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13 Cult-Favorite Skin Care Buys That Actually Live Up to the Hype

They really are as good as everyone says...
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You've heard about them time and time again — but are they actually as good as everyone says they are? Certain skin care products seem to have a legendary quality to them — whether it's because your mom used to keep it out of reach when you were a kid or because it's been featured in just about every Instagram #shelfie ever.

Suffice it to say, each one of the skin care products featured in this list is iconic in its own way — and they've all earned the icon status. Read on for 13 cult-favorite skin care products that easily clear the bar of high expectations.

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We can't get enough of all the great lactic acid treatments out there and this one is particularly stellar. In addition to that gorgeous packaging, it works wonders on a dull complexion and packs a major exfoliating punch without overstripping or overdrying your skin.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $14.90
Micellar water is a full-on movement at this point and it's all thanks to this one: Bioderma's iconic micellar water was the first to really get the ball rolling and it's easy to see why. The formula disappears your daily makeup in just a few swipes — no more scrubbing at your eyes to remove that stubborn mascara. It's pretty easy to get your hands on now, but it's totally understandable that people used to beg their traveling friends to bring this home from France.

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You've heard celebrities and beauty bloggers sing its praises for ages but were never sure if you could believe it. The story of the sake brewery-inspired essence and the Cate Blanchett-worthy results sounded almost too good to be true — but rest assured, this essence delivers, if not a Cate Blanchett-worthy complexion, then the next best thing. A few simple swipes pave the way for a brighter, clearer complexion. In fact, the results are so good that you'll almost (almost!) forget the hefty price tag.

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Embryolisse's mega-popular moisturizer first appeared on our radar as a backstage beauty secret: It's so moisturizing, nourishing and gentle, it's ideal for prepping models' oft-overworked complexions at fashion week. Now, the French cream is a staple for many, especially in drier winter months when skin needs a little extra TLC.

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