Everyone has always not to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to beauty products, it’s really hard not to because all the covers are so dang cute.
Really good packaging is one thing, but making the actual product inside the package look awesome is a whole other ballgame. You usually end up throwing away the box that it comes in, so when brands take the extra step to make not only the bottle or jar or whatever it comes in look cool, plus the actual product you’re putting on your face, it’s a big freakin’ deal. Finding a product that not only has the looks but the brawn to back it up is like a holy grail, IMO. These are the products you want to keep on your shelves and show off to your friends.
Here are a few super cool-looking beauty products that not only look good, but do the work too.
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Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment (Sephora, $38)
It may look like just the packaging is swirled, but the actual product is. It’s black and white charcoal that you spoon out with a spatula and mix together into the familiar grey shade of most charcoal products. This little jar is kind of game-changing.
Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm (Sephora, $18)
We’ve talked about how awesome this steam balm is, and it’s not just the egg-shaped packaging.
Anna Sui Star Lipstick in Marble Effect (ASOS, $30)
So Anna Sui makes an entire line of lipstick that’s in the shape of a star, but this one is marbled and gorgeous and I want all of them, thank you very much.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector (Sephora, $42)
Another marble effect product that isn’t just for looks is this new Marc Jacobs Beauty color corrector that honestly, is a gift from the beauty gods. Launching at Sephora stores in early March, it comes in three different shades: Bright Now (pictured) which helps dullness, Co(vert) Affairs which neutralizes redness, and Getting Warmer that conceals dark circles.
Mediheal Mask Dress in Dress Code Violet (Beauteque, $3)
This fancy-schmancy face mask (that costs less than your Starbucks order) will make you feel like you’re going to a masquerade ball. It helps brighten and revitalize skin with hyaluronic acid and berry oils. Plus, who doesn’t want to look maybe a little less-crazy when they’re doing a sheet mask?
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask (Ulta, $52)
Peter Thomas Roth’s masks are pretty legendary for how well they work. This cucumber gel mask looks like something out of a sci-fi movie and smells like the most refreshing cocktail you could think of.
Artis Oval 7 Brush (Artis, $60)
You’ve seen these brushes on Instagram and Youtube and for good reason. They blend everything perfectly and look like you’re being pampered in the 1920’s. This new Oval 7 shape works for pretty much everything, from applying foundation and plus, to using setting powders or making sure your skin care is absorbed fully.
Bella Schneider Beauty Carats of Gold Face Mask (ahalife, $58)
If you’ve every dreamt of drowning your face is sparkle, this mask is exactly that. Not only does this have the coveted hyaluronic acid, it has colloidal gold in it, which helps regenerate and restore skin. Plus, it looks like you’re a golden statue.
Ojon rare blend™ oil Moisture Therapy (Birchbox, $35)
Do you remember in high school science class when you learned about liquid density and had to put all those things in a test tube? This is that exact experiment, except this oil helps infuse moisture back into your hair while adding shine.
Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask (LUSH, $4.95)
A hand mask may seem like a ridiculous thing to have, but if you get terribly dry hands in the winter, this is your best friend. It’s basically dipping your fingers into a sparkly bowl of lotion and letting it do its magic.