32 Strange Yet Brilliant Beauty Products Blowing Up On Amazon

When it comes to beauty and the vast array of serums, mists, and glosses that exist, some things are much stranger than others. But usually, weird products mean results — charcoal isn't just put into your face wash for fun. And chances are, these strange and brilliant beauty products will soon become your favorites.

One way to dive right into the unusual and wonderful world of these carefully formulated beauty oddities is to scroll through the unending, always changing list of beauty products on Amazon. Here, other like-minded beauty gurus do all the hard work for you, trying the newest and weirdest products and rating them accordingly.

Amazon users have used the makeup sponges made of transparent silicone, and they've tried the sunscreens that also act as a setting spray. From red clay powder to foot peels to Japanese vegetable extracts, they've left no bizarre product behind. In the process, they've found the best ones and now they're blowing up in popularity, too.

I've turned to Amazon for problem-solving products in the past, only to find that some of the mostly highly reviewed options were a bit eyebrow-raising. Charcoal toothpaste comes to mind, but hey, now my teeth are whiter than ever. And I've found some more products on Amazon that are strange but popular — because they really work.

by Emily Estep

1. This Toothpaste That Whitens With Activated Charcoal

Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste, $7, Amazon

This toothpaste formulated with active charcoal whitens your teeth naturally, without causing irritation and sensitivity. The charcoal also eliminates bad breath with herbal extracts like fresh mint. One Amazon reviewer raves, "I can never go back to the nasty sugary toothpaste out there. My breath is fresh all day."

2. This Clay Powder That Becomes A Powerful Mask

NOW Moroccan Red Clay Powder, $15 (2 Pack), Amazon

This Moroccan red clay powder can be mixed with water or moisturizer to create facial cleansers and a facial mask, naturally drawing out gunk from deep within pores without irritating your skin. As a bonus, it can be used in place of shampoo for people with sensitive scalps who want to avoid sulfates.


3. This ‘Shampoo’ And Conditioner For A No-Poo Routine

Devacurl No-Poo And One Condition Kit, $53, Amazon

If you're new to the no-poo shampoo movement and don't know where to start, this no-poo and conditioner kit makes it a no-brainer. It comes with a cleanser and a conditioner that won't strip your skin of its natural oils, while also leaving you with soft, fresh-smelling hair.


4. These Makeup Sponges Made From Silicone

Nylea Silicone Makeup Sponge, $7 (2 Pack), Amazon

These makeup sponges are made entirely of silicone, and they apply foundation without streaking. Plus, unlike traditional makeup sponges, these don't absorb any of the product, which means you waste a lot less of it.


5. This Antifungal Soap That Calms Irritated Skin

Oleavine Antifungal Soap, $15, Amazon

This organic, therapeutic antifungal soap — made with tea tree oil and mint extracts — is designed to naturally wash away common irritants that can lead to itchiness and body odor, all while soothing sensitive skin. It's perfect for your whole body, keeping particularly stubborn conditions like athlete's foot and ringworm at bay.


6. This Hair Tool That Gives You Effortless Beach Waves

Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver, $20, Amazon

This hair waver will give your hair loose, beachy waves easily, with tourmaline ceramic plates that reduce frizz and keep hair shiny. It's got multiple heat settings, and the plates lock together for easy storage.


7. This Facial Sponge That Cleanses With Bamboo Charcoal

MY Konjac Sponge With Activated Bamboo Charcoal, $10, Amazon

This konjac sponge was formulated to gently exfoliate and deep clean your face with cleanser or water, making it an easy way to get rid of dry patches and dead skin. Plus, with activated bamboo charcoal, this specific sponge clears out pores to reduce acne and inflammation.


8. A Makeup Setting Spray That Has SPF 50 Coverage

Supergoop! SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist, $12, Amazon

This SPF 50 makeup setting mist is a game-changer, adding serious sun protection to a mattifying makeup setting spray. It's made with rosemary and mint, and it's great to use as refresher throughout the day.


9. The Mascara That Will Make Your Lashes Stronger

Simply Naked Beauty 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, $20, Amazon

This fiber lash mascara comes with three steps — a primer, fibers, and a growth serum. The fibers will make your eyelashes look long, while the castor-oil based serum will help them grow. Its a completely organic product, and Amazon reviewers love that it's hypoallergenic and delicate on sensitive skin.


