Beauty Editors Agree: These Are the Best Cult Products From Overseas
From face shaving to $500 skincare devices, beauty editors are always up for trying the latest trends and products. Sure its part of the job, but its also exciting to discover something new to wax poetic about and recommend to readers. And while everything from makeup to supplements arrive in troves to the office, some of our tried-and-true favourites come from good old fashioned shopping. In fact, the best part about travelling overseas for us is browsing the aisles at the local pharmacy and beauty counters for imports to try when we get back home. Hey, every country has something that they're known for and it can range from cuisine and museums to BB creams and sunscreen. We asked beauty editors about their favourite discoveries from around the globe—because if you ask us, beauty products are the best kind of souvenirs.
Keep scrolling to read about the international beauty finds beauty editors absolutely love.
"I can't say enough good things about Grown Alchemist, an Aussie brand that specialises in botanical-based, unisex products. Everything is natural and extremely effective, the textures are always so luscious, and everything smells SO good. Plus, the packaging is very cool. Thank goodness they retail here in the States on sites like Net-a-Porter and Need Supply, considering I order their Shaving Gel on a monthly basis!" —Victoria Hoff, Associate Editor
Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF 25 PA++ ($31)
"This colour correcting BB cream feels like it's from not just another country, but another planet. It comes in two shades (purple and green), which you can choose depending on your skin's undertones. Pump out a little dollop and blend it into your skin with your fingers. As you do, the colour of the product transforms to match your skin, blurring any and all imperfections in the process. When people say "airbrush finish," they're referring to precisely what this product offers. I use it in place of foundation. It provides equal coverage, plus colour correction, while looking super natural. Plus, it's chock full of SPF." —Amanda Montell, Associate Features Editor
Andrea Maack Smart Eau de Parfum ($185)
"Andrea Maack's unisex perfumes are all to die for. I'm not a huge fragrance fanatic, but I don't like smelling like everybody else. I love these because their unique, but never overpowering. Smart is a blend of jasmine, musk, and leather with a hint of vanilla. Once upon a time, Andrea Maack was an instillation artist (she still is) and you would only find her perfumes in obscure little boutiques (if you were lucky), but now the fragrances are sold at Neiman Marcus." —Deven Hopp, Beauty Director
Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack ($25)
"I loathe reapplying lipstick and I've come to prefer the sheer texture and look of a stain. I'm positively addicted to Korean brand Berrisom's My Lip Tint Pack in Pure Pink. It comes in a gloss-like tube you slick on, then wait about 5 to 10 minutes before peeling it off to reveal a lip tint that lasts about TEN hours. It's absolutely incredible. I apply balm on top and can go about my day eating, drinking, talking, whatever and know my lip look is locked and loaded for hours." —Amber Katz, Founder/Writer, Rouge18
Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp Scrub ($65)
"I've professed my love for this scalp scrub on many an occasion, and it isn't likely I'll stop anytime soon. Anytime my scalp is feeling particularly out of whack (i.e. super oily), I reach for my trusty tub. It does the difficult job of cleansing my strands without drying—in fact, my hair is usually left softer than it was before. Robin created the formula to hydrates his clients' strands post-dye job, so it's incredibly soothing. The slightly sticky formula contains chunks of actual sea salt, which dissolve into a satisfying lather as you massage the formula into your scalp. After lathering, I rinse it out, and marvel at my newly soft, balanced, shiny strands." —Faith Xue, Editorial Director
What beauty import is in your routine at all times? Tell us about it in the comments.
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