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    30 Things You'll Probably Assume Are More Expensive, But They're Not

    You can put a price on luxury, and today that price is under $40.

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    1. A vibrating facial cleanser that'll not only rid your face of the dirt hiding deep down in your pores. One reviewer said it helped them save 3x the amount of facial cleanser. All this for under $20? #winning

    A reviewer holding the vibrating facial cleanser in pink

    The negative ion coating on the bottom is designed to help your skin absorb nutrients from face masks. Plus, it's waterproof, so you can still wash your face in the shower.

    Promising review: "I adore my cleansing brush. I was so skeptical when ordering it. I was even more skeptical once it arrived. It looked too tiny to be effective. Let me tell you, the size is perfect! It cleans so well and leaves my skin extremely soft! Vibration is very nice. I use 3x less amount from my foam cleanser, literally. And usually no matter how much I clean and wash my face, I used to always have foundation left over. With this brush my skin is squeaky clean! And the battery lasts forever. I bought the brush a month ago, use it every morning and every evening and still haven't needed to recharge. I can't recommend it enough!" —Rosi

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98 (originally $19.99; available in three colors).

    2. A portable personal blender for on-the-go smoothies, protein shakes, or baby food. Just pop your food inside, and you can start blending while you're heading out the door. Not to mention how adorable it is.

    This tiny blender is dishwasher-safe, shatter resistant, TSA safe and comes with its own mini ice cube tray and a funnel — everything you need to be able to blend as you go.

    Promising review: "This blender is amazing! I am a yoga teacher and always on the run, which sometimes makes it hard to eat well. I bought this after reviewing quite a few different options and I am SO glad I did. It fits well into my gym bag, is surprisingly quiet when in use, and holds a charge really well. The blades are very efficient and I’ve had no trouble blending up ice or frozen fruit. Seriously cannot recommend it enough." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. A pair of fleece-lined faux leather leggings to add a little edge to your wardrobe even if you are only wear them to channel Sandy's transformation at the end of Grease. *sings* "You're the one that I want, you are the one I want."

    A reviewer wearing the fleece-lined faux leather leggings in front of a building with a white top and faux leather white jacket and holding a bejeweled clutch with black shoes

    Promising review: "I get sooo many compliments! I love the way my butt looks in them. I'm a hairstylist and I loved how after a haircut I didn't feel itchy, because the hair just slid off. They're fleece-lined too, so that is just a bonus in comfortable land! Love, love, love them — I got a size 3X and they fit perfectly! I'm usually super nervous about ordering pants online, but this was a win for sure." —M. Slotterbeck

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and four styles).

    4. A pair of low-heeled pumps for the days when you want a little extra height without the extra foot pain.

    A model wearing the low-heeled pumps in red

    Promising review: "Get these!! I rarely buy non-name brand shoes, because I have very sensitive feet and I need comfort. These shoes are amaaazing! I haven’t wore anything even close to heels in about four years and these did it. I wore them for probably 20 hours and they were awesome, girls kept on asking me if I was tired at all and where I got them. Amazon saves the day!" —London85

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and 25 styles).

    5. A windproof umbrella designed to withstand the windiest of days but compact enough to slide into your bag without taking up too much room. This lil' baddie also has an auto open and close so you can feel extra fancy when you whip it out.

    A photo of a model using the umbrella in blue with a cloud design on the inside of the umbrella

    Plus, it comes with a lifetime guarantee!

    Promising review: "I have always thought all umbrellas were complete and utter crap. All of the ones that I have previously purchased have either not withstood the wind or heavy rain, or completely just broke apart at its seams. As a college student, I spend a lot of my time walking in between classes. Which means during a heavy pour down, I need me an umbrella that can withstand intense wind and heavy pour. Hallelujah, I have found the one for me! This umbrella is heavy-duty. And just like the name states, it is definitely windproof. My college campus is located on a hill which means the rainy season is super windy. This umbrella shields me from the rain AND I save myself from embarrassment with the umbrella not being blown inside out!" —Amazonfanatic

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95+ (available in 11 colors).

