. Oh sure, you can layer this and make it as thick as you want, but this stuff is so beautiful when used lightly. I get compliments on it wherever I go. I mean who compliments someone on their eyeshadow? What surprises me the most is how quickly it dries and stays in place allllllllllllllll day long, but...comes off easily when you wash it off. Honestly, the formula they came up with on this is a miracle. I'm very picky and hard to please and when I tried this the first time, I loved it so much, I immediately bought two more, in case they were discontinued (which always happens to me). Love, love, love this shadow." —jannholl

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in five colors).

    17. INC.redible's De-Puffing Under Eye Jade Roller soothes tired or puffy eyes, and even helps protect them from blue light. Plus the act of rolling a lil' jade ball on your face sounds pretty calming.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I love this product! It really helps depuff under the eyes and it smells so good too! It leaves my face feeling awake and glowing." —hinapatel75

    Get it from Sephora for $15.

    18. Peace Out's pore treatment offers strips that fight excess oil and blackheads. Just put them on at night and wake up to admire the results.

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    Promising review: "I have fairly sensitive skin and am always worried about trying any products that 'stick' to your face. After having bad experiences with past pore strips, I was pleasantly surprised with how amazing Peace Out Pores was. Not only did it remove so much dirt and oil from my pores, but it surprisingly left the area feeling refreshed and moisturized. Once a week I put these on before bed and have noticed such a difference in my skin and reduced breakouts. Highly recommend." —LaurenMcA

    Get a pack of eight strips from Sephora for $19.

    19. The Ordinary's multi-peptide face serum has hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and bio-derivatives to help fight dryness, dullness, and fine lines. It's also cruelty-free and super affordable.

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    Promising review: "I love this serum! It’s so lightweight and gel-like. I apply this in the evenings before I go to bed and wake up with amazingly plump and hydrated skin. It gives my morning face such a nice base for makeup and I’ve seen an overall improvement since using it. I’m so excited I can get this at Sephora now! I bought this off of Beautylish before and fell in love with this brand. A lot of their products are really amazing. They just work, and you can’t beat the price. Please try this!" —daylighhtt

    Get it from Sephora for $14.80+ (available in two sizes).

    20. Urban Decay's setting spray will make sure your makeup stays in place, rain or shine.

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    Promising review: "I spray this over my makeup at 7 a.m., and when I'm leaving work at 5 p.m., my makeup is the exact same as it was 10 hours prior. I started with the smaller bottle just to try it out, but since I'm so pleased with the results, I'm definitely going to be getting the bigger bottle!" —amycayxo

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in three sizes).

    21. Biossance Squalane Oil hydrates your skin so effectively, you'll wonder how you ever survived without it.

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    This is the stuff of dreams, people! I put it on my face at night after serum and before my night cream, and wake up with bouncy, bright skin. The first time I used it, I had overnight results. I am constantly yelling about this product to everyone who will listen; I even convinced my dermatologist to try it.

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    22. Glossier Solution gets rid of dead skin and clears complexion, leaving you glowing.

    Glossier

    This cruelty-free chemical exfoliator uses several acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) to unclog pores, fight acne, and banish dark spots — all while moisturizing, conditioning, and exfoliating your skin. Plus, it's a lot more gentle on skin than a physical exfoliant. Check out our full review of the Glossier Solution.

    Promising review: "I was really skeptical about buying this, but I'm so happy I did! I started using this about a month ago: I first noticed that my skin texture was WAYYY smoother, and then I noticed that all of my active acne fully went away. This product has also been a lifesaver for diminishing dark spots! I use this product every night, follow it up with rosehip oil, and it's perfect." —Alexa

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    23. Knours Double Duty Mist is two sprays in one — the bottom layer clarifies and soothes, but if you want something hydrating, shake it up to mix in the yellow top layer.

    Knours

    I love this stuff and I super love that it's EWG-certified so I can feel safe putting it on my skin. It's also just really cool having two toners in one!

    Promising review: "I bought this a few months ago, and have loved using it ever since! I've used many other facial sprays, and this one is by far the most hydrating. I love the oil top layer since it really feels like it is moisturizing my skin. I can't stress enough how great the spray nozzle is! In some of the other sprays that I've used, the spray gets a bit uneven over time and over-sprays in one direction. The mist has remained consistent over time. I often use this spray after I've washed and toned my face. I occasionally use a toner with a lot of acids, and this really helps to calm my skin. Would definitely recommend!" —Bloomingdale's Employee

    Get it from Bloomingdale's for $36.

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