11 Editor-Tested Beauty Splurges Worth a Piece of Your Tax Return

11 Editor-Tested Beauty Splurges Worth a Piece of Your Tax Return

So you’ve gotten a larger-than-expected tax return and have decided to make an ultra-luxurious beauty purchase? You’ve come to the right place. As beauty editors, we get to try face creams worth more than our rent (not kidding), lip balms that cost more than a dinner out, and all of the products that celebrity hair and makeup artists call favorites. If, and only if, you’ve got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, shop these 11 slides. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Click through our slideshow for the best beauty splurge you’ll ever make.

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    A well-versed nose can smell a Tom Ford fragrance a mile away. While each scent is incredibly unique, they all have a warm, rich, and utterly luxurious feeling. The Eau de Parfum ($210) in Shanghai Lily is a beautiful mix of spice and floral that works for day or night, in any season. (And it’s one of our favorites!)

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    Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) is the go-to product by celebrity hairstylists for lived-in, French-girl bedhead. Spray through your locks as the last step of your hair routine to create a matte, messy texture.

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    Once you get over the sticker shock of By Terry’s Baume de Rose ($60), you’ll realize it’s worth every penny. The thick, nourishing lip balm is made from rose butter and has the most amazing scent. Apply a thick layer before bed and you’ll never have chapped lips again—seriously. 

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    The ultimate benchmark in foundation, we can’t tell you how many celebrity makeup artists swear by Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation ($64). Smooth a few drops on for nights when you need skin perfection, or add a few drops into your daily moisturizer for light coverage. 

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    Speaking of benchmarks, Clé de Peau Concealer ($70) may be incredibly expensive, but the creamy, versatile formula is the crème de la crème of concealers. It’s incredibly thick, so one stick will last for close to a year. 

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    We’ve already broken down the science that went into La Mer’s latest serum, The Lifting Contour Serum ($290). It has a mixture of ingredients that strengthen the fibers within skin, to visibly lift without needles. 

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    The ultimate in purse fragrances, Kilian’s Good Girl Gone Bad Eau de Parfum ($150)—a blend of jasmine, amber, and cedar—comes tucked into an 18-karat gold plated snake. When the scent runs out, simply pop in a refill.

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    3 Lab’s BB Cream ($95) goes on like silk, melting into skin immediately and giving the illusion of perfection without a trace of makeup, thanks to the clever roller. Simply apply the BB cream with your hands, blend over your entire face, then use the attached roller to press it into your skin. 

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    There’s something about pulling a Chanel lipstick out of your purse that tops the list of little luxuries. The brand’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color ($35) comes in sleek packaging and a range of celeb-favorite colors, like La Favorite and La Malicieuse. (We suggest you hit up the makeup counter to find the perfect shade for you!)

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    Rodin’s Luxury Face Oil ($150) in one word? Addictive. It soaks into skin without feeling greasy, nourishes skin, and smells like roses. We keep it around for nights when we need a little indulgence before bed.

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    If we had a nickel for every celebrity hairstylist that raved about the Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Brush ($150), we’d have enough to buy our closest friends the cult classic. It has a mixture of boar and nylon bristles, which creates soft, touchable, and polished texture instantly—and the well-made brush will last for decades.

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    3 Lab BB Cream ($95)

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    Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation ($64)

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    By Terry Baume de Rose ($60)

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    Clé de Peau Concealer ($70)

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    Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Brush ($150)

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    Rodin Luxury Face Oil ($150)

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EXPLORE: Chanel, 3 Lab, Giorgio Armani, By Terry, Clé de Peau, Kilian, La Mer, Mason Pearson, Oribe, Rodin, Tom Ford, Makeup, Hair


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