Do you ever feel like you deserve skincare so luxe, you should be keeping the products tucked inside a Fabergé egg? Well, you've come to the right place. If this were the film Death Becomes Her, you could be Madeline, and we, Lisle, offering you the gift of youth in a gilded bottle—or nine (minus the immortality and gradual face crumble, of course). Take your pick from our curated list of luxury skincare.
To make your skin bounce back, try:
Perricone MD's Re:Firm gives you the plumpness and regeneration you see inside the bottle. The Jell-O-like formula, which turns into a serum when doled out with a spatula, is meant to show you how plump your skin can be.
PERRICONE MD Re:Firm, P8550, Rustan's
For the eco-conscious:
From the ingredients—a seaweed cultivated (instead of largely harvested) and immortelle (a flower grown sustainably)—to the reusable packaging, you can say that your L'Occitane Creme Harmonie Divine Moisturizer at least leaves minimal impact on the environment.
L'OCCITANE Creme Harmonie Divine Moisturizer, P6100, Rustan's
For extra pampering:
They say the best things come in small packages, and this one surely packs a punch. Elizabeth Arden's Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum comes as a bunch of little nail-sized capsules that make each application of ceramides (which exfoliate, lift, and simultaneously strengthen the skin) ultra-pure and sanitary, as one ampoule is only enough for one use. It may feel oily at first, but absorbs pretty quickly.
ELIZABETH ARDEN Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, P9100 for 90pcs., TriNoma
For the perfect pre-makeup prep:
Using the ingredient they're known for, La Prairie takes caviar and distills it into the super-smooth, ultra-light formula of the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion. Between a toner and moisturizer, this is absorbed so quickly into the skin, it's a perfect pre-makeup or pre-rest of your routine primer.
LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion, P13,000, Rustan's
To re-energize your skin:
Let's get into a little science. Remember your lessons on skin cells? Sisley's Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age aims to provide them with the most ideal "ecosystem," A.K.A. an environment they can thrive in so they can live (read: you'll look fresher) longer. On the other hand, Estée Lauder's Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme (P14,750, SM Aura) gets into the specifics: It has ingredients from two flowers that survive in extreme environments (the Himalayan gentian and Brazilian everlasting); they pump energy into your cells so that they can communicate better. Apparently, miscommunication affects us to the cellular level, and without proper interaction between cells, regeneration can be extra slow.
SISLEY Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age, P20,000 Rustan's; ESTÉE LAUDER Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme, P14,750, SM Aura
For a hint of tint:
Melt-in-the-skin with an eight-hour hold and a whipped-cream texture? Yes, please! For days when your tinted moisturizer needs an elegant boost, there's Chanel's Sublimage Le Teint (P7550, Rustan's)—a tinted face cream that also smells amazing! Meanwhile, when you want your BB cream to work double time, whip out La Mer's Skincolor de La Mer The Soft Fluid Long-wear Foundation (P6650, Rustan's). It's weightless but stays true to pigment through humidity and sweat, plus it has SPF 20—perfect for a day running errands. Make it dewy by mixing it with a little of the Moisturizing Gel Cream (P14,000).
CHANEL Sublimage Le Teint, P7550; LA MER Skincolor de La Mer The Soft Fluid Long-wear Foundation, P6650, Rustan's
To teach your skin self-defense:
Guerlain's Orchidée Impériale Black (P55,000, Rustan's) gives you a sort of skin superpower. It doesn't only ply your skin with hydration and radiance, but for those with sensitive skin, it'll build your skin's resilience as well, making its barrier extra-strong against aggressors.
GUERLAIN Orchidée Impériale Black, P55,000, Rustan's
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's December 2016-January 2017 issue.