How many times has it happened that when you pass by any high-end brand like MAC or Estee Lauder, you can’t help but steal a glance towards it or try to get a whiff of the wonderful fragrance coming from that direction? But have you had enough and finally thought it is high time to indulge in the guilty pleasure of luxe products? The joy of stepping into the outlet and coming back victorious with a neatly wrapped and shiny package is immeasurable. So here is a compilation of the 10 most expensive makeup brands along with their most popular items.
10. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty
A subsidiary of L’Oreal, YSL Beauty was founded in 2000. It aims to express a unique style of elegance and freedom. It started with being a French luxury fashion house and is now extended to fragrances, skin care, and beauty. YSL Beauty has already become an icon in the fashion industry with the Touche Eclat (meaning touch of radiance), one of which is sold every 10 seconds worldwide.
The Touche Eclat has been compared to a magic wand, so its no wonder that this concealer is a favorite of all. It contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E to boost the skins natural luminosity, increase hydration and remove signs of fatigue. A must-have, it is $42.
Tarte was started in 2000 with the objective to create quality products with natural ingredients. Thus, founder Maureen Kellys formulated products which are eco-chic, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic and vegan. All products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten, so you can use these products without worrying about your skin.
One of their products which has been getting a lot of attention lately is the In Bloom Clay Palette. It contains the goodness of Amazonian clay, which is believed to be nature’s most perfect ingredient for better and longer wear. It also contains mineral pigments which soften the skin. Priced at $46.
8. Urban Decay
Urban Decay has tagged themselves as bold, quirky and edgy. They opened their store nearly 20 years ago, which was the time when unconventional colors hadn’t hit the stores. In January 1996, they launched a line of 10 lipsticks and 12 nail enamels which had groundbreaking names like Roach, Smog, Rust, Oil Slick and Acid Rain. Even though they are famous for playing with colors, they have some great nudes and neutrals as well.
One of their best-selling products is the Naked Eye Shadow Palette. One piece is sold every minute so you can guess that this product works wonders. It revolutionized the neutral, easy going look forever. They say that not even one shade of this palette can be ignored because it contains the perfect combination of neutral, matte and shimmery. After the immense popularity, there are other versions of this too, named Naked Heat, Naked 2 and Naked 3. The Naked Palette is worth $54.
7. Marc Jacobs
The founder, Marc Jacobs is not a man whom you’d meet every day. He embraces new things, pushes boundaries, and with his rule-breaking creativity, he continues to shape the American fashion in a unique way. Being a brand which is definitely on the pricey side, you can’t help but swoon over the minimal and sleek packaging along with high-quality pigments. And to top it off, they are a cruelty-free brand.
If you want instant full coverage all day, then the Re(Marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is for you. There are way too many reasons to buy this. It is an ultra light-weight foundation with an oil-free formula that contains twice as much as pigment than any another full coverage foundation. It contains patented gold pigments, which is mixed with lecithin. Lecithin is an ingredient that is similar to the skin, which makes the application effortless, with a smooth matte finish. Priced at $55.
6. Giorgio Armani
Even though this brand is better known for its perfect fitting of tailored suits in America, the fragrances and beauty section is just as popular. Just like the ideology he has for his garments that are meticulously designed, each of Giorgio Armani beauty products oozes elegance.
The holy-grail foundation for many women would be the one and only Luminous Silk Foundation. Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen swear by it. According to reviews, it is perfectly full-coverage, gives a satin and “not too matte finish”, is silky, versatile and most importantly build-able. At $64 it is totally worth the hype.
5. Tom Ford
World-renowned designer Tom Ford has it all: fragrances, clothing, accessories, and makeup. For those who seek the ultimate in style and sophistication, the Tom Ford beauty collection offers it all.
If you are not a fan of a matte finish, then the Traceless Foundation Stick is the one for you. It is pretty popular in the beauty industry, and makeup artists say it is totally worth the splurge. It gives a really smooth finish and works best if mixed with a bit of moisturizer. The good thing about this product is that the coverage is versatile, so you can use this product as it is to have full coverage, or as mentioned earlier, mix it with moisturizer to have a sheer finish. Priced at $85.
A European luxury goods company, Dior was founded in 1946. It is mainly famous for its iconic perfumes like the Hypnotic Poison, but its makeup formulations are one of the best as well.
The two most beloved products are the Dior Addict Lip Glow($33) and the Couture Color Wardrobe Palette($89). The balm is moisturizing, nourishing, lives up to its name, giving your lips a subtle glow while maintaining the natural color of your lips. The palette is larger-than-life and inspired by runway shows. It contains natural shades as well as some vibrant ones as well.
3. Charlotte Tilbury
This is one of the best high-end brands in the UK. Her makeup inspirations were the Bohemian vibes of Ibiza, and her dad, who was a painter. She has worked with some incredible people in the industry like fashion photographers such as Mario Testino and Terry Richardson; some incredible designers such as Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, and Burberry; and some of the most beautiful women in the world like Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, and Penelope Cruz.
Their Filmstar Bronze and Glow is one of the products on the pricier side, costing $90. It has pearl and golden pigments that define your features and gives out a subtle and a candlelit glow. These shades are created from a gold base and it suits well on all skin tones. It is paraben-free.
This brand deals mostly with skincare but is worth a mention in this list because of that one game-changing ingredient: Pitera. It all started in the 1970’s when SK-II scientists went on a quest to look for the ingredient that would make flawless skin a reality. It was an unexpected observation; the soft and youthful hands of aged sake brewers in Japan. This sight was what eventually led to the discovery of Pitera, which is a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids.
The most awarded product is the Facial Treatment Essence. Pitera bears a close resemblance to skin and this helps in replenishing and hydrating the skin. The success of Pitera is unparalleled and the formula hasn’t been changed to this date. It costs $179.
1. La Prairie
This brand was created in Montreux, Switzerland in the 1930s. They believed that a combination of science and precious ingredients like gold and platinum could create wonders. Their formulas have become favorites of celebrities like Chrissy Teigen. Their collections include Platinum Rare, Skin Caviar, White Caviar, etc.
Some of their most coveted products include the Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation and the Cellular Luxe Lip Color, both of which have caviar present in them, making it exquisite and luxurious. At $225, the foundation perfects your complexion with its dewiness and infused caviar. The cream emulsion offers full coverage and the concealer camouflages under-eye darkness. Its other skin caviar product is the Luxe Cream, which guarantees to brighten and firm the skin, costing $450.
So we finally arrive at the end of this list. These products are bound to put a smile on your face, and make you the center of attention among the girls! So go ahead and get ready to go to makeup heaven!