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the 3 high-end makeup products I spend extra money on

  • I’m usually thrifty, but some Tom Ford, Westman Atelier, and La Mer products are worth it.
  • TikTok inspired me to buy foundation for $85, the most money I’ve spent on a single beauty item.
  • I also added a premium concealer and mascara to my makeup bag and I don’t regret it at all.

I’ve always worked to spend as little as possible on beauty products, piling store loyalty programs with sales and coupons to stock my makeup bag.

However, I have recently discovered some premium products that I cannot resist, despite the high prices.

Here are three luxuries that I think are worth the extra money:

Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation lasts all day without touch-ups

The writer holds the Tom Ford bottle on a tiled floor;  writer pats foundation dabs on her skin with a pink beauty blender

This Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte foundation intrigued me.

Jill Robbins

If you’ve heard of the viral “TikTok Foundation”, this is it. I saw this “Instagram filter for your face” everywhere when I watched makeup review videos, so I tried it even if I only wear foundation for photos or special occasions when I want to have looks more finished.

I got the foundation for around $85 from the Sephora website.

Writer holds foundation in makeup bag with lemons illustrations on it near bathroom sink

Tom Ford foundation blends very easily.

Jill Robbins

The foundation goes on smooth and is easy to blend and I can go through a busy day without needing a touch-up or feeling shine.

Aside from the high price, the only thing I don’t like is the smell. It smells a bit like CoverGirl Clean makeup, which bothers me a bit because I don’t think an $85 foundation should smell like a $6 foundation.

The Concealer by La Mer is my go-to for concealing dark circles

The writer holds a stick corrector on a mat;  the writer passes concealer under his eyes

I saw mixed reviews for The Concealer by La Mer and decided to give it a try.

Jill Robbins

My dark circles under my eyes are often exaggerated by puffiness during allergy season and I have never found a product that camouflages them. I saw The Concealer mentioned in a few beauty articles with varying reviews, so I decided to order it from Amazon.

I wonder if a concealer is worth $85, but this one tops the list of the ones I’ve tried. It doesn’t clump or settle in the lines around my eyes and blends easily.

It doesn’t 100% get rid of my bags and pockets – especially if I’m really tired or during peak allergy season – but it comes closer than anything I’ve used.

The concealer can be hard to find in stock on sites like Sephora, but you can order it for $85 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Westman Atelier Eye Love You volumizing mascara gives me volume without clumping

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This Westman Atelier Eye Love You Volumizing Mascara doesn’t clump or flake on me.

Jill Robbins

If I had to pick one product I’m always willing to splurge on, it’s mascara.

Luxury brands have always given me thicker lashes with less clumping and flaking and this one from Westman Atelier, which can be found for $58 at Sephora, does the job.

Although $58 is the highest price I’ve paid for mascara, it’s by far the best I’ve used. The tube also has a larger volume than I’m used to, so more money seems to equal more product.

The writer is holding a golden tube of mascara and a tube of concealer stick with "The sea" to the side

I think these Westman Atelier and La Mer products are worth the money.

Jill Robbins

Westman Atelier mascara is great for volume and length. It’s not waterproof, but it can take a few tears.

I always like to shop for bargains, but I don’t regret splurging on those expensive products.

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Each of these expensive products makes me feel good about my complete makeup.

Jill Robbins

I swear by some big drugstore brands, but I also think there’s some truth to the saying “you get what you pay for”.

These three luxury brands work and wear better than the cheaper options I’ve tried and make me feel more positive about how I present myself. I think it’s worth it.

Plus, I’m still a bargain hunter at heart, stalking sales and participating in Sephora’s generous loyalty program, which awards points for future purchases and gives out free samples.

Before buying these products, I also check if online retailers might also partner with sites that offer cashback, like Rakuten. I also do a search for discount codes or gifts.