Try Before You Die: 16 Cult-Classic Beauty Products That Still Reign Supreme

If you haven't tried these already, time to stock up!

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Testing out the latest makeup and skincare products is always fun and exciting, but the most worthy beauty products aren’t always the newest. There’s something to be said about the old school, tried-and-true cult-classics that we’ll forever hold close to our hearts, no matter what beauty breakthrough the industry throws at us. Here’s our favorite beauty obsessions that have carried on throughout the years (and will continue to impress!). If you haven’t tried any of these out yet, it’s time for you to head to your local cosmetic store and get them ASAP!

1MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $16

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Not only is this MAC lipstick known to be most universally flattering red lip color on the market, Ruby Woo even has a blue undertone to make your pearly whites seem much brighter than they actually are. //MAC Cosmetics

 READ MORE: The Best New Red Lipstick For Your Skintone

2Clarisonic Smart Profile, $265

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You’ll never get a deeper pore cleaning than the one that Clarisonic provides. The soft bristles oscillate according to information collected by the Smart Microchip to control speed, frequency and cleansing time for specific areas of the face, giving you the clearest skin you’ve ever had. In a clinical study, it was shown to remove makeup 11x better than hands alone, and removed 30x more skin-damaging pollution than manual cleansing. If you’re looking for the ultimate deep clean, this is the way to get it! //Clarisonic

READ MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Your Clarisonic in Tip Top Shape

3Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $...

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With a boost in hydration levels and an improvement in the skin’s barrier strength, its no wonder this is the #1 selling moisturizer in America. The iconic yellow moisturizer uses a formula with ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid to improve hydration and smooth the skin’s texture. An added benefit? The silky texture and quick absorption rate make it a favorite among all ages. //Clinique

4NARS Blush in Orgasm, $30

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For a touch of natural color, NARS has given us beauty junkies the blush of a lifetime. Although this shade might sound a tad dramatic, don’t fear. It’s complementary among all skin tones and uses transparent pigments for a soft, sheer finish. Wear it alone or layer it for more depth, either way, it’s sure to give any look a quick boost. //NARS

5Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6

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If you easily recognized this small, portable tin, you’re not alone. We’ve all grown up using the multi-purpose balm at some point or another to soothe dry, irritated lips and skin, heal minor burns and treat diaper rash. Talk about a versatile product! //Rosebud Perfume Co.

6Chanel No. 5, $100

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What’s more legendary than the Chanel No. 5 fragrance? Once the ultra-glam Marilyn Monroe claimed to wear it to bed, this fragrance became a signature must-have for all those craving a bit of luxury in their lives, and it’s still popular to this day. //Chanel

7Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $6

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Known for its classic green and pink mascara tube, this drugstore buy is a staple for all long-lash loving women. The formula goes on smooth and clump-free, while also being hypoallergenic so even those with sensitive eyes can wear it. //Maybelline

8Goody Ouchless No Metal Elastics, $2

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With no metal in their updated elastics, Goody provides one of the best hair-ties in the industry! The smart stretch core keeps its original level of firmness over time, allowing for an elastic that won’t fall out during a particularly hard workout. It’s definitely one you can’t leave your drugstore without purchasing. //Goody

9Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $8 for 3.5 oz. Jar

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For dry or easily irritated skin, this healing ointment is a must-have at all times. The dermatologist-recommended product not only relieves chapped skin, it protects and speeds up the healing process for minor cuts, scrapes and burns. For a brand that just celebrated its 90th birthday, it’s clear their products are doing everything right!

10Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $23

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With its blend of reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, this softening lip treatment gives you a flush of color on your lips while providing protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals and UVA rays. //Fresh

11Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $8.50

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This classic pale pink is a favorite among brides on their wedding day and manicurists in general. It’s an essential color to keep your look polished and elegant any time of year, making it a polish addict’s favorite. //Essie

 

12Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $41

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Nicknamed the “skin magician,” this incredible product lightens dark circles, gives an instant glow and has one of the smoothest formulas that we’ve ever felt. Blend under the eyes to erase tiredness or swipe onto the contours of your face to perfect skin texture and highlight your features. //YSL

 

13Mason Pearson Brush Nylon & Boar Bristle Brush, $15...

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As the ultimate grooming tool, this famous brush is gentle on your scalp while also distributing natural oils throughout your locks. It was developed over 100 years ago, cementing its cult-classic status within the beauty industry. //Mason Pearson

 

14Diorshow Mascara, $28

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This legendary mascara just got better (is that even possible?!). The new formula to this classic lash-lengthener contains new deep conditioning ingredients formulated with microfibers to extend lashes as far as possible. This is definitely a must-buy for those unfortunate enough to have short, stubby lashes. //Dior

 

15L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $14

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Known as one of the top hairsprays used by stylists on the red carpet, this beloved product is famous for its ultra-fine formula that gives hold without hardening the hair. Use it for any style to give your strands a boost of shine and humidity protection. //L’Oreal Paris

16Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $14

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Sensitive skin sufferers and those with rosacea, listen up! This gentle cleanser soothes and clears away dirt and impurities without stripping fragile skin of essential protective oils. The mild, creamy texture moisturizes without leaving residue, making it a favorite among dermatologists.

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  • Merlinda Little

    This is like a trip down memory lane haha. Still use cetaphil and a lot of prods here =)

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