Beauty Talks: Is Expensive Products Worth the Price?


First of all, it will be better for you to read this post before you read this one. Well, who doesn’t get the appeal of expensive brands? La Mer, Hourglass, Clé de Peau, SK-II, Shiseido, Biologique Recherche, Sunday Riley, Drunk Elephant, and NIOD to name a few. Considering that I always find more appeal to a niche, indie products, I am way more interested towards Drunk Elephant, NIOD, SU:M 37, Hanyul, Biologique Recherche and Sunday Riley. Though maybe they are already well known in their respected countries, really, they are not much known in my country, lol.

So, really, what makes them much more expensive than cheaper brands? Will they make your skin instantly flawless, instantly glowing, and wrinkle-free? I don’t have much experience with expensive brands, but since I am blessed enough to try a little bit products from a few luxury brands, I will give you my thoughts regarding this topic.


No, they won’t make your skin improved instantly, however, if you already have a good skin base to begin with, they will boost your skin condition.

Yep, sorry to burst your bubble. But expensive products won’t instantly improve your skin condition. It will help your skin to be better, but I personally think that it will took the same time with cheaper skin care to improve your skin, hence the reason why I always prefer to suggest cheaper products when every skin care newbies asked me about recommended products.

However, if your skin condition is already stable enough and less troubled, you will able to see the performance of the expensive skin care. If you’re lucky enough (couldn’t lie that not every product would work wonder to every person on earth, though), it would make your significantly brighter, firmed, and clearer. A few expensive products that deliver this significant improvement in short time on my skin are: Laneige Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, and Sunday Riley LUNA Sleeping Night Oil.


They are expensive because they’ve been gone through expensive lab test and using prime ingredients. 

Yep, we gotta admit that the more expensive a product, there’s a higher chance that it went through expensive lab test and use prime ingredients. Furthermore, the same ingredients, say Hyaluronic Acid; do have a certain level and kinds. Usually, cheaper brands use the cheaper kind of Hyaluronic Acid, and expensive brands use more escalated kinds of Hyaluronic Acid.

For example, my beloved Hada Labo Gokyujun Lotion, La Roche Posay B5 Hyaluronic Acid, and NIOD MMHC all have the same basic ingredients, but they use a different kind of Hyaluronic Acid, which is why they all have a different price point. If you’re wondering, it’s pretty much similar with regular beef steak, wagyu beef steak, and Kobe beef A5, lol. They are all beef, they basically have different quality but doesn’t mean that the cheaper one would taste bad. It’s just, the more expensive one usually would give you mindblowing experience.


Luxurious branding and Hi-tech packaging.

Look at the branding and packaging from these expensive brands. Usually, they come with luxurious packaging or high-tech packaging (remember Drunk Elephant’s uber cool packaging, everyone?) to prevent the product to be oxidized and prevent more contact with open air. Well, some brand does come out with extra luxurious packaging, like La Mer, Clé de Peau, and Louboutin. Perhaps it’s a justification to make the costumers feel the expensive products that they purchased is worth the price? Lol, I don’t know really. But my point is, luxurious and hi-tech packaging do cost a lot.


Highly influential people are behind it.

Maybe you didn’t realize it, but a lot of expensive products usually have highly influential people behind it. And perhaps you won’t realise that a lot of people actually purchase the product because they are a fan of the said makeup artists and celebrities because they actually wanted to be like their idol.

Mostly expensive brands use Class A celebrity or Class A makeup artist as their brand ambassador (which certainly cost very expensive to be hired), or the brand built by the celebrity, makeup artist or luxury fashion brand. Pat McGrathKevyn Aucoin, Bobbi BrownShu Uemura and Natasha Denona are a few examples of famous Makeup Artist that built their own cosmetic brands with their namesake. Perhaps we will see Mario Dedivanovic and Lisa Eldridge create their own namesake brands in the future.


So, is expensive products worth the price? I would say that it depends on why you buy it in the first place. Do you buy it for the quality? For the hype? Because of the celebrity that you idolize? If they meet your expectation, I would say that, yes, it is worth the price. As for me, the reason why I purchased expensive products always because of the hype and the quality.

Usually, if beauty bloggers that I trust and have similar skin concern to me all saying that a product is good, I will do extensive research about the product and pondering for a long time before decided to purchase it, lol! And Thank God, by the said method, so far, I’ve rarely get disappointed by an expensive product that I’ve purchased, lol. But honestly, I wouldn’t repurchase any of the expensive products that I’ve tried. Not because it’s not good, but because it’s enough for me to try it once. Especially for skin care, it would break my savings if I had to repurchase it again and again and again…. 😆

So, what about you? Do you ever have any holy grail expensive products? Or there are expensive products that disappoint you? Do share your experience in the comment section below! 😉

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