There are loads of high-end brands I adore and there are so many things on the market I would easily save up my pennies for, but there are a few makeup categories where I feel the higher price tag is actually worth it. Of course you can find alternatives at the drugstore, but if you want to invest in your makeup a bit more, I would highly suggest you add these bits to your list.
Primer and Foundations//
A good base is key for any makeup look, and when you have flawless skin, you tend to feel better and more confident which is why I would say invest! Brand wise, Chanel have some really nice foundations ranging from light-full coverage. My favourite is their Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is a light-medium buildable foundation, I love it for everyday. The Giorgio Armani foundations are also really nice, and great for evenings as they tend to be a medium-full coverage and tailored for a more flawless finish. For primers, Too Faced Hangover Primer is great and the Dior Glow Maximiser are two I would recommend checking out. A primer is such a good thing to invest in as they really do make a difference as to how your foundation wears and lasts throughout the day.
Finding good bronzer and contour shades from the drugstore is quite a task, it's not impossible, but I find there's such a bigger selection from higher-end brands. NARS Laguna is one of my favourites, it's such a nice bronzey shade which isn't orange and is perfect for bronzing the skin and neck. I also sometimes use this for contour which works well as it is a matte finish. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is a good one to check out too, and they've just realised a couple of more shades for lighter and darker skins which is great.
Whenever I buy a highlighter from the drugstore I'm always disappointed. Most of the time they look too frosty and are very chalky to work with. If you spend a little bit more, you'll find the quality so much better and the colour pay off is amazing. My favourites are the MAC Soft and Gentle MSF which is a beautiful champagne shade which catches the light beautifully on the tops of the cheek bones. You can definitely build this powder up, which is great incase you want a really pow highlight going on! For a cream option I will always recommend the Benefit Watts Up, it's so creamy and easy to blend and look so stunning and dewy on the skin. Again, it's a golden champagne shade which I find suits my skin tone the best. Becca is another brand to check out for amazing highlighters.
There are products I love from the drugstore for my brows, but the ones I reach for the most and the which I think have the best colour selection are a bit pricer. Finding the right shade for your brows is so important, and as a brunette I can sometimes find some are too red toned, or way too dark. Benefit always bring it when it comes to brows, their Brow Zings and Gimme Brows are my two favourites, both have an amazing long lasting formula. Similarly to this, the Illamasqua Dip Brow is one I've been reaching for a lot if I want a super on fleek brow. I have the shade Strike in this which is gorgeous and a very natural brown shade. Other brands to check out if you want a super flawless looking brow are Anastasia for their Brow Wiz and also Bobbi Brown have some great picks too. I find when I buy a brow product from a high end brand the formula is so much more creamy and always makes filling in my brows a less daunting task.
I love love love love high-end eyeshadow palettes, they are so well formulated, buttery, easy to blend, pigmented and just overall great! Urban Decay are fab if you want to invest in a palette as they have loads which include a great selection of neutral shades. If you want something more customisable, MAC is great as you can build your own palettes and I'm never disappointed when I pick up a MAC shadow, they are so good. My favourite shades are All That Glitters, Sable and Sumptuous Olive. If you want something a little bit more luxe, Charlotte Tilbury have a lovely selection of quads which all achieve different looks. The colours in these palettes are gorgeous, I want them all! I have the Sophisticate palette which is really great if you love matte shadows.