Makeup Wars Most Expensive Face Challenge

When I heard that our next Makeup Wars challenge was to create our most expensive face I knew it was a project I could excel at. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have a weakness for luxury and niche cosmetics. This really has been an eye opening experience. I can certainly admit that I have a little bit of a “problem” but my problem is your gain. Seeing it all laid out like this is a bit frightening. It is both my passion and my crutch. This post reminded me of why I started this blog. I needed to give my rather excessive passion for the world of beauty more of a purpose. Being able to share my experiences with you has made my indulgences seem more worthwhile.

Now this look was created with this challenge in mind so of course I made sure to include my pricier items, and did what I would consider a special occasion or going out face, but in truth this look could have just as easily happened by chance. This is what I do. I have so many beautiful things and I only buy and keep things that I know I will use regularly. I think you would be surprised that my overall collection is likely a lot smaller than many of yours as a treat it as a very selective process. I periodically clear out with blog sales, swapping, gifting, etc. as I get overwhelmed by having too much stuff and like to be able to see and find what I love and not be lost in a sea of dupes and items that I don’t care for as much as others. I also do not ever purchase backups. I know I will be in love with something new by the time I ever get to the point of requiring one.

You will also see that I tend to get a bit carried away with my looks. I love to play with “a little bit of this here” and oh “a sweep of this here will be just the right finishing touch”. I have become so used to operating this way that I spend WAY too long on a regular basis doing my makeup. I know how to throw together a 5 or 10 min face but I just never seem to. I like this ritual. It’s me time. Even if it means getting up that much earlier then that is what needs to be done.

I have linked to original reviews for any products which had them available. This also made me realize just how many products I use on a very regular basis that I still haven’t reviewed! There’s just never enough time in the day!

Anyways enough babble. On to the fun stuff. Hmm I wonder if I won the Makeup Wars Most Expensive Face Challenge? I think I have a good shot. 😉
This is the current lineup of products I am using and testing on a daily basis. The Perricone MD Skincare is probably the most expensive skin care I’ve ever purchased. I can’t say I’m too impressed. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and haven’t really noticed any difference in my skin. Bummer. I was really hoping for my miracle product. I am in love with the Algenist UV Defense Fluid and will try to have a review up for it soon. We may be talking about holy grail material here! The cleansing oil is not something I would always use in the morning but I am so in love with the scent of the shu uemura cleansing oil that I have been using just a bit in the morning for the pleasure of it.

shu uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil* $98
Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum $140
B.Seen I’m Dark Circle Reliever* $35
Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Face $215
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face $190
Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer $85
Algenist Ultra Light UV Defence Fluid SPF 50* $38
Alegenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer* $55
Total Skincare: $896
For a typical everyday face I would exclude a couple of these products. I am happy enough with the more flawless looking result I achieved though that I will be recreating this complexion again!
Complexion and Cheeks:
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Tinted Treatment $125
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Pafait* where additional coverage needed $70
Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination Highlighter in Sea of Tranquility $58 on upper cheekbones, above browbone and on cupid’s bow.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Luminous Skin Wand Orionis $40 under eyes
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $26  to set RBR Orionis under eyes.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer $36 where needed.
Guerlain Meteorites Compact Powder Teint Rose 01to set $66
Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kit Kaleidoscope all shades layered just on the apples of the cheeks $95
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray $19
Total Complexion and Cheeks: $868
Doing this kind of elaborate work on my eyes is pretty standard for me. I wore almost this identical eye look to a wedding three weeks ago. I like layering the Maybelline creme shadow under the Summer Armani ETK shadows to bring out their teal undertones and the layering of the gorgeous matte deep teal Inglot 338 provides Obsidian Grey with added dimension.

