TOP SHELF: THE 10 MUST-HAVES WE’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW
Listen, we’ve all got a fine-tuned rotation of beauty products that we buy on repeat year in, year out, but have you ever wondered if there might be something even better out there? Here, we’ve compiled a slew of need-it-now items that we’re loving for fall—and you will too (provided you’re not already obsessed with them).
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
Celebrating 35 years of cult status, this little brown bottle turned instant bestseller after scientists discovered how damaged DNA can affect skin’s appearance. It was the first to use hyaluronic acid in skin care, and the serum boasts algae and yeast extracts to speed cell regeneration, as a special protein compound safely brightens all skin tones—perfect for sun spots.
- Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Twenty years of research went into this award-winning pre-treatment, designed for use after you wash to enhance the benefits of any serum that follows. Formulated with Bulgarian rose water, a botanical blend of gingko biloba leaf extract, shiso and thyme protect against environmental assaults as it promptly smooths skin to baby-like softness.
- Shiseido Eye Lash Curler
Achieve faux lash-level lift with another top seller from the Japanese brand. Found in many a pro makeup artist’s kit, this eyelash curler’s edge-free design allows it to reach the teeniest lashes, while the rubber pad ensures gentle curling that stands up all day.
- 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
You might be familiar with the original No. 7’s Protect & Perfect Serum that made headlines in 2007 after a BBC documentary clinically tested a host of skin care products and found it to be the only one living up to its anti-aging claims. Around-the-block line-ups ensued, and the serum is still a top-seller today. This fall, an advanced version promises the same line-obliteration within four weeks, while a newly-discovered peptide is said to increase results further over time.
- Biotherm Aquasource Gel
Now paraben- and mineral oil-free, this bestseller quenches dry skin with thermal plankton cellular water said to hydrate five layers below the skin’s surface for up to 48 hours—even in extreme conditions (read: Canadian winters).
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Originally developed to help makeup last longer on set, this transparent gel was the first product ever developed by the Hollywood brand and one of the first on the primer scene over 15 years ago. Despite all the other options now out there, beauty lovers still choose this oil-free formula to minimize pores and blur fine lines prior to applying foundation.
- Smashbox Cover Shot: Eye Palettes
Another hit from the L.A.-based beauty company, this iPhone-sized palette, available in seven matte and metallic sets, offers just as much diversity, blendability and pigmentation as other big-time kits. Major plus: the base colour pans are larger than the accent hues.
- Lise Watier Teint Multi-Fini Compact Foundation
Earning consistently positive online reviews, this 3-in-1 foundation can be applied with a kabuki brush for buffing away sheen; with the compact’s sponge for medium matte coverage; and by dampening the sponge for fuller concealing of redness and pores. Any way you apply it, the natural finish is what truly sets this product apart.
- Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter Mascara
The French beauty house has had a lot of mascara hits over the years, including this one, complete with pretty packaging. The defining brush can create a “natural” look, or you can build up the formula to really lengthen and bolster every lash, with minimal smudging by day’s end.
- Sweet Like Candy by Ariana Grande
This cute bottle reminded us so much of Viktor & Rolf’s iconic Flowerbomb fragrance that we just had to try it. The seductively sweet eau de parfum charms with sugary blackberry, fluffy marshmallow and (what else?) va-va-vanilla.