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    32 Cheap Products Reviewers Say They Couldn't Believe Actually Worked

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    1. A self-watering, self-aerating high-drainage planter so even if you confuse whether irises or succulents need more water, you're still in the clear.,

    Promising review: "I cannot believe how simple this planter is to use for maintaining plants. That little attachable lip to pour water into the base of the planter is WONDERFUL. What a great idea. I will be ordering more in different colors." —B. A.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    2. An eight-second, lamellar rinse-out treatment from L'Oreal for shinier, healthier, and silkier hair in, well, eight seconds.,

    Use this two to three times per week after shampooing your hair, and remember not to use it on your scalp. This treatment is just for the length of your hair.

    Promising review: "I don’t usually do reviews on products, but for this one I absolutely have to. I have 3c type hair and struggle with a lot a breakage, unmanageability, and moisture. When my mom mentioned this product to me I didn’t take her seriously because of the simple fact that we have two completely different hair textures. I never would've thought this brand would work on my hair. I have always used ethnic hair products and stayed away from brands such as this one. I have never in my 22 years felt my hair like this. I feel like I have a completely different head of hair. This product is so amazing and I will FOREVER be using this product in my hair regimen. Thank you so much!! ♥️" —Theressa Hailey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    3. Glisten Disposer Cleaner – it'll foam up and scrub your disposal, leaving a fresh scent behind instead of icky drain pipe odors.

    Promising review: "I was somewhat skeptical, but it really cleans out my disposal. I couldn't believe all the 'stuff' that came up. I will order more and run it every month or two." —G. Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98.

    4. A pair of comfy blue-light–blocking glasses designed to help reduce eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Because if we're not gonna stop staring at screens, we might as well feel like professional hackers on an Ocean's Eleven-type mission.

    image of reviewer wearing the ANRRI blue light glasses in front of their dual screen computer

    Promising review: "I can't believe these make a difference. So let me start off by saying that I’m 28 years old and I have a desk job where I stare at a computer eight or more hours a day. I get these mild headaches that are consistent throughout the day much like a program running in the background of a computer. I thought it was dehydration at first and drinking more water did help a little bit but the symptoms were still persistent. What was I missing? Turns out I was staring the answer in the face, literally all day. After some research it turns out staring at screens all day can lead to dry eyes, low quality sleep, and headaches (who would have thought right?). I purchased these glasses and let me tell you it makes a world of difference. The headaches stopped, my sleep is better and the dark circles are fading week by week." —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95 (available in four colors).

    5. A concentrated, allergen spray will help reduce the presence of airborne and surface allergens from pets, mites, and more. Because no one should feel like they're allergic to their own home.

    the allergen spray

    Allergy Asthma Cleaning Store is a family-owned business making safe cleaning goods for the whole family.

    Just remember to add water to this concentrate!

    Promising review: "When my son came home from college with his dog we discovered that his severely asthmatic brother is allergic to her (he actually ended up on a ventilator). I was terrified and didn't know how to ensure he would be safe after she left. I soaked everything good with this and he has not had a single issue. I was very skeptical but I am now a believer!" —Christy Wood

    Get it from Allergy Asthma Cleaning Store for $19.99.

    6. A 2-in-1 matte primer and setting spray from Rimmel so your fiercest looks last all day. No shine, no melting, no problem!

    image of the rimmel 2-in-1 setting spray in a reviewer's hand

    Promising review: "I applied a small amount to my T-zone after I saw how oily I look during Zoom calls. I just wipe off the oil, put on the primer, and start my next round of Zoom calls. I can’t believe it lets me stay shine-free for the rest of the afternoon." —AC 2014

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    7. A wine wand for making tannin-induced hangovers magically disappear! Purify your Malbec in minutes and say goodbye to headaches and upset stomachs.

