Cult products you need in your kit
They’re not just at ‘cult’ status because they’re pretty, oh no. Products lucky enough to reach ‘cult’ status get there by being utterly amazing, universally loved, even sold out in stores a lot of the time. They’re a pleasure to purchase, an honour to own and an absolute dream to use.
It’s with this in mind that I decided it was high time I identify these cult products for those who want to have them in their lives. They’re not just to be bought with your weekly shopping, mind you. They’re luxurious products that should go to good homes. They need to be loved and adored and treated right, and I trust all of you out there – the real beauty fanatics – understand what I mean, don’t you?
Check out six of my favourite ever cult beauty products…
CULT PRODUCT #1: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
Oh yes, if you’ve ever suffered from bags of any description under your eyes then you’ve no doubt tried or at least heard of Touche Éclat by YSL. This radiance-enhancing under-eye highlighter captures the light on your skin, brushes away the signs of fatigue and fades out imperfections in one fell swoop. If you think you’ve looked wide-eyed and bushy-tailed before using this product – I’m afraid you definitely haven’t.
CULT PRODUCT #2: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
As the first product ever to be launched by SKII, the Facial Treatment Essence was always set to be a star. Launched in Japan in 1980, the formula has remained unchanged to this day. Containing 90 per cent of Pitera (a broth made by yeast that is rich in amino acids, proteins and skin-loving acids), the ‘miracle water’ (as referred to by Japanese women who have been using the product for more than 20 years) works to boost your skin’s moisture intake, smooth skin texture and renew dull looking skin.
CULT PRODUCT #3: La Prairie Cellular 3 Minute Peel
This wonder product is intended to ‘re-invent’ the surface of the skin and recover the appearance of youthful radiance and firmness. Used by women around the world as a powerful solution to skin that has lost elasticity and developed enlarged pores, this fast-acting mask contains concentrated exfoliants, which work to put cell renewal in fast-forward. In three minutes, you can look forward to shrunken pores, improved elasticity and thoroughly hydrated skin.
CULT PRODUCT #4: Shu Uemura eyelash curler
A favourite for make-up artists around the world, the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is already a staple in many make-up kits – and for good reason, too. The Shu Uemura eyelash curler features an enhanced design and upgraded features to provide the ultimate curl. The silicone pad is a ‘mushroom’ shape and provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl. Precise engineering went into the design of the curler so that it delivers the perfect amount of pressure to your lashes with every ‘squeeze’. Better still, everyone can get in on the lash-curling action, as the curved angle suits every eye shape!
CULT PRODUCT #5: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Want to get all of your anti-ageing hard graft out of the way while you sleep? Perfect, because that’s exactly what this serum is all about. The new and improved version of the original, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II features a cocktail of active ingredients, including an algae extract and a yeast extract, which (when combined together) is proven to help skin cells increase their own natural Catabolysis™ activity. Catabolysis™ activity helps skin cells to eliminate internal debris that cause cellular damage, which in turn optimises cellular performance and helps increase skin’s overall repair. The breakthrough formula also delivers vital levels of hyaluronic acid deep within your skin to maximise its natural repair process while also deeply hydrating and comforting the skin.
CULT PRODUCT #6: Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Want something that smells fresh, features a hint of floral and a few woody notes, too? Something sexy and strong that makes the wearer feel empowered and sophisticated? Then you have simply got to try Lady Million by Paco Rabanne. The vibrant, sensual fragrance is housed in a gold, diamond-shaped case and is the ultimate ‘power’ scent for any women. Decadent by all meanings of the word, the scent opens with notes of bitter orange and raspberry, develops with Arabian jasmine and gardenia and dries down with patchouli, sweet honey and amber. Bliss in a bottle.
Stockist: Paco Rabanne Lady Million, from $82, 02 9663 4277
Which product would you most like to try and why?