23 Beauty Buys Worth Blowing All Your Cash On

We love to discuss the latest and greatest in affordable beauty products (who doesn't?), from under-$25 finds the pros swear by to the drugstore products stars wear on the red carpet. After all, we don't have to tell you that scoring a celeb stylist-approved $6 deep conditioner is pretty badass, which is why we devote so much time to the subject.

However, we're still fans of an occasional splurge. Naturally, a good recommendation is important no matter what the price point may be, which is why we've rounded up the products our beauty editors are shelling out for right now.

From the fresh scents piling up in our shopping carts to the luxe makeup that's currently in frequent rotation, it's safe to say all the buys ahead have been vetted and enthusiastically approved by our team.

Ahead, 23 splurges our editors can't stop talking about.
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"There are a lot of great clay masks out there — including some that cost about $120 less than this one. But, whatever magical concoction is in this one shrinks my breakouts immediately and leaves my skin looking bright and even — not red or patchy. And, not that it matters, but the cool-toned, taupe-gray color makes for great selfies." — Cat Quinn, beauty director

Revive Masque de Glaise Purifying Clay Mask, $126, available at Nordstrom.
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"I'll be the first to admit that $38 is a high price tag for a highlighter, but this one is definitely worth it. Champagne Pop, which was created by Becca in collaboration with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, is the perfect iridescent nude shade. Layer it on for a stop-you-in-your-tracks glow, or lightly dab for a sheer, lit-from-within look. You can even use it on your eyelids as a shadow. " — Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, $38, available at Sephora.
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"This high-tech serum from the genius mind of plastic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides is meant to mimic the effects of a cryotherapy treatment. That is, taut, toned, smooth, and energized skin — without the whole 'standing half naked in a box that looks like Elsa had a psychotic break and let it all go' aspect. It's expensive, but this is one of the few I would say is actually worth that $200+ price tag." — Megan McIntyre, beauty features director

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Cryo Energizing Face Serum, $250, available in September at Barneys.
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"It may seem a little crazy to blow $40 on a single cream shadow — especially when you can get an entire palette for less — but let me explain how this formula quickly became a staple in my makeup bag. This new matte shadow is easy to buff into the crease and along the lashline, creating a shadow-y eye look that is so damn sexy. Plus, it lasts all day. One caveat: You need to move fast, because once it sets, it doesn't move. There are a variety of taupe and brown hues that work for any skin tone, which means that shading your eyes just became that much easier." — Lexy Lebsack, West Coast beauty editor

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow in 19 Taupe Smoke, $39, available at Giorgio Armani.
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"I’ve been dying to get my hands on the whole skin-care range by German physician Dr. Barbara Sturm, who is something of a celebrity to derms I’ve talked to in the states for her pioneering techniques. The stuff is pricey, but potent, and for me, that’s worth it." — Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules, $215, available at Net-A-Porter.
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"This trio palette totally changed my mind about creamy products — which, in the past, have tended to look cakey on my skin. The blush and highlighter pair really well together and go on very smoothly. They're long-lasting and I never have to worry about setting them with a powder formula, since they stay in place. It adds that hint of glow I need to look alive in the morning." — Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant

Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio, $62, available at Sephora.
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"If smooth, shiny hair is what you're after, this is the bottle you want to pick up to get you there. Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic actually mimics your hair's natural lubricating layer — a thin film that sits on the surface of the hair shaft. It's a leave-in that fakes said layer, pumping your hair full of fatty acids and emollients. And it isn't heavy — just apply it to your strands, blowdry, and you'll have gorgeous, glossy hair." — Maria Del Russo, beauty editor

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Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic, $24, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"Yes, $18 is a lot of money for a nail polish. But considering the unique nature of this particular hue, I believe it to be money well spent. The gray-toned, muted lilac is shot through with microfine Champagne shimmer that dances on the nails — one of the chicest takes on spring polish I've seen yet." — Megan McIntyre

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Dirty Little Secret, $20, available at Deborah Lippmann.
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"I think Grace Coddington is, basically, the coolest. And interviewing her made the sentiment even stronger. So this spring, I’ll be smelling like her (meaning: a fresh-cut bouquet of roses) all season long." — Megan Cahn, former senior beauty editor

Grace by Grace Coddington Eau de Toilette, $110, available at Grace Coddington.
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"For those obsessed with a perfect red lip (Taylor Swift and I are both raising our hands right now), let me present something truly worth splurging on. Chronically sold out, Tatcha's cult vermillion red is back and perfect for spring. The shade was inspired by the exact hue traditionally worn by geishas: a universally flattering, vibrant, pink-based red. The packaging is beyond elegant — the bullet is even cut like a gemstone — but the formula is amazing, too. (Which isn't always the case when such care is paid to the appearance.)

"The pigment is crazy-bright, it feels amazing on the lips, and has a lightweight, modern matte finish. Worth bringing your lunch to work for a week to justify? I say, 100% yes." — Lexy Lebsack

Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick, $55, available at Tatcha.
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"At $90, this serum is probably the most expensive skin-care item I own — but it is so worth the hefty price tag. I was once a strict Retin-A user, but since discovering this serum I haven't felt a need to reach for the prescription stuff. The exfoliating AHAs in this gel have really improved the texture of my skin. It keeps acne at bay, fades post-acne hyperpigmentation, and keeps my face feeling smooth and even. Plus, unlike most chemical exfoliants, this one doesn't dry out my skin." — Mi-Anne Chan

Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90, available at Sephora.
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"This highlighter has proven to be very, very hard to find in stock, which speaks volumes to its abilities. It provides a subtle, but buildable shimmer that will leave you shining bright all spring and straight into summer. The So Hollywood shade is ideal for those with darker skin tones...if you can manage to find it in stock somewhere, that is." — Taylor Bryant, former beauty news editor

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator, $28, available at Net-A-Porter.
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"There are no other words that quite describe this scent other than ermahgerd. Upon sniffing this, I made some sort of guttural noise and quickly grabbed the bottle from the surprised PR rep and proceeded to spritz my whole body with it. That one encounter alone with the sparkling, crisp, citrus-and-amber scent has haunted my dreams. You will be mine, you turquoise angel, just wait." — Megan McIntyre

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua, $150, available at Sephora.
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"Here is my issue with most face self-tanners: They stink (literally, the active ingredients smell terrible) and they require precise application that I just can't bother with after washing my face at 11:47 p.m. This formula, however, is exactly the opposite — and therefore well worth a splurge.