    See why this won best budget windproof umbrella on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. A pair of wireless earbuds for the people who have always wanted AirPods and simply can't rationalize the price to their bank account. These will work just as good for a fraction of the price.

    The wireless earbuds and charging case in black

    Promising review: "OK, so I never thought I'd find a Bluetooth earbud that I would really like. Most earbuds hurt my ears and are uncomfortable to wear. But these are not only super comfy, they snuggle in my ear perfectly. Not only that, but the music and sound quality are amazing! Then comes the call quality — my wife doesn't even know that I'm using these things when I'm calling without needing to put my phone up to my mouth. The mic's sensitivity is simply incredible. So over all, I have absolutely no negatives about this little impressive product and I can't believe I've fallen in love all over again. Highly recommended." —Jaime Ojeda

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in seven colors).

    7. A one-step hair dryer and styling brush that'll shave major minutes off the amount of time it takes to transform your wet hair into a salon-approved style.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical of whether this product would work as advertised. I have naturally curly and frizzy hair. I have had to straighten my hair my whole life cause I don’t have the “pretty” curl. Mine just frizzes out of control. I’ve even had the permanent straighteners done, but those wash/grow out after time as well. However, I took a leap of faith and bought it (my mom also recommended it). Tonight was the first night using it and I’m here to tell you that I was thoroughly impressed with the way it made my hair feel, the amount of time it took to dry and straighten my hair all in one step. Plus, it didn’t make my hair feel “heavy” like the flat iron does. I would highly recommend this product to anyone that battles with the curl and frizz. It’s a one step wonder! I did let my hair dry in a towel for about 10-15 min and then just towel dried a little, put some heat cream on and sectioned it off to dry. It works amazingly." —Steve Sandridge

    Get it from Amazon for $29.39+ (originally $59.99; available in five colors).

    8. A Dutch oven perfect for ~wowing~ your friends by making all of those Tasty recipes you have saved on Pinterest.

    The dutch oven with stew inside

    Promising review: "It's a wonderful color, has a substantial medium weight feel without the heaviness of cast iron Dutch ovens, heats evenly with no sticking, and has comfortable rubber padded handles. It's a great pot for the stove top, and exactly what I wanted." —Nora64

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection, exclusively at Walmart, for $25.50.

    See what won best Dutch ovens on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A Roku streaming device to access thousands of movies and television shows right at your fingertips — perfect for newbie bingers.

    A reviewer holding the Roku remote

    You'll still need a subscription to access streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Disney+, but there are a lot of free apps that allow you to watch TV and movies, too like Tubi and Sony Crackle.

    Promising review: "Sooooo excited to have this! I just moved away from home and, admittedly, never had to worry about TV channels (I always just watched Netflix on my laptop anyways). But now that I’m on my own, I now have a TV and A) had no idea how to stream to it and B) was getting tired of watching Netflix ALL the time but also wasn’t ready to pay for cable. I know I’m extremely late in the game but I just didn’t realize just how many options are available to you with Roku! There are so many free channels, but even if you want to pay for others it’s still so much cheaper than paying for cable alone. The actual device is tiny and so easy to use. Comes with all HDMI/other cords you need. Comes with a sticky piece to attach smaller pieces where the remote points to your TV. You can even download the remote as an app on your phone, which is also super handy and helpful when browsing channels. Such a great investment." —CW

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (originally $29.99).

    10. A bamboo chopping board that'll double as both a cutting board and a serving tray — a perfect backdrop for displaying your charcuterie skills.


    Promising review: "Great surface area, very sturdy and cut-resistant, especially compared to my previous bamboo and natural edge cutting boards. The hard smooth surface is easy to clean. I can use both sides. The side with divots is great when dicing multiple ingredients in small quantities, other solid surface side is great for cutting any large quantity ingredients that will be immediately transferred or for carving hunks of meat. Runoff groove keeps your work surface clean. It looks good and is a great price." —Chris Calaway

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (originally $20.99; available in two colors).

