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5 Cult Beauty Products Worth Every Penny (and 5 That Aren’t)
When it comes down to the reasons why we buy certain products, it often has something to do with the hype surrounding them. READ: How to Tell When Your Makeup is Past Its Prime When our favorite celebrity or a circle of friends extols the virtues of a particular lipstick or a moisturizer, we're that much more likely to go out and buy it. There are plenty of cult beauty products out there that are widely rumored to be the best on the market, but which ones are actually worth our money, and which ones are overrated? READ: 10 Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You (And How To Fix Them) Here's what we have to say on the matter:
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Worth It: Mason Pearson

Why spend $100+ on something as simple as a hair brush when you could pick one up at the drugstore for under $5? We get it—a fancy hair brush is a hard sell, but if you have a bit of disposable income and strong feelings about having great hair, a classic Mason Pearson brush is far from the worst way to spend it. The boar bristles gently massage the scalp for overall good hair health, and anyone who's ever owned a brush from the brand's wide selection can attest to the fact that they last for years, much unlike the $7 incarnation that cracked in half in the shower last week. READ: 8 Ways To Get Great Hair In Your Sleep
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Not Worth It: Crème de La Mer

Ageless celebrities like Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez (who reportedly slathers her body in the stuff) swear by Crème de La Mer, but if your life dream is to invest more than $150 on that all-too-familiar jar, you may want to think again. La Mer skin care products have famous fans, a high price tag, and instant name recognition, but they also have highly comedogenic ingredients like mineral oil, multiple silicones, and lanolin alcohol. Lessons to be learned: Get a good look at the ingredients list before you spend your hard-earned cash on something that may not be worth the hype, and next time you're feeling tempted at the La Mer counter, pick up their excellent Cleansing Foam or Lip Balm instead. READ: 6 Amazing Anti-Aging Products
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Worth It: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch

It's rare to find a luxury complexion-enhancing product that can't be duplicated elsewhere on the market for significantly less money, but Touche Éclat is everything it's supposed to be and more—there's a reason one is sold somewhere in the world every 10 seconds. The click-pen packaging and soft, flexible brush make the award-winning concealer super-easy to apply both in front of your mirror and on-the-go, but the formula is the real selling point, as it should be. It makes dark circles and signs of sleepiness vanish instantly, lifts the brow bone, highlights cheekbones, covers fine lines, and more, and the wide range of shades means there's one for everybody. READ: 10 Great Concealers For Under $10
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Not Worth It: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This skin protectant isn't necessarily a bad product, but it's much like the equivalent of Vaseline in a fancy dress. Like Vaseline, its main ingredient is petrolatum, a petrochemical that is restricted by the European Union for use in cosmetics, and it also contains comedogens (that means pore-cloggers) like mineral oil and lanolin. Elizabeth Arden is a great cosmetics brand with great products (see: the entire PREVAGE line), but given that a tube of Eight Hour Cream will run you $20, it's just not a wise purchase when compared to other, far cheaper products with similar ingredients. READ: 10 Beauty Products To Fake A Good Night's Sleep
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Worth It: Fresh Crème Ancienne

This fancy face cream makes a lot of crazy claims that one might be tempted to shrug off. For starters, each jar is hand-blended in a monastery, and each ingredient is poured in a particular sequence at a determined temperature to avoid compromising their fragile compositions. That short list of ingredients contains meadowfoam seed oil, rose water, beeswax, and other fine waxes and oils proven rather than rumored to nourish, protect and counteract the effects of aging on all skin types. If you're in the market for a high-quality anti-aging moisturizer that is supremely effective but not exactly cheap, Crème Ancienne is among the very best.
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Not Worth It: NARS Orgasm

Don't get us wrong—this shade is pretty, but we're inclined to believe that its cult status has less to do with its color and more to do with the racy name. NARS makes fantastic blushes that much is true, but they have about 10 more unique options we'd choose over Orgasm's peachy sparkle. We'll give it its due as a good "gateway blush" and nothing more, then reach for our compacts of Sin, Taos, Desire...the list goes on.
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5 Cult Beauty Products Worth Every Penny (and 5 That Aren’t)

When it comes down to the reasons why we buy certain products, it often has something to do with the hype surrounding them. READ: How to Tell When Your Makeup is Past Its Prime When our favorite celebrity or a circle of friends extols the virtues of a particular lipstick or a moisturizer, we're that much more likely to go out and buy it. There are plenty of cult beauty products out there that are widely rumored to be the best on the market, but which ones are actually worth our money, and which ones are overrated? READ: 10 Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You (And How To Fix Them) Here's what we have to say on the matter:

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