Luxury vs. Drugstore Skincare, Part 2: 6 Premium Products with Results That Justify Their Price

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Rachel Duran


Rachel Duran A glamorous complexion doesn't always mean that you spent a lot on skincare—but sometimes quality is worth a splurge. This article is the second of a two-part series exploring the best skincare products at all price points. If you watch what you spend and want to know the best products at drugstore prices, check out Part I.

And why not? Some luxury brands provide more hype than results. But if your budget has wiggle room,  high-end products often match their prestigious price point with premium ingredients and supercharged results. So check out these six prestige products that leave your skin prime and pampered—and really work. 

Caudalie Premier Cru the Cream

This rich, hydrating formula is luxuriously lightweight with a velvety, nearly dewy finish that can be used as a day cream, even for those who are matte-minded. Exceptional as an antiaging treatment to diminish dark spots. $158,

Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Cream

Super silky and super moisturizing, this face cream wears like a translucent veil but protects like a goose down winter jacket. Add this formula to the top of your lust list, then apply with the little spoon-like applicator—pinky up! $129,

la prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask

The price point would have you under the impression that you’re adding a pot-o-gold to your medicine cabinet but this overnight night mask has a reputation for its transformative abilities. The caviar firms and enhances; the celebrities endorse. $300,

Josie Maran Argan Oil

Pure, natural argan oil—no fragrance or additives. Argan oil’s fatty acid and antioxidant content firms, nourishes dry skin, and helps improve acne. $48,

Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30 

This tinted multitasking champ provides full, velvety coverage and veils discoloration, bumps, and the sun’s harmful rays. Wears like foundation as it heals and protects. $60,

SK-II Facial Treament Essence

A refreshing and renewing toner that impressively nourishes, improves texture, and helps balance the complexion. Safe for temperamental skin. On the street they coin this little formula as “Miracle Water”—for real. $105,


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin
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