Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Hit List

What are the products that were worth the splurge?

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107 thoughts on “Hit List: Products Worth the Splurge

  1. I would say the biggest splurged I have made was on a NARS blush, and I do think it was worth it. Also with my Naked Palette. I felt like at the time it was a huge deal to spend that much on makeup, but it was worth it.

  2. Emiiie

    Definitely my Clarisonic Mia! My skin has never looked better and even though it was pricy, I’m convinced its exfoliation cannot be beat!

    • Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly S.

      Agreed!! It’s the best “clean” feel there is…

    • Indy Nicole

      I purchased a clarisonic plus from qvc. They broke it down into payments so I never noticed the money I spent. It was BY FAR the biggest and best beauty purchase I made and I recommend everyone to do so.

  3. Yellowlantern

    Cle De Peau concealer.

    Probably not worth the slurge for people with mild undereye circles, but for me this stuff is gold. It covers extremely well without (and this the real reason it’s worth the slurge) looking cakey or obvious at all. It just looks so natural while covering so well.

  4. Avatar of Precious Precious

    Anything by Guerlain, really. The products may cost more (when compared to other high-end brands), but they look/feel luxurious, and the quality is always spot-on. :)

    • Avatar of Barbara Barbara

      YES. I look like a pro when I wear that brand, everything applies like a dream.

    • Avatar of Rad Rad

      Totally agree! I bought the 4 seasons bronzer the other day and can’t stop wearing it. The quality is superb. Their new Maxi lash mascara is also amazing. Worth the splurge.

      • Do you have the Noir G mascara to compare to the maxi lash? I have the Noir G and really like it, but I’m curious about the Maxi Lash and how it differs and if it’s better.

        • Maya

          I just bought several guerlain products and they really are awesome. I’m loving the kajal pen they just released. I also purchased the mascara and it would be great to know how it compares to Chanel one and the noir G.

          • Joy

            Agree 100%. Their bronzers are the very best. I recently bought the Meteorites pressed powder and it’s superb. Also works great as an eye shadow. Guerlain leaves other luxury brands in the dust.

    • Avatar of Cat Cat G

      I agree, I think it’s the only brand I can justify to really splurge on!

    • D

      ‘Anything by Guerlain, really.’

      ^ This. :).

      Lingerie de Peau, Meteorites primer and powder, Rouge G lipsticks *happy sigh*

  5. In general, complexion products are what I’ll spend more on. I think there’s tons of great products at the drugstore too, it just isn’t always easy to find color matches and to test the products. Foundations and concealers are one area I feel can make the biggest difference both positive and negative, just depending on how the formula works on an individual’s skin and color match.

  6. Avatar of Jessica Jessica

    Dior Iconic Overculrl Mascara- Spending $28 on a mascara hurt, but oh my goodness! This actually makes my short, downward-pointing eyelashes hold a curl, and super long! Definitely worth it!

    OOC Lip tars… At $18 they’re more than I would usually pay for a lip product, but they are SO worth it! Super intense pigmentation, and one tube will probably last you FOREVER. My favorite is queen, super bright coral-pink

    Urban Decay eyeshadows- $18 each or $50 for the naked palettes. Super buttery, pigmented, and wear all day without fading

  7. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    Skin care! Because if you’re skin is no good then your color cosmetics will be a waste of money.

  8. High-end brands are where I’d turn to when I need a good bold lipsticks — It has to be pigmented, long-lasting, and moisturizing/comfortable to wear. Guerlain lipsticks are a definite weakness for me!

  9. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    Nars, tarte blushes, ud naked or vice palette YES!

  10. Avatar of Tigerlily Tigerlily

    Guerlain Parure Aqua foundation. It matches my skin tone perfectly and lasts for ever, both on the skin and in the pot. I’ve had mine for over two years and it works as well as it did on day one.

    By Terry Baume de Rose. The difference it makes for my lips is beyond amazing.

    Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara. Pricey for a mascara but my lashes have never looked better.