    11. A Revlon cream eyeshadow that'll give you 24 hours of waterproof color to make those eyes pop.

    A collection of eyeshadows in a variety of colors

    Promising review: "This eyeshadow is easy to apply without any flakes falling on cheeks like powder shadow. The color is beautiful and you can build up to make darker if you want. It stays on all day without fading." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89+ (available in 13 shades).

    12. A sophisticated slipcover to remix your old and dated furniture into a new modern piece. And, because it's a cover, you can remix it as many times as you want!

    Promising review: "Our ugly sofa and loveseat were one step away from the landfill UNTIL a sleepless night surfing on Amazon changed their fate! Truly, these are amazing in every way and changed the look of our entire room. They are not too thin or too thick — they seem durable and are very welcoming. They were well worth it!" —Faithful Prime Member

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in six colors).

    13. A cold brew maker beloved by coffee enthusiasts that can brew 4 cups of coffee.

    The cold brew maker in black
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    Promising review: "What can I say that hasn't been said? This thing is glorious. So fast to fill, so easy to empty the grounds, and it makes delicious cold brew out of even the cheapest ground coffee. I fill the filter up until I can only see about a half-inch of the white at the top, run water over the grounds until pitcher is full, and return in 18—24 hours to remove filter and voilà! A pitcher of smooth and amazing cold brew to enjoy!" —Miki Laurent

    Get it from Amazon for $17.15+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    See why this won best budget cold brew coffee maker on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. An electric toothbrush designed to provide you with premium oral care in between visits to the dentist for a significantly smaller price than some other brands.

    The electric toothbrush in black

    The toothbrush has five different brush modes, three brush heads and a four hour charge can last 30 days.

    Promising review: "Wow. This toothbrush is INCREDIBLE! I am a previous Sonicare toothbrush gal (have also used Oral B but didn't care for it), and my toothbrush recently broke and I wanted to try something new/different/cheaper, and I am SO unbelievably happy with this product. The toothbrush is super light which is great for traveling with it, and just in general it's very easy to hold and to use. It has five settings which is really nice, depending on what type of brush I want. I drink a ton of coffee so my go-tos are the clean mode and then I do the polish mode for 30 seconds. My teeth are noticeably whiter, which is great." —Jerri B

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    See what won best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. A marble-patterned aroma diffuser for the days when we wish we could scurry off to a spa retreat for some much needed rest and relaxation.

    The marble-patterned aroma diffuser in white

    Just add a few drops of essential oil ($9.99 on Amazon) for an atmosphere filled with natural aromas and a cooling mist.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a diffuser that actually works and have to say that I couldn't be happier with this aroma diffuser. With the time settings, I'm never worried about it running to long and the lights are a great bonus! It works like a charm and fills my living room with scents from my therapeutic essential oils. I get compliments every time I have guests." —Daryl O.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (originally $49.99; available in two colors).

    16. A leak-proof stainless-steel travel mug made with insulation to keep your hot drink hot for up to five hours and your cold drink cold for up to 12 hours. And, if you're a little clumsy, you'll appreciate the leak and spill-proof technology that'll save every drop of your selected beverage.

    Promising review: "This is thee BEST creation ever and I don't know why I didn't purchase one earlier in life! This cup is 100% spill-proof and is ever so conducive to my daily lifestyle. I live in NY and the busy train traffic causes me to have to use my hands sometimes and I can't, because I have to hold my morning brew. This cup makes that so much easier to toss in my purse without worry of spilling the substance. The lock feature gives that extra sense of safety that if the button autoseal button is accidentally pressed nothing will spill." —Pea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.11+ (available in two sizes and in 20 colors).

    17. A hooded travel pillow that'll give you maximum comfort while back-seating it cross-country or when you need a quick 10 minute nap in the break room.

    A man riding in the back seat of a car, taking a nap while wearing the hooded travel pillow in peacock green

    Promising review: "After buying this, I donated the other four neck pillows I had previously purchased. It had the right amount of neck support, and could be squeezed back into its bag, which could be clipped to my backpack. I think I like best, though, the privacy that I had after pulling the hood over my face. I loved having some privacy on an eight-hour plane flight, sitting 4 feet from the bathroom, where people were constantly milling. Worried about sleeping with your mouth open or drooling?! No one will see you and the hood also keeps out light. It was soft against my skin — loved this thing!" —SeniorMoments

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best travel pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. A tin of Cerépil blue wax beads to keep handy for the moments you choose to groom. Reviewers say it's practically painless and gives you the same results at home that you'd get going to your local professional. You had me at ~practically painless~.

