The MECCA Beauty Election 2020 winners according to our beauty insiders and experts

Our store hosts and beauty experts live and breathe all things beauty, and with an all-access pass to the very best, it comes as no surprise that their top-rated favourites—and MECCA Beauty Election certified winners—look a little different. They have tried and tested everything under the sun, including the indie brands that might not have crossed your path, cart, or mind just yet. Alongside MECCA Beauty Election 2020 which we all voted for, here at MECCA we had our store hosts vote for some of their favourites that are perhaps not so well known, but stand as the true stars of their personal beauty cabinets.

From under the radar moisturisers to industry-defiant scents, these are the best in beauty, according to our very own MECCA insiders.

Best Moisturiser // The Great Hydrators: Cosmetics 27 Baume 27

This deliciously rich balm-textured moisturiser is one of those products you can’t fully appreciate until you let it melt between your warm fingers, and massage it into your face. One of our best (yet most gentle) anti-agers, this cream is proven to stimulate collagen synthesis and boost micro-circulation while repairing, regenerating, and protecting damaged skin cells. This comes down to an edit of 27 ingredients that effectively heal dry, irritated, stressed, and—surprisingly—even breakout-prone skin. It’s the real deal.

"This ultra-replenishing balm-cream will restore the most fragile of skin. After using, skin is smooth, plump, bright, even, firm and super resilient."—Erin, Mecca Cosmetica Queens Plaza

Best For Acne // The Blemish Busters: Verso Blemish Fix

Although highly rated by our store teams, on the mainstage this Stockholm-born spot treatment is wildly underrated, packed with the very best unclogging and healing ingredients for next-level efficacy. The brand’s patented Retinol 8—a stabilised vitamin A complex eight times more potent than traditional retinol—is combined with clearing niacinamide, powerful turmeric and mineral-rich portulaca for a formula that delivers, fast. Don’t sleep on it.

"A really effective spot treatment that delivers results without drying out the skin."—Pascale, Mecca Cosmetica Mosman

Best Base // The Strong Foundations: Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation

Meet the secret to glowy, skin-like coverage, as beloved by the MECCA experts. A go-to for all skin types, this insider-favourite foundation is spiked with sodium hyaluronate and vitamin E to plump, hydrate and protect the skin, while providing the perfect base for cream or powder products. It is truly the perfect foundation, and a key player in what we consider to be the signature MECCA look.

"This product makes your skin look flawless, but still allows your natural skin to peak through. I always feel so glowy and radiant when I wear it!"—Stephanie, MECCA Forrest Chase

Best Mascara // The Great Lash Effect: Chantecaille Mascara Faux Cils

Ask for the classic bright eyed and glowy MECCA look in store, and you can trust we’ll reach for this insider-favourite mascara four out of five times. Why? It makes the perfect follow-up to curling your lashes, with a weightless, water-resistant formula that delivers on long, full, and fluffy lashes that stay curled and lifted all day long. It’s the fake lash look done right, made perfect with a wand that promises even coverage without clumping.

"This organic mascara adds definition and volume to lashes without looking clumpy or unnatural. It’s also perfect for sensitive eyes!"—Lara, MECCA Chatswood Chase

Best For Lips // The Lips Of Legends: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

Having only launched late last year, this winning oil-gloss hybrid seems to have stolen our hearts in record time. Like all Kosas formulas, this wet-look gloss is just as much skincare as it is makeup, penetrating the lips with hydrating hyaluronic acid, firming peptides and protective evening primrose oil (read: free from waxes that coat the lips to temporarily appear hydrated). The gloss comes in five moreish shades—try one and you’ll want them all.

"I love how this is skincare and makeup in one. Leaves your lips feeling so plump, hydrated and glossy!"—Courtney, Mecca Cosmetica Paddington

Best On-The-Go // Swipe And Go Beauty: RMS Lip2Cheek in Modest

When clean beauty pioneer Rose-Marie Swift brings a formula to the table, we listen up. After years of wishy-washy natural beauty products, RMS Beauty changed the game with ingredients lists so pure you could almost eat them, and formulas that actually deliver. MECCA insiders love this multitasking lip and cheek cream for its sheer yet buildable finish, fleshy, berry-toned hue, and unexpected spike of skin-protecting antioxidants. It’s a ‘no-makeup makeup’ must.

"Pigmented, blendable and multi-use. It's the ideal minimalistic product."—Chaise, MECCA Kotara

Best For Body // The Body Lovers: Le Labo Hand Pomade

Stepping beyond their cult scents, the earthy luxury of anything Le Labo is considered a true treat for a MECCA insider. Right now, their luxurious hand cream takes the crown; a non-greasy hand pomade designed to hydrated even the roughest of hands. With a plant-based formula of nourishing shea butter, moisturising sweet almond and restorative peony root, it’s the perfect hand sanitiser antidote and a 2020 must-have.

Best Tanners // The Glow Getters: Elle Effect The Tan

Our not-so-secret secret to a dose of Californian sun, bottled by the bronzed goddess herself, Elle Ferguson. This customisable aloe-infused foam guarantees a hydrating, streak-free glow—so you can decide whether you’re in the mood for just kissed or seriously baked—and is so easy to apply, sinking into the skin sans sticky coating. It’s why our teams love it, in addition to the mousse’s soft rose scent; a welcomed upgrade to the biscuity tans of our past.

"Your skin will look sun-kissed and smooth. A perfect formula for streak-free, golden, moisturised skin."—Zoe, MECCA Doncaster

Best Perfume // The Scents Of Success: Escentric Molecule Molecule 01

This industry-defiant fragrance is the winning result of pure curiosity and fine science, making it a no-brainer Beauty Election winner for those in the know. Crafted from a one-note chemical (at first whiff you might notice its likeliness to cedar), this fragrance reacts to your body chemistry to offer a unique scent for every wearer—one that you might not even smell on yourself. It’s great on its own, and even better layered with another fragrance for added dimension.

"The ultimate androgynous, barely there but somehow sexy vibe. It morphs into a unique signature scent that smells different on each person."—Bronwyn, Mecca Cosmetica Ponsonby

Best Beauty Investment // The Big Ticket Beauty: Fornasetti Ortensia Candle

This opulent candle is one of those things that our store teams spend so long looking at, they can’t help but cave. With a vessel as breathtaking as the candle’s scent—a spring bouquet of ripe white florals—this indulgent home luxury is art as much as it is fragrance, complete with an iconic illustration of Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri buried in the ortensia flowers that bloom in the gardens of the Fornasetti house.

"A beautiful keepsake that spreads its little fragrance fingers everywhere. Makes a beautiful makeup brush or succulent holder once burned."—Scarlett, Mecca Cosmetica Burnside

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