The High-End Makeup Starter Kit


Ages and ages and ages ago I put together a ‘Drugstore Starter Kit’ video. You guys seemed to like it, it was fun to film and I liked the concept, so I thought today I’d chat about its high-end counterpart. Now I know it’s not the same feeling as a beginner’s edit that’s a bit of a bargain, nor do I suggest picking all these items up at the same time unless you’ve won the lottery (whoop – go you!) as it’s taken me yonks to gather all these bits; I thought it might be helpful to see what I’d select as my crème de la crème of luxe beauty. Plus as we go through I point out the bits where drugstore items pip ’em to the post and the products that creep into the ‘need’ category. It’s probably best to hide your purses now…


  • I think the Naked palettes are so good for the high end starter kits!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

  • Maggie

    I need more NARS blushes as well!

  • This is such a great idea for a video! I’ve been putting off buying a Naked palette for the longest time, but I think it’s about time I finally give in!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Tal

    I adore the naked palette! You chose some ace products.

    HUGE UK drugstore haul in PHOTOS- superdrug and boots

  • larasophia

    This is an awesome starter kit. I would have to suggest the Clé de Peau Beauté concealer be added to this kit as well 😉

  • Wow I don’t actually owe any of these LOL! Should definitely get to expanding my collection, why not hahaha x

    Katina |

  • Sophie Bird

    Anna. Have you gone off the Fairy Drops mascara?

  • So many amazing products!


  • THAT FOUNDATION is life. Thank you so much for recommending it so much – I bit the bullet and I love it!


  • Love this post hun and great photos too! x

  • Emily Knott

    I should stop watching your videos, I’m becoming increasingly poor! I just bought a Whistle Clutch. Damn your influentialness! Ps. It’s pretty though!

  • oh no I can see myself losing my head with this stuff. Great starter kit! // x

  • You just look amazing!! Loving your hair in combination with your black cute top and your gorgeous lipstick

  • Urban Decay Naked palette will always be special, it was my first eye shadow palette! Nars’ blushes are also really nice!

    Blog: A whole lot of serendipity

  • I forgot about the Mineralize Skin Finish. I used to loveee it. Maybe that should be the next powder I repurchase 🙂 Loved this video. It also confirms that I need the Naked palette! Urban Decay recently launched in Australia so maybe I can get my hands on it x

    It’s That Time ForMy Autumn Outfit!

  • I can feel a Nars haul coming very soon! The lip pencils look amazing!

  • JoySteib

    Great video on some high end products. Thinking that I need all of them in my life but first need to go play the lottery! 🙂 Loving that Whistles clutch and the Bobbi Brown brushes are a must have. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Great video!! 🙂

    I love the Naked palette, it is amazing! I want to try the Bobbi Brown Brushes, they look great!

    Nikoleta, xoxo.

  • Absolutely loved this video! I also love the NARS Lip Pencils like you! That being said, I do want to try the NARS Eye Primer and MAC Skinfinish because of this video!

    Pauline | Catpacking

  • Love these videos! Definitely showcases what stands out from each brand and is worth the money 🙂 And can’t wait to try CT makeup!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Alexandra F.

    Love these video , such a good sélections !

    Alexandra xx

  • MAC powders are my absolute favourite! x

    Emma | Emmys Blog

  • Such lovely picks! Some amazing products worth trying. x

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  • Great picks! I love the Naked pallete and I need to get my hands on the nars lip pencils 🙂

  • Love this post! When it comes to starter kits everyone talks about drugstore but it is good to know what high-end products are worth the hype

  • I loved this video! 🙂 I really need to get a MAC 217 – I’ve been lusting after it forever!


  • Chloe x

    The Naked palettes are great for a starter kit!

  • emiller1233

    I’m a firm believer in NARS anything, seriously.

