It’s mesmerising and at times, totally overwhelming to think about just how many beauty buys are available out there. For the most part we find ourselves scrounging around, hunting for dupes of the latest must-have luxury product but sometimes the budget option just won’t cut it.
Countless luxury beauty brands promise miracle cures and appearance overhauls in their results and their unicorn promises come with a price tag to match.
With that in mind we’ve scoured the best of the beauty departments to bring you a definitive list of beauty products worth investing in.
Byredo fragrances are considered one of the most indulgent beauty buys and Velvet Haze makes for a great autumnal fragrance. The fragrance is created to channel the countercultural music moment of the 1960s as well as the more contemporary dewy dancing youths camped out at Coachella. It contains coconut water and hibiscus with heady musk and patchouli notes, perfect for after dark occasions.
Constantly scooping up awards for their products, how could we not mention luxury skincare products from La Mer? This ultra-soft cream deeply replenishes for a beautifully glowing radiance, instantly improving the texture of skin. Celebrity fans include Liv Tyler who apparently applies it to her spots, Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum and Mariah Carey who allegedly used it for nappy rash on her babies.
Ok, so, yes £115 seems extreme for an eyeshadow palette particularly when you already have so many tucked away in your make up drawer but hear us out. Do any of those palettes have the same buttery, intensely pigmented yet lightweight texture as Pat McGrath’s palette? Are they as long lasting? Diverse? Seamlessly blend? Probably not. Do yourself a favour and make the investment then get practicing just in time for the holiday season.
Hairstylist hero, Sam McKnight recently spent time as the subject of a major exhibition at Somerset House in London. Boasting a 40-year career and as the man behind Kate Moss’ iconic tousled locks, McKnight is a name to trust when it comes to hair products. This ‘Cool Girl’ hair mist is designed to help us achieve those perfectly undone waves.
This Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skincare comes with a hefty price tag but you better believe it’s worth the hype. The combination of DHA and Erythrulous, two self tanning molecules with complementary products, creates a natural, even and long-lasting tan, visible within two hours after application. Other crucial ingredients include those with impressive and coveted anti-ageing qualities. The good news is a little goes a long way so you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
This heavy duty cream will solve any skin issues around the eyes from the moment you start using it. Backed with impressive clinical data, this product genuinely can back up the miracle cure claims made about it. Your bank card will be pleased to know that again, a little goes a long way with this product. The pros suggest you apply a grain of rice-sized amount to each eye day and night for a smoother, more refined eye contour.
A key element of creator, Miranda Kerr’s morning routine, is that special kind of skincare that gives you instant results which, in a generation obsessed with instant gratification, is unsurprisingly consistently sold out. It’s made with papaya enzymes for gentle brightening and exfoliation, as well as rosehip seeds to give you physical exfoliation.
The Power Fabric Foundation follows on from the success of other more iconic Giorgio Armani foundations, Maestro and Luminous Silk. With a weightless consistency the product melts into your skin upon application, creating a luminous texture with a long-lasting finish and conceals imperfections while still leaving a no makeup feel to the skin.
Estée Lauder took inspiration from groundbreaking DNA research in creating their Advanced Night Repair product. As the name suggests, the product maximises the power of the skin’s natural night time repair system, using an age-defying formula to repair past damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Now that Drunk Elephant has finally landed in the UK your debit card has probably gone into hiding but if you buy one thing from the range make it this Polypeptide Cream. Full of amino acids, protein peptides and folic acid, the product leaves skin feeling plump and pillowy. Most impressively (and incredibly conveniently) all of the products in the range have been designed to be mixed up and don’t need to be layered laboriously one on top of the other.
Is it normal to think £25 is reasonable for a concealer? At this point I’m not sure anymore but there’s no denying anything Dior screams luxury. Plus, Vogue noted it as one of the best concealers of 2018 so I’m in. The transparent core of the product helps to fill in fine lines and smooth pores leaving the coloured outer ring to conceal dark circles and blemishes. If you really want to get your money’s worth from the product, rumour has it it makes for great lipstick primer for keeping lasting colour in check.