Ridiculously expensie makeu items that are worth the splurge!

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

freshflowers:  I just discovered some Elizabeth Arden products that I love. Their blush is like $26 yet it is one of the first blushes that doesn’t make me look burnt. I also love EA perfumes – Green Tea and Untold. Did you know that EA makes the Britney Spears perfumes (that I also LOVE)?

As for my splurges, I love the NAKED 2 palette. I have NAKED 3, but find NAKED 2 way more fun.

I also love the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. Not only does it provide amazing coverage and glow, but it doesn’t look cakey/dried out.

Here is a review for the foundation:



Post # 3
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Cle de Peau stick concealer. It’s $78, but I’ve been using the same tube for three years and have just run out.  

Post # 4
332 posts
Helper bee

I will always splurge for a great foundation! The problem is that I am constantly on the hunt for something better than the last. 

I also love St Tropez gradual tanner. At about ~$30 a bottle, it’s not the cheapest. And I can easily go through two bottles a month. However, I loathe tanning in beds or even baking in the sun. So, it’s worth it to me. 

Post # 5
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

lip stick snob here! i loooove NARS lip sticks, my go-to for a night out is jungle red in their semi-matte. i also use their blush at the moment, but may be switching, i’m not sure. i refuse to use drug store blush because i don’t think it goes on evenly.

Post # 6
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Any Urban Decay eye shadow palette is totally worth the money. I also recently switched from Make Up Forever HD foundation to Dolce and Gabbana’s creamy foundation and the difference is ridiculous! It’s so much smoother and gives you a flawless finish.

I also think a good quality primer and good quality brushes/beauty blender does wonders for applying makeup.

As for perfumes, I think YSL Parisienne and Tom Ford are totally worth it. One spray is all you need and it doesn’t fade fast like most perfumes do.  

Post # 7
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The urban decay eyeshadow primer is totally worth it IMO. I love their shadows too, but I recently bought a 4 color palette from L’oreal which is pretty darn close to the colors I use from the Naked palette…

Post # 8
3664 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Urban Decay eyeshadow.

Dr. Jart BB.

Shisiedo hydro-liquid compact foundation.

NARS blush.

Tarte cheek stain.

Buxom amplified lash mascara.

Post # 9
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know if these are ridiculously expensive but some pricey things I love are:

Laura Mercier foundation $50

hourglass foundation $55

nars blushes $30

YSL lipsticks $34

good mascara…usually about $25-35

ive never tried anything super expensive. I’ve been tempted with La Mer stuff but I just can’t bring myself to spend that much!!

Post # 10
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Huge makeup junkie here!  These are holy grail products for me:

Bobbi Brown’s Corrector (amazing for dark circles)

Yves Saint Laurant Touche Eclat (great highlighter)

Nars Eyeshadow Primer (does.not.budge)

Stila Liquid Eyeliner

Anastasia Brow Products (I mostly use the brow wiz and brow gel)


ETA: Bite lipsticks too!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  HoneyBee827.
Post # 11
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Too Faced primer and CoverFX foundation. I also recently got the It Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube and I think it works really well. I have terrible dark circles under my eye (combo of sleep problems and having super fair skin), and it’s done the best job of masking them so far.

Post # 12
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Some of the LUSH lip colors are awesome, but they’re $18 a piece.

Urban Decay lipstick is $22 each, but they’re amazing and long-lasting enough that I splurge on them anyhow.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  CorvusCorax.
Post # 13
4586 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Besides my eyeliner (Rimmel Exaggerate) and some lipsticks, everything I wear make-up wise is a splurge, lol.

I use Smashbox primer, BB/CC cream, and foundation. A ton of Bare Minerals stuff, as that used to be my primary make-up brand (mineral veil, concealer, bronzers, eyeshadows, lip, blush, macara, etc). I also use blush from Benefit on regular rotation, and am currently switching between Buxom, Mary Kay, and CK One for mascara. I love my Stila eyeshadow in Kitten (perfect neutral color), and accent that in the corner of my eyes with another eye color from Stila.

The Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay is my go-to eye look most days (especially weekends), along with using the eyeshadow primer (in Sin). That primer is the best!

Ah, I could go on and on! The most I have ever spent on lip stuff was $30+ for the YSL Sheer Candy in a couple colors. To me, it’s quality over quantity. I know that I can find dupes at the drugstore, but it’s never the exact same.

Post # 14
1834 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

freshflowers:  after having tried lots of high end makeup, I mostly use drugstore brands – many are pretty great (Rimmel is one of my faves!) I do splurge on Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. I think it’s around $30 for a tiny pot plus extra for the eyeliner brush. But on me, that stuff stays on until I wash it off at night – no raccoon eyes even when it’s hot out and I’ve had a couple of drinks!  

I also buy Essie and OPI nail polish only. THe other ones don’t last nearly as long.

Post # 15
3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine would be:


YSL Foundation

Chanel Foundation

NARS Orgasm illuminizer

Escada perfume — smells so yummy!!!!

Terry Cheek Color


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