36 Cult-Favorite Beauty Products On Amazon

By Ellie Nan Storck

What exactly makes a beauty product worthy of a "cult following?" It might be its fast-acting abilities, multi-functionality, a certain irresistible scent, or maybe just the fact that it has extraordinarily high ratings and tons of recommendations on Amazon. When it comes to cult-favorite beauty products we've got the in on the best buys.

When you head over to Amazon to check out the latest — or maybe tried-and-true — beauty products for all your needs, it can be a little overwhelming. There are so many best-selling beauty products on the market that trying to weed through the options can be a little intimidating.

But, lucky for you, we've done the weeding for you. Below, we've sorted through tons of recommendations and reviews to get down to the business of what makes a cult-favorite beauty product. From noteworthy creams that rely on unlikely ingredients like beeswax or snail mucus, to storied products from dermatologist-recommended brands, to styling tools that will elevate your hair game thanks to cutting-edge technologies, these products occupy prime real estate on the shelves of beauty gurus worldwide, and for good reason. To get the inside scoop on a product purchase that you won't regret, have a little scroll through these reviewer favorites.

Style — 36 Cult-Favorite Beauty Products On Amazon
by Ellie Nan Storck

1. A Drying Lotion That Blasts Blemishes Overnight

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17, Amazon

Key ingredients like soothing calamine lotion, skin-clearing salicylic acid, and purifying sulfur make this cult-favorite acne spot treatment super effective when applied to blemishes. Just dot a bit onto one of those pesky whiteheads before bed, and let the lotion work its drying magic overnight. One reviewer writes: "When I still get the occasional hormonal break-out, I immediately use the drying lotion and it works wonders. I'm so happy there is something out there that is affordable, that can be used on sensitive skin, and that actually produces results."


2. A Beeswax-Based Cream That Leaves Skin With A Radiant Glow

BeeFriendly Face and Eye Cream, $25, Amazon

Beeswax isn't just good for candles — it's actually excellent for your skin, too! With this organic, chemical-free cream, formulated by nutrient-rich bee ingredients like collagen-boosting raw honey and moisturizing beeswax, you can expect a deep, rich hydration that helps boost collagen production, keeps skin elastic, and leaves your face with a radiant glow. It's safe on all skin types, including those that are particularly sensitive.


3. A Clay Mask That Uses The Earth's Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay To Clean Pores

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $9, Amazon

Clay has been used to extract toxins and dirt from pores for centuries — and for good reason. This powerful mask has pore-cleansing properties and is rich in nutrients that will help leave your skin feeling clean, clear, and smooth. The product can be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, and used as often or infrequently as your skin type requires. Pro tip: try using it as a spot treatment if you're interested in targeting specific blemishes.


4. Little Acne-Fighting Patches That Come In Various Sizes To Treat Spots With Precision

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, $5, Amazon

These little patches are the answer to all your spot-treatment needs. Complete with a resealable pouch where you can keep unused patches to keep them from drying out, these treatments contain acne-fighting ingredients that can reduce the size of blemishes, as well as any redness or irritation that accompanies pimples and zits. Pop one on overnight and wake up to visibly improved skin — the hydrocolloid patches will have turned white and gotten rid of the gunk inside a stubborn spot.


5. A Makeup-Removing Water That Uses Scientific Technique, Ideal For Sensitive Skin

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $15, Amazon

It seems like there are about a billion makeup removers on the market these days. So what sets this Bioderma cleansing water apart from the others? Aside from its 4.5-star rating on Amazon, Bioderma uses a scientific approach to skincare, using small amounts of ingredients already present in our bodies, like fatty acid esters that boost the skin's natural hydrolipidic film while gently removing dirt and makeup. Thanks to gentle ingredients and the addition of soothing cucumber extract, this micellar water won't cause any redness or irritation, so it's a great option for those with sensitive skin.


