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    Apr 26, 2020

    26 Beauty Products I Don't Know How You've Resisted Trying For So Long

    "Where has this been all my life?" —you, once you finally try these products.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bottle of Thayers Witch Hazel Toner formulated with some ~soothing~ aloe and witch hazel to cleanse and calm bad skin days.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising reviews: "The smell is fantastic! The feeling is great on my skin, too! It makes my face feel so smooth and I have noticed part of my acne going away!! Definitely recommend!" —Bella29sky

    "I have used about three bottles of this now and will be buying more. It has been great for my skin — it helps get rid of pimples almost overnight. I had bumpy skin and after about a week of using this, it cleared it out." —rkrystelle

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $11 (available in three formulas) or from Target for $10.99.

    AnaMaria, an editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this highly-rated toner for herself — read her full review to see why she believes it's totally worth the hype!

    2. This Revlon hot air brush that'll make giving yourself a salon-like 'do easy, peasy — even if you're like me and can't do a blowout no matter how hard you try.

    Target

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! I have never been able to master a blowout ever until now. This was fast and once you get the hang of it, pretty easy. My hair really looked like I just left the salon! It's not too heavy, and the brush is the perfect size. Just make sure your hair is about 80% dry. Don't even hesitate. You'll be very happy with this purchase." —Di

    Get it from Target for $56.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A Foreo LUNA Mini 2 cleansing device with soft silicone bristles to help you deep clean your pores without being too harsh on your skin. Washing your face in the morning is about to be a lot more fun!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love this!! I have struggled with dryness, and occasional acne, and this has truly revolutionized my skincare routine! You can feel a difference when you wash your face with this, and I can’t go without it at night! The fact that it is waterproof really adds value, and the battery is great!! I would highly recommend this product!" —ainsleybartz

    Get it from Sephora for $119 (available in five colors).

    Maitland, a BuzzFeed Editor, wrote all about why she thinks this device is a skincare game-changer — be sure to read her full review if you wanna learn more!

    4. This Fenty Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer to add some high shine to your pretty pout. And the cherry on top? It's formulated with shea butter to wrap your lips in moisture.

    Fenty

    BTW, I own this gloss in the shade 'Fenty Glow' and it gives just the right amount of color and shine when I'm going for a more toned-down, natural look. It isn't sticky (a huge plus) and sure, I have to reapply after I eat something, but it's just a good excuse to show off the super cute packaging when I pull it out! It also leaves my lips feeling soft so my lip balm doesn't have to work overtime to repair any rough patches at the end of the day.

    Promising review: "I decided to try this lip gloss because it had gotten so many positive reviews. I ordered the gloss in Fenty Glow and Fussy. Absolutely perfect gloss. Not sticky or tacky, very nice and shiny, could be easily layered with other glosses or mixed with powder or glitter. So far no problems with look or quality. It's the gloss you've been looking for forever. Just perfect." —Not_a_duck

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $19 (available in six shades).

    5. A bottle of Mario Badescu Facial Spray (made with aloe and rosewater, BTW) you'll certainly want to reach for when you're in need of a midday skin refresh to wake yourself up.

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    Promising review: "This is absolutely one of the most refreshing sprays I have used. I have purchased three bottles of this product and I loved it so much I decided to try the other sprays. In the morning, I spray my face with this and I noticed it leaves my skin less dehydrated because I have pretty dry skin. I used it all." —AverageTeen

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (full size; also available in a lavender mini or cucumber mini for $7) or a mini at Sephora for $7 (also available in mini or full-size lavender and mini cucumber).

    6. This Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen to leave your skin feeling hydrated and protected without that usual heavy, icky sunscreen feeling. FYI, it goes on totally clear and doesn't leave an annoying white cast.

