These Iconic ’90s Beauty Products Are Back Again

And they’re better than ever


Ah, the ’90s. The glorious decade that gave us Pulp Fiction, grunge, the Spice Girls - and made unforgettable icons of some beauty products.

Of course, Pulp Fiction is now totally commercial; grunge died along with Kurt Cobain; and the Spice Girls - well, let’s just say at least one of them moved on to bigger and better things (hello, Mrs Beckham!). 

But hey, those beauty favourites have actually made a comeback...and in new and improved versions too. Here, we compare some with their 21st century iterations.

Then (left): Clarins Double Serum

First launched in 1985 in two separate formulas, one water-based and the other oil-based, the serum was created to reactivate skin and restore its youth.

Now (right): Clarins Double Serum, $121

This is the fifth generation of this iconic product. It boasts 20 botanical extracts and a high-tech delivery system to replenish skin instantly.

Then: Guerlain Météorites Perles

Launched in 1987, this pioneer of colour-correcting makeup held multi-coloured loose pearls that you had to blend together to enhance any complexion tone.

Now: Guerlain Météorites Perles, $84

The makeup favourite has remained virtually unchanged through the years. The only thing that’s new is that the French brand has added seasonal versions with different-coloured pearls, and given the packaging a luxe upgrade.

Then: Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence

Shiseido’s quintessential skin softener, which went on the market in 1897, has been prized for over a century thanks to its skin softening and hydrating qualities.

Now: Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $75

The Japanese formula is probably one of the oldest products to still be around today. A trusted skin lotion to give you softer, suppler skin.

Then: Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Cream

Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Cream put skincare brand Sisley on the map when it was first launched in 1999. With over 50 active ingredients, this plush formula instantly won over women all over the world.

Now: Sisleÿa L'Intégral Anti-Âge, $590

This is the first reformulation of the original bestseller. It offers a more complete anti-ageing action to regulate cell rhythm and boosts skin’s energy for quicker regeneration.

Then: CkOne

The first unisex scent to really take off, CkOne practically defined the ’90s with its cool, effortless vibe and its 1994 launch ad campaign featuring a fresh-faced Kate Moss.

Now: CK2 EDT, $60 for 30ml

It may have taken 22 years, but we think the wait was worth it. The minimalist bottle design holds a captivating blend of violet leaf, wasabi, rose, vetiver and sandalwood that should appeal to both girls and guys.

Then: Lancome Juicy Tubes 

If you were a self-respecting makeup lover, you owned a tube - or several - of Lancome’s Juicy Tubes lip gloss. The super shiny, slightly sticky gloss glazed puckers everywhere.

Now: Lancome Juicy Shaker, $36

This new lip treat hits stores in June. Its watery, ungoopy texture; fruity scent; and lip-loving oil-based formula parks it in place to become everyone’s new makeup favourite - once again.

For more on beauty, click here. Or check out 5 Eyes-Only Makeup Looks That Let You Skip Lipstick or #TuesdaysWithLarry: How To Pack Skincare Products For Travel.

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