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We all know a cult beauty product when we see it. Its packaging is glitzy, its formula is unmatched and its ratings are off the charts. These makeup gems can be found in the beauty kits of pros and the makeup stashes of self-proclaimed obsesses, alike. Whether its a concealer that can fake a full night’s sleep, an eyeliner that gives you a sharp wing every time or a highlighter that makes you shine brighter than a star, they’ve earned a spot at the top of our must-haves list. In other words, they’re really, really good.


Ahead, we rounded up a few of those note-worthy, cult-favorite makeup products that every beauty lover should own. 


YSL Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick

Shades of this ultra-thin lipstick routinely sell out and it’s easy to see why. The creamy formula offers a full-color, matte finish and wears comfortably throughout the day. Thanks to its pointed square tip, lip liner isn’t needed to achieve flawless application. We can’t stop singing its praises, and we’re not alone, just see the thousands of five-star reviews for proof.

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Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment

This best-selling drugstore concealer can compete with the best of them. You can find it in the makeup kits of professional artists, including backstage at New York Fashion Week. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s great for covering more than just dark circles (but that is one of its strong suits). Whether you want to cover, contour or enhance your complexion, this conceal does it all. 

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

It’s impossible to go a day on Instagram without seeing this foundation pictured in a flat lay or tagged in a makeup tutorial. The weightless liquid foundation is a must for achieving that sought-after, lift-from-within glow that we all want when it comes to our base makeup. It comes in 29 shades and offers medium, buildable coverage.  

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara 

We dare you to name a better drugstore mascara than the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. It gives your lashes intense volume and length, sans flaking, smudging or clumping. Beauty addicts love its soft bristle brush that distributes just the right amount of product to every individual lash for a fanned look.

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Lancôme L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine

We love our matte lippies, but sometimes you can’t beat a hydrating lipstick. This balmy formula coats your lips in long-lasting moisture and shine for an effortlessly elegant look. It’s a French girl beauty staple for a reason — you can’t beat the freshness it brings to your face when you apply it.

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NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner

NYX Professional Makeup has a lot of eyeliners in its range, but the Epic Ink Liner is, well, epic. The best-selling liquid liner gives you a crisp, sharp line with ease that doesn’t budge. The fine, felt tip of the pen is unmatched. We can’t get enough!

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Your makeup stash isn’t complete without this cult-favorite eyeshadow palette. It contains 12 nude shades of shimmer and matte pigments — AKA everything you could ever need in a palette — to help you create a variety of looks ranging from a smoky eye to an everyday nude shadow look. 

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

As far as contour and highlighting palettes go, this one is one of the best. Filmstar Bronze & Glow helps you sculpt, highlight, bronze, accentuate and enhance your complexion. The velvety formulas blend seamlessly into skin and give you a sunkissed, radiant glow. You can get it in light-to-medium or medium-to-dark versions. 

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