Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish: $250,000
Azature is a fine jewelry company that produced the world’s most expensive bottle of polish, made of black diamonds. “A few months ago I went into a store and the salesgirl tried to convince me that all these diamond powders in their products really help,” said Celestin. “It’s just the idea of it” — meaning, luxury — “people buy. It doesn’t do anything for you.” Azature also sells a version of their diamond lacquer for $25: each bottle has a single black diamond in it. Even that is hard to justify. “I love nail art and everything about it, but you’re still going to use nail polish remover to remove it. It feels ludicrous,” said Wolfer.
Creme de la Mer: $150 per ounce
The original jaw-dropping face cream (a 16.5 oz. jar is $1,900), La Mer contains a trademarked (and secret) “Miracle Broth” that celebs and beauty junkies swear by. “With La Mer, the price point is heightened, regardless of what they put in their products,” says Cassandra Celestin, a certified cosmetic chemist and founder of TheBeautyChemist.com. “They [position the cream as] really high end, and it is about branding and marketing.” But there is something to be said for the mentality that comes along with a super-expensive pot of face cream: “If you know that the face cream cost $400, you’re gonna spend more time making sure it ends up on your face. You’re not pulling and tugging on your skin putting it on in a rush — it becomes an experience,” says Wolfer.
Jean Patou Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum: $1500
This Jean Patou fragrance is made from a flower that only grows for two weeks every year in Jean Patou’s proprietary fields, and more than 10,000 blooms go into every bottle. “The other perfume houses — you notice they all smell very alike. They know what notes to put in and the kinks have been worked out. But when you’re using specialized ingredients, it’s tricky,” says Celestin. “I can understand why it’s so expensive.”
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Treatment: $1500
This four-week treatment (one tube per week) is supposed to deliver serious anti-aging results. Guerlain recommends using this product twice a year to the tune of $3,000. “I think that when you’re going to spend this amount of money on a product, my gut instinct is I’d rather get a laser treatment at the dermatologist’s office,” said Wolfer. In other words, probably no “molecular extract” from “the imperial orchid” can do what a doctor can.
Cle de Peau Beaute Synactif Intensive Cream: $1,000
Another crazy-pricey face cream, Cle de Peau’s includes Retinol ACE, green tea and Vitamin E — also ingredients found in many drugstore brands. “Oil of Olay, L’Oreal Regenerist — these are some of the best drugstore products out there,” says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes. “If you can’t afford the luxury item, this is the next best thing.” So why spend a grand? “Sometimes you’re paying for the name,” says Barnes. “It’s an important factor.”
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What are your cheap but reliable beauty products, and what expensive beauty item would you definitely splurge on, ONTD?