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    Jan 23, 2019

    25 Beauty Products That'll Make It Seem Like You Really Tried

    ...even though you hit that snooze button for an extra 30 minutes. Admirable.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An Essence All About Matt! compact powder to rid your skin of pesky shine while absorbing excess oil so your complexion looks fresh all day long, no matter where you are.

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    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I have oily skin and this product helps a lot with keeping my skin matte throughout the day. Other products such as bronzers, blush, etc. blend well with this powder as well. It does settle into creases but that is normal for me with every product because I have terrible laugh lines. Other than that I think this is a great product." —Sandra

    Get it from Ulta for $3.99.

    2. A Vivienne Sabó mascara for lifting, lengthening, and volumizing your lashes with a few flick of the wrists. These are the the kind of little effort, big results I need in my life.

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    Promising review: "This mascara really lifted my lashes and made them look longer. I've been looking for a mascara like this for ages cause my lashes are small, but curly. The best part: no clump!!" —Andy Castillo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    3. A Milani baked bronzer that'll leave behind a subtle glow you'll really appreciate after a restless night. It's compact enough that you can toss it in your bag and head out the door!

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    It even comes with a lil' brush and mirror that can be stored on the bottom!

    Promising review: "You know how there is always one or two products you cannot live without? This is one of mine. I won't leave home without it. I've been using it for 3-4 years now and I love it! I love the subtle shimmer and sun kissed look. The compact brings so much product you could easily go nine months without having to get a new one. I hope they never discontinue this product." —Aixa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89 or Ulta for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    4. A Maybelline two-sided brow pencil and brush so you have everything you need in one tool to create a gorgeous, natural appearance. The brush blends flawlessly and basically does all the work for you!

    instagram.com, Instagram: @maybelline

    Promising review: "I recommend this Brow Definer especially for someone like me (mother of a wild toddler!) that doesn’t have the time to sit in front of the mirror all morning, so I usually do a really quick basic/natural look. This is so easy to apply you will definitely be able to sneak it in your normal routine and look like they were done professionally! I will be reordering for sure when mine runs low." —OnNiMoNsTeR

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94 (available in more colors here).

    5. A Seraphine hypoallergenic lip and cheek stain that melts right into your skin thanks to its natural ingredients and Shea butter formula. Seriously, a quick swipe of this and you have an instant pop of natural, hydrating color.

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    *Adds to cart. Immediately adds to purse.*

    Get the rose butter or the guava butter from Seraphine Botanicals for $24.

    6. An Aquis Lisse luxe hair towel made with fancy, ultra-fine fibers that are thinner than silk so your hair experiences less damage compared to the friction caused by regular towels (making it a wonderful product for thinning, delicate, and curly hair). It can also cut down dry time by 50%!

    aquis.com

    Promising review: "I have long but seriously fragile hair which takes hours to dry — and when it does, it's usually frizzy, fluffy, and just generally a pain to deal with. When I tried this guy, I was blown away. I wasn't really expecting much because honestly how much difference could a towel make? A ton, apparently! First off, the packaging is darling and the towel is plenty big to handle all my hair with no problem. It's more than halved my drying time, and my hair looks healthier and smoother than ever. Seriously this towel rocks. I was truly dubious, but ahhh it's just so good!" —AdelynB

    Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in five colors).

    7. A Tarte BB tinted primer for those days when a full face of foundation just isn't going to happen. It provides protection from the sun and silky, medium coverage for a no makeup, makeup look.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have repurchased this product so many times. It is the perfect balance of some coverage yet lightweight enough to to feel like nothing is on your skin. I love the smooth texture and ease of application. I usually use this as a foundation and if I am having some trouble spots, I use a little concealer." —jenmemery

    Get it from Sephora or Tarte for $37 (available in four shades).

