The Best in Cult Classic Beauty: Five Faves

New beauty products are launched on what feels like a daily basis. And I’m not complaining, of course. But there’s nothing like those tried-and-true standbys that prove the test of time.

Like a fine red wine or classic cult film, these extra-special items are truly in a league of their own. Here are five of our faves.

Benefit Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain. This award-winning lip tint is what sold me on stains—it’s long lasting, not at all drying, and works great under gloss or alone.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. An amazing mascara that’s been lengthening lashes for more than 40 years. Its beloved clump-free formula cannot be beat—as well as its iconic (and easy-to-spot) pink and green tube.

NARS Blush in Orgasm. With its peachy pink hue and pretty golden shimmer, this naughtily named blush is universally flattering, giving a wide array of skin tones that just-had-sex flush.

Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizer. Dramatically different is right. I remember using this classic yellow cream in high school. It works so well in super-dry and combo skin without leaving a greasy feel.

Smith Rosebud Salve. It’s more than 100 years old and still going strong. Smith’s super-potent salve de-chaps lips, moisturizes dry skin, soothes minor burns and even helps remedy diaper rash. Now that’s an all-purse beauty balm.

What cult classic products do you love like no other?