It's no word of a lie that when it comes to makeup I am a total snob! I just love high end makeup far too much for my own good to the point where about 90% of my collection is dedicated to it. I'm just obsessed with luxurious, pretty packaging and I trust that most of the time if you spend more on a product, then you should get better quality makeup with kinder ingredients. The only downfall to highend makeup, is the risk you take in parting ways with your hard earned cash, for something that although may look pretty on your dressing table, might not perhaps cooperate quite so well on your face which can be really disappointing. So I thought I'd put together a little post to show you the high end products that I would recommend and that I think are totally worth the splurge!
I'm gonna go ahead and say that these Hourglass blushers are my favourite that I own. I just cannot fault them as the colours are all beautiful and the quality is like no other. Each blush shade is mixed with one of their Ambient Lighting Powders which creates a perfect, softly lit blush that blends seamlessly onto the skin. To begin with I bought a solo blush in the shade Dim Infusion, priced at £28, which is a lovely, natural looking, light peach colour and as much as I adore the shade it was the formula that I fell in love with. Because I loved my solo blush so much, I also purchased the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which contains three mini shades and priced at £56 is my most expensive makeup product to date. I bought the palette on the John Lewis website, here, and at the moment they are still in stock. It was limited edition though and can be hard to find as it goes out of stock quickly, so be speedy if you're thinking about purchasing one, you won't regret it!
The Ombre Blackstars are cream eyeshadows in a twist up, stick format which come in a range of stunning shades. I have Frozen Quartz which is a gorgeous frosty champagne pink and Misty Rock which is a beautiful taupey, purple that has the nicest shimmer running throughout it. What makes these especially great, and worth their £29 each price tag, is that the formula is excellent. To begin with they are smooth to apply and really easy to blend, but once they have set they do not budge all day! With any other eyeshadow I will use my Nars primer without fail as it will crease otherwise, however with the Ombre Blackstars I can skip the primer and they will still look flawless by the end of the day. They are really quick to use as you can swipe them across your lid, blend it out a little with a fluffy brush and you're done! Despite being so long lasting, they do come off easily with makeup remover so you don't have to worry about dreaded panda eyes. I've got my eye on Blond Opal next!
Soft & Gentle is a gorgeous golden, champagne highlight which I think everyone in the blogging world either already owns or wants. I put off purchasing it for ages as it is £23, but as soon as I did I was instantly wowed at how beautiful it is and wished I'd had the guts to buy it sooner. I've had mine for almost a year now and although I don't use it every day, it is one of my most used highlights and it's barely even got a dip in the product. So at least you know that if you buy it you will definitely get your moneys worth out of it.
I'm also obsessed with the shade Lightscapade but chose to include Soft & Gentle as it's one that would look gorgeous on most skintones! Keep a lookout on my blog for a comparison post between the two though!
If there was an award for the prettiest, most luxurious looking lipstick tube the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks would win hands down. But drool worthy packaging doesn't mean anything if the actual product is a bit of a let down, and fortunately judging by the fact that they've made this post, these are brilliant quality lipsticks. The formula is really smooth and creamy and they leave a nice shine but aren't glossy. I barely have to use two swipes of it as it is so pigmented which is surprising for such a creamy lipstick. The shade I have here is No 1. Nude Beige which is a gorgeous, wearable, nude pink. At £26 they are for sure an indulgent product but in terms of formulation and packaging they aren't going to disappoint!
As I have oily skin I'm constantly on the lookout for long lasting makeup products and had been intrigued by the All Nighter setting spray for ages. I wasn't really expecting much to be honest so I only bought the 30ml travel size version which is £9, and since trying it I'm kicking myself that I didn't just buy the full size, which is £21 for 118ml. This stuff is literally amazing and I've noticed a huge difference in the longevity of my makeup! It's a game changer if you have oily skin and I now don't go a day without this, even if you don't have oily skin it's great for those times when you need your makeup to stay flawless all day if you have a special occasion or something! And plus when the travel size is only £9 it's a great way to try it out without blowing all your budget on the full size straight away.
My last product that I'm urging you to splurge on is the By Terry Baume De Rose, which even though is an eye-watering £39 it will be the best and only lip balm you'll ever need. It's super nourishing as it's packed with Rose Flower Essential Wax and Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, Shea Butter to heal and hydrate and Vitamin E to protect. The texture is lovely and creamy on the lips and it has a delicate rose scent which is gorgeous. It's such a dream and my lips always feel so plump and smooth after I've used it!
Do you have any high end recommendations?