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    May 10, 2020

    29 Beauty Products With Some Pretty Impressive Before-And-After Photos

    The proof is in the photos.

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    1. An Amazonian clay foundation (with SPF 15!) for balancing complexion and creating a flawless matte finish that won't cake or crease.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    It has over 5,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Tarte! I can even back up these claims because this is one of my favorite foundations (that's my face in the photos!), and I wrote all about it here (it's #1).

    Promising review: "This long-lasting foundation is my go-to, whether it be going to work or a night out. I absolutely love the coverage it provides. I have an oily forehead but drier skin otherwise and it provides a full, matte finish to my face without cracking/creasing or coming off. Can't see myself switching to another product for a while." —Jenny

    Get it from Tarte for $39 (available in 40 shades).

    2. A curling wand guaranteed to give you professional-level curls right in your own home. This is what beauty on a budget looks like, and I LOVE IT.

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    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 1- to 2-inch section of hair around it." —Karli E.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in seven wand styles).

    3. A Glossier exfoliating solution that gently scrubs away dead skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness, and pores so skin looks smoother.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "My forehead is very oily and used to be very prone to acne. Solution has almost cleared my forehead entirely with the exception of a few acne scars. At first I thought it couldn't be any better than any other product like it from the drugstore but I was proved wrong. Solution really gets deep into your pores to give you that beautiful smooth glossier glow." —Harley

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    4. A variety pack of pimple patches for when you feel a zit (or ZITS) comin' on. Just apply over the bump and the patch will draw out sebum and reduce irritation like some type of skin sorcery. I mean, just look at these results. LOOK AT THEM!

    amazon.com

    Ok, yes, this is more of a double after, but you all know what a blank patch looks like! There's definitely none of this disgustingly satisfying sebum.

    Promising review: "Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is ideal because you can easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    5. A setting powder you can count on to deliver gorgeous, shine-free coverage while keeping your makeup in place — all without the horrendous flashback in photos.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "As a YouTube beauty-channels addict, I've learned to use Sacha Buttercup powder by packing on the product using a mini BeautyBlender on all the areas where I get super oily: under my eyes down to my cheeks, on my forehead between my brows, on the bridge of my nose, and on the front of my chin. I let it sit for about five minutes and then I dust it off with a large fluffy foundation brush. That is the process that I use and based on my experience, I give the product five stars. I have MAJOR oily skin and my makeup lasts all day without melting off (it used to literally slide off before I met Sacha Buttercup). I can blot during the day with sheets when I start feeling oily (despite the fact I don't look oily) and it still functions." —Islas Virgenes

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in three colors).

    6. A hydrating lipstick that — get this — magically shifts into a lovely pink based on the pH of your lips, so you're left with a natural hue that totally suits you. That really is magic.

    Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

    Crystal, a BuzzFeed editor, tested it out to see if it lived up to the hype. Spoiler, it's a winner:

    "When I first saw Lipstick Queen's Morning Sunshine Lipstick, I legitimately thought it was just a lip balm — mostly because the yellow looked…waxy? But when I found out that the color actually transforms to a cute peachy/coral color when you put it on I was like, 'Sounds fake!' So OBVIOUSLY I had to try it. It really did work! When applied, the color turns out a pretty, shimmery, pink. It’s not too thick, in fact it's quite sheer, so it could easily be worn as an everyday lipstick. However, if you apply a few coats it definitely gets stronger, so if that’s more your ~look~ I say go for it! Oh, and this lipstick also contains vitamin E and Sunflower Oil, so in theory, it's also moisturizing your lips while making you look cute. Win-win, ya know?" —Crystal Ro

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    7. 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 $3.90+ (available in 12 shades).

    8. A liquid solution so you can free your skin from irritating razor burn, ingrown hairs, and rashes when they strike.

    A split image with the left portion labeled "Before" has an armpit with large, red razor bumps and the right portion labeled "After" is the same armpit but smooth and with no irritation.
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    Promising review: "This product has worked GREAT on my armpits where I had big, painful, gross, inflamed and embarrassing hair follicles for YEARS! I use a dollar shave razor now, changed every couple of weeks with Tend Skin after every shower and before deodorant. Miracles!" —A User

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    9. A long-lasting eyeshadow primer to make dang sure your perfectly blended smokey eye stays in its place from sunrise to sunset.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    10. A set of fake eyelashes from House of Lashes that can be re-used up to 15 times (!!). Go ahead, get those long, full lashes with little work and big results.

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    Promising review: "I'm so happy with this style I've been reaching for these over all my other pairs. I've worn them with just liner and they look natural with a pop but they give the perfect oomph when I do dramatic shadow. I will continue to repurchase." —Clarissa Arevalo

    Get this set from House of Lashes for $12 (or a three pack for $30), and see all their styles here.

