I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'm a sucker for high end beauty. But sometimes, the quality doesn't necessarily match the high price tag, so today I'm sharing a handful of my favourites that I think are really worth every penny.
Marc Jacobs Nail Polishes £15 (Here for US)
Although these aren't super pricey, and incidentally they're cheaper than say Dior or Chanel, the formula on these are exceptional. They're everything I want in a polish - a super opaque colour, a decent wear time, a shiny, almost plasticised finish and an array of unusual and beautiful shades. You may well have seen me talk about Petra from this post, a stunning and complex purple with gold and silver sparkle, but Delphine, White Snow and Le Charm round off my top four, Delphine especially.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombres £25 (Here for US)
It was these that kicked off my one-and-done eye look obsession way back when, and years later I'm still in utter love with them. Whilst the odd, spongey texture may be nothing new now - Colourpop and Maybelline do good, affordable alternatives, Chanel still manage to outdo themselves with the formula and exquisite shades of these 'cream' shadows. Those of you in the US who haven't already, be sure to get the limited edition New Moon from 2015 (my all time fave), which you can still purchase from Chanel here. Same goes for Ebloui, a deep and sophisticated burgundy-bronze. I also definitely recommend Rouge Brule from the latest collection (review + swatches here), it's really intense and pigmented and a great transitional shade into autumn.
Nars Yachiyo Brush £43 (Here for the US)
I'm not one to splurge on brushes. I'm not the biggest eyeshadow wearer, and I think all foundations look better applied with an airpuff, so brushes just get pushed down the priorities list, after base, cheek palettes, mascara, nail polish etc.. but this beautifully crafted little number is an exception. Of all possible brush shapes, tapered is my favourite for applying highlight/blush/bronzer - the Yachiyo brush has a beautiful shape that makes it incredibly versatile and easy to use.
Dior Nude Air Powders (Here for US)
Every Nude Air powder I've had from Dior I love. Whether it's the loose setting powder, or the limited edition highlighters or the Nude Tan powders, each are so finely milled, look ethereal and creamy on the skin, and have a beautiful colour to them. They usually release a couple of compacts with the seasonal ranges, and I highly recommend you pick one up when they do.
Chanel Liners £19 (Here for US)
I don't hear many people talk about the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof liners, but I think they should, as they're most definitely worth the splurge for me. Aside from a super smooth, long-lasting formula that sits well in the waterline, the limited edition colours are so beautiful, and often unusual - Beryl and Or Rose from 2013, Sable and Eros from this year, for example.
Marc Jacobs Style Eye Con Palettes £45 (Here for the US)
I mentioned above that I'm not a big eyeshadow wearer, but after swatching the MJ palettes in Mount St, I knew Lolita was coming home with me. It's the perfect neutrals palette - a mix of matte and shimmery shades, with both warm and cool undertones, all with great colour payoff and silky texture, in sleek, compact packaging. I always take these abroad with me as they slip right into my makeup bag and take up such little space.
Estee Lauder EE Cream £35 (Here for the US)
There was quite a bit of hype with these when they first launched due to the retail-equivalent-of-'clickbait' name but I don't hear many people talk about them anymore. I still love this tinted moisturiser, and even after the countless number of tinted moisturisers that have been release, it's still my fave. It primes and smoothes over my skin whilst giving me an elegant glow and the tiniest hint of colour, perfect for no-makeup-makeup days.
By Terry Ombre Blackstars £29 (Here for US)
I love cream stick shadows. They're easy, longwearing and travel-friendly, and I think By Terry make my favourite ones. The Ombre Blackstars come in the most beautiful metallic shades and the formula is excellent - smooth, pigmented colour that lasts as long as you need it to. Frozen Quartz is my fave shade.
Chanel Les Beiges Powders £39 (Here for US)
These powders are really stunning. Much like the Dior mentioned above, it doesn't seem to matter which product you get, the quality of the powder is the same. The Multi Colour Duo is a strong favourite - it's a sublime blush and highlighter, and the pressed setting powders look smooth and light on the skin.
Stila Stay All Day Liner £14.50
At just over £14, this isn't much of a splurge but it's hands down my favourite liquid liner. I've had mine for yonks and it hasn't dried out, still drawing on the same black, crisp line as always. With a saturated, felt tip, and even flow of liquid, it's really helped me get better at liquid liner application.
What high end beauty products do you think are worth the spend? Encouraging all enablers to leave their faves below!
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