The '90s and early '00s were something of an enigma for fashion and beauty. For instance those heinous platform Sketchers, iridescent lip colors, glitter everything, and frosted tips. Today most of that is a distant memory, but certain nostalgic makeup products bring us back to a time when we ferociously snapped games of MASH into our trapper keepers and matched our glittery eyeshadow to the color of our braces.
Recently, lots of makeup brands are playing on '90s and early '00s nostalgia – from cartoon-inspired makeup emblazoned with our favorite Pokemon to the same tried and true brands we'd scour through at our Friday night trips to the mall. Though the world may have lost the Spice Girls and those edible cake-flavored cosmetics by Jessica Simpson are undoubtedly rotting in a desk drawer at our parents' house, the Internet is running rampant with nostalgic makeup. We don't even need to convince our moms to drive us to Claire's to get it.
Here are 10 makeup products that will make you nostalgic but are ready to wear right now. Go back to the days of Candie's shoes and Limited Too tube tops, things were better then.
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Most of us never quite got over the day we had to retire our beloved rainbow-soaked Lisa Frank trapper keepers. Thankfully, a Kickstarter-backed makeup collaboration by Glamour Dolls finally fills that Technicolor unicorn hole in our hearts. These two makeup brushes look like something right out of Lisa Frank's original line of pencils, notebooks and stickers. The best part is that no rainbow-speckled cheetahs or dolphins were harmed in the making of these brushes - they're totally cruelty-free.
Each makeup brush retails for $4.99 on Glamour Dolls' website. Let these brushes be an ultra-affordable speck of brightness in your otherwise boring, adult day.
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These tiny collectable nail polishes lined the shelves of Claire's (remember when your mom almost agreed to let you get your belly button pierced there?). '90s chicks can be happy to know that these little, nostalgic polishes still exist – and they're affordable ($1.27). Clearly, Bon Bons have not had their price adjusted with inflation, so we don't need to save our lunch money to buy a couple shades from Walmart's website.
Slap on some platform Rocket Dog flip flops and give yourself a pedicure while you enjoy all the memories that rush back with that pungent, chemical polish smell that wafted through our middle school sleepovers.
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Saved by the Bell was a '90 kids favorite – now that we've mentioned it, just try to get the theme song out of your head. Sola Look celebrates the classic sitcom with its Saved By The Bell Metallic Liquid Lipstick Trio. It features vegan, cupcake-scented lippies named for your favorite characters: coppery Jessie, peachy-pink Kelly, and purple Lisa. Plus, they come in a super-cute box with a Bayside Tigers pencil.
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If you were a tween girl in the '90s or the early '00s, it's a safe bet that you lathered your lips up with sugary sweet Lip Smackers lip balm just hoping to get your first kiss from that cute guy in home room. Lip Smackers may have fallen out of fashion, but the classic flavors never, ever went away.
Today, you can pick up a pack of the coveted soda pop flavors from Target ($8.99) and while you're at it, get some neon lanyards from the craft section. We're all a little rusty at tying those plastic knots.