    11. A hot air brush that'll make it look like you just hit up some fancy hair stylist and dropped some serious money. Here's to having (inexpensive) effortless waves and volume for days.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT IS TRULY EVERYTHING!!! It is light-weight making it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect — it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft so hair slides through and there's no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (no need to use hot rollers). CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HAIR TOOL. How I use it: I use the high setting on the roots all the way down to the ends, I rolled up the ends and leave it there for about 20 seconds (high setting) and then I put the cool setting on for about 10 seconds, then I start unrolling the brush and gently remove it to reveal bouncy and natural-looking curls. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" —FashionChic

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's full review on this hot air brush!

    12. Machine-washable and reusable cloths to gently remove dirt and makeup from your skin with a splash of some water. Just toss in the washer after a few uses and start savin' some $$$ — no more expensive wipes here!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they're pretty impressive at taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.29.

    And check out BuzzFeed Review's pick for best makeup remover!

    13. A rosehip oil for tackling (and DEFEATING!!!) your skin's biggest woes: Dryness, flakiness, redness, breakouts — you name it. They don't stand a chance when ~faced~ with this.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product!! I’ve recently struggled with acne all over the face, and while washing it every single night helped a bit, nothing was giving me truly clear skin. I bought this gem and very quickly that changed! I’m so pleased with this product and how well it has helped clear up my acne! My face always feels incredibly soft after using it, and the best part is that it doesn’t make my usually-oily skin look greasy when applied!! I’ve been recommending this product to everyone I know! It’s an absolute must have!" —Jennifer R Bennett

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    Read our complete write-up of this miracle facial oil.

    14. A liquid eyeliner that won't budge, smear, flake, or fade even when the day throws rain, tears, and humidity at you. This is my holy grail product — really, this is me:

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    I love it so much, I wrote an entire review on it. You can see the entire thing here.

    Promising review: "I've been having a pretty rough semester at college, but knowing I can put on this beautiful, heavenly black liquid on my eyes every morning gets me motivated. The godlike precision that this eyeliner provides is the only thing that's consistent in my life. And let's not forget to mention the staying power. Whether I'm crying from stressed induced panic or having a long day: this eyeliner never runs or moves. It stays true to color all day without having to reapply. Worth the money, because it's not just liquid liner, it's a friend." —tabsoda

    Get it from Sephora for $21.

    15. A wildly popular hair straightener (it has 37,000+ reviews!) for smoothing out the toughest kinks and leaving behind super silky strands.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail, guys. They’ve done it. They’ve made a flat iron that can control the beast (my hair) 10 times better than my Chi Iron, and I can get my hair done in about 20 minutes now. FYI, I’m mixed (black/white) with EXTREMELY thick/coarse hair. And I relax and dye it." —Tiffany Baker

    Learn more in: This Flat Iron Straightens AND Curls Different Types Of Hair Like A Total Dream

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

    16. An at-home eyebrow tint kit so you achieve gorgeous, fuller-looking brows with minimal effort. That's a win in my book.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "WHERE HAS THIS PRODUCT BEEN?! I’ve spent the past few years filling in my eyebrows daily. It’s been a battle to keep them looking full, but still natural and not over done. The entire process from opening the box until washing it off was about 15 minutes. Directions were super simple and easy to follow. The capsule opened easily and I was able to re-cap it for future use since I didn’t even use half. Mixed and applied well. I read other reviews that stated six minutes worked best so that’s what I did and it was perfect for my brows. I hope this last for at least a couple weeks but if not I will update." —Heather Lespinasse

    Get the medium-brown from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in dark brown, light brown, and natural black).

    17. A no-yellow shampoo to tone down unwanted yellow hues in blonde hair so your mane keeps the vibrant, natural color from your last visit to the salon.

    amazon.com

    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. Now 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 $12.97.

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

    18. A powerful nail strengthener formulated with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium to prevent breakage and make your nails harder and longer. It can be used by itself as a stand-alone treatment or as a base coat alternative.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used to be a terrible nail biter and this product has been an amazing help on my road to kicking the habit and finally growing strong healthy nails. It also works as a great base coat with most polishes, though I've found it especially effective when used with OPI colours and topcoats. I've attached my (terrible) before and after photo. I'm not sure I could have turned my nails around without this product." —R

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    19. A cult-favorite mascara that'll add volume and length to your lashes with a few flicks of the wrist, making those minimal makeup days even easier.

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    Promising review: I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara I was curious, as she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought why not. Holy moly. I'm in love. It makes my lashes longer, — looks like I'm natural but better — and has a thinner formula so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn't rub during the day and give me that black eye look. It's wonderful. Must buy. —Katherine Ochsman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    20. A dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower on late mornings and have hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it's going on day three...or five.

    A split image where the left side is a close-up of someone's bangs looking greasy and the right side is the same bangs looking clean and fresh.
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A "Goof Proof" brow pencil — your ~foolproof~ way to fill in your brows with minimal effort, even if you're not a professional makeup artist (sooo...most of us!). One side defines and fills while the other effortlessly blends — and that's it! Just like that, you're done.

