02.05.2019

10 Of The Most-Shopped Luxury Beauty Products

And why they're worth every penny.

Words: Kelly Fung | Images: Supplied

This list is not about the latest beauty innovations to hit our site, but it is about the greatest products to have made it to cult-followed status, lining the bathroom shelves of beauty-addicts all over the world. It’s no wonder that they are also topping our charts as the best-sellers. Here’s why these beauty heroes are worth all the hype.

#1 MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

Beauty Mac

What is it?

At first glance it’s a refreshing, make-up setting spray. But, read on because this powerful little bottle is actually one of those do-it-all products that has earned its right to be in the hands of every make-up artist and in the beauty bags of every serious beauty lover around the world.

How do you use it?

Traditionally, this nifty product can be spritzed all over the face to moisturise and prep skin before applying make-up and then again post-foundation step to set make-up. But, we’ve also counted ten other ways to use our beloved Fix Spray...

Why we love it:

It’s life changing; it’s as simple as that. Intensify your eye colours and pigments by adding a spritz of Fix+ or use it on an earbud to fix any make-up mistakes. It’s also as effective to lighten a heavy foundation as it is to soothe sunburn. The list of uses is endless, and so is the list of reasons everyone is stocking up on this one.

#2 Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Make-Up

Beauty Estee Lauder

What is it?

A foundation that’s managed to tick all of the boxes: great coverage, lightweight, long-lasting (for up to 24 hours of wear), life-proof and containing SPF10.

How do you use it?

While this foundation has medium-buildable coverage, using a densely packed foundation brush is the best way to maximise your coverage. But for a more sheer and skin-like finish, a moist sponge or stippling brush can give you a seamless application.

Why we love it:

Two words: matte coverage. You can build it up to a full coverage foundation while still maintaining a natural matte finish. It’s great for controlling oil, and it’s also oil-free, transfer-resistant and waterproof. Did I mention it comes in over 55 shades? That’s reason enough to be a fan.

#3 Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Beauty Estee

What is it?

A light-weight, gel-like serum designed to do work its magic while you sleep. It is famous for tackling dullness, improve overall radiance and take care of lines and wrinkles.

How do you use it?

Visible signs of ageing be gone! Apply three drops of the serum every night by massaging it gently into the skin after cleansing, and just before moisturising.

Why we love it:

Women have been lapping up this lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free, fragrance-free formula since the 80s, undeniably it’s been living up to its name as repair it sure does. Once applied it quickly absorbs leaving your skin immediately softer and brighter - and this is even before you get to the long-term benefits. This trusty, wrinkle-fighting companion is worth the splurge.

#4 Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Beauty Clinique

What is it?

Cleansing balm? What happened to the good ole fashion cleanser? Well, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with your trusty cleanser, we’re making way for a new-gen; particularly fitting for when the temperature drops. A cleansing balm is a double-duty superhero that comes in the form of a wax-like salve. It dissolves make-up, sunscreens and all the yucky stuff that builds up throughout the day, while also maintaining the skin’s natural oil content. This means soft, nourished skin rather than that taut, dry feeling often associated with cleansing.

How do you use it?

It’s easier than it looks, simply scoop a coin-sized amount and massage into the skin, pay particular attention to the areas that hold stubborn make-up, around the nose and along the jawline. The formula will melt into a silky oil that takes off your makeup. Rinse off with warm water, pat your skin dry and you’re good to go

Why we love it:

Not only is the oil-based cleanser suitable for all skin types, it's such a champion at removing impurities, you can actually say goodbye to your eco-unfriendly facial wipes for good. It also contains a truck load of other skin-nourishing ingredients, so the benefits just keep on coming - we love it as a make-up remover, cleanser and serum combo.

#5 DKNY Be Delicious EDP

Beauty DKNY

What is it?

Made famous with its signature apple bottle, this zesty scent is a bonafide icon. With a crisp apple, grapefruit and magnolia top note, it settles into tuberose, white muguet, rose and shining violet, finally finishing off with smooth sandalwood, blond woods and white amber notes.

Beauty Writer’s Pick!
“This perfume didn’t become a classic for no reason. Its airy and fruity scent makes it a firm fixture in any girl’s bathroom shelf with its modern, urban and very DKNY DNA.” - Foyin Ogunrombi

#6 Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau Fresh EDP

Beauty Michael Kors

What is it?

This new fragrance from Michael Kors aims to evoke a fresh excitement of the ultimate escape with its blend of vibrant citrus, feminine florals and the airy warmth of woods scents.

Why we love it:

The ultimate everyday perfume that’s lightweight and adaptable with impressive staying power.

#7 GLAMGLOW Thirsty Mud

Beauty Glamglow

What is it?

This hydration treatment contains hyaluronic acid, coconut, ginger and honey to hydrate, moisturise, restore, replenish and soothe your skin, in other words; it’s a miracle in a jar.

How do you use it?

The ultimate glow is achieved by applying an even layer of the mud to clean skin 2-3 times a week for 10-20 minutes. Then, either wipe it off or massage it into your skin. For extra hydration points, try using it as an overnight treatment letting it work its magic while you sleep.

Why we love it:

While it can be used as a mask, its versatile use as a hydrating treatment makes it two amazing products in one. This mask is gentle enough to use daily, and it’s perfect for all skin tones, skin types and at any age.

#8 Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Primer

Beauty Smashbox

What is it?

The Primer of all Primers, used to cleverly blur out fine lines and those pesky pores for a smooth, prepped canvas pre-foundation. Sure it’s another layer to apply in the mornings but you’ll get addicted if you’re looking to mattify, even out skin tone or reduce line appearance,

How do you use it?

Apply a pea-sized amount into your hands and massage into the skin before applying foundation

Why we love it:

So why the fiercely loyal following? Not only does it prep your canvas allowing your foundation to literally glide on, the lightweight formula ensures that perfect soft-focus finish and also helps to keep your make-up on a little longer, which is great for those of us with oilier skin.

Editor’s Pick!
I’m a low maintenance girl but also hate not feeling polished. I swear by Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer. I dab a tiny bit on to my eyelids and brows with my finger, before applying shadow or liner and that’s it - I know my eye make-up won’t be moving a millimeter, no matter how busy the day gets - I think it’s even past the tears test.

#9 Tommy Now Girl Eau De Toilette

Beauty Tommy

What is it?

A floral scent composed of sparkling citrus, mandarins and bergamot top notes that give way to a heart of magnolia, mahonia and spearmint and finally, a base of sensual cashmere and musk.

Why we love it:

An all-season fragrance, it has a perfect balance of magnolia and mahonia notes, which hints to a slight musky finish; its classic but totally modern at the same time.

#10 Bobbi Brown Brushes

Beauty Bobbi Brown

What is it?

Just like a builder needs the correct tools, so too do us makeup fiends. Bobbi Brown offers a staple collection of brushes, some nice to have, some non-negotiable.

How do you use it?

For flawless complexion product application, the full coverage face brush, foundation brush, powder brush and blush brush are the way to go. The eyeshadow brush is great for packing on product and the eye blender brush can give you a seamless eyeshadow application.

Why we love it:

High quality tools make makeup application so much easier, whether you’re a beginner or a professional. The end result is far better too. Investing in the right tools of the trade means you won’t have stray bristles getting stuck on your face, it also means you won't have to replace them too often. We love these award winning Bobbi Brown brushes because quite simply, they’re kind to our face.

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