Luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin, and Burberry have long ago sealed their places in the upper echelon of quality fashion.
While it may be easy to spot a Chanel bag or a beautiful pair of Louboutin pumps as you’re grabbing an after-work cocktail, there’s another way these luxury brands are working their way into our lives– and wallets: beauty products.
Luxury giants aren’t exactly newcomers to innovation, and that’s why their makeup lines are the perfect entry point into luxury beauty products and another piece to add to any luxury lover’s collection. Each beauty product line curated by a luxury brand ends as an elegant reflection of the brand’s image, furthering the level to which they can promote their luxurious lifestyle.
In case you were curious about some of the quintessential beauty products by these top-tier brands, you’ll find a rundown of each brand’s foray into the makeup and perfume world.
Luxury Brands Delve Into Beauty Products
There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about buying a luxury beauty product, so we’ve done some of the research for you and reported back with some brand-specific findings.
Perhaps one of the most classic and coveted luxury brands, Chanel is both timeless and innovative in their designs and brand image. Founded in 1910, Chanel focused on her iconic bag designs before dipping into the beauty market with the famed Chanel No.5 perfume in 1921.
From there, things have only gotten better… With Chanel beauty products available in nearly every form you can imagine, this line is one of the few all-encompassing collections with a product for every need– even oil-absorbing paper sheets emblazoned with the instantly-recognizable “CC” logo.
It’s hard to find a market that Tom Ford hasn’t broken into, especially since he’s found success in fashion design, film, and the makeup and perfume industries.
His beauty products offer a variety of shades of match varying skin tones, with a bit more diversity than Chanel offers. And, with an eye for design, each product comes in packaging that almost doubles as a piece of art to add into your makeup bag.
Tom Ford fragrances, however, have developed a widespread cult following of people dazzled by the rich scents. With bottles selling for around $170, it’s safe to say that many have found these perfumes to be a worthy investment. Of his most popular scents, Tom Ford Black Opium is a timeless best-seller that happens to be an office favorite.
One of the more down-to-earth luxury brands, Burberry is known for their instantly-recognizable check patterns and propensity for an equestrian-inspired aesthetic.
Burberry’s foundations come in a fantastic range of shades and finishes to offer you the exact look that you crave. Similarly stunning, Burberry’s Eye Colour Contour sticks allow makeup lovers to create beautiful looks without the hassle of traditional powder eyeshadows.
A beloved and endlessly elegant brand, Yves Saint Laurent delivers quality throughout all of their beauty products. From contour brushes to lip stains, this collection contains everything you didn’t know you absolutely needed. For example, consider the YSL Top Secrets Wake-Up Eye Care: it cools and brightens underneath your eyes to help rid you of the dark circles or under-eye bags that can come with stress or, let’s be honest, a fun night out.
And, to top off a great range of beauty products, Yves Saint Laurent also carries a range of incredible perfumes, like the much-loved Mon Paris and Black Opium fragrances. Both perfumes are a mixture of floral and musk scents; the Mon Paris features datura flowers, white musk, and patchouli while the Black Opium scent brilliantly combines black coffee beans with white flowers and vanilla. Together, these blends create two unforgettable scents.
Dior entered the skincare market in 1986, and it has since grow to house a collection of beauty products and perfumes that are beloved by many.
Though Dior is mostly known for beautiful designs and to-die-for handbags, their beauty products refuse to take the backseat. Dior foundations are, again, offered in limited shades but the line has one interesting twist to it: a line of perfect skin cushion foundations that modernize the compact in a brilliant way.
Dior is also one of the few luxury brands that hasn’t shied away from the more dramatic lipstick trends of 2017. Offered in matte, tints, mirror shine, and satin, these lipsticks are a fan-favorite in all shades. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try one of Dior’s pastel green, yellow, or purple lipsticks or opt for their bold navy blue matte option. Don’t worry, though, their collection of classic and sultry reds and nudes are still collection staples.
You won’t want to gloss over Dior’s signature scents either. Though all are divine, Hypnotic Poison is a personal favorite among Couture USA’s copywriters specifically. A beautiful mix of vanilla, almond, jasmine, plum, coconut, and musk, we can’t help but recommend it to our friends and readers.
The Kardashian-favorite brand, Givenchy, does more than just clothing and, it’s fair to say, they have created beauty products and fragrances to rival their fashion collections.
To start with, the Givenchy frangrance collection is summarized aptly with the tagline: “When Haute Couture Meets Haute Perfumerie.” The L’Atelier de Givenchy Ambre Tigre fragrance is a beautiful amber creation that’s enhanced by notes of vanilla. Though it comes with a hefty price-tag, Givenchy delivers a product worth the price.
Givenchy expertly creates lipstick shades that makeup-lovers regularly swoon over. Just take a look at this beautiful marbled red-and-black lipstick, which is available on pre-order as of April 2017. Other Givenchy beauty products are just as note-worthy, with skin creams, felt-tipped eyeliner pens, and bronzers that all live up to Givenchy’s reputation for quality.
Not long in the beauty industry, designer Christian Louboutin has created a line of beauty products that have lived up to his reputation for quality and beauty. His first beauty products, a line of nail polishes, debuted in 2014 and marked the beginning of Louboutin’s quest to bring art into beauty lines.
His nail polish collection now contains a diverse range of 42 colors, ranging from nudes to grays to reds to bolder and brighter shades. Aside from the quality of the product itself, perhaps the most striking feature is the bottle. Forgoing the traditional design of nail polish caps, Louboutin has adorned his collection with fetish stiletto-inspired pieces like the ones worn by his muse, Dita Von Teese. A similar design can be found on Louboutin’s Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liners, making them another must- have piece.
However, the pièce de résistance of the Louboutin beauty products has to be the lipstick line. These beauties are as much of an art piece as they are functional makeup, not to mention many come on delicate silk straps that double as necklaces. With many shades in Louboutin’s iconic red, this line doesn’t fail to deliver the expected quality since many beauty gurus can’t help but rave about these lipsticks. And even the glosses in this collection treat lipstick-lovers with beautiful packages and richly pigmented colors.
It’s safe to say that luxury brands are making some astounding beauty products that we can’t help but love. Which ones are your favorites?