  • So much enabling! I love the Luminous Silk foundation and NARS lip pencils are lovely! Have to agree that drugstore mascaras are the best though – Maybelline are awesome

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Oh! I have been waiting for a post like this for ages!!! I feel like they are so man high-end options that is really good to see which products are an absolute must!


  • Pretty much all of this has already been on my wishlist. When will Christmas be again? I can’t wait!

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I love videos like this, it gives me such great ideas for what to buy 🙂 Sofie

  • Great video idea – fantastic to know what’s good and worth the money x

  • alicekatex

    Theres some great picks on here! xx

    alicekatex ♥

  • I always go back to my Naked palettes too! Also, you’ve reminded me that I miss my Laura Mercier primer! Need to pick up another one soon!

    Kristi |

  • The Naked palettes are definitely an essential that even I would splurge on ^_^

  • emily couture

    Great video and love the Naked Palettes too! 🙂

    emily xx

  • theblackblush blog

    Loved this video! A lot of your picks are my favourites!

  • Thanks for the recommendations!!

  • I need the Laura Mercier primer, and the NARS velvet lip pencils!! xx

  • Maireem Maneje

    Loved your picks! I really want those Bobbi Brown brushes! 😛

  • Can’t wait to get home from work to watch this!

  • I have oily eyelids and I’ve heard so much on the NARS eyeshadow primer, I got to get it soon!

    MichelleA •

  • Such a great blog post and video! I love high-end make-up products. I really want to look at the Laura Mercier primers now. As I have combination skin and can’t seem to find a primer that doesn’t make me feel more oily.

  • There are some quite nice choices but I would have picked a MAC quad above the Naked Palette and for powder I think I would go for the Hourglass powders. But I totally agree with the Armani Foundation and the NARS lip pencils!

    Marie x

  • Zoe Archer

    I really need to get some of those Nars lip crayons, they look lovely.

  • Lauren B

    I love the Naked palette, I only have the first one but want to try them all!

  • Thanks Anna. I love your videos. I’ll save this one for the weekend.

    Katie x

  • S Jones

    This was such a helpful video! Although I’ve been using and buying makeup for a while now I’m always looking for new products to buy x


  • Great picks. I feel the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer is a must have even though its not a products you actually ‘see’.

  • This is a great way to get introduced to high end makeup. I use mostly drug store and know of some major brands. Nice post!

    The Gift of Gab

  • Chrissabella

    Loved watching this video … really want to try the Charlotte Tilbury sculpting powder!

  • The Naked is the only eyeshadow palette I’d recommend for anybody who wants to start to wear makeup! It’s good to begin with nude colours 🙂

    Julia xx
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  • Susan Dollparts

    really cool post, I also use the mac mineral powder 🙂 xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts:disqus

  • I absolutely love high-end starter kit videos. While drugstore makeup is nice and can be a great steal, there is nothing quite like applying lux products in the morning.

    Katherine || The Green Bows

  • Julia

    NAKED has to be the only truly high end treat I have ever granted myself, and I do say that I don’t regret it one bit. It’s amazing, and worth every penny (even if there are very few pennies to start with)


  • Lauren Gray

    I’ve just recently bought the Nars Laguna Bronzer and I love it! It’s so natural yet warming and brilliant for contouring! –

  • great post, totally agree with your picks!

    xx Angie |

  • fancie

    Great picks! I have a couple of the UD Naked palettes and I love NARS blushes and lip pencils. They’re really good!

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  • I remember when I first used a MAC eye brush, seriously, I instantly knew why everyone on youtube used them for the eyes! They make a difference.

  • Jay

    I really wanted to love the naked palletes but the glitter in them makes my eyes puff up, I was so heartbroken. 🙁

    Those Nars lip pencils have me dying to try them now!
    Jay |

    • FatineSolis

      I totally agree with you. The colors are very pretty, but it’s not wearable on daily basis in my opinion. You should try the naked basics, it’s all mat with sometimes a nice sheen into it, but not overboard 😉