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

    It turns out luxury doesn't always have too high a ~price~.

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    1. A vibrating facial cleanser with ~15 speeds~ to upgrade your skincare routine *and* increase the effectiveness of your usual face wash with one simple tool. Why spend upwards of $150 on higher-end brands when this (much) cheaper bb will do the same 👏 darn 👏 thing 👏 when it comes to brightening your complexion?


    You can use the higher speeds with the front side to exfoliate, and the lower speeds and back to deep-cleanse pores. It's safe for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I’ve been contemplating on getting a Foreo for awhile now, but I just can’t justify to myself its price. After doing some research, I came across a couple of cheaper options and this is one of them. Cheaper doesn’t always mean less effective. I have been using this since it arrived and I have not gotten any pimples since then. Also, my face feels softer and smoother! I love this device so much!" —Amazing Day

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A portable personal blender that'll not only *look* super fancy thanks to its stylish design, but also let you make delicious smoothies on-the-go. All you have to do is fill it before running out the door. AND it saves you money when you don't buy $7 smoothies every day?! We are living in the year 3000.

    Plus, this is shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes with an ice cube tray and funnel! ANDDD it's quiet, so you'll feel comfortable making your smoothie at work.

    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 low-heeled pumps so you can ~elevate~ your outfits with (wait for it) comfy heels. Reviewers swear they can walk allll day in these without so much as a peep from their piggies — aka if you don't want to invest in similar styles like Everlane's famous "day heel", these'll work (and look!) just as well.


    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 10 colors).

    4. A pair of wireless earbuds for wishing cumbersome headphones adieu in favor of a high-quality, hands-free listening experience — without watching your savings plummet at the Apple store.

    AND their waterproof level can withstand rain and sweat, meaning Beyoncé won't be stopped by a little precipitation (as if she'd ever).

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy these, after just having bought some AirPods (they were still in the mail). After seeing the good reviews, I thought they might be a better fit for what I need than the AirPods. I was right. They sound great, fit perfectly, and the charger case can be used to charge my phone??? Sold! My biggest thing (and the reason I mailed my AirPods back) was the functions while using. AirPods do one thing per side. These can play/pause, get Siri, skip songs, go back songs, AND do volume up and down!! SO happy with these!" —Rebecca Kohrs

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

    See what won best wireless earbuds on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    5. A pair of fleece-lined faux leather leggings to give all your favorite tops an expensive-looking edge. They're warm enough for fall *and* winter — meaning your ensembles will look effortlessly splurge-worthy for months to come, without having to pay the price.

    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 $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and four styles).

    6. A Dutch oven for finally beginning the sophisticated kitchen of your dreams. You can keep it on your countertops as some ~humblebrag decor~ and upgrade your cooking with Ina-approved meals. Considering it's less than most grocery bills, while other Dutch ovens hit the triple digits...this is the most approachable "investment" you'll see all day.


    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 $19.97 (originally $27.88).

    See what won best Dutch ovens on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    7. A windproof umbrella with a whopping 37 inches of coverage, as well as wind- and waterproof material that'll keep you just as dry as higher-priced alternatives could manage. It's actually reinforced with fiberglass ribs to withstand powerful gusts of wind and dries quickly, so you never leave puddles in your midst.

    And! This company has lifetime replacement 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 withstand the wind or heavy rain, or completely just break 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.

    8. A one-step hair dryer and styling brush, because your wrist is TIRED and wants you to straighten your hair in a more timely manner. Enter this bb with three temperature settings, two speeds, and ionic bristles to evenly distribute its straightening power — now your tresses will be dry AND blowout-worthy without any hair-raising bills.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dryer. I’m such a klutz and not able to figure out a dryer with the brush. This makes a blow out so quick and easy. I can go from wet to dry and styled in about 12 minutes. This is a total game-changer. I even got a second for my sister, who is also in love!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $28.69.

    9. A Roku stick that'll streamline all of your favorite programs to one TV — aka exactly what you'll need to properly binge. We're talking Netflix, HBO, cable alternatives, and sports and news shows, like CBS and ABC. No more overpaying for cable just to get a limited selection of shows — this'll make sure everything is available for SO much less.

    To be clear, you still need to pay for a subscription to Netflix, HBO, etc.! This just allows you to watch everything on one device (particularly handy if you don't have cable).

    Promising review "I have been paying $170 for cable and internet for years (its now $50 with just internet, so about $120 on cable). I didn't have any special HBO, SHOtime....anything. Not even top tier cable. I had the middle package and it cost me an arm and a leg. I decided to cancel my cable long before I even bought the Roku. This thing is amazing. You pay the $30 for the device and THAT'S IT. No subscription fees, no hidden taxes, nothing! You can chose to add Hulu, Netflix, or HBO if you wanted to pay a subscription through them, or do what I do and just use my sisters :). It has turned my old TV into a smart TV. Best purchase ever. Buy this and ditch cable. You honestly won't be disappointed." —Alissa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. A sophisticated slipcover so you can transform old, worn-out furniture into your new favorite statement piece by simply covering it with this. You just saved yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by not buying a new couch, my friend. Guess who can't tell the difference: everyone.

    It comes in four sizes: for chair, love seat, recliner, or sofa! You can either get a chic pattern or a variety of colors in ~plush velvet~.

    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 $25.49+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors and patterns).

    11. An electric toothbrush for inexpensively reaching the pinnacle of oral care. It works to drastically improve gum health and remove plaque and staining (which in turn will naturally whiten your teeth) — all by offering five brushing modes with ~40,000 micro-brushes~ per minute. All this for far less than leading toothbrush brands? Truly a reason to smile.

