10 High End Makeup Products Worth The Splurge

10 high end makeup products worth the splurge.
10 high end makeup products worth the splurge.

Because not all high end makeup is worth the splurge… but these totally are.



10 High End Makeup Products Worth The Splurge

Hourglass bronzer

Do you ever swatch a product, and you’re just not super blown away? That was this bronzer for me. The formula definitely blew me away, but the Radiant Bronze Light shade I picked up seemed so orange. Like, President of the USA orange. Luckily, first impressions aren’t everything because the minute I applied this bronzer to my face, I fell in love. It doesn’t look like you just applied Cheeto dust on your face, it blends beautifully, and it adds such a radiant bronze glow to the skin. This is a pricey bronzer for sure, but you get a lot of product, and it’s so worth it. A bronzy bang for your buck, if you will.

Hourglass blush

Back in the day, when it was cool to have super glittery makeup, I used to  L O V E putting glitter all over my face. But, times have changed for sure. And the glitter face look is no longer cool, which is why I used to steer clear of shimmery blushes. But, the Hourglass blushes changed the game for me since they don’t have large chunks of glitter or shimmer. Their powders are some of the best I have tried. They are pricey, but they don’t contain talc– another major plus. And they’re super easy to blend, and so finely milled that you can’t glob on too much and have a patchy mess on your face. I have been there. But not with these. Their blushes are stunning if you want a radiant flush to your face without looking like you just got hit in the face with a bag of shimmer.

Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer

Need hydration? This primer is the one for you. It has 5 different types of coconut parts to it, which sounds weird, but luckily it’s coconut parts, and not human parts. It has:

Coconut fruit– skin-boosting vitamins and antioxidants.
Coconut water– nutrients for hydration and smoothing.
Coconut milk– helps prime and smooth the complexion and blur imperfections.
Coconut polysaccharides– help prime the complexion.
Coconut extract– provides a natural coconut fragrance.

This is one primer I will go back for the second I’m out. And my bottle is dwindling fast. So I’ll be bidding adieu to a good chunk of money pretty soon. RIP wallet. (RIP wallet during this whole post, really).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I see you, Anastasia. I see why you named this the Brow Wiz. Why, you ask? Because it’s brow sorcery. The tip of this eyebrow pencil is so tiny that it’s easy to mimic your hairs and quickly fill in sparse areas without looking like you just drew on some brows. I love this pencil even though I have pretty full brows (think caterpillar brows). And I think this is worth the splurge if you have brows to begin with or need a little help in that area.

Tarte Shape Tape

You’re probably sick of hearing about this concealer, but the hype is real with this one. It doesn’t crease, it’s not heavy, and it has really good coverage. Plus, they have a ton of shades so you’re bound to find one that matches you. I’m wary to try overly hyped products, but this one is worth the splurge and the hype.

YSL lipsticks

Aside from the major heart eyes the packaging will give you, the formula of YSL lipsticks is worth the money too. My personal favorite is the Rouge Volupte Shine range if you want something on the glossier side, but not something intensely glossy. I also love their Tint-in-Oils. They’re great if you like a gloss that turns into a tint/stain.

Becca highlighter

If you’re into the glow-seen-from-space look, look no further. Becca highlighters may be pricy, but they are worth the pricy price tag. You only need a tiny bit of product, but I, naturally, apply more than usual; they’re creamy; they’re pigmented; they’re not chalky or powdery. Basically, they’re radiant, glowing skin given to you on a silver ufo-shaped platter.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

I first saw Pam from True Blood (aka my heart and soul) wearing the shade Damned so of course I had to go out and pick it up. Because if Pam wore army pants and flip flops, I would wear army pants and flip flops. If you’re into a velvety matte lip in crayon form, which makes it a cinch to apply, give these a try because they’re totally worth the money.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

Believe it or not, there are days where I do enjoy a matte foundation. But, I don’t like it when foundations are matte and flat. That’s why this foundation is totally worth draining your wallet for. It has a velvety semi-matte finish so your skin still looks like skin, but with better coverage. Though, make sure you prep your skin extra well (perhaps with that Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer ;)) if you have dry skin because it can cling to the dry patches a bit.

MAC Fix+

Before I tried MAC Fix+, I did not believe in MAC Fix+. But when I tried it, I sure as hell started to believe in it. If your makeup ever looks powdery or dull then a spritz of this stuff will bring your makeup to life. It’s also great to use under makeup as a primer and skin refresher because it allows your makeup to sink in and look more natural instead of sitting on top. This isn’t just overpriced water. It actually has some ingredients like glycerine, caffeine, different extracts, and more to boost your skin and your makeup.


10 high end makeup products worth the splurge.

10 high end makeup products worth the splurge swatches top to bottom: Chanel Perfection Lumiere, NARS Damned, Becca Opal, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #4, Tarte Shape Tape Light Neutral, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Hourglass blush Diffused Heat, Hourglass bronzer Radiant Bronze Light


What are your favorite high end makeup products that are worth the splurge? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I really do need to get myself Hourglass blusher and bronzer, I have them in my Sephora love list! And I also need to try that Marc Jacob primer, I know it’s highly raved by many.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Love your picks here, so many favourites including the NARS pencils and Hourglass blushers! I need to try an Hourglass bronzer next!