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    Promising reviews: "I have been using this sunscreen for a couple of years now, and I love it. It works really well for those of us with darker complexions, and doubles as a great makeup primer." —ramyas

    "I always hated sunscreen — it's cakey, gives me breakouts, makes my face white, and clogs my pores. Not this baby. This is everything I've ever dreamed of and more. I LOVE to put this on. It makes me so happy from the consistency, to the color, to the way it feels on my fingers and then on my face. It is perfect. I haven't had a sunburn since I discovered it a year ago." —GA007

    Get it from Sephora for $34+ (available in two sizes).

    BTW, be sure to read about why Jillian, a BuzzFeeder, thinks the Unseen Sunscreen is a total game-changer!

    7. A tube of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara so you can finally have those long, volumized lashes other formulas always seem to fall short of.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I've been using this mascara for years. I have very thick eyelashes and this gives both definition and volume! I swear by this product and would highly recommend it. It makes your eyes look beautiful! Plus, I recently discovered that a lot of beauty bloggers use this in their daily routines as well. Staple beauty product!!" —Alexadhanson95

    Get it from Sephora for $25 (available in two sizes).

    8. The cult-favorite Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask that'll give your pores a gentle deep clean and dry out angry breakouts without irritating them.

    BuzzFeed Boldly

    I've used this mask and won't stop telling all my friends about it! I mix mine with apple cider vinegar and spread a thin layer across my face twice a week and it has helped dry out cystic breakouts and lighten dark post-acne marks. I can't remember a time when a product I didn't get from a dermatologist did that for me!

    Promising review: "This clay changed my life!!! I’ve always had problem areas in my T-zone and I just couldn’t figure out how to get rid of them. But doing this facial once a week really tightened and cleaned out my face. I love it!!!" —smaexc

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 or from Target for $7.99.

    9. A jar of Bliss Brightening Moisturizer to help you pump some much-needed moisture into your cheeks (thank you, tri-peptide formula!!) Plus, it includes vitamin C to help boost your skin's brightness.

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    Promising review: "I bought this when it was 50% off and I’m extremely glad I did! It’s only been a couple weeks, so I’m not sure if I’ve noticed any brightening yet, but it sure does moisturize! A little goes a long way. I wish I would’ve taken advantage of the sale and bought the serum and eye cream as well, but they’re both definitely on my list!" —Britney

    Get it from Target for $21.99.

    10. This Frank Body coffee scrub because it'll help give you the smooth post-shower skin you've been dreaming of — all thanks to its gentle exfoliation properties.

    Frank Body

    Promising review: "There's nothing I can write that everyone doesn't already know. The peppermint scrub ROCKS!! It takes all the nasty bumps off my skin, reduces ingrown hairs, and leaves my skin lovely and moist." —Kayla S.

    Get it from Frank Body for $18.95.

    11. A tube (or two or three) of ohii Lip Jelly made with castor seed oil and shea butter to deliver intense hydration to parched lips, minus the stickiness.

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    BTW, it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I love this stuff so much! I use it everyday and on my nights out. It’s gives me that perfect glossy look." —jetmcc

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 (available in three flavors).

    12. This Glossier Boy Brow Pomade you'll want to stock up on once you're left with ~perfectly~ groomed brows.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I bought this brow gel after reading so many glowing reviews on the internet. I have to say I was not disappointed, my husband and daughter commented straight away and said it looked so natural and looked great. It was easy to apply, the color was perfect and it stayed on for ages. It was also very reasonably priced so definitely will repurchase again." —unageraghtyni

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

    Hannah, a BuzzFeed Editor, is actually totally hooked on Glossier's Boy Brow Pomade — read her full review to learn why.

    13. A tube of Pantene Intense Rescue Shots to lend a helping hand on your journey to improved hair health. It'll leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft while it helps repair some split ends.

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    I've dyed my hair a lot in the last few years and needless to say, my strands had gotten pretty dry. Since I could no longer bear the sight of my parched-looking ends, I decided to give these rescue shots a try. The tubes are small and I have long, thick hair. I thought I'd wind up using the whole tube in one go but, surprisingly, you don't actually need to use too much product! In fact, one tube lasted me three washes. The product is creamy and smelled really nice, and once I worked it through my hair, my strands immediately felt soft and silky-smooth. I left it in my hair for about three minutes before washing it off. And when I straightened my hair later that night, I noticed a gorgeous natural shine that literally had light bouncing off my hair! Sure, one tube of product isn't going to reverse four years of damage, but having softer and healthier-looking strands is a great start!

