Any beauty buff will attest to the wondrous feeling of discovering new favourite brands and products to add to our ever-growing collection, but there’s also something about coming back to our old faithfuls – you know, the ones you’ve been relying on for years that you just know will deliver.
But it can be a bit of minefield to navigate the world of beauty at the best of times – thousands of brands on offer, pretty shiny packaging every way you look and seemingly every product claiming to work small miracles – it can be difficult to know what really works.
One thing we can rely on though are recommendations. When someone tells you they’ve been using a product for years, you know it must be doing something right. And a key indicator of which products fall into this category are the bestsellers.
So we asked those good people at John Lewis for their top 10 bestselling products – the ones that people instantly fall in love with and keep coming back to time and time again. Considering the breadth and quality of beauty products that John Lewis stocks (oh how we miss perusing your beauty halls JL), it’s a true testament to a product’s power if it can take the number one spot in its category at the iconic department store.
And so you can consider this your guide to the hardest working, best value for money beauty products, from skincare and haircare to make up and body care.
Top 10 bestselling beauty products at John Lewis
Cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
John Lewis says: ‘This gentle, pH-balanced liquid cleanser produces a foaming lather that cleanses skin of excess oils, dirt and debris without over-drying or stripping the skin of its natural oils.’
Reviewers say: ‘I bought this cleanser 2 weeks ago and at the time when I purchased it my face was very bad where I couldn’t control the spots appearing on my face. Then I discovered Kiehls and found this cleanser. After a week I began to see a huge difference and my face is almost clear!’
Serum: Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil
John Lewis says: ‘C.E.O. Glow is a Vitamin C + Turmeric glow-giving face oil that recharges the radiance of your skin. Infused with advanced Vitamin C and golden turmeric for instant vibrancy and antioxidant defence. C.E.O. Glow delivers cold-pressed, nutrient-rich extracts into your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter and nurtured.’
Reviewers say: ‘Pretty sure this is the one product I wouldn’t want to go without ?? I apply this constantly, whether it’s on my lips, pat a bit on my cheeks for a healthy glow, or places that are semi-difficult to blend like the nose crease, I even add a drop to my Anastasia Beverly gel eyebrow product to refresh it & prolong its use ?’.
Mask: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
John Lewis says: ‘Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask with a vitamin fruit complex features a concentrated citrus fruit blend of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines that helps gently refine the appearance of the skin to soften, smooth, and improve clarity. The highly innovative mask is formulated with a proprietary vitamin fruit complex, a potent blend of vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B5; lemon and orange fruit extracts; and revitalising minerals, to reveal an incredibly vibrant, healthy-looking complexion.’
Reviewers say: ‘This stuff has really made my skin tone much more even and glowing!!!! I’m obsessed with it!!!’
Complexion: Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Hydrating
John Lewis says: ‘Infuse moisture into skin with this replenishing primer that keeps skin feeling fresh all day. Olive Extract visibly smooths and locks in hydration while Marine Hydra Botanicals replenish skin and promote long term moisture recovery.’
Reviewers say: ‘This primer is so hydrating! My skin is super dry and patchy sometimes when I put on foundation, but when I use this primer, my skin is not patchy or dry at all! It is absolutely miraculous! I love it so much, I would definitely buy it again when I am finished with it.’
Mascara: Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
John Lewis says: ‘The ultimate all-in-one mascara, Caution’s double-action brush, densely packed bristles, and the smooth glide formula work together to deliver volume, length, and definition.’
Reviewers say: ‘The fact that this is the 3rd of this brand of mascara I have bought speaks volumes. Speaking of which, volume is what it offers along with the ability to coat lashes individually and with no clogging and a perfectly even spread. Great for day or night time look. Having used well known more expensive brands for years none have come close to being as good as this. Buy it once and you won’t look back, the best there is.’
Eye concealer: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
John Lewis says: ‘Reduces the appearance of blemishes, dark circles, redness, pigmentation, crows feet. Unique magic precision face applicator, elastic second skin texture, full coverage lasting up to 15 hours, water resistant.’
Reviewers say: ‘This is fabulous. Covers dark circles, blemishes and leaves a lovely natural finish that isn’t cakey and feels lovely on the skin and lasted all day’.
Bodycare: Le Labo Santal 33 Shower Gel
John Lewis says: ‘Santal 33 is an open fire. The soft drift of smoke. Where sensuality rises after the light has gone. Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E, moisturising Olive Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera, Flaxseed Extract, this shower gel cleans the body and the mind. Our shower gel does not contain parabens and is vegan and cruelty-free. Scent category: Woody. Notes: Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood, cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox, and leather accord.’
Reviewers say: ‘I absolutely love this fragrance!! I think it even improves my mood!!!’
Sleep: Disciple Sweet Dreams Skincare Gift Set
John Lewis says: ‘Mix together to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep, or pop a few drops of CBD under the tongue to help you drift off.
‘Dreamy Skin: Pretty much everything you need in a night oil, this powerhouse treatment helps regenerate skin cells while you sleep – reducing pigmentation, pore size, fine lines and boosting firmness. Dreamy Skin is specifically designed for acne-prone skin too – the perfect anti-ageing, anti-dark spot, anti-huge-pore night treatment to correct damage and boost radiance.
‘250mg CBD Miracle Drops: Broad Spectrum Multi-use CBD in Hemp Oil. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and patches to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm – making it great for stress and anxiety. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s not psychoactive – it won’t get you high.’
Reviewers say: ‘For many years I have been able to fall asleep easily, but I wake up every few hours and can struggle to fall back to sleep. This has made a noticeable difference. I am now sleeping six or more hours in a stretch and it’s joyful! I have changed nothing aside from taking half a dropper each night before bed. Incredibly grateful. Results have been consistent each night I have taken them and it has made such a difference.’
Haircare: Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Treatment
John Lewis says: ‘An intensive weekly treatment from Aveda deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine.’
Reviewers say: ‘I have been using this masque (no conditioner) for a few weeks now together with Damage Remedy shampoo, and this product has made a huge difference to my dry damaged dyed hair. For a start it is much easier to comb, there are less knots at the ends therefore less breakage. The ends look less damaged and overall the hair feels stronger.’
Supplements: anatomē Womens Health: Daily Wellbeing + Hormonal Support Health Supplement
John Lewis says: ‘This is a natural botanical lifestyle supplement complex specifically designed for women to support health when under strain, supporting hormonal balance, providing essential vitamins and minerals to support health and wellbeing. Balance hormone levels, Boost energy levels for brain and body & Strengthen immune defence.’
Reviewers say: ‘I suffer from PCOS and struggled to balance my hormones and couldn’t find anything that actually worked. I got these tablets after reading the reviews and thought, well it can’t help trying them. They really helped, especially during my period as my cramps were definitely not as excruciating as they have been in the past! My skin didn’t break out before my period as much as it usually does and I just feel less lethargic as I usually do. I know that these may not suit everyone but they suit me down to the ground and happy I purchased them!’