    The Makeup Directory

  • I agree with most of your picks, but I have my doubts of the Coconut Primer. I’ve heard it’s “just a fancy moisturizer” and I don’t think I’ll be picking it up as primers tend to do nothing for me. Fix+ is so-so, I like to wet my brushes with it, but again it hasn’t saved a cakey/overly powdery makeup situations for me. With the rest of the items I can agree, especially the Hourglass blushes! SO worth it!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • It is kind of like a fancy moisturizer, but personally it does make my makeup go on more smooth and last longer. Aw I’m sad Fix+ is so so for you. It always helps my makeup look more like skin.

  • I keep telling myself I don’t need Hourglass products, but reading hyped posts about them doesn’t really help me! Let’s see how long I can resist :) Damned is gorgeous, I was a fan of Pam, she’s gorgeous! x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Hahah stay strong girl!! I know how hard it can be. Pam and Eric were my favorite :). She is so gorgeous!

  • I am so obsessed with that Tarte concealer! I wasn’t expecting to love it nearly as much as I do.

    xo, Liz

    • Same! I was scared that I would be underwhelmed. I’m glad you love it too :)

  • Really need to get my hands on everything Hourglass, their packaging alone is enough to make me swoon! x

  • I couldn’t agree more about the Hourglass Bronzer, it looks very scary at first (which I believe to be the reason why so many people are afraid to purchase it), but, once on the skin, it just becomes sheerer and more subtle! When my skin was a little bit more on the oily side (and dry patches free), I used to love the Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation as well!


    • I’m glad you agree :). The HG bronzer really looks so amazing on the skin!

  • So many pretties! The hourglass bronzer and blush have both been on my wish list for quite some time but I was afraid of the glitter in both of them. Also I don’t know if the hourglass bronzers will be deep enough for my skintone :( I loooove primer so I can’t believe I haven’t tried the MJ one yet! It sounds so good! Totally agree that fix+, the nars lip pencils, and becca highlighters are all worth the splurge :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • I was afraid of the glitter/shimmer in the HG powders as well, but they’re beautiful on the skin and they’re not glittery! I’m around an NC30-35 in mac and even the lighter HG bronzer shows up on my skin so I hope that helps!

  • I love the MAC Fix+ spray, because it helps my makeup look less cakey and makes my eyeshadows POP. I want to try the Tarte Shape Tape so bad, and oh! The Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer sounds amazing for my dry skin!


    • The MJ primer is amazing if you have dry skin :). I hope you give them both a try!

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    These are all makeup products I want to splurge on! :)


  • I love your opening line (and the crossed out one about the President! hahaha!) Your list is fabulous. I agree about Hourglass Blushes and Bronzer. They look so amazing on the skin and nothing quite compares. I have the Marc Jacobs primer on my wish list xxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

    • Hahah thank you ;). The HG powders are just so good! I hope you get the MJ primer. It’s so good!

  • I couldn’t agree with you more, I too was skeptical before trying MAC Fix + too, but man the uses are endless! Wonderful post.
    xx Nichole
    Fall Upon Glamour

  • Ela

    My current setting spray is the L’Oreal Infallible and it doesn’t perform as well as I’d like it to :( So I’m thinking of picking up a bottle of Fix+!
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

  • You have a great selection in here! Some of them I have yet to try, including the Shape Tape concealer! I need that one in my life! Also, the YSL lipsticks look so dreamy. One day (when I want to punish my wallet) I’ll get one for myself, haha. Becca highlighters & MAC Fix+ is worth the splurge in my books too!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Girl I know what you mean. The YSL lippies cost a pretty penny, but it’s always nice to have one or two really loved ones in your collection ;).

  • Such a great post. I would love to try the Hourglass products and the Cars lip pencil.
    Gemma x

  • Francisca

    I totally agree with you on the Chanel foundation, it’s one of my all time favourites! My next investment will be an Hourglass blush :) beautiful photos!

    Francisca | http://www.franciscamay.com

  • Gawd I’ve been wanting to try an Hourglass blush for the loooongest time but I just can’t bring myself to commit! I was totally set on getting their new blush palette but turns out they aren’t bringing it out in Aus :( I also really wanted to get Damned at one point haha – it’s gorgeous! I think I’m going to wait till the new shades come out because I do love the formula. I’m very tempted to try shape tape – can’t deny those raves!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • Jennifer

    Love these worth the splurge posts and although you’ve mentioned some really strong staples, there are quite a few I’m still yet to try! Adding Fix+ to my shopping list as we speak! Have a gorgeous day darling



  • Amy

    I love Fix+, YSL lipsticks and Brow Whiz!

    http://amyevans.blog – Amy

  • I cannot live without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or my MAC Fix +, both products are a must have for me!

    • Me too! This is my first Brow Wiz since I’m new on the bandwagon, but I’m definitely going to repurchase it!

