A new beauty launch will always get our endorphins going, but it’s our mainstays that we just know work every time that give us a sense of security. That’s the beauty of cult classics: They never let us down. Even when we leave them lonely in our drawer as we experiment with other products, they're always there waiting for us to come back when we need them. We want to give a nod to these very products that have done it for us again and again over the years. And the best part is they’re all available for a one-stop shop at Sephora. From skin care to color cosmetics, ahead are five highly-rated, trustworthy basics you'll want in your beauty stash stat.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Anti-Aging Face Serum
A product that has won over 170 beauty awards has our undivided attention. Whether you're dealing with fine lines, dryness, or uneven texture, Lancôme's Advanced Génifique Anti-Aging Face Serum is an investment serum clinically proven to yield visible results in just seven days. The non-comedogenic formula — safe for even the most sensitive skin — is made with 10% Bifidus prebiotic that supports skin's moisture barrier, hyaluronic acid to draw additional moisture in, and vitamin C to brighten. Not to mention, the bottle’s self-loading dropper ensures you apply the correct amount of serum every time.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
A multitasking complexion product that serves up SPF protection, full coverage, and hydration? Tell us more. For starters, this CC cream is a wonder at priming, color correcting, concealing, and acting as a base all at the same time. The creamy formula is additionally infused with skin benefits, a staple of IT Cosmetics products — think hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. This means it can stand in as your moisturizer if you choose. The combination of ingredients not only helps to provide full, comfortable coverage, but it also plumps and hydrates the skin to smooth fine lines and lock in moisture.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm
The classic catch 22 of lipstick: Playing with lip color can change your look and elevate your mood, however, the finish of traditional formulas doesn't always keep your lips looking or feeling moisturized. Beauty lovers enjoy this lipstick-balm hybrid because you get the best of both worlds (plus an added bonus of gorgeous gold packaging). Yves Saint Laurent's hyaluronic-acid-and-macadamia-butter-infused Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm offers up medium coverage with a side of hydration and shine. Made with 65% essential oils, the balmy formula boasts impressive color payoff with up to eight hours of nourishment.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
The right setting spray can lock a makeup look into place (goodbye, masks smears) and also create a diffused filter finish, and fans say this one never disappoints. The waterproof beauty darling doesn't have a nearly five-star rating for nothing. It’s oil-free, lightweight, and features Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of your makeup and sets foundation, concealer, face and eye makeup for up to 16 hours. Pro tip: If eye makeup is your beauty staple of choice, spray your shadow brush with All Nighter before application for less fallout and longer wear.
Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
Finding the right foundation can be a long game of trial and error, but not with this oil-free foundation. This is our pick if you want the most lightweight feel with a lit-from-within look that seems all your own. Armani Beauty uses Micro-Fil Technology for this medium-coverage formula, which means color pigments deposit in a flat arrangement on skin, allowing for buildable layers that blend seamlessly. It’s available in 40 shades that can be used to even out, conceal, sculpt, and brighten. Application is key with this buildable formula. For an airbrushed effect, use a foundation brush. For a dewy look, try a damp makeup sponge.
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