16 Expensive Beauty Products With Cult-Favorite Status

16 Expensive Beauty Products With Cult-Favorite Status
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One of the most overused phrases in the beauty stratosphere is cult favorite. We’re not saying the term isn’t useful, but we’ve heard it so much that we sometimes forget what it actually means. So what takes a beauty product from ordinary to “cult favorite?” Longevity, quality ingredients, and word of mouth are just a few of the requirements.

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And there’s no shortage of them when you don’t account for price. However, when we do separate those with an expensive price tag, the cold, hard truth is that not a lot of products have the kind of popularity that translates into staying power. Ahead, we’re spotlighting the pricey finds that continue to sell out and garner some of the best reviews in the beauty biz.

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STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

For more than 10 years, this luxury foundation has been given countless beauty awards and reviews for its creamy lightweight coverage. What separates it from other popular coverage options is the inclusion of oils that absorb into the skin instead of sitting on top of it.

$64 at Giorgio Armani Beauty

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STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel launched her first-ever fragrance back in 1921, and it's been a top-selling product since then. Its floral notes and delicate glass bottle have become the poster child for the "essence of femininity."

Available on Amazon

Photo: Chanel
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Christian Louboutin Lipstick Rouge Velvet Matte
Christian Louboutin Lipstick Rouge Velvet Matte

We'll never grow tired of our red bottoms, especially now that we have a lipstick to match our fashion. A couple of years ago, the designer brand launched one of the most expensive lip colors on the market, complete with a case that turns into a necklace. This line was so successful that last year, it expanded to nail lacquer.

Available on Amazon

Photo: Christian Louboutin
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products |
Clarisonic Facial Brush

In 2004, beauty gadgets became more popular than ever when this facial brush was introduced to the masses. Although plenty of other facial cleansing tools have since been invented, this original continues to sell like crazy and stand the test of time.

Available on Amazon

STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Dior Diorshow Mascara
Dior Diorshow Mascara

Designer label aside, this mascara gets amazing reviews simply because it gets the job done. The microfibers in its formula are so heavy duty that they mimic the same look created by faux lash extensions.

Available on Amazon

Photo: Dior
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

This iridescent powder was touted as the world's first-ever bronzer when it hit stores back in 1984. Today, that same lightweight formula is praised as one of the more inclusive options available to makeup lovers.

Available on Amazon

Photo: Guerlain
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | La Mer Moisturizing Cream
La Mer Moisturizing Cream

Ask a celeb to name her favorite skin-care products and this triple-digit cream is probably on the list. The brand's patented "Miracle Broth" can be used all over the body and is also available in gel form.

Available on Amazon

Photo: La Mer
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25

Dermatologically tested and infused with sun protection, this award-winning concealer is one of the first stick formulas to really take off and change the way we apply our makeup.

Available on Amazon

Photo: Clé de Peau Beauté
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

What are the ingredients in this thick, creamy moisturizer? We might never know. Tilbury concocted this product by using a secret sauce she created while working backstage during countless Fashion Weeks.

Available on Amazon

Photo: Charlotte Tilbury
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Mason Pearson Hair Brush
Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush

This grooming tool was patented more than 100 years ago and is made with premium-grade boar bristle to be gentle on the scalp. Its cushion also conforms to the natural shape of your scalp as you brush, making irritation less likely.

$150 at Nordstrom

Photo: Mason Pearson
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Long before dry shampoo became the It–hair product, this dry spray was and remains a go-to for anyone who wants to build volume without leaving behind white, flaky buildup.

$46 at Oribe

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STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

All of Le Labo's fragranced products are handmade and truly unique, but the notes (Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood) in this cologne remain one of its most recognizable scents.

$184 at Le Labo

Photo: Le Labo
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

K-beauty history buffs probably remember when this sheet mask first debuted more than 10 years ago. The vitamin-infused cotton cloth material is what makes it such a game changer, coating the skin in intense hydration.

$95 for 6 masks at SK-II 

Photo: SK-II
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

When we think of skin care that tingles, this vitamin C booster is the first thing that comes to mind. Brightening products are more popular than ever, but SkinCeuticals was way ahead of the curve with this liquid exfoliator that continues to sell like hotcakes.

$165 at SkinCeuticals

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STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | YSL Touche Éclat
YSL Touche Éclat

This handy pen is often labeled the "original highlighter" since it debuted long before trends like strobing became popular on social media. It can be used to conceal, highlight, and smooth the skin, all without shimmer or glitter.

$38 at YSL

Photo: YSL
STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette

Why buy single eyeshadow pans when you can mix and match an entire batch? No palette set is more popular than Urban Decay's eye makeup series, which continues to expand year by year.

$54 at Urban Decay

Photo: Urban Decay

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  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Christian Louboutin Lipstick Rouge Velvet Matte
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products |
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Dior Diorshow Mascara
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | La Mer Moisturizing Cream
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Mason Pearson Hair Brush
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | YSL Touche Éclat
  • STYLECASTER | Cult Favorite Expensive Beauty Products | Urban Decay Naked Palette
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