These are beauty elixirs, fixes and miracle-workers that have stood the test of time. Loved by celebrities, beauty junkies and anyone obsessed with make-up and skin-care, there is a reason why they have been awarded cult status. While newer products flood the market everyday, these trusty products are what we keep going back to. You will always find a few of these stashed in our beauty drawers.
This multi-purpose product has a formulation that is over a 100 years old, and the fact that it still sells like hotcakes is proof of its cult status. It is a rose oil infused balm that can be used to heel chapped lips, add sheen to eyelids and cheekbones and act as a healing balm for cracked skin, diaper rash, blemishes, detergent burns and rough cuticles. The retro tin is also something we love about this salve
If you have not tried this nifty face primer by Benefit yet, we suggest you add the mini 7.5ml size tube to cart, stat! It is oil-free, lightweight, glides on easy and makes for a primer that will have you say ‘pores? what pores?’. Added bonus; your skin is smoother and fine lines appear minimised. It also helps make up stay on longer and rids you of shiny t-zones.
You do need this handy tool in your make up arsenal. It is 100% true to its name, and blends make up like a pro. Used by make up artists and celebs the world over, this makeup applicator sponge has a unique shape that achieves streak-free makeup and flawless coverage even on hard-to-reach areas (like the corners of the eyes). The kit we recommend comes with its own cleanser; keep your’s clean and it will last for ages.
Among the newer entrants into the ‘cult beauty products’ fray, Skin Inc. makes customizable serums that act as a powerful multi-acting skincare product. This is a Singapore-based company and their standard range consists of nine different serums to choose from, and 84 possible combinations of three serums blended into a single bottle. This is a genius product, and an affordable one for personalised skincare. If you want to tread the waters before going in for a personal customisation, try the set of 5ml serums (set of 6) from their most potent elixirs.
This Korean brand itself has achieved cult status. When it was available only Korea, travellers would come back armed with all shades of their lip colours, brushes and more. While most of the products are excellent (read, highly pigmented) it is their lip pigments that gets you most bang for your buck. You only need a tiny drop to blend in, and the tint lasts for hours. Use it on its own as a lip colour or layer, blend, use as a cheek stain or even eye colour. We love the possibilities, and we love the warm red ‘Issue’ shade the most.
Yet another winner from the K-beauty arsenal, Laneige’s BB Cushion is an all-in-one make up product that brightens, moisturises and protects the face while providing ample coverage and concealing blemishes. It stays put as its water-resistant, and it has SPF 50+ so you need not layer on additional sunscreen. The cushion and applicator also make putting this on a breeze.
We will admit, we have always been wary of using these curling contraptions that look very surgical, and most don’t seem to work that well. Not Shu Uemara’s eyelash curler. It is firm, not fiddly and has the perfect curved angle that suits all face shapes. There is a silicone pad and its unique "mushroom" shape provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl. If you need an eyelash curler at all, this is the one you need.
Do not be fooled by the unexciting packaging. This Japanese gel-like product is an exfoliator and cleanser that works in its own unique way to slough off dead skin and layers of dirt and grime. It is fragrance-free, free of harsh chemicals and preservatives and works even on the most sensitive skin types. When you use it, you can literally see your dead skin roll off onto your fingertips.
Why should a body lotion achieve cult status, you ask? Kiehl’s iconic body cream, Creme De Corps has been around since the 70s and the luxurious, rich cream, mild fragrance and gentle formulation ensures that one bottle is sold every 57 seconds around the world. We are firm believers of treating the skin on your body the way you would your face, and this ‘creme’ is the way to do it.
This is a slightly under-the-radar, cult product. Trust us though, we have it on good authority from credible hairstylists that if you want volume, hold and shine in your fine hair, this is the product to buy. It is a heat-activated root lifter that creates fullness and bounce with no stiffness or dryness. The best part, unlike most sprays, it is completely free of sulphates and parabens.