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2016 Shape Beauty Awards: Department Store Products Worth the Splurge

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Radiant Touch

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The secret to this supreme highlighter is its undetectable fluid: It adds the perfect hint of glow wherever you brush it (cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid's bow), without a trace of thickness or that telltale, hard-to-blend streak. ($42;

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

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We've seen makeup artists use this balm to groom brows, add gloss to lids, highlight cheekbones, even make cuticles look groomed. What we've never seen? A makeup artist who doesn't carry this in her kit! ($22;

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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

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Somehow this creamy stick completely covers up dark circles and pimples without leaving a mound of makeup that melts or creases. It's truly second to none. ($70;

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Benefit Benetint

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The rose-tinted liquid is like excitement in a bottle, letting you brush on a realistic flush to lips and cheeks. The stain endures, just like this classic. ($30;

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

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In the time it takes you to read this description, three bottles of Clinique DDML (as insiders call it) will have been sold. The original yellow lotion was updated in 2013 to make it more hydrating and protective than ever. We're sold, too. ($26;

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LeonorGreyl Masque Fleurs de Jasmin

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Why is this in the showers of beauty editors across the globe? Because it makes hair so silky, and dear God does it smell like heaven. ($65;

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Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence

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This essence was released in 1897, long before the skin-energizing step was a twinkle in the K-Beauty world's eye. Pat it onto your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing for a huge boost of hydration. ($56;

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

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Any derm worth her salt puts this antioxidant treatment on her list of must-have antiagers, because it has been scientifically proved to help prevent and reduce the damaging effects (read: dark spots and uneven tone) of free radicals. See also: How to Prevent Dark Spots ($163;

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Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum

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This jasmine, rose, and patchouli blend is quite possibly the most recognized perfume in the world. One whiff and we can almost guarantee that you'll be hit with a fond memory of someone who adores it. ($132;

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