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The MECCA Beauty Election is a celebration of the very best in beauty, as voted by you! With the voting period now over – and this year’s most popular products ready to take their crown – we are so excited to share with you this year’s winners; the most loved, most coveted and most wanted in skincare, makeup, fragrance and more.
Without further ado, here are the products that reigned supreme in your beauty cabinets (and MECCA bags) over the past year.
Best Beauty Device or Tool: Cosmetics 27 Gua Sha
Gua sha has transcended both TikTok algorithms and time – and it seems we all agree that Cosmetics 27’s take on this ancient tool is a true beauty bag winner for its skin-firming benefits. Never tried it? After applying your morning serum, moisturiser or (our favourite) facial oil, gently pull the white jade stone across the face to de-puff, encourage circulation and release muscle tension. Bliss!
Best Beauty Innovation: Naked Sundays SPF50+ Hydrating Glow Mist
Looking for the perfect, no-fuss way to top up your SPF throughout the day? Reach for this clever chemical spray sunscreen. Makeup wearers will be relieved to hear that this lightweight SPF layers over (and under) your foundation like a dream. It’s infused with vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum, hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract to help hydrate, calm and nourish skin while shielding it from the sun’s rays.
Best Blush: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
This innovate blush stick from New York-based celebrity makeup artist Westman Atelier is versatile, quick-to-apply and available in chic shades your cheeks will love. Not just a lineup of pretty shades, the key ingredients in these sticks all work to nourish and protect your complexion: like organic jojoba oil which delivers essential moisture to skin while providing calming benefits.
Best Complexion: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Another win under the belt for NARS is this sheer, buildable and natural-looking foundation that’s adored by makeup artists, brides and the beauty-obsessed alike. With more than 3,000 five-star reviews (and counting), Sheer Glow ticks just about every box when it comes to foundation: lightweight (but still provides coverage), leaves skin hydrated and looking smoother, can be applied seamlessly with hands, brush or sponge, and is available 40 shades.
Best Eyeshadow: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury is a Beauty Election newcomer but the brand has been gracing the faces of Hollywood stars and beauty lovers for years. Don’t be fooled by the petite size of the Luxury Palette – it packs a pigmented punch! Available in 11 colour combinations and suited to any eye colour or makeup style, these quads make applying eyeshadow a breeze: each shade is numbered so you know the order of application, and the powder formulas are buttery and blend like a dream. Don’t even get us started on the shimmers!
Best Lip Product: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution
Call off the search, the perfect lipstick does exist! Bringing home Charlotte Tilbury’s unprecedented third Beauty Election win, we wish we could do the Matte Revolution lipstick justice with words – but it really needs to be applied to be believed. New to the formula? Swipe on the iconic ‘Pillow Talk’ shade – it’s a true neutral with a slightly rosy-pink hue that flatters all skin tones. Plus, the bullet’s square, angled tip mimics the shape of a lip brush for a precise application. Did we mention it also feels cashmere-soft and wears for up to 10 hours?
Best Mascara: Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
This ‘tubing’ mascara from Kevyn Aucoin is a cult-classic for a reason. Don’t be fooled by its small brush — it can build volume and length in only a few layers. In fact, the size of the brush makes it perfect for applying mascara to the lower lashes or getting right in the corner of the eye at any angle. Plus, it’s easily removed with warm water — no smudgy mascara eyes when you wake up the next morning!
Best Cleanser & Toner: Tatcha The Rice Wash
Tatcha can do no wrong in our eyes (and on our skin!) – and apparently, yours too! Hadasei-3 – the fermented, antioxidant-rich Japanese superfood blend – is the hero ingredient that sets this cushiony soft cream cleanser apart from all the rest. Impressively, it lifts impurities without stripping, leaving skin feeling clean, smooth and hydrated.
Best Eye Care: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
MECCA loves an overachiever, and this petite potion from Origins is their proud protagonist in the Beauty Election’s Eye Care category for 2022. Think of it as an espresso for your under-eye area – caffeine and panax ginseng work in tandem to instantly perk, de-puff and help fight the signs of fatigue. There’s also brightening vitamin C and niacinamide in the mix. Fans rave about the instantly awakening effects – and they showed it by voting!
Best Moisturiser: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
Another super-competitive category (yes, skincare lovers are loyal!), MECCA favourite Drunk Elephant notched up a Beauty Election win in the Moisturiser category this year with this luscious, whipped pot of six cold-pressed African oils and ceramides that takes skin from dull to downright dewy. It’s the thick, creamy texture, the way it deeply hydrates without leaving skin greasy, and the oh-so satisfying pump applicator.
Best Oil & Serum: Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops
In 2021, this Glow Recipe favourite catapulted to cult status care of TikTok – and it’s maintained its sturdy position at the very top of beauty lovers’ shelves ever since, taking out the Best Oil & Serum title in this year’s Beauty Election. You have niacinamide, watermelon and hyaluronic acid to thank for your ‘glow’rious complexions!
Best Body Care: Sol De Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream
With Sol De Janeiro’s legendary, multi-Beauty Election winner Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ascending to the MECCA Hall of Fame this year, it was little sister Bom Dia’s time to shine! The clear winner in the Body Care category, this first-time finalist is a fruity fantasy packed with exfoliating AHAs, vitamin C and Cupuaçu butter to leave skin ultra-soft and smooth.
Best Hair Product: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask
Strength, shine, silkiness – the ‘good hair day’ trinity is all yours with this conditioning mask from Briogeo. Part of the brand’s signature Don’t Despair, Repair!™ range, it’s designed to fortify, restore and protect dry, brittle and bleached hair. In one of the most competitive categories in this year’s Beauty Election, this nourishing treatment just took out the Hair Product top spot – for the second year running.
Best Personal Fragrance: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rogue 540 EDP
Surprising few, another TikTok titan took out the top spot at this year’s Beauty Election, scoring one out of every four votes cast in the Personal Fragrance category. Yes, you guessed it – it’s Baccarat Rouge 540. What more is there to say about MECCA’s bestselling fragrance of 2021? Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s sweet, soft yet sophisticated scent is a date night staple, with that ruby-hued, gold-lettered bottle sitting pretty on bedside tables (and in clutches) everywhere.
Best Home Fragrance: Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace Candle
Just in time for winter, Maison Margiela’s transportive candle – inspired by cosy nights next to the fire in an alpine chalet – has romped to the top spot in the Beauty Election’s Home Fragrance category. Ready to fill your space with the comforting scent of smoky chestnuts, red berries and clove as those chilly days set in? Rug up, pour yourself a cup of cocoa and light the wick on this elegant, minimalist burner.
Explore all the MECCA Beauty Election 2022 winners – and the Hall of Fame heroes (aka the repeat winners of Beauty Elections past) – here or swatch them (and shop them!) at your local MECCA.
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