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By Kaitlin Clark
Oct 08, 2020 @ 6:16 pm
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Money can’t buy us love or happiness, but it can buy us super luxe beauty products, and that's almost as good.

But rolling the dice on a pricey product is a fool’s game — products need to be worthy of our hard-earned buck to justify the splurge. And thanks to the dumpster fire that is 2020, we’re all a little more thoughtful about how we spend our cash. We make our money work for us, now more than ever, and if we do splurge, we expect results.

Thankfully, there are a lot of truly amazing, effective beauty products that deliver on their promises, but a high price tag definitely always doesn’t equate efficacy (and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is).

So before you drop a stack on a luxury beauty product, it’s crucial to do your research.

To give you a jumpstart, we’ve compiled our favorite beauty splurges from makeup to skincare that are completely worth the sticker shock — and every penny after that.

Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil

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To shop: $115, sephora.com

This luxuriously smooth body oil is a gift from heaven for those of us with stubborn dry skin. It’s incredibly fast-absorbing (you can put pants on immediately after applying — we kid you not) and sinks into skin quickly to knock out any hint of dryness or patchiness. At the same time, it's incredibly  lightweight, it doesn’t leave any greasy residue in its wake. Its squeaky clean formula is filled with a range of skin-loving antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, for immediate moisture and joy. And a little goes a long way — which means more bang for your buck!

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

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To shop: $59, sephora.com

This Tom Ford masterpiece is an editor favorite, thanks to its dual-tipped applicator. One tip is thicker and the other is finer, which helps it glide onto lids with ease — and the perfect amount of the inkiest black satin (no double swipes here!) — for super precise lines that are going nowhere.

Sobel Skin Rx 4.5% Retinol Night Treatment

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To shop: $105, sephora.com

Retinol is notorious for two things: it’s incredible ability to smooth out skin texture and diminish fine lines and it’s incredible potential to cause a skin freakout. Yet, this recently launched supercharged treatment from NYC dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel contains a surprising prescription-strength level of retinol, calmed down with gentle aloe vera, macadamia seed, and chamomile oils for even-toned radiance without the skin freakout.

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Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Tint

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Some OGs are so phenomenal, they last a lifetime — and Posh Spice’s featherweight lip tint in Bisou is the stuff of legends. Launched in just one universally complementary hue, the moody, wine-soaked pigment comes across as surprisingly neutral for daytime wear and truly looks amazing on a range of skin tones from porcelain to espresso. Buffered with a dose of squalene and hyaluronic acid, the non-sticky tint leaves lips plump, smooth, and looking polished with an edge (just like VB). 

Macrene Actives Face Cream Extra Rich

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To shop: $365, net-a-porter.com

No formula has worked better to give my temperamental skin — riddled with adult acne and a mysterious penchant for a daily rollercoaster of oiliness and dryness — a rush of long-lasting hydration without a greasy after-feel that other rich creams leave behind. This organic, plant-based cream is clean as a whistle, and specifically formulated to do serious work on red and brown discoloration, all while repairing and fortifying the skin barrier to transform stressed out skin into “rich people skin.”

Westman Atelier Foundation Stick

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To shop: $68, credobeauty.com

The very best foundations are ones you don’t even know are there, and this foundation stick from Gucci Westman — the celebrity makeup artist renowned for her natural, glowy visages — nails the elusive balance of clean, nourishing, and blurring. This antioxidant-rich foundation is so creamy and lightweight, it feels more like a serum with skin-perfecting superpowers. And it blends seamlessly into skin to make your face look perfectly hydrated with a fresh-looking glow. Best of all, in the end, you still look like you.

shu uemera Essence Absolue Oil

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To shop: $69, sephora.com

Believe the hype: this conditioning oil is a do-it-all magical elixir for every hair type and concern. Whether you use the nourishing oil as a pre-shampoo treatment, overnight conditioning treatment, leave-in conditioner, shine serum, or an everyday frizz-fighter styling product, hair will look and feel softer, smoother and shinier — a complete vision of health from scalp to ends. 

Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Long Lash Serum

To shop: $150, sephora.com

If the pandemic has had you lusting after an eyelash growth serum that’s backed by science and clinically proven to increase length, density, and growth, without scary side effects, your search is over. Developed by a celebrity plastic surgeon, this all-natural serum is jam-packed with lash-stimulating peptides, vitamins and natural extracts, making it safe to use by even expectant and nursing mothers looking for megawatt lash status. Still skeptical? Believe science (a novel idea these days): in clinical trials, patients averaged a 70+% improvement in lash density in just 30 days.

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

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To shop: $165, nordstrom.com

Absurdly creamy, decadently rich, and it melts into skin like butter, what more could you want? Oh, so much more: the brand’s proprietary blend of amino acids, vitamins, and nutrients stimulates the skin’s natural repair and renewal process to firm and improve skin tone and texture. Just trust us — once you buy it, you’ll never look back.

D.S. & DURGA Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle

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To shop: $65, dsanddurga.com

Not quite a beauty product, but in the spirit of the extra self care we all need right now, indulging in a chic, comforting candle feels like the right move. Its lavender aroma is earthy and gentle, emitting the perfect amount of fragrance. Bonus: Lavender’s therapeutic properties are known to ease anxiety, depression, and restlessness.