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    Updated on Aug 4, 2020. Posted on Jul 29, 2020

    22 Beauty Products Reviewers Say Gave Them Results That Were Stunning, Shocking, And Just Plain Amazing

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    1. This Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Face Oil to soothe dry skin and give you a ~lustrous~ glow. Marula seed oil contains antioxidants that help restore moisture — in other words, your dry patches can now stop screaming for hydration.

    The product bottle with a dropper top

    Promising review: "LOVE this stuff. I just started using Differin, which made my skin super dry and itchy and this was the ONLY product that truly soothed my skin, got rid of the redness, and completely eliminated the dryness. It’s AMAZING. I have oily skin and using oil on it made me nervous but I have such an amazing glow after using this. I use it right after washing my face with a gentle cleaner. Highly recommend." —mfernandes4

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

    2. An eyeshadow primer that'll keep your perfectly blended smokey eyeshadow looking crease-, flake-, and smudge-free all day long.,

    Promising reviews: "I am an AVID NARS eye primer fan, and have been for years. My eyelids are oily and I always had mascara transfer issues until I started using the NARS primer. I have tried every eye primer on the market, and nothing had ever compared to that one. UNTIL THIS. I am shocked that a product, on Amazon, from an unknown to me company, for only $15 blows NARS out of the water. I love this stuff. It feels good, dries quickly, is colorless, only takes a small amount, and lasts all day (I work 12-hour shifts, so that's 16 hours in makeup at least!) I don't know what else I can say about this product other than I am shocked and will now be a diehard fan. I love it." —Bucket

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    3. This Eva Naturals vitamin C serum because the salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid work together in ~harmony~ to help prevent pesky breakouts and keep your skin hydrated. Some reviewers were even able to fade post-acne marks.

    A reviewer with several dark acne marks that have almost completely faded after using the product

    Promising reviews: "I am stunned at how soft this serum has made my skin in such a short time. I'm in love. The tea tree oil smell is mitigated by the lavender, leaving a beautiful final scent. Decadent." —StephanieB

    "This product is just perfect for my skin type! I’m using it every night and it’s helping me a lot with my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation problems caused by my last acne outbreak. I have been using this product for 1.5 months and the results are visible. My skin looks more hydrated and the dark spots have cleared. (I’m also using benzoyl peroxide based acne treatment to control my acne while I’m using this product)." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    4. A jar of Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask to give your hair a weekly dose of added moisture and vibrancy that's been lost to months of using heated styling tools and hair dye. It's suitable for straight, wavy, curly, coiled, and tightly coiled hair textures and contains a NOVA complex that helps prevent future damage.

    The jar of product

    Briogeo is a Black-owned and woman-owned brand and uses natural ingredients!

    Promising review: "Amazing! I haven't had a haircut for six months (quarantine life, right??) and my ends were so dry! I had reduced how often I washed my hair (from every one to two days to every two to four days — again, 'the crisis'). This helped reduce further damage BUT I got this and oil as a sample for a recent purchase and my hair looks better than it does right after a fresh cut. I mean, this is why Sephora gives us samples right? To fall in love with something that we normally would be scared to spend the money on?? I am so impressed with this mask. The oil is good, but this fantastic and I'm putting it in my cart for my next purchase." —parisdetroit

    Get it from Sephora or Briogeo for $36.

    5. This no-yellow shampoo that'll tone down unwanted brassy, yellow hues in blonde hair without a trip to the salon.

    A reviewer showing their blonde hair with some yellow-ish tones at the tips and then their hair showing a brighter blonde color after using the product

    Promising reviews: "I've used so many purple shampoos and I was STUNNED by how pigment-rich this is and how well it worked. This is the gold standard for erasing gold tones from hair." —Kathryn A. Cooks

    "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. The pictures are my results after just two washes! My hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous with lots of body!" —KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $12.65+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A pimple patch because reviewers say it actually helps suck out the gunk from giant, juicy zits forming a white, pus-filled head.


    Promising reviews: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." —Amazon Customer

    "I’m sorry if the picture is too graphic but I wanted to show how well this product works. It pulled out my whitehead in one piece and didn’t leave me with red/irritated area. It doesn’t blend well on the skin to go out in public with as other brands but this brand was definitely the most effective!" —Jessenia

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in packs of 36 and 72).

