If you're on the hunt for the best beauty products out there, and don’t mind paying top dollar for items that make you look amazing, make sure you're at least investing in high-quality items that live up to their reputation. After all, it’s always a huge letdown when you think you’re buying the best high-end makeup on the market, but quickly realize after one use that you wasted your money.
Consult this list of the eight best beauty products before buying any more designer makeup, skincare products or hair care items to make sure your next beauty purchase is really worth it.
1. VENeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment
Retail Price: $85
Where to find it for less: It’s available at Bloomingdale’s and Dermstore, so keep an eye out for sales and search for coupons from these retailers.
“This is the ‘if all else fails’ lip balm," said beauty expert Trae Bodge. "I used this in the middle of winter when my lips were chapped beyond repair — or so I thought. Within two days, they were good as new. I keep it on hand for such emergencies."
Designed to help reduce and prevent the appearance of vertical fine lines on the lips, VENeffect hydrates, protects, smooths, softens and plumps your pout.
“This lip cream is packed with fruit and plant extracts, like grape, red clover and soybean, and it utilizes VENeffect’s proprietary ‘advanced phytoestrogen technology’ for anti-aging,” added Bodge.
2. Remington iLIGHT® Pro Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System
Retail Price: $249.99
Where to find it for less: You can find it at Target and Walmart for $229.99. Or, if you’re willing to buy a used one, they’re available on eBay for as low as $120.
This home laser hair removal device is a favorite of Bodge’s.
“If you are considering laser treatments at the dermatologist for hair removal, buy this instead,” she said. “It seems like an investment, but you could spend thousands at the derm and spend time making and going to multiple appointments. Instead, you could use this at home multiple times at home for a fraction of that and for mere minutes.”
3. SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
Retail Price: $163
Where to find it for less: Buy it at TheBeautyPlace.com for around $100.
Recommended by Allison Tray, co-founder of Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y., this antioxidant face serum improves the appearance of discoloration, fine lines and uneven skin tone, and might slow down the aging process.
“I like to tell my clients that it's like sunscreen on the inside,” said Tray. “This wonder serum also helps the skin to glow by breaking down dead skin cells and encouraging rapid cell turnover for fresh beautiful skin.”
Expect to develop an overall glow and see a reduction in hyperpigmentation, pore size and fine lines in about four weeks, she added.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner
Retail Price: $30
Where to find it for less: Your best option is hoping Nordstrom has a sale.
Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick eyeliner makes it easy for anyone to create the perfect cat eye. It sets quickly to avoid pesky smudging and glides on smooth, allowing you to draw a flawless line. This eyeliner stays on for up to 14 hours, but get the brand’s Take It All Off eye makeup remover for easy removal.
It’s a personal favorite of Elle beauty editors, who certainly have expert-level knowledge in this subject area, so you can feel confident you’re buying an eyeliner that won’t disappoint.
5. Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush
Retail Price: $42
Where to find it for less: You might be able to get a small discount by shopping on eBay, but all other retailers charge the standard $42.
Add a hint of luminosity to your look with Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush. More than just your ordinary blush, this is one of the best beauty products because it offers moisturizing benefits and can also be used across the eyelids to sculpt.
Nordstrom shoppers rave about this blush — many weaving the word “perfect” into their review — and an impressive 97 percent recommend it.
6. K+K Beach Waves Sea Salt Texture Spray
Retail Price: $23
Where to find it for less: Dermstore sometimes offers discounts — including 15 percent off your order and free shipping when you sign up for the company’s email list. At time of writing, the product is available on ToneItUp.com for $15.99.
Created for all hair types, the K+K Beach Waves Sea Salt Texture Spray adds volume and texture to your tresses. Infused with a tropical scent, this spray doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and requires no heat styling to reap its benefits.
Reviewers can’t get enough of this spray, as it has a five-star rating on the Tone It Up website, with many asserting it's their favorite hair product
7. Drybar Mr. Incredible the Ultimate Leave-In Conditioner
Retail Price: $26
Where to find it for less: If you want to try it out before paying full price, you can purchase a mini bottle for $13.
This lightweight, leave-in conditioner from the Drybar prevents breakage, boosts shine and helps repair dry, damaged hair while detangling, softening, defrizzing and conditioning. Mr. Incredible is worth the money, because the experts have tried it and totally approve.
Allure beauty editor Lexi Novak noted in her review of the product that “it does everything we love about leave-in conditioners — seals ends, conditions midlengths, replaces frizz with shine — without the typical accompanying heaviness.”
8. IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo
Retail Price: $29
Where to find it for less: It’s available at Sephora and on the IGK website, but you probably won’t find a discount until either retailer has a sale.
If you don’t have time to take a shower, simply apply a dollop of IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo or spray the product on your hair for a flawless look.
Designed for all hair types, this product has a 4.4 out of 5-star rating on Sephora, with more than 1,000 “loves,” so you can feel confident it delivers promised results.
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