9 Classic Beauty Products That Have Stood The Test Of Time

Elizabeth Bennett

While it can be easy to get drawn in by the latest innovation or Instagrammable packaging, when it comes to beauty products that really work, sometimes it’s the classics that impress us most. From the micellar water loved by makeup artists worldwide to the failsafe body butter no bathroom should be without, these are the staples we find ourselves buying again and again.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

The original, and the best, micellar water on the market, there aren’t many makeup artists worth their salt without this in their kit. While beauty editors and French pharmacy fanatics once had to stockpile the stuff on trips across the Channel, this cult cleanser is now widely available in the UK. Containing cleansing micelle particles suspended in soft water, it’s a highly effective solution for removing makeup, dirt and grime without irritating even the most sensitive of skins.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $10.8, available at Boots

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Inspired by the 'elixir of youth' said to have been used by Queen Isabella of Hungary, this facial mist reportedly counts Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne and Victoria Beckham as fans. Offering a burst of hydration and a glowy boost, it’s perfect for refreshing skin on long flights, combatting the 4pm slump, and setting makeup before a night out.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $12, available at Look Fantastic


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Nothing beats that satisfying feeling of applying a buttery cream post-shower, and for super soft skin we always turn to Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter. The blend of shea butter and aloe vera deeply hydrates to leave limbs smooth, and the bergamot and mandarin scent is uplifting and energising in equal measure.

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter, $10, available at Boots

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Contouring may be commonplace in our makeup routines in 2019, but back when Yves Saint Laurent first launched its highlighting pen over 27 years ago, there was nothing of the sort on the market. With its foolproof pen design, light-reflecting formula and signature gold packaging, it’s truly stood the test of time.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, $25, available at Boots

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Created for Audrey Hepburn back in 1974 as a solution for her over-processed and over-styled hair, the world’s first pre-shampoo conditioning treatment is very much deserving of its iconic status. Use once a week as a treatment for glossy, healthy-looking locks.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, $18.5, available at Philip Kingsley

NARS Orgasm Blush

With its cheeky name and suits-all hue, this blush made waves when it launched back in 1999. The perennial bestseller is still a staple in many a beauty fan’s makeup bag thanks to its flattering and natural-looking glow.

NARS NARS Blush 4.8g, $24, available at NARS

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray

Launched in 1960, L’Oréal’s Elnett Hairspray was nothing short of a game-changer. Harnessing the power of polymers, it was the first hairspray that could be brushed out. The formula and packaging haven’t changed, and neither has its popularity, with one can bought every two and a half seconds in Britain.

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Normal Strength, $6.7, available at Boots

MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo

There’s nothing more classic than a matte red lip, and for a long-wearing formula, smudge-proof texture and an intense colour payoff, MAC has your back. So much so, four are sold globally every minute.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $17.5, available at MAC Cosmetics

Calvin Klein CK One

When CK One launched in 1994, billed as unisex, it changed the way we view fragrance. The fresh and citrussy scent epitomises the carefree optimism of the '90s but remains a stalwart to this day.

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette, $40, available at The Perfume Shop

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