    reviewer image of the wine wand in a glass of white wine on a counter

    Promising review: "I will admit, I was a bit skeptical before I purchased these. My boyfriend has never been able to drink wine due to an allergy to the sulfites. He has tried several times over the years with both red wine and white wine, but after one sip, he would begin to get itchy and wheezy. I have always been a wine drinker and recently moved to San Francisco and have been thoroughly enjoying living so close to Napa and Sonoma. I decided there had to be a solution, and Amazon did not disappoint. These wands are super easy to use and we have been able to enjoy multiple bottles of wine together with no reactions! I can even tell that it aerates very well and helps bring out some of the flavors when I would compare our glasses to each other. I would definitely recommend!!" —Amanda Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    8. A nail polish holder because giving yourself a manicure shouldn't make you feel like a kindergartener accidentally coloring outside of the lines. Just pop this on two of your fingers, and you'll have sturdy and dependable access to your nail polish.

    A person painting their nails while using the nail polish bottle holder, which is securely on their fingers

    Check out our nail polish holder deep dive to learn more!

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Tweexy! It used to take me FOREVER to polish my nails. I COULD NOT believe how quickly I got this done!! I used to hate polishing my nails, but I don't any more. I also used to make the biggest mess, but not any more!" —Eve Lee Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 21 colors/patterns).

    9. An ergonomically designed scalp massager that'll help soothe psoriasis, ease itchiness, and provide soothing sensations during your shower.,,

    Amazon reviewers noted that this little buddy worked for their various hair types.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I was very skeptical. I've seen these brushes advertised to me on social media for like a year now. I thought, "Oh that is definitely a gimmick." So my sister bought one last week. I tried hers and fell in love after only the first use. I'm a man that's suffered from a dry, oily, patchy scalp as well as thin hair my entire life. As I used this, I could literally feels the bristles stimulating and cleaning my scalp. My hair is fuller, softer, and the flakiness is completely gone. I am now a firm believer of this product. Using your fingers don't even hold a candle to this brush. 10/10 would recommend!" —Timothy P

    Get it from Amazon for $8.58+ (available in four colors).

    10. A grooming rake with rotating metal teeth to get all your fur baby's excess hair, which means it won't end up on your couch, carpet, and clothes.

    Reviewer photo of a husky sitting next to a pile of fur that's almost as big as itself and has been removed with the rake

    Promising review: "I just got one of these, and I wish I had done it sooner! I have two dogs that have medium length, thick coats. One is a lab mix and the other is a husky mix. Both shed quite a bit and I’ve struggled to find a good brush for them. I can’t believe how much hair this removed from them with just a quick brushing. Neither really like traditional brushes but did really good with this. Worth every penny!!!" —Kaelin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    11. A hair thinner and cutter so you can shape your hair in between salon visits...or when you're bored and have fallen into an asymmetrical-bob-based YouTube hole.,

    The razor has two edges, a fine tooth one for thin hair textures, and a wider one for thicker hair textures.

    Promising reviews: "I can't believe how well this little thing works! That's really all that needs to be said except 'go ahead buy one!' :)" —Brieli

    "I recently cut my hair very short. It grows really fast and I didn't realize how tough and pricey the maintenance would be. So I bought this after watching a YouTube video of a girl using it on her pixie cut. Now, I absolutely love this tool and use it once a week! I have used it to add layers, to trim my hair and to thin it out. It allows me to only need a professional haircut every three months, if that. I can't believe the price for this tool. It's really fantastic. I have already recommended it to anyone else who has a short cut or needs to thin out their hair regularly." —AmaGirl7

    Get it from Amazon for $3.78.