    • Avatar of Chelsea Chelsea

      Agreed on the Chanel mascara! I have very sensitive eyes, and this stuff not only makes my lashes look fab, but doesn’t irritate at all.

  11. KF

    Illamasqua nail polishes and intense lipglosses. They’re not splurge-y on the level of say, Guerlain, but on a grad student budget they’re a little spendy. But I keep buying them because they’re awesome – great formula, always coming out with innovative colors, and they wear like a dream!

  12. Yasmin

    Chanel no5 perfume. Seriously. Worth every penny, where i was using one or two spritz three times a day, with chanel i use one or two spritz in the morning and in the evening i can still smell it strongly. Definately has saved me money. in the long run and is such a classic perfume as well.

  13. Avatar of Sasha Sasha

    Not specific items but generally -
    Foundation: it’s hard to color match drugstore foundations you can’t open and many of them oxidize pretty badly throughout the day and tend to look cakier than HE foundations.
    Lipstick: I have dry lips and can’t wear MAC lipsticks anymore and I think HE moisturizing lipsticks are totally worth it. If I don’t wear a balm underneath them I can see that my lips have sucked all the moisture out of the lipstick.

    I may be biased because these are my “hobbies” but also nail polish and perfume.
    You don’t necessarily have to buy “expensive” nail polish, but at least $8 for Essie, OPI or Zoya instead of the cheap $1 or $2 nail polishes. They last so much longer on me, tend to look a lot better and are more often made from higher quality (3-free) ingredients. I definitely also splurge for HE nail polishes like Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, Rescue Beauty Lounge etc because their color mixes and finishes are just gorgeous. The formulas are often of very high quality, so much so that it feels like the nail polish is almost applying itself for me because its so effortless, even when I was completely new at doing my nails.

    Perfume: There are very few perfumes in my local Sephora that I’m impressed with and only a few steps up from Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus respectively. It was definitely a big change when I switched from my Bath & Body Works perfume that lasted all of about an hour to a complex and gorgeous Serge Lutens perfume that lasts all day on me. I’d highly suggest starting out with stores like Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman and smelling everything you can and then after you’ve narrowed down a type of scent you like (for me it was Jasmine), try to find a nicer fragrance of that variety to try and/or order samples from somewhere like surredertochance.com. I’m slowly building my fragrance collection and trying out all the scents is just as fun if not moreso than purchasing a bottle. I’ll be sitting at home with 4 different perfumes dabbed on my arms and sniffing myself every few minutes grinning with glee.

    • Avatar of Abigail abigailod

      “I’ll be sitting at home with 4 different perfumes dabbed on my arms and sniffing myself every few minutes grinning with glee.”

      I’m guilty of this too! My husband would ask me if I need to be alone! lol! =D I would even wear say, Viktor & Rolf, to bed! =/ is that a crime?!

      • Lark

        I do similar things, lol; The right perfume makes my brain go Ping! and I’ll keep snuffling it up like crazy. Micheal is my main scent, the first Michael Kors. I’ll slather on the body cream and go to bed; the sheets smell amazing for days and I sleep better. And I wear Dazzleglass to bed. Glittery lips in the dark, that’s odd..

      • Avatar of Sasha Sasha

        My SO was hesitant at first about letting me get into buying samples but he seemed to enjoy my excitement once I received them. That’s one of the things I love about flowerbomb, despite some of the hate against it; I can put it on in the day/afternoon and even when I wake up in the morning my PJ shirt smells like it. Definitely one of my comfort scents.

  14. Avatar of Madison Madison

    Dior Amber Diamond highlighter! It’s absolutely the best one I’ve ever tried and it looks so amazing. I get compliments every single time i wear it, and my mom constantly steals it. It hurt spending $45 on a highlighter but as soon as I used it I knew it was totally worth it.

  15. The Urban Decay primer potion is a tad pricey, but it lasts forever and works wonders!

  16. Burberry’s Lip Velvet! I got it in the shade Fuchsia Pink. I love how comfortable it is to wear, long lasting, isn’t drying at all, amazing color payoff. I was going to get Military Red but it was sold out in Singapore, so I got this instead, and I LOVE it.

