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11 Obscenely Expensive Beauty Products: Why So Pricey?

"Splurge" is such a relative term, especially within the beauty industry. What one woman thinks is an outrageous amount to spend on moisturizer or mascara could be perfectly acceptable, if not downright thrifty, to another. But even both of these camps can agree that some products out there eclipse all others in terms of expense. What's inside these skincare, hair, and makeup goods that make them so valuable?
  • La Mer Creme de la Mer

    La Mer is famous for being as fabulous as it is expensive. This is the beauty go-to for those who don't see price as an issue, and even some who budget everything else around it.

  • RéVive Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit

    This nighttime treatment comes with anti-aging ingredients like epidermal and fibroblast growth factors, which trigger skin cell and collagen production. Each application consists of only one drop, which hopefully means its outrageous price stretches out significantly over time.

  • Clé de Peau SYNACTIF Intensive Cream

    Keeping the ravages of age at bay sure comes with a hefty price tag. This cream is packed with beneficial ingredients like retinol ACE (an established wrinkle fighter), vitamin E and green tea (two great antioxidant sources), and chai hu, which firms the skin with hyaluronic acid.

  • Clé de Peau Beauté La Créme

    This expensive night cream claims to address all of the signs of aging in this one luxurious product.

  • Givenchy Le Soin Noir

    Givenchy is a notoriously pricey designer, so we're not surprised their skincare gets the same treatment. One of the reasons certainly being that they're the first to use the precious—and naturally age-defying—ingredient Vital Black Algae Sap in their skincare products.

  • Perricone MD Neuropeptide Facial Conformer

    Dr. Perricone has patented ingredients, such as phospholipids, meant to diminish fine lines and hydrate dry, crepelike skin. The phospholipids have a structure similar to that of the ones our facial skin produces naturally in order to control and repair outer damage.

  • Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Re-Creation Cremes

    “A new beginning for your skin,” boasts the Estée Lauder website about this anti-aging system. The power supposedly comes from padina, a sea plant that contains calcium, and minerals like magnesium and selenium, which hail from the “zone of regeneration” about 2,000 feet below sea level in the Hawaiian islands.)

  • Omorovicza Instant Plumping Overnight Mask

    This overnight mask promises to resurface your skin for a smoother, more youthful texture.

  • Tweezerman Luxe Edition Crystal Slant Tweezer and Stand

    If you can't be bothered to pluck your eyebrows with the same old tools as the rest of the world, look into this bejeweled set of Tweezerman tweezers with matching stand.

  • Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo

    Glowing reviews abound for this shampoo, which its creators have deemed the “fountain of youth for hair.” The formula includes 11 L-amino acids that work on the hair’s cellular structure, repairing and restoring life back to each lock. The powerful combination of vitamin B5 and phytantriol calls forth a surge of moisture that stays put.

  • Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit

    This three-step system starter kit is purported to bring life back to fine, thinning, and fragile hair.

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