    12. A pair of silicone grips if your glasses hurt your ears or slip-n-side all day long.

    The silicone grip is shown on a pair of glasses, resting on the ear

    Promising review: "My eyeglasses were driving me nuts! Badly fitted, they required pushing up on a minute-by-minute basis. I didn’t think these bands would do much good but figured it was a small waste of money and might provide a little improvement. Holy COW! I barely notice my glasses anymore because they are staying where they belong!! I’m a believer! Thank you for saving me the cost of new frames!!" —Aunt Schnickelfritz

    Get a set of five pairs from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    13. A no-pull dog harness that'll curb your pup's instinct to take you on a walk instead of the other way around.

    image of reviewer's dog wearing the rabbit goo dog harness

    Promising review: "When I put this harness on my dog I could not believe the difference! I couldn't believe it was the same dog! We went on a three mile walk and it was pleasurable! We met other dogs all along the walk as well as kids. There was minor pulling initially, but once he felt the tension he stopped. I was sold immediately!!! I wish that I had bought this thing a few months ago! I do not have any negative things to say about it whatsoever and would gladly buy this product again! If you have a dog that loves to pull, then this is what you need! My dog would lunge and pull and sometimes make me feel as if he was going to pull my arm out of its socket when he would see something that he wanted. This has solved almost all issues I had with walking him!" —Michael P

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in four sizes and twelve colors).

    14. A sugar-softening brown bear because your banana bread recipe calls for 3/4 cups, not one to two brick-hard lumps.

    the brown sugar bear

    Promising review: "I couldn't believe how well this worked. A classic problem of bakers everywhere: hardened brown sugar when you pull it from the cupboard. Yes, there are hacks to soften it again, but wouldn't it be great if it stayed the right consistency from the get-go? Enter the Brown Sugar Bear. As long as you're keeping your sugar in an air-tight container, it will stay perfectly soft for weeks. I usually pull the bear out and re-soak it every two months or so." —CRose84

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A mini speaker with max volume potential for park dates in need of a soundtrack. And don't be scared to take it to the beach because this lil' guy is water-resistant.

    image of a lit up LFS portable bluetooth speaker in a reviewer's hand

    It's also an LED nightlight for those late night traipses through the city. 

    Promising review: "It's magnetic, so I attached it to the lamp in my living room. And it sounds like I have a stereo playing in my living room. I can't believe how great the quality is for something so tiny. It sounds better than a larger speaker I have." —Misty Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $15.86.

    16. A powerful shower-cleaning spray that doesn't require any scrubbing! Just spray your shower at night and rinse it clean the next day. No more soap scum, grim, oils, mold or mildew stains for you.

    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor

    Promising review: "I have two sons, ages 18 and 23, that moved back in after COVID-19 and they are typical guys! They share a bathroom but, unfortunately, if I want it clean the way I want it clean, I have to do it. I wanted something to make it easier to clean the tub. I read the directions, spray after a shower, let sit overnight and spray off the next day. WOW! I couldn't believe how well it cleaned the shower walls AND the tub! I am a total fan and will now always buy this product!" —Diane Purdy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.94.

    17. A bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray so when you go to do your business, it stays *your* business. Just spray a few times into the bowl before you go, and leave the bathroom smelling like a spa since Poo-Pourri is actually made of essential oils!

    Bottle of Poo-Pouri in original citrus scent

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! To be honest, I didn't think that it was going to work at first. When I got it, I put it to the test the same day. To my surprise, my doubts evaporated into thin air (much like the smell of my poo). My husband came upstairs and instead of asking me why I didn't shut the bathroom door, he said 'wow. You're doing an amazing job of cleaning up here. It smells amazing.' I couldn't help but to giggle." —Zumba Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $9+ (available in two sizes and 19 scents).

    18. A multifunctional dog supplement if your furry friend could use some immunity support, improved gut health, and so much more.

    the zesty paws 11-in-1 multifunctional bites

    Promising review: "I bought this and an orthopedic foam bed for our senior dog a week ago, and I cannot believe the difference. He acts many years younger now! He's prancing and bounding again, and has his feisty attitude is back. So much more than I had hoped for! Due to the digestive health component of the vitamin, his vomiting has stopped, too. Yay!" —Ann Claar

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97+ (available in two styles).

    19. Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer will help you create a flawless canvas for all the bold looks you've been dying to experiment with. Dark circles? We don't know her.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer to learn more.

