Must-have cult beauty products

There are some items that every girl needs in her beauty bag. Here are thirteen go-to products with cult status…


YSL ‘Touche Éclat’ is a highlighter pen (used by many as their go-to concealer) designed to be dabbed anywhere that needs be. With one sold every ten seconds, Touche Éclat has been a beauty icon ever since its launch in 1991. It’s a creamy light-reflecting formula that has racked up a tonne of beauty awards over the years, and in 2011 YSL launched six shades to make the product suitable for all skin tones.

Essie Nail polish in award-winning elegant shade of ‘Mademoiselle’ (pale pink) has long been loved by manicure mavens around the world. Its creamier counterpart ‘Ballet Slippers’ is a brides’ go-to shade these days, but it’s long been a cult favorite among women looking for a subtle hint of colour. In 1984, Queen Elizabeth’s manicurist sent a letter to Essie requesting Ballet Slippers, since it’s the only polish Her Majesty would wear. Combine the two shades with one coat of Ballet Slippers followed by one coat of Mademoiselle for a finish similar to the Kate Middleton wedding day manicure.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Dry shampoo is a real life saver when you don’t have time to wash your hair and bad hair threatens to ruin your entire day. Batiste dry shampoo is an instant hair refresh which banishes oil and boosts body. It banishes oily roots, giving dull lifeless hair a makeover. Spray on, leave a few minutes and brush through.

Elizabeth Arden ‘Eight Hour cream’ was developed in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden. Its intention was to soothe skin and immediately it became a hugely successful beauty product. One sells every 30 seconds and it continues to solve almost any skin problem you could dream up. Elle magazine recently conducted a survey to find out what its readers use Eight Hour Cream for. Hundreds of answers flooded in, ranging from taming eyebrows and frizzy hair to acting as a highlighter on cheekbones and giving eyeshadow a sheen.

Revlon’s ‘Revlon Red’ Nail Enamel is one of the classic nail colours of all time, described as “the quintessential red: not too orange, not too blue.” It is a classic, a retro,vintage red, and THE shade of red since the early 20th century (although the formula has changed over the years) worn by our mothers and grandmothers before that, as nothing beats beautifully polished classic red nails for sophistication and glamour.

CND Solar Oil leaves no excuse for dry, ragged cuticles. This manicure must-have contains a blend of vitamin E, rice bran, jojoba and sweet almond oil that penetrates instantly to deliver healing hydration and nourishment to your nails.

Chanel ‘Vamp’ Nail Colour – “Originally created as a one-off for the Chanel 1994 fall-winter fashion show, this was the first dark, edgy colour that even conservative types were willing to try,” New York City manicurist Jin Soon Choi explained.

L’oreal Elnett Hairspray is a cult favourite hairspray since the 1950s, thanks to its beyond-perfect hold that somehow doesn’t feel tacky or make your hair look too-hard. The ultrafine mist holds the most elaborate updos in place, but just as easily brushes out if you change your mind.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is one of the best-selling mascaras of all time with a tube sold every two seconds apparently. This tried and true basic has been bringing bigger lashes to people all over the world since 1971. It’s known for an easy-to-handle wand, as well as a water-based, clump-free formula that resists smudging but washes off in a second. It’s ideal for those who want a no-nonsense mascara.

DiorShow Mascara has a formula that has remained unchanged for over a decade. With a legendary brush design born after Dior make-up artists started using toothbrushes to coat models’ lashes backstage, this plush product makes it easy to achieve thick, long, dramatic lashes.

Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ Eyeshadow Palette sparked a neutral makeup movement proving that neutrals don’t have to be boring. It’s rare that every eyeshadow shade in a beauty kit is totally wearable, but that’s just one reason why Urban Decay’s Naked continues to be one of the top-selling palettes of all time. Equipped with 12 perfectly neutral and blendable hues, the set makes it a cinch to achieve tons of looks. Urban Decay tell us 1.5 Naked palettes are sold globally every minute.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is described by the brand as “pantyhose in a can.” Foundation for your legs is the best way to describe this product, which covers any imperfections or broken veins. Leg confidence in a spray can.

MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Russian Red’ is a classic red shade that’s emerged as a true cult favourite. Russian Red features mostly neutral, if slightly blue-leaning, undertones that flatter a variety of skin tones (and makes teeth appear whiter!) whicle the matte formula ensures it stays put.

By Olivia O’Sullivan

This article first appeared in the Limerick Post 25th January 2014