    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 $29.95.

    See what won best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. A leak-proof stainless steel travel mug, because this'll keep your drinks hot for up to five hours and cold up to 12 hours — AND spilling your coffee will be virtually impossible to spill, thanks to this airtight, spill-proof lid. Even most $$$ thermoses can't follow through on these claims.

    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 $17.44+ (available in two sizes and in 18 colors).

    13. A hooded travel pillow that'll prove you don't need to choose between privacy and neck support, like so many higher-end brands make you do. This'll help you comfortably dose off even in the middle seat when flying, block out pesky light, *and* make you feel hidden from the gaze of your seatmate.


    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 four 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 $23.95+ (available in four colors).

    See what won best travel pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. A bamboo chopping board with two sides: one to function as a serving tray with convenient dividers, and the other as a cutting board with built-in juice grooves. It turns out being the fanciest host you know actually costs less than $20. Ina, explain yourself.


    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 $16.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A Revlon cream eyeshadow so you can deliver a bold, pigmented shade to your lids with a cream formula that's so darn rich it'll only take a dab of your finger — something we previously thought only happened after visiting the aisles of Sephora. NO LONGER.

    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 $5.56 (available in 12 shades).

    16. A cold brew maker for breaking your habit of blowing $4 every morning on iced coffee, and instead making your own delicious blends. Reviewers say this actually makes coffee that tastes BETTER than our favorite stores. How ~rich~.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    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 1/2 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 $18.40+ (available in three colors).

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

    17. A tin of Cerépil blue wax beads because not only is this the brand that most higher-end salons use, but it's easy as all heck to use at home for literally half the cost. People swear it's practically painless, leaves zero bumps or redness, and gives them the same results as a professional session. Feel free to tip yourself.

    Most reviewers use the Gigi Wax Warmer ($25.45 on Amazon) to heat up the beads! You'll also need applicator sticks ($7.99 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 $22.55.

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

    18. A marble-patterned aroma diffuser that'll turn your home into a spa-like oasis and double as sophisticated decor. Plus, you'll probably use it forever — prepare to feel pampered all 360 days a year while this releases soothing aromas.


    Just add a few drops of essential oil ($9.99 on Amazon) for a balance of 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 $29.99 (available in two colors).

    19. A pair of stylish blue light glasses so you can finally read emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). They minimize ~digital eye strain~ to drastically decrease the glaring from your screen, add a trendy update your outfit, and look surprisingly sophisticated. Chic technology? For $14? Who knew?,

    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 $13.99+ (available in seven colors).

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

    20. An attachable aerator to transform cheap wine into a high-quality glass of vino. It infuses oxygen to release your wine's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle. Basically, for less than most bottles, you are now a sommelier.


    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.

    21. A set of pearl hair clips for hopping on one of this season's biggest, and usually pricy, trends without splurging on designer accessories ( day). People won't be able to tell the difference, I PROMISE.


    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 $6.99.

    22. A memory foam seat cushion, because this'll greatly improve your desk environment sans the cost of your entire paycheck. It'll help your posture, maximize comfort (hello, molding and padding), and perhaps even make you happy to be at your desk. AND it responds to the heat of your body.


    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 26lb 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 $29.95.

    23. A John Frieda color-enhancing glaze to deepen your tresses to salon-worthy, brunette locks *without* an expensive trip to the salon. You can do it at home, spend less than even your usual tip, AND it adds a touch of shine to your hair. Will anyone know this all happened in your bathroom? Not a chance.

    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 faux fur throw blanket that'll be a major step forward toward redecorating the house like you always talk about. Step one: toss on couch. That's it. Your living room is now worthy of a visit from Bobby Berk.


    Promising review: "This has a nice weight, good material, and is great quality for so cheap! It reminds me of an Anthropologie throw! I would totally recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four styles).

    25. A set of peel-and-stick tiles so you can have a (drumroll, please) new backsplash in your kitchen. Did you remodel your kitchen or just spend a fraction of what everyone thinks? I'll never tell.

    You'll get 10 11.8"x11.8" 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 $28.99 (available in 10 styles).

    26. A soft, cooling mattress topper for feeling like you're on cloud nine the minute you hit the bed — especially when you look back on its ☁️ dreamy prices ☁️. Basically for the price of your week's lunches, you just majorly upgraded your creaky mattress into your own personal oasis. AND it's 100% cotton, so hot sleepers can stay cool.


    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 $25.93+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king).

    27. A Vivienne Sabó mascara, because this has converted many a brand snob into a believer in lower-priced mascaras. It's a one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a bat of your eye — aka all the results you expect from high-end labels, just without the scary spending.,

    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 $9.95.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    28. A faux shearling coat that'll look just like all the similar fuzzy jackets I almost guarantee you've seen in just about every expensive store you've been to recently. Now you won't have to spend all your hard-earned cash on a trend — though you will be able to wear it all. the. time (and it *will* keep you warm!).


    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 12 colors).

    29. A bottle of Radha rosehip oil so you can ditch your complicated skincare routine that is REALLY adding up, and stick to this one-and-done serum that delivers all the results of designer skincare: it tackles redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers say they've ditched $$$ labels and now have ✨glowing✨, healing skin!

    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, because people s-w-e-a-r these look and work just as well (if not better!) than pricier brands like Lululemon. They'll keep you cool during high-intensity workouts (hello, moisture-wicking fabric), give you somewhere to keep your phone while playing music, and save you money so you can keep dropping $$$ on reserving spin classes.


    Did I mention they're totally 🍑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 $7.02+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 40 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 asking yourself if you'll make more "adult" purchases now that you're saving so much money:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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