    Promising review: "I love this concealer! It's the absolute best I've ever used. Nine hours after I put it on, I looked in the mirror to see if I needed to fix my makeup before going out to dinner, and my concealer still looked like I had just put it on. There was no ceasing under my eyes (and I've got plenty of fine lines), and none of it had moved anywhere. I couldn't believe it, it looked so fresh. I'm reaching for this one daily now and will definitely be repurchasing." —Jill S

    Get it from Amazon for $5.86+ (available in 18 shades).

    20. A sturdy ab wheel for a core workout you can take with you! If nothing else, it'll make you better at lengthening your body to lounge on the couch.

    a model extends their body using the Vinsguir ab roller

    Promising review: "I am very surprised by how much this actually works. I thought I'd overdo it on the first workout just so I could identify all the muscles it actually worked on. Mistake! I couldn't use it again for like a week. This is one of those 'as seen on TV' items that actually works." —briccc4

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

    21. Ready-to-eat vegan beans perfectly seasoned and made with avocado oil for your enjoyment. No cooking or refrigeration necessary. Food we don't have to cook? Yeah, I'm in.

    reviewer image of two plates filled with tortilla, avocado, and mexican cowboy beans

    A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned small business in San Francisco blending authentic Creole, Caribbean, and Latin flavors and ingredients to give you delicious and healthy food options.

    Promising review: "I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this product as I don't normally eat a lot of packaged beans. I'm trying to eat less meat and I was pleasantly surprised at the powerful punch of flavor and heartiness of the dish." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from A Dozen Cousins on Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five flavors).

    22. A pet hair remover so good you might not recognize your couch after just one use! And because it doesn't use disposable adhesive strips, you can use this thing over and over and over and over and...


    Promising review: "I am allergic to cats so here I am with two cats that shed like crazy. Their hair is covering all the furniture. I have special pet covers on my bed to protect my comforter but I hate having to sleep under it since my cats sleep on my bed. I have tried so many cat hair remover brushes, gloves, sponges that never worked. I was ready to shave the cats and call it a day. Then along comes the ChomChom brush.

    It not only has the lint roller but a bar that collects the hair. I love the little hairball container of the roller so I don't have to spend time cleaning off the lint brush. I can't believe this product works! I have an off-white couch and I didn't realize how much hair there was. After I used it, my couch looked lighter in color. I got my comforter cleaned off in minutes. It's a simple and inexpensive way to cure your pet hair woes." —Dondi

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    23. A mini waffle maker that'll cook way more than just mini waffles. I mean, there's mini paninis, mini cookies, mini pizzas, mini...okay, I think you get it.,

    Promising review: "I love everything about this little waffle maker I would purchase it again in a minute. You know it’s hot when the light goes out, and it only takes about three to four minutes and they’re done, no sticking or overflowing. I’ve made three different kinds in two days; I think I could live on them. I couldn’t believe how good these little things are, but who ever thought of this is a genius. Get this one." —Linda Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 20 colors).

    24. An ice roller to help freeze muscle pains right in their tracks! Just pop it in the freezer then roll it over your eyelids, neck, and back for some body ache (or heat) relief.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well this roller works. It feels amazing when I take it out of the freezer and roll it under my eyes first thing in the mornings. It helps eliminate bags! Obsessed!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight colors).

    25. An eco-friendly oven scrub cleaner for tackling all the caked-on messes you've learned to ignore. Made with natural ingredients (including pumice stone and baking soda), you'll get your oven back without all the toxic fumes.

    Cleaning Studio/Etsy

    Cleaning Studio is a family-owned small business based in Connecticut creating 100% natural cleaning products because you don't need harsh and toxic chemicals to get a great clean.

    Promising review: "I am in absolute shock about how well this works. WOW! My oven door window had grime caked on it for years that I couldn't get off from the previous owners, so I'm estimating its been like that for four+ years. Nothing helped to cut through it and finally this oven cleaner made it look brand new. Still in shock!! Would highly recommend. Also, the smell of the product is sooo delightful!" —Vanessa

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+.

