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101 Popular Beauty Products We Actually Tried To See If They're Worth Your Money

We review a lot of top-rated makeup and hair products, so obviously we've got a ton of thoughts.

Spring's FINALLY here, y'all. You know what that means: new season, new beauty stash.

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Looking for a bold new lipgloss? A super-pigmented eyeshadow palette? A blow dryer for natural hair? Whatever the beauty product, we've probably tried it out and can give you the ~real~ on these best-selling, top-rated picks before you drop any cash. Let's dive right in, shall we?

1. I Tried 10 Cheap Products Beauty Addicts Swear By And Actually Found Stuff I Like

"So I've heard primers fill in fine lines, smooth out pores, and even out your complexion for a fresh faced look. Personally, I've never felt the need to add yet another product to my daily 5-step routine. I'm what you might call a low-maintenance (i.e. lazy) makeup gal. But when BuzzFeed user adw1234 said that she literally couldn't live without Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, I decided to start wearing it under my Maybelline FIT Me Matte foundation. Final verdict? Believe the hype, folks!" — Patrice PeckGet Maybelline FIT Me Matte Foundation for $5.69 and Rimmel Fix And Perfect Pro Primer for $7.59 from Amazon and check out all our other picks in the full post.
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"So I've heard primers fill in fine lines, smooth out pores, and even out your complexion for a fresh faced look. Personally, I've never felt the need to add yet another product to my daily 5-step routine. I'm what you might call a low-maintenance (i.e. lazy) makeup gal. But when BuzzFeed user adw1234 said that she literally couldn't live without Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, I decided to start wearing it under my Maybelline FIT Me Matte foundation. Final verdict? Believe the hype, folks!" — Patrice Peck

Get Maybelline FIT Me Matte Foundation for $5.69 and Rimmel Fix And Perfect Pro Primer for $7.59 from Amazon and check out all our other picks in the full post.

2. 11 Moisturizers You And Your Skin Will Totally Swear By

"As someone with normal-to-dry skin not particularly prone to breakouts, I've never spent more than $15 on a daily moisturizer. So when I noticed that this Garnier moisturizer had a whopping 15K customer reviews with a 4.1-star average, I wanted to see what was up. I'm 35, and along with the journey into one's mid-thirties comes the journey into dreaded ~dull skin~ territory. I've been using the same basic Olay moisturizer for years with no issue, but figured it couldn't hurt to try a product that literally has the word "brighter" in its name, right? Long story short: I have been very pleasantly surprised by how effective this humble little bottle of moisturizer has been, and it's actually become my new go-to!" — Emmy FavillaGet Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer from Amazon for $11.04 (and $11.32 for the SPF 30 version) or from Walmart for $11.62 and check out all our other picks in the full post.
Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

"As someone with normal-to-dry skin not particularly prone to breakouts, I've never spent more than $15 on a daily moisturizer. So when I noticed that this Garnier moisturizer had a whopping 15K customer reviews with a 4.1-star average, I wanted to see what was up. I'm 35, and along with the journey into one's mid-thirties comes the journey into dreaded ~dull skin~ territory. I've been using the same basic Olay moisturizer for years with no issue, but figured it couldn't hurt to try a product that literally has the word "brighter" in its name, right? Long story short: I have been very pleasantly surprised by how effective this humble little bottle of moisturizer has been, and it's actually become my new go-to!" — Emmy Favilla

Get Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer from Amazon for $11.04 (and $11.32 for the SPF 30 version) or from Walmart for $11.62 and check out all our other picks in the full post.

3. 7 Beauty Products I Actually Tried Before Telling You How Awesome They Were

"So Glossier Cloud Paint comes in four shades, and they're packaged in those little tubes like oil paints from art class. Cute move, Glossier! You just squeeze some on your finger, dot it on your cheeks, and then dab it into your skin. End result? Blushed cheeks. I really like this product." — Essence GantGet Cloud Paint from Glossier for $18 and check out all our other picks in the full post.
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"So Glossier Cloud Paint comes in four shades, and they're packaged in those little tubes like oil paints from art class. Cute move, Glossier! You just squeeze some on your finger, dot it on your cheeks, and then dab it into your skin. End result? Blushed cheeks. I really like this product." — Essence Gant

Get Cloud Paint from Glossier for $18 and check out all our other picks in the full post.

