High-end skincare that’s actually worth it

If you are going to spend a lot of money on a beauty product, you need to choose wisely

Prada recently released paperclips that cost £140 (€160), proving that the concepts "affordable" and "expensive" really are relative to your income. I cannot afford a single Prada paperclip and, if I could, I wouldn't buy one. I am, in fact, powerfully tempted to presume anyone who would is a bit of a gom and start stocking my bunker for the end times. While we can all spend our hard-earned money however we please (paperclips or no), absolutely no one wants to feel that they have wasted it. High-end beauty and skincare products are an investment and a misguided risk can leave you angry – or saving – for quite a while. Choose wisely.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Oil (€133 from Harvey Nichols)

A truly dry oil, this can be added to skincare, foundation, or simply worn alone or over serum and moisturiser. It is incredibly versatile – apply it at night and you will feel the difference by morning.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (€90 for 50mls)

ANR, as it is lovingly known, is a skincare institution in itself. I apply it under moisturiser for its hydrating and restorative benefits, and haven’t (yet) encountered anyone who doesn’t like it.

La Mer The Moisturizing Matte Lotion (€220)

La Mer is the definition of investment skincare, but you cannot go wrong with any of its moisturisers, all of which are packed with the brand’s signature miracle broth. This new iteration is ideal for men or women with oilier skin.


Kiehl’s Buttersticks (€22.50)

I simply refuse to invest more than €5 on a lip balm unless it is exceptionally good, or doubles competently as make-up. These contain excellent pigment without being so opaque as to require maintenance or any fuss at all, while keeping lips exceptionally soft and comfortable.

Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals Cocoa Moisture Mask (€72)

This mask smells and looks edible, but I would advise against eating it. A little goes a long way and it is incredibly rich and moisturising on the skin without congesting it. Just be prepared to massage it firmly until it turns a chocolate colour.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème (€84)

The ultimate moisturiser for summer, or all year round for dehydrated skins. The hydration level must be felt to be believed and make-up looks sublime on top.

Om Skincare Miracle Serum (€98 from Space NK Apothecary)

This is a lesser-known brand that I keep waiting for people to notice, and the peptide and botanical-rich serum is perfect for all ages and skin types. Skin looks and feels plumper and more glowing quite quickly.

Alpha H Vitamin Profiling Collection (€59.95 from M&S Beauty)

Essentially a bespoke prescription service for your skin at home, this medley of vitamin serums allows you to treat skin concerns as they arise each day. This is fantastic value for money and very high quality.

Laura Kennedy’s Product of the Week

Charlotte Tilbury make-up brushes (from €25)

Tools are key to good make-up. Good investment and care will result in brushes being with you for years. I love the Powder & Sculpt Brush (€45), but there isn’t a dud in the bunch.