"It has next-to-no scent and a serum-like consistency that you can haphazardly smooth on without the fear of a streak. The color is subtle and brightens up my fair skin, but the best part is that it's also a hydrating treatment, which means the cocktail of hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, cucumber, and red algae makes your skin feel soft and hydrated come morning." — Lexy Lebsack

James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face, $38, available at Sephora.
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"I don't wear fragrance often, mostly because perfumes tend to leave me with a mild headache soon after spritzing. But this one is light, fresh, and crisp enough not to overwhelm my senses. The bottle alone screams spring, and the actual scent leaves me smelling like the season all day long — even when the weather says otherwise." — Taylor Bryant

Nest Citrine, $69, available at Sephora.
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"Foundation is a tricky beast — you've got to have the shade range, formula, and coverage just right to make it appear as if your skin was blessed by complexion angels. Charlotte Tilbury's already legendary new base is all of that and more — it features a shade range that boasts not only 12 shades across the fair to dark spectrum, but three half shades for those who are not quite one or the other.

"But what really got me peeing-my-pants excited was how downright fantastic the coverage was. It hid every bump, hyperpigmentation spot, dark circle, and dullness area with just a tiny pump — all without looking cakey or troweled on. It really does look like my skin, had I been born Cate Blanchett's immaculate-skin-blessed daughter." — Megan McIntyre

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, $44, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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"Floral perfumes can sometimes be incredibly overwhelming. Why? Because instead of focusing on one specific flower, perfumers will shove an entire bouquet into a bottle. But that's not the case with Vilhelm Parfumerie's A Lilac a Day bottle. The fragrance smells like a bunch of lilacs — and nothing else. It's the ultimate minimalist scent, with a serious dose of luxury thrown in." — Maria Del Russo

Vilhelm Parfumerie A Lilac a Day Eau de Parfum, $245, available at Barneys New York.
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"I have such dry hair, I use oil all year 'round to tame my frizz. But I have never found one that gets the job done just right — some feel too heavy and weigh my hair down, while others don’t seem to have lasting effects. However, Living Proof’s newest product is my Goldilocks dream. It actually mimics your hair’s natural oils, so it doesn’t feel like it is just sitting there, it absorbs into the hair follicle to calm and hydrate even the unruliest strands." — Megan Cahn

Living Proof Frizz Nourishing Oil, $38, available at Living Proof.
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"I naturally gravitate towards one, and only one, type of fragrance: warm, spicy, and sultry. That means my go-tos are rooted in amber, musk, and even pepper — which are not so great for warm spring days. All hope is not lost, however.

"After being schooled on fragrance-layering, I realized how seamlessly a citrus scent will make heady blends spring- and summer-appropriate. Diptyque's new orange-y offering is uplifting alone and blends perfectly into heavier scents, which means when I layered it under Tom Ford’s Shanghai Lily it smelled lovely. And on top of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica? Heaven." — Lexy Lebsack

Diptyque Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette, $125, available at Nordstrom.
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"Whether I'm wearing tinted moisturizer or foundation, I always look for products that make my skin look like...well, skin. Chanel's newest foundation offers just that. The beautiful frosted-glass bottle pumps out a veil of creamy coverage that sinks into the skin in a matter of seconds. It offers just enough coverage to blur imperfections and tone down redness, while providing a beautiful, natural finish (read: not too matte, not too dewy). It's so lightweight sometimes, I forget I'm wearing it at all." — Mi-Anne Chan

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25, $60, available at Chanel.
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"The problem I have with most eye creams is that they're too thick and just sit on the skin, or too slippery and make concealer crease up almost immediately. This cream from Darphin is just the right mix — it's thick enough that you feel like it's actually doing something, but light enough that it spreads easily and can be massaged in.

"After one week, I looked noticeably less tired — which is saying something considering I was jet-lagged out of my mind. And, as a huge bonus, I can apply it at night and in the morning without worrying about effing up my concealer. Because creased-up concealer kind of defeats the whole point, no?" — Megan McIntyre

Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $95, available at Blue Mercury.
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"This perfume, which is part of Jo Malone's new Herb Garden Collection, is the perfect combination of freshly cut grass and ripe fruit. I've been using it for a little over a month now, and it's quickly carved out a spot in my fragrance rotation. It's definitely a scent that I'll be wearing all through spring and well into summer." — Mi-Anne Chan

Jo Malone Wild Strawberry and Parsley Cologne, $70, available at Jo Malone.
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"I’ve never had good experience with at-home self-tanners — I always get the streaks, the blotchiness, the unevenness, all of the stuff. But now that it’s bare-legs season, I’m looking for something to mask the ghost of this winter’s past (i.e. my pale arms and legs). I’ve heard good things about these tan towelettes over the years, and this season I am going to finally take the plunge, err, wipe. Fingers crossed!" — Megan Cahn

Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelette Full Body Application for Face & Body, $27, available at Ulta Beauty.
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