If you ask any beauty fanatic whether luxury makeup is worth the money, more often that not they’ll say yes – but, this isn’t always the case. Occasionally a formula can be underwhelming, however, preferences, skin type and skin care choices often come into play too. This makes for a situation where whether luxury makeup is good value for money turns into a ‘it depends’ one. So, without waffling on anymore, let me talk you through some luxury products I haven’t enjoyed using and why, and some which I truly believe are 100% worth trying out.
Invest: AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH by Hourglass
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Ambient Lighting Blushes by Hourglass are the most expensive ones in my collection. Saying that, the formula is by far my favourite. With a perfect, swirling blend of blush pigment and a corresponding complementary tone of the brand’s coveted Ambient Lighting Powder, they layer like the softest silk onto the skin without disturbing your base products whatsoever. With a buildable quality, these pricey powders standout as one of my all time favourite products. My go-to shade is Diffused Heat, which is the most perfect Spring and Summer colour.
Avoid: ‘SILK’ SMOKY EYE BRICK by Victoria Beckham Beauty
The colours in this four-tone compact eyeshadow palette are right up my alley. Unfortunately, I found the formula to be dry and difficult to work with. Disappointingly, these shadows ended up looking overly powder after application, and I struggled to get any of the shades to perform in a flattering or effective way. What may not have helped is that the palette came open, and the replacement came open too, so the powder may have dried out. In saying this, I have products from VVB which I adore, such as her Lip Definers in the iconic 02, as well as 03, and I’m excited to try more from the brand soon. I really want to test out a Posh Lipstick.
Invest: HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER by Charlotte Tilbury
A lot of beauty lovers rave about CT’s Hollywood Flawless Filter, and I’m about to do the same. This versatile base product can be used as a gorgeous glowy primer underneath your foundation or along the high-points of your face after your foundation as been applied – or both! Whichever way becomes your favourite way to use it, this bottle of glow will not make you look oily, but healthy, and won’t break up your other base products throughout the day. Trust me when I say, a little goes a long way, and you really don’t need that much to achieve beautiful results. I wear the shade Fair 1.
Avoid: MAGIC AWAY CONCEALER by Charlotte Tilbury
Understandably, but perhaps rather naively, the marketing surrounding the then-new and innovative Magic Away Liquid Concealer by Charlotte Tilbury made it almost impossible for me to not bite the bullet and give it a try. Disastrously, I have never, ever had a worse experience with a concealer. With a particularly thick and stiff formula, I found it difficult to blend and it was deeply creased even before I had time to set it with translucent powder. All I can say is that it’s a good job I love other CT products, ha! And to give the brand a bit of love after that slating, the Matte Revolution lipsticks, Lip Cheat lip liners, Beauty Light Wands and, of course, the aforementioned Hollywood Flawless Filter are just some of the incredible products which are worth each and every penny.
Invest: VEIL TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER by Hourglass
Setting powders can either make or break your base. If, like me, your skin has a tendency to look powdery easily, it’s essential you use a setting powder which is very finely milled. For me the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder provides the perfect blend of getting the job done while allowing my skin to look youthful and radiant, rather than dry, tight and powdery. Of course, you can still overdo it, but I find that the tiniest bit goes a very long way and performs beautifully – which is brilliant given its price tag. If you have oily skin, or a particularly oily T-zone, you may want a powder with a little bit more setting power – the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is the most reliable option.
Avoid: ‘BLONDE’ LID LUSTRE by Victoria Beckham Beauty
Unfortunately, another Victoria Beckham Beauty product which has made its way onto the ‘avoid’ pile. Given just how much I adore her Lip Definers, it almost pains me that I haven’t had the best experience with other products from her line. However, as I’ve only tried her Lid Lustre in ‘Blonde’, that’s the only shade I can comment on. While eventually you can achieve a really beautiful shimmering effect, its quite a chunky shadow and doesn’t have the same smoothness as, let’s say, the Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadows from Hourglass. For £30, I expected pure ease. I’m intrigued to try out the shade ‘Honey’ and see whether the formula is any different – and I’ll be sure to provide an update when I find out.
Avoid: LUMINOUS SILK GLOW FUSION POWDER by Giorgio Armani
I am the biggest fan of Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. It’s been my tried-and-tested, fail-safe foundation since I was a teenager, and still to this day it remains in my no. 1 spot. With that said, when I heard that the Luminous Silk Glow Fusion Powder was being released, I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. The glow comes from fairly large chunks of shimmer (large for a powder, at least) and this made my skin’s texture stand out pretty badly. If you’re looking for an amazing powder, look no further than the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder or the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Fusion Powder.