June 27, 2012
Luxe Products Worth Their Price
Why is one product $.99 and another $99? It's not always due to pretty packaging (though yes, that adds a few dollars). The eye-popping cost is, more often, thanks to a range of luxury ingredients like 24-karat gold, jasmine absolute, or exotic anti-aging strains of carefully cultured yeast mixed into everything from a jar of lip gloss to a bottle of face oil. So if you need someone to justify a bit of luxury in your life, read on.
In the late '80s, scientists decided to find out why sake brewers had super smooth hands. The answer was Pitera, a metabolic solution generated in the fermentation process of a unique strain of yeast. SK-II used Pitera to launch their first face cream and the brand's new LXP has eight times the amount found in that classic formula. So unless you're going to soak your face in sake every night, this is your best bet for plump, youthful, radiant skin.
Serge Lutens, the legendary perfumer and makeup artist, built the industry's favorite lipstick in 2000 when he launched his own line of cosmetics. His formula strikes just the right balance between oil and high melting point wax--with highly dispersant pigment--to smooth over your lips without drying them out. (Bonus: you only have to pay $75 once, the refills are $55.)