12 Cult Beauty Products that Actually Work

The term ‘cult beauty products’ is used quite a lot these days! I’ve actually heard a product referred to as being a cult buy a month or so after it was released. This is not what I mean when I say cult beauty products!

True cult beauty products are those that have stood the test of time, are relied on by thousands upon thousands of women day in day out, and can make us look sparkly and fresh, even when we feel anything but! These are the products you can turn to when you haven’t got the time or energy for trial and error.

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I could have made this list twice the size – maybe that’s a post for another day – but I wanted to come up with a list comprising only the best of the best. These are the foolproof purchases that you can 100% rely on to do the job.

And while it’s true that often you do get what you pay for, the price of a few of the products here might surprise you – proving that more expense doesn’t always have to equate with better quality.

So without further ado, here are the top 12 cult beauty products we all need in our lives! And scroll down to the bottom for three bargain beauty heros!

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1 – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Nordstrom, $65

Cult Beauty Product Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair SerumAdvanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is the jewel in Estee Lauder’s skincare crown. It’s an amazing all-rounder that does a fantastic job at hydrating, reducing fine lines, brightening and evening out skin tone. Considered by many professionals to be one of the best beauty products of all time, it does an excellent job – and at $68 for 1oz, it really should! If you’re looking to make an investment, you just can’t go wrong with this one.

2 – BIODERMA Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution

Amazon, $10.90Cult Beauty Product BioDerma Sensibio

Yes, yes, we all know that we should do a thorough double-cleanse every night… but sometimes – whether you’re completely exhausted, or have had one glass of wine too many – there’s just no way that’s going to happen!

Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution is your hero in such situations. One quick swipe gets rid of all the gunk and leaves your skin soft to the touch. It’s gentle enough for use on the eyes and will shift all but the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras.

So much kinder on your complexion than rubbing away with a cleansing wipe – highly recommended.

3 – Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’ Cleansing Balm

Nordstrom, $29.50

Cult Beauty Buys Clinique Cleansing BalmAnd for the rest of the time when you can manage your proper evening skincare routine, nothing beats Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for a top quality thorough yet gentle cleanse.

This was one of the first ‘balm’ cleansers, and helped pave the way for a host of similar products, but this one still tops the lot. The hot-cloth removal method is relaxing and purifying, and the balm feels amazing on your skin.

4 – L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

Target, $12.99

Cult Beauty Product Loreal Elnett HairsprayA classic backstage choice on fashion and beauty shoots, and a permanent fixture in on countless bathroom shelves. Amazing hold, but brushes out without a trace. Great stuff.

5 – Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna

Nordstrom, $40.00

Cult Beauty Products Nars BronzerThis suits-all bronzer is a staple in most professional makeup artist’s kits, and with good reason. It’ll pep up your complexion even on the dullest of days, without a tinge of tell-tale orange tones. It has a tiny amount of shimmer for luminosity, but not so much that it can’t be used for subtle contouring too.

6 – Nars Blush in Orgasm

Nordstrom, $30

Cult Beauty Products Nars Blush OrgasmWhen this blush first appeared on the scene, the name was arguably its biggest selling point. Years later, it’s lost its shock-value, but the formula remains a true classic. The shade is flattering on nearly everyone, and the gold-flecked peachy formula lasts all day. Brush over the apples of your cheeks to brighten up your face.

7 – Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Nordstrom, $64.00

Cult Beauty Buys Armani Luminous SilkAmazing. Like, really amazing. Seriously amazing! This makes your complexion glow like nothing else, and although it’s light it still packs enough punch to cover blemishes and even out skin tone beautifully. One try and you’ll be hooked for life, mark my words!

8 – GHD Gold V Classic Hair Styler

Nordstrom, $149

Cult Beauty Products GHDsThe best straighteners on the market, bar none. Fantastic not only for straightening, but for curling and waving all hair types too. They glide through hair effortlessly and do the job more quickly and easily than cheaper versions on the market – these are likely to last much longer too. An essential tool in your hairstyling arsenal.

9 – Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Nordstrom, $399

Cult Beauty Products Dyson HairdryerThe newest product to have made it on to the list – basically because it’s too amazing not to be on it. Ridiculously pricey for a hairdryer, and yet so worth it. Expect to blowdry your way to supershiny smooth hair in a fraction of the time – so it’s especially great if you have long or thick hair, or frequently find yourself running late! The technology also means less heat damage, less weight, and less noise. Officially the best gadget EVER. Just check out the on-line reviews, you’ll struggle to find a bad one!

10 – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Nordstrom, $46

Cult Beauty Products Bobbi Brown Foundation StickFantastic when you’re in a hurry, and for makeup on the go. Gives flawless natural coverage in a swipe, and uses Smart Technology to moisturise or control oil, depending on the unique needs of your skin. Comes in a huge range of 31 shades to complete the ultra-natural look.

Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Face Brush works fantastically with this – just swipe the foundation stick down the centre of your face, then use the brush to  blend it out for a flawless finish.

11 – Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Nordstrom, $28

Cult Beauty Products Chanel Nail PolishBeautiful, vibrant, ultra-shiny, long lasting nail colour! I love it… and have to admit that the iconic packaging makes me love it even more! Save on the expensive salon manicure and invest in one of these lovelies for your most beautiful nails ever.

12 – Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Nordstrom, $16

Cult Beauty Buys Bumble and Bumble Surf SprayThe original and the best for those lazy wash and go days (or, more likely, those ‘running round frantically and have run out of time to blow dry hair properly’ days). It hasn’t been beaten yet for sexy, scrunched up, surf-style waves. Also great for adding a bit of texture and body to fine hair, whatever the style.

Bargain Beauty Heros

This could be a post all of it’s own, but for now let’s just highlight three of the most amazing bargain beauty buys. They don’t have cult status (although the first is known to be a makeup artist staple), but when you try them out you’ll wish you had these little wonders in your life sooner!

Loreal True Match Concealer

Target, $7.29

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A bargain if ever I saw one! This concealer gives amazing coverage at a fantastic price – I rate it over premium brands for both cover and longevity. It works on both under-eye circles and blemishes, but is especially good for covering up those pesky spots. Set it with powder to last all day, and tread carefully if you have fine lines around the eye area – you may need something less heavy duty in that area.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Target, $2.99

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As the name would suggest, this is a truly gentle cleanser that works well on all skin types to cleanse without stripping natural oils. A dermatologist favorite, and an amazing bargain.

Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Waterproof Mascara, black

Target, $5.89

Cult Beauty Buys Maybelline The FalsiesIn my opinion, the best all-round mascara ever. It won’t budge (you’ll need a good makeup remover – see above!), it lengthens, it volumizes, it fans out the lashes nicely, and it doesn’t clump. What more can I say.


And that does it, the best ever cult beauty products (and three bonuses to boot!), to save you time and energy in your quest for a quick yet effective beauty routine. Because, yes, you’re worth it!

Let me know how you’ve got on with these. Any star products you think should make it onto the list? I always love to hear from you, so get in touch and let me know what you think!

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