The Designer Makeup Capsule: 11 Iconic Products We'll Love Forever and Always

Erin Jahns
·6 min read

Even beauty editors get industry fatigue, and while the ever-evolving influx of new brands, technology, and products is most certainly exciting, it can be easy to become jaded and overstimulated. (We'd guess even the most die-hard beauty junkies feel the same.) Every week, month, season, and year, there's a new It label, a new hero product, a new beauty anomaly everyone is saying is the absolute "best." While it's not our intention to throw shade at our favorite new beauty brands, there's something inherently relaxing about the classic and dependable formulas that are so good that they've been (and likely will remain) en vogue for years. Enter, designer makeup brands.

Just like a quilted Chanel handbag or printed Gucci scarf will never fall out of style, neither will Dior's beloved Diorshow Volume Mascara or YSL's Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen. Suffice to say, we love mixing new, ultra-buzzy staples into our makeup routine, but they'll always, always intermingle with certain designer makeup products that have, slowly but surely, gained a certain degree of icon status. To celebrate said icons, we've rounded up 11 top designer makeup brands and the two must-try products from each—the first being a holy-grail Hall of Famer and the second being a favorite we also highly recommend. Keep scrolling! A treasure trove of well-vetted designer makeup gems awaits just below.

#1: Dior

The icon:

Dior Diorshow Lash-Extension Effect Volume Mascara ($30)

Consider this cult-favorite mascara your ultimate desert-island mascara. It's especially brilliant for adding thick volume and major density to your lash line, but thanks to the microfiber-enriched formula, you're going to get an extended, fanned-out effect rivaling your go-to set of falsies.

You'll also love:

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Eye Shadow Palette in Rouge Trafalgar ($62)

#2: Chanel

The icon:

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream ($50)

Creamy, blendable, and lightweight, you'll find this beloved cream-gel bronzing formula from Chanel tucked inside practically every professional makeup artist's kit. It's surprisingly versatile and is the most natural-looking way to add subtle definition anywhere on your face or décolletage.

You'll also love:

Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick ($45)

#3: Giorgio Armani Beauty

The icon:

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation ($64)

Does a more iconic foundation even exist? (No, the answer is no.) If you've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation, you've finally found your soul mate in this makeup artist– and celebrity-approved designer pick. It boasts a flattering, semi-luminous finish that won't clog pores, it can be easily layered depending on the kind of coverage you want, and it has remarkable staying power.

You'll also love:

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer ($38)

#4: Tom Ford

The icon:

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet ($88)

We love everything about Tom Ford beauty—from its damn fantastic perfumes to its obsession-forming makeup products. That said, if we had to choose a favorite child, it would have to be this super-effective sculpting cream and highlighter compact.

You'll also love:

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes ($46)

#5: Givenchy

The icon:

Givenchy Prisme Libre Finishing & Setting Powder ($58)

Whenever someone tells me they can't stand powder, I tell them to try this holy-grail option from Givenchy. Not only does it keep makeup perfectly set with a velvety matte finish, but it also kicks excess shine to the curb and helps even out your skin tone thanks to it's multi-hued color-correcting composition. There are three different options to suit dark, medium, and fair complexions perfectly.

You'll also love:

Givenchy Waterproof Lip Liner in Transparent ($29)

#6: Marc Jacobs Beauty

The icon:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26)

I used to only wear liquid liner until I discovered how game-changing this best-selling gel eyeliner crayon is. It's creamy, it's blendable, the colors are seriously on point (so many options and finishes!), and it won't budge until you actually want it to.

You'll also love:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($27)

#7: Gucci

The icon:

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipstick ($42)

Iconic designer Gucci doesn't have an overwhelming number of beauty offerings, but that doesn't mean the current collection isn't covetable. (Its perfumes are especially divine.) However, strictly speaking of makeup, we'd have to recommend this stunning range of sheer lipsticks.

You'll also love:

Gucci Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62)

#8: YSL Beauty

The icon:

YSL Beauty Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen ($38)

Half highlighter, half concealer, this pen has been around for years, but it has magically retained its hold over the beauty industry. (In fact, plenty of other beauty brands have tried to copy its magic to no avail.) Looking for the perfect dose of coverage and brightening? You've met your match.

You'll also love:

YSL Beauty Vinyl Cream Lip Stain ($38)

#9: Hermès

The icon:

Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick ($67)

Truth be told, beauty and fashion devotees everywhere kind of flipped out early last year when Hermès made its venture into beauty (beyond fragrance, that is) with the launch of these be-all, end-all lippies. Yes, each tube is an investment, but the formulas and color options are beyond beautiful, and the packaging itself is practically a work of art. Twist our arm and we'll say the hydrating matte finish is our fave, but the satin is also lovely.

You'll also love:

Hermès Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick ($67)

#10: Burberry

The icon:

Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick ($48)

Yep, Burberry makes makeup, and while the brand isn't as famous as some of its counterparts we've mentioned earlier, the formulas are truly stellar. This concealing and color-correcting foundation stick, especially, is a standout.

You'll also love:

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet ($34)

#11: Christian Louboutin

The icon:

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour ($90)

No roundup of designer makeup brands could ever be complete without a little bit of Christian Louboutin. The packaging is so bold and chic and is practically collectible in its own right, but the brand's dark-horse options regarding mascara, nail polish, lippies, and more are obsession forming in their own right, too. This particular tube of sheer-washing color is a must if you're new to the brand and are dipping your toe in.

You'll also love:

Christian Louboutin Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner ($75)

Up next, It's Official: These Makeup Brands Score Our Editors The Most Compliments

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

Read More from Who What Wear