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Luxury Makeup to Splurge On in 2021

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 11, 2021
Luxury Makeup to Splurge On in 2021

Invest in these luxury makeup products

Listen, you know that MIRA BEAUTY is always down for a good deal. We’re talking about drugstore makeup, free mini samples, and the best makeup dupes for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. That being said, there are some luxury makeup products that are simply worth the splurge… and you should consider treating yourself to in 2021. You likely saved a ton of cash in 2020 by trading luxury makeup for lip balm and barely-there tinted moisturizer, and you deserve to feel fancy every once in a while with a NARS or Lancôme cult favorite. As you get ready to keep up with the makeup trends in 2021, here are the best luxury products you need to splurge on in the new year.

Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani Beauty, $64

Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani Beauty
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If you ask basically any celebrity makeup artist, beauty influencer, or glam lover about their favorite foundation, every single one will name-drop this essential by Giorgio Armani Beauty. It’s just that good. This foundation is the actual definition of a “holy grail” makeup product, and has launched a million YouTube tutorials and #nofilter selfies. And they’re not even lying about that last one, as this medium coverage foundation is the ideal balance between dewy and matte that creates a flawless and filter-like finish, yet still looks 100% natural on your skin. It has perfect ratings on MIRA BEAUTY for being hydrating, brightening, lightweight, and non-oxidizing, and we can guarantee that half the models, actresses, and pop stars you watch on Instagram live are probably wearing this Giorgio Armani favorite. The $64 price tag definitely means that it’s more of a special occasion product, but 2021 is definitely the year to indulge in the gift of glam. If it’s good enough for Jaclyn Hill and NikkiTutorials, it’s definitely good enough for you!

Mothership VI Eyeshadow Palette - Midnight Sun by Pat McGrath Labs, $125

 Mothership VI Eyeshadow Palette - Midnight Sun by Pat McGrath Labs
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Like nearly everything that Pat McGrath Labs does, this luxury makeup product is beautifully unique and a bit weird. Midnight Sun contains all the best runway-ready eyeshadows approved by Mother herself, from captivating copper and covetable crimson to beautiful bronze and glowing gold. You know, all the colors that you’ve been missing during your “mascara only” days all through 2020. You can easily blend these hues together for a natural, everyday makeup look that’s perfect for Zoom school. But if you’re feeling a bit fearless? Try the bolder hues in this palette to elevate your artistry, Pat McGrath style, and adopt the “Fall makeup meets Fashion Week” vibe that makes Midnight Sun stand out from the rest. The metallic green hue is ideal for an olive smokey eye, which you can blend out with the golds in this palette for a St. Patrick’s Day masterpiece, while the violet is ethereal and otherworldly. It wouldn’t be out of place on the runway, but also wouldn’t get any strange looks on a virtual history class or casual hangout with friends. Major 2021 mood. As the Mother of makeup who has spent more time at Fashion Week than most of today’s Gen Z models combined, it’s safe to say that Pat McGrath knows luxury makeup… and this is one of the best products from Pat McGrath Labs that you need in your life.

The Multiple in Orgasm by NARS, $39

The Multiple in Orgasm by NARS
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Monochromatic makeup is a major mood, and we definitely missed seeing this lewk on the runways in 2020. Seriously, it’s a supermodel favorite. But even while staying inside, you can still invest in the best of luxury makeup products with The Multiple by NARS. This multipurpose makeup stick lets you add beautiful and blendable color to your eyes, lips, and cheeks - creating flawless (and super easy to do!) makeup looks in just a few minutes. The Multiple is available in ten captivating colors, but the one you need to look simply peachy is Orgasm. This sheer, pink makeup shade with a golden shimmer is exactly what 2021 makeup looks are going to be! The color adds warmth and radiance to your face with a beauty trend that’s extremely simple (come on, you only need one makeup product!), but still makes you look like you’re ready for a front row seat at New York Fashion Week. After you’re finished with Orgasm, try the shades Copacabana and Luxor for more pink makeup that’s both edgy and exquisite. 96% of the MIRA community agrees that The Multiple is long-lasting, creamy, and blendable!

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, $129

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona
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Why is the Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, one of the best luxury makeup products for the Leo zodiac sign? Because it’s really freakin’ fancy, it’s that simple. This sign loves all things regal and exquisite, and your eyes will be dripping in pure gold with these perfect shades. This eyeshadow palette features 15 matte, metallic, and duochrome shadows in multiple shades of gold, along with browns and greens to create a variety of elegant eye looks. Layer each and every shade to express your creativity and passion for sparkly things, catching the light (and other’s attention!) with every glance. While the Gold Eyeshadow Palette is definitely a pricey investment, a bit of gold eyeshadow is the ideal glam-meets-minimal makeup look that’s exactly what 2021 makeup trends are all about.

