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    Updated on Sep. 30, 2019. Posted on Sep. 26, 2019

    24 Beauty Products Our Readers Have Tried And Promise Actually Work

    The skincare and makeup holy grail products you'll soon swear by.

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    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.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favourite beauty products. Here are the gorgeous results:

    1. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches cover zits in hydrocolloid dressing, protecting them from further infection, literally absorbing pus and oil, and helping them heal WAY WAY faster.

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    "I have super sensitive skin and acne. Didn't matter what I used, I would develop either a rash or more painful acne. I bought a pack of the patches and my skin has never looked better! I sometimes get those pimples that make unattractive giant bumps that concealer wouldn't cover up. I slapped on the biggest patch over a recent one and not only did the swelling go down, the pimple was almost gone! I wish I could have taken a picture of the nastiness the patch collected overnight. SO satisfying! Who knew that I didn't need to buy expensive creams or do a time-consuming regimen to achieve the pimple-free skin I've wanted for years?" —missgem

    "Not only were they cheap and shipped quickly, but hot damn they work too. And not only do they work, but when they're on your face (if you have pale skin like mine) you can't even tell they're there. I literally lost one once, and had to feel for it." —a490d886ea

    "I actually read a post about the 'pimple patches' here on BuzzFeed. I ordered them and I am in love. They are so amazing! I put on a pimple overnight and the next morning it’s all cleared up. They also don’t dry out your skin like a lot of products do." —kwioncek

    "They work like you can’t believe!!! Totally worth buying." —kellyb4008c2352

    Get two packs of 24 patches each from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    2. Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter adds a warm glow to your face with soft powder infused with reflective pigments you can apply sparingly or intensely.

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    "It’s one of the only drugstore highlighters out there that can compete with the higher end brands. It’s under $10 and it’s a large pan. The gold colour is absolutely stunning — I use it every day." —mirandaheaney

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.96. Also available in molten peach and molten topaz.

    3. Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel gently exfoliates in the most satisfying way possible; just rub it in in circular motions against your skin, and the product will start balling up with all the residue and gunk you're removing. Plus, with vitamins C and E and black willow bark, it'll make your skin brighter than ever.

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    "You guys on BuzzFeed kept raving about it. I finally tried it, and yep, it’s the shit. Even my husband noticed and said something." —kellyb4008c2352

    Get it (along with a cleansing gel and a barrier balm) from Amazon Canada for $22.

    4. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash-Boosting Eyeliner helps lashes grow fuller and longer while delivering a pigmented and precise line. And it's hypoallergenic, so it won't bother even sensitive eyes.

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    "I don’t think it improved my eyelashes, but the tip feels like an actual paintbrush when lining your eyes! I have oily eyelids and it stays on fine with a primer underneath. And it’s at the drugstore!" —larissalove55

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99.

    5. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay deep cleans your pores with calcium bentonite clay, ~pulsating~ as it works its magic and banishing the toughest acne.

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    "Thank you BuzzFeed for featuring Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay in one of your posts! This product is amazing! I have super dry skin on my face and this helps me control it!" —anneuyc

    "I read many positive reviews for it, and I never try trendy or fad beauty products because I very sensitive skin with some minor acne. In the past clinical strength stuff has been the only thing that works. But I can honestly say that this stuff is legit! I used it in the morning and immediately noticed my acne was less red and irritated and it just seemed to keep clearing up throughout the day... I’ve had it for a couple weeks now and have used it every two to three days and my skin is glowing!" —anikag43e33e46a

    "The healing clay is one of the only products that helps with cystic acne." —paigel4109d1a20

    "I finally tried it and it is the best thing ever! The tub is huge so you get plenty of masks out of one container, and my skin feels so great after using it. I will say I was a bit surprised the first time I used it, my face was pulsating while the clay was drying, and after I took off the mask I was pretty red. I use apple cider vinegar to make my mask instead of water." —stephanie91

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.69, and get some apple cider vinegar to use it with from Amazon Canadda for $2.49.

    6. L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara builds up for dramatic, full, and fluttery lashes and NEVER leaves smudges under your eyes.

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    "The best mascara ever; made me throw out every other brand I own." —danademartino

    I personally also LOVE this mascara. Check out my review here (#2).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.19.

    7. Derma E Very Clear Acne Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid and antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil to heal breakouts and unclog pores *without* drying out your skin.

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    "I literally tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my adult acne that decided to show up at 27 years old after going vegan. This was the holy grail." —kristinm42bb99942

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    8. Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Face Moisturizer replenishes your skin's nutrients throughout the day with vitamins B, C, and E, plus antioxidants. 97% of the ingredients are natural, and it has zero parabens, sulfates, or dyes.

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    "I very rarely wear makeup, but since my skin is dry and flaky, moisturizing on a daily basis is a must. My skin is also acne-prone, so it’s hard to find a product that hydrates my skin without causing breakouts, but this moisturizer does the job! Not only does it make my skin feel amazing, but it also leaves it looking noticeably brighter, and I’ve gotten so many compliments on my 'glowing' skin. I’ve been using this product for six months now and there’s no turning back!"

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.05.

    9. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner contains aloe vera and healthy tannins to refine even the most sensitive skin. It'll even reduce any flare-ups or breakouts and improve skin tone.

