My Favourite High-End Brands

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The best high-end brands

| High-End Brands I Love! |

There is a vast array of budget brands that offer amazing products however, I can't help but be drawn toward brands that offer a little bit of luxury for a semi-reasonable price. Most budget lipsticks are around €7-€9 so spending an extra tenner on a Mac lipstick or another tenner on top of that for a CT lipstick is a simple way to treat myself to something of utmost quality. 

1) Mac //
Most of Mac's products are reasonably priced and for that reason, I have quite a large collection of their products. 

I've always loved mac eyeshadows but the recent price drop has made me gravitate towards buying them more often, as they're only €7 for the pro refills. My stand-out shades are Texture, a warm burnt orange shade - Antiqued, a coppery bronze shade - and Haux which looks beautiful paired with my By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz {review}.

Another stunning eye product from Mac is their Copper Sparkle Pigment. This sparkly copper shade provides a dreamy finish to any eye look and it looks amazing worn with a spotlight eye.

The lipsticks are also note-worthy as the formulas are impeccable while the pigmentation is superb. There's an extensive selection of shades to choose from, varying from beautiful statement shades like Aim For Gorgeous {review}, as well as many swoon-worthy nudes like Creme Cup and Brave.

I also highly rate their concealers, the Prep & Prime highlighting concealer pen being my favourite. The soft yellow shade adds luminosity to my skin and perks up my complexion, making it an ideal product for cream highlighting as well as for use under the eyes. I also adore the creamy moisturising formula of the Pro Longwear concealer which covers spots and my dark circles well.

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Mac lipsticks
The best high-end brands

2) Nars //
Nars is my favourite brand of all-time and at this stage, I could probably open up my own little Nars store with the many products I own. 

I always recommend their foundations to everyone and I think Sheer Glow is a great pick for anyone. I also highly rate the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for anyone that likes to wear a light base on an everyday basis, and it's also a great Summer option.

I published a post about my Nars Lip Pencil collection recently and I have no doubt that it will grow even more in the future. The creamy formula, the rich pigmentation and how comfortable they feel on the lips are the prime reasons why I'm so infatuated with these lip pencils.

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Favourite high-end brands

3) Charlotte Tilbury //
Charlotte Tilbury is the embodiment of luxury with each of her products steeped in breathtaking rose gold packaging. The prices are a little higher than the aforementioned brands but the quality of the products is truly remarkable, so they're definitely worth the pennies in my book!

My first Charlotte Tilbury product was the Magic Foundation and it remains to be one of my most used products. I love the demi-matte finish as it isn't as drying as a completely matte foundation. Another CT foundation favourite is the Light Wonder foundation which is a lightweight offering that provides a natural "your skin but better look". In the most recent CT newsletter, it was divulged to us beauty lovers that this was the foundation Emma Roberts wore to the Oscars - Well, if it's good enough for Emma Roberts, then it's definitely good enough for me *insert winking emoji*

The Kidman's Kiss lipstick {review} is the most luxurious lipstick I own. The peachy pink shade works well for the warmer months as well as perking up my dull Winter complexion. After using this lipstick religiously for around 7 months, I decided to treat myself to another one of her lipsticks. This time I've opted for one from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range and the shade I chose was Bitch Perfect. I also ordered the Pillow Talk liner so I can't wait for them to arrive!

The Dolce Vita palette is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes as it houses the perfect selection of shades to create a warm smokey eye that's ideal for the A/W months. A recent addition to my CT collection is the Eyes To Mesmerise in Jean, which is a beautiful champagne cream eyeshadow. This product was also used on Emma Roberts for her red carpet look!

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Favourite high-end brands

What are your favourite high-end brands?

Cliona xx

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