    Ulta

    Promising review: "I really like this product because it's very easy to use and looks very natural. I'm not really good at putting make up on especially when it comes to putting eyebrows but this brow pencil helps me alot. Good for beginner. I bought 10 of these and still using them. A must try!" —AlexisMatias

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in 12 shades).

    22. A miracle-working hair treatment that might just spin your damaged hair into golden locks ready for their hair commercial debut — all thanks to its top-notch ingredients: ceramides and collagen.

    Bek O' Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I saw this as a beauty recommendation on BuzzFeed as a dupe for Opalex (which I had tried and wasn't blown away by) so I thought I would give it a try — and I'm so thankful I did! My bleached and heat damaged hair feels so soft, is more manageable, and looks healthier after each use. I agree with other reviewers that it seems like a big price tag for the size of the bottle, but a little bit does go a long way and it is so worth it. I wish it came in a larger size bottle so I didn't have to reorder so quickly." —Carly S. Whitson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    And check out our full review of the Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Protein Treatment for more info!

    23. A manicure top coat because it is possible to get professional results at home, and this'll help you do it! It's quick-drying, creates a mani-approved shine, and seals in your polish so it L-A-S-T-S.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. Fast dry time — I did my nails in 15 minutes, from removing nail polish to two coats and top coat, all completely dry! And it lasts. I didn’t have any chips until day five when I did a bunch of cooking. 5 stars and such a great reasonable price!" —Amber Espinoza

    Get it from Amazon for $6.91.

    24. A splurge-worthy primer to coat individual lashes and form the perfect base for your mascara to glide on so your lashes appear fuller and longer...which means you can trick everyone into thinking you're wide awake.

    Sephora

    Oh, and its hydrating formula ensures brittleness and dryness stay far, far away for your eyelashes!

    Promising review: "This new primer is amazing for a false lash look! I was amazed. It gives instant results, is easy to apply, and has tons of vitamins to condition your lashes while giving you that amazing eyelash extension look!!! It doesn’t leave clumps, which is huge for me! So in love with this product!!" —JulijanaG

    Get it from Sephora for $27.

    25. A pedicure rasp — aka a CHEESE GRATER FOR YOUR FEET — that can literally shave away dead, cracked skin and leave behind baby soft feet.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am just sitting here admiring my baby-smooth, soft heels...and it is all thanks to this product. I have been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of the gross calluses on my heels, and nothing was ever fixing it. I found this on Amazon, and decided to give it a try because of all the great reviews...and it is totally legit. It took all my calluses right off, and now I use it every few days for a little upkeep if I notice any hint of roughness starting to come. This thing is awesome. Definitely buy it!!" —Luisa Rueckert

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    Check out our full write-up on this foot file.

    26. A set of foam rods that'll give your mane a break from the heat while still achieving beachy waves that require little effort on your part. Really, you could put these things in and then head straight back to the couch.

    amazon.com

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Learn more about these wondrous foam rods in our complete write-up.

    27. An acne treatment lotion with quick-drying ingredients for shrinking ugly whiteheads virtually overnight. Feel a pimple comin' on? Grab this, stat!

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "Literally my favorite product. I know so many people who pay triple the price for 'higher quality' brands that have this exact same drying lotion. My roommate has a brand from Sephora and I compared it to this brand and I found that they both did the exact same thing and were basically the same. It does dry out skin so I wouldn't recommend using every single night, but it is great to use during flare-ups and also before acne breaks the surface. I see significant results every morning when I wake up." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.55.

    28. A 5-1 styling treatment that delivers conditioning, strength, volume, and polish to your locks right after you hop out of the shower, ultimately cutting out a bunch of other products that can be time consuming. Simply apply on damp hair, style, and go!

    Sephora

    BuzzFeeder Elizabeth Lilly says it's totally transformed her thick mane that reacts the second humidity hits.

    "I've received lots of compliments on my hair since switching to this product, from random people asking if I paid for a blowout (NOPE!) to a friend's roommate exclaiming, 'Your hair is editorial straight!' (Thanks!) So yeah, it’s legit. It’s also extremely lightweight because it’s made without parabens or phthalates, which I’m told weigh down your hair! And it’s safe to use on straight, wavy, or curly hair. I pull it through my hair from roots to ends and then blow-dry my hair (with this blow-dryer) and a brush (like this one). Without this 5-in-1 miracle stuff, it’d take a lot more product (and effort) to make my hair look like this post-blowout. In short, if Living Proof stops making this stuff, I’m buying a damn case of it." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Read Elizabeth's full review (it's #8!).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    29. And lastly, a hand cream for repairing blisters, cracked skin, and whatever else your poor hands have been subjected to by boosting moisture levels and then sealing that same moisture in for dear life.

    A split image with a painfully cracked, dry hand on the left and the same hand on the right looking smooth and healed.
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    Honestly, thank the beauty gods for review photos!

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