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12 Splurge-Worthy Beauty Products

Are expensive beauty products any better than those at a lower price point? We scoured the luxury store shelves, did our research, and asked beauty experts and dermatologists what's really worth the splurge. In a variety that includes skincare solutions and the blowdryer you won't believe you've lived this long without, here's what we found.
  • Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer

    Equipped with proprietary nanoe technology, the Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer aborbs the moisture in the air to deliver hair-enhancing shine and smoothness. Added bonus? It's super lightweight—no sore arms here! Ulta, $179

  • Morroccanoil Treatment

    This versatile, residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing product. “It completely transforms and repairs hair, leaving it stronger, healthier, shinier, easier to manage and incredibly soft,” says Elise Levyn, representative for Morrocanoil. “It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage and even speeds up drying time.” Nordstrom, $43

  • Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver

    Enhance your natural lip color with this balm that acts like a lipstick. No one else in the world will have the same shade as you—it adjusts to the chemistry of your lips. Sephora, $32

  • Clarisonic

    Clean your skin like never before with this facial brush—it removes up to six times more makeup than standard face-washing techniques. Clarisonic is available in various sizes and speed options to suit your lifestyle and daily routine. Ulta, $149

  • Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask

    This mask is a miracle worker that slows the signs of aging, resulting in a smoother, brighter and more luminous complexion while simultaneously reducing the appearance of wrinkles and promoting elasticity and firmness. Use as a mask twice a week, or leave on as a night cream overnight. Clark's Botanicals, $72

  • L'Dara Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

    Rich in antioxidants, L'dara Serum helps reduce discoloration and the visible effects of sun damage, while it also rejuvenates fibroblasts, the vital "collagen factories" located deep in the dermis. "Through maintenance of the skin's barrier lipid balance, L'dara Serum helps prevent moisture loss for a smoother and more hydrated appearance," says Katie Heelon, representative for L'Dara. "It also helps increase the skin's metabolic rate for a firmer, more youthful texture." L'Dara, $120

  • Nerium AD

    This age-defying day and night cream utilizes a patented, antioxidant NAE-8 extract from the Nerium oleander plant. The NAE-8 formula has been clinically proven to have powerful antioxidant properties. Both plants have age-defying properties that work in tandem to help skin appear youthful and tight and provide an average of 30 percent reduction in the appearance of signs of aging. Nerium, $110

  • Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

    No matter the question, Chanel is always the answer. This classic mascara is available in four colors—including purple and bronze. The unique brush combines long and short bristles, so just one swipe gives you instant volume and intensity. Nordstrom, $30

  • Beautyblender

    The Beautyblender is perfect for applying all kinds of makeup—from foundation to eyeshadow to bronzer. This reusable, hypoallergenic sponge will last up to three or four months and doubles in size when wet. The adorable color and shape don't hurt, either. Use the case for easy countertop storage. $19.95, Sephora

  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

    Keeping with the rose gold hue that's so on-trend for 2014, Urban Decay gives us its third mirrored palette, complete with 12 flawless shadows and a double-ended brush. The shadows included in Naked3 flatter every skin tone and work hard for a perfect transition from day to night. $54, Sephora

  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer

    Deborah Lippmann's nail lacquers are infused with rich treatments like biotin and green tea extract. Dozens of color options and salon-quality results mean you'll get the results you want every time—and they never add sulfates or parabens. $18, Nordstrom

  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation

    Laura Mercier is known for her hand cream and moisturizers, so it's no surprise that even her oil-free foundation is moisturizing and non-drying. This long-lasting coverage is lightweight, available in eleven shades and provides a soft matte finish. $45, Sephora

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