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4. 11 Really Good Beauty Products BuzzFeed Employees Actually Swear By

"Now, I tend to wear matte lipsticks or sheer glosses, so I thought trying L’Oreal Infallible Paints would be a good compromise, and I was right! I liked the creaminess and the staying-power. The color Violet Twist didn’t budge, even after a case of the afternoon munchies." — Nichole PerkinsGet L’Oreal Infallible Paints from Amazon for $6.89 each and check out all our other picks in the full post.
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"Now, I tend to wear matte lipsticks or sheer glosses, so I thought trying L’Oreal Infallible Paints would be a good compromise, and I was right! I liked the creaminess and the staying-power. The color Violet Twist didn’t budge, even after a case of the afternoon munchies." — Nichole Perkins

Get L’Oreal Infallible Paints from Amazon for $6.89 each and check out all our other picks in the full post.

5. 8 Damn Good Beauty Products You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

"Since attempting to use liquid eyeliner generally leaves me crying in a heap on the bathroom floor (just kidding, but only because I don't want to ruin whatever cat flicks I've actually managed to eke out), my initial instinct was to fill in my sad, un-Delevingne-esque brows with a pencil. Which was OK, I guess, until I tried Aqua Brow." — Nora WhelanGet Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow from Sephora for $23 and check out all our other picks in the full post.
Nora Whelan / BuzzFeed

"Since attempting to use liquid eyeliner generally leaves me crying in a heap on the bathroom floor (just kidding, but only because I don't want to ruin whatever cat flicks I've actually managed to eke out), my initial instinct was to fill in my sad, un-Delevingne-esque brows with a pencil. Which was OK, I guess, until I tried Aqua Brow." — Nora Whelan

Get Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow from Sephora for $23 and check out all our other picks in the full post.

6. 7 Life-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP

"I spent Valentine’s Day sitting next to my spouse covered in what looked like blood with a plastic bag wrapped around my head. Because I know romance. And because my Unicorn Hair (in the appropriately-named shade Valentine) arrived that day and I wasn’t going to let a Valentine’s night get in the way of my new head of hair. I wanted a deep, lush red, so I kept it on for about an hour, and used the plastic bag to lock in heat while protecting my couch from potential doom. After an hour, my dried up and worn down copper locks looked straight up Disney Princess Ariel red." — Mal MowerGet Lime Crime Unicorn Hair from Amazon for $16 and check out all our other picks in the full post.
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"I spent Valentine’s Day sitting next to my spouse covered in what looked like blood with a plastic bag wrapped around my head. Because I know romance. And because my Unicorn Hair (in the appropriately-named shade Valentine) arrived that day and I wasn’t going to let a Valentine’s night get in the way of my new head of hair. I wanted a deep, lush red, so I kept it on for about an hour, and used the plastic bag to lock in heat while protecting my couch from potential doom. After an hour, my dried up and worn down copper locks looked straight up Disney Princess Ariel red." — Mal Mower

Get Lime Crime Unicorn Hair from Amazon for $16 and check out all our other picks in the full post.

7. We Tested Different Eyebrow Gels And Found The Best One

"Eyebrows. We all want awesome ones, but not all of us are blessed like Beyoncé or Cara Delevingne in the eyebrow department. So we decided to try on four different eyebrow gels to see which one we liked best." — Lara ParkerCheck out all our picks in the full post.
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"Eyebrows. We all want awesome ones, but not all of us are blessed like Beyoncé or Cara Delevingne in the eyebrow department. So we decided to try on four different eyebrow gels to see which one we liked best." — Lara Parker

Check out all our picks in the full post.

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"During a recent weekend trip to DC, I was joined by a last-minute travel companion — a random-ass pimple. I wanted a quick fix to help mask the pimple and its red glow during my time in the Capitol City. So I decided to pop into an Ulta to pick up some concealer.