    7. A curling wand with a clip-less barrel that'll give you a full head of big, bouncy curls — now you can create the gorgeous styles you always like on Insta yourself!

    A reviewer holding the curling wand and showing their big, loose curls

    Promising review: "This just might be my favorite of the six curling wands I own. What I love about this one is that it makes natural-like curls. Natural curly hair isn't perfect and uniform and this gives that spiral natural yet beachy curly girl look. It heats up fast and is easy to wind your hair around. I hold my medium textured long hair on the wand for a total count of seven seconds and release. Hold the blue handle in the up position and just wrap your one to two inch section of hair around it." —Karli E.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.40.

    8. This Ilia Multi-Stick because it'll give your lips and cheeks a soft, natural-looking pigment, which is totally buildable BTW, and will leave you with a healthy flush you'll love.

    A model applying the blush stick to their cheek

    I've spent the majority of my makeup-loving years totally avoiding blush because I always thought it highlighted my cheek breakouts and always looked so patchy on my skin. Ilia is a brand I've recently become obsessed with because of their ~clean beauty~ products and when I saw this multi-stick, I figured that if anything I'd just use it as a nice, natural-looking lip color that complemented my skin tone. Curiosity got the best of me and I wound up also applying it to my cheeks and was amazed by the soft but pretty color it created on my face. I could add as much or as little as I wanted since the formula is really light and creamy. Not only did it give my cheeks a rosy hue, but it also added a little extra dimension to my face that's just not there when I'm only using foundation. I seriously can't stop looking at my face in the mirror when I apply this stuff.

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in six shades).

    9. This tube of Skin by Mented foundation stick because the buildable formula will help you achieve the smooth, cake-free complexion you might normally get from layering three, four, or five products on your face.,

    Mented is a Black-owned, woman-owned brand that brings people makeup that suits a variety of skin tones.

    Promising review: "I purchased four foundations for my sister and I and we are hooked. This is one of the best foundations we've used. The texture is amazing. The way it gives your skin a natural finish is perfect. We are hooked." —Ja-Nee R.

    Get it from Mented for $30 (available in 16 shades).

    10. A wildly popular rosehip facial oil if you'e constantly combatting dry and flaky skin, redness, and breakouts. I know, I know, adding oil to problem skin just sounds ridiculous but reviewers say that with regular use, this oil helps smooth out skin and heal blemishes.

    A set of reviewer displays showing someone going from a large crop of breakouts by their mouth to the breakouts looking less inflamed

    Promising review: "Overall I'm super pleased with this product. The oil isn't greasy whatsoever. It says two to three drops will do the job, but I use way more (maybe 10?). Every morning I wake up and my skin feels INCREDIBLY soft and smooth. I've struggled with intense acne for a good year or so now. I've easily invested a good couple hundred dollars from high-end to questionable companies. I love, love, love that this is animal-friendly and so natural. Its quality for its price? AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. This loose setting powder for ridding your face of excess shine and oil to leave your skin looking pretty much flawless.,

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. I live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is a fraction of the cost. Can't believe it. Never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five shades and in packs of one, two, and three).

    12. A jar of Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel to gently turnover dead skin cells and promote healthier, scar-free tissue. It's quite expensive but trust me, I wouldn't have coughed up the cash for a second jar if it didn't actually 1) fade post-acne marks I've struggled with for months, 2) keep my skin feeling silky smooth, and 3) have such a delicious, inviting scent!!

    The opened jar showing the creamy texture

    I recently got the chance to try this face peel and was actually shocked! The fact that it contains caviar lime acid and glycolic acid was a liiiiittle scary at first, so after doing a patch test on my arm, I applied the thinnest layer on just part of my face where I had some dark acne marks. It tingled slightly the first time, but the caviar lime smelled so amazing and felt so soothing. I left it on for 15 minutes and washed it off with cold water (as my former dermatologist instructed me to do when using strong treatments). HOLY WOW. My face felt insanely soft!! I know this is bad, but I couldn't stop touching my skin after that.

