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The most expensive beauty buys of 2020 (that are actually worth it)

Get ready to indulge and see results that is worth every buck you spent.
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Over-the-top price tags in today’s consumer world often represent a newsworthy novelty or something to brag about: Japan’s most expensive melon, New York City’s priciest pizza, or Italy’s fastest racecar plated in solid gold.

In the beauty world, however, the cost of a luxury cosmetic product or treatment can often indicate quality. Few industries seem better suited to absurdist pricing than beauty, a superlative that women and men of all ages strive for in the quest for perfect skin and a fountain of youth.

But how are consumers supposed to distinguish price from worth? We’ve conducted the research so that you don’t have to. After trying many of the world’s most expensive luxury cosmetics and beauty treatments, these are the ones that are actually worth it. 

Noble Panacea

A new line by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Fraser Stoddard, Noble Panacea totally lives up to its glowing hype. Each product from the brand’s two lines is divided out into aluminium-free packets to preserve bioavailability, totalling a 30-day supply.

When using the products individually, perfect skin is inevitable. For the brand’s Brilliant Collection, combining each of the four products comes out to a monthly price tag of $849. Prices aside, this is definitely the best new product on the market. Prices involved, it is absolutely worth it.

 

Brilliant Collection, products sold individually, Noble Panacea

Dr Barbara Sturm

The holy grail of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s vast line of skin-changing products may very well be the Hyaluronic Serum. Lauded by many beauty authorities as one of their desert island products, this hydrating serum for all skin types affirmed Dr Sturm's place as the queen of skincare.

There are only a few cases in which I’ll have a full-blown existential crisis if I forget a product at home while travelling, and this is one of them. I start to cry when I get down to my last few drops. It does clock in at $800 for a limited edition 100ml size, but Dr Sturm newbies should definitely take action on this one. It’s thick, hydrating, and totally worth it.

 

Hyaluronic Serum 100ml, $800, Molecular Cosmetics

Clé de Peau Beauté

Foundation is the meat and potatoes of every makeup routine. At $250 for 27ml, this is the most expensive luxury cosmetic foundation on the market, and honestly, one of the very best.

Every time I’ve worn this, I’ve gotten compliments from strangers, and even boyfriends who never discuss skin—it’s that good.

 

The Foundation SPF 21, $250, Clé de Peau Beauté

Byredo

This 30ml perfume retails at $550. The niche Swedish fragrance giant promises that this perfume extract is so concentrated, it delivers a long-lasting scent with just one drop—and they’re not kidding.

This perfume lingered on my dress months after I wore it out for an event. Sweet top notes of currant and saffron give way to a musky incense and midnight rose. This is perfect for date night or any time you just want to stand out of a crowd.

 

Extrait de Parfum - Reine de Nuit, 30ml, $550, Net-A-Porter

Augustinus Bade

This year, German doctor Augustinus Bader put out a new product to add to his cult face creams.

At $165 for a monthly supply, The Body Cream is the epitome of luxury and self-care. This took the keratosis pilaris off of my arms after 3 uses.

The brand’s clinical trials show over 70% reduction in the appearance of cellulite on the hips and buttocks. Who needs photo altering apps when this luxury cosmetic cream exists and you can live the real thing?

 

The Body Cream, $165, Augustinus Bader

PRP Facial

A few years ago, Kim Kardashian posted a photo with blood all over her face and hashtagged her trend-setting ways: “Vampire facial,” the tag read. Beauty aficionados everywhere wanted to know who the luxury cosmetic vampire was, exactly, that was biting Kim’s face.

It’s actually Augustinus Bade (platelet-rich plasma) and a micro-needling dermal pen. First, a doctor draws your blood—hence the vampire title—and then it's centrifuged to remove red blood cells. Afterward, a micro-needling pen is dragged across the face while PRP coats the surface, speeding up healing.

The result? Diminished pore-size, scar healing, and overall baby skin for weeks and/or months. The price? $1500 per treatment. Worth it? Absolutely.

To try a PRP facial, find a medical spa near you.

Dyson

If you only buy one hair tool for the rest of your life, let it be the Airwrap. Like all of Dyson’s home and personal care products, this one over-exceeds expectation.

With six different attachments, the Airwrap brings you all your favourite styling needs without extreme heat or hair damage. At $549.99 for perfect hair every day, I actually start to wonder: who’s paying who? 

 

Airwrap Styler Complete, $549.99, Dyson

You’ve seen it on your Instagram feed: models and beautiful women with sheets of gold on their face in a spa environment. The culprit? Mimi Luzon and her iconic medicinal metal facial. With devout fans like Irina Shayk and Elsa Hosk, this facial treatment has become like celebrity catnip. Now, Luzon has made it possible to achieve a golden glow at home—for the cool price tag of $99. For a one-time use, that makes this mask one of the most expensive out there, but it's totally worth it—and not only for the golden selfie. 

24K Pure Gold One Treatment, $99, Mimi Luzon

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