For as long as I can remember glossy mags have been hailing various beauty items as the ‘cult classics’ – you know the ones… YSL Touche Eclat, Lancome Juicy Tubes, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair… the list goes on. The names became familiar and the reputation grew via that stamp of endorsement. Over the past few months/years I’ve been thinking a bit about what I think could be lined up as the new cult classics. The products that get all the buzz so that they’re found in every beauty blogger’s beauty arsenal across the country and beyond. The ones that once you use you don’t keep trying other brands – you stick. So here’s my round up of what I think are contenders for the title of new cult classics of the beauty world:
1. Bourjois Nail Polish Remover Hands & Feet – I’ve lost count of how many of these little tubs I’ve worked through now. But can safely say that it’s one I always have to hand (and foot…) so simple, so effective. It’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner – can also happily say other brand’s offerings in the same design aren’t half as good.
2. EOS Lipbalm – Those little dome designs just seem to capture something that works. What it is, I don’t know but it has me coming back time and time again. My personal favourite being Vanilla Mint or Sweet Mint (shown here). Smells as good as it makes my lips feel.
3. Rimmel Provocalips – One of my most raved about products. If you like a red lip but hate the touchups, then you need this in your life. The longest-lasting and least-budging lip products I’ve ever tried. Plus they’re a bargain. My personal favourite being Play With Fire (shown here).
4. Estee Lauder Little Black Primer – One that may or may not split opinion. I was a little on the fence on the whole idea of a primer when I first tried this but since it’s become a daily favourite. One, for a super natural look it’s perfect. It’s ideal for the lower lashes, to just add a soft bit of definition and colour. One you have to try to know what I mean really.
5. He-Shi Face & Body Tanning Gel – The easiest, most fault-proof tanner I’ve ever tried. The gel formula is lightweight and dries quickly. Leaves skin lightly bronzed instantly. It doesn’t smell anywhere near as strong as other self tan products. This was the tan I turned to when I needed to get bronzed before being bridesmaid for one of my best friends recently and could only tan on the day before so had to wear the tan all day – literally couldn’t fault the finish when I washed the guide colour off in the evening.
6. Seche Vite Top Coat – Basically the only top coat I’ll use. I’ve dabbled occasionally in others, but it’s Seche that always does the job and lures me back. All it takes is a smudge after an hour of drying my nails to remind me of the mere minutes it takes for this to set the colour to the point I can reach into my bag without risk of ruining.
7. Burberry Eyeshadow in Pale Barley – A suit-all shade that seems to just work for anyone. Capturing that find line between ‘polished’ and ‘relaxed’. A one-shade wonder that looks good day or night. Love this colour.
8. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer – You have to be pretty confident to have a name like that. The name is fair, it really is an amazing concealer – managing to be both great coverage, whilst not being drying or feeling too thick and heavy. As amazing as the name suggests.
9. Real Techniques – If I was going to choose just one of the brushes as the ultimate ‘cult classic’ it would have to be the buffing brush from the core collection set. But in reality, all of the Real Techniques brushes are amazing – I reckon these are the brushes that took make-up tools from something mainly aimed at professionals to something the pros and us everyday girls can use too. No longer would you need to spend MAC or equivalent brush prices to get the same quality and longevity. Real Techniques ticks the box and is a definite upgrade from the spongy applicators that *still* come with eyeshadow palettes now (why brands, why!?).
10. Pixi Glow Tonic – It took me a while to realise the joys of this, but now I have I know it’s one I won’t be without for very long. Refreshing, smells floral and lovely and leaves skin refreshed. A morning skin essential in my eyes as it’s just perfect for a complexion refresh as well as generally waking me up. My preference to a manual exfoliation now too. Less harsh but just as good for getting a glow on.
11. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – A new one, but have a strong feeling this will be a cult classic before you can say beauty sleep. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to has raved about this and I am firm fan. It just seems to work an absolute treat and that’s the essence of a cult classic really…!