  17. Avatar of Danielle Danielle

    I ADORE Chanel nail polish! It makes my OPI and China Glaze look subpar. Application is so EASY and lasts ages! :)

  18. There are an absolute ton of products worth the splurge. Contrary to what you might read, lots of HE products are really worth the additional cost. Yes, Armani, I’m talking about you. Yes, Tom Ford, I’m talking about you. Oh yeah, Guerlain and Chanel, you are so there too!!! And don’t let anyone rain on your parade about it. If they don’t pay your bills it’s none of their business how you spend your money and probably just their green monster talking trash.

    That being said, I tend to enjoy splurging on anything that bloody well pleases me. :P Yeah, and I pay my bills every month too :P :P

    • I feel like anything I buy that makes me happy and works well is worth the splurge, and I too pay my bills every month :D ALL my makeup from Burberry is worth the splurge, so is my Guerlain and my Hourglass–my Hourglass brushes are amazeballs and I love them, but they were expensive. But worth it!

  19. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    Generally speaking-the products that you’ll wear daily and make you look put together

    For me, that’s foundation (still looking for HG, concealer (still looking for HG) and an everyday lippie.

    One product that is worth it for me, is the GA Lip Maestro in 501. It’s a great color for me-bright but neutral, and it works great as a blusher! It does feel a little dry on my lips (I have super dry lips) so I like to top if off with something more moisturizing. I can wear this with a bold eye, or barely there make up-it’s just perfect for me!

    I also love Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 100; great nude for me, it’s less bright than the GA lippie. I can just swipe it on and go-don’t even need a mirror.

  20. Avatar of Denise S. Denise S.

    My Mason Pearson popular hair brush- $150, I thought I’d regret paying so much for a brush but it’s the best brush I’ve ever used! And I’ve had it for a couple years now. Also my Clarisonic facial brush, I use it every day and my skin looks great! Really deep cleans without over striping.

  21. Avatar of kim kim

    My Urban Decay Naked Palettes and Mac Viva Glam II lipstick (or any MAC lipstick). I got the RiRi Woo today and cannot wait for it to come!!!!

  22. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Eyeshadow, as the brands I prefer are a bit pricier for singles & duos. When possible, I will try to find a larger palette by said brands that contain a shade that is the same or similar to one I may want as a single. The palette may be pricy, but the cost per shadow is far less than as a single.

    Contour & highlighting products are something I’m willing to spend a bit more on, as well. The wrong contour can look dirty, and the wrong highlighter can look greasy, or emphasize flaws.

  23. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Besides skin care and facial sunscreen (I do spend on the latter and while I’m finding some great less expensive options for the former, I still lash out there), I’d say Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, Hourglass Primer and eye shadow duos and some Nars shadows are worth the splurge. I recently got Guerlain’s Les Fumes quad and that, too, was worth the rather alarming price.

  24. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen MIRIANV

    Definitely my Burberry Blush in Blossom and Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo Pink. They pair so well together and I have been using them so often it totally makes it worth it. Also my Tom Ford eyeshadow quad in Golden Mink. I have been using it exclusively for the past month now <3

  25. Avatar of Anna Anna

    Chantecaille’s lipsticks, Guerlain’s lipsticks and meteorites, Giorgio Armani eyes to kill intense eyeshadows!!! Never regretted, even with the gap it left in my wallet!!

  26. Dominique

    UD palettes, the Vice palette, the Oz ones, the Naked ones etc.. , Chanel JC blushes, Dior Bird of Paradise quints, M.A.C Glitter and Ice lipsticks, M.A.C Marilyn lipsticks, M.A.C Glamour Daze lipsticks, Dior Grand Bal Diorific lipsticks, Nars trio eyeshadows, Chanel Poudre Signée, OPI Germany, James Bond nail polishes, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s dream and Across the Universe
    etc… etc…. Many products were/are/will be worth the splurge !

