The Best High End Beauty Products of 2017

I’m a big fan of drugstore make-up, and in recent years drugstore brands have really upped their game to keep up with their higher end counterparts. However, there are some high-end beauty products that I feel are worth spending that little bit extra on.

1. Anastasia Beverley Hills “Modern Renaissance” palette – £43.00

I got this palette for my birthday and I’ve found that it’s 100% worth the hype. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and very blendable. The majority of the shadows are warm-toned, so if you prefer cool tones, this might not be the palette for you. I particularly love the glitter shades “Primavera” and “Antique Bronze”. They look amazing on their own but you can make them pop even more by spraying a tiny bit of setting spray onto a flat brush before you apply. There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest featuring this palette so you’ll never be short of different looks to try out.


2. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in the shade “Candy K” – $29.00

I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this on my “high end” list but at $29.00/£22.00, it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick. This is my go-to day-to-day nude lip colour because it goes with absolutely everything and it has incredible lasting power. I’ve been out for meals and drinks without having to re-apply once! The kit comes with the matte liquid lipstick and a matching lipliner which is extremely smooth to apply.


3. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara – £19.00

I’ve found it. The holy grail. I’ve had this mascara recommended to me by family, friends, YouTubers – everyone, but I’ve always been sceptical about mascara recommendations – as everyone’s preference about length, texture and volume is different. This is the best one I’ve tried. I don’t have particularly long eyelashes so length and volume are what I would usually look for in a good mascara. I’ve been using this for a few months and I’m still blown away by the length of my lashes every time I put it on. I also love this product because it doesn’t make your lashes clump together and you don’t end up ruining your perfect eyeshadow by getting black spots on your eyelids!


4. Benefit Hoola Bronzer – £23.50

This one is a total “cult classic” which features on SO many people’s lists of favourite beauty products – and for good reason. I actually use this as more of a contour shade than as a bronzer as I’m very pale and putting too much on my face just looks silly. It’s a matte powder which when blended out, creates a very natural-looking shadow. You only need a very small amount of product to create a naturally contoured look – so the product lasts FOREVER, which makes it well worth paying for.


5. Too Faced – Born This Way Foundation – £29.00

This is my go-to foundation for evening and weekend wear. This is when I tend to go for a more full-coverage and long-wearing foundation. This foundation doesn’t go streaky as the day/night goes on.  I wear the shade “Nude” and I’ve found that my favourite way to apply it is with a Beauty Blender. Too Faced say that it’s medium to full coverage foundation – but I would say it’s closer to full coverage. I’m prone to breakouts and this foundation covers them until they’re barely visible.

I love hearing other people’s recommendations – so feel free to leave yours below, or if you’ve tried any of my recommendations, let me know what you think!


  1. November 10, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I want to try all of these! The modern Renaissance palette and Born this way foundation are on my bucketlist!

    • megansays
      November 10, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      They’re both worth buying but I really can’t imagine my life without the Born This Way foundation ha! It really doesn’t budge all day!

      Thank you for reading <3


  2. November 10, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I really want to try all of these products- especially the mascara! I’m always looking for the holy grail of mascara!!

    • megansays
      November 10, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Nothing compares to this one! Promise!

      Thank you for reading x

  3. November 10, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I am dying to try the Benefit Hoola Bronzer

    • megansays
      November 10, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      It’s great – I hear that the Hoola Lite one for paler skin is good too – I’ll probably buy it once I run out 🙂

      Thank you for reading x

  4. November 10, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I also love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer! Even though I have pale skin, it seems to provide just enough glow.

    • megansays
      November 10, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      It’s one of the products I always re-purchase! I hear the Hoola Lite one for pale skin is good too.

      Thank you for reading x

    • megansays
      November 10, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Hahaha you should – you’ll never look back 😛

      Thanks for reading <3

  5. November 11, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Hmm I wonder who I know that would like using these?

  6. Courtney
    November 11, 2017 / 12:50 am

    I hear so many good things about Kylie’s cosmetics! I’m not a makeup girl but I’m sure I would try her line out being that it’s so popular.

    • megansays
      November 11, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Everything I’ve tried so far I’ve really liked- I hate when people put her down just because she’s part of the Kardashian/Jenner family- she’s done really well with her makeup line and she deserves the credit for that!

      Thanks for reading xx

  7. Maria
    November 11, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I love your list! None of these brands disappoint in my opinion. I think the issue with kylie cosmetics is that people are just a bit scared that they just slap their name on some crap product in order to cash out on their fame… I don’t think that’s the case with kylie cosmetics.
    Sure it’s maybe too hyped up, but to be honest, the products are very well thought through and probably what I like most about the brand: CRUELTY FREE!!!!

    • megansays
      November 11, 2017 / 10:58 am

      Kylie Cosmetics is great – I love everything I’ve tried from them so I’d always say they’re 100% worth the hype – way better than the Kardashian Kosmetics line the older girls had out a few years ago! If the product is good – I’ll buy it, it’s doesn’t bother me whether it’s endorsed or made by a Kardashian! ?

      Thanks so much for reading x

  8. November 12, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Better Than sex mascara is one of my faves, too. Have you tried Urban Decay Perversion mascara? Also love it.

    • megansays
      November 13, 2017 / 9:00 am

      Perversion looks AMAZING on but I tend to find that it ends up halfway down my face in a few hours.

      Thanks for reading x

  9. Cecil
    November 14, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I am a big fan of makeup, and mascara is my absolute must-have. So I will have to try that mascara.

    • megansays
      November 14, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Hope you like it! Thank you for reading x

  10. Molly | gracetoglowandgo
    May 19, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    This list is to die for! I love your recommendations!! I think the Naked palettes are my favourites and also love Bobbi Brown gel liner! xo

    • megansays
      May 20, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Yessss you really can’t beat Urban Decay eyeshadow!

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