When it comes to dropping dirhams on new make-up, nobody wants to waste time on products that don't work. So if you're considering an expensive purchase, be sure to study up on the internet-approved picks first. These pricey-but-totally-worth-it buys have hit holy grail status on Reddit, here's why...
1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Dhs245
"Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk has been my holy grail for six years. I’ve tried dozens of foundations since, and I'm always on the lookout for something even just a little cheaper that works as well, but no luck so far!" Says sommerflue77.
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, Dhs146
"I can't live without the Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Fair" says sonogirl25. "This one stands the test of time and doesn't make my under eyes crease or look too dry like the rest do."
3. Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Honeymoon, Dhs389
"Tom Ford quads: I love how easy they are to blend and how I can effortlessly create a work appropriate or more intense eye look. I have two (Honeymoon and Last Dance) and they are totally worth the cost." Says sraydenk.
4. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Dhs110
“I’ll be honest and say I've gotta have my Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara. I'm addicted to it. I've never used anything that stays clump-free like this, I'm in love.” Says mamaneedsstarbucks.
5. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Dhs165
"It's so difficult to find concealers for deeper skin tones, and Nars have one of the best colour ranges, so I couldn't give this up!" Says gogators5.
6. Marc Jacobs The Face III - Buffing Foundation Brush, Dhs215
"I love my Marc Jacobs foundation brushes so much! I have all three and they're my babies. I am so careful with them but they blend out everything flawlessly and never shed. They give me LIFE." Says duochromepalmtree.
7. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, from Dhs200
"It pains me to say it, but the By Terry Hydra Powder is worth every dirham. I have dry skin so I rarely wear powder, but when I do need to set foundation or concealer, this is the only powder I have ever used that looks flawless and doesn't pull moisture from the skin. Most powders that claim to be dry skin-friendly are usually just silica or talc - with some shimmer, to help avoid a desiccated matte look, whereas the By Terry is truly a hydrating formula throughout." Says dreamphone.
8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, Dhs246
“Even if my foundation looks weird or my blush/bronzer look patchy, this powder blends everything together and gives such a seamless finish.” Says Durskyeham.
9. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Dhs262
"I’m so in love with my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette - it’s so versatile and so pretty." Says emmak8.
10. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, Dhs190
"Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder is my favourite compact powder. I'm obsessed with the finished look after I use this powder. The compact is super-sleek and really nice to have in your purse or make-up bag for touch-ups as well." Says amyyam.
11. Dior Nude Air Luminizer, Dhs257
"Dior Nude Air Luminizer - aka my holy grail highlight. No obvious particles of glitter/shimmer, just straight up glow. There are other 'baked gelée' formulas on the market, but this has the finest shimmer and doesn't emphasise texture. I would repurchase in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to mine." Says Fuzzboo.
12. Viseart Neutral Mattes Eyeshadow Palette, Dhs290
"Viseart palettes: You cannot go wrong, I have a lot of neutral palettes and I forgot to pack one on a trip - my friend let me use her's - needless to say, I'm purchasing one even with the amount of neutrals I own." Says holisticpotato.
13. Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara in Bloodroses, Dhs95
"I will also never stop purchasing my Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lash Mascara in the shade Bloodroses. It's a deeeeeep burgundy-black, you can't really tell it's not completely black because it's so dark and gives the same overall look... This difference is the undertone, somehow it makes eye colours POP. Plus, I love the curl and separation it gives. There's nothing that rivals the colour and formula out there." Says tazend314.