Don’t get me wrong, I looveeee drugstore makeup! It’s affordable and most drugstore brands have really stepped up their game and have created tons of quality products! 💄
But… I do love me some high-end makeup, too! And I’m low-key a little bit bougie.
Yes higher-end products can sometimes have higher-quality ingredients and can perform better than drugstore products, but you know what really gets me? The freaking packaging!
It’s luxurious, and just makes the makeup application experience so much nicer!
But of course it’s not all about packaging, right? Products have to actually perform great!
I want to share with you a list of high-end products that are 100% worth the money!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, and what you think of them!
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Here Are My Favorite High-End Products That Are Worth The Money:
Face Primer – Tatcha The Silk Canvas
Not counting my skincare routine, the first step in my makeup routine is face primer!
I’ve tried a few high-end primers, some mid-range ones, and drugstore primers, and the one I seem to keep going back to is the Tatcha The Silk Canvas.
It’s a very light-weight primer, and the consistency is kind of like… lip balm? That probably sounds a bit odd, but that’s actually what it feels like to me!
It glides on easily, and smoothes out my pores and some of the small lines I have around my eyes, gets rid of any of the shine I’m having, and makes all the makeup I apply over it last all day!
Foundation – Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup
The next step in my makeup routine is foundation.
Now, most days I actually don’t do foundation, concealer, contour, etc. I just do primer, and some light eyemakeup and put on some lipstick. Why?
Because I’m a bit picky about things and wearing a full face of makeup can just feel so heavy.
Out of all the different foundations I’ve tried, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup feels the lightest for me (and performs the best!).
The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup gives me a super natural-looking matte finish, and will last all day, and works well with my combination-type skin.
Concealer – Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Concealer
Next I usually do concealer.
This is the one product that I’m not totally 100% on. I currently use the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Concealer – and it’s the best I’ve used so far, but I feel like there could be something better out there, if that makes sense?
Okay anyway, here’s what I love about this concealer: IT COVERS MY DARK CIRCLES COMPLETELY, and it doesn’t make me feel all greasy.
Contour & Highlighting – Anastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Cream Kit
The next step is contour.
For all of my contouring (and highlighting) I’ve been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Cream Kit! This is the cream version of their original contour kit.
There are three shades for contouring, and three shades for highlighting – and they all go on smooth and blend wonderfully.
Blush – Perricone MD No Blush Blush
If you’re into the no-makeup look, or just don’t like heavy blush (like me!), then you’ll really like the Perricone MD No Blush Blush.
This product will give you just a nice flush of color that looks super natural, and will last all day!
There is pretty much only one color of this product, but I really think it will be a flattering shade on most skin tones!
Eye Primer – Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye Fix Primer
If you’re going to be putting on any eyemakeup at all, then you definitely need to be using eye primer!
Eye primer helps your makeup last longer, and most eye primer products help minimize creasing, too!
This product is slighlty tinted so it gives you a nice even base for your makeup look (if you have redness on your eyelids), and this also means you can wear it alone.
Eyeshadow (single) – stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
Next up is eyeshadow!
My go-to eye color is the stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in the color “Kitten”, it’s a beautiful pinky-copper color that’s good for day or night!
Eyeshadow (palette) – stila Matte & Metal Eye Shadow Palette
Now if I want to do a more dramatic look, I’ll use the stila Matte & Metal Eye Shadow Palette.
I think there’s enough colors in here to create tons of unique looks, and simple looks like a smokey eye.
Eye Liner – stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner
I haven’t quite gotten into liquid eyeliner yet (sorry!).
Currently for eyeliner I use the stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, and trust me, it really is waterproof! It stays on my eyes all day, and still looks vibrant at the end of the night.
I currently don’t do anything to my brows – crazy I know.
Is there a brow product that you use and love? Let me know in the comments!
Maybe someone can help me find my holy grail product! 😄
Mascara – Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara
Next up is mascara.
I know some people love a mascara that makes their eyelashes look long, full, and dramatic (almost to the point of looking like false lashes) – but I prefer more natural-looking eyelashes.
I do want my eyelashes to be longer and fuller, but not too overdone – mainly because I wear glasses and it’s a bit annoying having my eyelashes bump up against the lenses. Anyone else have this issue?
I’ve been using the Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara for over a year now, and I love it so so sooo much!
The wand gets each and every lash, coats them perfectly, and it doesn’t make my eyelashes feel all clumpy!
After I put on my mascara, I then put on setting spray.
I’ve tried quite a few setting sprays, and to me, they all kind of performed the same. 🤷
Some are slightly better than others, so for this step I went with the one that has Hyaluronic Acid AND SPF in it: Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spra.
This setting spray helps my makeup stay put all day, protects my skin from the sun, and doesn’t dry my skin out (thanks to the hyaluronic acid).
Last step is lips!
I prefer just doing a nice gloss or lip stain on my lips.
Lately I’ve been loving the jane iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. It gives me a nice, light pop of color, is super hydrating, and it doubles as a cheek stain!