    8. Or if you are looking for fuller coverage, Too Faced's matte foundation adds a warm glow to the skin and keeps it hydrated with its peach- and sweet fig-infused formula. It can provide up to 14 hours of flawless coverage so even if it's the only thing you put on in the morning, you can bet it will still be there when you get home.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I LOVE this formula!!! It looks absolutely stunning on my face, and this foundation color is a perfect match. I have dry combination skin, so my T-zone gets really oily throughout the day. This foundation prevents my oily spots from showing without breaking out my skin. I also have textured skin around my cheek areas but this foundation makes me look flawless. I will definitely continue buying this foundation!" —onemagicalkitty

    Get it from Sephora for $36 (available in 12 shades).

    9. A magical bottle of Tan Luxe self-tanning drops so you can instantly transform a dab of your favorite moisturizers, serums, or face oils into an illuminating self-tanner. Tanning beds? Sunbathing in the winter? No, we don't know her.

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    Promising review: "I was so nervous trying this out but IT WORKS!!! I added it to my night cream starting out with just two drops because I didn't want to wake up orange. But I woke up and it looked like I had been in the sun! I used it a few more days upping the amount of drops to four drops at the most. It's great! It didn't make me breakout or cause irritation. It mixed into my night cream and honestly I didn't smell a thing. It's pricey but you don't have to use it every day or use too many drops at a time so it'll last a while. BUY IT!" —Allie B.

    Get face drops from Ulta for $49 and the body drops for $59 (both available in two shades).

    10. An eyeliner stamp that — are you ready for this — leaves behind the perfect wing in mere minutes. Theeese are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.

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    Promising review: "I am a lazy girl but I like to look nice, and figured I should be trying to make it look like I’m putting more effort into my appearance without actually putting in more effort. I have NEVER been able to do a wing. I barely can do normal eyeliner. I did this in less than two minutes on my first try it is so easy and it looked fantastic. And it’s not just the stamp, the eyeliner pen is great too (no longer going to use the old kind). Honestly it looked fantastic. And it STAYS on — I actually had to really wash to get it off. I was very impressed." —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. A Real Technique sponge for evenly blending foundation like an absolute dream. It'll give you a smooth, matte finish that won't require eight steps, five shades, and 13 primers.

    Instagram: @realtechniques

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy these sponges instead of my normal go-to Beauty Blender ($20), but I was truly shook. IT IS BETTER THAN THE OG BEAUTY BLENDER! I bought the pack of two for half the price of just one Beauty Blender. Real Techniques sponges expand like the BB and blend out foundation and concealer seamlessly. I will definitely be purchasing these again!" —Sky Chey

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 or Ulta for 10.99.

    12. A five-pack of Winky Lux's mini pill lipsticks because — surprise! — it doesn't take an entire bag of makeup to create a bold look with little effort. These cuties glide on with ease and can (obviously) fit in even your tiniest clutch.

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    One BuzzFeed writer loves these little cuties:

    "This lipstick is SO FRIGGIN’ TINY AND CUTE. It is maybe half the size of my pinky, meaning it can fit in any of the various pockets throughout my everyday bag. It’s just super convenient because it takes up almost no space, so I can also store it in my wallet, my tiny clutch that fits absolutely nothing, my pocket, etc. Besides that, it’s also super easy to apply and LASTS. Like, all day." —AnaMaria Glaven

    Read the rest of her review here (it's #7!).

    Get it from Winky Lux for $16.

    13. A pot of Revlon's Colorstay metallic creme eyeshadows so you can cook up a look that's as equally mesmerizing as it is easy. And since a little of this shimmery magic goes a long way, you won't have to spend years of your life building up pigments.

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    Promising review: "A little bit goes a long way, and unlike eye pencil or shadow pencil, this glides on easily, smoothly, and gently. I absolutely love how Licorice looks; it's a blueish silver, very pretty. I apply in the morning and by night time, it is still in — no fading, no smearing, etc. Love it so much I'm going to order more." —Kalani

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09+ (available in 12 colors).

