Shopping for makeup can easily become an overwhelming experience, particularly when you’re presented with what, essentially, seem to be the exact same products in varying packaging and price points. Which ones are actually worth your dollar? And are the more expensive options always better?
In answer to the second question: no, they aren’t.
However, there are certain high-dollar beauty products which actually deliver on their amazing promises, making them worthy of your spending money.
Here are just a few particularly incredible beauty products that will give you stellar results, and make you feel like a goddess. The only caveat is that you’ll also have to drop a fair chunk of change to get these cosmetic wonders.
But, hey — beauty is pain (for your wallet), right?
1. The Beauty Blender, $20
“I refused to buy the beauty blender for so long because it was $20 but it is so good. I will continue to repurchase. Makes application smoother and blends so well. A staple in my beauty routine.” — Sabriinaax
“If you’re looking for a product that will keep your makeup looking great, this is it. Originally, I only used this product when I had a performance but now I use it on a daily basis. I love it! This weightless spray will make your makeup stay through any condition.” — dbest121
3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29
“I had always used Creamy Concealer dupe Maybelline FitMe, but decided to invest in the real thing to see if it lived up to the hype. It was sooo worth it — this is a best selling concealer for a reason. Full coverage while having a silky finish. Stays on all day and blends beautifully. Recommend to anyone.” — SarahRouge
“I am a total mascara junkie, and this is by far my favorite of all time. No clumps, no flakes, no drips of product falling all over your face. I have had so many people ask me if I’m wearing fake lashes when in fact, it’s just one coat of this mascara. Buy it!” — ImSoLArightNow
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21
“It is the best brow pencil ever. The undertone, the formula, the packaging is all perfect. It is completely worth the price. I’m someone who has sparse eyebrows and this gives me natural, thick, amazing brows. Totally worth it.” — wavybaby
“Love love love!!!!! Can’t really explain how much I LOVE this product. Jeffree Star Cosmetics is on a roll baby!!! I hope to one day have all of his liquid lips. I would definitely recommend this. It goes on smooth and once it’s dried your lips are good too go. All day color. Will NOT fade with eating drinking or kissing.” — Mindy Orgeron
“Gonna keep it short and sweet: 15-hour wear, waterproof, full coverage but feels like nothing is there. I will seriously never buy another foundation, this product is FLAWLESS.” — zoeskyed
8. Smith and Cult Lip Lacquer, $22
“Looks great! Light and not sticky … I was apprehensive to spend this kind of money on a lip gloss when I could not actually see the color in person. WOW! I was pleasantly surprised. Once this tube is out I will definitely be buying more. Plumps up your lips and stays on practically all day.” — L. Peck
9. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector, $38
“Best highlighter in the world. I had a wedding at 8 p.m. and I had to do my makeup at 12 p.m. and the highlighter did not move and stayed as it is. I don’t regret any dollar i paid on this product.” — Najd
10. Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint, $39
“WOW. Totally blown away by how intense these are. Most liquid eyeshadows I’ve tried tend to sheer out very quickly or dry so fast that I can’t blend them. But these are SO pigmented (one tube would last you lifetime) and SO easy to blend!! Literally fool proof. I can create a full eye using just these shadows alone. Best liquid eyeshadows I’ve ever tried!” — Paulabeauty22
“This is the best powder that I have ever used, it really does have that blurring and poreless effect. It also photographs very well and it keeps liquid foundation on seamlessly. I use it throughout the day in areas where I get oily, and I only need a little bit, and it doesn’t make me look cakey if I need to apply more for touchups.
Only issue is the packaging, I don’t quite understand it. Worth the money and I’ll keep repurchasing!” — sleepinggbeauty
“The formula of these is amazing. Matte, but creamy … Perfect statement lip. Love these lipsticks, can’t recommend them more.” — Grace J.
13. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $39
“I’ve never been complimented on my makeup more than I have been while wearing this foundation. Isn’t too heavy but still has a great full coverage to it. I’m definitely hooked on this stuff.” — ens0221
14. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, $54
“This stuff is literally liquid gold. Okay not really but it might as well be. It’s a bit more expensive but it’s worth it. It makes your makeup that you put on top of it look flawless!” — Teranika
15. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20
“Yeah … This is the only eyeliner you’ll ever need in your life. Super black, waterproof, smudge-proof. Literally nothing better on the market.” — PaigeyXxo
“I like this primer a lot. It definitely gives your skin a beautiful finish and it’s not greasy. I use the Guerlain foundation as well and the products work wonderful together. I have combination skin and I find that this primer helps my skin to stay matte longer. Its not sparkly but gives a nice glow even after I put on my setting power. It’s pricey but it’s worth it!” — VIB2013
17. NARS Blush in “Orgasm”, $30
“Orgasm is seriously like the best blush ever. They did not lie and the hype is real. Totally worth the money and it is long lasting.” — wavybaby
18. Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette, $54
“This palette is great for both beginners and more experienced makeup lovers. The pigment is great and the shadows go on very smoothly. This has lasted quite awhile for me. The only problem I had was the black shadow which fell apart but was my fault due to dropping it. Love this palette and will repurchase once I start hitting pan on the shadows!” — aliaajc
19. GLAMGLOW FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment , $69
“I swear by this mask. It made my skin so beautiful. It evens out the skin tone, makes your skin baby soft and literally looks like you’re glowing from within. And I love the smell too. Kinda citrusy. Amazing mask. Totally worth the splurge you will not regret it!!!!” — nishaaaat
“I received this as a sample and held off on using it because I didn’t think it would do much. Well, today I decided to try it out and this stuff is great. It turned my cream lipstick into a soft matte finish. It didn’t dry my lips like regular matte lipsticks do and it stayed on. Would highly recommend.” — makeupandkiss