High End Makeup, Is It Worth the Money?

For me nothing beats the luxury of a new Chanel lipstick or nail polish when I want to treat myself to something a little indulgent. But as far as makeup is concerned do you need to buy premium to get the best products or are you just paying for the packaging? I recently bought a few products that I have seen and heard a lot about to find out for myself and so that I can report back to you before you spend your hard earned cash.

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Starting with Tom Ford – I bought one of the eyeshadow quads, Honeymoon £64 and a lipstick, Plum Lush £39. Unfortunately I have to report that these really are absolutely gorgeous! The eyeshadows are very pigmented so a little goes a long way and they stay put throughout the day. I chose this palette for its autumnal colours and I have worn it every day since bought it. The colours look strong in the palette but they are very blendable and a little goes a long way plus they are a good size so although the price of the palette is a little eye watering they will last. As for the lipstick, again it is beautiful, very creamy and not at all drying. As a huge fan of Chanel lipsticks though I’m not sure I would spend £39 every time I want a new lipstick. However, this is definitely one to retouch in public as the packaging is incredibly chic!

Next Becca. I bought the Backlighting Priming Perfector £32, the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold £34 and the Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Foxglove £27 (I already have it in Coral). The fact that I have 2 of the blushers now tells you that yes I do think these are worth the money. They look a little scary in the palette but a little goes a long way and they have a touch of shimmer to give you a beautiful glow. But if you prefer a matte blush then these probably aren’t for you. As far as the other two products go, the priming perfector is designed to wear under foundation to give your skin a dewy finish. Whilst I like it, I’m not really sure it makes a huge amount of difference and I prefer the Illamasque product below. The Rose Gold product though I do really like. I use it on top of foundation as a blush and to highlight the cheeks. It is expensive but you only need the tiniest amount so this will last forever.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara in Black £25. Oh dear, I wanted to love this because I do have other Charlotte Tilbury items that I do love. However, on me it smudges. After only a few hours wear there was a lot of under my eyes rather than on my lashes and having done some research on Youtube it would appear I am not the only person this happens to.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Warm Brunette £29 I have dark eyebrows but as I get older a few lighter hairs are appearing as are some gaps so I have been looking for a brow product that I can use everyday. This works fine but I don’t really have a lot else to say about it so maybe for £29 I can find something that I really do love. (By the way sorry Charlotte but I also tried her Brow product which is very similar to this, the Brow Lift and again I can’t recommend it because although it worked fine the spring popped out of it and it fell apart)

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Skin Fusion Texture Foundation £38.50  This is a just released update to their original Lingerie de Peau foundation which I have heard raved about. However, apparently this product is very different to the original and is not as dewy. The first time I used it I loved it (although I think I would have been better in a different shade) but the next time I used it without using primer first and I did find it a little drying, so if you have an oily skin this might work better for you than it did for me. It does have very good coverage and is build able and it also lasts well but for me I prefer either the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow or my alternative to foundation, the Chanel CC cream.

Finally the primer I mentioned briefly earlier the Illamasque Hydra Veil £32. This product is designed to hydrate as well as prime the skin before using foundation. I absolutely love this it gives a really gorgeous dewy, glowing finish and I think would be the answer for me under the Guerlain foundation.

So there you go – some products I do think are worth the splurge and some I think you can find an equally good version in less expensive products.

Do you have a favourite high end product that is worth the money – leave a comment below and share your favourites.

For more of my all time favourites check out my Beauty Favourites page.


  1. Marie
    October 28, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I loved this article. Would you be able to do a review of high street / cheaper products to see which ones are worth buying and which ones are worth splurging on?

    • Maria
      November 1, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment Marie. I will bear your request in mind, I will be doing more posts with options for different budgets as it is something I have been asked for a few times. Look out for a bargain party dress with different priced accessories…

  2. Chrissie
    October 28, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    For brows, Benefit are very good. I love Gimme Brow which is an eye brow mascara. Revlon’s version is pretty good too and it features eye mascara and a pencil. A great little budget eyebrow kit is by Boots 17, a dupe for the Benefit kit called Browzings.

    • Maria
      November 1, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you for the recommendations Chrissie I will definitely look into those 🙂