Skip To Content

    34 Products With Before-And-After Photos That Are Satisfying But Not Gross, I Promise

    No feet pics, no dirty toilets, no insect traps.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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 surface cover to transform your furniture and surfaces into beautiful marble pieces.

    a reviewer photo of a worn-out looking wooden dresser
    the same dresser looking brand new with the surface cover and white paint

    Check out our marble contact paper deep dive!

    Promising review: "Looks AMAZING. It's really easy to use. Just make sure you measure and get a piece big enough for your item so you don’t have to line up multiple pieces. Took less than 30 minutes to redo my buffet top from the dark brown granite it used to be." —Brittany renzoni

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five sizes).

    2. Or check out this gorgeous dark marble surface cover similar to the one above just in a different color in case you could use one that better fits your home aesthetic. 

    a before and after photo of a reviewer's kitchen after applying the dark marble surface cover
    a before and after photo of a reviewer's bathroom counter with the dark marble surface cover

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with this contact paper. My countertops were stained when I bought my home. I couldn't afford new ones so I covered them in contact paper, and honestly, from across the room it looks like real marble! It has superior adhesion! Very happy!" —Barbara Weber

    Get a roll from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    3. A rain glass treatment to repel rain water so you can drive in storms with peace of mind because you can actually see the road ahead clearly.

    Promising review: "I had a cheap, untempered windshield, which was awful in the rain. A friend of mine from college recommended Rain-X and I was shocked at the difference. I applied it with a soft rag and sat there wondering if it was even on properly. I trusted the system and then later that night took my car out for a drive; it rained while I was out and the difference was instantly noticeable. Before, when using my wipers, streaks would obscure my view so much that any lights would make driving in the rain hard. Now, the droplets don't smear and smaller ones sometimes just roll off. It's pretty great." —Alison J. Gong

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    4. Coffee mug organizers especially great for anyone with limited kitchen storage space. Now you can half the amount of space your mugs take up and use that extra bit of room for additional drinkware, a cool kitchen gadget, or more snacks. 

    The round adjustable flat organizers in blue, orange, and black, plus a before and after pic of the mugs unorganized and organized
    Amazon

    Comes in a pack of six so you can organize 12 mugs!

    Promising review: "I love these cup organizers. I have a small cabinet above where my coffeepot is and these have made it a pleasure to open that cabinet. All cups are organized and easy to get to. They stay right where they should be. No more stacking them inside one another and them falling over when I open the cabinet. I also use these for some bowls in my dish set. Works great. I just ordered a couple more and I am going to use them for my china cabinet. I wondered when I first bought them because the price was a little high. Worth every penny and more. I can not say enough good about these." —ChefGirl

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three colors). 

    5. Glossier Solution, an exfoliating acid that helps reduce skin redness, blemishes, and acne, and gives you a smoother, softer, and brighter complexion.

    A person pressing a cotton pad into the bottle of Glossier Solution
    A before-and-after photo showing a person's acne on their cheek clearing up after four weeks of using the Solution
    Glossier

    It includes three acid groups: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), and PHA (Polyhydroxy Acid). Plus, it's vegan, cruelty-free, and recommended for most skin types! Be sure to check out our Glossier Solution review!

    Promising review: "I have been struggling with acne for as long as I can remember and Solution has SAVED my skin. Haven't had a pimple since I started using this last month. My usually oily skin has been so soft and glowing and my years of acne scars are vanishing. 100% worth every penny." —MRB

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    6. Bed sheet fasteners so you can ensure your sheets actually stay in place no matter how all over the place you are in your sleep. These will also make it easier and quicker to make your bed in the morning!

    Loose sheets on a bed
    Same sheets spread tightly across mattress

    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top and pillow-bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now — and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY...SINGLE...NIGHT. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors and two lengths).

    7. A brick-staining kit that'll refurbish masonry (both indoors and outdoors) and bring it from drab to fab in no time.

    Promising review: "I had a brick repair on the wall in the front of my house. They did not match the rest of the brick at all, and I was embarrassed every time I walked past it. When I bought my kit, I didn’t know what to do with it at first, but I got great service. One of the Masonry Cosmetics guys helped me. I sent him samples of the brick and pictures and he figured out the stain colors for me. He also noticed something that I never would have thought of on my own: the mortar color was wrong and had me fix that first. Fixing that was the icing on the cake. Great product and even better service." —Gabe Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $139.

    8. A plant food spike to keep your plants fed for up to two months!

    a reviewer's house plant with wilting leaves
    the same plant 48 hours later with the leaves now looking much healthier

    It's recommended to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violet plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $2.79.

