Makeup is expensive. There is no way around this painful fact. Beauty is pain, and apparently beauty is also money. Foundation can cost you $50, mascara, ย which you throw out in 3-4 months, is $25, and a setting powder can run you upwards of $60 in some cases. Hell, even with mostly drugstore products, my full face of makeup still cost me $215!

Despite the jaw dropping prices, $30 lipsticks, and paying $50 more just for the Chanel name, we still continue to drop money on high end makeup. And some of these products must be worth it, right? Right! There are some incredible high end products that really can’t be beat by lesser expensive dupes, and I’m here to talk you through them.

1. Tartelette in Bloom Palette from Tarte Cosmetics – $46

Tartelette in Bloom Palette

I got this as a gift from Luke for my birthday a year ago, and I love it so much! This palette received so much hype once it was released, and it totally deserves it all! The shades are beautiful, the mix of matte and shimmer is the perfect ratio, and the formula is incredible. Seriously, you won’t find softer eyeshadows. This continues to be one of my favorite high end products, even a year later.

2. MAC Soft & Gentle – $34

MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter

Advertised as a “mineralized skin finish” MAC’s Soft and Gentle is a stunning highlighter. I had heard Tanya Burr mention it many times throughout her videos, and I finally made the decision to buy it. This is the first MAC product I’ve owned, and I don’t regret a thing. The glow it provides is beautiful, and it lasts from morning to night. Not ready to spend $34? There’s a dupe from e.l.f., but I really do think this one from MAC is completely worth it.

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3. NARS Orgasm Blush – $30

NARS Orgasm Blush

If you haven’t heard of the Orgasm blush from NARS by now, you must be living under a rock. This is practically the O.G blush, and is coveted by many. It’s so popular, in fact, that it comes in liquid, stick, and highlighter form. There’s even a limited edition version you can purchase! The blush a beautiful peach color with small flecks of gold that catch the light perfectly. The only gripe I have is that the matte black packaging gets dirty so quickly. First world problems at its finest!

4 & 5. Benefit Porefessional Primer – $31 // Urban Decay’s De-Slick Setting Spray – $32

Porefessional Primer All Nighter Setting Spray

You can never know just how good a product is until you try it yourself. The first time I tried Benefit’s the Porefessional Primer I was blown away. It truly makes your pores smaller and your makeup look even better than it already did. A small amount goes a long way, so despite the $31 price tag, it really is worth it.

To set my makeup, I’ve recently fallen in love with the de-slick setting spray from Urban Decay. All Nighter is a fan favorite amongst many, but the de-slick version is incredible for those of us who have been graced with oily skin. The setting spray just makes all of your makeup come together and last all day. No touch ups or blotting sheets required!

6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – $22
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner

Probably one of the most talked about high end makeup products, the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (say that five times fast) is worth every compliment its received. When my Tarte Under the Sea eyeliner sadly dried out I thought I would give the Stila one a go. Boy was I not left feeling disappointed. This isย the blackest eyeliner there is, and it really does last all. damn. day. The felt tip also makes creating a wing as easy as 1, 2 , 3. If that’s something you struggle with, I highly suggest picking this up and practicing. You’ll be an expert in no time!

So there you have it, the high end makeup I think is truly worth it. Obviously I haven’t tried every product under the sun, but I can put my seal of approval behind these products. Usually if a product is talked about over and over again, it’s for good reason, and these products are no different. Try them out for yourself and see what you think!

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I have been looking for a new blush…I may have to try that one…

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I love the tarte palette! Such good colors!
-Nicholle
http://www.nichollesophia.com

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I hear great things about the Nars Blush! I have some products I have to splurge on, and others I buy drugstore!

xoxo A
http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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Nars orgasm blush may be the best purchase ever buying makeup. This shade is perfect!

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Ooo thanks for sharing! I LOVE the Stila eyeliner and now I definitely need to pick up the NARS Orgasm blush! I haven’t tried it out yet!

xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/skylar-body-natural-perfume/

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I love tarte palettes! I just recently bought another one and they are SO worth it! Will have to try the other products out!

xo
Sami
The Classic Brunette

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Anything Tarte is worth the price, in my opinion! I’m obsessed with their Amazonian clay line.

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I love most of these brands and especially love the Nars blush!

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Really great read! I agree, although you can go inexpensive on some Makeup products there are some products that are really worth the price.

Dani
GlamRMe

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I’m all for splurging if I find a product I really love. I’ll need to check these out!

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So true that makeup is expensive, but MAC anything is totally worth it.

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i dont wear make up enough to ever justify the price of high end stuff. its cool you found stuff that works for you though

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I always love reading about other bloggers’ splurges and like you, nars blush is a go-to for me and 110% worth. every. penny! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

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That blush looks incredible *-* Love it!

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You included some great products! I agree, there’s oftentimes nothing like the original.

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Definitely going to pick up a few of these products
good post

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I love NARS! Thanks for the post babe

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I love all your picks! Some are on my list to try now and some like the Stuka eye liner I agree are awesome!! It’s nice to have you share your favourites so I can pick them up knowing they are awesome ?
Xo Jen – http://abeautifulinspiration.com

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Really love this list – when you walk into bluemercury or sephora, it is hard to pick and choose, and this helps tremendously! never heard of the MAC strobe product – will have to check it out!

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I have been eyeing the Tartelette in Bloom palette. It’s so pretty!

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I’ve been looking for some new blush, I’ll have to give the Nars a try.

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I’ve pinned this for my next trip to Sephora because I’m always standing in the aisles thinking “is this really going to work or will it end up a congealed mass in my drawer?” ! I have the NARS blush in both powder and stick and you’re right it’s amazing ! I’m definitely going to be stocking up on the others!

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Ahhh I’m so glad you pinned this post, that makes me so happy ? glad you like my recommendations; Sephora can definitely be daunting!

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I have been wanting to try that blush for years! I have to agree with you on the eyeliner… it’s the best, hands down.

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As my skin has gotten more mature I’m of the mindset that you get what you pay for! Quality makeup IS more expensive, but oh, so worth it, in the long run!

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Definitely need to try some of these!

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I love this post! Such a vital and important post for people. I love your whole sight and all your pictures.

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Interesting read, I personally don’t buy high end products because I don’t wear makeup often enough to justify them. I find it fascinating what brands charge though, that much for foundation! Great photos too ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is such a helpful post! Make-up is defo so expensive and especially being a blogger trying to fund it is a lot! Wanna try out that bars blush as it looks form! P.s LOVE your blog it’s so pretty ?
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I love the tarte palette , top 5 palette in my eyes. Great product reviews. I loved it.

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I’d love to try all of them ? they sound really good ! Great post !
Xoxo Annaleid
http://www.actuallyanna.com

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I own and love all these products too!! Orgasm is a go-to especially when I travel! The Stila eyeliner I love but I need time and patience to use it!! The tarte eyeshadow palette is one of my faves!

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