THE IN-TRAY

Get to know even more of your Beauty Election finalists, and what customers have to say about them

If anyone knows beauty, it’s you: our MECCA customers. You make up the avid legion of fans that love all things makeup, skincare, fragrance and more. You have your finger on the pulse when it comes to trends, techniques and beauty know-how—from the products you’re buying on repeat to the ones you rave about to your friends and family. Throughout the course of MECCA Beauty Election 2020, we’re taking the time to give each nominee some love, and what better way to do this than by seeing what you have to say about them? We rounded up the glowing reviews that led to these products earning their place on the election podium. Did your favourites make the list?

KOSAS REVEALER CREAMY CONCEALER

A creamy, full coverage concealer available in the same range of shades as the brand’s Tinted Face Oil – so you can easily match your concealer to your base. Genius! Not only is this concealer good at covering spots, it also contains arnica and panthenol to help soothe and calm the blemishes it’s hiding. Other ingredients like caffeine and pink algae help to brighten and leave skin glowing—especially helpful when you’re applying it under the eyes.

“The perfect consistency that sinks into your skin but still provides great coverage. Strong enough to use for spot coverage and under-eyes and blend into skin (without needing foundation). Purchased in Tone 1 and found it blends well with my very fair skin.” – MEGAN_M, Sydney

“I've been searching for the perfect creamy concealer for months and I've finally found it! As someone with quite oily skin, the staying power of this concealer is incredible, often without it needing to be set. I'm quite pale and shade 1 is perfect for me. I highly HIGHLY recommend this.” - TASHV, Queensland

FRANK BODY IN YOUR DREAMS SLEEP SCRUB AND SOAK

The ultimate self-care moment is definitely running yourself a warm bath and sprinkling in something calming to make the experience that much better. Enter the Frank Body In Your Dreams Sleep Scrub and Soak: an Epsom salts, lavender and chamomile mix that gently exfoliates while helping your body unwind. Added magnesium also helps to relax and soothe tired muscles and calms the mind.

“I bought this a month or so ago and I absolutely love it! I have a lot of issues with sleep and as a full-time uni student with three jobs it really is important I get time to unwind and try to rest as much as possible. This soak has done just that its beautiful and calming and doesn't leave any residue in the bath its beautiful. I will be buying it or recommending it to a lot of my family and friends.” – ASH1204, Newcastle

This scrub is so luxurious and relaxing. It’s made me want to have baths again and is so lovely after a long day or when you’re a bit stressed. Also leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth. The smells is divine, and I’ve had no trouble falling asleep after I’ve used it! Would definitely recommend, especially if you want to try a frank scrub and aren’t a big coffee fan. – ARIAMADI, Melbourne

MECCA MAX WINK INK MASCARA

You just can’t go past a reliable mascara—it’s a staple in anyone’s makeup bag. One of the most reliable—and intensely pigmented—mascaras in our line-up in the MECCA MAX Wink Ink Mascara. It offers a flake-free f ormula that’s 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free and builds a naturally volumised effect.

“This is my second time purchasing this mascara it is amazing my lashes look fuller and longer and great for such a cheap price even better then expensive brands I have used in the past.” – KINP, Melbourne

“I’m really picky when it comes to mascaras. It seemed no matter what brand I tried I couldn’t get them to thicken and stand up. Then a came across the hourglass caution mascara which was so good! I thought it was my holy grail mascara but this one beats it! Even better than the hourglass one and like half the price!” – JIMJAM56, Melbourne

SHISEIDO DEEP CLEANSING FOAM

This AM or PM cleanser is ideal for those with oily or blemish-prone skin; the inclusion of rice germ oil helps to remove impurities in the skin without stripping natural oils. Use this to draw out dirt, dead skin cells, sebum and pollutants.

“I first bought this product perhaps around two months ago, use it twice a day, and I still have some left as you really only need the smallest amount. I have relatively oily-combination skin, and my main concern is minimising blemishes.This particular cleanser is strong enough that it creates a thorough cleanse with just a pea-sized amount, and leaves your face feeling very soft and clean afterwards. It's very gentle and not at all overpowering on the skin. I really quite like using this Shiseido cleanser - definitely keen to look into more Shiseido products too! – KILLUAZCLD, Sydney

I bought this cleanser around 3 weeks ago after trying it out when my sister was visiting me. My sister and I have different skin types, where she has oily skin with occasional breakout and I have dry combination skin with hormonal acne on my cheeks. Despite our different skin types, we both have found this cleanser to be amazing! It foams up and really feels like it is cleaning deeply. After the product is washed off, my skin feels fresh and clean and it (somehow) feels like my skin is prepped and really for my following products. I have also found that this product has helped reduce my acne and I'm seeing far less pimples since I have been using it. My sister has also noticed she is having less breakouts than before. We love this product! – ROSEVILLA, Sydney

BOBBI BROWN LONGWEAR BROW PENCIL

A waterproof mix of waxes and emollients ensure this brow pencil won’t budge for up to 16 hours. It’s the perfect way to shape, fill in and brush up your brows when you know you’ll be on the go between the gym or dealing with hot (or wet) weather.

