While it may be difficult to find a Céline flat for under $1,000, beauty is a very different story. In the world of beauty, Balmain sits at a price point that’s palatable, and Burberry is more than just a fleeting dream. Scroll down for nine luxurious beauty options at prices that won’t break the bank.
Save for an H&M collaboration, the splashy brand du jour is unattainable for mere plebes. But lo, Balmain’s hair-care division is pleasantly within reach of most budgets. Try the hair oil for the two-pronged benefit of smooth ends and bragging rights.
Burberry Lipstick, $33
A Burberry raincoat is a pipe dream to most. A Burberry lipstick? Well, that’s much more realistic. Creamy and intensely pigmented, each shade is a wash of beautiful color. Pick up bright plum to complete an arresting vampy lip.
The new Christian Louboutin nude flats are a bargain for the brand: They’re only $600. The brand’s nail polish, on the other hand, is a much more realistic steal. If the weaponized bottle wasn’t enough of a draw, consider the shades. “Louboutin red” is a great place to start.
Diptyque Mini Candle, $32
$62 is ridiculously expensive for a candle, but at least $32 for a pint-size version is better. It’s hard to pick just one fragrance to choose from these masters of scent. Diptyque’s fruity “Baies” is a favorite, as is the firewood “Feu de Bois,” but I’m a nerd for “Roses.”
Eve Lom Kiss Mix, $22
Eve Lom’s cult solid cleanser starts at $80, but you can get started with the luxury brand for only $22. The soft balm melts into a smooth protectant for lips. They won’t feel chapped, and neither will your budget.
La Mer the Powder, $65
Practically everyone needs a finishing powder to prevent shine and prolong the longevity of foundation, so it might as well be a luxurious one. La Mer’s the Powder feels as light as air, and its translucent shade easily glides across all complexions. If you think $65 is steep, consider this: One ounce of the brand’s staple moisturizer costs a hefty $170.
If you, too, understand the salient horror of having your comb confiscated because a presidential nominee paid a surprise visit to an event, then you’ll appreciate this fancy upgrade. While the acclaimed Mason Pearson brush may costs upwards of $300, the combs start at price points that are easier to swallow. Try the tail comb for perfectly straight parts.
Oribe is dubbed the Rolls Royce of hair care for good reason. Every product in the brand is teeming with high-powered oils, emollients, and gnarly formulations. For a taste of the brand, try this baby-size hair oil. Just a drop or two delivers soft, shiny hair.
The Japanese skin-care line that keeps Cate Blanchett’s face flawless is pricey no matter which way you slice it, so here’s the only way to trim costs: Buy less. Start with the crown jewel of the line – the Facial Treatment Mask — and buy a single sheet for only a very special occasion. Instead of $95, it will only set you back $17.