Like most women I am a beauty junkie. When there’s a whisper of a new product, Google has never been launched quicker, or when something fresh and shiny promising to give me the best skin of my life reaches my desk, everything else stops. I can’t help it. As beauty technology evolves and new formulas break the mould, our excitement over something revolutionary or just damn right Instagrammable steals our attention, it’s like a moth to a flame. And then there are the not so new products – the old faithfuls that still wow us time after time. The cult beauty products.
If It’s sold out more times than a Kylie lip kit and it’s because it’s amazing. It’s earned cult beauty product status. There’s hundreds of them, they lurk everywhere and you probably already have a few stashed in your make-up bag, but are they worth the hype? Let’s find out…
Guerlain Météorites Pearls Powder Light, £37.35
If there’s anything prettier than these pastel pearls, I need to know. Encased in a beautiful silver case, the sugar bonbon balls remind me of something a Hollywood siren of the sixties would keep on her dressing table. But aesthetics aside, the Météorites Pearls have earned their place within cult beauty products thanks to their ability to bring your complexion alive with the sweep of a brush.
Byredo Gypsy Water, from £50
Not only is this scent achingly cool and instantly Instagrammable, it also smells divine. If floral or intense undertones aren’t your bag, this is a breath of fresh air. Think deep, earthy notes with a heady forest hint for a seriously sophisticated fragrance. But if romantic scents are for you, start HERE.
Nars Blush in Orgasm, £23
I still find it hard to believe that this iconic blush was created in 1998. Its peachy hue and tiny gold flecks is just as relevant today as 19 years ago. Admittedly I’m not a blush kind of girl, mainly because of this, but a subtle hint of Orgasm (cue snigger!) and it lifts my skin without making it look red or like I belong in a circus.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, £26
This number one primer is a dab hand at blurring imperfections, hides pores and leaves a perfect canvas for your base make-up. Gel formulas make me a little nervous and I don’t ever want to lose the glow of my moisturiser but this kept just the right amount of luminosity without the shine.
YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer, £25.50
The new Touche Eclat is nothing like the original – it’s better. As one of three editions, it has the same creamy texture and light-reflecting pigments while balancing dark circles and sallow areas effortlessly.
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, £11.25
This is still the number one nail polish I always run out of and instantly replace year after year. It’s silky, moody and almost black, with a burgundy hint and is my go-to for winter. Working perfectly on both long and short nails there’s something luxe and sexy about it that it rivals a red nail for me. I know, controversial!
Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water, £5.10
When everyone was raving about micellar water and its place in the cult beauty products hall of fame, I was still reaching for my trusty make-up remover wipes (I know, criminal!). I didn’t really get it until Bioderma kindly sent me this little 100ml bottle which I took on a flight to LA with me. It removed every trace of make-up and left my skin feeling squeaky clean but hydrated – I finally joined the micellar tribe.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £26
I’ve always been fascinated by beauty and the different products that could guide me through different scenerios and stages of my life. Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream was no different when I went on my first skiing holiday. I was 14 years old and knew I wanted to protect my skin in harsh conditions. After researching ever cold-weather beauty product, this thick gel-cream came up time and time again. I saved up (£26 was a lot of money for a tween!) and it lasted two years! It kept my skin and lips soft and hydrated throughout the trip and I only needed the tiniest amount. It was the best £26 I’ve ever spent.