Friday, February 14, 2014

Long-Time Love Affair: 10 All-Time Bestsellers To Try Before You Die

[As published on HERE]

In the beauty industry, it’s about survival of the fittest. If your product doesn’t have anything to offer, it fails spectacularly. That’s why so many products are re-formulated, re-packaged and re-launched consistently in order to please their users, so that they keep coming back.
Today’s article is a tribute to beauty products that have withstood the test of time. A woman’s relationship with her beauty regime isn’t that different from her relationship with her man. A stable relationship is never about how much money you spend. It isn’t about external appearances. It isn’t about novelty.
Similarly, a product that works doesn’t have to cost thousands. It doesn’t have to look attractive. It doesn’t have to be all shiny and diamond-encrusted.
What’s most important is that it works. Not just once, but every single time.

Chanel No. 5
Since: 1921
French couture house Chanel isn’t just known for its exquisite handbags. It also carries a wide range of fragrances, the most notable being Chanel No.5. Its magic lies in its complexity – one can never distinguish its exact notes. Coco Chanel asked the designer, Ernest Beaux, to create a perfume ‘which smells like a woman’. Chanel No. 5 is also one of the very first perfumes to prominently feature a synthetic notes called aldehydes.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
Since: the ‘80s
Much to the disappointment of many makeup lovers out there, MAC is known to release one-off limited edition shades, which never come back on shelves. But there is one lipstick shade that has existed in the MAC colour library since the 1980s, which is centuries by MAC’s standards. If you’re looking for THE perfect shade of red, give Russian Red a try. Women around the world, regardless of ethnicity or skin colour, love the bright, creamy red.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles
Since: 1987
Ever since its creation, Guerlain’s Meteorites Perles have become a firm favourite among women who hoard pretty things. Meteorites Perles is kind of like the Barbie doll of the beauty universe – it has a multitude of different looks for different seasons, but the essence is the same. These tiny pearls in varying shades impart a soft glow on the skin to make you look well-rested even after a sleepless night.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Since: 1980
What is a Beauty Flash Balm? Is it a primer, a moisturiser, a mask or a skincare booster? Actually, the Beauty Flash Balm is all of that. Touted as the ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin, the peach-tinted creamy gel erases fine lines, soothes the skin, restores radiance, preps the complexion, eliminates fatigue, and more. Makeup artists also swear by it, especially when used underneath foundation!

Shiseido Eudermine 
Since: 1897
Eudermine is one of Shiseido’s oldest products. Also nicknamed as ‘Shiseido’s Red Water’, Eudermine is a cosmetic water (similar to Japanese-style lotions) that is applied on skin after cleansing. An olden-day SK-II miracle water, maybe? The bottle has undergone major makeovers over the years, and now the rose-scented nectar is housed in a square glass flacon, designed by French photographer/perfumer/art director Serge Lutens.

Dove Soap
Since: 1955
Soap used to be known as a product that did more harm than good. It stripped the skin of its natural moisture, and left it feeling taut and dry. And then came Dove. Marketed as a beauty bar, it contained ¼ cleansing cream, going beyond mere soap to offer women softer, smoother skin after showering.  Until today, Dove is still the leading soap bar brand in the market, and continues to be  loved by many.

Nivea Crème
Since: 1911
NIVEA Creme 60ml
Who can forget the iconic blue tin, sitting on our mothers’ dressing tables, practically begging to be opened and slathered on? Well, that blue tin has come a long way, and despite being more than 100 years old, it’s still going strong. Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive skin, the white cream intensely moisturises from top to toe.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
Since: 2005
A deep, dark reddish-purple that’s almost black, Lincoln Park After Dark is a firm favourite among nail polish junkies. It’s like maroon’s gothic sister. Wearing it on your nails makes you feel a bit rebellious, and a whole lot sexier. As one of OPI’s bestselling shades, Lincoln Park After Dark has been made available in different finishes like matte, suede and most recently, gel.

Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion
Since: 1964
For those with extremely oily skin and visible pores, this is a godsend. Originally created to prevent razor discomfort, this clear blue liquid (with camphor and menthol as main ingredients) has made its way into the list of bestselling beauty products of all time. Its popularity also inspired the creation of a complete Blue Herbal range, including a gel cleanser, moisturiser and spot treatment.

shu uemura Cleansing Oil
Since: 1967
Known as the first ever oil-based facial cleanser in history, shu uemura discovered the exceptional cleansing properties of oil while working as a makeup artist in Hollywood. He noticed that oil removed heavy stage makeup gently while maintaining skin’s natural moisture level. Soon after, ‘Unmask’ was born, and quickly became a hit in Japan. Today, shu uemura’s cleansing oil is available in different variants, to suit different skin types.


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