I know what you're thinking- she's actually telling us to spend money on expensive products?! Yes, drugstore makeup is my absolute favorite, but sometimes there's a reason why a product is hailed as a must have and is worth its hefty price tag. Though rare as this occurrence may be, I feel these products deserve to be recognized as some of the best high end products worth splurging on (although you know I must have a drugstore comparison or dupe stored somewhere in my encyclopedia of makeup!) Here they are:
MAC Lipsticks ($16): If you've visited my essentials page (and you should!) you already know how much I love these lipsticks. Available in many finishes and color ranges, these lipsticks are known for their many unique colors. Although there are many dupes out there for many colors, getting an exact shade and finish comparable to MAC is sometimes hard to do. I love lipsticks so I don't mind spending a little more on these lipsticks because of their quality.
Make Up Forever HD Foundation ($42): If you've never heard of or tried Make UP Forever products, let me give you a little history behind the brand. Originating in Paris, this brand was created as long lasting makeup for performers who needed waterproof and long wearing makeup, such as swimmers and dancers. This brand is all about makeup that stays put no matter what! And this foundation is just one of their many examples of how well their makeup lasts. Hailed as the must have foundation for brides, this foundations gives an airbrush appearance, making you're skin look natural but still providing a decent amount of coverage- think your skin but better! It dries to a satin finish, neither too matte or too dewy, the perfect finish for flash photography. I would definitely recommend this as a special occasion foundation, unless you can afford it then by all means wear it everyday!! You can find this product on my essentials page.
Urban Decay Primer Potion ($20): A favorite for years among beauty gurus and makeup lovers alike, this primer is hailed as one of the best primers to bring out the intensity of your eyeshadows and make them last all day long. In my experience, I have drier eyelids since I have dry skin, so although I didn't see a big difference in using this product, I have heard from many others that it's amazing for oily eyelids. So if you fall into that category, give it a try!
MAC Paint Pots ($20): These little pots are the magical bases that create some of the best eyeshadow looks. Also a favorite among beauty gurus, these paint pots are intended to be cream eyeshadows that do not crease and are long lasting, but what they are best known as are eyeshadow bases. The two most popular colors are Soft Ochre and Painterly. Soft Ochre has a yellow undertone, which is great for those with yellow to olive skin tones; Painterly has a more pink undertone, which would suit those with a more pink or red undertone in their skin. A little goes a long way, so your $20 will be well spent!
MAC Pro Long wear Concealer ($19): Long wearing, doesn't crease, and provides full coverage- everything you need in a great concealer. With its thick formula and high pigmentation, very little goes a long way! Definitely a product I would recommend for photo shoots and weddings. You can also find this product on my essentials page.
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($36): Although I feel a little "iffy" on spending so much on a concealer, this product is hailed by makeup artists around the world as one of the best concealers for dark circles and discoloration. A salmon concealer works great for darkness under the eyes-that purple-lish hue that many women get as they get older or through hereditary genes. The peach tone in the salmon concealer cancels out the purple and creates an even skin tone appearance. Just like the MAC concealer, this product has a high coverage formulation which means you use less of it during each application. A great product to have in your kit for those who do professional makeup or freelancing.
Do you have products you would add to the list? I love learning about products others recommend as "must haves" to add to my makeup arsenal!
When I'm not spending way too much time getting ready or drooling over the newest beauty product, I'm a stay at home mom of a rambunctious 4 year old boy, a sweet baby girl we lovingly call "sissy", and a wife to my high school sweetheart.