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    22 Products That Impressed Self-Professed Beauty Snobs

    These superstars will make you rethink your no drugstore products policy

    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.

    1. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream because it can help reduce the appearance of your hereditary dark circles (thnx a lot, Mom!) and make it look like you got a full eight hours of sleep.,

    Promising review: "I'm such an eye cream snob (very picky about it). Decided to give this a try due to its excellent reviews. I'm blown way. It's creamy, not greasy. I can apply eye makeup soon after applying. It's fabulous. I'm going to order several more to give it friends. Great product." —Brett & Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and multipacks).

    2. The Revlon hot air brush to transform your wet, tangled, frizzy hair into a sleek and shiny blowout in minutes. FYI this is the hot air brush that all the influencers you follow on IG are raving about because it is just 👏 that 👏 good 👏.

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "I am 100% a hair product snob. I don’t mind and always have invested money in my hair tools. This dryer is by far the best money I have spent on any hair tool ever. I am blown away. For reference I have extremely thick hair. It cut my hair drying process in half." —Jason P. Hilliard

    Get it from Amazon for $41.96+ (available in five colors).

    3. A primer that'll transform your already beautiful face into a smooth, even canvas for makeup. It's made with green tea extract and collagen to protect and moisturize the skin.,

    Promising review: "I will admit I am a bit of a makeup snob and prefer to shop only at Sephora. But I hadn't found a holy grail primer there, so I thought it couldn't hurt to try this one — and I am so glad I did! It creates a smooth finish on your face before you put on foundation, and my makeup stays put all day. My makeup didn't even budge when I was in Croatia in 100-degree HUMID heat and on a definitely recommend at least giving this a try!" —Keri

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    4. An cruelty-free lengthening mascara for anyone who's tried just about every mascara but hasn't found one that won't flake, fade, or streak. Spoiler: this is the one!,

    Promising review: "I usually use high-end expensive mascara like Christian Dior, Buxom, and Tarte. I've also tried a variety of drugstore brands like L'Oreal and Cover Girl in an attempt to save money. I am a mascara snob because it is the one makeup item I have to wear every day. I am SO happy I found this brand of mascara through a review on BuzzFeed. I love this brand just as much as the high-end versions. It completely coats the lashes and definitely gives the impression of length. I'd say it's closest to Dior, but thicker. I definitely recommend trying this brand of mascara." —Phoenix

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. A waterproof NYX liquid eyeliner if you want wings that are sharper than your biting sarcasm.,

    Promising review: "I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I think this product deserves it. I am an eyeliner snob and have been a long time user of Tarte's Double Take eyeliner. I loved the applicator tip and the vivid black color. A makeup loving friend of mine recommended I give the NYX Epic Ink Liner a try and WOW. I was blown away. The black shade stays intense and lasts ALL DAY. Literally, all day. I put my makeup on at 5 a.m. and by the time I get home, it still looks like I just applied it. The best part: I am getting the same results at one-third the cost. Buy. It. Now. You won't be disappointed." —Shelly Tiller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.16 (available in black and brown).

    6. A keratin treatment made with argan oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe, amino acids, and more so your scalp and strands are 1. moisturized 2. soft and silky and 3. so freaking shiny.,,

    Promising review: "I wanted to order something while my step-daughter was visiting that would work with her color-treated long hair and my curly hair. As somewhat of a personal product snob, the cheap drugstore brands won't do for me, so I gave this a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the combination of price, ingredients (or lack thereof), and effectiveness. Both of us felt our hair was soft and manageable and we LOVED the maple scent! Great find! Would definitely recommend." —J. Hrebik

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96.

    7. A NYX tinted brow gel because it grooms, tints, and sets your brows in one fell swoop. And it won't flake or make your brows look crunchy!

    Promising review: "I am a brand snob but on a budget. I like Benefit's Gimme Brow and love Glossier Boy Brow. When I use this, I find it to be a great replacement without paying two times the price." —Chibethbikes

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49+ (available in five shades).

    8. A cruelty-free and vegan Milani baked blush to make those cheeks pop! It comes with a mini brush to help you expertly build up coverage so you're literally glowing all day.,

    Promising review: "This small dial of blush has HUGE results of POP! I can use it for blush, eyeshadow, and add a little over my lipgloss for extra sparkle! The color is amazing in every pot that I have purchased; it stays on and is not immature or disco-like. I am a makeup snob and really enjoy this little surprise." —Holly Newman retired USAF

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in two shades).

    9. A collagen-coating hair treatment that'll tame your bedhead overnight. It's safe for all hair types and will revitalize a mane that's dry, damaged, and over-processed. Waking up with frizz-free hair? Umm, yes please!