10. This Set Of Oval Brushes For All Your Makeup Needs

Yoseng Oval Makeup Brush Set, $12 (Set of 10), Amazon

This set of oval makeup brushes seriously pack on product without leaving brush streaks behind. The brushes are dense and the fibers are fine — and these will be great to apply foundation, eyeshadow, concealer, and contour.


11. The Eyebrow Gel That Will Last For Days

Wunderbrow Brow Gel, $18, Amazon

The Wunderbrow brow gel will thicken your hairs, fill in sparse patches, and give you full brows in no time. It's available in five different shades that range from a light auburn to jet black, and once you apply it, it's not moving — you can shower or swim wearing this and the product will stay put.


12. An Eye Serum Made With Caffeine

InstaNatural Eye Serum, $17, Amazon

This natural eye serum — made with vitamin C, plant stem cells, kojic acid, caffeine, and a lot more — reduces bags and generally soothes tired eyes. Amazon reviewers love that a little bit of product goes a long way, and that this serum smells totally delicious.


13. This Green Lipstick That Turns Pink On Your Lips

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick, $19, Amazon

This color-changing lipstick looks green, hence its name "frog prince," but it actually turns pink after application. It's formulated to work with every skin tone, adapting into a shade of pink that suits anyone who wears it. Its available in multiple colors, including a peach shade that turns into a plum hue.


14. This Chemical Exfoliant That’s No. 1 In Japan

Toyo Life Service Natural Aqua Gel Cure, $25, Amazon

Natural Aqua Gel Cure is a wildly bestselling exfoliant in Japan, where a bottle of it is allegedly sold every 12 seconds. Its water-based formula gently exfoliates with ingredients like rosemary, gingko, and aloe vera. But the strange part? To use, you rub it on dry skin and the dead skin cells start coming off in little balls.


15. These Transparent Lipsticks With Dried Flowers Inside

Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick, $17 (3 Pack), Amazon

These flower jelly lipsticks appear to be completely transparent but actually transform into different shades (pink, red, and purple) depending on the temperature of your lips. Best of all, they have an actual, unique flower inside each tube, and they're made with a hydrating combo of cocoa butter, beeswax, and various essential oils.


16. The Odd Little Tool That Removes Facial Hair Thoroughly

Bellabe Facial Hair Remover, $16, Amazon

This hair remover gets rid of hairs right from the roots, so they won't be growing back for quite a while. It's designed to work without chemicals on sensitive areas of the face, such as the chin, upper lip, and eyebrow region. Amazon reviewers swear by its ability to remove more hair faster than other products, without having to worry about potentially irritating creams.


17. These Beauty Cloths That Gently Cleanse and Exfoliate

Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Cloths, $12 (3 Pack), Amazon

These nylon beauty towels remove makeup and gently exfoliate away dead skin whenever you wash your face, without causing irritation. Amazon reviewers praise their ability to exfoliate away not only callused skin but even the symptoms of some skin conditions, including keratosis pilaris, with one happy user writing, "I have smooth skin for once in my life."


18. The BB Cream That Soothes Skin With Mint Water

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream, $12, Amazon

This quirky little BB cream is available in two shades, and in addition to providing light coverage, it's made with mint water to hydrate and marine jelly complex to add bounce to your skin. Amazon reviewers say it stays put even through the hottest and muggiest of days, too.


19. This Foot Mask That Removes Dead Skin And Kills Odors

Grace And Stella Dr. Pedicure Foot Mask, $13, Amazon

This foot mask will allow you to recreate a spa experience at home, with a formula that smoothes and moisturizes your feet, completely getting rid of rough, dead skin — because it'll all peel off after use. Its made with 17 different vegetable extracts from Japan and South Korea, which not only help remove the dead skin but also soothe tired feet and remove any unwanted odors.


20. These Tiny Razors For Styling Your Brows Or Exfoliating Your Face

Tinkle Eyebrow Razor, $4 (3 Pack), Amazon

These tiny eyebrow razors are excellent for shaping brows or removing skin on the face while exfoliating, too. Plus, these razors provide a close but safe shave on other intimate areas of the body, without leaving irritation and razor bumps behind. One reviewer writes: "While I am removing my hair with these razors, I am also exfoliating my skin at the same time. As a result, I am left with radiant skin. In my experience, this is the best brand of razors for this purpose!"


