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There are a lot of pricy products on the market – some of which are not worth the hype or hefty price tag. Some, however, are definitely worth the splurge. Working in cosmetics has sparked a love for both high-end and drugstore makeup. For this post, I thought I’d put together mini-reviews for some of my favourite high-end products. Products that I personally think are worth the splurge.
Guerlain Meteorites: Admittedly, I purchased these at first due mainly to their cute factor. But these hand-crafted, light-diffusing pressed powder pearls are a fantastic beauty product. They look gorgeous as a finishing/setting powder, and come in different shades. Some help neutralize/perfect, some add luminosity, or a bronze effect! They are extremely expensive though – a whopping $71! Definitely more of a luxury item, but they truly are beautiful!
Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick: This was definitely another “love at first swatch” item for me. These eyeshadow/eyeliner sticks are super pigmented, vivid, and creamy. They glide on with amazing color payoff, and have a slight cooling sensation on the eyelids. They shimmer and glisten with an amazing metallic finish. I am so obsessed with these! At a pricey $35, they are definitely one of the best cream eyeshadow sticks I’ve ever used.
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer: The Hourglass Ambient range has exploded with popularity over the last year. This illuminating bronzer features “Photoluminescent Technology” has an ultra light feel, and looks so natural. I personally found the shade “Luminous Bronze Light” to look a lot more natural, and far less orange than “Radiant Bronze Light”. If you’re looking for a natural-looking bronzer that won’t appear orange or look muddy (and are willing to spend the $60) I honestly think this is worth every penny.
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick (Shade #1): The formula of these lipsticks is phenomenal. They’re smooth and creamy, yet pigmented and long-lasting. They also have SPF 15, which is quite rare to find in a lipstick! For $39 they’re definitely not cheap, but as far as designer lipsticks go, these are definitely worth the splurge! The only complaint I have with these is that they can sometimes stick to dryness on the lips – but as long as you exfoliate/moisturize your lips, they apply like a dream!
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow: These shimmery, cream-gel eyeshadows. They can also be used as eyeliners! They’re smooth, pigmented, and easily blendable. There are a ton of cream eyeshadows on the market, but these are definitely one of my favourites due to the texture – it’s hybrid formula blends like a cream, but lasts all day. I picked up the limited edition shade “New Moon” a while ago, and fell in love with it!
Nars Dual Intensity Shadow: I cannot describe my love for these eyeshadows. They can be used either dry or wet for different intensities/looks. Dry gives you a softer application, while wet gives a high-impact, bolder finish. I prefer to use them wet, as this shows its true colour payoff. These shadows are highly pigmented, smooth, and last all day! They retail for $35 which is quite pricey for what appears to be a small eyeshadow, but they are truly fantastic!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: This is one of the products that really started the Hourglass craze – it features 3 shades of the silky, finely-milled powders use the same Photoluminescent technology that’s in the bronzer (the bronzer was inspired by the formula of this powder, after all.) Some refer to these as highlighters, and while some shades to offer a beautiful yet natural highlight, I personally find they do work better as finishing powders. They help soften and illuminate the skin, while diffusing the appearance of imperfections. This palette, retailing at $67, is a great way to try out the powders for anyone new to the Hourglass Ambient line!
Dior Addict Lip Glow: this sheerly tinted balm quickly captured my heart. It enhances the natural lip colour while offering intense hydration, as well as SPF 10 for protection! It has “colour reviver” technology, which is supposed to react with the chemistry of your skin to create your perfect natural shade. It has mango butter and loofah extract to hydrate and nourish the lips. Now, $37 for a “glorified lip balm” may seem like a lot. But I personally think this product is amazing for no makeup days, on the go, or for girls looking for a “your lip but better” balm!
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base: This is arguably one of the most popular cream bronzers on the market. It’s a cream-gel bronzer that adds warmth and radiance to the skin for a sun-kissed glow. I first thought it looked orange in the container, but it doesn’t look orange at all when applied to the skin! It looks so beautiful and natural! You can wear it on its own to enhance the complexion, underneath foundation, or over top. It applies best with fingers, a sponge, or a large somewhat dense brush (I love to use it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush!) It costs about $48 and up, but if you’re looking for a beautiful and natural-looking tan, I 100% recommend this.
NARS Audacious Lipstick: It took me quite a while (and a lot of mental debating) before I finally caved and picked up one of these lipsticks. Claudia informed me that I absolutely needed to get one of these – particularly the shade “Anita” (described as an antique rose – it’s a pinky mauve!) I’m so glad I listened to her, because these lipsticks are truly amazing. They are ultra-pigmented, yet smooth and velvety. They apply with a satin-like feel, and offer full, long lasting colour. For $37, they’re definitely not cheap. But for a truly great quality lipstick, I definitely think they’re worth the splurge.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Pressed, in the shade “Opal”): If you haven’t heard about these yet, there’s a chance that you might in fact be living under a rock. They have been completely taking over social media, and capturing the hearts of beauty bloggers and gurus everywhere. These are creamy powder highlighters with ultra-fine shimmer and a finely milled texture. They are so smooth and buttery, and the glow is so real. I feel like a glowing goddess when I wear these. So far, Opal is definitely my favourite shade, as I find the more pink undertone looks a lot more natural with my fair skin. These retail for a whopping $46, but for those of you obsessed with highlighters, they are so worth it! (Blog post on more of these coming soon!)
YSL Couture Mono High-Impact Eyeshadow: Claudia and I both fell in love with these at first swatch. This shade is #5 Modele, and is a beautiful dusty purple-toned taupe. YSL describes these as having “all-day wear” with “chromatic power.” It’s smooth and creamy, yet pigmented and blendable. They retail for around $30, and are definitely worth it for a high-end, designer eyeshadow!
What are some of your favourite high end products?