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    18 Useful Beauty Tools That Are Totally Worth Splurging On

    These ~legendary~ tools (and their cheaper dupes!) are worth a gander. The products in this post were updated in October 2017.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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    1. A Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover with a twisting coil that's perfect for annihilating weird chin hairs en masse.

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    Promising review: "Amazing! As someone with fair skin, dark hair, and of Italian heritage, I have used almost every method in the book -- tweezing, waxing, electrolysis...I was considering doing laser, even paid the deposit, but I couldn't stay out of the sun enough for it to work. Now I'm so glad I didn't -- this thing is the best! Minimally painful, gets all the hairs (even the ones I can't see), and I can do it in the comfort of my own home whenever I want. I used it on my lip, cheeks, chin, and neck, and it did a fantastic job. I would not use it on the brow though, as it's too easy to go further than you meant to there, so I'll stick to tweezing for that area." β€”Midwest Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $14.22.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a five-pack of threading sticks from Amazon for $4.07.

    2. Or if you detest the sensation of threading, there's this Shiseido Facial Razor to conquer all sorts of defuzzing detail work.

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    Promising review: "These have to be the best facial razors on the market. The blade is very sharp and has no jagged edges to accidentally cut your face. The protective cover is handy to be able to throw the razor in a drawer and know you won't cut yourself. I always wash the blade with alcohol before and after use. I have seen a few people say that the blade gets dull rather quickly. My trick to make the razor last longer is to run the blade backwards over an old pair of denim jeans. If the denim is of good quality, with a good crosshatch , it will sharpen the blade to almost new. I have done this several times with a single blade before changing it out. This can prolong any razor, not just this one. Also, moisture is the enemy of any razor blade. It will cause rust and eventually break down the blade." β€”Ginger Bee

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.45.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a six-pack of Tinkle eyebrow razors from Amazon for $4.85.

    3. A Vera Mona Color Switch Brush Cleaner for when you have to quickly switch eyeshadow colors but don't have time to wash your brushes.

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    Yep, the originator Vera Mona made a Sephora edition.

    Promising review: "This understated little can works amazingly. It removes all traces of makeup in your brushes. I wash the container with just water once a week. It's so much easier on your brushes to not scrub them down every day. I wash mine once or twice a week now." β€”Jodi5868

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a Zodeca brush cleaner from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. An award-winning Shu Uemura eyelash curler with a patented hinge that gives you an angle *just right* for applying pressure.

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    Includes one refill pad.

    Promising review: "Nothing has been able to curl my straight lashes and I'm certain it's due to the aging process. At 71, my lashes are coarse and straight as could be. No other curler has worked for me. I find that 'if' I curl them, apply a light coat of mascara, wait 15 minutes, and recurl them, the second coat of mascara acts like hair spray and keeps them up for a while. I've always had lush lashes that framed my eyes and now, it's very frustrating to have to work so hard to keep them in an upright position. If any of you older ladies are having the same problem and have found a solution, I'm all ears. I'm grateful for the Shu Uemura curler for making this arduous process easier for me." β€”atlas

    Get it from Shu Uemura for $21.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a N.Y.C. curler from Amazon for $6.31.

    5. The original Beauty Blender sponge (lest we forget) for making your foundation look like you put it through an Insta filter.

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    The company recommends swapping your blender for a new one every three months.

    Promising review: "I tried a Beauty Blender a few years back and loved it, but when it was time to purchase a new one I calculated the cost of replacing it every four to six weeks and decided I should try some generic brands. I tried to convince myself (and succeeded, for a time!) that the generics worked 'just as well' but after a while I realized that I no longer used the sponge to apply foundation because it just isn't that great. Fast forward a year and I'm just getting older, and in need of some foundation to look presentable! I decided to come back to Beauty Blender and wish I'd never left -- it really does a MUCH better job applying foundation than any of the generics out there. I don't know what it is about it, but it works. Worth the price." β€”kemilie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a Zenda Naturals sponge from Amazon for $6.97.

    6. A Clarisonic Mia1 Cleansing Brush for a gentle cleansing sesh that'll get deep down in your pores.

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    Promising review: "Ever wonder why your skin care products don't work as well as they say? Well it could be because you have a nasty layer of dead skin cells blocking the way for those creams and serums to get deep down into your skin! The Clairisonic will whisk away that dead layer of pore clogging dead cells." β€”chuche

    Get it from Amazon for $129 (available in four colors).

    Want less of a splurge? Get the similar Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System for $21.84.

    7. And the ergonomic Luna Mini Cleansing Brush that's a little less intimidating than the Clarisonic.

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    Promising review: "This product is truly amazing! So much better than my Clarisonic that I haven't even looked at that thing since I started using my Foreo Luna Mini. Thank you!" β€”Anonymous

    Get it from Foreo for $99 (available in six colors).

    Want less of a splurge? Get a pore-cleansing pad from Sephora for $6.

    8. A Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser packed with goat milk that dissolves makeup and impurities.

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    Promising review: "I bought this item because I read the reviews. Honestly, this is the best brush cleaner I have ever used! The reviews were not lying. All you have to do is wet your brush and swirl it in the cleaner. You then wash out the cleaner and your brushes are completely clean! It gave my brushes life again, and they look brand new. Plus, they smell fantastic! I am so grateful I read the reviews because I would never have found this wonderful makeup brush cleaner. I am beyond happy with my purchase!" β€”Krystal Diaz

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a solid brush cleaner from Sephora for $14.

