The urge to try new hair, skin, and makeup merchandise can be hard to fight sometimes. With so many releases constantly flooding the market, it's hard to narrow down new favorites. Then there are the cult classic beauty products with award-winning formulas that prove you can never go wrong with the veterans in your stash.
The holy grail combination of universality, raving reviews, and top quality ingredients is what turns cult products into coveted favorites. No matter how much times passes and how many new gems pop up, they remain the go-tos that makeup enthusiasts turn to time and time again. Even if you aren't a beauty connoisseur, chances are you've heard of a few cult classics. They're constantly lining the pages of magazines, buzzing on the web in the reviews of online influencers, and stocked in arsenals used by pro artists.
Though there are always going to be new beauty products the internet obsesses over, building your foundation with ride-or-die lippies, shadows, and skincare means you'll have the best cosmetics money can buy. As the heavy hitters that have been top editors' picks, makeup staples, and best-sellers since they were released, these 19 highly favored collectibles deserve a spot on your vanity immediately.
1. Nars Orgasm Blush
If its name is any indication, this peachy-pink shimmer blush is love at first swatch. It's even available as a liquid illuminator, lip gloss, and multipurpose makeup stick, proving it has the ultimate to-die-for hue.
2. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
All hail the most universal red shade: MAC's Ruby Woo. An ultra matte, retro blue-red, there's not a person alive who couldn't pull off this lippie.
3. Smith's Rosebud Salve
It may be a balm for healing chapped lips, but Smith's Rosebud Salve has its countless uses to thank for its famous cult status. Use it to heal cuts, soothe cuticles, moisturize ashy skin, tame fly-aways, and slick unruly eyebrows.
4. Dior Diorshow Mascara
Enriched with micro fibers for lengthening, Diorshow Mascara has plenty of cult followers on its beauty train. Get the bold, voluminous lashes of your dreams with this rose essence infused formula.
5. Kat Von D Lolita Liquid Lipstick
A liquid lippie that stays all day, the pinky-nude "Lolita" is perhaps the most highly coveted Kat Von D shade. A manufacturer error even inspired her lighter alter ego, "Lolita II", easily a second KVD cult classic.
6. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Perfect for sensitive skin, Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser is a drugstore favorite that cleanses, softens, and soothes skin with or without water.
7. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes
Of all Urban Decay palettes, no set of shadows has achieved fame quite like the Naked collection. Choose Naked 1 or 2 for everyday nudes, Naked 3 for a rosy twist on a neutral shade range, or Naked Smokey for dramatic glam looks.
8. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Say bye-bye to the appearance of fine lines and pores with Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer. With this silky, gel-like formula swept onto your skin, you'll be on your way to the best velvety-smooth makeup.
9. YSL Touche Éclat
Sometimes your skin could use a radiant boost. The YSL Touche Éclat does just that, erasing signs of fatigue and brightening complexion with its illuminating formula.
10. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Clinique has a superstar in its skincare collection. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion delivers a boost of hydration for normal to dry skin, making it a skincare favorite for generations.
11. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
If there's one product that can deliver the sharpest, boldest cat eye, it's the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Ultra matte and smudge-proof, it offers precise application every single time.
12. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder may be a newbie on the cult classic list, but with top influencers constantly singing its praises, it's no wonder it always flies off of beauty shelves. Silk to the touch with sheer coverage, it sets makeup for long-lasting wear.
13. Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector
Get your glow on with Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Topaz". Available as a pressed, liquid, or cream formula, this glitzy gold packs a mean punch for the ultimate goddess glow.
14. O.P.I. Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer
A soft pink that gives nails a delicate flush, O.P.I.'s "Bubble Bath" lacquer has been the ideal choice for beautiful brides, prom royalty, and natural polish lovers for years.
15. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
A flawless face that melts off is a definite no-no. Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray does the trick every time, keeping your makeup in place through humidity, sweat, and everyday wear and tear.
16. Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Restore your skin to its glory with this cult level moisturizer. Not only does it help to smooth and hydrate skin, but it has beauty bonuses worth noting. Proving it's more than a skin protectant, Zendaya even uses Aquaphor as a highlighter base.
17. Embryolisse Lait-Cremé Concentré
A do-it-all cream, the Embryolisse Lait-Cremé Concentré acts as a primer, moisturizer, and makeup remover so you're skin always has a hydrating boost from the start of your product application until the removal process.
18. Mason Pearson Brush
Beauty enthusiasts swear by Mason Pearson brushes for a reason. Made with premium boar bristles, this grooming tool forms to the contours of your scalp and stimulates hair follicles as you brush your mane.
19. Clarisonic Cleansing Brush
Washing your face doesn't get any better and easier than using a Clarisonic. Scrubbing your face and body far better than your hands, it reveals your best skin yet through automatic cleansing.
Cult followings have made a handful of beauty products tried-and-true best-sellers, but find out whether the hype is accurate by trying these bonafide winners for yourself.
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