Senior Beauty Writer
If there’s one thing I indulge myself in every weekend it’s a new ( and sometimes a few) makeup product(s). Hey, who’s counting right? Now I’d like to tell you that I also try to save money and invest it too, but I’d be lying. I’m always on the hunt for the next best product, but, among all my online shopping and YouTube-made-me-buy-it-hauls, there are a few products that TRULY stood out and felt like I got a bang for my buck. I’m here to tell you that the hype, love and rave reviews are real. These are the 16 best luxury makeup products you can spend that moolah on without worrying about getting your money’s worth. The thing about high-end makeup is that you know you’re paying for quality and the brand name so if you’ve got it, spend it!
My mother used this foundation on her wedding day and she used it for years after that! It’s one product that hasn’t changed through the years. If anything’s changed it’s the way we use it and how stunning it has the potential to look. I use this with a damp beauty sponge, it's a long-wearing matte finish foundation. The beauty sponge makes it look natural and luminous without looking too matte. This baby’s going to cover up every blemish and every insecurity you’ve had about your skin. What I love the most is that it sets quickly into a matte finish so you don’t have to use ANOTHER product to set it. Just make sure you get the right shade!
This is the best primer you’re going to buy. Period! Designed by Smashbox in LA, this was designed for photography. The primer has a lot of variants that are used to correct redness, dullness and make your skin look great with makeup and increase the longevity of your base. And they work! Just one little extra step and your makeup is going to be locked, loaded and ready for a day full of selfies and flash photography.
The first luxury foundation I purchased! It's a liquid foundation that’s designed for HD and 4K photography. Not just that but it mimics skin! It’s one of the most naturally buildable makeup products out there. It took awhile for me to learn to use it the right way but when I started setting it with loose powder, I realised that the hype was REAL. If you have oily skin, make sure you set this properly with loose powder and if you have dry skin - GET THIS NOWWWW.
Sucker for dewy, luminous skin? Don’t want to use a highlighter? Get this! It’s a liquid illuminator that will give your skin that luminous candlelit kinda glow. Apply it over your moisturiser and before OR mixed in with your foundation. It’s perfect for day, night and every day too. Depending on how much you use and how you use it, you’re going to be glowing like the moon.
This is one of those use ONE and you're done DONE kinda products. If you’re lazy like me and don’t want to use 3 products, you’re in luck. It’s actually a pre-makeup moisturiser that has illuminating properties and vitamins, botanicals and hyaluronic acid. It will moisturise, illuminate and help your skin! You can actually pick a shade depending on your skin tone. I’ve been guilty of using this on days I’m not even wearing makeup! You can even use this over your foundation as a natural looking highlighter.
A duo fibre brush is EVERY makeup artists secret ‘finishing’ tool. They usually use a small duo fibre brush in circular motions all over your face to ensure that every little bit of makeup has been blended well and there are no harsh lines on your face. This genius piece of makeup art is actually an electric rotating makeup brush. You can use it to apply anything from moisturiser to foundation to blush to contour. The best part? No harsh lines and you’ll look airbrushed without any effort!
This makeup setting powder is light and airy, think of it as a cloud of illuminance setting and locking your makeup in place. You could even use this over moisturiser or sunscreen if you don’t like to use makeup on a regular basis. It will keep things matte yet impart an unbelievable luminosity to your skin.
A universally flattering highlighter, this one is a powder highlighter in a pale gold shade. It’s not shimmery, it has a luminosity to it that can be built up to a BEAMING highlight. It’s creamy and won’t accentuate any texture on your skin. There are many ways you can use this one too. I use this as a highlighter, eyeshadow and also a lip gloss and a blush topper!
Don’t want to moisturise your skin? Did you apply too much powder to your face? Want a mid-day refresher without disturbing your makeup? Do you want more pigment from that highlighter or eyeshadow? This is what you need.
The fix+ will set your makeup and take away any powdery-ness you created. It will also amplify the pigment on any powder product, dip your brush into the product and spritz this on and THEN apply and see the difference.
If you’re looking for an eyebrow pencil to give you those bold, brows on fleek drop into the Benefit Brow Bar at your nearest Sephora and get shade matched! The pencil is perfect to create those feather-light strokes and fill in and line those brows.
Cat-eye kinda gal? This is one liquid felt tip eyeliner that won’t disappoint you! It’s waterproof and can withstand rain, shine or storm. It won’t flake, clump or fade away and the firm tip makes it SUPER easy to create a cat-eye.
Thick, long, separated false-lash-like lashes, all day, every day? If you answered yes to any of these, this mascara is going to be your fave. It lifts up your eyes and brings life to them, even on those no makeup days. Go on, flutter and flirt.
I’m guilty of owning this palette AND having zero eyeshadow blending skills. If you’re an eyeshadow enthusiast, or if you’re even slightly good with (eye) arts - you need to try this. The eyeshadows are creamy, pigmented and blend like a dream! There’s not ONE reason I can think of for you to NOT buy this palette. Bye money.
This one’s the best gel eyeliner your money can buy! It’s going to last you, your mother and your sister for at least a year with daily use. Use it as a liner or as kohl, it won’t fade, crease or flake off and it comes in some really stunning colours. Go on, create those envious cat eyes.
I can’t decide what I love more about the Clinique cheek pop blushes. The buttery formula, the stunning packaging, the amazing colours or the sheer quality of blush! One thing I’m sure of is that they won’t disappoint you. You may end up applying more blush than you need, but your blush will NEVER, I repeat NEVER look streaky and patchy.
All that makeup, too lazy to remove? The makeup eraser is a makeup removing cloth and ALL you need to use it is WATER! Just run it under some warm water and wipe off all of your makeup… you’ll find this hard to believe but it even takes off waterproof mascara. I don’t know what witchcraft it’s made of but it’ll save you heaps of money in makeup remover bills. All you need to do to wash this is toss it into the machine. Makeup removal was NEVER easier.
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