    Most reviewers use the Gigi Wax Warmer ($29.51 on Amazon) to heat up the beads! You'll also need applicator sticks ($6.95 on Amazon for a pack of 100).

    "My frequent trips to European Wax Center was costing a lot of money, so I decided to get serious about self-waxing. I purchased a soft wax that you use with the strips, and then this. I really had a hard time getting my armpits done with the strips. They peeled off my skin, and required multiple passes. It hurt so much, and I was sure I'd never be able to do it. Last weekend, I decided to try the hard wax, and it was so easy that I just started waxing other parts of my body like my legs, upper lips, bikini area, and stomach strip. I did multiple passes, and it handled it all perfectly. I'll reserve this wax for my face, and underarms since I got no discomfort, and so far no ingrown hair using this wax. I will definitely be repurchasing." —JinxPhoenix

    Get it from Amazon for $23.29+.

    To learn more, check out "Thousands Of People Swear By Cirépil Wax For Painless Waxing And Saving Money".

    19. An attachable aerator that'll double the value of your wine by allowing more air into your $20 bottle, enhancing the overall flavor and turning it into a top-shelf selection.

    A model pouring a glass of wine using the attachable aerator

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.95.

    20. A pair of stylish blue-light glasses to provide some much needed comfort for your eyes by reducing eye strain so you can continue to scroll through emails, Kindle books, and TikToks headache-free.,

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue-light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue-light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December." (#1)

    21. A set of peel-and-stick tiles that'll reinvent your kitchen area for a fraction of the price it would cost professionals for an HGTV remix.

    You'll get 10 11.8" x 11.8" self-adhesive sheets.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I would have spent $700 for this product and professional help! Home Depot sells this for about $17 per sheet — and it was so easy to install! It really transformed my kitchen!" —Gwen

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $28.02+ (available in 11 styles).

    22. A set of pearl hair clips to mix and match for a variety of hairstyles and social occasions — even if that occasion is sitting in front of the TV.


    Promising review: "I LOVE these! They are so fancy and elegant, but still simple and easy to use. They are very easy to clip into your hair and remove without pulling a bunch of hair out. I was surprised how smoothly they went in and out. I would definitely recommend these!" —LovesToShop

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. A John Frieda color-enhancing glaze for an at-home salon experience that'll deepen those tones to make for a warm natural brunette finish.

    Promising review: "I wanted my hair to be natural, but wanted to blend my color more naturally with my silver without chemicals or fake-looking colors. After applying dry and leaving on until product dried several times, before each shampoo (2x/week for me), I’ve achieved full, natural-looking color and healthy, natural hair. WOW. This lasts over two weeks. It doesn’t fade quickly. I am in the sun all day hiking and working on my vehicles and yard. The in-between levels look rose gold, which is beautiful and totally IN STYLE! I now have the option to color or not. I’m going to have to stock up on this product." —Jennifer Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. A memory foam seat cushion designed to alleviate the strain that can result from sitting at the computer all day. Your back will thank you later.

    The memory foam seat cushion in black

    Promising review: "My lower back and tailbone have been hurting lately for a month. I'm not sure if it is my bed, my work which requires me to lift heavy items, my 26-lb terrier who pulls like a horse when we go on walks, or the fact that I drive a Mustang. Since I have gotten this item, I use it for the car, and my desk at home. I have noticed a significant difference! My pain has lessened. I will probably order another one so I don't have to keep moving this one from the car to the computer desk." —A. E. Lester

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95 (originally $39.95; available in five colors).

    25. A soft, cooling mattress topper that'll turn your hard mattress into a comfy cloud — naps will never be the same again.

