My guilty secret exposed by Mecca’s Beauty Election winners

The most eagerly awaited event in the Australian beauty calendar is upon us every year: the winners of the Mecca Beauty Election.

The annual competition sees hundreds of thousands of shoppers vote on a selection of products based on the retail giant’s sales figures.

Now in its 15th year, the competition sees brands that come out on top instantly gain “Elite” status, which immediately leads to a surge in sales.

But anyone who follows #BeautyTok knows that the real thrill is going through the list and checking off which products you already have in your collection – because there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re always one step ahead of the others.

While browsing through Mecca’s recent winners announcement, I found several beauty buys that I’ve personally recommended here on news.com.au. The Beauty Diary – But I also noticed that there were some where I was guilty of gatekeeping from you. Oops.

Now that my secret is finally out, I’ve compiled my top picks from Mecca’s Beauty Choice 2024. Please excuse me for not sharing some of them with you sooner.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Price: $70

As you can tell by the state of my bottle, I use this primer almost daily, and while other people recommend it without hesitation (it’s a TikTok favorite), I’m keeping this bad boy to myself. It just won the award for “Instant Glow-Up,” and experts declare that it “makes your skin look perfect at all times,” which is no doubt why I love it too. If you haven’t tried it yet, take this as your sign.

Augustinus Bader The rich cream

Price: $468

Before you attack me for the price of this moisturizer, I already hate myself for loving it so much, see the Instagram post above from last year. But I feel vindicated after it won the “VIP of the time for me” award, because I’m clearly not alone in my craziness. But be warned, if you have the wherewithal to try it, you will be hooked. Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to buy it, but if I won big on the lottery, I absolutely would, it’s incredibly good.

Diptyque Orphéon EDV

Price: $298 (for 75 ml)

It’s no secret, Diptyque is a leader in world-class perfume, and that’s never been more evident when I’m wearing this perfume. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but people have literally stopped me on the street and asked me what I’m wearing, it’s that damn good. I’m obsessed.

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation

Price: $86

When I first used it, it reminded me of the soft, dewy finish of my absolute favorite foundation, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation. While that one costs $120, this one is under $90, a savings that’s nothing to sneeze at in this economy.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Brightening Sun Serum

Price: $50

You know how it is with sunscreen. Due to industry regulations, we can no longer publish reviews. But I can confirm that I use it regularly. Please use the SPF as directed, reapply often and avoid the sun if possible.

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