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How Much? For What? Crazy Expensive Beauty Products!

8 November, 2017 - 10:20pm by - Head Pixie | 24 Comments

By BR Kellie

The most expensive beauty product I have ever bought? Guerlain's L'Or Pure Radiance Face Primer. It cost over a hundy. Which is madness. But it had gold in it. And it was Tati approved. And I saw it LIFT her face after she put it on. Was it worth it? Heck yes! That primer feels like a little luxury is going on my face, and it's lasted the distance with a little going a long way. Was it necessary? Absolutely not. Although, in saying that, I've yet to find a primer that does what it does. So maybe it was. Will I repurchase? No. My beauty spending habits have changed since those glorious, indulgent days of 'I must own it all'. Also these days I prefer a more moisturising primer - my slide side to forty dryish skin demands it.

Despite not buying all the things I still like to window shop, and every now and then I come across products that cost a bomb, but instead of going 'yes', I find myself thinking 'really?'. In a world of drugstore dupes do we need to be throwing money about like we're made of it? So what are the crazy overpriced products that perhaps we could do without? Check these bank drainers out...

My mouth dries up whenever I see the price of anything La Mer. But $120 for a lip balm? I would hope that whenever I opened that sucker up angels would begin to sing. I would hope that my lips would become as soft and plump as just risen pizza dough. I would also hope that it miraculously refilled once you got to the bottom. 

When I first saw the price of the large sized Glasshouse candles I sicked up in my mouth a little. How much? For what? Then Queenie lit up her Tahaa and I got it. You paid for a scent that threw throughout the office, that lingered long after. But for over $200 I would like hope - nay, I would demand - that Tom Ford candles would fill not just my house, but my entire street with a dreamy scent.

Would you pay over $200 for a cleansing bar? One that promises to purify blemishes and imperfections while leaving your skin looking luminous? Some people are willing to. Meet the Argentum Le Savone Lune Hydration Bar. I imagine it must feel like having Papillon puppies licking your face. Soft, smooth, velvety. Don't know that puppies would give you a luminous finish though - and I'm unwilling to shell out that kind of money to find out. I'll stick to my beloved $20 Goodness Everyday Cream Cleanser.

After seeing YouTuber Stephanie Nicole rave about the Wayne Goss Fan Brush I stumped us US$25 to buy it. Is it good? Yep. Was it worth it? Eh. I'm not convinced. So if I were to pay over $300 for a face brush, as is the case for this Surrat Beauty Artistique Face Brush, I would expect to walk out of my beauty room looking flawless. I would also expect it to be made from the manes of unicorns. Except it's not. It's made from squirrel.

Mascara is mascara is mascara, right? Not when it's guaranteed to massacre the average woman's wallet. Meet the Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. You can buy it in New Zealand from Mecca, and it's $115. The reviews on it are insanely good, and apparently it volumises and thickens AND the Sym Peptide actually does work to strengthen and lengthen your lashes. But that price. Whoooooo. Long exhale on that one. Especially when there are plenty of brilliant mascaras out there for less than $10. Sure they've no fancy serum in them, but one tip I was given recently by a beauty therapist was to massage a dab of rosehip oil into your eyelashes to stimulate growth, and her lashes were amazing. I thought they were extensions. And the combined cost of rose hip oil and a drugstore mascara is still half the price of that work of art above. 

I guess what it comes down to is if you've got the cash to flash then go nuts, but if you don't? There are always options out there that are just as good, or incredibly close to, that won't have you living on carrots and cabbage for a month in order to afford them.

So my lovelies, are you a fan of the fancy cosmetics? What have you bought that was worth the splash? What have you bought that's not been that flash? Or are you a cheap and cheerful gal all the way? Get chatting!

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No -I read all the blurb and feel really tempted but can't justify the prices -Oh to win Lotto !

I can't justify the prices. That's a lip balm is ridiculous haha

The only vaguely expensive thing I buy is my Estee Lauder Double Wear, and that's because my sensitive skin looks awful with literally every other foundation I try (and I've tried a lot)! It's worth every penny.

When you find something that works for sensitive skin, it pays to invest in it right?

9th November, 2017 at 11:50 am

I think foundation is one of those cosmetics they recommend you splurge on because you need to find something that works for your skin and is the right shade. I have to splurge on foundation too because I have a hard time finding my shade,

9th November, 2017 at 1:26 pm

but it's totally worth it considering it's always on when I do my makeup and it makes a big difference.

9th November, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Absolutely! You gals are so right

10th November, 2017 at 7:55 am

La Mer is a have. How can you pay so much money for something in a jar ... a tacky jar too, one you dip your fingers into and it gets contaminated with bacteria. Their products aren't airtight either so one as to assume that people purchasing this are for the label "because it's expensive, it must be good for you". Ewwwwwww.

Jo Malone is another one. I just don't get it.

Quite scary what people will pay though ?

10th November, 2017 at 7:21 am

The most expensive product i buy is MAC Waterweught Foundation. And that retails for less than a hundy. I don't know if my Scottish ancestors would ever let me spend more than that on something that wasn'y perfume lol.

No way! Those are so expensive, and are they really worth it?

I have splurged over $120 NZD for a limited edit Hourglass palette but it's one of my favorite makeup items and it has every powder product I need for my base face and since I reach for it when I'm in a rush it was worth it. I recently took it with me on a short holiday. But I wouldn't spend half or even a third of the amount for the above items. Atm I've been using a lot of products from the Ordinary since serums has been my weakness for ages and I have splurged big bucks for them. I'm actually impressed with a lot of the products from the Ordinary given the price and the results I get they are good value for money and have done something for my skin in comparison to some really flash and fancy serums I've used it the past. I've seen more results from a combination of a few products costing around 10-20NZD than I did with a bottle of serum with a price tag of around 150NZD.

I have used some really expensive facial oils that cost nearly 100NZD and they didn't perform better than some facial oils that were 25-40NZD a bottle.

9th November, 2017 at 7:24 pm

I splashed out and purchased the small bottle of RE: PIE from NIOD to try out. It says you'll notice effects within 14 days if you apply it twice a day (that ain't gonna happen). Be interesting to see if it helps (Rose Hip Oil does!).

10th November, 2017 at 8:39 am

Could you tell me what RE: PIE is and what it's supposed to do? I can't find that product you mentioned and I'm just curious. :-)

10th November, 2017 at 10:55 am

No I wouldn't. Even if I had the funds I still don't think I would.

My most expensive purchase was when I paid $250 for a bottle of Opium at Farmers - and then saw it half the price at the chemist!!! Never ever again....

Hate that when it happens.

1st December, 2017 at 2:49 pm


10th November, 2017 at 7:22 am

Nah I wouldn't spend that much .

I don't own any of these - but I do have some whopper priced items I didn't blink at purchasing. Each to their own I guess.

Doesn't appeal to me. But I did just spend $120 on a gorgeous handbag.

Oh my gosh Kellie, so funny. "As soft and plump as just risen pizza dough" lol

I've been getting more expensive in my cosmetic choices, but I generally still try and keep it at less than $50 for a product.

They seem pretty cool, but yeah can't afford those


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