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime* $25
Too Faced Glitter Glue Shadow Insurance on inner corner and lower lash line $24
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Edgy Emerald on lid (Love this under the Summer  Armani ETK shadows!) $8.50
Edward Bess Nude Eyeshadow from crease to brow as base $30
Inglot Matte 376 in crease $10
Inglot Matte 338 on outer v into crease $10
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow in Sweet Dust Seriema to blend out crease $28
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eye Shadows in 20, 21, 22, 23 (Madra Perla on inner corner, Ecailles on lid, Obsidian Grey on outer 3rd, Obsidian Black wet to liner upper lash line and outer lower lash line) $42 ea x 4 = $168
Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigment in Spun From Sunny Seawater* on lower lash line $31
Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner to tightline upper lash line $42
Annabelle Smudgeliner in Atomic Surf on lower waterline $8.95
Maybelline The Mega Plush Mascara $8.50
Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat* $28
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Strawburn $29
Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in Caramel $26
Total Eyes: $504
Just a simple lip with one of my favourite lip products from Le Metier de Beaute. I need to get a review up soon for the Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip pencils as they are a hidden gem. They really anchor your lip look and last forever.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Pencil Forever Yours in Raold* $26
Le Metier de Beaute Aurora Lip Kaleidoscope* all shades layered $95
Total Lips: $121
I don’t have an expensive brush collection but I do like to use a lot of brushes when I work. Sorry the brushes are dirty. I had taken photos of them clean before doing my look and then while applying realized I forgot to include some like the addition of the EcoTools brush to sweep off some fallout.

shu uemura Gold Eyelash Curler* $24
Sephora Professional Airbrush 55 $41
Rouge Bunny Rouge Contour Brush* $60
Rouge Bunny Rouge Powder Brush $57
MAC 187 $50.50
MAC 188 $42
MAC 239 $30
MAC 222 $28
MAC 217 $27.50
MAC 213 $27.50
MAC 116 $42
MAC 208 $24 x2 = $48
Le Metier de Beaute Concealer Brush $50
bdellium Tools brush 787 $12.10
bdellium Tools brush 936 $7.92
bdellium Tools brush 755 $7.04
bdellium Tools brush 777 $7.48
bdellium Tools brush 772 $7.04
bdellium Tools brush 722 $7.04
Paula’s Choice Precision Shadow Brush $12.95
EcoTools Bronzer Brush $17
EcoTools Powder Brush $10
Total Tools: $635

Grand Total Silly Expensive Face: $3,024! 
Now I know this seems excessive but keep in mind these products have been acquired gradually over a period of years and I did not purchase all of these items myself. The items included in this post that I received from the company for consideration are marked with an *. The prices listed are a mix of Canadian and US. It is still a little disturbing though. I can guarantee you this face is worth more than my entire wardrobe. I do only have this one weakness. 😉

Here are photos of the look.

Please check out the other amazing Most Expensive Look posts from the Makeup Wars team by clicking on the images below or using the Last and Next buttons above.
Rouge Bunny Rouge and Le Metier de Beaute can be purchased at which is one of my favourite online shopping destinations with international shipping. Le Metier de Beaute as well as Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, etc are available online from Another online experience I couldn’t live without! 

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  • Memoiselle
    August 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Whoa that’s a lot of make up stuffs! They’re very exPensive and you have many things that I drool 🙂 i enjoy reading this post

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    omg! I love your eye ball! You and Sith are making me feel so much better about my total, and I shall refer my husband to your posts LOL

  • Kate MacDonald
    August 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Well you certainly look like a million bucks…

  • Teri
    August 6, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    BEAUTIFUL look! You have some really expensive skincare. WOW!

  • Elvira PinkSith
    August 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Your eyes look AMAZING!!! In fact the entire face is great!!! I loved how you used everything but the kitchen sink. I did too. What a great post!

  • lola seicento
    August 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    What a fantastic FOTD, and I LOVE your stash. I do believe that my wishlist just grew exponentially!!!!!!

  • ♥ Sara || Pretty In Pink || Beauty || Fashion || Music || UK ♥
    August 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    This makes my eyes water, I’d be scared to total mine up!

  • Coco
    August 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Wow..That is an expensive face!!! Love your collection!

  • Phyrra
    August 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Wow! That’s close to Sith!

  • Red lips, Black hair
    August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Delicious post! And you look beautiful!:)

  • JeanR
    August 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Ethereal & beautiful.

  • Poppy Buxom
    August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Love this post, and it started me off on a whole line of thinking, as reading it coincided with my 8th blogging anniversary … in fact, I linked to this post. I hope you don’t mind. I appreciate this exercise for what it is–a way to spark creativity. And you definitely sparked mine!

