We Share 10 Years Of Knowledge On Products That Really Work!
Over the past 10 years we have tested mountains of makeup, skincare and hair products on a daily basis, and no we are not complaining about it!
A decade of testing has however, given us the most amazing insight, knowledge and confidence in shortlisting the products that truly deliver on their promise.
Behold the lotions, potions and fragrances that have transcended time and claimed their spots in the pantheon of beauty greats.
They are the best selling beauty products of all time, they have risen to cult status; but what is it that makes them so special?
This month we look at the 10 best and most iconic beauty products on the market and take a peak back at how it all began.......
#1 Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch/Touche Eclat
Formulated in 1992 by makeup artist Terry De Gunzberg, YSL Touch Eclat was an instant success. It allowed women to say goodbye to dark circles, thanks to the first light-reflecting under-eye concealer. Fast forward 22 years and 22 shades later, today, a Touch Eclat is sold somewhere in the world every 10 seconds! This brush-on illuminator, really does remove under eye circles and other signs of fatigue, enhances cheekbones, and gives your face an overall energised, glowing look!
#2 Chanel No. 5
In 1921, Mademoiselle Chanel set out to create a scent for the modern woman, for whom she designed clothing. Coco Chanel enlisted the help of Ernest Beaux, a perfumer who worked for the Russian royal family. After several months, Beaux presented Chanel with an array of samples, and she picked one, corresponding to her lucky number; No. 5. At the time of its release, Chanel No.5 was the most expensive perfume on the market, each batch containing thousands of incredibly expensive rose petals to create an exquisite floral scent with deep undertones. After 93 years, a bottle of the world's most famous perfume is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds.
#3 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
First launched in 1968, Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, unique and luxurious ultra-hydrating formula, pioneered the concept of dermatologist-created cosmetics. The debut of a prestige moisturiser that was allergy tested and 100 per cent fragrance free was quite revolutionary, and quickly ascended to cult status. Consumers have been profoundly attached to this moisturisers inimitable silky texture and amazingly quick absorption ever since! With an iconic bottle, and a distinct yellow shade that's instantly recognisable, Dramatically Different moisturising Lotion is arguably the most famous moisturiser in the world, with one being sold every 4.87 seconds globally!
#4 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Introduced in 1982, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, one of a kind serum gave new meaning to the term "beauty sleep"! The hyaluronic-acid based formula, binds moisture to the skin and enhances the skins own natural renewal process, which peaks at night time. Globally, 3 Advanced Night Repair Serums are sold every 1 minute!
#5 Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Launched in 1980, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, quickly rose to cult status, due to its multi-tasking abilities to instantly refresh and recharge the skin! This magical balm can be used as a face mask, primer or as a hydrator! It visibly tightens and firms the skin and miraculously shrinks pores. It contains olive leaf extract, witch hazel and algae, and it truly delivers on its promises!
#6 La Mer Creme De La Mer
The year 2000 is marked by the year of the "cult" cream, Creme De La Mer! By the time Creme De La Mer arrived at Harrods, the waiting list was as long as the buyer's arms, for the cream created by NASA scientist Dr. Huber.
The secret? Its magic marine extract "Miracle Broth". La mer uses a special form of Californian sea kelp that is harvested just twice a year when it is at its most nutrient rich.
This a truly age-defying potent elixir and one of the most sought after anti-agieng creams worldwide.
#7 Shu Uemura Balancing Cleansing Oil
In 1967, Shu Uemura, a Japanese makeup artist, developed a Balancing Cleansing Oil, that would clean the skin of makeup and impurities without being overly harsh or drying. Oils have always been a staple in Asian skincare regimes, and Shu Uemura pioneered a cleanser that did not alter skin's own moisture levels; the science behind it? Oil does not clog the skin and will not cause breakouts. Genius!
It has become an iconic product for the brand, right up there with the famed eyelash curler! One bottle of this so-cult-product is sold every 7 seconds around the world.
#8 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Elizabeth Arden herself created the Eight Hour Cream to heal her beloved horses cuts and bruises. It was not long before she realised the potential for such a product in the beauty industry.
The lanolin-based product and its healing and hydrating properties quickly made it to cult status!
It is a staple in makeup artists kits, a favourite amongst top models, backstage at the most prestigious fashion shows, and a hit with mothers of young children.
It soothes and heals anything from chapped lips and nappy rash to dry skin!
It is still the best selling product in the Elizabeth Arden brand range, and although it has been reinvented in many different formulations, it is still the original that is most popular.
#9 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier was inspired to create Secret Camouflage by a leading plastic surgeon to minimise redness from burns, while providing soothing benefits.
Off course, it was not long before it became a favourite amongst makeup artists!
This concealing duo, one matches your skin, the other matches your undertones, provides flawless natural looking coverage.
The secret? A high level of pigment, that requires very little product and produces maximum coverage.
#10 Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense
The development of Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense in the renowned L'Oreal laboratories, is nothing short of years worth of scientific research.
To ensure the quality of the formula, L'oreal has a one of a kind, panel of 8,000 volunteers and 60 scientists, conducting 50,000 evaluations on the product every year, to ensure that this masque will deliver ultimate results every time. Indeed it does!
This nourishing hair masque sells at a rate of one tub every 30 seconds worldwide.