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You’ve always considered yourself a savvy consumer. You clip coupons, you know how to find the best deals online, you’ve mastered the art of buying generic. But when it comes to beauty products, you have a weakness for the fancy stuff. The kind of stuff with French names you can barely pronounce and prices that make your wallet wince. Enter the Estée Lauder brand empire. They know their audience well – people like you who want to treat themselves to little luxuries and don’t really care that they’re paying a premium for what amounts to a pretty package and an alluring brand name. So bring out your credit card because you’re about to embark on a tour of the Estee Lauder brands, from Bobbi Brown to La Mer. Resistance is futile. Your addiction to high-end beauty products shall be fed.
Estée Lauder built an empire of prestige beauty brands so fancy, you can barely pronounce them. Want to channel your inner bourgeoisie? Look no further than this prestige portfolio of brands that scream “old money” and “European aristocracy.”
Originally launched as a fragrance for men in 1964, Aramis now offers skincare and grooming products with names like Tuscany Per Uomo that make you feel like a count strolling the hills of Tuscany. Fancy.
Crème de la Mer will set you back a cool $350 for a measly two ounces. But you’re not just paying for a rich, velvety moisturizer – you’re paying for the experience. An experience of pure luxury and decadence. An experience of believing that algae and sea kelp fermented for months in a lab can truly produce skin-transforming miracles. If you buy into the fantasy, it’s worth every penny.
With fragrances like English Pear & Freesia and Red Roses, Jo Malone offers “experiences” for your senses in the form of colognes and candles with names as posh as a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Light a candle, close your eyes, and instantly feel like a duchess hosting high tea. The fanciful fragrances and apothecary-style bottles are really what you’re paying for.
Talk about luxury branding – Tom Ford spares no expense. From Oud Wood cologne to Tuscan Leather fragrance to lipsticks named after people like “Charlotte” and “Vanessa”, Tom Ford’s beauty collection has an elite feel of private jets, Italian villas and yachting in the Mediterranean. Everything about the line whispers status and privilege. If you want to feel like an A-list celebrity, just holding the sleek, black packaging is enough.
Between the haute couture-inspired fragrances, astronomically-priced creams, and snooty sounding product names, Estée Lauder’s prestige brands let you buy into a lifestyle of glamour and opulence…even if your bank account says otherwise.
Estée Lauder’s prestige brands are the crème de la crème of skincare and makeup. Their products are so luxurious, the names alone conjure up images of European nobility. Prepare your wallet—these Lauder goodies don’t come cheap. But trust us, your complexion will thank you.
This cult-favorite serum is like a magical elixir for your face. Packed with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, it hydrates, brightens, and reduces fine lines while you sleep. After a few weeks of use, you’ll wake up looking well-rested even if you only got a couple hours of shuteye.
This dynamic duo is a must for any makeup maven. The full-coverage, long-wearing foundation glides on smoothly and stays put for up to 24 hours. It’s perfect for special events or anytime you want an airbrushed look. The concealer makes dark circles and blemishes vanish in an instant. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
With lipstick shades named “Rebellious Rose” and “Dynamic,” how could you not be tempted? These luscious lipsticks moisturize while draping your lips in rich, vibrant color. The angled tip hugs the contours of your lips for precise application. Once applied, the color lasts for hours—through eating, drinking, even kissing. But fair warning: these lipsticks may induce envy in all who gaze upon them.
Estée Lauder’s luxe brands provide skincare and makeup that make you look and feel like a million bucks. Are the products pricey? Yes. Are they worth it? Absolutely. Your face will radiate a glow that says “I’m fancy and I know it”—even if you can’t pronounce half the ingredients.
So you’ve decided to treat yourself to some fancy schmancy Estée Lauder beauty products but have no idea where to find them. Welcome to the club. Estée Lauder’s luxury brands are sold in only the most prestigious department stores and boutiques, because if everyone could get their hands on them, they wouldn’t seem nearly as exclusive or luxurious.
Your best bet is to head to upscale department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s or Lord & Taylor. These ritzy retailers carry most of Estée Lauder’s high-end beauty brands like La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Origins and Aveda. Be prepared to drop some serious cash, as most products will set you back at least $50 to $200. But you’ll feel so fancy with your La Mer cream and Bobbi Brown eye shadow, it’ll be worth it.
For an even more rarefied experience, visit free-standing boutiques dedicated to brands like Jo Malone, Tom Ford Beauty or Le Labo. These perfume and cosmetics boutiques create an ultra-luxurious ambiance so you feel like royalty while dropping $300 on a candle or $500 on a bottle of perfume. Locations are limited to only the most affluent neighborhoods and cities, so you may have to travel to find one. But darling, isn’t your beauty worth it?
If money is no object but you prefer to shop from the comfort of your chaise lounge, most Estée Lauder brands offer products on their own websites as well as third-party luxury beauty retailers like Violet Grey, Cult Beauty or Cos Bar. Shipping is free because if you can afford these prices, a few dollars for shipping is beneath you. Sit back, sip some champagne and click “Add to Cart” with abandon, you glamorous thing, you.
Whether in-store or online, acquiring Estée Lauder’s high-end beauty brands is not for the faint of budget. But for those seeking the finest creams, cosmetics and fragrances without concern for cost, they offer a deeply satisfying luxury experience. Now, who wants a $400 moisturizer?