Every Must-Have Buy From MECCA’s 2023 Beauty Election Winners

Every year, MECCA’s Beauty Election is a great way to narrow down the seemingly endless array of beauty products and brands on offer. The election lets the beauty community in Australia and New Zealand vote for a month period on their favourite products.

Over 42,000 votes were cast, naming 114 bestsellers among 180 brands and 19 categories, including best moisturiser, best personal fragrance and best kept secret. So, which products made the cut?

Well, unsurprisingly, TikTok-viral Glow Recipe Watermelon Niacinamide Dew Drops ($56) was crowned best oil or serum. If you’re not familiar with the face serum, it gives skin a dewy glow without using glitter, pearls or mica. It’s a lightweight gel that hydrates, brightens and highlights, and can be used before moisturiser or as the last step in your beauty routine for a glossy finish.

The best SPF, among the many, was voted MECCA’s own brand MECCA COSMETICA. To Save Body SPF50+ Hydrating Sunscreen ($40) was crowned winner in the category, with the product being lightweight, non-greasy and hydrating, as well as water-resistant and quick-drying.

And finally, best kept secret category winner was Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel ($32), which is a fast-acting, two-step treatment that lifts away dead skin, excess oil and impurities, and improves uneven skin tone and textures. The product also works to help the rest of your skincare absorb faster.

Ahead are the rest of the MECCA Beauty Election winners for 2023.


Best Complexion: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Best Mascara: ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara

Best Concealer: Kosas Revealer Concealer

Best Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution

Best Blush: NARS Blush

Best Eyes: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette

Best Brows: MECCA Max Brow Guru Clear Control Gel


Best Oil/Serum: Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops

Best Eye Care: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Best Moisturiser: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

Best Cleanser: Tatcha The Rice Wash

Best SPF: MECCA COSMETICA To Save Body SPF50+ Hydrating Sunscreen

Fragrance, Hair & Body

Best Body: Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

Best Hair: Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager

Best Personal Fragrance: Le Labo AnOther 13 EDP

Best Home Fragrance: Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning Candle

New Categories

Best Kept Secret: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peel Daily

Best Newcomer: NARS Light Reflecting Foundation

Best Self-Care: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Moisturiser

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