    It's been about a month and a half and I've been using this peel two to three times a week (though, you should start off by using it just once a week). My skin looks so much brighter and I've seen such great improvement in some dark acne marks that I have (yay!!). With other products, by the time I start making some progress fading old marks, I break out again and get NEW marks on top of those. This peel fades my marks quickly enough to slow down that never-ending cycle. I think this is the best my skin has looked in my adult life! I actually get excited to apply this mask because it smells good and always leaves me with instantly more supple skin. It just brightens my entire day when I see improvement, and I recently bought my second jar so I can continue to make progress.

    Promising review: "Incredible! I noticed a visible difference in the appearance and texture of my skin after a single use. This stuff works! It made my face much smoother and it decreased the severity of my uneven skin tone. It also left my face looking much brighter and with a healthy glow!" —CatLover7

    Get it from Sephora for $95.

    13. This Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip if you're tired of using lip colors that claim to be ultra matte and transfer-proof but always smudge right off when you so much as take a sip from a glass of water. Not only does this come in ~gorgeous~ shades, but it'll actually stay put.

    Beauty Bakerie

    BTW, Beauty Bakerie is a Black-owned, woman-owned brand that values the creation of beauty products that are actually long-lasting so you don't have to worry about your ~gorgeous~ look slowly slipping away throughout the day.

    Promising review: (for the shade on the left): "These Lip Whips are amazing! This is my daughter’s favorite one because of the pop of color. It’s bold, it's beautiful, and it’s playful. I love how long lasting it is. One application lasts me well over eight hours — no reapplying needed. If you’re looking for a summer color or a fun, bold lip color, this is the perfect shade for you. The pigment is fire." —NewTaylor

    Promising review: (for the shade on the right): "The color is amazing, and this stayed on all day, even through my meals, with only a quick touch up on the waterline. Also, very light weight and comfortable with little to no transfer." —Kelsey B.

    Get it from Beauty Bakerie for $20 (available in 23 shades).

    14. A tube of the Essence Lash Princess mascara to instantly build length and provide pigment to short, barely-there lashes.

    A reviewer showing long, dark, curled lashes

    Promising review: "My lashes are so fair and thin that its hard for me to find mascara that will give me such great volume. This mascara is so good! It was easy and was a flawless result for an affordable price. 100% would recommend." —Emily Creek

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available as a pack of three and as part of gift sets).

    15. A Fenty Gloss Bomb Lip Gloss because it'll deliver juicy-looking shine with the perfect hint of color. Plus, it'll feel light and hydrating on your lips, which is a convenient bonus if you forgot to exfoliate your lips the night before and worry about those dried out flakes showing through your lip color.

    Six shade swatches across light, medium, tan, and deep skin tones

    Promising review: "Absolutely stunning. The scent is amazing and the formula is so hydrating. Makes your lips look lovely and super shiny, and this is just one of those products that makes you feel beautiful without a lot of effort." —madsmj

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

    16. This one-step hair dryer and styling brush to dry your hair as you create a salon-worthy blowout — I've tried it on my super curly 3b hair texture (which stubbornly never takes too kindly to hot air brushes) and I saw straight, frizz-free results.,

    I wait until my hair is about 80% dry and work the brush through small sections — the same way I would if I were using a regular flat iron. I don't even need to apply any styling products to my hair to end up with straight hair that doesn't look thin and plastered to my scalp! I've found that pulling the brush SLOWLY through sections of hair helps me so I make fewer passes and still end up with the same sleek look.

    Promising review: "I was trying not to get my hopes up based on all the positive reviews, but holy moly, this dryer brush is amazing! I feel like I’ve missed out on years of great hair up until now. I have long, fine hair that needs some extra help to get more volume. I’ve typically relied on volumizing dry shampoo and not washing every day to do that — which has helped a lot but felt like I was missing a step when drying my hair. I could never manage the professional-looking blowout...until now! I even have setting curlers and am using Boldify spray. It is easy to use, even on my first try. The settings are easy to access, and no worries about hitting the switch because you twist instead. It dries fast and isn’t too loud. I love it and will be using it from now on!" —Lacey Dias

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. This makeup brush shampoo specifically designed to get all the gunk of your leftover foundation out in mere minutes (even if you haven't cleaned your brushes in almost a month!).


