No matter how these beauty products fared over the years, one thing is for sure: everyone was talking about them at one point. Here are the buzziest hair, makeup, fragrance, and skin products from 1984 to today.
1984: Clairol Benders
Sure, hot rollers were cool, but what about ~benders~? First, you'd plug the pouch into a power outlet to heat them up, then you'd burn your fingers on the rods while wrapping sections of hair around them. But hey, at least your hair looked good.
1985: Lee Press-On Nails
The '80s were all about long nails and the easiest, cheapest way to get them were with Lee Press-Ons. Available in "active," "natural," and "glamour" lengths, you could have the look you wanted in no time (even if they did pop off right away).
1986: Dippity-Do Styling Gel
Dippity-Do has been around for decades, but this commercial from 1986 really hits home with '80s kids. Whether you were styling curls or going for a slicked-back updo, gel, specifically Dippity-Do, was your go-to.
1987: Caboodle Carrying Case
According to Allure, the creators of Caboodle were inspired by a photo of Vanna White using a tackle box as a makeup kit and in 1987, the cult-favourite makeup carrier was born. Mind. Blown.
1988: Ex'cla-ma'tion Perfume
The love for this powdery scent, which launched in 1998, lasted well into the '90s. And with a commercial like this, how could it not?
1989: Electric Youth Perfume by Debbie Gibson
Released at the same time as Debbie Gibson's song "Electric Youth," her fragrance embodied what every kid wanted in a perfume in the late '80s: a sweet, fruity scent with bright neon packaging.
1990: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara
You can't talk about '80s or '90s makeup without bringing up Great Lash, which is why it belongs in 1991 — smack dab in the middle of those two decades. Often referred to as "the pink and green mascara," this stuff gave your lashes the perfect amount of thickness and volume.
1991: Topsy Tail
This nifty hair tool, which launched in 1991, took your regular ponytail and turned it inside out for some serious '90s realness. For a hot-minute, everyone was wearing the Topsy Tail look — with some feathered bangs, of course.
1992: Teen Spirit Deodorant
Though totally unintentional, this is product that inspired the late 1991 song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by quintessential '90s band Nirvana. Kathleen Hanna told Double J of the time she wrote "Kurt smells like teen spirit" on a wall in his room. Kurt liked the way it sounded, and that was that. By 1992, everyone wanted some Teen Spirit deo.
1993: Noxzema Cleansing Cream
If you were a '90s kid, this 1993 Noxzema commercial featuring Rebecca Gayheart gave you all the feels. The product was so popular it even got a shout-out a couple years later in Clueless.
1994: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Enamel in "Vamp"
Originally created for the Chanel Autumn/Winter 1994 runway show, this classic black cherry nail shade was the first of its kind. "Vamp," now a slightly different shade with a new name: 'Rouge Noir," was then worn by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and Madonna in her music video for "Take a Bow" in the same year.
1995: Hard Candy Nail Polish in "Sky"
There once was a time when wearing blue nail polish was crazy, and that time was 1995. When Alicia Silverstone went on David Letterman to promote Clueless, she wore the sky blue shade by Hard Candy (which founder Dineh Mohajer was making out of her college dorm room at the time) and the line took off from there.
1996: Herbal Essences
Available from 1995 to 2006, the rose-scented Herbal Essences Smooth Collection was the go-to shampoo and conditioner. Herbal Essences not only smelled amazing, but they also had some... pretty unforgettable commercials at the time.
1997: Revlon ColourStay Lipstick
In 1994, Revlon launched its ColourStay lipstick and totally changed the game for longwear makeup. The iconic commercials with Cindy Crawford, like this one from 1997, helped solidify the product as a staple throughout the '90s.
1998: Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Collection
The Cucumber Melon collection, which included body lotion, shower gel, and fragrance mist, is the scent and product range of the late '90s. It originally launched in 1998 and was later relaunched in 2017 to the joy of every person who was alive in 1998.
1999: Butterfly Clips
Though this trend lasted for a few years (as all great trends do) the late '90s were all about butterfly clips. Whether your butterflies were of the plastic rainbow assortment or had wings with springs so they could flutter, everybody was talking about — and wearing —butterfly clips. Even [celebs]
2000: Lancôme Juicy Tubes
The first tube lip gloss to hit the market, Juicy Tubes were so sticky and sparkly and smelly (in the best way) and that's why they were the lip product of the millennium. In 2016, the product relaunched as a lip oil in a shaker bottle called Juicy Shakers.
2001: Lip Smacker
Although Lip Smacker launched in the '70s, this is one product that can't be confined to a year or even a decade. Anyone growing up in the '80s, '90s, and '00s used the scented lip balms. However, I specifically remember being an 11-year-old girl in 2001 and living and dying by my Lip Smacker collection, so 2001 felt right.
