The Splurge is our new weekly column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying La Prairie's new cushion compact foundation—despite the $200 price tag.

By Victoria Moorhouse
Updated Aug 06, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
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After doing a full scan of my personal finances, I realized my daily habit of buying coffee was a massive money suck. Despite the approximately $150 it takes out of my bank account each month, it's always been an indulgence I haven't been willing to give up for anything else —after all, I am a millennial. However, everything changed when La Prairie's Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation Cushion Compact ($195; nordstrom.com) landed on my desk. This silky, lightweight formula is so good, I feel ready and willing to ditch my caffeine addiction in order to buy another when it runs dry.

A nearly $200 foundation might sound excessive, but hear me out. For starters, it's just plain pretty, and deserves a spotlight on your Instagram Stories. It comes in a luxe blue-and-silver cushion compact, so it's easy to throw in my gym bag without the fear of it splattering all over my clothes.

The packaging is just the icing on the cake, though. The foundation creates a silky, glowing, pore-less canvas that feels totally weightless on your skin. The first time I gave it a whirl was a on a humid 90-degree day, and it stayed intact without caking up or pilling, despite the sweat rolling off my cheeks and Cupid's bow. It applies via a little cushion that feels more like a piece of smooth fabric rather than a porous sponge. I was worried that it wouldn't blend well because of the applicator, but the formula glided over my skin and absorbed quickly.

It gives an impressive light-to-medium coverage, and depending on how much you apply, you can still see your natural skin or freckles peaking through. I still needed concealer to cover up my dark circles, though.

I know I'm not supposed to be touching my face, but when I glide my hands over my cheeks, the foundation doesn't transfer to my fingers, either. The staying power is there. Another justification for spending $195 on this foundation? It has an SPF 25, so it seems fitting for an August splurge.

There's no denying that the cost of this luxury foundation is prohibitive, but if you've saved up or are able to make a big splurge, it's worth the cash. Meanwhile, I'll be teaching myself to home brew so I can actually afford it — it's really just that good.