  27. Guerlain is often the object of my splurges and they’ve never let me down- the Terra Inca powder, Liu Calligraphy palette, Blush G and Parure de Nuit were all indulgences, but I love every one of them and don’t regret anything. In fact, I regret not getting Cruel Gardenia when it came out. Also, their lipsticks, while pricey, are amazing in the quality of the formula and the depth and nuance of the colours.

  28. Angela

    Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion SPF 15 (For day!)
    Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer Oil-Free (For night!)
    Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation

  29. liz

    obvious answer no 1: the clarisonic
    obvious answer no 2: brushes! I bought Rouge Bunny Rouge brushes like 7 years ago and they’re still in top condition and I’ve taken them around the world with me a whole bunch of times

    not so obvious answer: I found that investing in even better food made a HUGE difference to my skin! I’ve always eaten fairly healthy but recently made it a habit to make smoothies with frozen fruit every day. My skin is doing phenomenal and my hair is doing great too. I use french drugstore skincare (which is admittedly pretty amazing) but my skin looks better than some of my friends who use 300$ face creams. Really people: vitamins you ingest >>>>>> vitamins you smear on the surface of your skin!

  30. I love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set. It’s expensive at $265, but soo nice.

  31. Avatar of Dylan Dylan

    i would say anything that you are putting as a base on your face, whether it be foundation, primer, concealer. i find that if you use cheaply made base products it breaks you out.

  32. Avatar of Barbara Barbara

    Pretty much anything by Armani and Guerlain. Everything I’ve tried from both brands I’ve loved. Armani: foundation, lipstick, brow pencil, blushes, and mascara have all exceeded my expectations. Guerlain’s bronzer and lip glosses are fanstastic. For both, the quality in product, ease of application, and packaging are the selling points. It’s hurts to spend that kind of money, but I haven’t seen better products from more affordable brands, unfortunately.

    And Burberry’s sheer concealer is my favorite undereye concealer; it’s moisturizing and very pigmented (“sheer” is a bit of a misnomer imo). But if you have heavy-duty issues, it might not be enough.

  33. Hehe I’m going to give you two answers:

    #1 – My Glamcor makeup bag. I’ve used the hell out of that thing for two years and I love it. The price tag is intimidating at close to $800 (and I did pay for it myself, it wasn’t sent to me for free) but I’ve used it in every possible way and I still love that thing! Well worth it FOR ME.

    #2 – My Fury Guitars ;) Handmade electrics from Canada and I love, love, love them! They aren’t expensive for guitars but at $1600 or so a pop they’re the most expensive ones that I’VE ever bought. I own two Bandit’s and they’re both beautiful, unique and well-made. I love having a guitar that doesn’t look like everyone else’s ;)

    • Lark

      Color Stay is dense. You can mix a bit of illuminator in it to get a better consistency. Many people buy two shades and mix them for a better match. I’m wearing MAC Pro Longwear now; all that’s good about Color Stay but less like house paint, better color selection, and a pump top bottle too keep germs out. Don’t underestimate the foundation pump! No petro dishes of germs and no waste. And good coverage.

  34. Avatar of Elise Elise

    tom ford , guerlain, some dior products, some chanel products, and basically all of Hourglass (i love their primer!!!!)

  35. Liz

    I think my BB cream is worth the splurge. It’s Bobbi Brown and I love it. Blush in general is usually worth splurging on. I have a few drugstore blushes that are nice, but I usually find HE blushes worth the money for the color selection, pigmentation, and texture.

  36. Avatar of Barbie Barbie

    skin care stuff

  37. JayBo

    Chanel Coco for my birthday. It’s so long-lasting and makes me feel sexy and powerful.

    Naked Palette is a must.

    Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer is so fab for pale girls like myself!

  38. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    -Guerlain Meteorites – I love the gentle radiance they give my face, and since I have dry skin, they can double as a setting powder on me.

    -Bobbi Brown Corrector/Concealer duo – Althoug, I’ve never found a concealer that covers up my dark circles perfectly, this has come the closest.

    -NARS blushes – the variety is just incredible!

