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Hundreds of thousands of votes, heated beauty debates, and whole-hearted campaigning across the nation: thanks to your support, passion and commitment to beauty, the time has finally come to announce the winners of the 2020 MECCA Beauty Election. We know you’re here for one thing—and one thing only—so it’s time for us to cut the waffle, and for you to delve into the very best in beauty, as chosen by you.
And the winners are…
This relatively new and highly pigmented 16-pan eyeshadow palette is inspired by the different shades and intensities of all skin tones. Turns out its buttery, skincare-infused formula and versatility has inspired you too, nabbing 27 percent of the total vote and making it the updated neutrals palette on everyone’s lust list.
Also winner of the People’s Choice Award, as voted by the MECCA Instagram Community.
It’s the cult item in the morning routines, handbags and desk drawers of all of MECCA HQ—and our community feels the same way. Impeccably non-greasy, free from a Zuckerberg-esque white cast and designed to be worn under makeup, our signature SPF is now officially MECCA’s MVP (followed closely by NARS Laguna Bronzer).
This year Urban Decay’s coveted setting spray levelled up with a new matte formula, perfect for the shine-prone, and in achieving a modern take on ‘90s matte. While we might not have been able to test it on a sweaty dance floor just yet, you can guarantee it will be our first port of call.
Also winner of the Chit Chatter’s Choice Award, as voted by the MECCA Chit Chat Facebook Group.
Forever topping our bestseller lists (and filling our feeds with its peach-packaged goodness), Face Hero is a skincare dependant many of us couldn’t imagine our routines without—the oil itself is lightweight, sitting perfectly underneath or on top of your moisturiser, and targets most skincare concerns: acne, ageing, redness, dryness, dark spots… you name it.
Topping Eve Lom’s Cleanser by just 4% of the vote, Kate Somerville’s fan-favourite daily exfoliating cleanser is a star for its remarkable ability to refine and clear the skin with fruit enzymes, lactic acid and glycolic acid, while still being gentle enough to not strip, dry or irritate the skin, even when used twice daily.
With an incredible 46 percent of the vote—fronting its runner-up by a whopping 30 percent—Tatcha’s rich and glowy purple-jarred hydrating potion took the top spot for best moisturiser, and we’re not surprised. It makes the perfect cream to lock in your serums and hydrate overnight, as well as the best-case base for a lit-from-within makeup look.
Dominating its category with 52 percent of the vote (35 percent higher than its runner up), this overnight wonder is loved for its ability to reveal smooth, bright skin overnight, thanks to a powerful blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids, as well as a hit of pore-clearing salicylic acid and protective raspberry. It’s a must for dull, dry, congested, lined, or pigmented skin.
Mario Badescu’s world-famous Drying Lotion sucks the life out of spots overnight (even those big, painful ones that feel like they have their own heartbeat). Pair that with its affordable price tag, and it comes as no surprise that this cult blemish buster has taken out top spot with 36 percent of the vote.
Outperforming Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado by just two percent, this caffeine-spiked favourite is the ultimate morning zinger for tired under eyes. It’s formulated to soften the look of dark circles and puffiness while improving skin resilience, fighting the unwanted (yet all too familiar) under-eye cameo made by life and screen-induced fatigue.
Reclaiming its reign after a 2018 overtaking by bareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, MECCA’s most loved foundation (according to 33,000-plus votes) is a true NARS classic, delivering on 40 shades that blend into the skin for buildable, skin-like coverage with a soft, healthy glow. Try it once and you will love it forever.
This hotly contested category saw our closest beauty battle, with Laura Mercier’s globally coveted loose setting powder beating out Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray by point-two-four percent. A favourite for bakers and no-makeup-makeup wears alike, this ultra-fine powder mattifies and sets while remaining remarkably undetectable on the skin. It’s pure wizardry.
A Beauty Election repeat offender (dominating the mascara category every single year since our inaugural election), Better Than Sex Mascara has once again taken the top spot, continuing to serve your lashes with unparalleled fullness, fluffiness, and drama. We guess some things truly do live up to their name…
No matter the state of your brows, this top-voted pencil is the ultimate MECCA-approved hack for faking perfectly groomed brows. Tipping the votes by just three percent above Anastasia Beverly Hills, this brow saviour delivers on the fullness of a powder, definition of a pencil and hold of a wax, all in one.
NARS’ universally-loved blush is the textbook perfect peachy-pink—fleshy enough to look natural, glowy enough to amplify even the simplest of looks. The cheeky hue truly dominated the blush category with 51 percent of the vote—38 percent higher than its runner-up. “I designed Orgasm Blush the same way I design all my colours,” says founder Francois Nars. “It just so happened that NARS fans fell in love.
There’s no denying that Velvet Teddy is a lipstick icon, worn on the regular by our favourite celebrities (most notably Kylie Jenner) and beauty lovers alike. A deep rose undertone gives this matte, universal nude depth and life, and the title of Best For Lips in the MECCA Beauty Election.
This liquid eyeshadow created a true cultural reset—the painstaking nature of glitter shadows melted away as Stila changed the game with their now coveted shadows. Free from flake and fallout, this on-the-go beauty favourite is a cinch to apply, perfect for a hint of shimmer in your inner corner, a subtle liner moment, or an all-out glitter lid. Euphoria , you’re welcome.
Considering the global cult status of competitors like category runner-up Santal 33, this peppery rose scent from Byredo is a refreshing winner. A timely one, too—this fragrance pays tribute to the nurses who worked on the frontline during WW1, made to raise awareness and funds for Doctors Without Borders.
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, and leaves your skin with a soft, hydrated glow. It’s also considered to be MECCA’s best partner in crime to any self-tanner.
Skincare meets tan in this glow-getting winner, combining hemp seed oil with jojoba and avocado oils to deliver customisable tanning drops that cocktail seamlessly with your moisturisers, primers, serums and oils. The result is a gradual, non-streaky, and most importantly healthy tan, safe for your face and body.
Whether you have straight hair and want curls—or curly hair in the mood for straight—ghd’s cult classic heat styler is the one device that can deliver it all. Far less finnicky than any blow dryer or tong, the styler’s perfectly curved barrel and optimised ceramic plates provides unparalleled versatility, making it easy-as-pie to recreate salon hair at home. It’s an investment that will last you a decade.
This one-of-a-kind formulation (featuring the brand’s patented Miracle Broth—a cell-renewing elixir which calms redness and irritation) has garnered a league of fans across all ages and, according to 45% of voters, is a luxury worth dipping into your bank account for. It’s a true crème de la crème for firm, nourished and glowing skin.
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