You know that luxe eyeshadow palette or that embellished lipstick bullet that makes you feel like a million dollars? Frequently, it costs about that. Here are my top luxury picks if money were no object – the ridiculously pricy yet undeniably beautiful.
SUQQU – Cheek Brush
If we were having one of those pointless hypothetical if-you-won-the-lottery debates, the SUQQU Cheek Brush would take first place. If you asked me how much this sucker cost, I would draw a blank; it’s almost a subconscious self-defense mechanism to shield me from the horror (I just checked, 182USD *furiously forgets*).
In all seriousness, the SUQQU Cheek constitutes the most pleasurable part of my makeup application. I kid you not, I catch myself smiling as I dust the baby bunny across my face. Pleasure aside, the outcome is unparalleled: perfectly diffused blush/powder/bronzer, as if the powder melted into the skin.
Tom Ford – Eyeshadow Quads
When I whip out my TF quads, my brain starts pumping endorphins like it’s a party. While I own a fair few, my favourites are Cocoa Mirage and Cognac Sable – both offer high contrast neutrals in beautiful formulas.
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive: Between Cocoa Mirage and Cognac Sable, which one is best? Which is nicer?
Cocoa Mirage and Cognac Sable are like cheese and chocolate; both are amazeballs yet entirely different palate experiences (geddit geddit?!). If you’re seeking a warm luxury palette to bust out on the daily, Cocoa Mirage is one of the best matte formulations on the market. Looking to invest in a statement palette to reserve for a glamorous nice out? The glistening copper topcoat in Cognac Sable has you covered.
Chanel – Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base
I have a real soft spot for expensive looking skin – you know, those backstage runway shots where the models appear soft focus and creamy? I’m convinced that Le Blanc De Chanel is to thank for that.
Le Blanc is not a primer, it doesn’t enhance foundation longevity. Le Blanc is not a highlighter, there is no discernible shimmer. Le Blanc is not a BB/ZZ cream or whatever they’re calling it now, it doesn’t offer coverage.
It’s a complexion perfector. It’s luminosity in it’s most elegant form – free of gloss or shimmer. When mixed, it improves every foundation. It’s like those days when the stars align and the warmth of the sun melts your base a little, so that it seems in synergy with the skin as opposed to sitting on top of it. Essentially, it’s expensive skin in a bottle.
Guerlain – Meteorite Perles in Teint Dore
Yet another expensive skin complexion perfector. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: not everyone can see the beauty in this one. Not a setting powder and not a highlighter, Guerlain Meteorites offer an ultra subtle veil of luminosity only apparent when sunlight touches the face.
I gravitate towards these ballz when my skin is looking blotchy or dull and while it doesn’t offer crazy transformations complete with before/after shots, it is beautiful. The very definition of luxury.
Guerlain – Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzers
Everyone looks better with a bit of bronzer – said every YouTuber ever.
Rubbish. I would go as far as saying that I don’t like bronzers, yet here I am listing a bronzer as a top luxury pick, why?
Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzers changed my outlook on the whole bronzing powder scene. Firstly, the texture is like damn buttuh; so silky that I genuinely see an instant improvement in the texture of the skin. Secondly, the formula is undoubtedly the best matte option that I’ve encountered in any blush or bronzer. Finally, the colour families are ingenious, a light dusting of all four shades imparts an interesting nuance of bronze or pick and choose a quadrant for the desired effect.
Never orange, never flat, never muddy. Now a staple for warmer looks, a light dusting on the neck also warms the cooler/paler parts of my body to match my limbs. Bonus: they also perform brilliantly on the eyes.
Yves Saint Laurent – Nail Lacquers
Without a doubt my preferred line for nail varnish: the wide brush allows for application in a single stroke, perfectly opaque (you could even get away with a single coat) and a tremendous range of glossy crèmes, which I almost always prefer to shimmers.
My favourite shade is Jade Imperial, an off-beat dusty jade. Good god, so chic.
By Terry – Rouge Terrybly Lipsticks
Whince. I know I talk about these an awful lot but I just couldn’t write a luxe list without including the Rouge Terrybly lipstick formula. At 50 bucks a pop and few stockists, the range embodies exclusivity.
Nothing disguises my battered lips like the By Terry lipsticks. View my entire collection here. Phenomenal.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be at the top of your luxe list? Or alternatively, what is that special something that makes you feel like royalty?
NB: I have great anxiety upon recommending ridiculously expensive products, I would hate to be party to any disappointment. Wherever possible, grab a sample or test in store. After all, your mileage will always vary with cosmetics.
NB#2: Notice I didn’t mention packaging? Couldn’t care less.