For most beauty brands, there will be one product that will be known as their star product. And, it’s likely their best-selling too. This star product is usually the one that the brand is most proud of for reasons ranging from how popular it is, sale volume and its uniqueness. Like how hotels are ranked, a beauty star product needs to check off various features to qualify – it could be the brand’s or company’s patented technology or a groundbreaking discovery, ingredient or design. While most reputable beauty brands can quantify their star products, for some it could be a publicity stunt to highlight a product, even though in reality it may not deserve a podium positioning. So, the next time you’re sold a star product, find out what justifies its lead positioning. ­– Co-ordinated by Sandra Low


Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening (21 Medium Pink), RM230

The first thing that strikes me about this cushion foundation is the pleasant floral-citrusy scent, thanks to its magnolia extract. Featuring a subtly faceted case design, the lightweight formula spreads quickly over skin, making application a breeze. Coverage is light to medium and easily buildable. The result is an even, dewy complexion with the product’s mother-of-pearl complex helping to create a radiant effect. After application, I find that my skin feels moist up to a few hours in an air-conditioned setting. To use, gently press the puff down once or twice and spread evenly across your face in a tapping motion. With an SPF50+, this is definitely one of my favourite cushion foundations. — Wong Li Za


Dior Rouge Liquid (999 Matte), RM125

Dior Rouge Liquid (999 Matte), RM125

I love Dior lipsticks so of course I snatched this one up! Basically Dior reinvented Rouge Dior into a liquid lipstick. It’s supposed to provide extreme long-lasting colour of up to 12 hours, and yes, it really does deliver! I didn’t need any touch-ups during the day even after eating! It survived the noodle test too, and I just pressed my lips together and didn’t need to reapply. I loved that it was liquid but remained matte, as I am not a fan of shiny lips. Though if you prefer otherwise, it also comes in metallic, satin and velvet. It went on smoothly, and the new brush is angled to a fine tip which makes for easy application and a perfect finish. – Dzireena Mahadzir

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Serum, RM270

Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Serum, RM270

Its job is to rescue skin by relieving, strengthening and rejuvenating skin, and to be used as a one-month treatment or four times a year. The most fun part is at the beginning when breaking the ampoule to release 98% of pure antioxidant, a blue concentrate, into the serum base of probiotics extract. You see a blue “explosion” in your bottle and the blue swirls of ferulic acid and vitamin E remain until you shake to mix the serum. For better gauging I didn’t use this with a moisturiser. Evening is usually when your skin is at its worst (after a stressful and polluted day!) so this is the best time to apply this. After patting onto reddish areas on my forehead, the redness subsided pretty quickly. Having used it at night (without moisturiser) and in the morning (underneath moisturiser), overall my skin felt soft, smooth and moisturised – like it was rescued. – Sandra Low


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (714, Mega matte), RM75

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (714, Mega matte), RM75

How apt – lipsticks ARE my beauty vice and if I find a colour I love, I often buy them in multiples for fear they’d be discontinued soon. Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick shade 714 (bright red with a Mega Matte finish) has just become a possible go-to red for me. The shade of red is bold (if you’re going to wear red, go bold!) and intensely matte, living up to the name. I like Matte lipsticks and I expect them to be dry – it’s just a matter of how dry. On a scale of one to 10, I’d say the Mega Matte is a 6 – dry but it doesn’t crack or flake which is a good thing because it stays on all day (even outlasting the olive-oil laden salad I ate for dinner). Because it’s so matte it doesn’t glide on like butter. I applied some lip gloss as a base which solved that issue – it also helped counter the dryness of this lipstick. – S. Indramalar

 


Sephora Cream Lip Stain (10, Mandarin Muse), RM49

Sephora Cream Lip Stain (10, Mandarin Muse), RM49

I’m normally not a big fan of lip stains, but this one is a winner – the claim of it being “silky and long-lasting” is accurate, and it barely needs touch-ups throughout the day. The product glides on smoothly, making application a breeze, and it smells great and has a pleasant creamy texture. It was however, a little dry on my lips, so I applied a layer of lip balm before covering it with this product, and did so everytime I had a meal and needed a bit of a touch-up. The bold colour is stunning, and would probably suit most skin tones. Like its claims, it’s not sticky and feels really comfortable throughout the day. – Nasa Maria Entaban

 

 

 

 


Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, RM98

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, RM98

Innisfree claims that the serum (containing organic Jeju green tea and green tea seeds) helps with moisturisation. It works, at least for me. I have combination skin, and certain areas of my face felt less dry after using it day and night for close to 10 days. The formulation doesn’t feel too thick, which makes it easy to apply without leaving a sticky residue. The light, fresh scent is also a welcome quality. I think the product is well suited for our hot and humid weather. I certainly won’t mind including this serum into my daily skincare regime. – Bervin Cheong

 

 

 

 


Burberry Face Contour (Dark No.02), RM145

This contouring pen proves that accentuating your features is as simple as ABC. This runway inspired pen’s lightweight texture gives soft shadows that help to sculpt your face, especially to define cheekbones, jawline and nose. You can apply it to the crease of the eye socket for a bigger eye effect. The application is easy, too. I managed to blend in the shade effortlessly using my fingers, instead of a brush. It makes the art of face contouring simple, even for beginners. It comes in two shades – medium and dark to cater to different skin tones. Pair it with a highlighter to add strobing on cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. – Sheela Chandran