Let's gawk at 10 of the most expensive beauty products in the world
Let’s face it: Makeup can be an expensive hobby. Even a full face of drugstore makeup can easily amount to at least P1,500 and to compare, that’s about 15 value meals! Every so often though, we still buy products that are on the pricier side because they've proven to be worth the hype.
Products like the P2,200 Guerlain lipstick, P5,000 Lorac shadow palette, or even P1,700 Origins masks are already major splurges for me because I'm still a student but I recently learned that what I thought were luxuries are nothing compared to the priciest beauty products in the world. Better take a seat and prop up your chin - these price tags will make your knees weak and your jaw drop!
Givenchy Le Soin Noir Lace Face Mask, $330
The Givenchy Le Soin Noir Lace Face Mask set contains four individual packs of lace sheet masks, which make each sheet around P4,000. It’s formulated with black algae sap concentrate, golden sap and marine spring water, which minimizes the signs of aging and supports skin renewal. It promises firmer skin and a smoother and brighter complexion after use.
Tip: If you love the pretty lace design, you can try Banila Co’s Lace Hydrogel Mask Sheet instead (P240 each).
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir, $340
This P16,000 two-step mask includes a custom-crafted brush and the mask itself, which is made with concentrated levels of Estee Lauder’s exclusive Black Diamond Truffle Extract, which is sourced from a very rare type of mushroom. Aside from its rarity, the ingredient is prized for its ability to fight skin aging. This product is currently not available locally.
Crème De La Mer, $465
La Mer is well-known for "The Miracle Broth", a concoction of sea kelp, and minerals that took 12 years to perfect. Its skin moisturizing and healing powers are so legendary that Crème de La Mer can fetch as much as P22,000 for the biggest sizes. You also check out its equally as expensive sibling, the Gel de La Mer, which is the better option for oily skinned gals due to its lighter texture.
Artis 10 Brush Set, $355
Dome brushes are fast gaining popularity for their multipurpose application, and this particular brand has created its own cult following. A single Artis brush ranges from $35 to $75 (P1,600 to P3,500), depending on the size, so the set of 10 brushes looks almost like a steal at ~P16,500. Each brush features CosmeFibre bristles, which were designed to "blend makeup on a microscopic level without holding on to the product". They also claim that Artis brushes. on average, have 3-10 times as many individual fibers as conventional brushes so they feel denser and more plush.
If you haven't seen a dome brush in action (and can't imagine how it's supposed to be used all over your face), check out Liz's FOTD using a Nippon Dome 6 Face Brush.
Orogold 24K Nano Night Recovery Elixir, $1,000
The Orogold 24K Nano Night Recovery Elixir is just one of the products in the Orogold 24K Nano skin care line. This concentrate contains essential oils and other nutrients to create a smoother skin texture, as well as actual flecks of 24 karat gold. Gold is used as anti-aging ingredient, and the inclusion of those tiny particles are said to help brighten skin.
La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Cream, $1,140
La Prairie is currently taking over the internet with their Skin Caviar Foundation, which is relatively cheaper at $215. The platinum cream claims to be a skin-transforming formula that recharges the skin's electrical balance with pure platinum to prevent aging, protect the skin's DNA, and replenish moisture. La Prairie says that platinum is impervious to time, incapable of being oxidized by air, and so, so precious that all the platinum ever collected in the world could fit into a single room. But honestly, I’m not so sure about putting platinum on my face.
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cure Face Treatment, $1,550
If you're wary of applying metals (precious or not) to your face, then maybe plant extracts are more up your alley. This face treatment by Guerlain is composed of four gold-encased vials of 0.5oz two Renew and two Revitalize formulas. There are special instructions on how to use these vials according to your skin type, which are good for a month's worth of treatment. Infused with Imperial Orchid Molecular Extract, the set claims to achieve firmer and more radiant skin, with less fine lines and wrinkles. And if your eyes are bulging from having only enough product for a month, take note that it is recommended to use the treatment twice a year.
Guerlain Diamond Lipstick, $62,000
Released in 2007 and made with 18k gold and about 200 diamonds, this is the epitome of luxe packaging! You can choose any lipstick shade you want for this bullet, and they also offer free refills. Somehow I don't think I'd ever spend that much money on lipsticks in my entire lifetime.
Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish, $250,000
This nail lacquer contains 267 carats of black diamonds but only one bottle was ever produced. Azature actually created cheaper versions of this, with bottles that contained one black diamond each and retailed for $25.
H. Couture Beauty Mascara, $14,000,000
Count those zeroes then think about the estimated shelf life of mascara. Yup, I couldn’t believe it either. The company H. Couture is no longer around but they did leave an impressive mark for selling a $14M mascara. The 18k gold tube is studded with 1000 of the finest Swarovski crystals and 2,500 blue diamonds. It also came with a lifetime of refills but I can't seem to find any reports on how the product actually performed.
I still can’t believe that there is a market for outrageously expensive makeup and skin care, and I wonder if they were worth the splurge! Some of the products on this list are expensive mostly due to the packaging though, so I hope the formulas themselves were also of HG quality.
What's the most you've ever spent on a beauty product?