After browsing the limited options for people of color within the less-pricey drugstore lines, I eyed the Medium/Deep Cool shade of L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer. And to my excitement — and relief — the color matched my skin tone perfectly. With just a minimal amount of product, I effectively covered the redness of my unexpected blemish. The wand applicator made it easy to apply and manage the amount of concealer I put on my face." — Treye Green

Get L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer from Ulta for $9.99 and check out all our picks in the full post.

9. I Used Only Lush Skin Care Products For A Month And Here’s What Happened

"I'm Farrah, and it feels like I've struggled with my skin my ENTIRE life. But now that I'm 28, I want to try a grown-ass skin care routine that will keep my complexion youthful and clear into my thirties. So I tried a complete Lush skin care regimen for 40 days to see how it worked." — Farrah PennCheck out all Lara's Lush picks in the full post.
Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

"I'm Farrah, and it feels like I've struggled with my skin my ENTIRE life. But now that I'm 28, I want to try a grown-ass skin care routine that will keep my complexion youthful and clear into my thirties. So I tried a complete Lush skin care regimen for 40 days to see how it worked." — Farrah Penn

Check out all Lara's Lush picks in the full post.

10. 7 Beauty Products We Actually Tried Before Recommending Them

"When I first heard about [Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer], I thought it would be a little gimmicky, a gel that can highlight my brows, yeah sure. But my gosh I was so silly to underestimate this. I love it so much. It makes my brows look so real, and not just two curved lines across my face. It also allows my brows to match my hair colour a little more. The only reason why I didn't give it full marks is because it's a little expensive, for just an eyebrow product." — Tolani ShoneyeGet Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer from Sephora for $24 and check out all our picks in the full post.
Tolani Shoneye / BuzzFeed

"When I first heard about [Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer], I thought it would be a little gimmicky, a gel that can highlight my brows, yeah sure. But my gosh I was so silly to underestimate this. I love it so much. It makes my brows look so real, and not just two curved lines across my face. It also allows my brows to match my hair colour a little more. The only reason why I didn't give it full marks is because it's a little expensive, for just an eyebrow product." — Tolani Shoneye

Get Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer from Sephora for $24 and check out all our picks in the full post.

11. I Finally Figured Out How To Apply Fake Eyelashes Thanks To This $6 Amazon Tool

"I literally searched "How to apply fake lashes on curly lashes" on YouTube and eventually discovered the answer to my prayers: the Yueton 3-in-1 Makeup Eyelash Tool! Tons of beauty vloggers with similar #curlylashstruggles swear by this lil' dude." — Patrice PeckGet Yueton 3-in-1 Makeup Eyelash Tool from Amazon for $5.99 and check out the full post to figure out how to actually use it.
Patrice Peck / BuzzFeed

"I literally searched "How to apply fake lashes on curly lashes" on YouTube and eventually discovered the answer to my prayers: the Yueton 3-in-1 Makeup Eyelash Tool! Tons of beauty vloggers with similar #curlylashstruggles swear by this lil' dude." — Patrice Peck

Get Yueton 3-in-1 Makeup Eyelash Tool from Amazon for $5.99 and check out the full post to figure out how to actually use it.

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12. 9 Beauty And Style Products You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now

"I love sleep. If it were a person, I'd propose to it, marry it, have all its babies, and cook it three hearty meals a day. So waking up early for anything, especially eyeshadow, is just not something I do. This Juvia's Place Nubian 2 palette, however, won my heart. When I want to look a little extra cute, I'll actually wake up early to incorporate it into my look." — Essence GantGet Juvia's Place Nubian 2 from Juvia's Place for $25 and check out all our picks in the full post.
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"I love sleep. If it were a person, I'd propose to it, marry it, have all its babies, and cook it three hearty meals a day. So waking up early for anything, especially eyeshadow, is just not something I do. This Juvia's Place Nubian 2 palette, however, won my heart. When I want to look a little extra cute, I'll actually wake up early to incorporate it into my look." — Essence Gant

Get Juvia's Place Nubian 2 from Juvia's Place for $25 and check out all our picks in the full post.

