It’s not every day that we beauty editors get surprised by a product. After spending countless hours researching and wearing every type of makeup and skincare item imaginable, you would think that we have seen and tried it all, right? Not so much. While it’s true that beauty editors have a solid understanding of all things beauty, sometimes we get thrown a beauty curveball or two that leave us scratching our heads. Consequently, these wild card items are usually the ones that leave us the most impressed! Here are a few of the slightly unusual products — sent over by our pals at L’Oréal — that made us fall in love (once we figured out how they worked!)

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1. Essie Ridge-Filling Base Coat  

The fight against aging has definitely been in our favor these days thanks to innovative formulas, trusty skincare regimens, flattering haircuts and reliable makeup techniques. Recently, we came across a product that addresses an aging issue we never really thought of before: aging nails. Yes, your dry, brittle, ridged digits could be a result of premature aging and/or lack of nail care. Essie’s Ridge-Filling Base Coat opened our eyes to this reality and our need to address it, STAT. Designed to smooth out uneven nails and remedy discoloration, this anti-aging nail product works its magic by restoring the nail before you slather on the lacquer, creating a foundation that looks healthy and natural.

2. The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask  

Different skin types require different face masks, but the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask is one that left us a little stumped. How the heck is seaweed beneficial to our skin? We pondered over this one for a bit until we realized just how amazing it was, especially for those with oily/combination skin types. Not only does the mask zap excess oil, but it also eliminates blackheads to reveal a clearer, more revitalized complexion. 

3. NYX Honey Dew Me Up

Primer is easily one of our makeup must-haves, so when we stumbled across this golden formula, we were intrigued to say the least. How exactly does a gold-flecked primer actually work? Like traditional primer, Honey Dew Me Up is designed to fill pores and even out the complexion before makeup application. It even has the power to neutralize blotchy skin and diminishing redness. And those gold flecks? They reflect light, giving you a glow that lasts and lasts.

4. Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil

By now, you probably have your facial cleansing routine down to a science, but have you ever thought about throwing a cleansing oil into the mix? The thought never occurred to us until we got our hands on the game-changing Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oils. If your skin is on the dry side, this is a skin-saver, as it will help even out the texture of your skin while providing you with much-needed moisture. No skin-drying cleansers here.

5. YSL Y-Brush

Just when we thought we’d seen every makeup brush under the sun, this beauty from YSL came along and had us doing a serious double take. The “Y” carved in the middle of the cylindrically shaped bristles is not for show. It actually serves as a reservoir for your foundation, regulating how much product you put on the brush and your face. Just add your favorite foundation and buff on your makeup to get a seamless, polished look.

6. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate  

The team at has long sung the praises of serums as a way to smooth fine lines and even out complexions, but the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturing Serum Concentrate takes that one step further. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy name — this liquid-to-serum formula is a cinch to use. Just one pump does plenty in smoothing your skin’s texture and providing deep hydration. You’ve gotta’ love when powerful products come in such small, convenient packages.


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