    14. A pack of shadow shields because — let's be honest here — you don't have the time or energy to deal with eyeshadow fallout. These can *also* act as a stencil for creating sharp wings, and we stan a multipurpose product, yes we do.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE these! I've shared them with my friends and everyone has come to me with positive feedback. They are perfect for either protecting your cheeks/face from eyeshadow fallout and offer a great 'stencil' if you are looking to create a sharp cat eye with eyeliner or eye shadow. I was also surprised at how many pieces you get for the price. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase." —HMS Hoglund

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. A tube of Fenty Beauty's universal lip luminizer that'll give you a level of sparkly gloss that's truly *out of this world*.

    Sephora

    Can you do this without bothering to look in the mirror? You betcha.

    Promising review:"I was skeptical about the rave reviews on this product, and I'm not a huge fan of lip glosses for these reasons: they're not long lasting, not hydrating and they have a tacky/sticky feel. BUT, this gloss is something different! I wear it almost every day (when I'm not wearing another lip product) for these reasons: The color is flattering for all skin colors. It doesn't have the tacky/sticky feel. It's hydrating even after most of the gloss is wiped off. There is the feeling of a hydrating balm left on. It's easy application and smells wonderful! This would be a product I'd recommend or purchase for a friend." —kphrom

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in three shades).

    16. A set of heatless foam rods ready to give you effortless, beachy waves all while you sit on the couch and relax. You'll *feel* and *look* like you just hit up the salon, when it reality you were binge-watching You.

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    Like most things, they require a little practice, but stick with it! Once mastered, you can have gorgeous waves that took minimal effort on your part.

    Promising review: I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys under 5. I love curly hair but having time to heat-style my hair in the morning is not realistic. The house will burn down and curly hair is just not worth that. When they arrived, I was too excited to not try them out immediately. So, I rolled my completely dry hair, misted it with water and set a timer for two hours. I sprayed my hair with hairspray and removed them – expecting mayyyybe a light wave. Needless to say I was floored. I cannot wait to see how my hair turns out with a little more prep and a little more time!" —motherfrost

    Learn more about these wondrous foam rods in, "Give Your Hair A Break From The Heat And Try These Amazing Curling Rods".

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. A NYX jumbo eye pencil with soft, blendable tips that'll glide onto your lids like butter and throw worries of precision out the window.

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    Promising review: "I am lazy and hate doing my makeup, especially after a morning workout on a weekday. I wanted something I could throw in my bag and smear around my eyes in a couple of seconds, and to just add a little color without the fussiness. This fits the bill perfectly. It gives my eyes a little definition, but isn't super noticeable. The slight shimmer also makes me look awake on days where I'm dragging. It is not intensely shiny, though, which is important to me — I'm not a disco ball! It just reflects light and looks luminescent, not glittery. Because this is so easy to use, non-irritating, and is the exact color I was looking for, I expect that I will keep ordering it as long as it's available." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $2.52+ (available in 21 shades).

    18. A Revlon eyeshadow contour palette that comes with a sparkly primer (yes, yes, and yes!), and actual directions on the back for mastering a smoky eye look. Tl;dr: You only need *this* and a brush, and bada bing, you're all set.

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    Promising review: "This is my go-to everyday eye shadow. I usually use a full palette when I want a bolder look but if I'm in a hurry or traveling, I just wet my brush before applying this and it really kicks it up a notch and looks beautiful. It blends very nicely so it's easy get a natural look without having to switch brushes if you're in a hurry or on the go. It does have a little shimmer but if you apply it dry it's very subtle, less so with wet application." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $6.41 (available in eight color palettes).

    19. A bottle of Frank Body's magic shimmer oil guaranteed to become a your new skin care favorite. It moisturizes skin and then forms a whimsical glow that's tint-free so your natural complexion still shines through. Honestly, how dare this be a product, I think it's too perfect.

    Frank Body

    Promising reviews:

    "A little goes a long way and made my skin look so glowy, it didn’t stain or rub my white top which was amazing! Super happy." —Arianna D.

    "The word 'oil' scares me a lot in skin care but this is truly magical! Doesn’t make me feel oily, gives a beautiful glow, and somehow also evened out my skin tone???? THIS WORKS WONDERS!" —Kaela T.

