9 Holy Grail Beauty Products That Actually Work


With the sea of skincare, makeup, and haircare options at your fingertips, it can often be hard to distinguish which formulas are all talk and which beauty products actually work. So, when you finally do discover an item that not only delivers, but totally transforms your beauty routine, it can be a pretty euphoric experience. Like, fireworks.

There are plenty of tools online to help you figure out the right routine for your skin type. If you're super crunched on time, Ulta has a very simple two question quiz that will point in the direction of a tailored routine; Sephora's quiz is slightly more in depth (it might take you 30 seconds, as opposed to five); and plenty of brands have short quizzes that lead you to a bounty of products to choose from (check out Philosophy, Kiehls, and True Botanicals for their quizzes). Dermalogica even has a "biosensitivity quiz" to help determine the severity of flare-ups and redness.

But nothing compares to a recommendation from a friend, right?

In an effort to narrow down the pool of beauty superstars that actually deliver on their promises, The Zoe Report's editors reveal the specific formulas that made them believe in miracles. From an SPF that doubles as a foolproof primer to an $8 mascara that reportedly supersedes every luxe option, these are the beauty products TZR editors swear by.

Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor


Nicky Deam, Contributing Style Director


Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor


Mecca James-Williams, Contributing Market Editor

Andre Gray

Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor


Aidan Macaluso, Social Media Editor


Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor


Ruby Buddemeyer, Associate Celebrity Editor

Ruby Buddemeyer

Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor

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