Our Designer Makeup Recommendations

The moment that designer product hits your makeup bag for the first time is a rather thrilling experience, giving you an instant upgrade to your collection that not only feels good but will look good too. Importantly, we all know that despite the luxurious branding that thrills us, not every product is worth the investment.

If you’re going to splash your cash on high-end products nevertheless, then check out our pick of designer makeup worth the price tag.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara £26.32

Makeup lovers are notoriously unfaithful to mascara brands and the holy grail of mascara formulations is sought by many. Even so, Marc Jacobs iconic Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is the one we always end up turning back to.

Designer marc jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

A curvy wand delivers high pigment that is forgiving on application. And you’ll forgive the small wand as you’ll soon discover it allows you to get straight to the root and hard-to-reach centre lash line, as well as the defining tip for an ultra- voluminous application. Designed to apply heavily, it gives you the appearance of thick, faux lashes.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is currently available at Harvey Nichols for £25.00 for 10ml.

all time high marc jacobs beauty makeup set, pictured with packaging.

Additionally, the *Star Buy* All-Time High 3-Piece Eye Bestsellers Set. £32; available at Harvey Nichols.


Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet £29.00

Designer Givenchy lipstick, le rouge in deep velvet.

One of the most recent releases on our list, Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet lipstick has flown straight to the top of our most loved lipstick list. Above all, our favourite, No 10 Beige Nu, will be a winner for brides this year – it’s that perfect wedding day hue we’ve all been looking for. With both classic and boho appeal, it’s a shade that stands out for its wearability in both comfort and style.

Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet pictured in various shades.

The sumptuous red velvet case gives you that high-end hit and product performance is a dream. Truly long-wearing, a tiny amount of product delivers intense pigment that’s easy to apply. The formula is infused with mango butter and gives you a powdery matte finish that will last. Available in 6 ultra-pigmented, carefully selected shades, as a rule, you’ll find one that you adore.

Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet. £26; available at Boots.

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Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £43.00

Designer Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

Heavily featured on “best of” reviews and named dropped by celebrity makeup artists, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation gives you everything you want and more. Oozing luxe at every touchpoint, it’s a delight for your senses. A forgiving, buildable application conceals and perfects, leaving you with healthy-looking skin that feels silky to the touch.

Giorgio Armanu shades shown on various skintones.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. £43.00; available at Feelunique.com.

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Yves Saint Lauren

YSL All Hours Concealer £18.40

A concealer true to its ultra-long wearing claim, YSL All Hours Concealer has staying power like no other. It effortlessly conceals dark circles, hides blemishes and it’s the perfect highlight for contouring. It gives a five- star finish that is transfer and sweat resistant. We are yet to find a better one.

Designer Yves Saint Lauren All Hours Concealer.

Yves Saint Lauren. £18.40; available at John Lewis.


Dior Brow Show Styler £22.00

Designer Dior Brow Show Styler.

The ultra-fine retractable pencil allows you to create hair strokes with high precision for a strikingly natural-looking result. Only work with a tiny bit of pencil at a time to avoid overusing or breaking it. At the other end is a handy spoolie to tame, along with sculpting the brows, as well as blending the product to perfection.

Available in 4 colours created by colour experts at Dior, they closely match hair shades. It’s easily our favourite brow pencil.

Dior Show Brow Styler. Currently available at John Lewis for £17.60.

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Eyeshadow Palette £40.50

Designer Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette.

You can create endless looks with ease using Chanel Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palettes. Each palette includes 5 highly pigmented, blendable colours that last. These are easy-to-wear hues to match every mood and occasion, it’s the perfect palette choice for holidays.

Available in light, medium and deep these multipurpose palettes you can use these palettes as a base, highlighter or eyeshadow. Its iconic case includes a large mirror along with two applicators.

Chanel Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette. £45; available at John Lewis

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Soleil Large Glow Bronzer £60

Tom Ford Soleil Large Glow Bronzer.

We doubt you’ll find a more expensive way to bronze your skin, but we think it might just be worth it for this luxurious Tom Ford product experience. Containing a mix of plant-derived butter with anti-ageing properties that nourish and protect the skin, it gives you a luminous, youthful glow. Additionally, there is the use of cupuacu butter from the Amazon, known for its excellent emollient ability. Furthermore, it provides the skin with a protective, hydrating layer.

Effortless, forgiving application, it’s a superior product all round. Available in two colours – Gold Dust and Terra.

Tom Ford Soliel Large Glow Bronzer. Currently available at Harvey Nichols for £54.00


Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter £45.00

Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter.

This luxurious highlighter will light up your features, giving instant radiance and luminous strobe effects. Set into an intricate lace-inspired pattern, it’s a joy to use. Housed within a sleek silver compact with an applicator brush, it’s available in 4 shades. The lightweight, buildable formula illuminates your complexion, adding definition to your features.

Can also be applied to the eyes, décolletage and arms.

Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter. £45.00; available from Burberry.com.

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Cosmetics Pouch £290

Louis Vuitton Cosmetics Pouch.

Is there a better place to keep your most loved designer makeup treasures than a designer Louis Vuitton cosmetics pouch? We think not!

Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch. £290; available from Louisvuitton.com

What are your favourite designer makeup products? Comment below, we’d love to know.

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