Most of us who are obsessed with beauty products are familiar with the sticker shock associated with celebrity favorite Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream. (If you aren’t: It’s a cool $2,095). And though we certainly aren’t advocating parting with a sum equal to a fancy laptop to lube up your legs, we have rounded up some splurge-worthy products that are guaranteed to give you a return on your investment.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt
Though most women will splurge on a luxe hair mask, this hair cleanser warrants similar devotion: It’s the ultimate reset button for any hair type that’s feeling limp, grimy, and lackluster — and it’s especially effective for those who suffer from oily or sensitive scalps. Massaging the paste into your wet scalp functions like exfoliation, and the addition of more water (this is vital) causes it to lather up and spread through your hair, whisking away dirt. The end result is squeaky clean — yet not parched at all — seriously soft, bouncy hair. Plus: If you use a dollop just once a week, you can make this tub last a year! Available at sephora.com, $53.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Foundation is a deeply personal makeup item, but this silky formula has universal appeal. It delivers full coverage that doesn’t feel caked, and with 24 shades to choose from, we’re willing to bet anyone reading this can find a perfect match. It blends so well that we’re willing to bet that people will think you have naturally flawless skin — making it truly worth every penny. Available at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, $64.
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
Makeup artists turn to this super-blendable, luxuriously creamy concealer stick when they want to cover skin imperfections with a feather-light formula. Though the price point may cause you to balk, consider this: Users typically report it lasts well over a year (at which point you may ponder throwing it away — or not). Available at cledepeaubeaute.com, $70.
The Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Bristle Brush
Yes, $170 is a hefty price tag for a hairbrush (we hear your gasp from here!). Yet you’d be hard-pressed to find a professional hairstylist without one. That’s because the mixture of nylon tufts and natural boar bristles will not snag or pull hair, providing maximum glide minus friction. In other words: little to no breakage. Add to that the rubber cushion pad that encourages the bristles to contract and bend with pressure, effectively massaging your scalp and encouraging blood flow to the roots. Finally, boar bristles help distribute the natural oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair, giving it a nice gloss. For all of that in a hairbrush that will last you a lifetime, the price starts to seem like a bargain. Available at bergdorfgoodman.com, $170.
3Lab “M” Cream Ultimate Lift
Technology doesn’t come cheap, and this cream’s formula uses it in spades. First up: Stem cells derived from the Uttwiler Spatlauber Swiss apple encourage cellular turnover and health. Second: Nano-Claire GY, a bioengineered growth hormone, and Happybelle, a plant-derived beta endorphin, work in tandem to reverse signs of aging. And if all of that sounds like gobbledygook, just know this: Your skin will glow with just one use — and it will feel satiny to the touch. Available at 3lab.com, $290.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
If you could wake up with younger-looking skin day after day, what would you pay? After you slather on your favorite skin goodies but before you hit the sheets, brush on this mask to not only help seal in moisture, but also all of the benefits your regular anti-aging regimen affords. With exfoliating papaya enzymes, deeply hydrating cocoa butter and squalane, and firming caviar extract (which likely contributes to the expensive price tag), this silky mask makes answering that question a no-brainer. Available at laprairie.com, $345.