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Five expensive beauty products that are actually good bargains

The richest people that I personally know are ironically the most frugal ones out there. If they can save on something, they would. Every cent counts when they’re doing business or just simply purchasing something for themselves! This means that, even if they have the money to buy something (say a designer bag) they won’t do it if it sets them back more than what they get out of the deal (vis a vis personal gratification).

And yet, these people understand the value of high quality products, and spend accordingly. They have cost-per-wear down to a science. So that got me thinking: what are high-end beauty products that are absolutely worth their hefty price tags? I have five suggestions!

Guerlain Meteorites Perles in Teint Dore 03. I reviewed this wonder powder last April 2011. I’ve been using it almost every time I wear makeup. In one year and five months, I’ve only used up maybe 25-30% of the powder! That aside, however, the powder is the best complexion enhancer that I’ve tried EVER. It smoothens and illuminates skin instantly. To do all that you only need a bit of powder. It’s worth P3,000 but for a product that you can use up to three years, that price is a steal.


Benefit Hervana Blush. This is a fantastic blush because it goes perfectly with fair to medium skintones and most makeup looks you can think of. It’s a harmonious blend of peach, pink, and mauve, so it’s very versatile. It’s P1,600 but you get 8 grams of product which will take forever to finish. (The blush has good staying power on skin too!)

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils. I bought my 450ml bottle last November. Ten months later, I’ve only used up 40%! I think my bottle is good for another year more. :) This is my ultimate beauty product (as published on Cosmo.ph) because it’s not just a makeup remover, it’s skincare. Totally worth the ~P4,000 I blew on it.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. “A replenishing elixir...to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning”. I used to use this stuff every night, but I noticed that it doesn’t work as well if I don’t give it a rest. The best way to maximize it is to use normal moisturizer say three nights in a row, and on the fourth, use Kiehl’s MRC. You will notice a huuuge difference in the morning! It’s also economical as you only need 4-5 drops per use; it’s P2,880 a bottle.


Kérastase Elixir Ultime. I have far from perfect hair, it being dry and thin, but this hair oil/serum gives me a fighting chance. It smoothens, conditions, and de-frizzes my hair in a jiffy. I just use one to two pumps (depending on how famished or unmanageable my hair is at the moment). A bottle of this is P2, 215, which is fair considering how little you need per use. 


So there you go! :) I've raved about these products before but I just thought I'd compile them in a list of expensive but totally worth it products.

Have a great weekend!

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