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I will be honest, I am pretty much a snob when it comes to hair products. I have tried just about everything under the sun to help with my bleached blonde fine curly hair. This stuff is great. I would definitely compare it to a more expensive product Olaplex 3. A little bit goes a long way, definitely brush it through in the shower and let it sit for a bit. My hair is so soft it is incredible." —Suzanne S

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    Read our review of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment to learn more about why my colleague calls it, "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    10. A Coty setting powder for help regulating your skin's oil production so you can face — pun intended! — another sweaty day like a pro. This long-lasting loose powder also smooths the appearance of fine lines and blemishes (looking at you, adult acne).,

    Promising review: "I have combination pale skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks). I live in a hot, humid climate and I was attending a special event. I was very concerned about my eyeliner and mascara smudging my under eye, which happened to me all the time! With this powder, my makeup did not budge the entire night! My boyfriend commented that it looked the exact same as when I left the house, hours later. No touch-ups were needed. With my oily skin, I am usually forced to retouch every couple hours to reduce shine and fix smudged makeup. This powder keeps the shine away and everything in place. I save so much time and effort in annoying retouches. It keeps my makeup flawless. Also, it appears to smooth and minimize my under-eye area and pores. Now I use the powder every day! As somewhat of a brand snob, I almost bought a more expensive powder. This one works perfectly! Don't spend extra money. It is a must buy if you care about the longevity of your makeup." —Kat Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.72+ (available in five shades).

    11. A cruelty free vitamin C serum if your skin could use a pick-me-up. Just listen to the 56,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review: this stuff brightens, softens, and dramatically fades hyperpigmentation.

    A reviewer with dark skin showing the serum lightened the acne scars on their forehead and cheeks until they were basically gone

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical before buying this product. I am 27 and had never used vitamin C before and my skin wasn't looking so great in my mid-twenties as it had when I was younger. This product has literally turned my skin around!! The results are night and day — no more breakouts, brighter skin, and an all around glowy look to it. I use it every other day because I do have sensitive skin so I want to build up to it. So far I have been beyond impressed especially because I am a skincare product snob. I apply it to a slightly damp face and apply sunscreen after! I highly recommend." —Katie Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A cruelty-free NYX matte lipstick with fantastic color payoff and lasting power so you can get your money's worth. It won't get dry and flaky on your lips, plus you can always top it off with a ~poppin'~ gloss of your choice.,

    Promising review: "I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with this NYX lipstick. I'm usually a snob when it comes to lipstick and I don't usually buy anything other than high-end but I thought this looked decent and it is! I got the shade Perfect Red and it is really pretty. Nice matte look, more of a creamy feel than my NARS red but it stays on fairly well and doesn't look as shiny as it feels. Doesn't dry out your lips at all which is a plus. I think this is definitely a good deal, looks like it would be more expensive then it is. Highly recommended!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $6 (available in 42 shades)

    13. A cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because consistently exfoliating is just good skincare 101. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    A before shot of a user with red, angry breakouts and an after photo of the same user with almost no breakouts and skin that's much more even toned

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this stuff! Makes your skin feel super soft. My sister, who is a total skincare snob, tried it while visiting from out of state and fell in love, too. You only have to use a little bit and it's very gentle (I use it one to two times per week and have skin that tends to be dry)." —Spike

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A Maybelline concealer to mask dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness (because what is sleep?). This may be what feels like the millionth Monday you've woken up wishing it was still the weekend, but at least you'll look fresh, well-rested, and ready to take on the day.

    Promising review: "AMAZING CONCEALER! I will admit to being a bit of a beauty snob, but I also believe that one can find good makeup at any price, you just have to be picky! This is the most life-changing makeup product I have ever owned! Here I was thinking that I generally got enough sleep to avoid needing concealer, when I get struck with a sudden bout of intense insomnia and my under-eye area goes nuts. I suddenly had dark circles! I paid attention to a report on the best concealers and was happy to find one that I could buy from Amazon! I guessed at the color, but I was right and I will happily continue to use this concealer! It hides my dark circles!" —ShellyBlythe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94 (available in 18 shades).

    Check out my colleague's Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer review and learn why it's her favorite.

    15. An eyeliner stamp that'll prevent the dreaded case of uneven wings and save you from having to start over approximately 50 times. *screams internally*

    Step by step progression of a reviewer stamping the wings on the outer corner of their eye and then connecting the liner to the inner corner

    Promising review: "Winged eyeliner has been my thing for over 15 years. Practice makes perfect as they say so, but it turns out that the muscle memory doesn’t work the same when you’re trying to do someone else’s makeup. My daughter needed wings for Halloween, so I ordered this and it worked out perfectly. Since it worked so well on her, I decided that I might as well try it myself. I am a bit of an eyeliner snob because I have big eyes and again have had time to test a lot of products over the years but guys, this is really good. I would buy it even without the stamp part. Unlike most inexpensive brands, it didn’t look like I had an early 2000s-style smokey eye by the end of the day because it had smeared all over my eyelid. It did. not. budge. The only downside is that I’m now stuck thinking about all of the things I could’ve bought with the money I’ve spent on eyeliners that cost two, three, and four times as much." —Stephany Renae

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (available in three sizes).

    16. A set of 12 lip liners for anyone who has trouble coloring inside the lines. Spend a few extra minutes lining your lips with these, and you'll help prevent your lipstick from bleeding = not having to touch up your makeup 50 times in one day. Or, wear it on its own if you can't be bothered to use multiple products.,

    Promising review: "I was surprised by the quality. I’m snotty about makeup and I’m rarely impressed by inexpensive makeup. These are really good. I put them in my adult children’s Easter baskets. They are makeup snobs too and they loved them. The color choices were completely fabulous. They were similar to Mac, which I love — and what a bargain." —Zay5775

    Get it from Amazon for $8.13.

    17. A Rimmel setting spray if you want your makeup to maintain that matte look all day — and by all day, we mean all. day. It controls shine, locks in your makeup, dries quickly, and is oil-free.,

    Promising review: "I owned up to being a makeup snob but the drugstore brands have upped their game! My Becca primer was expensive so I tried what everyone said: Rimmel. It is awesome for oily skin. I've had zero breakouts. Flawless. Love!" —Amyss

    Get it from Amazon for $4.53.

    18. A lace front wig so you can add length, protect your natural hair from heat damage, or just change up your look. Reviewers love that there's little to no shedding with this one.,

    This wig is 100% virgin human hair.

    Promising review: "The hair quality is similar to the $300–$500 wigs out there. It’s not really thick or thin; it’s perfect if you want a 'believable' look. I personally don’t use lace wigs for hairlines and I instead cut the lace completely off and leave an inch or so of my own natural hair out in the front and wear it like a three-quarter wig. My natural hair texture is identical to this hair so it blends perfectly. I purchased 22 inches and it looks even longer, which is awesome. It’s simply beautiful, and I’m a bit of a hair snob😩🤦🏽‍♀️ So just buy it :)" —CreoleCandy

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99+ (available in four lengths).

    19. An exfoliating pine tar soap because you want your skin to feel smooth, soft, and cared for when you emerge from the shower — not tight, stripped, and sad. This cold process soap lathers beautifully, and it has a oatmeal and grains of salt throughout to loosen dead skin.

    hand reaching for sudsy bar of soap

    Promising review: "Smells amazing and works great. I am a soap snob and very picky but this company passes with flying colors! Will buy again for sure." —leah stygar

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two scents).

    20. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration with like 10 seconds of effort required on your part. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.

    Promising review: "Wow. As a skincare snob with uber sensitive skin, I was absolutely mind blown by this product! Incredible, nourishing, super moisturizing. I'm SO IMPRESSED!! Wow! OK to use on face and body — what an incredible product." —Alex G

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    21. A L'Oréal heat protection spray that'll defend your hair from damage since you love your heat-styling tools so much. Just spritz it on damp hair, style your strands, and enjoy three days of no frizz.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I can be a bit of a product snob when it comes to hair care, but I needed some heat protection spray in a pinch, so I ordered this. It's lightweight and doesn't weigh down my hair, but works effectively to protect my hair from flat ironing. The real seller is the smell, though. It's probably the best-smelling hair product I've ever purchased. Not sure how to describe it, but it's kind of a rose-y, fruit-y scent. I will probably continue using this for heat protection over more high-end products." —Court

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    22. A dark spot corrector for brightening dark spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. This serum contains hydroquinone and kojic acid, among other things, to fade any discoloration so your skin looks glowy and smooth.

    Reviewer with very dark scars on their forehead at the beginning of treatment and then with dramatically brighter skin after three weeks

    Promising review: "I’m actually super impressed with this skincare line. I started using the hydroquinone two weeks ago and just started the retinoid cream last night. I have always been a snob when it comes to skincare, spending $$$ on a product. My skin tone has noticeable evened out and spots are fading all for a fraction of the cost." —EmeGracesMom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

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