Backstage Glow Face Palette - 002 Glitz by Dior, $45

Backstage Glow Face Palette - 002 Glitz by Dior
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“This palette is so beautiful and wearable! The powders are finely milled, blend beautifully on the skin, and aren’t full of chunky glitter. They lend a stunning radiance to the face and can be sheer to a fine gossamer glow or built to a more intense and reflective shine.” If you’re looking for a luxury makeup that makes you feel fancy like the French girls, this is it. Dior can do no wrong, and the Backstage Glow Face Palette contains four highlighter shades to mix and match for a unique radiance. These colors include Gold, Pearly White, Bronze with holographic accents, and Shimmering Peach… all of which are just as gorgeous as they sound, especially when blended together. Looking for a poppin’ highlight and major Emily in Paris makeup vibes? This palette has a 97% approval rating for blendability on MIRA, along with 95% who say it’s super pigmented on your skin.

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs, $38

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs

NikkieTutorials loves the MatteTrance lipsticks by Pat McGrath. Like, really loves them. She calls Pat McGrath her idol and inspiration (just like Violet Chachki!), and even dedicated an entire video to testing out vibrant shades of the MatteTrance Lipstick. The 17-minute video includes a lot of McGrath fangirling, and swiping on rich hues that look flawless with Nikkie’s porcelain complexion. One of her favorites? Omi, a mid-tone rose inspired by supermodel Naomi Campbell - in true cute-meets-couture Pat McGrath fashion. “It’s more of a red nude neutral, a more vibrant nude color,” said Nikkie as she admired the soft red shade. She continued to rave about the creaminess, pigmentation, and lightweight feel of this lipstick, and our MIRA community agrees it’s as incredible as Nikkie says. But we still can’t stop thinking about the color, as the rosy radiance of Omi proves that neutrals are anything but boring, and this lipstick will be your go-to in 2021.

Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream by La Mer, $335

Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream by La Mer

Considering that she’s 51 years old going on 25, you may expect Jennifer Lopez’s beauty routine to include pure liquid gold and unicorn tears. It doesn’t, but the Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream by La Mer isn’t too far off. A top skincare product for mature skin, this celebrity-approved cream is definitely worth the splurge. It’s infused with Miracle Broth™, Lime Tea, and Algae Extract to heal dryness and make the skin feel soft and smooth, while eliminating or preventing wrinkles for a complexion transformation like J.Lo. Or Chrissy Teigen, or Kim Kardashian West. Seriously, the A-listers can’t get enough of La Mer. It works as both a moisturizer and a makeup primer, as this cream can easily lock in foundation for a flawless finish that doesn’t sink into fine lines. And you know it’s long-lasting, because the cream doesn’t just keep J.Lo looking young, it also helps her makeup stay fresh for hours as she dances under the hot stage lights. If the celebrity stamp of approval wasn’t enough, 97% of the MIRA BEAUTY community agrees that this La Mer cream is brightening and skin-evening, while 94% say it’s anti-aging!

Eye Defining Pen by Tom Ford, $59

Eye Defining Pen by Tom Ford
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That graphic eyeliner or cat eye you’ve been dying to do since March 2020? It’s ready for you in 2021, and you can go to great lengths with the Eye Defining Pen by Tom Ford. It’s the blackest shade of black eyeliner you’ll ever find, and is dual-ended to create a spectrum of luxurious liner effects. The fine calligraphy tip lets you glide on thicker lines for supermodel-esque floating liner, while the brush tip on the other is ideal for perfecting the wing you’ve been attempting for years. Each stroke is applied with care to ensure that you won’t need to fix your liner with a million Q-tips, and if you ask us… that’s what makes a priceless luxury makeup product. You’ll be super easy on the eyes, literally, with this Tom Ford liquid eyeliner that you should definitely treat yourself to in 2021.

Velvet Matte Lip Colour by Christian Louboutin, $90

Velvet Matte Lip Colour by Christian Louboutin
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They say not to judge a book (or luxury makeup product) by its cover, but the Velvet Matte Lip Colour by Christian Louboutin already looks pretty fancy. It comes encased in a jewelry box, and the product design is a unique elixir vial design with a silk ribbon to transform the lipstick into a necklace. Makeup is a woman’s secret weapon, so why not carry it around her neck? As for the actual lipstick formula, it’s just as fancy. Velvet Matte Lip Colour is available in pink, berry, red and coral shades that glide on with ease and stay on all day - without drying out your pout. Each color is formulated with a complex of natural oils and seed butters to moisturize for up to four hours, and not fade at all as you sip wine, smooch your babe, or do any of the other things you didn’t get enough of in 2020. It’s a new year and new makeup routine, and one swipe of this lip color by Christian Louboutin will give you a taste for the finer things!

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, $27

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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“The Chocolate Shimmer is absolutely perfect for me, I can wear it very subtly to add some definition without obvious makeup, but I can also line more dramatically with it. Shimmer is very subtle. This lasts all day too.” Chocolate and makeup are two of the greatest things in life, and you’ll get a taste of both with this brown eyeliner by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The ultra-pigmented gel formula allows for extreme precision, letting you get creative with your eyeliner looks. We’re talking everything from holographic eyeliner to smokey eyes to a simple touch of color on your upper lid - all of which stay on all day due to a waterproof, long-lasting, and non-smudging formula. As much as we love liquid eyeliner and pencils, there’s something truly satisfying about dipping your angled liner brush into a gel pot and creating a work of art, and the shade Chocolate Shimmer is a reddish brown hue that lets you go from sultry to sweet.

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