“I bought this pencil a while back and I always use it when doing my makeup. I spent ages trying to find a brow pencil with no red undertones as my eyebrows are ash blonde, purchased this in the shade grey and it matched them perfectly. It's easy to apply and makes your brows look fuller and defined whilst still looking natural and not overdone. It's pretty pricey but totally worth the money if you're looking for a quality brow pencil. I'll definitely be re-purchasing this when I run out.” – ASH16, Western Australia

“This is one of the few products I can't live without. I've tried so many brow pencils, powders and gels over the years and this is the only one that is portable and very easy to use. In less than a minute, I can make my brows look fabulous. It doesn't snap either. Although the price is steep, it lasts a very long time.”- SOLY124, Perth

TATCHA THE DEWY SKIN NIGHT MASK

Fifteen minutes with this serum-drenched, form-fitting sheet mask is all you need to experience plump, dewy and ultra-hydrated skin. Need more convincing? Ingredients like red algae, green tea and rice all help to draw moisture into the skin while detoxifying and preventing the signs of premature ageing. Try it before a night out and get ready for a seriously glowy base for your makeup.

“DEWY SKIN, DEWY SKIN, DEWY SKIN! I use this product before applying makeup or when my skin needs a big hydration hit! I love the dewy glowy skin look and this does it for me every time! A bit up there in price for a sheet mask so I tend to save this one for the special occasions (a night out, date night, birthdays etc) but totally worth every dollar for when you want results. Can't recommend this product highly enough.” – ANNABELLEMELLIOTT, Sydney

“This mask left me feeling like a new woman and my skin felt like silk.”- LOZ86, Ipswitch

CHANTECAILLE VITAL ESSENCE

A serum that pretty much does it all, Chantecialle’s Vital Essence encourages collagen production (hello, firmer, bouncier skin), soothes redness and give skin its best chance of retaining moisture. We guarantee your skin will drink this up.

“Such a great and potent serum, bought this recently and I use it every day! I have very sensitive and dry skin, which is also quite dull and more prone to fine lines despite me only being in my early 20's - but I feel like this is already helping a lot, and my skin feels more fresh and lively.” – ANONYMOUS, Sydney

“I have used this for 3 months now and already can't live without. My skin tone is more even, my skin feels smoother with pores reduced and I have almost no breakouts. It's a beautiful product that really treats your skin and I love the pattern in the bottle as you pump the product out. Gorgeous!” – JACS78, Melbourne

HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER SPF 15

If you’re looking to extend the wear of your makeup day or night, then this bestseller from Hourglass is sure to spark your interest. It’s lightweight, oil-free and helps minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines—plus neutralises redness and offers some sun protection too. It’s a real all-rounder and the reviews speak for themselves.

“I replenished my supply last week, and absolutely loving this product it was a no-brainer to go with a bigger size this time around. The Veil Mineral Primer has to be the premier primer product on the market, it has an exquisite silky feel on the skin while providing a perfect base.” – BEXTER, Brisbane

“I have been using this for about 2 weeks and it truly is the best primer I have ever used so far. None of my moisturiser or face sweat comes through when I’m applying my foundation on warmer days/in a hurry. It stops my makeup sweating off while at work (regularly dealing with stressful situations as well as office air hot/cold and out in the elements for 8+ hours). Not to mention that it makes my face feel like a silky pillow when applied!! Quality product. It doesn’t add any moisture though so having a good skincare routine will improve its overall performance (so that foundation doesn’t sit in lines)” – MADSJL, Horsham

VERSO SUPER EYE SERUM

Spiked with Verso’s patented Retinol 8 formula (a stabilised vitamin A complex), this eye serum targets signs of ageing and tiredness around the eyes—like fine lines, pigmentation around the eye area and dark circles to be more specific. Got your eye on it? See what people have to say.

“Overall I have great skin except for my under eyes. I’ve got dark puffy bags lined the whole caboodles. Verso super serum is the only thing that helps. It is pricey, yes but I’ll give up anything else for this. It calms down the puffiness and the tiny lines are smoothed out. This after only a week of use.” – SIXTYONE, Sydney

“I received a sample size from the Mecca Beauty Loop Box and I tell you that this is the BEST sample product that they have given me in my entire membership. Not only the sample size lasted my whole 4-week holiday, but it made a HUGE difference within that time frame. I'm now buying my first full size!” – GUEN, Melbourne

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