MECCA: Meet the winners of the MECCA Beauty Election 2021
Hundreds of thousands of votes later (and a positively relentless love for beauty by the entire MECCA community), the time has finally come to announce the winners of the MECCA Beauty Election 2021. Following a record-breaking number of votes, we can officially declare these the best and most treasured products and experiences in beauty right now.
The winners, as voted by you:
Winner of The Emotionalists:
The Best Of Fragrance: Maison Margiela By The Fireplace EDT.
Moody but not heavy, vanilla-y but not saccharine, By The Fireplace is one of those scents that spark “what are you wearing??” inquisitions when you walk into a room. Inspired by the sense of comfort you feel sitting by a simmering fireplace on a winter weekend away, it’s warming, alluring and smells incredible on everyone (sure-fire prerequisites for a win!).
Winner of The Hydrators:
The Best Moisturisers: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream.
She’s creamy, she’s dreamy, and she’s perfectly purple. She’s Tatcha’s The Dewy Skin Cream, and she has reclaimed her reign as the people’s favourite moisturiser. Doubling as a trusted cream for locking in serums and hydrating overnight, and as the best-case base for a glowy, lit-from-within makeup look, this bestselling moisturiser is truly unparalleled. Good job, voters.
Winner of The Illusionists:
The Best Of Complexion: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.
Once again, NARS’ cult foundation has claimed the top spot as MECCA’s most loved complexion product. Sheer Glow is super buildable, has skin-like coverage, and leaves you with a soft, healthy glow. It’s the perfect foundation for those that want to step up from a tinted moisturiser, but aren’t quite ready for (or into) a full-coverage look. You just can’t beat the classics.
Winner of The Stylists:
The Best Of Hair: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. Even Nancy Twine, Briogeo’s own founder considers the brand’s deep conditioning mask the best hair staple out there: “it’s a universal product for all hair textures and types, and works to visibly repair damage, enhance the healthiness of the hair, and prevent future breakage.” Natural, high-performance, and formulated with a skincare mentality, this is one of those products that just works (we worshipped it all through lockdown!).
Winner of The Concentrates:
The Best Serum: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum. Another repeat MECCA Beauty Election winner, Drunk Elephant’s gentle (yet powerful) exfoliating overnight serum is extraordinarily satisfying, in that it makes your skin noticeably smoother, brighter, and clearer the morning after use. We consider it a must for dull, dry, congested, lined, or pigmented skin. The powerhouse list of actives—and the instant results—give it big yes from us.
Winner of The Luxuriators:
The Best Of Body: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.
It smells like a holiday, makes your body look and feel like it’s on a holiday, and sinks into the skin as quickly as a holiday flies by. This cult classic body cream nourishes and firms thanks to a hit of caffeine and antioxidants, leaving your skin soft and deeply hydrated. It’s also considered to be MECCA’s best partner in crime to any self-tanner.
Winner of The Futurists:
The Best Beauty Devices: Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro. When we couldn’t get to the skin clinic last year (or this year…) the clinic came to us, by way of Dr. Dennis Gross’s seemingly space-age, do-it-all device. With a combination of 100 red and 62 blue LED lights, this mask penetrates light deep into the skin to help reduce the visible signs of ageing (think wrinkles and discolouration), while treating current and preventing future breakouts. Even Paris Hilton was spotted rocking it in lockdown.
Winner of The Amplifiers:
The Best Mascaras: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.
Dominating the mascara category every year since our very first election, there’s no arguing with the fact that Too Faced’s unrivalled mascara lives up to its name. Better Than Sex brings the fullness, fluffiness, and drama we all dream of year after year, and has become the benchmark mascara for the entire beauty industry. In the words of RuPaul, “she’s a winner, baby.”
The Best Lipsticks: M·A·C Lipstick in Velvet Teddy.
Loved by celebrities, their makeup artists and those in-the know, M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Velvet Teddy’ reached cult status in the 2010s and has soared ever since. A deep rose undertone gives this matte, universal nude depth and dimension — it’s the perfect lipstick to make an overlined lip look natural, or, at the other end of the spectrum, to sheer out with your finger for a blurred, soft-matte lip.
The Best In-Store Services: MECCA Glam.
With a no-makeup makeup mandate for most of 2020, getting back into store in 2021 for a true MECCA makeover with one of our artistry experts felt better than ever before. With this winner, we know you felt it too. Helping you rock the wing liner you just can’t seem to perfect, a contour the Kardashians would be proud of, or a face that lasts all day and night, our MECCA Glam service is just the thing to make you feel all ‘glowed-up’, inside and out.
The winners, as voted by MECCA team members:
Winner of The Minimalists:
The Best Cleansers: Tatcha The Rice Wash.
A luxurious multitasker, this gentle, skin-softening cleanser hydrates and replenishes the skin barrier (read: very important) while washing the day away.
Winner of The Extenders:
The Best Of Longwear: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Locking in makeup for a full 16 hours, Urban Decay’s cult temperature-controlling mist delivers on budge-proof, sweat-proof, party-proof wear. We love it dearly.
Winner of The Optimists:
The Best Eye Creams: Chantecaille Stress Repair Concentrate +.
Formulated with hexapeptides — a skincare ingredient that has been likened to ‘topical Botox’. This MECCA-loved eye cream is the beauty secret that everyone needs to know.
Winner of The Enliveners:
The Best Of Blush: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks.
It’s no secret that cream blush rocks our world, and Westman Atelier’s velvety-smooth, consciously formulated sticks are undoubtedly unparalleled.
Winner of The Architects:
The Best Of Brows: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.
With the benefits of a pencil, a wax, and a powder, Hourglass’ legendary Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils are the type of beauty product you’ll repurchase for life.
Winner of The Clarifiers:
The Best Acne Treatment: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel. Ask a MECCA team member for their favourite skincare product, and they’ll speak to these iconic peel pads ad nauseum. Yes — they’re incredible for the breakout-prone — but they’ll also help with lines, pigmentation, texture, oiliness… the list goes on.
Winner of The Vacationers:
The Best Of Tanning: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops.
We don’t miss the streaking, patchiness, or carrot-toned hues of old-timely tanners when we mix these hydrating, buildable, colour-correcting drops into moisturiser.
Winner of The Romanticists:
The Best Home Fragrances: Le Labo Santal 26 Candle.
Warm, leathery, and addictive, this iconic scent from Le Labo finds its feet in candle-form. Just ask Jennifer Lopez, who orders up to 100 of them every month.
Winner of The Acquisitions:
The Best Beauty Investments: Cosmetics 27 Baume 27.
Like butter, this lush balm of 27 ingredients melts into the skin to help heal dry, irritated, stressed, and — surprisingly — breakout-prone skin. It is nothing short of heaven in a jar.
Winner of The Archetypes:
MECCA’s Hall Of Fame: Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen. Impeccably non-greasy, free from any inklings of a white cast and designed to slip under makeup like a primer, our signature SPF50+ holds its throne for another year in the MECCA Beauty Election Hall of Fame.
Winner of The Trailblazers:
The Best Beauty Breakthroughs: Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops. As confirmed by our team members, these TikTok-famous, niacinamide-powered dew drops live up to the hype, bridging the gap between makeup and skincare for healthy, hydrated, highlighted skin.
Winner of The Multihyphenates:
The Best Multi-Use Products: RMS Lip2Cheek.
RMS Beauty paved the way for modern makeup formulations, and their Lip2Cheek creams have stood the test of time. Think fleshy, high-pigment hues that look and feel incredible on your lips and cheeks.