When a beauty product performs like no other cosmetic in its category has before, thanks to Twitter and the beauty blogosphere, a product can earn a cult following of Justin Bieber proportions quicker than a flirty flutter of your lashes. From the glossiest of glosses to some incredible cotton pads worth splurging on, here are seven cult classics worth your pretty pennies—believe the hype.
Lack of sleep, imperfections and dull skin become minor issues to contend with the light-reflecting superpowers of illuminating wand from Borghese.
Long before every beauty brand offered bronzers, Laura Mercier specialized in sensational sunless products, namely with their Bronzing Duo. Available in three shades, this powder delivers a natural-looking (ie. zero orange) tan that’ll make you look like you’ve just returned from Bali.
Use Shiseido Facial Cotton just once and you’ll never return to your drugstore cotton pads ever again. These thick, smooth wipes work like a dream at removing makeup as they’re soft on your skin and don’t shred apart.
Nowadays you’ve got lip butters and gloss balms galore, but since 1971, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey has been the tried-and-true choice for moisturizing your lips while offering an easy-to-wear berry that allows your natural lip tone to show through.
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer may seem sheer, but devotees swear by its skin correcting capabilities. Use it everyday for a finished glow.
Never has there been a blush to sweep beauty junkies around the world off their feet like Nars Orgasm. The peachy shade is universally flattering and the blush’s slight shimmer gives cheeks a soft glow.
Pumping up the volume on one’s lashes became a cinch once Dior launched Diorshow Mascara with its full brush and volumizing formula instantly taking lashes to epic proportions.

Karen Kwan is a writer living in Toronto.

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