It's hard to justify a $32 nail polish when there are so many great ones that go for less than half that price, but some luxury beauty products are so incredibly effective, they're worth the extra bucks. Here's a look at beauty luxuries to invest in without feeling an ounce of guilt.
Clé de Peau Beauté
Luminizing Face Enhancer, $95 ($55 for refill)
This compact, which comes in four shades (#14 was just added to the collection), is one of the best illuminating powders out right now. It imparts a light touch of color and natural-looking shine so no matter how much you apply, it will look natural. Best of all you can apply it haphazardly with a foundation brush for all-over glow.
BeautyRX by Dr. Schultz
Dr. Schultz is a world-renowned dermatologist who constantly stresses the importance of two things: chemical exfoliation and sunscreen. In his words, there's no use spending money on anti-aging creams if you're not going to apply sunscreen on a daily basis as you'll be causing more damage than any anti-aging cream can correct. With that in mind, it shouldn't be surprising that his suncare products are among the most skin-soothing and moisturizing — so there really is no excuse not to protect your skin 365 days a year.
While you'll likely want to opt for something with a higher SPF than 15 for the winter months, his Replenshing Cream is optimal this time of year as it can double as your moisturizing day cream to fight the dryness associated with winter.
Shower Gel, $26
Singlehandedly responsible for the Moroccan Oil craze, Moroccanoil has expanded beyond haircare and now offers a full line of body care. Among its best products is the shower gel. It’s formulated with the brand’s signature clean scent and glycerin, a humectant, for moisture. What makes this stand out from other luxury body washes is how concentrated it is – a little goes a long way in terms of both scent and lather.
Kérastase just relaunched its ever-popular Nutritive Collection and with that also launched two new products. One is a pre-shampoo, which sounds like a throw-away product, however it's far from it and it takes just a few seconds to apply. Work it into your hair 10 minutes (or more…you can leave it on as long as you want) before jumping into the shower and it will allow your hair to be more “receptive” to the products that follow. It’s not something to use every time you wash your hair, but perfect for the day after using dry shampoo or when hair has been heavily styled with products.
Liquid Yoga, $40
Mama Mio recently launched a spin-off brand called Mio whose debut collection boasts a handful of workout-inspired products. Among the most notable is a non-foaming bath soak (i.e. no mess) called Liquid Yoga.
Tom Ford's original ivory and gold cases are back! Lipsticks are what catapulted the designer into the cosmetic space and this season he's launched 8 limited-edition ones, all of which work double duty as lip conditioners. In addition to imparting opaque color and moisture, the new shades have the brand's signature vanilla scent.
Prime Style Extender, $20
Like Kérastase's pre-shampoo, Prime may seem like a throw-away product at first, but it's actually ingenious (after all, they're a science-based beauty company and are featured in a HBR Case Study). All you do is work a dollop of this product through towel-dried hair and it will not only protect it from heat styling, it will make whatever style you opt for last longer.
Formula X for Sephora
The Twenty-Two, $55 ($103 value)
OPI x Sephora has some of the best colors and one of the best formulations, but now Sephora has arguably launched something even better with Formula X. The brand, which stocks a slew of colors that you can buy individually, also offers its new long-lasting, quick-trying, highly saturated shades in cost-saving gift set form.