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These Luxury Beauty Buys Are Actually Worth Their High Price Tag

These Luxury Beauty Buys Are Actually Worth Their High Price Tag

Every now and then a girl deserves to pamper herself…and pampering doesn’t normally come with a small price tag. But when the products you’re using are formulated with “miracle broth” or promise to give you both a candlelit glow and higher cheekbones, well, there are some things that if money can buy them you should just splurge. So in the name of all that is glamorous, we’ve created a list of the Top 10 luxury beauty products that are so worth the high price point. We’re talking red carpet red lips, texturizing sprays that bring life back to thin, three-day-old hair, and a primer that will turn the “no-primer girl” into a “can’t live without primer girl.” We studied the reviews, listened to the beauty editors, and scanned the before and after photos. As much as we didn’t want to want the beauty items on this list, the verdict is in...these are the 10 beauty buys worth every cent. Opening image: @tomfordbeauty

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December 19, 2018

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The Rankings


Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

Our Score

BEST FOR: Centering your beauty look on a bold lip

ABOUT THE BRAND: Pat McGrath is perhaps one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. After creating formulas for brands like Cover Girl, it's no surprise that her own line boasts breathtaking pigments, flawless application and long-lasting wear. 


Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Our Score

BEST FOR: An all-in-one texture spray, dry shampoo, and hairspray to give you perfectly tousled "I woke up like this" strands 

USERS SAID: "My 'I can't live without' product! It's great for adding volume and texture to my fine/thin hair...not to mention it smells amazing!"


Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This golden contour palette is universally flattering, giving all skin tones a gorgeous glow and added definition.

HELPFUL TIP: The before and after photos will make you a believer!


Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Our Score

LOVED FOR: So many concealers make it hard to match to your skin tone and can look caked on. Not only does Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer provide full coverage, but it also leaves you looking fresh faced!

FROM THE EXPERTS: In a study of 100 women, 96% say this concealer blends flawlessly into skin to hide dark circles.


Dior Diorshow Brow Styler

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This is hands down my favorite eyebrow pencil. It's narrow tip makes it easy to apply and looks natural. Lasts all day. I also use this on days with no or little makeup to have more of a put together look and it's perfect."

COMPLETE THE LOOK: Just add a sweep of blush, a swipe of highlighter, and a dab of sheer gloss and voila! The ultimate no makeup, makeup look.


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Our Score

BEST FOR: This mineral primer repels water and comes packed with SPF, perfect for hot or humid days.

LOVED FOR: Applying this primer is like airbrushing away even the smallest of pores.


Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Our Score

BEST FOR: Oily or combination skin types

LOVED FOR: This all-in-one treatment uses botanicals and 60+ bioavailable nutrients to improve skin texture and radiance.


Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad

Our Score

BEST FOR: Day-to-night versatility in a single palette

HELPFUL TIP: Smokey eyes don't have to be limited to dark charcoal shades. Play with the golden or bronze tones in this palette to create a sexy, smokey look.


La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation

Our Score

LOVED FOR: La Mer and its miracle broth work magic yet again in this long wear foundation that offers hydrating coverage.

USERS SAID: "It's hard to shell out so much for a foundation I'll be washing off every night, but this is truly the best formula I've encountered. I've tried SO many different brands and this is forever my go-to. I have highly sensitive and acne-prone skin. Since using this, my skin has cleared up! I recommend trying a sample in-store, but beware—you'll want to change to it forever."


Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

Our Score

BEST FOR: A false lashes effect

LOVED FOR: The brush on this mascara combines short and long bristles to give lashes lift, length, and volume.

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