While we have nothing against mainstream beauty brands, sometimes going off the beaten track is well worth the experimentation.
From Instagram-famous to lesser-known but equally loved products, we are digging these 10 cult beauty products right now.
PS: of course they ship to Singapore.
Why we love it: a little goes a long way with this influencer-approved baby. Reviews say that 1 drop of this illuminator/bronzer is really all you need for that perfect glow or sun kissed finish.
Simply add your choice of drop (available in 9 different shades) to your favourite foundation, primer, serum or moisturizer, or apply over powder. Perfect for busy women on the go who don’t have time for strobing or highlighting at 7am.
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, $59 from Sephora
Why we love it: inspired by the gradient of NYC sunsets, this gel-cream blush is as easy to apply as it is to look at (we mean, that packaging tho). Designed to be the most user-friendly cheek colour in existence, apply with just your fingers and don’t worry about it looking too bright, as its formula is sheer and meant to be buildable.
Reports have it that the colours are extremely long lasting (4-6 hours) and looks very natural. It also contains a high amount of collagen to help water retention for hydration and visibly plumps up your skin. What more could you ask from a blush?
Glossier Cloud Paint, $36 from Altcos
Why we love it: get Kylie-approved puckers and take your lip game to the next level with these Instagram-famous lip masks. Containing a nourishing blend of rose flower oil, cherry extract, Vitamin E and collagen, get your lips the softest and plumpest they’ve ever been.
It also works as a primer to ensure zero cracks the next time you have on a matte lippie.
KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Mask, $35 from KNC Beauty
Why we love it: products that work while we’re asleep? Sold. This nourishing mask is enriched with more than 65% rice extracts that help to brighten and hydrate skin – perfect for those who sleep with the air-conditioner on!
This popular Korean product has rave reviews on Amazon, with customers swearing it reduces redness practically overnight while helping to heal skin.
Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask, $20 from Amazon
Why we love it: this best selling product by cult brand MILK Makeup definitely tops our list of highlighters, because you can use it on your eyes, cheeks, lips and body.
It’s loaded with meteorite powder and pearls for an iridescent sheen that complement all skin types. It’s also formulated with hydrating mango butter, coconut oil and avocado oil to help you achieve that dewy look effortlessly.
MILK Makeup Holographic Stick, $40 from Sephora
Why we love it: originally designed for exclusive backstage use in Hollywood (hello perfect celebrity skin), GlamGlow became available to the masses in 2011 and quickly gained a loyal following.
Rave reviews of this mud based peel-off mask say that it helps to tighten skin, firm lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone after a mere 2 weeks of use.
The mask is made with zero sulfates, parabens or phthalates, making it perfect for all skin types. Did we also mention it turns from white to silver after application?
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, $97 from Sephora
Why we love it: dry shampoo meets hair spray in one convenient packaging. This highly raved-about hair spray literally buys you 10 minutes of extra time in the morning – just a few spritz and hello off-duty model chic.
Containing volcanic minerals to absorb oils that weigh your hair down and scented with Italian bergamot, water lily and white musk, this is definitely a must-have stash for your office and home.
Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, $18 from Sephora
Why we love it: minimize pores, breakouts, fine lines and alleviate conditions like age spots, sun spots, acne, blackheads and even milia with just a few swipes of one of these conveniently-packaged pads.
Containing 20% Glycolic Acid, get rid of that top layer of dull skin to reveal a healthier and more radiant glow in due time. It’s enriched with vitamin E and aloe vera to also nourish and soothe irritated skin.
Pixi by Petra Glow Peel Pads, $44 from Pixi Beauty
Why we love it: say goodbye to tedious nail maintenance and hello to fuss-free days ahead! The genius behind Nails Inc. has finally given the beauty world what it truly needs: a spray on nail polish.
Apply a base coat, spray and go, and wash off the excess colour on your skin with water.
Nails Inc. Spray On Nail Polish, $17 from Nails Inc
Why we love it: adorable name aside, this beauty brand made waves when it first entered the market 3 years ago with its now-frequently sold out LaLa Retro Whipped Cream face moisturizer.
Promising to brighten and improve skin’s firmness, lines, wrinkles and overall dryness, all things natural meet clinical in this pretty package, as all its ingredients adhere to a strict, sensitive skin friendly rule (no parabens, sulfates, fragrant essential oils, colourants etc).
This whipped moisturizer is also gluten and cruelty-free, and supports the International Elephant Foundation.
Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Whipped Cream, $84 from Sephora