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5 star beauty: the new 2019 products with the best customer reviews

IT’S BEEN A BLOCKBUSTER YEAR FOR NEW BEAUTY. WE’VE BEEN GRACED WITH NEW PRODUCTS THAT QUICKLY GARNERED A CULT FOLLOWING—AND IT’S YOU, THE CUSTOMERS, WHO'VE PROPELLED THEM INTO THE LIMELIGHT THEY DESERVE. HERE’S WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW PRODUCTS WITH THE MOST FIVE-STAR REVIEWS THIS YEAR.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

One setting powder to rule them all—this sets makeup (for 24 hours no less), provides a practically airbrushed effect on the skin, erases the appearance of pores and you won’t have to worry about flashback in photos. It’s lightweight, never cakey and won’t settle in your lines either.

“I’ve tried many loose powders but this is the only one that I know won’t let me down when it comes to keeping the shine at bay on my t-zone. I’m now halfway through my fourth container with each one lasting about six months. I love it and highly recommend it!” – LMERCIERFAN

“One of the best setting powders you can buy, you truly can't go wrong with this. I've been using the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder for about 3+ years now and it has honestly never failed me. This has no flashback and always leaves my under eyes looking flawless. You can use this as an all-over setting powder, however I prefer it just for my under eyes and cutting the cheek contour.” – TRAYCHIC

Go-To Face Hero

And then a hero comes along… in the form of a nourishing face oil that’s transforming skin and winning hearts across the country. There’s nothing this oil can’t do—it balances oily skin, hydrates dry skin, calms irritation and fights against fine lines and dark spots. It’s infused with hardworking botanical ingredients—including almond, jojoba and brazil nut oils—that are packed with delicious antioxidants your skin will drink up.

“I bought this product after developing an allergic reaction to my previous brand of skincare products. These products left my fair complexion very, very red. After reading Zoe Foster-Blake's "Amazinger Face" I took the risk in the hope that Face Hero would help rebalance my skin and complexion. It did so much more than that! Face Hero helped reduce and correct my redness and did not irritate my skin at all. It hydrates my skin without an oily appearance, and sits well under all my products. It smells and feels amazing on my skin. I use it both in the morning and night, and it has slipped effortlessly into my skin care routine.” – ANTHEA372

Juno Microfibre Velvet Sponge

If your idea of a makeup sponge is memories of those triangle-shaped, single-use sponges you used to buy in bulk at the pharmacy then it’s time to try Juno Microfibre Velvet Sponge. This is no ordinary sponge. It’s designed to hold on to and apply any liquid product seamlessly—and can be used wet or dry. It’s also tapered in all the right places, making it perfect for cream contouring and getting in right under the eyes. The hype is real.

“Years ago, I threw away my makeup brushes having found none of them really achieving the final look I was going for. Since then I have been only using my hands, finding I had achieved a much better result and wasting minimal product. Recently a friend encouraged me to try a sponge and so of course I went straight to mecca.com.au to find the best. SOOO happy with this product — I use it wet with my Naked Skin Foundation and NARS Tinted Moisturiser and concealer. It results in such a beautiful airbrushed finish! I also find it really easy to clean, it's not time consuming like I felt cleaning my foundation brushes was. For the price point to me this is a no brainer!” – SJOHALL

Drunk Elephant Slaai Cleanser

People are a Slaai-ve to this cleanser, and for good reason, it’s got everything you want in a cleanser—it’s packed with antioxidants, gentle, melts away makeup effortlessly and travel-friendly. It starts as a balm and emulsifies into a milk once you add water to your face, leaving skin comfortably clean and silky soft. Key ingredients include antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and oils to help soothe even the most sensitive skin.

