I can (and will) harp on about the things I think are fabulous, but aren’t you curious to know what the people of the world love most? Today, sublime seekers, I give you: the world’s most iconic, best-selling and clearly sublime beauty finds of all time.
It’s likely many of you will own at least one item on the list below, and very possibly all seven! Either way, read forth (is that a thing?) to learn the stories behind these cult products!
Who doesn’t love a two-in-one? Created in the 1970’s for an exotic dancer (allegedly to colour her nipples!), the original potion is still what’s on sale today. Benefit’s benetint is a kiss-proof, water-proof and incredibly sheer wonder for both your lips AND your cheeks! Brush or dot on and blend quickly for that “what has she been up to?” glow.
$55* in Australia available from Adore Beauty or your Benefit counter at Myer.
How popular? One sold every minute around the world.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
This cult classic was designed by makeup artist François Nars designed in 1999 he “wanted something audacious, yet easy for everyone to wear” and allegedly spent months tweaking the levels of pink pigment and gold shimmer to create the final product that flatters every skin tone. No doubt bouyed by it’s cheeky name, the women of the world agree; if you don’t have your own orgasm, you’re doing it wrong.
$45* in Australia available at Mecca Cosmetica or your local Nars stockist.
How popular? Two orgasms every minute.
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum
The world’s most popular perfume is unsurprisingly, the iconic Chanel No. 5. In the summer of 1920, Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel asked perfumer Earnest Beaux to create a “fragrance for a woman to smell like a woman, not like a flower”. Named “No. 5” as Coco allegedly preferred the 5th scent Beaux presented to her, it’s derived from over 80 notes! In the height of her stardom, Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed and famously replied “Chanel No. 5, of course”.
Available everywhere but beware imitations! $250 (approx) for 100ml. Also available in 25ml, 50ml and 200ml varieties.
How popular? Two sold every minute.
Invented in 1991 by YSL’s Terry de Gunzburg, Touché Éclat (pronounced toosh eh-clae) was the first under-eye brightener and highlighter of its time. It works by reflecting the light to leave your skin looking radiant and has been described as “like 8 hours sleep in a magic wand”. Most commonly used around the eye area, there are lots of tips available on how to make the most of this famous product.
$55* and available in 22 shades at David Jones.
How popular? Six sold per minute.
Clinique launched their Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion back in 1968 following an article in US Vogue discussing whether a proper skin care regime is the secret to great skin. US Vogue editor Carol Phillips, Evelyn Lauder (daughter-in-law of Estée) and dermatologist Norman Orentreich worked together to bring cosmetics and dermatology together. The original formula prevailed for more than 40 years until it received an update last year in response to the different environmental needs of skin today compared to the 1960’s.
$49* for 125ml or $25* for 5oml at Clinique online or your nearest department store.
How popular? 14 sold every minute!
At it’s invention in 1960, the Elnett Satin hairspray became the first hairspray on the market that could be easily brushed out. It’s clean, soft and shiny finish makes it a favourite for red carpet events. For a long while it was only available in France, forcing hair fanatics to sneak the aerosole home in their luggage… but now you, dear reader, can source it here at home.
$9.95 for 400ml at Priceline.
How popular? 20 sold every minute!
With an untouched receipe more than 40 years on, Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara was originally launched in 1971. It’s water-based formula gives you the ability to lengthen and build quickly to get anything from a lash-tinted look to full house glamazon. Maybelline credit it’s wet consistency and glossy blue-black colour as the secret to its success. And success it is; this is the world’s most popular mascara.
$12.95 at Priceline.
How popular? More than 40 sold every minute! FORTY! That’s one every 1.5 seconds!
- Crème de La Mer was invented more than 50 years ago by a NASA scientest searching for a way to recover from his chemical burns and is infused with Sea Kelp. Celebs (Blake Lively, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry ad the Jolie-Pitts) admit to using it by the bucketful. Lucky for them! 30ml of moisturising cream will set you back a cool $220. But don’t worry, the shipping is free.
- Chanel Le Vernis “Vamp” is (surely?!) one of the only nail polishes to have it’s own wikipedia page. Launched in ’94 in at Chanel runway show, the polish was created to be the same colour as dried blood. It flew of the shelves, waiting lists followed and by the end of the year it alone had netted Chanel $1 million. The colour was discontinued then re-launched as “Rouge Noir”, a permanent colour in Chanel’s collection.
- MAC Russian Red lipstick has become an iconic shade due it’s celebrity devotees. First donned by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990, the bold shade has since touched the lips of Dita Von Teese, Kim Kardashian, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Christina Hendricks, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera and Anne Hathaway. Wanna look like the famous ladies? Get yours now for $36* at your nearest MAC counter or online.
*Cheaper in the USA, peeps! Did someone say freight-forwarder?
Own any of these products? Are they worth the hype? What makes icon status in your beauty cupboard? Tell us below!