    9. An Anastasia Beverly Hills 2-in-1 brow brush for sculpting your eyebrows like the queen of brows herself -- with some practice, of course.

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    Promising review: "This brow brush is perfect. It is so thin that it makes fixing uneven brows much easier and very natural looking." β€”SoSoHappy

    Get it from Ulta for $18.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a similar 2-in-1 brush from Amazon for $8.95.

    10. And a set of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow stencils as guides for plucking and/or filling in your arches.

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    Promising review: "My brows have just about stopped growing, except in places they should not be. There is no guessing or accidental over plucking with these. Because I do need to fill my brows I also use these then to get perfect brows. My daughter has very thick, full brows. If I took her to get them waxed every time she needed it, the cost would be crazy. With these, we just choose the shape, fill it in, and pluck or wax what is 'outside the lines.'" β€”O Fallon, MO

    Get them from Macy's for $20.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a four-piece brow stencil set from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. The Makeup Eraser, which'll remove all your makeup with just water...and works for 1K washes.

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    Promising review: "As someone who has suffered from skin sensitivity for most of my adult life, I have continued to struggle finding something that removes my makeup with ease while also protecting my skin. This eraser not only removes all of my makeup without irritation, it also removes waterproof mascara without any issue! Cleaning is a breeze, as I simply throw it in the wash or hand wash with baby shampoo." β€”Brittany Saxon

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a two-pack of Miracle Face Erase from Amazon for $11.97.

    12. This Nars brush that'll work like singing cartoon birds dusting blush and bronzer on your beautiful visage.

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    Promising review: "I find that this brush is truly multifunctional as described. Perfect for under-eye, cheeks, and tops of cheekbones. I particularly love, love, love to use it with my NARS blushes as I find it works to add the perfect amount of product to the cheeks (and we all know how pigmented those blushes are)!" β€”bricatfree

    Get it from Sephora for $55.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a Japonesque Kumadori brush from Ulta for $19.

    13. The Macadamia Professional No Tangle Brush that fits into your hand perfectly to wield some major detangling prowess.

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    Promising review: "When I leave the shower my hair is always a tangled mess, and it would usually take a really long time to get the knots out and it would be painful. That all changed when I bought this brush. It gets the job done really quickly without losing a lot of hair." β€”Kt91

    Get it from Birchbox for $15.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a Wet Brush from Amazon for $7.93.

    14. And a prestige Mason Pearson boar bristle brush to redistribute your hair's natural oils and leave your locks -- plus extensions -- in order.

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    Promising review: "This is not a hair bush. It's the finger tips of God." β€”Liza Schubert

    Get it from Amazon for $205.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a boar bristle paddle brush from Sephora for $22.

    15. A Sigma Beauty Essential Brush Set in ~titanium~ featuring a double-threaded system and waterproof handles to outlast years of use and washing.

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    Promising review: "I wanted these brushes for the longest time and finally decided to go ahead and spend the money on them. I was nervous that high-end brushes wouldn't make enough of a difference in the way my makeup looked to be worth the extra money, but I was wrong! These brushes improved the way my makeup applies and looks so much! My favorites are the F50, E40, and F70, but I use each and every brush and do not dislike a single one! If you love makeup and want to amp up your look, these are definitely worth the money!" β€”Jodie Lyons

    Get the 12-brush set from Amazon for $160.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a five-pack of brushes from Amazon for $19.95.

    16. A Diamencel 3 Coarse Nail File made from diamonds for ease in shaping natural nails and can easily be washed.

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    Promising review: "I have thick toe nails that sometimes actually hurt when I wear shoes (tmi, I know). Nevertheless, I bought this pricey, course nail file and I am pleased. It's thin, somewhat flexible, and most importantly, grinds right through my toenails. Finally, on the one side with grit (the other side is smooth), they left a very thin edge that's free of grit so it doesn't harm the surrounding flesh as you saw away. It rinses off nicely after use and looks like new. I've only had it for two weeks now, so I'm unable to attest to it's durability. So far, so good." β€”Rilodile

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    Want less of a splurge? Get a crystal nail file from Amazon for $7.39.

    17. An actually cheap Every Drop Beauty Spatula that seems unnecessary, but will pay for itself over and over again.

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    Promising review: "I used to turn my bottles upside down, but would leave lots of foundation unintentionally. This is so worth it and will save me so much money!" β€”jennifer i.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.78.

    18. And some OG Tweezerman Slant Tweezers because sometimes you just don't mess with a good thing.

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    And if your tweezers start to get dull, Tweezerman will sharpen them for FREE!!!

    Promising review: "Most people are born with eyebrows. I was born with one, all-powerful unibrow. This bad boy looks like a caterpillar climbing across the ridge of my skull. Mortal tweezers cannot contain the mythical beast which runs wild above my eyes. This Tweezerman is my excalibur and keeps my monstrous brow in check. Well worth every penny." β€”WJK

    Get them from Amazon for $15.49.

    Want less of a splurge? Get some TweezerGuru tweezers from Amazon for $9.97.

    There's always strength in numbers...whether those numbers are inanimate beauty tools or friends.

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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