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11 of the Most Expensive Beauty Products Ever Made

A 2-million-peso lipstick, and so much more.
11 of the Most Expensive Beauty Products Ever Made A 2-million-peso lipstick, and so much more.

Herewith, some beauty products and their mindblowing price tags: 

Cle de Peau Beaute La Crème
The Pricetag: $13,213/Php608,000

Created to celebrate the Japanese luxury skincare label’s 30th anniversary in 2012, this limited edition La Crème may just be the priciest anti-aging moisturizer ever launched. La Crème is the brand’s signature cream known for exceptional overnight effects of youthful and radiant skin. Only three crystal jars—adorned with three platinum rings and featuring 30 crystal layers handcrafted by French glassmaker Crystal Saint-Louis—were made and sold.

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A worthy substitute:

 If you could care less about the jar, you can always get La Crème in the “more affordable” and traditional packaging for about Php38,000 at Nordstrom or Barneys

 
Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish
The Pricetag: $250,000/Php11.5 million

A quarter of a million dollars can build you four chic and classy nail salons, replete with uniformed manicurists and nail supplies for years or in this outrageous case, a nail polish with 267 carats of crushed black diamonds.

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A worthy substitute:

Unless you’re Kelly Osbourne who  probably had the spare change lying around to have donned these nails at the Emmys some years back, you’re better off settling with black glitter polish or the brand’s Azature Black, its 25-dollar version. 

 
La Prairie Caviar Spectaculaire
The Price Tag: $2,200/Php101,000, available at Rustan’s Makati

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We’ve long been obsessed with La Prairie’s popular Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and we know a lot more who would splurge  over P20,000 for its skin lifting and firming benefits, thanks to its caviar extracts that are protein- and peptide-rich which absorb deeply into the dermis for skin renewal. For the brand’s newest offering, which will be available in October, the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is repackaged as the Caviar Spectaculaire, and it does look spectacular: a handcrafted crystal jar that comes with a personal serving tray, created in partnership with Baccarat.

A worthy substitute:

None. But when you’ve scooped up every drop, the empty container can double as a caviar dish. 

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Jean Patou Joy Baccarat Perfume
The Price Tag: $1,800 /Php83,000, available at Art of Scent, Shangri-La East Wing Mall

Only 50 monogrammed bottles of this perfume are made every year. What makes it special? It requires 10,600 flowers to make a full bottle. One of it is a flower that only blooms for two weeks of the whole year. Its scent? A mix of tuberose, grasse jasmine, ylang-ylang, and Bulgarian rose.

A worthy substitute:

Unicorn tears.


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Kre-At Beauty Gold and Diamond Eyelashes
The Price Tag: $1,350/Php62,000

Your eyes aren’t just the windows to your soul, but your deep pockets too. These .2-carat diamond studded and 18-karat white gold corner wing eyelashes are available in-store only at Barneys in New York. They’re reusable—as they should be!

A worthy substitute:

Shu Uemura's Mini Black Swarovski False Eyelashes

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Guerlain KissKiss Gold and Diamond Lipstick
The Price Tag: $62,000/Php2.85 million, available at Rustan’s Makati and Power Plant Mall

Every lady (or husband) who’s bought this phenomenal case encrusted with 199 diamonds (2.2 carats in weight) and made from 110 grams of 18-karat gold has been enjoying free refills of their favorite KissKiss shade as a bonus. The gold tube can also be engraved with a name or a message. Or an inspiring quote to help you come to 
terms with your ultra-splurge… like “‘Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.’ –Karl Lagerfeld

A worthy substitute:

The original KissKiss.

Areum Premium Diamond Age Repair
The Price Tag: Php40,400, available at Rustan’s Makati

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Recently launched in Manila, Korean skincare label Areum had beauty junkies talking about its benefits as much as its price points. What makes its expensive is its science. For one, it makes use of an innovative skin penetration technology called Protein Transduction Domain or PTD, which allows its potent ingredients to get absorbed deeply into the epidermis, enough to actually activate skin cell renewal and a youthful lift. This gel serum is the most expensive in the Areum line, infused with real refined diamonds that promotes cell restoration and collagen production, among many other benefits.

A worthy substitute:

A laser to the face.

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Theodent 300 Toothpaste
The Price Tag: $100/Php4,600

Affordable as opposed to the rest in this list, but for a toothpaste, it’s definitely an extravagant pick. Loaded with minerals and its star ingredient called Rennou, derived from cocoa beans and which is very expensive to extract, it claims to repair, clean, and strengthen the tooth enamel far better than flouride while being much safer and gentler to use even for children. Don’t expect it to taste like chocolate though—it’s mildly minty and it doesn’t sting at all. 

A worthy substitute:

A mouthwash in an amber bottle.


La Mer Crème De La Mer
The Price Tag: $465/Php21,400, available at Rustan’s Makati

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This legendary moisturizing cream is a staple on many a woman’s top shelf; in fact in the Philippines alone, loyal customers opt for the 500mL containers (around P95,000) if not keep more than two regular jars in their beauty supply. As with most its products, this moisturizing cream is infused with the label’s Miracle Broth, which comtains nutrient-rich sea kelp to deeply nourish and restore the skin.

A worthy substitute:

This one's hard to beat.


Baccarat Rouge 540 Perfume
The Price Tag: Php198,836

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For the brand’s 250th anniversary late last year, it launched a new fragrance called Rouge 540, whose woody amber scent was created by the famous nose Francis Kurkdjian. He was inspired by the marvelous jewel box designed by luxury crystal designer Georges Chevalier.

A worthy substitute:

The other bottles in the batch: Each one is numbered and there are only 250 pieces in the world.


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Sisley Supremya Cream
The Price Tag: $795/Php36,700, available at Rustan’s Makati

We haven’t tried anything from this French skincare label that we didn’t love, so when we heard it was releasing a new Supremya Cream, we were more than thrilled. This night treatment is specifically made for dry or aging skin, and contains a patented Phyto-Complex 12-Hour Longevity Concentrate that works extra hard at night when the skin is made to rest and regenerate. While the texture is super rich and firm, expect no trace of oiliness or stickiness on your face when you wake up—just a brighter, healthier complexion.

A worthy substitute:

The label's Moisturizer with Cucumber. It's great for these climes.

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