6. A Super Hydrating Face Cream That Balances Skin Tone And Texture While Delivering Vitamin-Rich Moisture

Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer, $21, Amazon

In this U.S.-made natural facial moisturizer, you'll find deeply hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin A, vitamin E, green tea extract, aloe vera, and jojoba oil that leaves skin moist, soft, and supple. Active retinol also (a type of vitamin A) helps to reverse skin damage by preventing spots and breakouts. One reviewer writes: "It feels creamy and rich but does not clog my pores, hasn't caused any acne, and does not leave my face oily. Highly recommended!"


7. A Fast-Drying Top Coat That Only Requires One Layer Of Application

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, $6, Amazon

There's nothing more frustrating than finishing a perfectly-applied nail polish job, only to nick a fingernail before the paint dries. Luckily this quick-dry top coat is here to answer all your polish woes. Just one application adds a super-strong and protective clear layer to your paint job, ensuring that your color stays vibrant and scratch-free. Thousands of people swear by this product, especially because you can apply it when your nail polish is still wet.


8. A Deeply Hydrated Oil That Can Be Used All Over Your Body To Reduce Appearance of Scars

Bio-Oil, $16, Amazon

Thanks to ingredients like PurCellin Oil, which allows this award-winning oil to absorb easily into the skin, Bio-Oil is a must-have moisturizing aid that not only delivers deep, lasting hydration to the skin (all over your body!), but it's specially formulated to visibly reduce the appearance of scars or unwanted marks, while evening skin tone. It's hypoallergenic, ideal for sensitive skin, and comes dermatologist-recommended.


9. A Lavender Foot Peel That Leaves Feet Soft As A Baby's Bottom

Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation, $25, Amazon

Lavender-scented feet that are as soft as a baby's bottom? Lifetime supply, please! This gentle foot exfoliation comes in the form of rich, formula-soaked booties that envelop your feet in hydrating lavender and various plant extracts made specially to repair extra-dry and cracked skin. After one application, your feet will begin to peel away dead skin over the course of a few days — the company recommends daily foot soak in warm water when this begins. Once the dead skin sheds, your feet will be smooth, supple, and unbelievably soft.


10. A Fragrance-Free Facial Moisturizer That Really Lasts All Day Long

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $13, Amazon

The three essential ceramides and hydrating hyaluronic acid in this 4.5-star hydrating facial cream work their protective magic to ensure a rich delivery of locked-in moisture to the skin. CeraVe's specially-formulated MVE Controlled Release technology allows for the hydration to replenish throughout the day. Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, this is a great face cream for all skin types.


11. A Loose Face Powder That's Whipped With Air To Effectively Highlight And Set Makeup

Coty AirSpun Loose Face Powder, $6, Amazon

Isn't it amazing when you find a makeup product that seems to do it all? This translucent face powder is one of those must-have, multi-function makeup necessities — and it's made in a super cool way. Blended and whipped with air into cloud-like, soft bliss, this powder has a super lightweight feel and can be used to set your makeup in place, aid in highlighting and contouring, and set concealer for blemish cover-up.


12. A Waterproof Liquid Liner That Can Create The Perfect Cat Eye

Docolor Liquid Eyeliner, $8, Amazon

It's rare to find such an effective, long-lasting eyeliner at a price as good as this easy-to-use black gel version. Completely waterproof with a smooth, glide-on application, it's simple to adjust the pressure you use on the 0.4 mm brush of this pen for extra-precision when drawing on thick or thin lines, resulting in a clean, dramatic look. It'll never smudge, either.


13. A Super Effective Deep Cleansing Oil That Sells A Bottle Every 10 Seconds Around The World

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $27, Amazon

The name of this cleanser really says it all. The Deep Cleansing Oil is completely water-soluble and packed with rich nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants derived from botanicals like olive and rosemary. It'll easily penetrate pores to clear out dirt, dead skin cells, and makeup. DHC claims that one bottle of this cleansing oil is sold every 10 seconds around the world — they must be on to something.