    The mattress topper on a queen bed

    Promising review: "This thing saved my back! My mattress was caving in and I could feel all the springs through it. This is thick enough that I can't feel those springs anymore, and it like you're sleeping on a cloud it's so soft and fluffy. I also love that it goes on like a sheet and covers the edges of the bed so it doesn't move around like a foam topper can. The material also protects the mattress from spills, which is great because I eat in bed on occasion and I'm a messy eater and spill a lot. Overall this was a great purchase. I would highly recommend this product!" —Randy A

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king).

    26. A faux fur throw blanket one customer compared to 1,000 teddy bears giving you the most lovable hug all at once. And believe it or not, this ultra plush blanket is machine washable, too.

    A reviewer photo with the faux fur throw blanket laying on their bed

    Promising review: "Have you ever bought a blanket so comfortable that you didn’t want to leave the confines of it ever again? Have you ever felt as if 1,000 teddy bears were giving you the most lovable hug all at once? Have you ever just been so in love with a purchase that you’d like to make sure every person on the face of the earth knows about the item. Have you ever bought something so bougie that your friends all thought you were living in the laps of luxury... but you know that you got it at an amazing price? If you answered no to all of those questions, then do I have an item for you! 😂😂 And if you know me... you know I could live my life in my big comfy bed underneath a million pillows and blankets to emulate what it would be like to live on a cloud. Not even kidding lol So immediately pushed “buy” as soon as I saw this blanket. AND 👏🏻 Y'ALL!!! 👏🏻 When I wrapped myself up in this blanket... I felt as if God, Jesus Christ, AND the Holy Ghost were all cradling me in their arms! It’s SOOOO soft! Both sides are covered in faux fur that feels so real! And the fur is long, thick, and durable which makes it not only feel as if you’re sinking into the clouds but also keeps it from color fading, prevents staining, and keeps it safe from normal wear and tear. And if anything bad were to happen to this precious piece of gold, there’s a lifetime replacement guarantee." —Cody Lee Aulidge

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available in eight colors).

    27. A Vivienne Sabó mascara for a classic mascara that leaves your lashes with a natural, deep, fanned look that is flake-proof. *wink, wink*,

    Promising review: "I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently." —Denay

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    28. A faux shearling coat because the winters can be brutal and you deserve to stroll around in a coat that feels and looks just as good as the ones you've seen all over Insta — without the high price.

    Two models wearing the coat in brown and black

    Promising review: "This jacket is so comfortable to wear, and also surprisingly warm. I was not expecting that I could brave the snow with this jacket, but I was so warm and comfortable in this jacket, I haven't even had the need to bust out my heavy duty winter coat because this is warm enough. The best part is that this jacket is SO much cheaper than every other teddy jacket out there, and still stylish and comfy. I also love that the pockets are quite deep, I was able to fit quite a bit into the pockets which is super nice." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 14 colors).

    29. A bottle of Radha rosehip oil here to take over your beauty routine. You can use this oil to treat acne, add shine to your hair, massage your cuticles, and it can even fade your scars.

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up all blemishes all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked. Everyone needs to use this oil!!! This has made such a difference with my skin that friends and coworkers are even noticing." —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems." And! This is "certified organic," which you can learn about in "Here's What "Certified Organic" Actually Means."

    30. A pair of high-waisted leggings reviewers claim are the perfect LuluLemon replacement that checks all the boxes — comfy, controls tummy, good quality, and squat proof.


    Promising review: "I am a Lululemon fanatic and particularly love the Align pant (which retails for $85+), but can't afford or rationalize buying tons of them. I found these the other day and ordered them in size small, red. These remind me of the Align pant so much! They are cut almost identical. Mine are not see-through, even when squatting. I actually kinda want to cry thinking about how much money I wasted on the pants at Lululemon when these are an excellent substitute for a fraction of the cost. If you're a Lulu lover, you should really give these a chance!" —Ariel Parker

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 34 styles, with and without pockets).

    To learn more, check out "Stop Buying High-End Yoga Pants, Because Thousands Of People Swear By This $13 Pair." And! See what won best workout leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    You going through your ~adult~ allowance to snag a couple of these good deals.


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