21. This Charcoal Peel-Off Mask That Completely Cleans Pores

Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask, $6, Amazon

This charcoal peel off mask combines the power of activated charcoal with natural ingredients from oak trees to remove excess oil and gunk from deep within pores. Amazon reviewers recommend that you remove the mask in an upward motion, not downward, and say that the product works especially well after a hot shower.


22. This Curling Iron That Gives You Big, Wavy Curls

Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, $65, Amazon

The Curl Secret works like a flat iron, but it actually gives you curly hair. You place a chunk of hair within its cleverly designed plates, hold for a designated period of time, and open the iron to reveal a beautiful wave. It works in two different heat settings and with three different time intervals, designed for all types of hair.


23. The Cuticle Tape That Gives You A Perfect At-Home Manicure

PUEEN Latex Tape Peel Off Cuticle Guard, $9, Amazon

This peel off cuticle guard makes painting your nails easy and clean. Paint the cuticles and skin around your nail with this latex formula and let it dry before you paint your nails. Once you're done, you can peel the guard right off for a perfect-looking mani from home.


24. This Electronic Foot File That Rids Your Feet Of Calluses

Amopé Pedi Perfect Foot File, $17, Amazon

This electronic foot file is nothing like an ordinary pumice stone, literally buffing away coarse calluses with a head that spin 360 degrees for deep, even exfoliation. Plus, it's totally safe and will not damage your feet or cause irritation. One Amazon reviewer raved, "I bought this yesterday, and after 10-15 minutes of using it, IT CHANGED MY LIFE."


25. This Hot Air Brush That Allows You To Dry And Style Simultaneously

John Frieda Hot Air Brush, $25, Amazon

This hot air brush allows you to style and brush your damp hair with a wide bristle brush. It'll add some volume, and has a titanium coated barrel that keeps hair shiny and smooth.


26. This Hydrating Cream Made With More Than 90 Percent Snail Goo

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

This all-in-one snail cream is packed with 92 percent snail mucus extract, a powerfully hydrating substance that also heals and protects irritated skin. Its formula is ideal for healing skin, reversing long-standing damage, and preventing acne and skin dryness, all thanks to the power of the snail.


27. The Pimple Patches That Heal And Protect Blemishes

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $5, Amazon

These pimple patches by Cosrx function as hydrocolloid bandages, not only protecting blemish wounds but also sucking out the gunk and pus to clear acne. It's especially effective on pimples that have popped — it'll heal the wound, and stop you from touching it.


28. This Pampering Face Mask Made With Actual Gold

First Botany Cosmeceuticals 24K Gold Facial Mask, $23, Amazon

This gold face mask is truly made with 24k gold — which makes skin appear more radiant — and additional ingredients like Vitamin E to fight off damaging radicals and toxins. Amazon reviewers love that it's lightweight and lightly scented, so you won't even notice you have it on while it's working its magic.


29. The Shampoo And Conditioner System That Reverse Chlorine Damage

UltraSwim Dynamic Duo Repair Shampoo And Conditioner, $15, Amazon

For both serious swimmers and those of us who only go head-under a few times each summer, this after-swim shampoo and conditioner is a must-have, protecting hair from chlorine damage and other mineral deposits often found in pools. The conditioner is super softening, reversing any ill-effects from frequent swims, and the shampoo doesn't irritate sensitive scalps.


30. This Heated Eyelash Curler That Keeps Lashes Curled All Day

Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler, $12, Amazon

This heated eyelash curler makes sure that your lashes stay curled all day, with gently and evenly applied heat that separates and styles lashes to make them appear extra full. The curler is even designed to fit naturally in your hand, making it super easy to use.


31. This Serum That Protects And Strengthens Lashes

Babe Lash Eyelash Serum, $50, Amazon

This eyelash serum strengthens and conditions your lashes to make them stronger and thicker in a little as four weeks, and you can use it on fake lashes and extensions to make them last longer, too. If you frequently wear mascara or falsies, this serum can help you reverse damage and irritation from the constant wear and tear of your makeup routine.


32. The Concealers That Color Correct

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Set, $9, Amazon

This set of three color correcting concealers are formulated to work with the color wheel to cover redness or under eye circles. Amazon reviewers love the way these concealers provide full coverage without creasing.

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