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The best beauty highlights of 2018

As we get set to welcome a shiny new year we look back on the best beauty highlights of 2018 – from the crème de la crème of skin care to the internet-breaking make up the beauty world held its collective breath for – here’s a look back at the hits from another incredible year of {Cult Beauty}…

January introduced {Too Faced} and palette fanatics rejoiced! The ultimate foil for the post-Christmas blues, the super-cute {Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection} proved perfect for lifting your spirits and bringing a warm, fuzzy glow to the dark depths of winter…

Super-facialist to the AAA-List (she’s reportedly responsible for Meghan Markle’s glow), Kate Somerville finally came to the UK in Fevrier, bringing the cult (and pun-tastic!) ExfoliKate, EradiKate and… {Goat Milk} beauty heroes to a host of desperate British ‘sk-intellectuals’. A cabinet essential, the pink-tinged (and bestselling!) {EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser} not only looks great on your #shelfie but keeps faces flawless (you’re welcome!). 

March brought a month dedicated to maintaining manes and your tresses were thrilled to meet Coco & Eve’s {Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque}. Adored for miraculous moisture and frizz-fighting benefits, we couldn’t resist the allure of this tropical treatment… (and neither could you).

Just in time to ensure you were READY for forthcoming holiday frolics, in April the coolest (most Instagram-friendly) blue tube hit the Cult Beauty runway. Causing a crush at arrivals, {Jet Lag Mask} landed to rapturous squeals from a legion of Cult Beauty skin care obsessives. Keeping skin plumped-up and dewy in spite of long flights (or late nights), this super-charged cream upgrades every complexion from ‘coach’ to ‘first class’ in ten minutes.

We MAY-de your May (geddit?) by ushering {Hourglass} onto our digital aisles. The swoon-inducing heroes every make up maven worships, these are the keys to complexion perfection. If you haven’t already, make space in your handbag for {Veil Translucent Setting Powder} – a featherweight powder that blurs to bestow a ‘soft focus’ effect (who needs Instagram?).

June saw the launch of {Disciple Skincare} – a capsule collection of oils to help regulate sebum and counteract symptoms of stress. With breakouts and acne increasingly common as most of us struggle to cope with the pressures of work and our personal lives, these oils work to harmonise skin that’s a bit out of sync.

Perfect for festival season, Lemonhead.LA’s incredible {Spacepastes} caused global delirium after {Houdini Highlite} graced Queen Bey at this year’s Coachella. Glitter like nothing you’ve witnessed before, these self-adhesive sequins are the best way to bring ‘bling’ to skin.

Consistently one of our most-wanted brands, August saw {NARS} join our roll call of ‘big’ make up names. Synonymous with pioneering colours, formulations and boundary-pushing names (“Hello, Climax. Hey, Orgasm!”), this stellar edit of bestselling blushers, phenomenal bronzers and game-changing bases causes pulses to quicken…

Where skin care meets wellbeing, {goop} was the ultimate ‘Back to School’ launch. Jam-packed with only the finest ‘clean’ ingredients to help support both health and beauty, {GOOPGLOW} proved perfect for tackling post-summer colds and enhancing immunity… just in time for winter’s worst efforts.

Errrrybody in the Cult got decidedly tipsy when {Drunk Elephant} wove its way to Cult Beauty in October. One of the calendar’s hottest skin care arrivals, you lapped up {The Littles} – a super cute edit of flight-friendly minis which made the ideal introduction. Growing from strength to strength, make room on your #shelfie for the new {A-Passioni Retinol Cream} (you HERD it here first).

A favourite of the most discerning noses (and sophisticated fashionistas), we welcomed {Le Labo} in November. The most stylish scents, these heavenly blends are distinctive and truly unlike any other ‘traditional’ perfumes – marrying complex, unusual notes to create something utterly intoxicating.

Make up sensation (and Instagram icon) {Natasha Denona} brought unrivalled panache to our line-up. Loved for her range of pulse-quickening palettes, butter-soft blushers and barely-there bases, everyone clamoured to add one of these gorgeous grids to their shadow collection. Who could resist the {Gold Palette} (not us!).


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…