    Promising review: "I immediately noticed a difference in my hair. My hair is extremely dry from bleaching. I had tried different hot oil treatments and nothing worked, but this made a huge difference." —Letiish

    Get it from Target for $1.99.

    14. This Olive & June nail kit that'll give you literally everything you need to bring the salon mani experience to your home. Pretty soon, your DMs will be full of comments about how ~gorgeous~ your nails look.

    Olive & June

    This kit size includes a nail polish remover pot, a clean-up brush, a nail clipper, a nail file, a buffer cube, a nail polish bottle handle, a top coat, a cuticle serum, and your choice of six nail colors.

    Promising review: "I'm super impressed with the starter kit I purchased. This polish definitely lasts longer that your typical manicure. I got about nine days out of my first home mani, and then decided to do a color change. That rubbery gadget is really helpful when painting, especially with my non-dominant hand. This is so much cheaper than the dip manicures I used to get, and it takes less time from start to finish. I'm really glad I gave this a try." —Andrea J.

    Get it from Olive & June for $80 (available in four sizes).

    15. Or this nail polish bottle handle holder (aka a poppy) to help you retain more control when painting your own nails, so you can avoid getting polish in places you don't wanna get polish.

    Olive & June

    Promising review: "I am a lefty and couldn't get my nails right until this invention. This is amazing! I used it for my toes since we all need to stay at home and the results were amazing. Since it's universal, it fits any brush. Thank you so much; I love it!!!!! If you are on the fence, just do it because it will make it all much easier." —Lindsay B.

    Get it from Olive & June for $16.

    16. A Billie razor subscription so you'll always have a clean razor that'll give you a silky smooth shave every time you need one.

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    You'll receive five nickel-free razor heads, a razor handle, a magnetic holder, and some shave soap. My coworker Rachel Dunkel is a BIG fan of Billie razors and their other products. Here's what she had to say:

    "For the last five years or so, I haven't cared that much about shaving. I'd let my legs and pits grow into a (beautiful!) forest, but whenever I craved a nice, smooth shave and picked up a razor from the drugstore, I'd end up disappointed. Even with more expensive razor brands, I'd still be prickly and end up regretting ever shaving in the first place. I have never, ever had that problem with Billie. Ever since trying their razors and shave cream, I've actually *wanted* to keep up with shaving. You get a ridiculously smooth result on the first go, even if your hair is super grown out. But most importantly, it STAYS that way for way longer than with other brands. With Billie, it actually feels worth the time and money to shave, something that I could never say about any other razor."

    I don't wanna give away ALL the deets of her amazing experience with the razor, so check out her full review on the Billie razor subscription to learn more!

    Get it from Billie for $9+ (available in four colors).

    17. This Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick for those moments when your skin just needs a refreshing 'lil pick-me-up. Thanks to its hydrating and de-puffing properties, it'll become your best kept secret for feeling like you can conquer long days even when you're running low on energy.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This product has super cute packaging and is easy to apply. It's good to use in the morning when your skin feels gross or you got no sleep and you are super tired, but need a fast way to wake up. It does exactly what it says (wakes up skin, and has a cooling-like effect that feels really nice)." —helloitslizzy

    Get it from Sephora for $26 (available in two sizes).

    18. A bottle of NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray to put an end to those days of having your makeup melt right off your face.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "As a girl with super sensitive skin, some makeup setting spray formulas tend to make my skin itchy or leave me feeling like my face is heavy. Or honestly, some are just too expansive. This stuff is perfect though. A couple of spritzes and my makeup doesn't budge (mainly my eyebrows and powder). This is my third bottle and I can't see myself using anything else." —Jyinn

    Get it from Target for $8.49 (available in two formulas).