    9. A nail strengthening cream that'll help your nails grow more quickly. Natural tips, here you come.

    a reviewer's nails looking short
    the same reviewer's nails, less than two months later, now looking longer and stronger

    Promising review: "So my grandmother told me about this product when I was young, about 20 years ago or so. I use it all the time! THIS STUFF WORKS! It works really well too. My nails grow really long in a few weeks and I get to decide when to cut them off. Women ask me about them all the time, 'How do you get such white nail tips?' Well, it's because of this." —Halie Brake

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    10. A fabric defuzzer you simply glide over an area of furniture that's covered in unwanted fuzzies.

    fuzzies on a reviewer's couch
    the same couch now clear of the fuzzies and looking brand new

    Check out our Conair fabric defuzzer deep dive! The battery-operated model requires two AA batteries that aren't included, but you can buy some right here!

    Promising review: "OK, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors)

    11. Or you can opt for this sweater stone pill remover made from upcycled car windshield glass. Just brush it over clothing, fabric, or furniture! 

    Maitland's worn pullover with the text
    the stone on top of the smooth-looking sweatshirt, with the text
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned small business based in Brooklyn, New York that sells all sorts of great laundry products. They also operate a laundromat in Williamsburg featuring hypoallergenic and natural laundry products and energy-efficient washers and dryers.

    Promising review: "Like many of you, I've been living in sweats and PJs during this almost-year of WFH full time. And it's made me revisit the state of some of my loungewear. Take for example, this college sweatshirt I wear all the time — as evidenced by the rather EXTENSIVE pilling all over it. So when I saw this pumice-esque sweater stone (it's made from upcycled car windshield glass — how cool is that?!), I decided it was worth the try. I was able to navigate around the contours of the logo on my sweatshirt with ease, removing pills using the corner or the entire flat bottom in a few quick strokes. It truly took no time at all — the sweatshirt was done in mere minutes. The only thing I would note is that particles do 'fall out' of the stone, so do your pill-removing on a surface that's easy to sweep or vacuum up at the end." —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Celsious for $17.

    12. Contact paper with a stainless steel look that has the ability to make appliances from a bajillion years ago seem like they're actually from this decade. 

    on left, white fridge next to wooden cabinet
    on right, same fridge with metallic silver vinyl peel and stick wallpaper covering old surface

    Promising review: "This stainless-steel wrap worked out great! Our fridge now matches the rest of our appliances. I like how it's thicker than normal contact paper. It made it much easier to install." —rach

    Get a 15.8-inch x 78.8-inch roll from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three sizes).

    13. A pack of vacuum bags so you can store clothing items you're not planning on wearing in a given season when you want less clutter in your closet! These don't create the same amount of bulk other storage bags would, so they're good to store under your bed!

    A before photo of a messy pile of BuzzFeed Editor, Maitland Quitmeyer's clothing
    The same clothing, but now tightly and neatly packed in a vacuum bag
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "WHY didn't I buy these vacuum storage bags sooner?? I've only put them into several posts, and scrolled through the before + after review photos a million times, thinking 'Man that would really help with my closet.' But it wasn't until I gazed in horror at the volume of sweaters I need to somehow store in my overflowing closet before unpacking my summer clothes that I FINALLY hit 'add to cart.' I chose the large size (as opposed to the biggest size, called 'jumbo') because it seemed easier to move and store — jumbo is probably perfect for bedding, duvets, etc! And just one large bag was plenty to store nine or 10 *very* large winter sweaters — all collapsed down to a fraction of their size. And it was surprisingly effortless, too! I didn't feel like breaking out the vacuum, so I just used the included hand pump, and it took maybe three minutes max to pump out the air and shrink the bag before replacing the cap — easy peasy! And no danger of re-inflation. My closet game is forever changed!!! All I can say is thank you Maitland, for actually taking your own advice for once. —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five size/pack options).

    14. A mascara to give you lashes so dramatic, no one will believe you when you tell them you bought it for less than $5 on Amazon.

    on top, a reviewer before applying the mascara, and on the bottom, the same reviewer's lashes looking naturally long after using the mascara
    a reviewer holding the mascara

    Promising review: "I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour workday right to the gym and sweat...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Weikert

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    15. A cable management box that'll keep unsightly cords, surge protectors, and chargers neatly hidden away. I don't know about you, but I'd personally rather see this chic-looking box than a messy tangle of wires. 

