Makeup can be expensive! While price doesn’t always correlate with quality (there are actually some great drugstore makeup brands out there), some luxury cosmetics are well worth the sticker shock. But how are you supposed to know which to splurge on and which to ditch for the drugstore alternative?
I think we’ve all walked into Ulta or Sephora a few times expecting to buy just one thing, but then you walk up to the register with your hands full, knowing that your total is going to be a ridiculous amount. Moreover, most of the time, you just grab a bunch of things you want to try and end up being disappointed with. We get it – it’s hard to know what’s worth it or what’s overhyped, unless you try it. But who wants to spend big bucks to try luxury cosmetics when you’ll probably just throw half of them away?
Today, we’re clarifying all the confusion involved in luxury cosmetics. We’ve compiled a full list of things you should be picking up on your next trip or adding to your cart right now. Although they have a higher than normal price tag, these items will revolutionize your beauty routine and definitely make it into your permanent rotation!
This cult favorite liquid primer will give you the smoothest base for the rest of your makeup. You only need a small amount of this to cover your whole face, so it lasts quite a while. This primer soothes and hydrates and is perfect for all skin types.
This bronzing cream makes the list because of how many beauty influencers I see using it in their everyday routines. I really haven’t heard one bad thing about this product. This cream-gel bronzer gives you a soft, sun-kissed glow. It’s easily blendable and can be worn alone or with foundation.
Both of these have had the beauty community raving over them the past few months, and let’s just say, we know why! Both of these products are super hydrating and are the icing on the cake of your look, whether you’re in full glam or running errands and need a little something to boost your look. The Lip Glow Oil goes on similar to a lip gloss, while the Lip Addict is similar to a lip balm.
Another favorite of the beauty community is the Dior Air Flash. This foundation comes as an aerosol — yes, you read that right. It gives you that flawless, airbrushed look, hence the name. This foundation has 12 hours of wear time and boasts perfect coverage every time.
When I tell you this is the BEST concealer I’ve ever tried, I’m not kidding. I have pretty dark circles and this covers them up completely while still maintaining a skin-like finish. This concealer not only hydrates but has long wear, too.
This 16-hour foundation will hydrate, blur, brighten, and smooth your skin. It’s infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Rose Complex, almost creating a second skin, and we can’t get enough. I mean, there’s a reason it’s called ‘Beautiful Skin,’ and that name definitely holds up.
This petal-soft powder blush has 4.8 stars for a reason. Its satin finish will give your cheeks the perfect amount of color. This blush is blendable and buildable, allowing you to build the perfect amount of pigment for whatever type of makeup look you want. It’s available in both a matte and shimmer finish.
I’ll let the description of this foundation do the talking: “A Vita-Serum Complex moisturizes and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, while Diamond Core Powder Technology enhances skin’s texture, and helps smooth and blur the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections. The silky, weightless formulation imparts a filtered, soft-focus luminosity.” I mean, what more could you want in a foundation?
If you love makeup, then you know a thing or two about Natasha Denona Eyeshadow. If you don’t own one yet, this palette is the perfect place to start. With 15 bronze shades, you can create the perfect look for day or night. This palette has a mixture of cream powder mattes, vibrant duo chromes, metallics, and shimmers. She also has a collection of Mini-Palettes that are worth a try if you like to carry your makeup around.
You need Supergoop’s sunscreen — 2.6K people agree. Though skincare is a top priority for many, sunscreen is a step people often overlook. This sunscreen is weightless, scentless, and also a makeup-gripping primer – now you have no excuse not to wear your sunscreen every day! With ingredients like Meadowfoam Seed, Red Algae, and Frankincense, you can expect many more benefits than just sun protection from this little guy.
This powder is perfect for setting your makeup. Its photoluminescent technology gives you that perfect glow that you get from ambient lighting, and the micro color-correcting particles refract light, refining your skin to the perfect complexion. Need we say more?
High-end makeup is certainly worth it to us! What do you think about our picks? Tell us in the comments!
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