12 Cult Beauty Products That Live Up to the Hype

Given the wide range of beauty products available, knowing which ones actually work can be tricky. There are, however, a few notable hall-of-famers that InStyle beauty editors absolutely love. While many products come and go, the following 12 all have one thing in common: They actually do what they promise. (http://bit.ly/1U40C2f)
  1. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK GREAT LASH
    Maybelline’s iconic pink and green tube has been America’s favorite mascara for 40 years—and for good reason. Great Lash lengthens and thickens lashes while conditioning them, and goes on smoothly, which allows you to control your desired amount of layering. ($5; http://bit.ly/1NiIUU3)
  2. NARS ORGASM BLUSH
    Just like its name implies, a swipe of Nars Orgasm on each cheek will elicit a healthy glow. The shimmery powder looks slightly different on everyone, but is a favorite because it immediately makes you look awake, and warms up your complexion. ($30; http://bit.ly/1HV17dy)
  3. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE SURF SPRAY
    The best way to achieve beachy waves is to take a dip in actual saltwater, but for the landlocked among us, Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray is essentially an ocean in a bottle. Since launching in 2001, the spray has been the secret weapon for adding volume and texture without leaving hair crunchy, to achieve perfect un-done waves. ($27; http://seph.me/1HV17KO)
  4. CETAPHIL GENTLE SKIN CLEANSER
    At the end of the workday, it can be tough find motivation to follow a nighttime skincare routine. Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser owes its popularity to the fact that it simplifies cleansing your face. With or without water, the cleanser removes makeup and leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean, and its soap-free formula is suitable for even the most sensitive skin, eliminating the risk of angry red rashes. ($10; http://bit.ly/1IEVcJK)
  5. OPI CLASSIC NAIL LACQUER IN LINCOLN PARK AFTER DARK
    Lincoln Park After Dark is a deep, dark purple that is sophisticated, but slightly edgier than a classic red nail. This iconic OPI shade works well on long or short rounded nails, which explains why you can find it being painted on a number of nails at salons, and DIY home manicures everywhere. ($10; http://bit.ly/1OTyPjc)
  6. YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ÉCLAT RADIANT TOUCH
    Dark circles have met their match in Yve Saint Laurent’s Éclat Radiant Touch. The highlighter is a fan favorite amongst celebrities for its ability to not only hide under-eye circles and dark spots, but also for making skin appear brighter and more luminous—and it never looks cakey. ($42; http://bit.ly/1lPpbUO)
  7. MAC COSMETICS LIPSTICK IN RUBY WOO
    A classic red lip can instantly elevate your look, but finding the right shade isn’t as simple. MAC’s Ruby Woo is a favorite in many women’s makeup bags because its blue-red, matte formula is flattering on a number of skin tones, and lasts throughout the day. ($17; http://bit.ly/1Qfub2c)
  8. MASON PEARSON HANDY MIXTURE NYLON & BOAR BRISTLE HAIR BRUSH
    This handmade brush has been an industry favorite for years and spotted backstage at fashion weeks around the world due to its patented boar and nylon bristles that de-tangle hair without pulling it and evenly distribute sebum from the scalp to boost shine and strength. To sum it up: It’s worth the price. ($150; http://bit.ly/1NiJuBj)
  9. ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT—THE ORIGINAL
    A long-lasting, do-it-all balm that hydrates and soothes rough skin from sunburns to cuticles to cracked heels? Elizabeth Arden’s multi-purpose Eight Hour Cream has been solving skin woes since 1930 and can be found backstage and in beauty editors’ makeup bags everywhere. It deserves a place in yours, too. ($21; http://bit.ly/1NiJykx)
  10. GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION
    If you’re looking for a foundation that provides coverage but feels weightless, no other formula compares to Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation, which is why it's made our list of Best Beauty Buys for 12 years running, and makeup artists and models are also amongst its fans. Available in an impressive 24 shades, you’ll find the perfect match for your complexion. ($62; http://bit.ly/1YZdfhO)
  11. SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER
    On hot and humid days, a foundation primer is key for getting your makeup to last without melting off midday. Smashbox’s beloved Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a beloved product not only because it actually works in preventing your makeup from migrating, it also creates an even surface that makes your foundation go on smoother. ($36; http://sbx.cm/21PncRt)
  12. LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER MOISTURIZING CREAM
    If you’re able to get over the sticker shock of Crème de la Mer’s hefty price tag, you’ll find out the moisturizer has a devoted following for a reason. The thick, anti-aging formula packed with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth, works on all skin types and is ultra-hydrating without leaving skin oily like other dense creams. Not to mention, it smells incredible. ($170; http://bit.ly/1Qwgpql)