    Promising review: "This made a corner with lots of cords much more appealing! We were able to stuff all those cords inside and hide them away! Box is cute too!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    16. A Revlon hot air brush you can use to dry and style your hair at the same time! If you're someone who is often pressed for time when getting ready, this wonderful gadget is a true game changer.

    reviewer holding the hot air brush
    a reviewer showing their hair looking like they got a professional blowout after using the blow dry brush

    Promising review: "I have a lot of hair. A LOT. Like, 'Wow, is that a Wookiee over there?' LOTS. I have looked into having a third arm surgically implanted. Is this a thing? Who would do it? Vascular surgery?... These are the questions that keep me up at night. 🤔 My shoulders are so tired holding up a dryer and a round brush for eternity. I briefly considered making a workout video ('Toned Arms: The Hairdryer Workout') but was informed by fitness people that there isn’t a market for a 75-minute focus on the anterior deltoids. I almost have to wake up BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP in order to have enough time to dry my hair before work. This thing took me eight minutes. I naturally assumed, upon finishing, that I had entered some sort of Amazon-created beauty time warp. I checked with my husband in the next room, and in fact, I did not go through a blowout wormhole. The silkier-than-silk style was accomplished by this miracle of a brush in eight minutes. Several more minutes were still lost to running my hands through my hair and flicking it over my shoulder while smiling coquettishly in the mirror. If you struggle with an overabundance of hair as I do, then seriously consider giving this amazing contraption a try." —Chris

    Another reviewer was pleasantly surprised to find this worked well for their curly hair: "I’m shook that this worked on my curly hair. It took me about 30 minutes which isn’t out of the norm for me. I did have to touch some places up with a straightener but it truly gave me a post blowout look from the comfort of my own home! I can’t suggest this product enough." —RSally

    However, some reviewers with 4A–4C hair claimed this didn't work as well on tighter curls and coils — if you're looking for something that was designed with curlier hair in mind, you may wanna check out the Revlon One-Step paddle brush.

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    17. Velvet sofa cushion covers perfect for enjoying the perks of owning a brand-new velvet couch without having to buy a whole new couch. *Breathes a sigh of relief.*

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.
    a reviewer before and after photo with blue velvet sofa covers

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $26.76+ (available in 10 colors and five sizes).

    18. A jewelry cleaning pen to get your precious gems looking brand-new with a quick pen swipe.

    Promising review: "This product worked amazingly well and I’m very pleased with the results. My diamonds look brighter, clearer, and like they just got professionally cleaned. Don’t delay, just buy it. I wish I had sooner! The diamonds actually look like a better quality. I’m buying for everyone I know that loves their jewelry like I do." —SanDiegoPanda

    Get a it from Amazon for $8.89.

    19. A dog spot repair solution made from a combo of mulch, seed, and soil amendment that'll help repair damage (aka digging holes and waste) on your lawn caused by your furry monster friends. You deserve to have a house surrounded by green grass and not patches of dirt.

    Promising review: "I have lacrosse players and dogs and this stuff is amazing. My yard looked like an abandoned lot before this and it literally 'grew anywhere' just like it said. The bag I planted last year actually came back strong this year so I put more down and it is working like a dream!" —chchmom

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in five sizes).

    20. Light-dimming stickers, because while you obviously adore your technology, you don't necessarily love the LED lights that keep you awake at night.

    These dim 50–80% of light! They're super easy to use. All you have to do is just peel and stick, and they don't leave any sticky residue, so you can remove any time you need with ease. Plus, they can always be cut or adjusted to your preferences/needs. They also make black-out dimming sheets and you can get them right here.

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape but this product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Logan M

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.49.

    21. A collagen hair protein treatment to help repair damaged hair from things like heat, sun, and dye, just to name a few. Because we want you to be able to do all the cool, experimental things with your hair.

    a before-and-after photo of BuzzFeed Editor Bek O'Connell showing her hair looking softer and healthier after using the protein treatment
    Bek O' Connell / BuzzFeed

    Read our Elizavecca CER-100 hair treatment review to learn more!

    Promising review: "I have wavy 2B hair that is very fine and prone to frizzing. I saw a huge difference in my hair after just one use of this stuff. The protein provides more definition for my waves, adds shine, and eliminates the frizz. Really amazing results and at a great price!" —Lisa LaPlaca

    "I have 4C hair and was looking for a protein treatment for my thin and fragile hair. I had recently used a product in my hair that had so much alcohol in it that wrecked havoc on my hair, leaving it pretty damaged. I was very skeptical about this product because I have never seen anyone with my hair type use it. Boy, was I wrong to doubt this product — it left my hair looking and feeling beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone with naturally curly hair." —Therese-Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    22. Or you can try this miracle hair mask that has tons of glowing reviews from folks with type 3 and 4 hair! Its raw honey and olive oil formula helps nourish dry, damaged, and color-treated hair, as well as reduce scalp itchiness.

    model holding the circular tub of hair mask
    Before: a reviewer with loose heat damaged curls // After: the same reviewer with tighter curls after using the hair mask

    Tgin is a Black woman-owned small business in Chicago.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! I'm a hairstylist with curly hair, and I have now incorporated this product into my personal and professional lineup. I have been suggesting it to some of my clients. It's great for all types of hair, but it works especially well for natural hair. Also, it works well for all sorts of hair damage." —dcdaigle

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.