14. A Clay Mask That Uses Carbonation To Cleanse Pores And Get Rid Of Blackheads

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $11, Amazon

You may not normally associate the words "carbonated" and "mask," but this inventive clay mask from South Korean beauty company Elizavecca Milky Piggy transcends the clay mask norm with the addition of carbonic acid, which aids the gentle exfoliation of pores. You can expect a good cleanse that zaps away blackheads and little bubbles (fun!) appear after about five minutes of application. The mask rinses away easily with warm water, leaving skin purified and smooth.


15. A Ceramic Flat Iron That Eliminates The Risk Of Frizz Caused By Static

CHI Original 1" Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, $90, Amazon

Thanks to the carefully-crafted ceramic plates and infrared heat on this one-inch flattening iron, you can style your hair without the risk of static-induced frizz. And the styling doesn't stop at straightening — using this ergonomically-designed tool, you can easily flatten, flip, curl, and wave your hair, no matter the texture or length. It's also quick to heat up and adds some shine to hair.


16. An Awesome Purple Hairbrush That Detangles Even The Toughest Of Knots

Wet Brush Pro Detangle Hair Brush, $9, Amazon

If you're looking for a way to elevate your detangling game — which can be a real patience-trying process — then this brush is the answer to your prayers. Made with soft IntelliFlex bristles that can comb through all hair and knot types — wet or dry — this brush will glide through tangled hair with ease. And, it's even suitable for wigs and extensions. It won't cause breakage, and there's no damage or pain.


17. A Liquid Formula That Visibly Reduces Redness, Irritation, And Ingrown Hairs

Tend Skin, $22, Amazon

One single ingrown hair or painful bump can make everything feel totally stressful, and that's where Tend Skin comes in. Specifically formulated to calm irritated, angry bumps and ingrown hairs — and effectively reduce their appearance — this cruelty-free formula repairs skin that is experiencing visible irritation after hair removal. Whether bumps and ingrown hairs result from shaving, waxing, laser removal, or electrolysis, Tend Skin will address the redness while providing skin with rich hydration.


18. A Powerful Ceramic Hair Dryer That Delivers Maximum Volume While Minimizing The Risk Of Frizz And Heat Damage

BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer, $60, Amazon

With this state-of-the-art ceramic hair-dryer, four different settings of gentle infrared heat protect the hair from frizz and damage while styling and providing full-bodied volume to all hair types. Extra-powerful wattage ensures the most efficient route to dry, styled, and protected hair. Plus, the tool comes with a concentrator nozzle that's removable, a removable filter, and a cold-shot button.


19. A Cream That Uses Actual Snail Mucus To Hydrate Skin

MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream, $14, Amazon

Containing 92 percent snail extract (yes, snail extract!), this inventive multi-function cream works hard to use the reparative properties of what is essentially snail goo —or, err, mucus — combined with peptides to target marks on the skin, like the scarring often caused by acne or sun damage, effectively reducing their appearance. The cream also provides a major boost of elasticity and moisture, leaving your skin supple, hydrated, and bouncy.


20. A Variety Pack Of Korean Sheet Masks That Use Plant-Based Ingredients To Provide Multi-Function Skin Boost And Relief

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, $10 (16 Pack), Amazon

It's hard to beat this beauty deal: 16 types of super-effective Korean face masks for just $10. With a rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon, this variety pack of formula-soaked felt face masks rely heavily on nutrient-rich botanicals that deliver vitamins and collagen to your skin, deeply penetrating the pores to cleanse, hydrate, and leave skin glowing. You can expect ingredients like olive oil, bamboo, aloe, bee venom, Red Ginseng, and a host of various fruit and plant extracts.


21. A Mask That Uses Black Sugar From Brazil To Feed Your Skin Rich Nutrients

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask, $9, Amazon

This exfoliating wash-off mask is made from Brazilian black sugar, which is rich in vitamins and minerals (think phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium). When rubbed gently over the skin, the sugar granules work to remove dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and excess oil, leaving skin feeling smooth and polished. It also keeps skin hydrated, thanks to the black sugar's moisturizing properties.