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    "I’m telling y’all, I have always had combination skin that was an oil slick on my T-zone and dry to the point of flaking around my mouth and eyes. But Thayers Witch Hazel Toner changed that! Now my skin is normal all over with a perfect glow! I have been using the rosewater version recently, but the cucumber one works just as well." —calliec447278859

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.97. Also available in unscented.

    10. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater hydrates your face in just one spritz, making it the perfect thing to keep at your dry AF office or in your purse. It even goes right over makeup for a dewy effect that's good for your skin!

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    "This hydrating facial spray might not even do anything to my skin. All I know is after I use it I’m dewy, glowing, refreshed, and I feel like a queen. Totally worth it just for mood." —mikaylah44b7f35f8

    "Great for setting makeup and extra hydration after you wash your face. SMELLS. SO. GOOD." —tarlonk

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.

    11. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream softens and moisturizes cuticles with almond oil and cocoa seed butter and strengthens nails with vitamin E and sunflower oil. Plus the citrusy scent is just darn good.

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    "I have a bad nervous habit of picking at my cuticles but this stuff repairs the damaged skin. It also smells like lemons and leaves your fingers feeling fresh!" —beatricealaynel

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.81.

    12. Shea Moisture African Black Soap cleanses skin, absorbing oil while moisturizing (it's made with shea butter) and calming skin, helping relieve acne and symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

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    "Totally eradicated my stubborn adult acne." —ackerson

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    13. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face — brightening skin tone, reducing dark spots, fighting wrinkles AND retaining moisture (it's got hyaluronic acid in it, too).

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    "My skin has never looked better since using this." —lindseyt4c2951a3a

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    14. Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam tightens skin and pores, thanks to protein rich albumen (that's the egg white) so your face is touchably smooth.

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    "So great, I took my best friend to buy their own so they wouldn’t have to steal mine!" —adriklarinet

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.90.

    15. Kopari Coconut Melt is basically the holy grail of coconut oils, and you can use it as a hair mask, body moisturizer, under eye cream, makeup remover, dry shave product, and so much more.

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    "It’s the Mecca of coconut oil. I used to use grocery store coconut oil but this is much better quality. I use it as a lotion, hair mask, under eye moisturizer, oil at the beach, makeup remover, etc. It smells amazing, and melts so easily in your hands so it is easily spread all over your skin. Although it’s an oil, it absorbs into your skin so you never feel greasy or look like you’re covered in oil. It’s not super expensive and worth the little extra that you would spend on typical coconut oils!" —beccac4889563e1

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $79.

    16. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence packs a punch with snail extract (which replenishes moisture) AND bee venom (which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory) and is great for all types of skin.

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    "It has really upped my skin game. I usually have kinda splotchy red irritated skin that I've been trying to deal with for years. During the first week of using this stuff my face was a glowing, even, smooth wonderland. I love it!" —leahk41df8d1fb

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.95.

    17. The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% balances your skin's production of oil, reducing the appearance of blemishes, without irritating sensitive skin.

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    "Amazing. I used to have gross bumpy skin and after using it my skin is so much smoother. It also made my pores look smaller." —aw3sometacos

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.50.

    18. Freeman Charcoal Black Sugar Polishing Mask combines the impurity-absorbing power of activated charcoal and the gentle exfoliation of black sugar for your clearest skin ever.

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    "I love it! It clears up acne, exfoliates, and softens skin. Trust me, this is coming from someone who no longer uses her Peter Thomas Roth face masks." —spookytime

    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $26.96.

    19. L'Oréal Paris Skin Care Pure Clay Clear & Comfort Mask is formulated with three types of clay to rid skin of impurities and vitamin-rich seaweed to soothe and calm skin so it doesn't get irritated.

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    "I got it because I really struggle with oily skin and large pores. It feels absolutely amazing on your skin. It shrinks your pores and after rinsing it off it makes you feel like you have a whole new face!" —valerien45bef950b

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.19.

    20. Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic which contain glycolic acid (at different concentrations) to gently exfoliate dead skin and increase cell turnover, helping your skin look glowing and fresh.

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    "The glycolic acid in this has worked really well with my skin, my acne and scars have completely faded! Plus the product is reasonably priced." —maryf49ac26600

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.

    21. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara has a curved brush head to comb out potential clumps while building up mega length and volume.

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    "People always assume I’m wearing expensive mascara but joke's on them!" —jordanm424f9854e

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.97 (available in very black, black, black brown, and brown).

    22. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment blends six acids together with activated charcoal to absorb dirt and fight acne, ingrown hairs, redness, and scarring.

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    "My skin looks amazing after I take it off! Best money I’ve ever spent." —emilyadaire

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $89.69.

    23. Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinaecea GreenEnvy uses all the beauty power found in a beehive (intensely hydrating honey, antiseptic propolis, and amino acid-containing royal jelly) for moisturized and plumped skin with a renewed glow.

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    "Seriously, it changed my skin. I’ll use it at night before I go to bed and I’ll wake up with glowing, soft, moisturized skin. It may seem expensive, but it’s so worth it. It lasts for a long time and it makes my skin feel amazing. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after a bad day, and it adds a great step in my spa night routine." —hopemhale

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $74.54.

    24. L'Oréal Infallible Lip Paint slathers lips with gorgeous and full-coverage pigment for a bold look in just one swipe of the wand.

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    "I have this in several colours. This stuff goes on full-coverage. It is affordable and has a subtle glossy shine! Best drugstore liquid lip colour if you want shine." —brookelineg

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99 (available in 13 shades).

    You, after you've pampered yourself with anything from this list:

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