5 Luxury Beauty Products That Are Actually Worth The Splurge
The world of luxury beauty is lots of fun but can also be pretty overwhelming and confusing. The number of brands and products to try seems endless! Some are worth their grandiose price tags while others work no better than the drugstore grabs you can buy on a budget. It’s hard to justify paying top dollar for every single beauty product in your bathroom — especially when you almost never finish a lipstick anyways. What’s even harder to determine is which new trends are even worth the hype! There are some picks that we simply shouldn’t be splurging on. Blush? Highlighter? Lip gloss? Mascara? Save your coins, please. They all have solid and affordable dupes sitting in your local Walgreens.
Still, we don’t mind spending extra on certain products because of how well they work, how long they last and sometimes, how gorgeous the packaging looks. With the holiday season entirely behind us and tax refunds (hopefully) ahead in a few, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to some luxury grabs that will actually provide the beauty transformation you’re looking for.
Makeup novices, lean in and listen up! If you dish out extra coins for no other part of your makeup routine, it’s the foundation that’s worth risking it all. After all, it’s going to canvas your entire face for a decent portion of the day so there are a few different boxes foundation needs to check. Your choice face paint must be long-lasting, provide a solid amount of coverage and actually have your shade match.
With a velvety matte finish meant for 24 hours of flawless face, buildable medium coverage, and 45 shades — Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation ($47) meets every requirement. This is the foundation that delivers when you’re going for the no-makeup makeup face but its oil-free formula also won’t clog up your pores when you opt for a full beat. Teint Idole also has over 2,000 five-star ratings on Sephora alone.
And if nothing else has convinced us to keep a bottle on standby, it’s the fact that this is the beauty juice partly responsible for Lupita Nyong’o‘s camera-ready glow. Face, meet Lancôme. Lancôme, let’s do this!
Pat McGrath Lipstick
There is no better luxury lipstick to splurge on than the long-lasting, super pigmented and stunningly packaged tubes by iconic makeup artist turned billionaire cosmetics entrepreneur, Pat McGrath.
Yes, *the* Pat McGrath. She’s the mastermind behind some of the most legendary runway and editorial looks and there are few OG or current supermodel faces she hasn’t blessed more than once. People fawn over not just her lipsticks but also her extremely bold eyeshadow palettes. Pat McGrath Labs makeup is the closest thing to magic you can sprinkle into any beauty routine.
While a single lipstick tube from the mother of makeup costs $38, I suggest newbies scoop up the Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance™ Divine Lipstick Duo ($65) which gives you one matte and one glitter shade to play with.
Warning: Once Mother touches down in your makeup bag, you’ll never want to go back. Prepare yourself for this new obsession.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Let’s get this beauty truth out of the way: Skincare products are not meant to give you an entirely new face overnight, no matter what any reviews section says or what your favorite influencer dramatized on YouTube. Skincare yields its best results with a consistent routine, not magic.
Now, to soften that blow: Part of that routine *is* to give your skin the TLC it needs while you’re sleeping since skin does rejuvenate itself as we rest. While you can’t expect dark circles, fine lines, or bags to pack up and disappear in one sleep cycle, you could see a sweet reduction after a long-term commitment. Per the comments section of nearly every beauty department store on the ‘net, the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum ($68) delivers those results over time. Despite that intensely long name, the serum is pretty simple to use. Just massage several drops into your face and neck after you’ve cleansed and moisturized.
The serum is meant to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, an uneven skin tone and dryness. It’s likely been a long-standing favorite not just because it works, but also due to a fragrance-free formula that makes it suitable for all skin types, even the sensitive ones.
Snag this serum alone for prices landing between $68 and $188 based on size *or* treat yourself to a smaller size in a set full of Estée Lauder minis available at places like Nordstrom and Sephora for $38.
Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows
Spending extra money on eyeshadow is never *not* worth it when you plan to wear it regularly. While quality drugstore eyeshadows exist, higher-end brands tend to be more pigmented and require less work to build on the eye. The glitter trend we fell for in 2018 is only getting glitzier this year so, if you’re going to spend over $20 on a single eyeshadow, then treat yourself to the Stila Cosmetics Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows ($24).
The liquid formula and applicator make this one of the easiest shimmery shadows to apply since fallout is minimal. Most importantly, these shades are as bold on the eye as they look swatched across an arm. More is more for spring 2019 so let the bold, glittery fun begin!
Rita Hazan Remedy Treatment
Oh, we’re not leaving hair out of this splurge session. A gorgeous mane can pull together everything from a cocktail dress to a Juicy Couture sweatsuit. The key is to keep it healthy which is why investing in top-notch products for your tresses is so worth it. And who better to take direction from than celebrity hair colorist, Rita Hazan? She’s responsible for helping Beyoncé maintain her signature (damage-free) blonde for years and full of advice about how to maintain color-treated hair.
We may not be able to dial her up for a hair refresh like Queen Bey, but we can snag the Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy Treatment ($42). The two-part therapy set is designed to revive severely damaged hair that has been colored or heat styled. The first step is the Treat It mix of conditioner and oils while the second step is the Seal It formula that locks in moisture and strengthens hair using rice protein. Simply replace your conditioner with this two-step process once or twice a week depending on the damage severity.
Ready to do some serious damage at your favorite beauty spot? Seriously, same. Happy shopping!