When you think of online beauty shopping, Amazon might not be the first store that comes to mind. But the mega retailer actually has a ton of cult favorite products. It’s long been a treasure trove for drugstore favorites, like a dependable micellar water and a popular shimmery blush (which is a close dupe for that Nars shade).
But in recent years, the site has also brought on a slew of luxury beauty brands, like Drunk Elephant and Tatcha, as well as luxe makeup brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Anastasia Beverly Hills. The site is also a great place to find beloved indie brands, like Herbivore Botanicals or Grown Alchemist, and dermatologist-formulated products that target specific skin conditions, like acne, keratosis pilaris, melasma, and more.
The trouble is, the site’s beauty navigation leaves something to be desired. And when you’re investing in a new product, you’ll have better luck coming with a shopping list than just typing ‘mascara’ into the search bar and hoping for the best. This list of the best beauty products on Amazon will make finding new products easy. Below, fifteen stellar products to try from Amazon, starting at $6.
Milani Baked Blush
Fans of Nars Orgasm will love the pretty, gold-flecked coral shades from Milani, like Luminoso, Corralina, and Bella Bellini. The shades look super saturated in the compact, but go on as a warm flush when applied to the apples of your cheeks or swept up the cheekbones.
Henné Organics Luxury Lip Tint
We’re nearing chapped lip season, which means it’s time to get your balm game in check. Natural lip care line Henné Organics has long been my winter go to thanks to their incredibly silky lip balms, but this winter I’m going makeup free save for a sunny, coral tinted lip tint from the brand. Like the classic balm, these tints do a better job of actually moisturizing than most lip products, which tend to leave a waxy coat on my lips and need to be reapplied constantly. Plus, it’s formulated with ingredients good enough to eat, like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz
This creamy brow pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills comes in ten shades, so you can get a true tone match. The formula goes on soft but stays put all day, unlike some other pencils I’ve tried that are prone to smudging or fading.
Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Serum
The mother of all eyelash serums, this tiny little bottle delivers. The ophthalmologist-developed formula has been known to show results in as little as a few weeks. If you’ve broken up with your mascara wand during the pandemic, now might be the right time to get your natural lashes looking full and fulltery.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Micellar water is both a makeup remover and skin soothing tonic. This drugstore staple from Garnier is unscented, which means it’s less likely to irritate reactive skin. (I use it near nightly, and my skin reacts to the harshness of most makeup removers.) Dab a bit on a cotton pad, gently wipe at those mascara’d eyes, and you’re all set.
Humane Face & Body Acne Wash
This 10% benzoyl peroxide face cleanser is the kind of potent product you’d usually have to get at a medi spa or your dermatologist’s office — suffice to say, it works. If you have acne prone skin, try using this once a day. Just start slowly: the formula can be a bit drying. It’s strong enough for body use too — I know runners who swear by using it after peeling off their sweaty garb to prevent any acne in areas that are prone to chafe.
Cosmedica Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid is able to contain close to a thousand times its weight in water, which is why you see it in just about every moisturizing, skin-plumping, dew-promoting product these days. This no frills serum from Amazon has over 20,000 positive ratings, and for good reason — applied before a moisturizer, it helps quench skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. I’ve been through a bottle myself, and can say I saw no difference between this one and the luxury beauty equivalent that set me back double the cost.
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum
Clean beauty brand Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Cream is packed with peptides to support collagen production, along with smoothing niacinamide. The result is a plumping, firming, and brightening cream — plus, the clever packaging keeps dirty hands out and ensures that the delicate formula isn’t exposed to air every evening.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
This clay mask is as simple as it gets: it only has one ingredient, finely ground calcium bentonite clay. When mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, the clay forms a soothing, slightly drying mask, that pulls oil out of your pores. It’s a humble but effective product from Death Valley, California, that pops up on best of beauty lists year after year, for well over a decade now — plus, one tub will last ages.
Peter Thomas Roth Peptide Exfoliating Peel Pads
These exfoliating discs are drenched in phytic acid, salicylic acid, and sodium lactate — three powerful little ingredients that help to buff away dead skin cells and prepare your skin for the rest of your regimen. After using them once weekly, I noticed that my stubborn melasma spot that flares up every summer was looking more even and my skin texture had improved. One tip: once you’ve finished buffing your face, swipe any extra on your heels or elbows to keep rough patches at bay.
CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
There are 48 little hydrocolloid patch bandages in this pack — peel one off and cover a spot before going to bed, to protect it from bacteria while you sleep. These patches also hydrate the skin, so in the morning you’ll have a smooth base for cover up or treatments.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
If you’re oily prone, you probably thought the face oil category was out of the question for you. Not so: this cult product from Herbivore Botanicals combines blue tansy, which is high in skin-clarifying azulene, with moisturizing ingredients like plant derived squalane and jojoba oil. This one’s a splurge, but you only need a few drops per application, so one bottle will last for months if not longer.
Bliss Body Butter
This beloved body butter has a refreshing lemon scent and an ultra rich formula that’ll keep your skin smooth and hydrated all winter long — even if your hands are taking a beating from constant handwashing. The non-greasy cream is also free of parabens and phthalates, and is PETA approved.
Finally, a natural deodorant that works without skin irritation. I’ve tried nearly a half dozen formulas and Native’s is the most effective, gentle aluminum-free deodorant I’ve found. It comes in a range of scents, like a clean charcoal and a nutty sweet almond and honey — but I’m partial to the unscented, which, unlike other deodorants that still impart a soapy smell — is actually unscented.
DermaDoctor Body Treatment
Amazon is a great spot to find more targeted, dermatologist formulated products, especially if you have a skin condition. The entire DermaDoctor line is great for anyone dealing with keratosis pilaris, or just particularly dry or rough winter skin — but this quenching body lotion treatment is the line’s must have.