    19. This Batiste Dry Shampoo so you can still have really fresh-feeling hair even when you've been putting off washing your mane all week.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "You really can't go wrong with this dry shampoo — it's my go-to that I've been using for years now. I have thin, fine hair and it freshens it up without weighing it down or leaving any residue. Plus, you're not going to find a better product for the price!" —Kasia

    Get it from Target for $6.49.

    20. A tube of the ever-famous Glossier Cloud Paint bound to leave you feeling like you're on ~cloud nine~ when you look in the mirror and see bright, rosy, non-cakey cheeks.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "My god, this is my favorite blush and might be my favorite Glossier product. It never looks cakey and blends into my foundation without taking it off. I have the colors Beam and Storm. Beam is such a pretty color and is my everyday blush. Storm is gorgeous and dark but, surprisingly, works well with my light skin tone. I always mix the two together for a mauve color, which is stunning and, if I have enough time, is my go-to." —Ellis

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    BTW, if you wanna learn why this blush is totally worth your money, be sure to read this full review written by Maitland, a BuzzFeed Editor.

    21. This Shea Moisture Curl-Enhancing Smoothie to help you show off those bouncy curls without leaving 'em feeling super crunchy or sticky. Instead, you'll be left with a luscious shine from root to tip.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I have been using a trial size of this product for the past six months and finally decided to take the plunge and purchase the full-sized container when it was on sale. I am sold because I finally found a product that actually enhances my coily, shrinkage-prone 4c curl pattern without using 20 million other products." —2K19 Mom

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    22. A pack of 25 Simple Cleansing Wipes that'll swipe away any grease, oil, and dirt accumulated after a tough day — and won't leave your skin feeling like the Sahara Desert.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "These wipes feel soft and don’t sting like others I’ve used. Another plus is they don’t leave my skin feeling dry or sticky either." —Lani

    Get it from Target for $4.59.

    23. A tube of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer so you can temporarily brighten up any areas you think could use a little boost — it's actually a full-coverage concealer so it certainly packs a punch when it comes to improving the look of dark marks.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love this product! I have sensitive skin and dark circles under my eyes. It really lives up to all of the positive reviews on social media. It is my go-to concealer now. It goes on smoothly and it does not feel, nor look cakey." —Cute

    Get it from Target for $7.99 (available in 16 shades).

    This concealer is just one of the many Maybelline products our team ~adores~. Check out this post to learn more about why Kayla, a BuzzFeed Editor, thinks this concealer is an absolute staple.

    24. This Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser — it'll remove makeup, condition your skin, and leave your face feeling suuuper fresh whether you choose to use it to start your day or end it.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I have sensitive, combination skin and have found that using a cleanser in the past seemed to make my skin condition and spots worse, so I haven't used one in a really long time. The milky jelly cleanser hasn't caused me to break out at all and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean, without being too invasive and causing my skin to feel dry (which I have found with other cleansers). I follow this up with the priming moisturizer." —Katie

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    25. This NYX Epic Ink Eyeliner because it delivers an intense liner look with just the flick of a wrist and actually stays put — your ~waterproof~ cateye has never looked more Insta-worthy.

    Target

    Promising review: "This is by far my favorite eyeliner that I have ever owned. It is so long-lasting and easy to apply. It has such a fair price, it's almost too good to be true seeing how well it holds up! It can withstand sweat (and I sweat a lot, not to mention I have the oiliest eyelids). It even takes forever to get off, so I would recommend using micellar water or something like that for removal." —fiannalb

    Get it from Target for $8.99.

    Check out this review to find out why this BuzzFeeder thinks this NYX liner will give you the best cat eye you've ever created.

    26. And a tube of Differin Gel formulated with a prescription-strength retinoid to help banish any breakouts that dare sneak up on you.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I started using this product when I randomly started breaking out at 23 years old. I haven’t had bad acne since high school so I used this for a few weeks and noticed a significant difference. I went to the dermatologist and she recommended sticking with it! Results take a few weeks or even months to really show, it’s not going to happen over night. It really helps with redness, too!" —Jen

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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