Earlier this year, Insider surveyed its own employees worldwide on their favourite makeup and skin-care products.
Over the past few months, we’ve revealed their opinions on the beauty products that are actually worth splurging on, best new buys, ultimate makeup bag staples, and under-the-radar products you should know about.
Within each category, some of the same brands and products came up time and time again.
Here are the absolute best products you can buy, according to Insider employees.
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The Ordinary serums
Cult brand The Ordinary is a clear favourite among Insider employees, and the serums appear to be the biggest hit.
24-year-old Corina from Queens, New York City said: “I know in beauty circles it’s well known but I was surprised to see that most people haven’t heard about it (at least within my friend group).
“Makeup is fun but I’ve been trying to curate a skincare beauty regime and a brand like The Ordinary has an array of products (serums, sunscreens, vitamins, etc.) that are affordable and effective.”
Talking about the brand’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, $5.90, Rosie, 29 from London, said: “I had comedonal acne for years and nothing could shift it (from hormones to antibiotics). Finally read about this product, and within 10 days it had made a very noticeable difference. I’ve been using it for about a year now and my skin is almost perfectly clear.”
22-year-old New Yorker Shivani is a fan of the “super volumizing” BADgal BANG!, which “stays on for a super long time, and makes my eyelashes look great!”
Shana, 30 of New York, added: “It makes my lashes look (naturally) longer and thicker.”
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Insider employees agree with Khloe Kardashian — NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is truly the best, and its name came up in our survey a number of times.
A recent Business Insider article named it the best long-wearing concealer at $30, calling it “a highly effective under eye concealer with impressive results and serious staying power.”
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