    Promising reviews: "I shamefully must admit that I have NEVER cleaned my makeup brushes...I'm not the type who wears much makeup, but I'm pretty sure that is unhealthy since I've had the same brushes since I was like 12! I had tried just rinsing them with water and not much would come out, so I figured they were pretty clean. Once I put this remover on them, I was shocked at how much crap came out. My brush totally changed to being light and airy. I didn't even realize how much makeup was weighing it down. I now clean my brushes whenever I think about it and I also use this to rinse makeup from my Norwex facecloth!" —Amazon Customer

    "Y’all. Some context: I’ve never cleaned brushes before, I’ve always just used them up and then bought new ones, over and over. I used this on my oldest brush, which had been putting powder on my face for months and was probably pretty gross. It cleaned it up perfectly!! It was clean and smelled nice for the first time in forever! It’s so easy to use, I’m a lazy person by nature so if it isn’t easy to use, I probably won’t use it. This is easy. Definite recommendation! Try it!" —briannaknt

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (also available in a pack of two).

    18. A bottle of Murad InvisiScar Reurfacing Treatment that'll help ease the ceaseless struggle of scars, dull skin, uneven skin texture, and breakouts. The BHA, asiatic acid, and vitamin C formula helps exfoliate and brighten your skin with regular use.


    Promising review: "I was desperate for something to help with all my acne scars. I’ve used Murad before, so I tried this product. Wow, I was amazed by the results. I use this morning and night and sometimes during the day. After a few days, the scars I had were gone. I’m so in love with this product, I’m buying a second bottle just in case I run out of this one, I’ll have another one on hand. Especially having to wear a face mask more often, I need this product more then ever." —Celest24

    Get it from Sephora for $35+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A 16-pack of Korean face masks made with vitamin E and collagen to give your cheeks the kind of post-mask glo up that is just b e g g i n g to be Instagram-storied, and literally all you have to do is put it on your human face.


    Promising review: "I'm having fun with these. They're a great way to relax and unwind, or even to start the day. And I do like how my skin feels afterward. One day, I woke up and was shocked with what I saw. My skin glowed with health, which gave me a confident start to the day." —DaytonaKit

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon fo $9.99+ (also available as a pack of two).

    20. This jar of Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub formulated with a ~luxurious~ blend of crushed cupuaçu seeds, sugar crystals, coconut oil, and guarana to gently exfoliate and restore moisture and firmness while you simply take a shower.

    A  hand scooping up the thick product

    Promising review: "This scrub is an amazing product just like the bum bum cream! I love that it melts into your skin leaving it so soft and smooth. I find that the scent is less powerful than the cream, which to me is perfect. My only concern is water pooling in the container as I use it in the shower. Overall, I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a gentle scrub with an amazing scent!" —Alyssa0730

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    21. A jar of TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment if you're facing a huge flare-up at literally the worst possible time. It's formulated with bentonite clay to eliminate the gunk from your pores and soothe irritated skin.

    BTW, the jar is quite small but no need to worry! Reviewers say that just a small dab is all you need to effectively treat breakouts.

    Promising review: "I tried a new face wash and moisturizer and had an absolutely terrible allergic reaction to it. It broke my face out horribly and pitted my pores in a way they've never looked in my entire life. The TreeActiv cystic acne spot treatment was brand new and untested in my cabinet, so I immediately used it on the worst affected areas to see if it would help. It immediately soothed my skin, and after two days of applying it, the rash I'd developed from the other product was almost entirely gone — my face looked clean, and my complexion was almost clear again. It honestly saved my skin, I'm not sure what I would have used to heal it had I not had this on hand since no other allergy or acne cream was doing the trick. I have very sensitive skin, allergies, eczema, and chronic illness that impacts my immune system, but this didn't give me a reaction at all, and it smells lovely — mostly of spearmint. It feels wonderful going on and I'm still stunned at how quickly it healed my face. For me, this was a magic potion when I needed it most. " —Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    22. And this tube of Truly 24K Gold Black Soap Cleanser that contains African black soap to target acne and oily skin and finally give you the clear, glowing complexion you've been looking for.

    A model squeezing product from the tube

    Promising review: "I live by the bay and am always exposed to the sun. At the end of the day, my skin feels tired and dull. I learned from a friend who uses the same product that this worked for her. I did not regret trying 24k Gold. Ammmaaazzzing product!" —Marylou

    Get it from Truly for $28.

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