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    You look gorgeous. I am amazed at how many eye products you used. Or maybe it’s jealous since I’m not that talented.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample
    August 6, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    This is a stunning look on you–that color on your lips is so, so beautiful! But wow is than an expensive look lol. Very nice collection though!

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty)
    August 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Wow, this has to be my favorite look you’ve done–your eyes are amazing!! You really chose colors that flatter you. Your total is very close to Pink Sith. I forgot to use my LMdB blush kalediescope!

  • Jen
    August 6, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Whoa… you really nailed it! LOVE the look you created, especially the icy blue eyes. Can’t believe I forgot to take out the Somme Institute product… that would have helped my total a bit!

  • Nancy
    August 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Want that LMdB Blush Kaleidoscope so badly–I think I’m just going to have to bite the bullet. Gorgeous look!

  • Carleen
    August 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    That eye look is fabulous! You look great! I seriously want that Le Metier lip kaleidoscope too.

  • Kimberly Purcell
    August 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I love this challenge! Isn’t it amazing how quickly the amount of money can be racked up for a look! I bet you won or at least a very close second! You are beautiful regardless!

  • Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty)
    August 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Wow, you and Sith are the top two for sure! Your eyes look A-Ma-Zing!!! Beautiful eyes and lovely shadow. Pretty pretty!

  • Perilously Pale
    August 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Memoiselle!

    Brooke if It will keep you out of hot water show away!

    Thank you Kate! You’re too sweet.

    Teri I got some of it during the Perricone F&F sale so I saved 30%. I will be hard pressed to spend that much again though. I wanted dramatic results.

    Thanks Elvira! I did try to get the kitchen sink in there but it just didn’t quite work out.

    Lola you gotta love payback! You’ve been tempting me far too much lately!

    Sara it is shocking. You should try it!

    Thanks Coco!

    I know Phyrra! I thought I might have one it. Should have known the force would prevail.

    Thank you Sonia!

    Thank you JeanR. I’m blushing!

    I’m glad you liked it Poppy. I would love to see your version!

    Thanks Marcia! I don’t know if it’s talent. I just get carried away!

    Thanks Becca. I love the lip kaleidoscope. So many options.

    Thanks Cindy! I hope you are still loving your blush kaleidoscope!

    Thanks Jen! Do you like the Somme as much as I did?

    Nancy you will not be disappointed with the blush kit. Give it a try!

    Carleen thank you. I think this lip kaleidoscope is all sold out which is why I never bothered reviewing it. It’s too bad. It’s so lovely.

    It is amazing Kimberly! I knew it would be high but wow that was a shocker! Thanks!

    Thank you Pammy! I like being second to Pink Sith. That is an honour I can handle. 😉

  • A Girl's Guide to All Things Makeup
    August 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Your eye makeup is always impeccable!! 🙂 Great job!

  • Christine Mikesell
    August 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    I’m always impressed with your eye looks, but wow! So pretty!

  • BooBooNinja
    August 7, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    This is the MOST AWESOME Makeup Wars challenge to date. I was rooting for you to win, in part because I wanted the higher Canadian prices (vs US) to finally pay off. It looks that “edge” wasn’t necessary after all. High five, sister! 🙂

  • makeup magpie
    August 7, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I agree with everyone else, your eye makeup is simply gorgeous! Those colors really suit you 🙂 This was such a fun challenge to read about!

  • lola seicento
    August 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Payback– gotta love it!! LOL!! You are definitely consistently guilty of tempting me with so many beautiful things!! you really knocked it out of the park with this over the top GORGEOUS FOTD!!!!!!!! You are supremely talented!!

  • Nic @Strawbry_Blonde
    August 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Christa this is one of my favourite blog posts ever… I have the shivers reading it, just amazing – and your final look is stunning. Your eyes and skin look beautiful and reflect your passion for the products you used. Love it!

    Nic xx

  • Perilously Pale
    August 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Thank you Nic! That is the nicest comment ever! You made my day! xo

  • Anonymous
    September 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Wow. What a pretentious thing to do. SMH

  • Perilously Pale
    September 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Anonymous it is all in good fun. Not intended as pretentious. The Makeup Wars team also did a $20 face challenge before I was a member. It’s not meant to realistically represent how we approach our beauty routines.


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