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25 Cult-Classic Beauty Favorites

Trying out the latest beauty trends and hottest new products can be exciting, but it can also be disappointing. And a real money waster.

Luckily there are some tried-and-true beauty products that really are the best. Although these companies keep evolving with new releases and breakthrough formulas, they know when a classic just can’t be improved. Here are 25 examples of just that:

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  • Kiehl’s Creme de Corps 1 of 25
    Kiehl's Creme de Corps
    This might be one of the most beloved moisturizers in existence.
    Buy from Nordstrom for $11 - $48
  • Rosebud Salve 2 of 25
    Rosebud Salve
    This multi-purpose lip balm can be used to moisturize dry lips, calm skin irritation, or even soothe minor burns. It can even be used for diaper rash! It has a cult-favorite following — and I'm one of them. This might be the my favorite beauty product of all time.
    Buy from Sephora for $6
  • Chanel No. 5 3 of 25
    Chanel No. 5
    Obviously. It's like femininity, sensuality, and classiness in a bottle. No matter how many decades pass, this legendary perfume just can't be outdone.
    Buy from Sephora for $105
  • Chanel Le Vernis Nailpolish in Vamp 4 of 25
    Chanel Le Vernis Nailpolish in Vamp
    This nail polish (originally called Rouge Noir) single-handedly kicked off the dark nail polish trend back in '94. It's now one of the best-selling products in Chanel history, and it spawned dozens of copy-cat replications.
    Buy from Chanel for $26
  • MAC Ruby Woo 5 of 25
    MAC Ruby Woo
    If you're searching for the perfect red lipstick, there's a large army of beauty lovers who would direct you to this classic matte-finish color — for all skin tones.
    Buy from MAC for $14.50
  • Denman Classic Styling Brush 6 of 25
    Denman Classic Styling Brush
    One of the most recognizable brushes in the world, even stylist swear by the shine-boosting nylon bristles.
    Buy from Amazon for $9.93
  • Maybelline Great Lash 7 of 25
    Maybelline Great Lash
    Quite possible the most iconic mascara of all time, and a highly awarded drugstore beauty find.
    Buy from Drugstore.com for $4.15
  • DiorShow Mascara 8 of 25
    DiorShow Mascara
    Yet when it comes to higher-end mascaras, DiorShow has a cult following, especially with makeup artists. I've personally never been more impressed with a mascara — and I've used a lot of different brands, from Cover Girl to Chanel.
    Buy from Sephora for $25
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner 9 of 25
    Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
    This original gel eyeliner (that pioneered a beauty trend) is one of Bobbi Brown's best-selling signature products, having received numerous industry and reader's-choice accolades.
    Buy from Bobbi Brown for $22
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit 10 of 25
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
    Bobbi Brown calls this her "secret of the universe" — which might be why it's her #1 product and one of the most recommended concealers ever.
    Buy from Bobbi Brown for $32
  • MAC Eye Kohl 11 of 25
    MAC Eye Kohl
    A makeup-artist staple, this eyeliner has won InStyle's Best Beauty Buys Award for Best Pencil Eyeliner every single year since 2006.
    Buy from MAC for $15
  • NARS Orgasm 12 of 25
    NARS Orgasm
    This universally flattering peachy pink color is legendary.
    Buy from Sephora for $18 - $39
  • Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula 13 of 25
    Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
    I'm completely enamored with this scrub — and I'm not the only one. Clinique's 7 Day Scrub has won Allure's Reader's Choice Award every single year since 2004.
    Buy from Clinique for $18.49
  • Dior ‘Hypnotic Poison’ eau de Toilette 14 of 25
    Dior 'Hypnotic Poison' eau de Toilette
    Another legendary scent with a classic mix of vanilla and musk. But unlike other more refined scents, this one exudes a provocative energy.
    Buy from Nordstrom for $90
  • Tweezerman Slant Tweezer 15 of 25
    Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
    A "Best of Beauty" winner by Allure editors for 9 years, this really is the best of the best.
    Buy from Amazon for $16.09
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 16 of 25
    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
    This cult-classic moisturizer has been part of the Clinique collection since the 1960s, eventually becoming one the most popular face moisturizers in the world. It's even in Allure magazine's Hall Of Fame.
    Buy from Macy's for $23.50
  • John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula 17 of 25
    John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula
    This frizz-taming serum (the very first of its kind) became a phenomenon in the '90s — and is still the most trusted frizz reducer out there.
    Buy from Amazon for $7.49
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 18 of 25
    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
    Recommended by everyone from dermatologists to magazine editors to your Great Aunt Linda, this simple cleanser (with only 8 ingredients) works on virtually every skin type — even those with rosacea, eczema, and acne. Originally created by a pharmacist in 1947, Cetaphil has had a large fan base since the '60s.
    (And I'm now one of those fans! It's, hands down, the best cleanser I've ever used. And it seems to last forever.)
    Buy from Cetaphil for $9.19
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15 19 of 25
    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15
    Neutrogena paved the way for mass-market retinol skin products with their Healthy Skin line in 1997 — revolutionizing the industry with its combination of retinol, stabilizing agents, and a hydrating base. Users say they see less creases, fine lines, and dark spots in just a couple of months.
    Buy from Drugstore.com for $13.99
  • OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress 20 of 25
    OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress
    A modern, shimmery red with universal appeal that's sold over 7 million bottles since 1999 and racked up 11 Best Of Beauty Awards from Allure magazine since 2000.
    Buy from Drugstore.com for $8
  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment 21 of 25
    Aquaphor Healing Ointment
    This dermatologist recommended multi-purpose ointment is recommended for a slew of skin issues, like extra dry skin, chapped lips, minor cuts and burns, irritations from laser and radiation treatments, tattoo healing — and the list goes on.
    Buy from Drugstore.com for $5.39
  • Essie Mademoiselle 22 of 25
    Essie Mademoiselle
    The classic neutral Essie color that can be worn for any occasion, on any skin tone, with any color clothes.
    Buy from Amazon for $5.99
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Skin Protectant 23 of 25
    Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Skin Protectant
    Another legendary, multi-award-winning cream beloved by makeup artists and ordinary folk all around the world.
    Buy from Elizabeth Arden for $19.50
  • L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray 24 of 25
    L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray
    A longtime favorite of makeup artists around the world, this much-loved hairspray is now available at Target!
    Buy from Target for $12.99
  • La Mer Creme de la Mer 25 of 25
    La Mer Creme de la Mer
    When it comes to beauty products, this might be up on the highest pedestal. With its legendary healing powers of Miracle Brothâ„¢, people swear by the formula — and they'd have to, for that price.
    Buy from La Mer for $140 (1 oz.) - $1800 ($16.5 oz.)

What are YOUR favorite beauty products?

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