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    28 Impressive Beauty Products That'll Actually Deliver Results

    Just look at the before and afters.

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    1. 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. /

    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 $15.99+ (available in seven wand styles).

    2. 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.

    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 $14.95.

    Read our complete write-up on this Radha Rosehip Oil.

    3. A setting and finishing powder that'll cut down shine, blur the appearance of pores, and set your makeup for all-day wear — all without caking or creasing.

    Augusta Falletta / BuzzFeed

    Read a BuzzFeed editors review on this Glossier Wonder powder in, Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love.

    Promising review: "Buy this and don't look back. Just do it. Back when I had oily skin this was a GODSEND. It stopped the oil for me but didn't look cakey at all. My skin is normal now but I still use and love it. You can use so much without even seeing it on your skin (but you don't need to use a lot haha). This is the only powder I use to set my makeup. Lasts all day, can't even tell it's there, minimizes the appearance of pores, and makes my makeup last. (Plus no flashback.)" —Em

    Get it from Glossier for $22 (available in five shades).

    4. An at-home eyebrow tint kit so you can skip the pricey trips to the salon, and still achieve gorgeous, fuller-looking brows. Not having to leave the house? That's a win-win in my book!

    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 $17.48 (also available in dark brown and light brown).

    5. 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.

    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.

    6. 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.

    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.

    Read our complete write up on these no-heat hair rods.

    7. 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.


    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 $26.

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

    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 $7.50.

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

    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.

    10. 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.


    Promising review: "I usually wouldn't pay this much for a brow pencil. It has the right amount of pigment and doesn't smudge (I apply this before my foundation) it truly does last 12+ hours. I fell asleep and I still had my penciled eyebrows on without a single smudge!" —Liz

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

    11. 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! /

    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 variety pack (40 different size patches) from Amazon for $8.50.

    12. 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 $7.56.

    And check out a BuzzFeed editors full review of the Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Protein Treatment!

    13. 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' your hard-earned dollars — no more expensive wipes here!

    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 three from Amazon for $3.99.

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

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

    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 $14.05.

    15. 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 the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 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 $20.

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

    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

    Read our complete write-up: This Flat Iron Straightens AND Curls Different Types Of Hair Like A Total Dream.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

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

    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 $13.06.

    18. 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.


    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 the Maybelline Age Rewind Concelear.

    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 $6.88+ (available in 12 shades).

    19. An Amazonian clay foundation (with SPF 15!) that'll balance complexion and create a flawless matte finish that won't cake or crease on you throughout the day. I would know, this is me!

    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).

    20. A thermal spray that works double time as a heat-protecting spray and leave-in conditioning serum, so next time you put your hair through a styling session, you'll literally see and feel the difference.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried a lot of heat protectors and straighteners, but this is the best one yet. It doesn’t make my hair difficult to brush or sticky, like many of them. My hair is so soft and conditioned, and straightens very easily. I don’t even think it’s meant to be a straightening product, but when you have thick curly hair, it still makes the process sooo much easier. I love the fine mist too. I washed and sprayed my hair, then went to bed, and in the morning I finished blow drying (if you have curls, you know they don't dry completely overnight, lol) and flat ironed. Beautiful results! I’ll be reordering for sure." —luckydb16

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24.

    21. 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.

    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 $6.49.

    22. A semi-permanent dye so all hair colors (yes, even dark-stranded babes) can get in on the vibrant mane fun. It's basically a magical concoction that packs A TON of color into your strands with beautiful, natural fade-out.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed's beauty master Sarah looooves this stuff (that's her pictured above!):

    "I personally love this product! I'm super skeptical of temporary dyes because, while my hair used to bleached blonde, it was many-months-old bleach and, to my utter dismay, it wasn't absorbing other brands of temporary color very effectively. And because of this, I opted for one of Lime Crime's "full coverage" colors, Bubblegum Rose and let me tell ya, it was vibrant and BRIGHTTTT. So much that I could've gotten a more muted pink, which was what I originally wanted (you can use the dilute shade to tone down any shade!). But regardless, the color totally took and gave me lovely pink-dyed ends that got all the compliments. Almost a year later, I still use Unicorn Hair to re-up my salon-made pink hue, so my beloved color never goes away!" —Sarah Han

    Read her full review on Lime Crime's Unicorn Hair for more deets!

    Get it from Lime Crime for $16 each (available in 20 shades).

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

    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 $8.99 (also available in brown).

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

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

    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.

    25. 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 — you know, which means less pricey touchups!

    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 $14.97.

    And check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this Fanola Purple Shampoo!

    26. 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 Ulta for $25.

    27. A clay mask sworn by more than 13,500 Amazon customers (really, it has *that* many positive reviews!) to help with stubborn acne and clogged pores.

    By the way, this works best with apple cider vinegar ($8.40 on Amazon)!

    To learn more, check out: This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    28. 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.

    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 & natural looking curls. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" —FashionChic

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's full review on the John Frieda Hot Air Brush!

    Me and my eyes staring at these results:


    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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