  39. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    Foundation. Most definitely. I’ve really tried drugstore formulas, but the higher end formulas (for me) blow them out of the water. Not only is it 1000 times easier to get a color match, I can find something that matches my skin AND lasts all day on my oily skin, doesn’t break me out, feels light on my face and provides the right amount of coverage. With my skin, the only lasting drugstore foundation is Revlon Colorstay, but there is NO color that matches and it feels heavy. Other products that are worth it are Urban Decay shadows. They are high quality AND the packaging is sturdy. There are definitely some cheap shadows out there, but the packaging stinks. And once you run out of a color you love, good look finding the same shadow! I also like high end blushes better. They tend to be more pigmented, blend better, and last longer.

  40. Avatar of Janeen Janeen

    1. Skin Care
    2. Foundation
    With crappy skin your make up won’t do much for you (suffered with bad acne, even make up couldn’t cover it up. Also a cheap foundation doesn’t look as well nor last as long.

  41. Avatar of Abigail abigailod

    For me, in this order:
    Skin(care) – at the end of the day, it’s what’s left
    Foundation – good base
    Perfume – ahhh, it just really, really makes a difference

    Brand-wise – same here, Armani and Guerlain always capture my (wallet’s) heart! I fell in love with these two right about the same time, actually day!

  42. grlnxdor

    Chanel JC Blushes–Malice and Rose Initiale for me specifically. They are sooo beautiful, apply like a dream, and stay put on me for a good 12+ hours. I never dreamed I would ever spend so much on a blush, but they are totally worth it!

    • II have a rather *ahem* large JC blush collection, but I do not have Malice! It’s been on my list for awhile. I am wondering if it is too much for my NC20ish skin? I know these can apply like a dream, but the colour swatches throw me off. Is it reddish orange? Can you describe??

  43. Nikki

    I don’t mind splurging on foundation and products that work to help make your make last as long as possible. My favorite liquid foundation is MUFE F&B, and it is definitely worth the money in my opinion. I think that a primer and/or setting spray that works for your skin type is a good investment as well (my choice is MUFE Mist & Fix). I also like to splurge on lipglosses. My favorite glosses are MAC lipglasses because they are pigmented, moisturizing, and long-lasting. I’ve never been disappointed by any of these products, so I don’t mind spending the money on them!

  44. Avatar of Aida Aida

    All my Burberry products: single e/s, palettes, blushes, lipsticks, lip glosses, Body perfume (my signature scent), etc.

  45. Avatar of Jaimee Jaimee

    Giorgio Armani, Burberry & La Mer – Oh My!

  46. Avatar of Cat Catherine

    I will always splurge on face/base items! I think my biggest splurge at the time being was the Dior Amber Diamond highlighter but it is absolutely worth it!

  47. Alisha

    The Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary palette was definitely a worthwhile investment. I also love Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks and use them practically every day.

  48. Avatar of Kathryn Kathryn Vander Molen

    My biggest splurge has been my Urban Decay Vice Palette. (I mostly buy drugstore). I was afraid I would regret it, but I LOVE it! I feel like i designed it myself!

  49. I’m more of a skincare and nail polish kind of gal. I tend to splurge on liquid foundation (my last one was from SKII) although I have got drugstore concealers.

    The most expensive skincare I’ve purchased so far comes from Cosme Decorte (it’s a 30ml product which I bought at their warehouse sale). If I convert it to price/100ml, it comes to USD$170 for 100ml! And that’s at the warehouse sale pricing… actual retail is far more expensive.

  50. Lark

    Guerlain lipstick. A gift from the make up gods.
    Nars blush. It’s just better. The eyeshadow may be a huge bomb a lot, but the blush is great!
    MAC Fluidline eye liner. They still do some things well.
    Chanel Nail Polish. I’ve had a lot of trouble with polish; Chanel just works for me. I have Peridot as a signature color – thirty bucks on polish. Period.
    Zoya polish remover. Even the bottle is better! Press down top dispenser, so worth it. They sell it in Ulta stores too.
    A Retin A scrip from a good dermatologist. I’m 52; meno-acne and wrinkles? No! So she just fixed that. I wasn’t bad, but who wants to age?

