You know the feeling. You’re reading a blog post, scrolling through Instagram or watching a beauty guru on Youtube and it seems like all anyone can talk about is that product. You read countless blog posts about it, eye up swatches and hear rave reviews; people are saying it’s ‘holy grail status.’ You feel like you’re the living incarnation of the heart-eyed emoji until finally you cave and buy the product for yourself, sorry wallet.
After you’ve taken the plunge I find cult beauty products usually either exceed expectations or they just don’t live up to the hype surrounding it, which can be really disappointing. To help you sort the gems from the flops, here are some cult status products that are definitely worth the hype:
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. The shiny packaging alone sparked my magpie-like tendencies but the product itself is brilliant too. Pricy AKA ridiculously expensive but worth it. The contour shade is a subtle medium brown tone that’s perfect for some serious cheekbone sculpting, while the luminous champagne highlight gives me that ‘lit from within’ look that I can’t get enough of. Both powders are finely milled and ridiculously pigmented, so despite the hefty price tag you’re still getting your money’s worth in my opinion.
Essie nail polishes seem to be all anyone can talk about nowadays and it’s easy to see why. With a huge shade range they’ve got all your classic colours plus some really unique shades that I haven’t seen anywhere else (I’m looking at you Maximillian Strasse-Her). The brush is slim which makes it easy to coat your nails and I find with a little Seche Vite top coat my polish stays chip free for the good part of a week.
Bold claim, but I’d go so far as to say that the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is the best foundation I’ve ever used…when applied with a beauty blender. If you’ve tried this and didn’t think it was all that, try giving it another whirl using a beauty blender. Despite the name it’s actually not the most glowy of foundations but it does give my skin a natural dewy finish with medium coverage. The shade range is a huge drawcard here as well; I’m the palest shade (Siberia) and it’s nice to find a foundation that’s light enough for me and doesn’t make me look like an Oompa Loompa.
When I was younger I oddly used to think Jo Malone perfumes were for older people? Not like grandma old but I’d seen my mum use Jo Malone for years so I just assumed ‘adults’ bought them and they weren’t for me. Well guess what, I’m 21 now and I half, kind of, maybe sometimes think of myself as an adult so embrace me Jo Malone! Wild Bluebell and English Pear are my go to scents; there’s something very fresh about these perfumes where no matter how much you spray they’re never overpowering or sickening. Plus, I may or may not feel like a really classy adult when I use these…
So now I have to know, what cult beauty products do you think are worth the hype?