2002: Diorshow Mascara
Dior makeup's creative director Peter Philips told Allure that before this brush was made, he would use a hair mascara spoolie brush to apply the product, since no wands on the market at that time were big enough. The cult-favourite mascara was hugely successful when it launched, and then in 2015 the product was revamped with improvements to its packaging.
2003: Lush Cosmetics
The cult-favourite line of body care products launched in the '90s, but finally opened shop in the U.S. in 2003. That same year, Lush launched 12 new soaps and 10 new bath bombs, which are still a favourite of the brand to this day. Lushies, devotees of the brand, even go as far to get tattoos inspired by the cosmetics line and their famous bath bombs.
2004: Britney Spears Curious Eau de Parfum Spray
One thing that has remained consistent over the years is Britney Spears's success in fragrance. It started in 2004 with one fragrance, Curious, which was so popular it launched a perfume empire for the singer, who now has 23 fragrances to her name. This one in particular, which is decorated with charms reminiscent of Brit's famous belly button piercing, sold 500 million bottles by 2013.
2005: Jergens Natural Glow Lotion
In 2005, a time when self-tanner was hard to use and, for lack of a better term, bad, Jergens launched its revolutionary gradual sunless tanning lotion, which began selling out of pharmacies immediately. The product is still available today with slight changes to the packaging, improvements to the scent, and an expanded product range.
2006: Proactiv Solution
If you had acne in the '00s, you owned this stuff. Loved by all the celebrities you cared about (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson), this three-step acne solution had the most convincing testimonials and infomericals ever.
2007: DuWop Lip Venom
The first ever lip plumper on the market when it launched in 2002, according to DuWop, Lip Venom was a staple in every teenager's purse in the '00s. Inspired by the pouty look of the actors' lips on Felicity after a makeout scene, the team at DuWop created a mixture of essential oils that not only made your lips tingle, but mimicked that just-kissed look. In 2007 it won Sephora's Best of Beauty Award in the lip plumping category, but it was a hit long before then.
2008: Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum
Just one whiff of this stuff and you'll be transported back to a time of all things pink and velour. This floral, fruity, and vanilla scent was a hit with all the high school and college girls back when it came out in 2008. It continues to be a top-seller with a bottle sold every minute.
2009: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color
The most annoying part about painting your nails is waiting for it to dry. So when Sally Hansen launched this line of nail colours that dried super-quick, the world of nail colours was forever changed.
2010: Urban Decay Naked Palette
This is the palette that launched an entire 'Naked' category for UD. Although the brand is typically known for its crazy colours, it was this array of neutral shades that had everyone talking about Urban Decay when it launched in 2010. Since then, the brand has added Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky, Naked Basics, Naked 2 Basics, and Naked Heat to the line-up.
2011: Justin Bieber Someday for Women Eau De Parfum Spray
Justin fans lost their minds when he launched this sweet-smelling goodness in a bottle in 2011, so much so it earned $3 million in its first three weeks. This revolutionary commercial is probably what did the trick.
2012: Maybelline Baby Lips
Though these lip balms launched at the end of 2011, they became a mainstay in makeup bags by 2012. They have all of the moisturizing properties of a normal lip balm along with the added bonus of the right amount of tint to pass as a lip colour. Best of both worlds.
2013: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This cheeky mascara had everyone talking when it launched in 2013, firstly because of the name, and secondly because of the incredible volume and length its signature hourglass-shaped brush (modelled after Marilyn Monroe's proportions) could give your lashes. That's why it's now become the No. 1 mascara in America with one tube sold every 7.4 seconds.
2014: Flash Tattoos
Whether you were scrolling through Instagram, watching Bachelor in Paradise, or on vacation at the beach, there was no escaping these metallic body tattoos in 2014.
2015: Lip Kits by Kylie Cosmetics
As soon as word got out that Kylie was launching her own lip liners and liquid lipsticks, fans starting virtually lining up to buy the three shades "Dolce K," "Candy K," and "True Brown K" online. The trio sold out instantly and Kylie has kept the product launches coming ever since. Oh, and she's earned a hefty $420 million while doing so.
2016: Glossier Phase 2
Glossier first launched in 2014 with a set of skincare basics and was an instant hit with beauty insiders and city cool girls. But it was the second phase of colour products, which includes Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, and Generation G Lip Colour, in 2016 that really catapulted the brand to cult-status.
2017: Fenty Beauty
Rihanna turned the beauty world on its head when she launched her own cosmetics line, which included highlighters, applicators, concealers, and most notably, a foundation range with 40 shades. Not only did the product sell out at stores around the world, but Time also named Fenty Beauty one of the 25 best inventions of the year.
Via: Cosmopolitan US.