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The 16 Best Expensive Beauty Products, Reviewed

Welcome to I Tried It Month, where we’ll be publishing a new fashion, beauty, or wellness article every day in January that features a first-person account of shaking up an old habit, pushing beyond a comfort zone, or simply trying something new. Follow along for 31 days of storytelling, including everything from going without a cell phone for 40 days to trying the polarizing low-rise pants trend.

I should probably start by clarifying: Even pre-COVID, 50% of my job entailed unboxing, testing, reviewing, and re-testing beauty products. This is not a luxury I take lightly, and while it might seem like a mundane task, my fellow beauty editors and I take a lot of pride in our ability to test and provide thoughtful feedback. (We quite literally receive hundreds of packages each month, so you can understand how this makes up a big part of our job!) Some of this feedback is just between the three of us on Slack, some of it goes to a brand’s PR team or even its CEO, and a lot of the time, it comes directly to you!

With so many swipes and swatches under my belt, it takes a lot to impress me, and I’ve admitted on more than one occasion that I’ve become a bit jaded to the beauty industry’s deluge of smoke-and-mirror product launches. Therefore, when a product truly knocks my socks off, it feels like a really big deal, and I can’t wait to share every detail. 

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