We're fortunate to have a lot of shiny, new and exciting beauty launches land on our desk every day here at R29.
makeup to skincare, we make it our mission to try more or less everything that comes through the door so that we can sort the wheat from the chaff and tell you which products are worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
beauty brands have woken up to diversity and the fact that we all have very different skin, hair and makeup needs and likes, most of said products are pretty effective. A handful even make it onto the 'Gram. But it's very rare for us to find something we just can't imagine our makeup bags and #shelfies without.
Ahead, you'll find a selection of products, from makeup to skincare, which the R29 beauty team will repurchase time and time again – they're
that good. Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor
I’ve tried has either broken me out, pilled under my foundation or turned my light olive skin a ghostly shade of pale – not this. Recommended to me by consultant dermatologist
Dr Anjali Mahto
, it absorbs in seconds and is completely invisible under makeup. Since using it, I’ve noticed a reduction in spots (as it’s non-comedogenic, so won’t clog pores) as well as fine lines around my eyes and mouth, and I’m pretty certain the latter is because of the brilliant broad spectrum protection, which shields against the 'ageing' properties of UVA. It's a must!
360°Sunscreen Gel SPF 50,
$20.00 $16.40 Buy
I suffer with
horribly chapped, flaky lips
in cold weather and no lip balm has moisturised or soothed them like this one. It's all thanks to the intensely nourishing vitamin E and, of course, cocoa butter. The best part? At £2.13, I can afford to stockpile as many as I can.
Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm, $1.99
Since using this, my
has never been clearer. Unlike other
, it doesn't sting or irritate. Instead, it dislodges makeup, grime and sebum and lifts away dead skin cells super gently yet effectively, without making skin feel dry or taut. I've been known to snip open the tube to scrape out the last few drops...
Cleanse Gel Intense,
$21.00 $16.79 Buy
I have light olive skin that is super oily and acne-prone, so I’ve always had a hard time finding a foundation that suits me. Lancôme's 40-strong shade spectrum has made it so much easier to get a match and the fact that it's non-comedogenic means it doesn’t clog my pores. I used to be a full coverage kinda gal – no foundation was too heavy – but this has swayed me. It’s ultra light but employs really fine iridescent particles to blur pores and blemishes, and it gives me this amazing lit-from-within glow. I’ve been trialling others, but I’ll always go back to this.
Hydrating Foundation, $34.00
I’m on my fourth bottle of this
and was so pleased to find out it’s now available in an enormous 500ml version. It’s the only makeup remover that has the muscle to cut through the full face I wear on a daily basis and it really soothes and calms
my sensitive, red skin
. A once-over with a soaked cotton pad makes my face feel squeaky clean, fresh and cool thanks to the star ingredient, green tea. It’s cruelty-free, 100% vegan and the bottle is recyclable.
Cleansing Micellar Water,
$12.50 $9.00 Buy
Everyone goes on about Whirl and Velvet Teddy, but Yash is the perfect nude – fact. A makeup artist friend of mine introduced me to the shade last year after I told her how hard I found it to choose a nude lipstick that didn’t make my olive skin look washed out or my lips too 'done'. It occupies a cosy space between rose and taupe, is matte but creamy, lasts way past lunchtime and makes my lips look a hell of a lot fuller. I panic every time I run low.
$17.50 $17.00 Buy Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion Editor
I recently started wearing this at night and it's turned my winter scales into baby soft peachy skin! It's not too harsh for those with
Youth Renewal Night Cream, $70.00
I hate using
as it slides off by lunch time, breaks me out and clogs my pores. My favourite CC creams cover any red or dark patches, adds a glow without relying on shimmering particles, and is easy to apply via brush or fingers. This stuff is the real deal: my skin, only much, much better. A tube lasts yonks, too.
Your Skin But Better
CC+ Cream with SPF 50, $32.00
The only product I trust to keep my coloured (and thus parched) hair shiny and hydrated. I liberally spritz it when damp, then add another flash to ends once I've blow-dried and curled. There's never not a bottle on my dresser (and a mini version in my handbag).
Bumble and bumble
Invisible Oil Heat UV Protective Primer, $22.00
Expensive for 15ml? Yes. Does it work? Abso-bloody-lutely. I have searched far and wide to find the eye cream for me, but alas, they all were too thick, too thin, gave me styes, or did diddly squat. Little did I know it was a serum – not a cream – I should've been looking for. I didn't have dark circles to eradicate but big, puffy bags, which are now significantly reduced and far more hydrated.
Night Repair Cream,
$58.00 $49.30 Buy
I’ve been hooked on this little bottle of pure brilliance for some time (I’m on my third batch). Three pumps on cleansed and toned skin in the morning, followed by moisturiser, is enough to leave my skin bright, clear and plump – that’ll be the hyaluronic acid and
. I’ve had compliments on my skin since using, so repeat-buying is a no-brainer.
Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, $67.00
A handbag staple, this balm solves nearly every skin conundrum I have. Chapped lips? Sorted. Damaged cuticles from the vicious cycle of gel nails? This’ll fix them. Glossy lids or dewy highlighter for desk-to-evening look? You guessed it. It’s a fiver and the only balm that actually hydrates rather than sitting atop the skin.
Ultimate Red Balm, $3.95
This is such a brilliant product for summer. I have
but enjoy looking glowy rather than matte, so this moisturiser-makeup hybrid is perfect – it gives my skin a dewy finish but covers all manner of sins, from dark under-eyes to hormonal spots, without looking like I have any coverage on whatsoever. It comes out of the tube white and adapts to your skin tone, so is suitable for everyone.
Day Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF30,
$35.00 $26.95 Buy
I use a bottle of this
every week – it makes my
a little more interesting and goes from vivid to subtle over the course of a week, which stops me getting bored. It's super hydrating and I can make it as bold as I fancy by combining with Bold As Brass, Rose Gold or Blorange, depending on my mood.
Awkward Peach Super Cool Colour, $6.50
Alas, I was not blessed with Disney princess lashes, but finding the time (and money) to commit to lash lifts every two months proves difficult. Enter: They're Real! From the gloop-free formula and the flexible brush to the fan-effect on my lashes and the ease with which it's removed after a long day, using even the gentlest micellar water, I'm hooked.
They're Real Lengthening Mascara Black, $22.50
changed my skin, so it's no surprise I won't part from it. Oil cleansers were removing every last trace of London dirt and grime from my skin, but my blackheads were getting worse, and hormonal spots more inflamed. From the first day I used this acid-based gel cleanser, my skin improved. It's gentle enough to use twice a day, has eradicated those problematic blackheads and leaves my skin glowing.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare
Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, $30.78