22. A Gentle and Chemical-Free Exfoliating Cleanser For Sensitive Skin That's A Japanese Cult-Favorite

Cure Natural Aqua Gel, $27, Amazon

Boasted as Japan's number one best-selling beauty product — so basically the definition of a cult-favorite — this aqua gel is not messing around. The water-based exfoliator uses rosemary, ginkgo extract, and aloe vera to deeply cleanse pores, and thanks to its mild qualities (completely fragrance and chemical free), it's ideal for even the most sensitive of skin types, and the results are instant — dead skin sloughs off right into your hand.


23. A Three-Step Acne Treatment From A Decades-Old, Award-Winning Acne Medication Brand

Proactiv 3-Step Acne Treatment System, $35, Amazon

This is one of those genuinely tried-and-true products that has been used for decades to safely and effectively treat acne. This three-step system includes a renewing cleanser, a revitalizing toner, and a treatment medication to target spots, kill existing acne-causing bacteria, and prevent future breakouts thanks to key ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid. One reviewer writes: "I've been using Proactiv for over 10 years, and it's kept my skin clear."


24. A Cleansing Oil That Uses Lightweight Rice Water To Brighten

The Face Shop Light Cleansing Oil, $9, Amazon

Lightweight and hydrating, this oil-based cleanser delivers rich vitamins (A, B, E) and lasting moisture to the skin, thanks to a unique formula made from rice water, which works to reduce the appearance of pores while cleansing. It also effectively dissolves excess sebum oil, evens out skin tone, and brightens complexion.


25. An Electronic Cleansing Brush That Cleans Pores In Just 60 Seconds

Clarisonic Mia 2, $169, Amazon

This ergonomically-designed electronic facial cleansing brush removes up to six times more dirt and makeup than a regular facial cleanser. With two speeds, one for regular skin and one for sensitive, the micro-massage motion will gently and effectively cleanse pores, leaving skin soft and glowing in just 60 seconds. Based on 2016 NPD data, 96 percent of users report smoother, healthier-feeling skin, and it also prepares skin for better absorption of moisturizers, serums, and creams.


26. A Purple Shampoo And Conditioner That Combats Brassy Hues

Clairol Shimmer Lights, $19, Amazon

Suitable for both natural or color-treated hair, this deep purple shampoo-and-conditioner duo refreshes highlights and combats dull yellow and brassy hues without leaving residue. The result is shimmering, shiny hair with restored brightness. Reviewers who are particularly harsh on their hair say they "can't live without this," and they note it also helps remove product build-up, much like a clarifying shampoo.


27. An Antioxidant-Rich Oil That Adds Shine And Nourishment To Hair

Moroccan Oil Treatment, $34, Amazon

Silky, smooth, hair is the name of the game with this award-winning, rich hair treatment that seeps deep into follicles and hydrates from within, thanks to antioxidant-rich argan oil. A delivery of nourishing vitamins boosts shine and ensures that hair dries more quickly than usual, for optimum radiance and glow, and the formula is alcohol-free. It's great for any hair type and texture, and reviewers note the smell is incredible.


28. A Hand-Held Body Brush That Exfoliates And Massages

C.S.M. Body Brush for Wet or Dry Brushing, $12, Amazon

The combination of fine, natural bristles and soft-plastic massage nodules yield this ergonomically-designed exfoliator that is ideal for both wet and dry brushing. Gently massaging away dead skin cells, dirt, and sweat, this brush will leave skin luminous, clean, and perfectly primed for hydration. The hand strap also makes it easy to use in those harder-to-reach places.


29. An Organic Skin Oil That Delivers Rich Moisture Through Antioxidants And Omega Fatty Acids

InstaNatural Organic Rosehip Oil, $22, Amazon

This 100 percent pure and unrefined rosehip oil holds a prime spot in the skin-oil craze for good reason: it's basically like a spa facial in a bottle. Because of the natural corrective properties of the rosehip — like glow-inducing antioxidants provided through vitamin A — this oil will absorb quickly into the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of scars and spots caused by the sun or breakouts. Omega fatty acids promote the regeneration of vital skin cells, helping to leave your skin radiant and smooth.


