Just because a barrage of fancy beauty products pass by our desks each day doesn't mean we're too proud to use a drugstore buy—my go-to foundation of nearly 10 years just so happens to be Revlon ColorStay ($10). But because we discover so many top-shelf products, we do our due diligence and give them a test-drive to determine whether they're worth the hefty price tag.
Considering my all-time favorite foundation costs as much as my Chipotle order, I thought it would be interesting to poll the Byrdie team to see if they've found a high-performing foundation as expensive as a meal at a five-star restaurant. As it turns out, there are several we agree are worth eating ramen for a week.
When I first asked everyone in the group chat what their favorite high-end foundation was, it was clear that this formula was the fan favorite. A makeup bag mainstay among celebrity artists (Mario Dedivanovic famously uses this formula on clients like Kim Kardashian West), this buildable foundation quite literally has a silky finish that, not for nothing, photographs incredibly well.
More like a skin tint, this lightweight foundation is perfect if you want to even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion without feeling like you're wearing a heavy coat of foundation. Just give it a good shake, dispense a few drops, and you'll be good to go.
Similar to the Chanel foundation, a quick shake and a few drops of this illuminating foundation will give you a thin veil of smoothing and illuminating power. It's also packed with actives to boost collagen and create a smooth base to either wear in place of foundation or to use as a primer.
This foundation actually has a built-in concealer on top as well as a concealer brush (and a handy stand—we all know how easy it is to lose these small accessories) for application. It's packed with La Prairie's trademark caviar extracts to lift and firm the skin.
This 15-hour long-wear foundation stays put on your skin without any chalky side effects of harsh matte formulas. It's medium-to-full coverage and waterproof, perfect for warmer, sweaty months, especially since it's filled with fine powders to help control oil throughout the day.
A cult-favorite natural foundation and concealer, this "second skin" melts into your natural texture for even coverage while it moisturizes and heals discoloration.
This medium-to-full coverage foundation practically erases pores while creating a dewy, smooth base that actually diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. "Perfecting," indeed.
The most expensive on this list, editorial director Faith Xue credits this formula as being "So creamy and light that it melts into the skin to make it look like your skin is actually perfect." This is thanks to the "Illuminating Complex EX," which moisturizes and resurfaces skin's texture. It's even said to help rejuvenate skin over time, making the steep price tag a bit more warranted.
Sticking with the theme, these are our favorite products from the most expensive skincare brands.