By Maha Asif Rizwan
“That price tag will buy me three of those from the drugstore,” says the miser inside us every time we eye that “magical” midnight cream from Estee Lauder. A potion that promises to make you younger overnight (mild exaggeration alert). Taking care of your skin is no walk in the park and as every woman who has glowing, clear skin at 60 will tell you: put your money where the pimple or wrinkle is.
While drug store beauty products – like that lipstick from Medora – bag a bargain and keep you coming for more, they put your skin at risk for premature aging, scarring, and clogged pores amongst other things.
Ladies, let’s a take a look at the beauty products worth investing in and take a leap of faith!
Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer
Preparing your skin for makeup is a very important step. It not only helps in perfecting your foundation, but also protects your pores from catching excessive product build up every day. The Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer comes equipped with SPF 30, allowing you to combine two skin care steps in one, and leaves you with skin that’s bright, even, and soft.
The natural tint of the product means that you can wear it in place of your BB cream or foundation. If you’re dealing with acne and oily skin then this product is your solution for a shine-free makeup look all day long. It’s completely free of artificial colors or fragrances, and a little product goes a long way.
The velvety finish makes it worth the whopping PKR 9,000.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Let’s face it, once you’re out of the house, no one has the time (or the desire) to reapply foundation. Here’s a base that’ll last the apocalypse. The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is a highly pigmented, full coverage foundation, but here’s a catch: it gives a natural, weightless finish!
Isn’t that amazing for a product that lasts up to 16 hours? It lets your skin breathe. Priced at PKR 8,000, this product is worth the price for those who’re looking for a long lasting, yet light foundation.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Range
If you’re looking to invest in an anti-ageing regime, start with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair range. The Synchronized Recovery Complex II is a holy grail for many because of its hydrating and nourishing properties. Priced at (around) PKR 13000 it promises to make your skin look instantly radiant, healthy, and even toned.
The eye cream helps reverse the effects of ageing by reducing puffiness, dark circles, dryness, wrinkles and eye lines. As expected this age battling gel crème jar comes at a hefty price of PKR 9,500; however, three tiny drops a night will fight off the effects of fatigue and pollution. You will wake up with a lighter wallet but youthful, nourished under eye skin.
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is kohl pigmented and gives you thicker and fuller lashes in a SINGLE application! The thicker brush combs evenly through your eye lashes and doesn’t clump or flake, making the PKR 5,500 price tag seem like a bargain.
Lancome DreamTone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector
Does the ghost of a pimple long gone still haunt your skin? Spare a few big bucks and this magic product will correct dark spots from your skin, leaving you with a flawless glow.
If you’ve suffered with inflammatory pigmentation owing to acne, the Lancome Dreamtone Ultimate Dark Spot corrector is your best bet at achieving an even skin tone. Priced at PKR 16,000, this product lasts a long time, since only a small amount is needed to instantly brighten the skin.
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish bronzer
Do you always find yourself confused between bronzer, blush, and highlighter? The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Cheeky Bronze is all three products combined into one. The coral orange shade with gold shimmer glides onto the skin like a dream.
The vitamin E enriched formula highlights and redefines your cheekbones with a bolt of color that protects your skin. A light stroke of this product will give your face color for a whole day for PKR 5,000.
Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush
Gone are the days when washing your face with hands was good enough. Now, you need external help in the form of a rotating brush.
The Clarisonic Facial Cleansing brush is a revolution waiting to happen in your skin care regimen. Using the sonic technology, the Clarisonic gently cleanses your skin with six time more precision than your hands would.
The device is water proof and comes with two speeds. Not just that, the smart machine uses T-timers to alert you about how much time to spend cleaning a certain part of your face. Priced at PKR 17000 and above, the Clarisonic is a skin care investment that will change your skin care routine for the better.
Smashbox Always-On Matte Liquid Lipstick
Remember the time you put on a matte lipstick that stayed put all night but left you with parched, dry lips?
Well, Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick will give you a long lasting, rich pigment but won’t make your lips look parched.
While most will argue that PKR 4,500 is a lot of money to pay for a small tube, let us remind you that inexpensive drugstore lip tints cause your lips to lose their natural pink color and smooth texture. Besides, Smashbox has a wide range of unique colors to choose from and it lasts the entire day with just one application; so go on and make the purchase.