    26. Roku Express — get all your streaming needs met in one tiny remote. Just cozy up on the couch and get ready to be impressed by all the shows and movies now at your fingertips.,

    Promising review: "I have never used any kind of streaming service before, but this was so easy to set up. And it never asked me for an activation fee. You do have to create a Roku account but it's free. Plugged it in to my HDMI and to the power outlet and that was it. Just follow the onscreen prompts to set up home screen. I couldn't believe how easy it was!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. A coconut water face cream packed with electrolytes and minerals to wake up and hydrate your skin. Get ready for a fresh-faced look!

    a smiling model applies the coconut water face cream to their face

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic addition to my skin care regimen. At night, I apply the Coconut Water Melt and I cannot believe how moisturized my skin feels without feeling oily. When I first get up in the morning, I just splash my face with water and it feels wonderful!" —April

    Get it from Kopari for $25.

    28. Full body fishnet stockings so you feel sexy and covered from head to toe.

    a plus size model wearing the all-in-one fishnet body stocking

    Kix'ies is a woman-owned small company making practical, comfortable, and sexy pieces for all bodies.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! I was surprised and happy with the fit! Most items that say 'one size fits all' are not a big girl's friend, but this fit great! I bought the black and the red. Wish I bought the pink, too." —Samantha C

    Get it from Kix'ies for $18 (available in one size fits XS–5XL and in five colors).

    29. A hair finishing stick if you need some help slicking down flyaways for a flawless finish. And because it's made with natural ingredients, you'll be moisturizing your hair too!

    Promising review: "I can’t believe this actually works. I’ve always had baby hairs, and they are so annoying to work with. I’ve tried hairspray, gel, etc. But nothing has worked as great as this finishing cream." —Christina

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    30. Or an edge control gel for more coarse and curly flyaways and baby hairs!

    BUT please don't feel any pressure to lay your edges unless you way want to! Check out, "Just A Friendly PSA That You Don't HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don't Wanna."

    Promising review: "Omg! Omg! When I say I have never had an edge control that actually CONTROLS my edges. Honey, I'm in shock! This product LAID my edges. My roots are always curly and coarse and uncontrollable. But this product LAID them down! My edges are soft, too. I can't believe it. I applied the product, wrapped my hair for an hour, and they haven't moved all day! So happy I found my go to product. Thank you!" —Sonja

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in four sizes).

    31. A hydrating mini lipstick pigmented to offer the ultimate payoff if you need a secret weapon that'll add a bold touch to any look.


    Beauty Bakerie is a Black woman-owned, cruelty-free cosmetics company committed to providing the perfect shade range for people of color.

    Promising review: "I have always struggled to find a good lipstick that is pigmented, long-wear, and doesn't dry out my lips. I didn't think it existed until I tried these. OMG I'm hooked!!" —Hannah

    Get it from Beauty Bakerie on Ulta for $10 (available in 10 shades).

    32. Nuud anti-odorant — an 100% natural way to effectively prevent funky armpit smells. I know what you're thinking, but this one actually works!

    buzzfeed writer taylor steele holding up a bottle of nuud anti-oderant
    BuzzFeed/Taylor Steele

    Nuud is a small business based in the Netherlands committed to creating fresh armpits worldwide. Their vegan formula contains no chemicals, salts, scents, or aluminum, so it's perfectly safe to use!

    I've been using Nuud for a few months now, and it's truly unbelievable. I didn't think this could really solve my smelly pit problem. But, honey, it did. And no matter how many times I read about how it works, it feels like magic. Because in one month alone, I probably only had to apply it five times. The only bit I kinda understand is that it works by neutralizing bacteria instead of masking it (which is what regular deodorants do), so there's just no odor at all. Even post-workout, there's not even a whiff of stink. I can't recommend this enough! And no, I will never ever go back to any other deodorant. Did I mention that it's vegan, comes in a bioplastic container, and is shipped in a biodegradable box? Yeah, Nuud gets it.

    Get it from Nuud for $14.95+.

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