We don’t like playing favourites, unless we’re talking about beauty products. And we don’t like gatekeeping, especially when we’re talking about favourite beauty products.

The 10 judges of Best Beauty Buys 2024 are unabashed in their adoration for their holy grail products, and will swear by them forever… or at least for the next few years until they discover new loves that are worth every single cent and minute spent on them.

Meet the life-changing products that are tried, tested, and loved to death by our judges, that help them feel like they can take on the world even with three hours of broken sleep. After all, behind every multitasking mum’s beautiful face is her favourite skin, hair or makeup product that gives her the confidence to take on each new day.

Note: These products were not part of our review for Best Beauty Buys 2024. But the judges love them so much, we just have to share them with you. <3

Global Milbon Repair No 4. Weekly Booster (Medium Hair)

Global Milbon Repair No 4. Weekly Booster (Medium Hair)

“This rinse-off deep conditioner is my best-kept secret to soft, smooth and silky hair. It has a gentle, lingering floral fragrance that’s elegant and not overpowering, and leaves my hair smelling divine. There are many products that can soften and smoothen my hair but Milbon’s my top choice because it does a clean job without weighing down my fine hair. After blow-drying, I’d feel as though I’ve just come out from the hair salon.” 

Estelle Low, 36, editor-in-chief of The Singapore Women’s Weekly

$16 for 4 x 9g tubes

Shop at Number76

Original Sprout Scrumptious Baby Cream 

Original Sprout Scrumptious Baby Cream 

“I had initially bought this as a body moisturiser for my baby, but ended up using most of it myself as a hand cream. It gets absorbed so easily and smells so good – not perfumey, but reminding me of a sweet newborn scent. On top of moisturising my very dry hands and legs, the product is soothing for my nerves. I’d slather it on, cup my hands over my face and just breathe. It’s one of those things I like to do before sleep. This product makes me really really happy – can’t say the same about many other items on my vanity top!”

Ng Mei Yan, 41, freelance writer

$16.90 for 118ml

Shop at Original Sprout | Lazada

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm

“This lip balm adds just enough rosy colour to the lips so I don’t look deathly pale, and feels moisturising yet lightweight. I try to use it every day as part of my routine. I’ve tried a few other tinted balms and they’re all either too light, don’t have enough moisture, or the packaging doesn’t feel as luxe.”

Melody Bay, 34, contributing associate editor at The Singapore Women’s Weekly

$42 for 3g

Shop at Sephora | Lazada

Sisley Supremya At Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Cream

Sisley Supremya At Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Cream

“With a whole lifetime of experience caring for dry skin, I have tried my fair share of creams and I know what works for me and what doesn’t. This Sisley cream is admittedly an indulgence, but I really, really like it. It is so rich yet melts into the skin easily, and keeps my skin soft when I sleep with the aircon switched on. Signs of ageing like fine lines and sagginess are new to me, so using this cream is my way of mitigating and managing them now, before it’s too late.”

Karen Fong, 42, freelance editor and lifestyle writer

$950 for 50ml

Shop at Sisley | Strawberrynet

Cloversoft Plant-Based Body Wash (Geranium, Bergamot & Mandarin)

Cloversoft Plant-Based Body Wash (Geranium, Bergamot & Mandarin)

“This value-for-money shower foam is my go-to body wash that puts me in a good mood when I use it. It’s my perk-me-up in the mornings, and I’ve come to associate the scent of geranium, bergamot, and mandarin with a happy start to my day. My skin feels soft, fresh, and clean after a bath – none of that tightness of cheap, harsh soaps. It’s proof that you don’t need to use super expensive products all the time to feel great.”

Eileen Chia, 49, publishing director 

$14.25 for 750ml

Shop at Guardian | Lazada

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

“This acts as a reliable moisturiser and primer for my face before I apply makeup. I particularly like how it leaves my skin so smooth, making the application of foundation much easier. With this face base, I feel more confident putting on makeup. I use this for occasions when I need my makeup to last longer than a few hours. When I’m in a huge rush, I can even skip my daily moisturiser and just apply this.”

Iqah Saad, 34, teacher

$99 for 50ml

Shop at Sephora | Lazada

YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen

YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen

“This multi-tasking pen is the one item I will always rave about. I love the light texture and how it glides onto the skin easily. I use it every day as both a concealer and a highlighter (multi-tasking products for the win, seriously!) to instantly brighten up and even out my complexion, especially on days I feel blah.” 

Vanessa Tai, 37, freelance writer and editor

$69 for 2.5ml

Shop at Sephora

B Skin Rose Gold Flawless Finish Perfecting Loose Powder

B Skin Rose Gold Flawless Finish Perfecting Loose Powder

“This is my secret holy grail loose powder that I use on myself. It’s lightweight, does not clog up my pores, sets my makeup perfectly, prevents oily shine and sliding, and gives me a luminous, translucent glow – all so important on long days when I have photoshoots or events to attend. On days when I don’t wear base makeup, a light dusting of this loose powder makes me extra flawless with no need to touch up.”

Marie Soh, 34, makeup artist and baker

$49 for 30g

Shop at BSkin | Lazada

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Balm

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Balm

“This is my current favourite moisturiser for the family. It’s extremely soothing and nourishing for itchy and irritated skin, and protects the skin barrier very well. Maybe this is an occupational hazard as a dermatologist, but maintaining a healthy skin barrier is very important to me because it basically prevents a whole lot of other skin problems. It even doubles up as my eye cream on some days.”

Coni Liu, 42, dermatologist 

$54.90 for 500ml

Shop at Watsons | Lazada | Amazon

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Augustinus Bader The Cream

“It costs a pretty penny, but honestly it’s so creamy that I end up taking such a long time to use it up. I find that it all balances out nicely in the end, considering how much I pay for other products with thinner consistencies, anyway. I love this cream because it hydrates and softens, and always leaves my skin glowy and supple. Amazingly, my skin never gets comedones despite how rich this cream is! Absolute holy grail – makes me feel like I’m doing something right for my skin by futureproofing it!”

Faz Gaffa, 37, global content writing lead

$445 for 50ml

Shop at Sephora

Prices are accurate at time of publication.

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