Most Expensive Makeup Products I Own (And Whether I Think They’re Worth It)

A while back, I had seen Joy of Mademoiselle O’Lantern do a blog post about the most expensive makeup product she owned, so I decided to use that idea for today’s blog post. I’m going to be talking about skincare in addition to makeup, since most of the makeup I own is more mid-range rather than high-end. The things included in this post are mostly items that are much pricier than other comparable products; I didn’t include items like eyeshadow palettes from brands such as Urban Decay, Too Faced or ABH, since I consider these mid-priced palettes that are all around the same $50-$60 mark; if I owned any palettes from brands like Viseart or Natasha Denona, then those would have made it on this list. I will also mention whether I think they’re worth the money, and whether I would purchase them again.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – $70

Up until this product, I feel like the most expensive products I would buy from Sephora were eyeshadow palettes. Then Hourglass skyrocketed in popularity, and I decided to buy this face palette even though I cringed at the price. There are no regrets here – this palette is definitely worth the price! Each of the powders are supposed to do different things, but they all make my skin look beautiful and flawless in different ways. Would I repurchase it? I wouldn’t buy this palette again, but I would probably buy Dim Light (left shade) in the single, and would also love to try some of their other Ambient Lighting powders and blushes.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters – $47

Becca is the queen of highlighters, so a lot of makeup lovers own at least one highlighter from the brand. Their pressed highlighters cost $47 CAD a piece; it is certainly the most pricey single highlighter I own, and it’s very expensive compared to something like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits, which cost $52 for four shades. I realize that you have to account for price by weight, but most people aren’t able to finish an entire highlighter anyways, so I feel like that’s a moot point. Would I repurchase? I do feel like a lot of the shades in Becca’s permanent line are easily dupeable by more affordable brands, but I would 100% buy more BECCA highlighters if they came out with more unique shades, such as their Lightchaser highlighters.


Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum – $81

This retinol is a dry oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. Even though it’s an oil, retinol is supposed to be applied first, so I usually use this under all of my other skincare products. I really like the shape of the pipette which doesn’t allow for oil to drip everywhere, and I love that the oil absorbs right away and doesn’t leave me with a greasy face like some of my other face oils do. Would I repurchase it? To be honest, I’m undecided, but I’m leaning towards no. I do think it makes my skin glowier, but I don’t think I’ve seen a massive enough change since I started using thise to justify the price of the retinol. I think I would rather try a less expensive retinol from a different brand and hope that I see some change!

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – $78

This is a jelly-like BHA mask that you leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off. I don’t like this product because I don’t feel like it’s done anything for my skin – Stashy mentioned that it might be because BHAs are meant to be left on the skin overnight, not washed off after 10 minutes, which was something that had crossed my mind, too. I even mentioned this product in my Products I Regret Buying post – the mask is not worth the price. Would I repurchase this? Definite nope.


Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse – $53

This is by FAR the most expensive hair product I own. It’s a mousse that should be worked into the roots while the hair is damp, before blow-drying. It smells absolutely divine as all Oribe products do, but it doesn’t “plump” my hair at all. Would I repurchase? No. That being said, I have just finished another Oribe product that is just as expensive (the Dry Texturizing Spray), but it was pretty amazing – I would definitely be purchasing that one again.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – $57

Like the Oribe mousse, this Sol de Janeiro cream is the most expensive body cream I’ve ever purchased. While I do like it and think that it smells absolutely amazing, I also mentioned it in my Products I Regret post because I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the price. I have owned another expensive body lotion before, which was the the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter; it is slightly less expensive than the Bum Bum Cream, but I found it much more moisturizing. I’m also iffy about the marketed cellulite-reducing properties of the cream as well – topical creams don’t help with cellulite. If I’m going to spend money on a pricey body lotion, I would rather spend it on the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps. Would I repurchase? No. With that being said, I am excited to finish using the Bum Bum Cream this summer – can’t wait to smell like a tropical paradise!

And that’s it! I feel like I disliked more of these expensive products than enjoyed them. What are the most expensive products in YOUR makeup and skincare collection that you would recommend (or not recommend)?


12 thoughts on “Most Expensive Makeup Products I Own (And Whether I Think They’re Worth It)

  1. What a pity that Tata Harper product didn’t work out for you. I’ve been tempted to buy some of their skincare but the price is a huge deterrent. Hourglass seems like a great investment though

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  2. Love this post idea! I’m with you on the Becca Highlights, I would totally repurchase them. I love the idea of owning an hourglass palette but they’re so expensive I’d rather just get one shade 🤔


  3. This is a great discussion topic because after thinking about it… I honestly don’t think the expensive makeup I own outperforms my mid- and drugstore makeup. In recent memory, I can think of that $90 Cle de Peau stick concealer… and I still prefer my $15 drugstore one better!
    Another expensive items I coveted and finally caved – the Surratt Artistique blush brush – while I do really love it, now I realize there are less expensive comparable Japanese brushes that don’t cost $125! 😮
    Expensive things I think are worth the money? I honestly don’t know anymore. I used to say skincare (especially Shiseido) but I’ve been enjoying less spendy ones from Clinique, Kiehl’s, and Korean brands like Belif.
    I think lately, drugstore and mid- range makeup are just stepping up their game a lot more – I know people complain about prices of drugstore increasing but when I can get an awesome baked blush from Milani for $10 (not $4-5 for some cheap crap) instead of paying $35 for a Surratt blush… I really can’t justify buying the expensive version. Yet, I still do buy the expensive ones out of curiosity! 😉

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    • Sorry for the late replies, I’m just catching up to replying on comments right now! $90 for a concealer, OMG. And to think that you prefer your $15 one over it! I think your comment just made me realize that most of my products are neither drugstore nor “luxury”, but mid-range.

      Ha, I’m totally in the same boat as you with skincare – diehard Shiseido fan before I started blogging, but ever since, I have discovered less expensive brands that work just as well.

      One thing that stops me from buying drugstore products is the fact that a lot of it isn’t wrapped up properly, so the ones that aren’t meant to be testers are contaminated. Milani is such a top notch drugstore brand though – I really want to try more from them!


  4. I’m definitely going to be picking up this post idea, although I don’t own a lot of luxury products. I also bought that Hourglass palette and I like it, but I’m not totally in love with it. I just need to use it more so I can solidify my thoughts on it!

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