I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I spend so much on beauty products when there are more affordable options?” Many would argue that the hefty price of these makeup and skincare items only goes to the high-end brand’s name and exquisite packaging. The “$1 vs. $100” challenges on YouTube are proof of that.
While that’s true, it’s also worth noting that these products also have special formulas which are exclusive to their labs. It’s really just a matter of finding what works for your skin and if it’s worth the investment. You’re shelling out thousands of pesos after all so you better spend that money wisely and not feel any regret.
That said, we’ve chosen items to give you an idea on what you should get on your next cosmetic haul.
Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm
Improve the natural color of your lips with the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm. Its unique formula leaves the lips feeling fresh and looking fuller. It’s also enriched with mango butter and cucumber loofah for a moisturizing effect. Available at SM Makati.
La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation
One look at its P5,000-plus price tag might make you think twice about this product. But this foundation from La Mer has a lightweight formula, which blends easily and gives you a flawless finish. You don’t need to use much to get long-lasting coverage, so you’re still saving extra bucks. Available at Rustan’s Makati.
Blend any makeup easily with a brush or two from Artis. It has a dense velvety brush that’s designed to even out your foundation or concealer. You can also find brushes of different sizes for contouring and highlighting purposes. Available at Net-a-Porter.
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil
This fragrant face oil from Sisley promises to smoothen fine lines and give the skin a silky texture thanks to the black rose extract. It contains other plant-based elements like plum and camelina, which help maintain lipid balance. Make sure to add this to your anti-aging regimen next time. Available at Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza.
Guerlain L’OR Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold
It’s not every day that you use flecks of gold as a makeup base. The Guerlain L’OR Radiance Concentrate firms up your skin to help retain moisture and helps even out your complexion. Meanwhile, the gold adds a radiance to any foundation. Spending P3,750 a bottle isn’t so bad if you don’t plan on using a lot daily. Available at Sephora PH.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
Marc Jacobs Beauty recently released a coconut-scented line, which includes this setting mist. Not only does it add a glowy effect to your skin, your makeup will also stay put for up to 24 hours. We don’t wear makeup that long, but count us in. Available online.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Stress Cream
Don’t you wish that you had a product that’ll help reduce the signs of stress? La Prairie has it and it costs over P12,000. The Anti-Aging Stress Cream promises to improve skin elasticity and firmness, and reduce fine lines. If you feel hesitant to get the whole jar, ask if there are samples so you can test it out for a few days. Available at Nordstrom.
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