30. A Styling Tool That Can Give You Beach Waves No Matter Where You Are

Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver, $17, Amazon

Who doesn't crave those tousled, beachy waves for their hair all year round? This inventive styling tool uses tourmaline ceramic plates to safely heat hair into sculpted, loose curls, while reducing the risk of unwanted frizz. The temperature can be set up to 400 degrees with multiple heat settings, ensuring long-lasting waves that mimic that sultry salt-air curl, no matter what season it is.


31. A Body Scrub Made With Exfoliating, Mineral-Rich Pink Salt From The Himalayas

Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, $13, Amazon

There's a lot of hype around Himalayan salt these days, and this 100 percent pure and natural body scrub proves why. The scrub is formulated from natural and rich Himalayan Pink Salt, which aids in establishing a balanced pH and delivers nourishing minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron to the skin. Apply a small amount and watch the salt scrub exfoliate away dead cells and dirt, leaving smooth, soothed skin that's totally moisturized, thanks to the additional lychee fruit and almond oils.


32. An Organic, Non-Greasy, Leave-In Conditioner That Strengthens And Repairs Dry Or Damaged Hair

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-In Conditioner, $12, Amazon

If you're experiencing dry or brittle hair, this castor oil leave-in conditioner is the answer to your nourishment needs. Certified organic shea butter and Jamaican black castor oil penetrate your follicles for rich hydration, while reparative properties from rich omegas strengthen and heal dry hair. And the best part — it's totally non-greasy, so you can leave this product in your hair for smooth, shiny, detangled locks that are protected against the environment.


33. Powerful Under-Eye Pads That Restore Collagen And Elasticity Using Plant-Based Resources

Purederm Deluxe Collagen Eye Mask Collagen Pads, $5, Amazon

Enriched with Natto Gum, a plant-based source of collagen, these delicate but powerful under-eye pads are ideal for restoring life to the skin below your eyes, reducing puffiness and dark circles, and promoting elasticity. The little patches are also ideal for delivering rich hydration, thanks to ingredients like green tea extract and vitamin E. Pro tip: check out all the before-and-after images provided by satisfied Amazon users in the review section to see how these pads work their (effective) magic!


34. A Nifty Facial Sponge Made With Bamboo Charcoal That Detoxifies And Exfoliates

pureSOL Konjac Facial Sponge, $10, Amazon

Woven from natural fibers and uniquely crafted with activated bamboo charcoal, this facial sponge can be used to gently massage away dead skin cells, dirt, and makeup, leaving your skin smooth and primed for moisture. You can expect a refreshing exfoliation that promotes pH balance and also stimulates your blood flow, which — aside from feeling totally relaxing — helps with the regeneration of new skin cells. With an easy-hang hook, this little handheld facial sponge is portable and easy to keep close by when you're cleansing.


35. A Dead Sea Mud Mask That Uses Simple, Natural Ingredients From The Earth To Unclog Pores

Pure Body Naturals Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask Facial Treatment, $15, Amazon

What sets this mud mask apart is certainly the simple, wholesome ingredients it uses to revitalize skin and reduce the effects of breakouts. Made with mineral-rich dead sea mud from Israel, hydrating shea butter, and calming essential oils, this mud mask will remove buildup effectively unclogging pores, leaving skin glowing, soft, and refreshed.


36. A Spray That Protects Hair From Heat Damage While Doubling As A Leave-In Conditioner

HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector, $15, Amazon

This heat protecting spray, made with nourishing argan oil, takes thermal protection to the next level. The weightless mist can be applied before using flat irons, curlers, and blow dryers to guard your hair from the damage caused by heat — all the way up to 450 degrees! And the best part: it actually doubles as a naturally-detangling, anti-frizz, leave-in conditioner. Who doesn't love a good two-in-one hair product?

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