It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of exciting product launches, but sometimes – they really aren’t worth the extra spend.
We’ve all been there, $30 on a mascara that promises the world, or a serum claiming to be the fountain of youth. And while it’s nice to test them out once in a while, it could end up setting you back financially over time.
Luckily, we’ve cleared the clutter to present three products that are worth the splurge, and two products that are better off stocked on the store shelf.
From makeup brushes to skin serums and beyond, we’ve got you covered.
1. Splurge: Artis Fluenta Collection Over 10 Makeup Brush, $95
Your favourite beauty vloggers are onto something because this brush is all that and then some. Made with over 250,000 individual fibers, you can use this for your foundations, bronzers, powders – pressed and loose – and other skincare products in your rotation. If you want to give this brush a feel, head into Holt Renfrew and give it a test drive.
2. Put Back: Guerlain Abeille Royale Black Bee Honey Balm, $75
In no world should you ever spend $75 on a lip balm, because honestly, you’re probably going to misplace it. Of course, Guerlain’s sleek packaging and exotic ingredients are an added hook, but we simply can’t justify it. We think you might be better suited to a drugstore brand that can offer the same end result, but without the frill.
3. Splurge: Shani Darden Retinol Reform, $95
With serums on the market for $10, it’s easy to shy away from this price point – but it’s worth it. Personally, this product is a vanity mainstay, and has done wonders for my complexion. Shani Darden also happens to be a favourite among stars such as Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, so your money is in good company. If you’re looking to give your skin some extra TLC, look no further.
4. Put Back: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Protective Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, $350
Please don’t spend $350 on an SPF 20. While we love Shiseido, this steep price point is in no way worth it. According to skincancer.org, an SPF over 15 would be best suited for your skin, but it’s recommended to opt for an SPF of 30 or higher. We recommend speaking to a doctor and purchasing their preference.
5. Splurge: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $499
The creators of this cult vacuum mecca not so recently came out with a very expensive – but very worthwhile hair tool. This product can be used for straight, wavy, curly and even coiled hair, and will dry your strands with a high-speed, powerful digital monitor. This intelligent and controlled heat will minimize damage and promote healthy and shiny hair. Now, you can also purchase this iconic hairdryer in a new Black/Nickel colourway.
Have you tried any of these products? Share with us in the comment section!
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