Best of Beauty

If the beauty industry had a Hall of Fame, these nine top sellers would be in it

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Nars Orgasm Blush, $27

François Nars’s Orgasm Blush is as well known for its universally flattering hue as it is for its cheeky moniker. The shimmery peachy-pink powder proved such a success, it spawned a complete collection of Orgasm-inspired makeup, including a lip gloss, a nail polish and a complexion-enhancing “Illuminator.”

Photo courtesy of NARS

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $7.99–$11.49

It’s gentle, inexpensive and easily available—and works like a charm, which is why this moisturizing nonalkaline, noncomedogenic and fragrance-free wash is the number-one dermatologist-recommended cleanser, period.

Photo courtesy of Cetaphil

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $21

The makeup artist’s top-selling liner features a unique gel formula that’s not just long wearing and water resistant; it also sets in seconds and stays wonderfully smear- and crease-proof all day. No wonder one is sold every minute in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Elnett Satin Hairspray, $6.99–$14.99

This spritz’s legendary “brushable hold” (meaning it locks in a finished look yet will disappear with the stroke of a brush) has made it a top choice of stylists for four decades—and counting.

Photo courtesy of L'Oréal

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42

This tinted lotion is absolutely beloved for its ability to even skin like a foundation while providing the moisturization of a featherweight—and SPF-laced!—cream.

Photo courtesy of Laura Mercier

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer Lotion, $23

The company’s best-selling moisturizer—step 3 in Clinique’s famed 3-Step Skin Care System—is such a staple, one is sold every 4.8 seconds.

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.99

Launched in 1971, the lash enhancer in the familiar pink and green tube (it was inspired by then up-and-coming designer Lily Pulitzer and her bright, preppy prints) is celebrating its 40th anniversary . . . not to mention its place as America’s top-selling mascara, with more than 20 million tubes sold yearly!

Photo courtesy of Maybelline

Chanel No. 5, $50–$260

Arguably the most famous fragrance, this blend of rose, patchouli, iris and an aldehydic top note made its debut in 1921. The company won’t comment on sales stats, but it’s been estimated that one is sold every 30 seconds, and the folks at Chanel will confirm that it was the most popular fragrance bottle this past holiday season.


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First Published April 26, 2011

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