Makeup is an art, as it is a vice. You can never get enough of it. While deciding is tough, it's even tougher to find what's worth the investment. Here are 16 pricey-but-totally-worth-it products that are there to stay in your makeup bag
By: Nikita Vivek Pawar
Posted on: February 26, 2019
Makeup is just like an investment plan - subject to risks, but can give amazing returns (if done right). Finding that perfect red lipstick or the best foundation shade is an eternal endeavour. When buying makeup products, research is key. Nobody wants to waste time in products that do not perform. So on your next shopping trip, do give a look to the enlisted 16 mind-blowing products that not only perform well, but are also considered cult classics.
1. La Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
Your skin is delicate, it needs protection. Sunscreen is your best friend. The La Mer SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid has tons of goodness in it. While protecting you from UV rays, it is powered with natural humectants that hydrate your skin, leaving it moisturised, supple and relaxed. Tourmaline, a vital ingredient, vitalizes the skin making it more youthful and strengthens the anti-oxidant activity.
2. Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base
The Le Blanc De Chanel Illuminating Base helps you get that inner glow effect. It is a light with an up to 8-hour wear base that smells amazing. The liquid creates a clear sheen of illumination while hydrating the skin. It also mattifies your skin and creates an even texture. The packaging looks luxurious and comes with a pump making application a lot easier.
3. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
The Hourglass Foundations in general are amazing! The Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick takes the foundation game a level higher. The foundation stick is extremely easy to use and has a good wear time (two hours to be exact!) It’s like a liquid foundation in a stick form with medium to high coverage. It adjusts to your skin temperature, therefore, you might see a little oxidisation. But it definitely doesn’t turn grey. In the age of cohesive beauty, Hourglass foundations are available in 32 shades, ranging from ‘Blanc’ to ‘Espresso’. It’s our go-to magic stick!
4. Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer
This enchanted product instantly takes you from 4 hours sleep to a 10 hour beauty sleep. The Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer - a creamy, liquid concealer - minimises flaws, blemishes and dark circles with full, natural-looking coverage. It is also enriched with light-diverting agents that help in antioxidant protection. Available in 27 shades, the Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer is your next best friend.
5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
A ‘baked’ face never looks good. Hence the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder has been a cult favourite ever seen its launch, and it has quite a reason to be one. The powder is light and easy to apply that blends magically to set makeup flawlessly. It absorbs oil and reduces shine, giving you a perfect matte finish all day long. It is interesting that a two-shade powder can match the fairest of the fair to the deepest of the deep skin shades for up to 12 hours.
6. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder
Bronzing is one of my favourite makeup techniques. It gives warmth and life to my face, making it look sun kissed and amazing! Estee Lauder’s bronzer is a powder-based product which makes it easy to use and great for summers. Unleash the inner goddess within you!
7. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate
Ever since the Kardashians brought contouring back in trend, there has not been any looking back. The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is a gorgeous amalgamation of contour and highlight. Creating the right shadow and highlight is key to any flawless makeup. The luxurious packaging is not very heavy but the right weight. The gold detailing is my favourite! The product has two shades, one a sheer light shade for highlighting, and a dark shade to define and contour the face. The Shade and Illuminate comes in two variants: Intensity 1 and Intensity 2.
8. Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator
If you don’t like sheen glow, the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick is a unique product to begin with. The highlighter claims to be a universal shade i.e. both warm and cool undertone people can use it. And guess what? It works. It is a perfect ratio of gold and silver pigments. The Glow stick is a cream formula that settles down to a powder finish and because of the consistency, blending is necessary. The oval shape of the product makes it easier to apply across your face and on the edges for the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.
9. Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift
Your eyebrows are the framework of your face. Groomed eyebrows will instantly life up your face and make you look more polished. Charlotte Tilbury’s eyebrow pencil shapes, lifts and adds definition to your eyebrows to get the perfect arch, and a finished fine point. The unique making of the product is practical and convenient. On one end is a spooly brush, on the other is the paraben free cream product in a triangular shape that helps in define and shape the eyebrow. And when you unscrew the middle you get a highlighter that suits every skin tone, giving the eyebrows an instant lift under the brow bone.
10. Natasha Denona Star Palette
Natasha Denona is one of most well-known luxury makeup brands for eyeshadows. The Star Palette is an amazing diverse palette that you can use on multiple occasions. With creamy matte, shimmers, metallics and foiled there are endless possibilities of looks - from casual to glam. The palette is cruelty free, talc free and paraben free, definitely giving it some brownie points!
11. MAC Penultimate Eye Liner
The MAC Penultimate Eye Liner is a rather thick marker than any other felt tip liner that you know of. Besides the thickness, the Penultimate eye liner is a phenomenal product. This liner is perfect if you do not wing out your eyeliner. It gives the perfect consistency and dries down to a glossy finish without smudging or smearing.
12. Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes
The only drama I enjoy is in my lashes. Givenchy Phenonmen’ Eyes is truly the most phenomenal mascara in the world. It will be your holy grail product once you try it. It has a unique shape that contributes to its magic. The ball on the tip does wonders. It separates your lashes, curls them and hold them. Available in three colours and two variants, the mascara will be worth every single penny.
13. BareMinerals Gen Nude Blush
A soft rouge on the cheek is something every girl wants. BareMinerals Gen Nude Blush is a cohesive collection of 12 shades of blush that cater to all skin tones. The creamy formula is buildable and stay on all day long without settling into patches. The Gen Nude is formulated to give a natural flush mimic. The blushes are divided into pinks, mauves, beiges and peaches, and are available in three intensities.
14. YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
Forget the perfect one, the perfect lipstick is what you need to look for. The YSL Tatouage liquid lipstick is one of the best products YSL has. The slant to the applicator makes it quick and precise. The formula is non-drying and long-lasting. With classy packaging, the lip stain is available in 28 shades to pick from.
15. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus
Melting makeup is a nightmare that nobody wants. The Bobbi Brown 3-in-1 setting spray is one of the most versatile and performing sprays in the market. The product is light, hydrating and smells amazing. The Primer Plus can also be used before applying powder highlighter to give a strobe effect. You can also use it on a bare face to give that thoroughly nourished and hydrated kind of look.
16. Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm
Like good makeup, removing the makeup entirely is also a major part to maintain the quality of your skin. The Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm is something every diva swears by. The light balm gets rid of the toughest of tough makeup with ease. So no more tugging and rubbing to get rid of that waterproof mascara or liquid lipstick!