7 Expensive Moisturizers Completely Worth the Splurge

October 27, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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While it’s true that there are plenty of affordable moisturizers at the drugstore that can get the job done, there are some luxe creams that really are worthy of their hefty price tag. Often, these expensive moisturizers are formulated with hard-to-find ingredients and housed in fancy packaging that can drive up the cost. All of these things, however, can take moisturizing from just another item on your to-do list to an indulgent, spa-like experience. If you’re looking for a splurge that you’ll use daily, check out seven of our favorite expensive-but-worth-it moisturizers below.

YSL Beauty Or Rouge Crème Essentielle Anti-Aging Cream

The YSL Beauty Or Rouge line is special thanks to its saffron pistil ingredients that work to renew the skin with each use. The Or Rouge Crème Essentielle Anti-Aging Cream is a luxurious facial moisturizer (it retails for $400!) that delivers hydration in a lightweight texture, boosts radiance and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as four weeks.

Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream

For a soft, whipped moisturizer that you’ll wish you could cover yourself in head to toe, try the Absolue Revitalizing Cream, which retails for $150 and $260, depending on size. This regenerating, brightening moisturizer works to revitalize the skin with grand rose extracts and shea butter, and visibly plumps with hydration. You can also pick up a refill of this formula, which retails for $220, in order to keep reusing the eye-catching gold jar.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Crema Nera Supreme Reviving Cream

This iconic $250 moisturizer by Giorgio Armani Beauty is infused with one of the most potent regeneration plants, reviscentalis, making it perfect for reviving dull, dry skin. It also works to transform the skin’s firmness, radiance and clarity with every use.


SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

This $136 moisturizer from SkinCeuticals is designed to restore the skin’s essential lipids and support the skin’s protective barrier, therefore moisturizing the skin, boosting radiance, and improving the appearance of skin texture.


Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream

This Charlotte Tilbury moisturizer lives up to its name. The $100 formula works to smooth out the appearance of imperfections, minimize dryness and helps to reveal a firmer, more elastic skin texture — like magic. It also layers beautifully under makeup.


Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Available in three sizes and created by a stem-cell and biomedical scientist, The Rich Cream contains a hydrating complex made up of argan, avocado and evening primrose oils to help combat free radicals and keep the skin looking glowing, healthy and youthful.


Tata Harper Crème Riche

Made for dry, mature skin, this velvety formula by Tata Harper hydrates the skin to help bring out its softest, most supple form. According to the brand, it’s made with 100% natural-origin ingredients and has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


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