13. I Tried The Ordinary's $7 Chemical Peeling Solution And Here Is My Final Review

"One thing I've wanted to tackle for a while is my textured skin, so I decided to try The Ordinary's 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial. I chose The Ordinary for two main reasons: First, it's affordable AF — the peeling solution is only $7.80 — and second, the products I've tried in the past have all been bomb. My biggest fear: I DIDN'T WANT TO BREAK OUT. Okay, also I didn't want my skin to burn, because...chemicals. But seriously, having sensitive skin means I can't play any games with my beauty routine." — Jamé JacksonGet The Ordinary's 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial from The Ordinary for $7.20.
Jamé Jackson / BuzzFeed

"One thing I've wanted to tackle for a while is my textured skin, so I decided to try The Ordinary's 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial. I chose The Ordinary for two main reasons: First, it's affordable AF — the peeling solution is only $7.80 — and second, the products I've tried in the past have all been bomb. My biggest fear: I DIDN'T WANT TO BREAK OUT. Okay, also I didn't want my skin to burn, because...chemicals. But seriously, having sensitive skin means I can't play any games with my beauty routine." — Jamé Jackson

Get The Ordinary's 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial from The Ordinary for $7.20.

14. I Tried These Affordable Wigs That Are All Over YouTube And I Was Seriously Impressed

"Like any good ~connoisseur~, I'm always on the hunt for fun, new wigs to add to my growing collection. So when I discovered Toni Daley's line of affordable, synthetic half wigs on YouTube, I knew I had to try them out!" — Patrice PeckGet the The Blow Dry Wig and The Toni Wig from Toni Daley for $39 and $59, respectively, and check out all our picks in the full post.
Patrice Peck / BuzzFeed

"Like any good ~connoisseur~, I'm always on the hunt for fun, new wigs to add to my growing collection. So when I discovered Toni Daley's line of affordable, synthetic half wigs on YouTube, I knew I had to try them out!" — Patrice Peck

Get the The Blow Dry Wig and The Toni Wig from Toni Daley for $39 and $59, respectively, and check out all our picks in the full post.

15. I Tried The Instyler "Glossie" Brush And This Is What It's Like

"For anyone who isn't familiar and doesn't spend hours looking through hair stuff on Instagram and Pinterest like I do, the "Glossie" is a brush that doubles as a straightener and is plugged into the wall. It heats up to smooth and straighten your hair all in one fell swoop. From my understanding, it's supposed to straighten your hair and leave it feeling silky and smooth in just a one pass." — Lara ParkerGet the InStyler Glossie brush from Amazon for $58.99.
Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

"For anyone who isn't familiar and doesn't spend hours looking through hair stuff on Instagram and Pinterest like I do, the "Glossie" is a brush that doubles as a straightener and is plugged into the wall. It heats up to smooth and straighten your hair all in one fell swoop. From my understanding, it's supposed to straighten your hair and leave it feeling silky and smooth in just a one pass." — Lara Parker

Get the InStyler Glossie brush from Amazon for $58.99.

16. Here's The Life-Changing Blow Dryer Every Black Girl With Natural Hair Needs

"I'm very minimal, so doing my hair is usually a piece of cake. But every once in a while when I wanna channel the '70s divas, I blow it out, and guuuurl ... it ain't no crystal stair ... But when I tell you my life changed after a quick "dryers for natural hair 4c" search on YouTube, and thumbnails upon thumbnails of black girls holding a foreign paddle brush-like object I'd never seen before popped up. They were all raving about Revlon's Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler, which shook the hell outta me because it looked like the very last thing I would've picked up in the hair care aisle." — Essence GantGet Revlon's Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler from Amazon for $39.99.
Essence Gant / BuzzFeed

"I'm very minimal, so doing my hair is usually a piece of cake. But every once in a while when I wanna channel the '70s divas, I blow it out, and guuuurl ... it ain't no crystal stair ... But when I tell you my life changed after a quick "dryers for natural hair 4c" search on YouTube, and thumbnails upon thumbnails of black girls holding a foreign paddle brush-like object I'd never seen before popped up. They were all raving about Revlon's Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler, which shook the hell outta me because it looked like the very last thing I would've picked up in the hair care aisle." — Essence Gant

Get Revlon's Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler from Amazon for $39.99.

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