    I have a lot of great high end but these are the stand outs, the things I’ll scrimp to replace when they’re gone.

    • Maggie

      Have you tried Bobbi Brown’s liner?? I personally think it’s even better than Blacktrack, and I love Blacktrack!

    • Avatar of Sasha Sasha

      If you like the color, I’d suggest trying Zoya’s Adina. It has a similar formula/application to Chanel’s Peridot and Quartz.

  51. Skincare is definitely worth the splurge…at the end of the day if your skin is good you won’t need (or be inclined to use) as much makeup!

    Hair care products are worth the splurge too. People who swear there is no difference in mid – to high end products versus the cheap stuff are people that probably haven’t really used anything better (or anything more than a sample packet). Not to say that more expensive always means better, but for the most part you will find better quality and better ingredients in brands that are a little more expensive than your low end brands.

  52. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Lancome foundations, and Urban Decay eye shadow palettes!

  53. Skin care first! And always base products. I say taking care of those two components first makes the biggest impact.

  54. Maggie

    I really believe it’s best to worry about price the least when it comes to things like foundations and concealers. Not having one suitable for your skin can really hurt it and be a huge pain. Plus, it’ll look bad. Some people can wear cheaper brands, but unfortunately, I’m allergic to most. So for foundations I have all Chanel, Tarte, Bare Escentuals and Dior.

  55. Avatar of Patricia Patsyann

    My bevy of Illamasqua blushes have been so so worth it. Also, very worth the splurge have been my two Burberry lipsticks and my two Burberry eyeshadows.

  56. Avatar of kiki2 Kiki2

    The biggest splurge I’ve ever had was Hourglasses Ambient Face Powder in Diffuesed. This is different for me than a same priced palette like the UD ones. It’s a single powder, but I don’t regret one cent of this purchase since I’m thrilled how it finishes my face. I’m in the beuaty business and anything that can help my 50′s skin look as perfect as possible is worth it to me. I use it everyday so it’s definately giving me my bang for my buck.
    A no brainer will ALWAYS be skincares. Once a year a really great new perfume, or two ; . And having now acquired 5 UD palettes I totally get it. I’m used to the price point from BE Kits but these palettes are workhorses that are amazing to use! Also the Lorac Pro Palette. Another workhorse! I’d also add in the Princess palettes for me. I’ve worn Cinderella more than I can count. I did get Jasmin but haven’t had time to play with her yet. If she’s anything like Cinderella then I’ll be very happy about that money spent!

  57. Anything Guerlain is worth the splurge in my book. Chanel can be hit or miss, but I have a few splurges that were worth it.

    I’ll pay anything for a moisturizer that works with my ultra-sensitive skin, namely Esteé Lauder Vérité Moisture Relief Cream. It is the Nectar of the Gods and worth every penny.

  58. Complexion products like a Clairsonic (the only thing I don’t like is purchasing brush replacements), moisturizer, and foundation. I think it’s most important to have a good base by taking care of your skin primarily and to apply something to even it out and enhance it.

  59. My Lancome foundation primer. Makes my skin look and feel flawless, and helps my foundation last up to 16 hours.

  60. Armani luminous silk foundation

  61. Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder in Teint Beige. This was S$70, and as a jobless student it was a huge purchase for me. I had to buy it after reading the reviews online, as I was doing makeup for a photoshoot soon. It did create the soft luminous quality I wanted and it feels wonderful on the skin. When I tried it on myself, I was really impressed at how soft and smooth my skin felt eight hours after application, and it seemed to absorb all the oil I usually get on my T-zone. I’m definitely buying another compact when I’m done with this.

  62. Ariel

    Anything Guerlain. Their lipsticks are just devine and I’ve loved every Guerlain product I’ve ever owned. My clarisonic was also totally worth the splurge.

  63. Tina

    Guerlain Mitsouko pure parfume (not EDP, not EDT).
    Guerlain Shalimar, Guerlain Insolence.
    These are strong perfumes, but I always put them on at least 30 minutes before leaving the house.

  64. Manuela

    My Serge Lutens compact foundation. It’s literally like fairy dust.