    Get it from Frank Body for $21.95.

    20. A spritz of Batiste dry shampoo that'll effortlessly de-grease and add volume to your hair so it ~looks~ freshly showered, eeeeeven if you're going on day three (or four).

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    Promising review: “This stuff lives up to the hype! I used to wash my hair every single day, and I just started trying to cut back last year. Without ANY dry shampoo, I could get no more than one day. With this, I won't lie, I've gone seven, eight days without washing and it still looks clean and not greasy! I really couldn't believe it — I have a terrible habit of touching my hair and this helps so much. It also gives my very flat, heavy, straight hair some volume that even my brother noticed.” —Emily A.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39 or a three-pack for $16.39 .

    Or if you're brunette, try the dark-haired formula ($6.16) to avoid that annoying white cast.

    21. A Maybelline concealer featuring a sponge-tip applicator to cover up dark spots with total ease. Really, the sponge does most of the work for you — you just have to dab, dab, dab, and you're done.

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    I am a die-hard fan of this product, and believe it deserves a place in everyone's makeup bag. You can read my full review of it here.

    Promising review: “This product is fantastic. I really like the applicator because it makes the process so quick and clean. I only need to twist it three or four clicks to get enough product on the sponge tip, then I dot it on my dark circles and blend it in with a finger. It takes about 20 seconds to use this, and a little goes a long way.” —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67 (available in 12 shades).

    22. A no-yellow shampoo for toning down yellow hues in blonde hair so your mane keeps the vibrant, natural color from your last salon visit — you know, which means less pricey trips to the hairdresser for touchups!

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    Promising review: "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

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this shampoo.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.94.

    23. A Glossier brow pomade so you can groom, fill in, and thicken your brows with just one product. And it's made with a creamy wax formula that will provide extra hydration, so LITERALLY WHAT CAN THIS PRODUCT NOT DO?

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I didn't know I could love my brows this much. With two swipes, Boy Brow makes magic. It puffs them up and fills them out in the best way. The brown shade matched perfectly. This will be my forever product, and my top Glossier recommendation." —madeline

    Get it from Glossier for $16.

    24. An innovative Benefit duo eyeshadow palette perfect for the days when you want to wear eyeshadow, but don't have the energy to spend the morning blending.

    Benefit

    Promising review: "I adore these. This is the first review I have ever written for anything because usually, I am too lazy to take the time to write one. LOL! However, with that being said, I am a woman who minimally uses makeup. I don't always have a lot of time to put it on so I tend to forego it all together. I saw these one day in Ulta and decided to try it. It is honestly the easiest thing I have ever used. I swipe the sponge once in the compact and glide it across my eye and it is almost done. I take the sponge and swipe it through the color I need to touch up and then I am done. This seriously takes me like five minutes to do both eyes!" —Mel

    Get it from Ulta for $24 (available in five shades).

    25. And lastly, a Josie Maran oil primer that doubles as a holographic highlighter because less products means more time to do other things. Do I need to say more?! I mean, I think this thing sells itself!

    Sephora

    This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten, GMO, synthetic fragrance, and formaldehyde.

    Promising review: "There are so many ways to use this oil; it is unbelievable. I had an eyeshadow from Origins that I tucked away because the color was so dull and, quite honestly, I did not like it anymore, but I couldn't throw it away. Well, I mixed one drop of the oil with the eyeshadow, and it made such a huge impact. I also mix one drop of oil with my Bite Beauty Multistick and apply it as a blush. GLOW GODDESS. This oil keeps my skin looking refreshed, glowy, and radiant. I personally love the scent. Sometimes I open the bottle just to sniff it — but I can understand it may not be for some. Also, I have combination skin and have not broken out! I know this oil will last a very long time. One drop, and it's all it takes to brighten up my face. Absolutely wonderful oil." —Aep210

    Get it from Sephora for $48.

    Here's to you, you multitasking beauty queen.

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