  • I love hourglass products, they just amazing! Have you tried they regular powders? They’re subtle in my routine. I really need that bronzer next. Becca highlighters are completely worth the money too. I also agree with fix+! I need to try the MJ primer, it sounds right up my street xx


    • Yes! I love their regular powders as well. I love all their powders, really haha.

  • Laura Kroczek

    My bank account won’t be happy but I have to admit I need a Hourglass Product in my Life!
    Same for the Tarte concealer, I’ve seen it being used so many times and it seems incredible!
    Really want to treat myself to these two products :) Xx


  • Such lovely selections! I’m such a fan of the Shape Tape and Anastasia Brow Products. There’s a reason they are so beloved!

    The Bookworm Beauty

    • Yess they’re both so good :). I love Shape Tape on the days I’m serious about putting on makeup lol

  • Great picks! I love Shape Tape and Hourglass blushes. And Becca highlighters. And all the NARS. Still need to try the MJ primer though! I need to reach for my Fix+ again, it’s been awhile.

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

  • I agree with you on all of these apart from the Chanel foundation (purely because I haven’t tried it! lol!) ad the Tarte concealer – for some reason, I’m not loving it. I do like it but it’s a little too drying on my sahara like skin! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

    • Ahh I can see why it would be drying. What’s your fave concealer?

      • I love the bareMinerals complete coverage serum concealer & Clarins Instant concealer! xx

  • Oh my God why are you doing this to me! There are so many products here that I want, I haven’t tried any Hourglass products. Their marble palette left me so disappointed and unhappy that I feel burned to try anything else. I am still in that phase where I don’t believe in MAC Fix +, I hope they come out with scented ones again in the summer and then I’ll buy a bottle. Who wants ordinary Fix + when you can have scented FIx +? Great post, RIP my wallet too xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Haha I love the scented fix + more as well! Aww I liked that marble Hourglass palette, but a lot of people didn’t. I feel like they either loved it or hated it. Maybe try a full size of one of their powders because sometimes palettes can be lower quality since brands try to lower their costs so they can offer lower prices to us.

  • Kayla

    Hourglass is a wonderful brand I love there stuff :)

    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • I’m ashamed to say I haven’t tried or owned any of these products but wow have you made me want to go out and buy them haha

    Leanne | http://www.oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk

  • Brenda Brooks

    Thank you soo much for sharing this review, I totally want to try out the Hourglass blush and pretty much everything here haha I’m obsessed now!!

    Kisses | Live. Laugh. Love. & Make Up

  • I picked up the Marc Jacobs primer but I’m yet to use it! I might just do that this weekend! I love the YSL lipsticks as well, not the most long lasting but sometimes you just want something lightweight and moisturising!

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

  • Charlotte

    I really need to try the shape tape but I’ve got so many concealers in my collection at the moment that I need to use up first! I have MAC Fix+ and I’m unsure what to think of it as I always forget to reach for it. I only use it to make my shadows more pigmented!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • I love using it for that reason too! But I also use it before makeup to help prime and after to set everything :)

  • I tried telling myself I do not need YSL lipstick in my life, but congrats, girl, you convinced me otherwise. I’m crushing after their rogue volupte shine, it’s such a perfect and beautiful formula.

    Selene Addicted

  • Awesome products!


  • You’ve featured some of my favourites and the other ones have gone on my wishlist – Such an enabler! xx

    Lily | http://www.pintsizedbeauty.com

  • Amy

    I’ve heard such good things about hourglass! I’d love to try that blush ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  • I’ve heard SO much about Shape Tape and I’m dying to try it! Love this post and your photos (like always) make me drool xx

    Imogen // http://www.faux-silk.com

  • Awesome products Nida! Great picks !
    Have a great start to your week !

  • Love the photos! I never heard about Shape Tape, but I think I’m going have to try it now!


  • I so agree on the Hourglass items. The blushes aren’t that expensive compared to the powders, I think everyone should have at least one to feel what a real lovely, silky blush is like. I’m wanting to add a YSL lipstick into my ‘collection’, they’re just so pretty to look at! (totally vain reason)

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • I agree! Everyone needs to try their blushes to feel what a super luxe blush feels like!

  • Looove my Hourglass highlighters and YSL lippies, and I have my eyes on several others on your list as well, including Becca highlighters and the Tarte Shape Tape!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • You need to try some Becca highlighters asap! I personally love Opal the most :)

  • I have been wanting to pick up an Hourglass blush for a while now, especially since I have one of their highlighters and absolutely love it. I actually hit pan on it a few days ago! You’re right that Hourglass has a super finely milled, blendable formula – really not something I’ve been able to find duped at a cheaper price. I’ve never tried the YSL volupte shine lipsticks, but I love their rouge pur couture formula. Great post and photography :)


    • I was looking at the Hourglass powder ingredients and I think the reason they’re so silky and soft and not dupeable, especially at the drugstore, is because they’re talc free! They just feel like such super high quality :)

  • You’re literally listing all the things in my wishlist that I would one day like to try!! it’s always bad when I read a post like this as It’s tempting to go out and make an order – loved the post

    Leanne | http://www.oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk