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Your limit

So I was just on the nordstrom website looking at their exclusive beauty products and stumbled on a La Mer product that I seriously could not stop dropping my jaw at.

 

It was their Ultra Rich Moisturizing Cream, and it's $990.00!!

I mean, I know La Mer is very expensive, but $1000.00 on a moisturizer?!

I practically had a heart attack just looking at it!

 

So, I got to thinking, what is YOUR beauty budget?

What is the top dollar you would pay for one item?

Is it $60.00 for a beautiful dior palette?

Or is it $250.00 for a Sk-II cream?

Or is it even $990.00 for a La Mer moisturizer?

 

I think mine would be $95.00 for the Perricone MD Blue Plasma.

I'm not afraid to drop a good dime on an amazing beauty product, but what is the limit for you?!

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Oh yeah for sure! If I was a celeb making millions, I wouldn't even care about the price tag! Good point jellybean.

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The most i've spent on a single item is $65 for the Murad Hydro Dynamic Moisturizer.  I got a sample of it with an order and fell in love with it and knew it would be worth it.  IT's super moisturizing so I don;t need to use too much of it or use it all that often to keep my skin hydrated, so I definetely think it was worth it!

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That Murad Hydro Dynamic Moisturizer is some serious stuff. I think it could probably fix the driest of skins. 

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I think the most expensive single beauty item i've ever purchased was the Balenciaga Florobotanica. I'm more likely to spend more money if it is for something in a set or a kit where you get more items, though.  As to the perfume,  I do wear it all the time and it is my most favorite perfume.  

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The La Mer cream that Nordstroms has right now for $990 is limited edition and HUGE!  It's 8.5 ounces!!  I don't think I could use that up in a lifetime. The 1 ounce of the same product is $155. I've had my jar for over a year and there's barely a dent. It's super rich and you really need only a few dots at a time. I only use it in the winter. To me it would be foolish to buy the giant jar. I don't like the unsanitary nature of jar packaging to begin with so I always buy the smallest size. In the case of this cream- I'll probably end up throwing some away just because I can't use it all before it expires. 

 

To me price is relative. There isn't really a set limit. It's more about what I'm getting out of something. I'd say I'm pickier about repeat purchases. I'll try anything once, but it has to be pretty fabulous for me to purchase it again.

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I thought that since the original post talked about La Mer Ultra Rich Cream I should also add this. For me, this isn't a repeat purchase. Since buying it two winters ago, I've gotten really serious about ingredients. I research everything in a new skincare product now before I buy. I know that a lot of you here take ingredients seriously too so I thought I'd post this:

 

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Decyl Oleate, Aluminum Distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance

 

It's pretty amazing to see how many potentially harmful ingredients there are in the signature product of one of the World's most coveted skincare lines

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Thanks for your reply and thoughts on the price tag-

 

I more just was shocked by the price tag without even looking at the size. I just would probably cry spending $990 on a moisturizer, regardless of the size. Even if it did last me a lifetime, like you said, it's unsanitary. Unless you were to be sharing with a bunch of friends, but in that case, do you have 9 friends who want to split? Because I surely could not find someone in my friend circle to go in on a 1000.00 moisturizer lol.

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100 is my skin care limit, I stop and think once the purchase price hits 50 otherwise

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I think it depends on the product for me.  I generally don't like spending more than like $80 on any single product, and the closer it gets to the $100 mark the more time I take to think it over, re-read reviews, consider alternatives, and weigh the pros and cons.  I tend to be willing to spend more on eye makeup and skincare or foundation, but I hate spending a lot on lip products because I generally don't wear them much.  And I'm surprisingly uninterested in building a bigger collection of blushes or highlighters because I feel I've found my HGs so I really don't need to get any more.

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Highlighters are must haves in my collection! What are some of your favorites?

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My ABSOLUTE favorite (by far) is Too Faced Candlelight Glow Duo.  I strongly prefer powder highlighters, and this stuff is obscenely perfect.  It's natural enough to give that perfect "lit from within" glow, but can be built up for a more editorial sheen.  The color is phenomenal - it's technically a very pale, pearly pink on one side and a white gold sheen on the other, but I blend it to create the most stunning opalescent effect on the skin.  I'm really really in love with it, and it's a fantastic price (especially for the amount of product in the compact!)

 

If I'm not using that for some reason (it's pretty much all I use) Benefit High Beam is decent for a liquid product.

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The TF candlelight has been in my loves list for a couple weeks and it has been out of stock, but I def plan to purchase! Smiley Happy I love that it's like 2 in 1.

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No way!  Especially if it is a large bottle and would go rancid before it is used up.  However, if several people who use it went in on one bottle, they could save some money.  I'm all about cost per wear or value.  If it works and lasts a long time, I can justify up to $100 per item.  If it is something I use often and I really like the results, I will splurge.  Right now, I'm in hot pursuit for an eye serum to erase those little creepy lines around my eyes.  When I find one that works, I will fork out the bucks (and hope to get it during Sephora's 15% sale).  Most of my purchases do not exceed the $50 limit and that is for sets.  But hey, if I find a department store lipstick in a color I love and wears well, I'm not going to pass it up!

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Lancome Genifique eye cream! Get a sample and try it out, hope it works for you like it has for me. I'm in my mid 30s and so far my eye area has shown improvement since I started using this eye cream. Now if I could just find my HG product to help with the laugh lines.

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Thanks LCResz!  I'll get a sample next week and try it out!  I'm pushing 50 but just started showing lines in the last few years. There are so many creams and serums to choose from and they all claim to do the same thing!

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I actually just posted back to someone about the same thing you did without reading your posts- yes the product would WAY be expired before I could ever use it up lol. And splitting with friends would be a good idea- but... I could never find friends willing to spend that much on moisturizer either! LOL Smiley Happy

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Ah, if it's $990 for 8.5oz, then since normally moisturizers are in 1oz or 1.7 oz jars, it's ~$150 per "jar". Definitely expensive but not outrageous.

 

Not that I would pay that much for it with all the ingredients. If people are worried about contamination/too much, you can always get a normal moisturizer jar and a scoop, sanitize both then put the 8.5oz into normal 1.7oz jars and use those. It will last longer this way and you can give jars to people you want to share with instead of using the same jar.

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I just can't wrap my head around the idea of using that much product, unless you're sharing it with others, like you said! Craziness!

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The $68 eye cream I mentioned is the Lancome Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye. So far, I'm not wowed by it and it's going too fast as well. I may have to go for the Genifique next! The Cast Member mentioned it when I was shopping it, but I need multi-action! lol

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+1 on Genifique Smiley Happy

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Mine would probably be around 250.00 because that's about what one of the serums I used to use.

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