High- end skin­care that’s worth it

If you are go­ing to spend a lot of money on a beauty prod­uct, you need to choose wisely

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

Prada re­cently re­leased pa­per­clips that cost £ 140 (¤ 160), prov­ing that the con­cepts “af­ford­able” and “ex­pen­sive” re­ally are rel­a­tive to your in­come. I can­not af­ford a sin­gle Prada pa­per­clip and, if I could, I wouldn’t buy one. I am, in fact, pow­er­fully tempted to pre­sume any­one who would is a bit of a gom and start stock­ing my bunker for the end times. While we can all spend our hard- earned money how­ever we please ( pa­per­clips or no), ab­so­lutely no one wants to feel that they have wasted it. High- end beauty and skin­care prod­ucts are an in­vest­ment and a mis­guided risk can leave you an­gry – or sav­ing – for quite a while. Choose wisely.

Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair (¤ 90 for 50mls): ANR, as it is lov­ingly known, is a skin­care in­sti­tu­tion in it­self. I ap­ply it un­der mois­turiser for its hy­drat­ing and restora­tive ben­e­fits, and haven’t ( yet) en­coun­tered any­one who doesn’t like it.

Al­pha H Vi­ta­min Pro­fil­ing Col­lec­tion (¤ 59.95 from M& S Beauty): Essen­tially a be­spoke pre­scrip­tion ser­vice for your skin at home, this med­ley of vi­ta­min serums al­lows you to treat skin con­cerns as they arise each day. This is fan­tas­tic value for money and very high qual­ity.

Kiehl’s But­ter­sticks (¤ 22.50): These con­tain ex­cel­lent pig­ment with­out be­ing so opaque as to re­quire main­te­nance or any fuss at all, while keep­ing lips ex­cep­tion­ally soft and com­fort­able.

Per­ri­cone MD Cos­me­ceu­ti­cals Co­coa Mois­ture Mask (¤ 72): A lit­tle goes a long way here. This mask is in­cred­i­bly rich and mois­tur­is­ing on the skin with­out con­gest­ing it. Just be pre­pared to mas­sage it firmly un­til it turns a choco­late colour.

Om Skin­care Mir­a­cle Serum (¤ 98 from Space NK Apothe­cary): A lesser- known brand that I keep wait­ing for peo­ple to no­tice, and the pep­tide and botan­i­cal- rich serum is per­fect for all ages and skin types.

Tr­ish McEvoy Beauty Booster Oil (¤ 133 from Har­vey Ni­chols): A truly dry oil, this can be added to skin­care, foun­da­tion, or sim­ply worn alone or over serum and mois­turiser. It is in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile – ap­ply it at night and you will feel the dif­fer­ence by morn­ing.

La Mer Mois­tur­iz­ing Matte Lo­tion

(¤ 220): La Mer is the def­i­ni­tion of in­vest­ment skin­care, but you can­not go wrong with its mois­turis­ers, packed with the brand’s mir­a­cle broth. This new it­er­a­tion is ideal for oilier skin.

Chanel Hy­dra Beauty

Mi­cro Crème (¤ 84): The ul­ti­mate mois­turiser for sum­mer, or all year round for de­hy­drated skins. The hy­dra­tion level must be felt to be be­lieved and make- up looks sub­lime on top.

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