  65. Avatar of Belinda Bel

    My Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation- It’s so light on the skin! And my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I use it pretty much every day, I almost feel bad when I look at all my other palettes and eyeshadows. Almost.

  66. Skincare and foundation! I love my Clarisonic and the perfect base makes all the difference!

  67. - Clarisonic (I have the Aria, but I’m sure they all work great)
    - High End and Luxury lipsticks – I’ve tried them all, and the pigment, finish, and look is just better overall when you invest (obviously brands vary, but this has been my experience consistently)
    -Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense eye shadows – Just wonderful
    - Giorgio Armani Maestro concealer
    - Urban Decay Eyeshadows (there are a lot of great eye shadows out there, but these often come in sets that make them affordable and the quality is there).
    - Foundation (in general)
    - Skin Care. It’s so personal, and different things work for different people. I never skimp on good skin care that just works for me and keeps my skin healthy. Glycolic acid for me is a must.

  68. Avatar of ANTIGONE ANTIGONE

    SISLEY and CHANEL blushes
    SISLEY Mat Translucent Compact Powder
    GUERLAIN Meteorites and 4 Seasons Bronzer
    ARMANI lipsticks
    GUERLAIN concealer pen

  69. Britt

    Definitely Guerlain which is just so luxe and good quality and the packaging is so classy. My Clarisonic was also a splurge but worth every dollar. Other things I would spurge on is good foundation like YSL Touché Éclat and good quality makeup brushes and face serums.

  70. Courtney K

    Clinique Youth Surge day cream with SPF and Skin Actives Let’s Make Collegen serum. They’ve worked wonders on the creases in my forehead.

    Also, Illimasqua’s lip pencils and intense lipglosses are totally worth it. They’re beautiful, unusual colors that are hard to find.

  71. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    I’ve got like eight UD palettes, so every one of those. UD liquid liners. UD lipstick in Midnight Cowboy. UD Stardust gloss in Andromeda. I only own one Armani ETK shadow, but it’s #23 from last year’s collection and it’s magically the best shade for me, it’s pearlescent and wears well with teals. I also have a couple Guerlain RA’s, but Bal de Mai is fantastic–might sound a little crazy, but it’s a MLBB sort of shade for me.

    Oh, and I own several Butter London polishes, but Knackered is…well, let’s just say it’s one of my two most favorite shades of nail polish, because I love it equally as well as Sally Hansen DVD. :)

  72. Stacey

    Creme de La Mer…worth every penny but the value of the penny keeps going down as the price keeps going up…..Second, would be the face brush from SUQQU…..Paid over $310.00 U.S. dollars for a brush…from Selfridges…to be sent to U.S. …wish I could live in London part-time…

  73. Avatar of Emi Emi

    Basically anything I use up – or use a significant amount of, because the cost per wear is reasonable. If I use up a Guerlain powder (and I do!) it’s worth it, if I use a Maybelline powder twice, it’s not worth it.

    Two of my expensive most expensive, but most used staples are Guerlain illuminating & mattifying pressed powder & Burberry Trench eyeshadow.

  74. rena

    SKII Treatment Masks
    1. use this before a night out to instantly calm and sooth any blemishes or dehydration
    2. you will see no more flaking on the blemishes (they look 10x better than before)
    3. you find that you need less moisturiser, primer and foundation

  75. Tina

    Guerlain Mitsouko pure perfume, not EDP and EDT
    Guerlain Insolence, and Guerlain Sharlima perfume.

  76. Maya

    Clarisonic, shu cleansing oil, Chanel volume mascara(I’ve tried so many!) Guerlain new kajal pencil, Chanel blushes, jane iredale pressed minerals,

    I love high end makeup generally but these are my absolute favorites that I feel can’t be replaced by anything else.

  77. Vink

    Clarisonic Mia 2, Naked Palette, Lipsense by Senegence, Nars blushes, Guerlain Perles Du Dragon, Chanel Poudre Signee, Dior Amber Diamond and Burberry Body Rose Gold EDP,