A question that frequently crops up is whether high end makeup really is worth it’s price tag and while I think it’s great to save money, in some cases, the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies.
A couple of weeks ago, the beautiful Dorota from Beauty Drama Queen & I each did a roundup of our top 5 drugstore makeup products, and this week we decided to team up again to bring you our top 5 high end products.
While you may have heard me raving about a couple of these products before, some of them are new to me, and I’m in love! I’m excited to see what made Dorota’s list, and whether we picked any of the same favourites again – You can read all about her top 5 here.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
I wrongly assumed that high end powders were an unnecessary splurge, until I ‘accidentally’ added the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to my basket on a late night shopping spree.
I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and it has quickly become my secret weapon for brightening my dark under-eye area. It’s a super finely milled, weightless, glow-enhancing powder that sets concealer in place while preventing any creasing.
The formula is ingenious; it contains a white pigment that brightens without adding any shimmer, and unlike every other powder I have tried, it simultaneously brightens and sets my concealer without leaving a grey/ashy cast.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
I have raved about the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation here before, but it truly is my favourite high end foundation simply because I love what it does to my skin. I wear this in shade 7.5 – it’s an amazing shade match that has the perfect amount of yellow undertone for me and just looks skin-like!
It’s perfect for special occasions as it contains no SPF, lasts all day and leaves skin looking extremely flawless and radiant!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
I rarely get excited by new launches and typically like to wait until the hype dies down before deciding if a product is really worth the investment. However, that logic went out of the window when I heard about the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.. I was immediately drawn to the collection of shades and I’m so glad that I bought it!
Every shadow is so creamy and the pigmentation is unreal; you could even get away without using a primer. The only downside to the crazy pigmentation is that inevitably there is a lot of fallout – this isn’t a deal breaker for me. I love having a palette with only warm shadows in my collection, as I know I will use every shade, and they all blend like a dream.
It has the perfect mix of matte and shimmer shadows, and can be used to create anything from a subtle day look to a more dramatic evening look. This is a must-have palette for any makeup addict!
Benefit Roller Lash
Benefit Roller Lash is another hype that I refused to give into as I was more than happy with my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (you can read my review on it here) I did however, spot a whole row of Roller Lash at the airport, conveniently just after realising that I had forgotten to pack my mascara!
Purchasing it certainly ‘opened up my eyes’ and now I can see what all the fuss is about! *drum roll please*
I will always be a Lash Sensational fan; the formula is slightly thicker, which simply means more volume, however the smaller wand on the Roller Lash helps to separate the lashes more, so it’s just a matter of preference.
The lightweight formula means that my stubborn, downward facing lashes aren’t weighed down, it doesn’t flake or smudge and is long wearing. The curved plastic brush helps to lengthen, add volume and separates – it really does open the eyes and I can truly see a definite uplift and curl with this mascara.
Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks
Liquid lipsticks seem to have taken over my
collection hoard and seeing as they are all I reach for these days, I like to think I am a some kind of aficionado! I own five Kat Von D liquid lipsticks; Lolita, Lolita II, Double Dare, Bachelorette and Bauhaus and I can honestly say they are some of the best formulas I own, along with Jeffree Star – talk about controversial! Let’s not go there..
Kat Von D’s offering consists of more wearable shades to suit every skin tone and it certainly lives up to it’s claims! They are long wearing, extremely pigmented and surprisingly moisturising, setting to a non-drying matte finish. The only negative is that the tapered wand is slightly too long and flexible, making application tricky.
It’s everything you would look for in a liquid lipstick, and without a doubt, the pros outweigh the con for me. My favourite shade has to be Lolita, it’s such a gorgeous nude – what a cliché!
Don’t forget to check out Dorota’s post before you go.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite high end makeup products? Anything you think I need to try?