The Beauty Investigation: The Story Behind Some of the World’s Expensive Skincare Products
The Beauty Investigation: The Story Behind Some of the World’s Expensive Skincare Products

The Beauty Investigation: The Story Behind Some of the World’s Expensive Skincare Products

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It’s a given that every luxury beauty product comes with a hefty price—but have you ever wondered why? We investigate

The previous year was a big one for the beauty industry. In the early season, the ever-evolving sphere entered a monumental shift, which created a space to explore the makeup and skincare category without the obsession with perfection. It was also a period that made luxury products skewed forward. The role of invigorating formulas and celebrity favorites adapted into the new paradigm with a recharged reputation of a worthy investment for the younger lead audience. Of course, the heritage brand title explains the prestige value, but is there anything more to it than its name? 

Promising formulations exist at every price point. However, what sets luxury beauty apart is its commitment to delivering an elevated experience at every touchpoint. Each product entails a highly specific process of innovation, curation, and craftsmanship to provide something of actual value to the beauty market. Meanwhile, the other end of the spectrum is the truth that luxury beauty is not exempted from the general rule of skincare or makeup. The right formula will always depend on the individual to decide what complements their own skin type, needs, and personal preference.  

Luxury products are undeniably a great addition to any routine. Aside from that, it’s one interesting genre to delve into. Take Clé de Peau Beauté, for example. The celebrity-approved beauty brand surprisingly retails a PHP 37,000 overnight moisturizer. Furthermore, the thread also unveils a peek at some of the world’s most expensive skincare products. Curious? Here, we listed all the standout stories behind fans’ favorite luxury beauty products. 

Clé de Peau Beauté La Créme

Clé de Peau Beauté is named Japan’s top best-selling luxury beauty brand for its edited selection of high-performance and potent skincare products. And a part of its impressive line includes the well-known La Créme moisturizer which retails at PHP 37,000. The reason for its hefty price tag? Its outstanding formula. The moisturizer contains 60 rare and cutting-edge ingredients such as platinum silk essence, Japanese pearl extract, and an additional CeraFerment Extract. It is also housed in a light gold jar with a transparent, crystalline design that adds a touch of luxury to any vanity table. 

Kanebo The Cream

Aside from the luxury brand’s long history of dedication to beauty, Kanebo garnered its popularity from its anti-aging face cream. The formula is lauded for its magnificently rich and creamy texture that melts seamlessly to the skin. Meticulously developed, it also contains the brand’s exclusive Light Reflection Technology to revitalize, regenerate, and restore a lasting vital glow. As for the price? One 40ml tub costs PHP 60,000.

Lancer Legacy Youth Treatment 

Founder Dr. Harold Lancer described Lancer’s Legacy Youth Treatment as the culmination of his life’s work. In fact, it’s a product of his determination to help his clients achieve a naturally fresh look that he calls believable beauty. The luxurious skin treatment is enriched with over 30 advanced ingredients to elicit a fresh, rejuvenated, and healthy-looking complexion, making it a game changer in the anti-aging category. The PHP 48,560 formula is specifically engineered to support the skin’s rejuvenation, recapture vitality, and provide a moisture barrier, water saturation, and antioxidant defense.

La Prairie Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Cream

Another noteworthy mention includes La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Cream that’s introduced as the cream format of Dr. Paul Niehans’ dream of eternity. Inspired by his signature cellular therapy at Clinique La Prairie, the PHP 74,000 formula is strengthened by the brand’s patented Exclusive Cellular Complex, which is designed to activate the skin’s metabolism to prevent signs of aging. It is also enriched by eons of pure rare platinum to restore the radiance of a youthful complexion. 

La Mer Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence

La Mer is one luxury beauty brand with a cult following all over the world—the likes of Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Liz Uy, and Blake Lively are fans of the formulation. More specifically, the focus is usually on the Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, but the Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence is as equally promising. The PHP 37,800 opulent serum contains a more concentrated version of the brand’s signature elixir called Crystal Miracle Broth, which helps boost skin renewal and dramatically reduces signs of aging. It’s also formulated with the Genaissance ferment to promote collagen production.

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