Devoted to finding beauty icons in the making, we spent the past 12 months putting the latest skin, body and hair launches to the test. Presenting … the editor-curated, reader-voted beauty products we’ll be adding to cart for years to come.
CHANEL Gabrielle Essence EDP
Embodying the strength of femininity and empowerment, jasmine and ylang-ylang radiate from the sunlit bottle for a fragrance that feels joyful and energised. Brought to life by top notes of orange blossom and tuberose, the latest addition to the brand’s Gabrielle collection cements itself as the scent of Chanel women on the rise.
CHANEL Gabrielle Essence EDP, $254; chanel.com/au
Best Makeup Product (Prestige)
Napoleon Perdis Cheek Switch Crème Blush Stick in Save
the Coral, $49.
A makeup must-have, this cream blush warms into the skin for an all-day wash of wearable colour with a velvety finish. This flattering coral shade perks up cheeks and can be easily layered for a statement flush, with zero skill or tools required.
Napoleon Perdis Cheek Switch Crème Blush Stick in Save the Coral, $49; napoleonperdis.com
Best Skincare Product(Prestige)
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
With state-of-the-art Chronolux Power Signal Technology, this overnight serum switches skin’s repair and renewal genes into gear to encourage younger-behaving cells and aid natural collagen production. For an energising boost, the dreamy combination of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants hydrates, calms and firms for well-rested skin by morning.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, $159; esteelauder.com.au
Best Hair Product
Hask Keratin Protein 5-in-1 Leave-in Spray
Boasting strengthening, smoothing and protecting properties, this keratin hair mist helps to prevent heat damage if you’re blow-drying and works to hydrate, add volume and enhance natural texture if you’re air-drying. Think of it as a leave-in conditioner, but better.
Hask Keratin Protein 5-in-1 Leave-in Spray, $14.99; priceline.com.au
Best Inner Beauty Product
Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox Antioxidant Powder
Complementing its glow-giving supplements, the Australian collagen authority has adopted antioxidants to protect collagen production. With native extracts including Kakadu plum, this powder delivers vitamin C, niacinamide and zinc to treat pigmentation while maintaining bouncy skin.
Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox Antioxidant Powder, $80; ausnz.vidaglow.com
Best Natural Beauty Product
Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum, $114.95.
Taking hydrating serums to new heights, this organic formulation douses parched skin in hyaluronic acid. It helps to hydrate and plump fine lines on the surface, while native extracts and wakame seaweed go deeper to soothe and repair the protective barrier for more balanced and better functioning skin.
Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum, $114.95; muktiorganics.com
Best Skincare Product (Masstige)
La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum, $69.95.
Harnessing pure, time-release retinol, this serum makes the most of its hero ingredient to gradually encourage cell turnover to plump-up fine lines, refine pores and firm skin. The addition of niacinamide keeps skin calm while it adjusts to such a powerhouse ingredient.
La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum, $69.95; laroche-posay.com.au
Best Body Product
Bangn Body Illuminating Firming Lotion
Creating baby soft skin from top to toe, this illuminating iteration of the young brand’s face and body moisturiser imparts an all-over glow. Golden sapphire-infused pigment (made from biodegradable mica) boosts this lotion’s glow effect, as it hydrates with jojoba oil, aloe vera and shea butter, without sitting heavily on skin.
Bangn Body Illuminating Firming Lotion, $56; bangnbody.com
Best Hair Tool
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
Revolutionising deskside hair fixes, the Dyson cordless Corrale’s smart sensor system personalises heat styling to minimise damage (and morning-rush cord tangles). With flexing manganese copper plates, the straightener consistently styles each strand at a lower temperature as it glides through all hair types, leaving hair as shiny as silk whether you choose to smooth, wave or curl.
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener, $699; dyson.com.au
Best Makeup Product (Masstige)
Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation, $39.95.
Beneath a veil of luminous coverage, this lightweight foundation harnesses Australian botanical extracts and natural minerals to brighten and hydrate skin. Dot and massage into skin for an invisible finish, or build coverage with a brush or sponge for longer wear time.
Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation, $39.95; nudebynature.com.au
Best Australian Beauty Brand
With Australian women at the heart of the brand and a commitment to caring for skin and wellness with organic treatments, Endota’s products and spas are a never-fail escape. Featuring extracts from Australian natives, Endota’s naturally derived formulas cater specifically to protecting and repairing skin with some of the most potent yet skin-friendly antioxidants. Since the brand’s beginning in 2000, founder Melanie Gleeson has not only crafted the calming Endotaexperience to reframe self-care as an accessible necessity, but also supports the planet, Indigenous communities and her 95 per cent female workforce.
Learn more and shop Endota’s signature Endota Organics Intense Moisture Mask, $50; at endotaspa.com.au
Best Brand With Purpose
L’Oréal Australia Women in Science
L’Oréal Australia has opened its annual grants program to support Australian women in science with everything from childcare expenses to lab costs. Providing financial assistance and mentorship to five female science PhD candidates, L’Oréal’s initiative aims to guide more women into STEM, shape their career progression and foster tomorrow’s leaders.
Learn more and apply for 2021 fellowships at forwomeninscience.com.au