I tried Amazon's $20 'butt-lifting' leggings — and here's what happened

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No ifs, ands or....hesitations. You need a pair of these now. (Photo: Amazon)
No ifs, ands or....hesitations. You need a pair of these now. (Photo: Amazon)

Leggings are the ultimate wear-everywhere uniform — you can wear them around the house, to work out, to run errands, wherever you want — that is, unless you're wearing Amazon's No. 1 best-selling pair.

When the viral Seasum leggings started trending on TikTok, I ordered them immediately. TikTokers swore by their magical butt-contouring, lifting, and shaping properties, and frankly, as someone who hates squats, I needed them ASAP. Perky butt minus the gym? Count me in!

Here's the thing: At first look, they don't look like much. They look like a basic pair of leggings, albeit with a net-like overlay. They have a high waist, come in neutral, neon, tie-dye and camo colorways, and are available in full and capri lengths. The fabric is quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and feels light on your legs (so it's great for hot weather). 

Obviously, the biggest benefit to grabbing these is how they make your behind look. They don't rely on padding; instead, they utilize a ruched stretchy panel in the back, which gives you lift, definition, and contouring. The fabric smooths over any cellulite and the waistband dips in a flattering way to make your behind even perkier.

Shop it: Seasum Women's High Waist Yoga Pants, $20-$22, amazon.com

Flattering? Oh, yes! Flattening? Oh, no! (Photo: Amazon)
Flattering? Oh, yes! Flattening? Oh, no! (Photo: Amazon)

There's one drawback: These leggings leave your behind looking so peachy, that you'll have a hard time wearing them out of the house. I speak from experience: When I got my pair, I absolutely loved the way they make the booty pop — so much so that wearing them outside felt akin to wearing underwear. Obviously, everyone's comfort level is different, but mine stops at my front door. In fact, when I wore these to take out the trash and ran into my neighbor in the hallway, I did an awkward side-step shuffle back to my apartment to avoid having them see more than I presume they would've liked to see on a Tuesday afternoon. Is it possible for leggings to do their job too well?

Maybe I'm in the minority, though: Nearly 42,000 (and counting) shoppers gave them a perfect five-star review, and many are way braver than I ever was. 

"Girl, if you want your waist snatched and booty plump, get these now," a shopper shared. "Waist is snatched but very breathable!!! I can eat and they won’t hurt! And they don’t ride down! Seriously ordering more colors now."

One hubby even got a pair for his wife: "These things should be standard issue for all women," he wrote. "I had no idea when I bought them I was buying my own Christmas gift. From one husband to another, BUY THEM! Not only do they make her look good, but she also seems to like the attention they have caused and the boost of confidence along with it. Seriously 10 out of 10."

Another agreed: These are like husband magnets. "I love the way my legs look in these pants," a shopper shared. "'Anti-cellulite' is on point. The textured pants really conceal every imperfection. The scrunch gives your buns a very flattering look... be prepared to get all the looks. My husband won’t keep his hands off me."

Shop it: Seasum Women's High Waist Yoga Pants, $20-$22, amazon.com


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