You already know about our affinity for uncovering behind-the-scenes shopping secrets at Ulta and Sephora. But there’s another online e-tailer we like to peruse for lesser-known beauty buys: Amazon. Yes, the place we used to reserve for buying books, streaming episodes, and making the occasional digital grocery run is also home to a surprising array of under-the-radar beauty gems.
On our last Amazon browse, we stumbled across scores of products we’d never even heard of that had thousands of positive reviews. We promptly lost ourselves in an Amazon black hole, and a few hours later, we emerged with quite a few of the best Amazon beauty products we think you’ll want to know about. Some are straightforward, some are strange, but all of them have the approval of thousands of people around the world. Add to cart.
Here are the best Amazon beauty products under $50.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
Bubble masks are all the rage in Korean skincare, and this one is a fan-favorite to add to your routine. It’s formulated with charcoal to lift impurities from the skin and stimulate pores for a truly deep cleanse. Plus, powerhouse ingredients like green tea, pomegranate, and collagen treat and soothe skin.
Take a peek at some of the other best clay masks you can buy.
Christina Moss Naturals Facial Moisturizer
If you’re like us, you hesitate to try out a new moisturizer, preferring to stick to your tried-and-true formula instead. This moisturizer, however, gives us no fear. It’s cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, and made with certified organic ingredients. In fact, after doing a little digging, we found the first ingredient to be aloe vera juice, followed by apricot kernel, grape seed, and avocado oils.
Amopé Pedi Perfect Foot File With Diamond Crystals
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This electronic foot file uses micro-abrasive particles to shed dry and dead skin from your feet. As the Amopé company puts it, the “skin on your feet is thicker than on the rest of your body, so you really do need that something special for your feet.” Customers couldn’t agree more. It has glowing testimonials and before-and-after pictures for hard evidence.
Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask
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Thanks to a high concentration of sodium and magnesium in Dead Sea mud, this mask claims to draw out blackheads and blemishes like a magnet. With ingredients like kaolin and sunflower oils, we believe it and deem it one of the best beauty products we’ve yet to find on Amazon.
TruSkin Naturals Professional Vitamin C Serum
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In its product description, the company claims this is “the best organic” vitamin C serum, which we’d be quick to dismiss if it weren’t for the thousands of reviews (the majority of which give five stars). Made with “organic and natural ingredients” like vitamin C, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel, the serum promises to tighten and brighten—all for an incredibly affordable price.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best vitamin C serums.
OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel
Thousands of reviewers have an overwhelmingly positive reaction to this natural eye gel, which says it is 100% vegan and natural. (We stalked its website, and it seems the eye gel is made with a blend of ingredients like organic aloe, plant stem cells, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, among others.) Users rave about the clear gel, with some mentioning visible improvements of dark circles after days of use. Now, if that isn’t steadfast proof this is one of the best Amazon beauty products money can buy, we don’t know what is.
BS-Mall Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set
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This 10-piece brush set has a boatload of positive customer reviews and they’re quite the steal. Users rave about how soft the bristles are. Some people say there is a chemical smell from the paint on the handles, but overall, the quality of them is surprisingly high, given the low price point.
Majestic Pure Jojoba Oil
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Jojoba oil—like its superstar sister argan—is a true beauty do-it-all: Add a few drops to your moisturizer for added hydration, use alone to seal your other products in, or smooth it through your strands to add shine and softness. This version from Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals has a solid rating, with users raving about the quality and versatility. Scroll through the comments for a multitude of creative uses—from aftershave balm to a DIY shea butter recipe.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing
The secret’s out: This much-loved under-the-radar skin product is truly stellar. With a staggering amount of positive reviews, this mask—which you mix with equal parts apple cider vinegar—is a lifesaver for those with oily or acne-ridden skin.
One note: If you have sensitive skin, you may want to leave the mask on for a shorter period of time to prevent redness and irritation.
Chloven Velvet Hair Scrunchies, 45 Assorted Colors
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The only thing better than one velvet hair scrunchie is more than one velvet hair scrunchie; with this 45-piece assortment, you won’t ever have to worry about running low on hair ties. There’s a color to match every outfit, mood, or occasion, and they look just as cute when worn on the wrist as they do when tied up in hair.