“This really is the best cleansing balm ever!! A little goes a long way and the magnetic spoon helps you take a measured amount and not waste product. The cleanser melts into your skin and it’s just so smooth and soothing! It dissolves ALL your makeup including mascara. My skin feels so soft and nourished after cleansing, no dryness at all. It took all my make up off in one go so no double cleansing required and I wear a full face of make up! This is truly a beautiful product and definitely super highly recommended. What is even better is the clean nature of it. I have been on a mission to swap ALL my beauty products for clean products. I have my skincare down pat now!” –MARIAMAV77

Too Faced Damn Girl! 24 Hour Mascara

Better Than Sex is one of our bestselling mascaras, and now its younger sister Damn Girl! 24 Hour Mascara is following suit—and with a name like that you know it’s worth a try. Layer this on for thicker, voluminous and lifted lashes akin to applying a pair of falsies. Infused with tiny polymers to keep even the most stubborn of lashes curled and lengthened, Damn Girl! 24 Hour Mascara promises a flake-free look for 24 hours.

“I do not love mascaras easily. I have very long, but sparse and weak eyelashes. They clump easily, fall out easily, and I find it impossible to find a good mascara that I even remotely like. UNTIL NOW. This mascara is amazing. It separates my eyelashes so they don't clump together while actually giving volume to them (as well as length). It does not leave panda eyes at any point (unlike Better Than Sex) and is easy to wash off without taking my eyelashes with it. It's also cruelty free! Thank you, Too Faced for this amazing product!” – SHEY

MECCA MAX Selfie Skin 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer

Anything that saves time us time in the morning and makes our skin look like it’s got a real life filter is worth celebrating; so it’s no wonder this is scoring five-star reviews. The beauty of this product is it provides a high-coverage finish but with a second skin feeling; it doesn’t sit heavy and is easy to customise (you can sheer it out or go full coverage with ease). Regardless of how you wear it, it promises a radiant matte finish with a hydrating formula that still manages to keep oil at bay.

“I don’t usually write reviews at all, but this tube deserves one. Have tried foundation from different brands and if they're fuller coverage, they're usually cakey or feels thick on the skin. This one has medium to full coverage and works brilliantly as a concealer too, yet very light on the skin. I'm so glad I tried it and don’t be fooled by its affordable price tag, it’s really worth the buy.” – SHASHAGC

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

Instant radiance in a jar? Sign us up. Tatcha’s The Dewy Skin Cream deeply hydrates and seals in moisture, helping to replenish ceramides in the skin for a healthy bounce and instant luminosity (and we mean instant). A fermentation of Japanese anti-ageing superfoods—rice, algae and green tea—helps skin to look healthy and like you’ve managed eight hours of sleep and drunk two litres of water. A personal favourite of @makeupbymario it’s one to try before your next makeup application for seriously radiant results.

“On to my second jar, and I’m confident this will be with my moisturiser of choice forever more! It leaves the skin soft, glowing and radiant. At the same time it’s not heavy and it’s absorbed easily. Obviously, it’s very pricey but a little does go a long way. Would highly recommend.”– ANGEO

“I thought I'd splurge and invest in this cream and I'm so glad I did! After having my baby my skin became really dry and dull (sleepless nights!) and this has restored my skin and makes it feel soft, nourished and dewy. It smells great too. Tatcha is also a socially conscious brand and they donate some of their profits to support girls’ education around the world, which is great!” – AMB12

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask refines, brightens and clarifies skin using a combination of radiance-boosting hyaluronic acid, amino acid-rich watermelon extract and pore-refining AHAs. Plus it’s pink, has a bouncy consistency and smells like a watermelon lolly, so you’ll have an enjoyable sensorial experience before your head hits the pillow.

“I received one in my beauty loop and it’s the best night mask ever. I have eczema on my face I find gets worse when I sleep with the heater or aircon on but not anymore. I always wake up with glowing, soft skin, adding heaps of moisture to where I need.” – TALAANN

“Bought this product a week ago and am already seeing the results. My skin is looking hydrated and glowy with only a few uses. I wore the mask overnight and found my pores were super refined the next morning and my skin was left feeling smooth. Love the product and can’t wait to see long term results.” – HANNAHAJ

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