We know it can be difficult splurging on a $45 lipstick at Sephora when you can barely make the $2.75 subway fee back to your apartment (money doesn’t grow on trees, people.) The fact of the matter is, the difference between a high-end brand lipstick and a cheap drugstore dupe is how much you’re willing to shell out for the extra quality and whether or not the product actually measures up to the price. After years and years of buying (and regretting) high-end beauty products, we’ve narrowed down the list to a few splurges that actually live up to their price tag. Below, find some of our favorite high-end purchases that truly do live up to the hype.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62
Flawless skin might not just be a dream after all with Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. With a low-density formula, Luminous Silk can be blended in easily for a silky finish and a high-pigmented impact.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $28
Fake perfect skin and eight hours of sleep with Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. Used as both blemish and under-eye coverage, Creamy Concealer goes on smooth and is buildable for medium to high coverage throughout the day.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, $52
Keep your foundation from budging throughout the day with Hourglass’ Mineral Veil Primer. With a satin-smooth finish and mineral base, the primer minimizes oil, diminishes the appearance of pores, and creates a perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, $39
As far as mineral powders go, this is one of the best. Laura Mercier’s Mineral Powder with SPF 15 delivers luminosity and sets your foundation while minerals and antioxidants protect the skin against environmental stressors.
Kat Von D Light + Shade Contour Kit, $46
There’s nothing we love more than perfectly sculpted cheekbones. Achieve the perfect contour with Kat Von D’s Light + Shade Contour Kit with three shades for contouring and three shades for highlighting. Easy to blend and buildable, Light + Shade Contour Kit provides versatile matte shades
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz
We aren’t kidding when we say eyebrows can make or break a makeup look. The surefire way to make sure your brows stay on point? Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Whiz makes filling in sparse hairs and defining your brows a breeze, even for beginners.
NARS Audacious Lipstick, $32
We know $32 is a lot to shell out for a lipstick, but you can see why it’s worth the price when you try NARS’ Audcaious Lipstick. Smooth and high-pigmented, Audacious Lipstick glides on and acts as a long-wearing lip stain throughout the day.
Urban Decay Naked Palette, $50
Look no further for blendable, high-pigmented shadows than Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. A cult favorite, the Naked Palette comes in three different tones (warm, taupe, and pink) for creating anything from daytime neutral looks to a smokey eye.
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $20
For smudge-proof precision eyeliner, try Stila’s All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner for eyeliner that lasts all day and into the night.