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Japanese Cosmetic Brands Launch Four-Digit Face Creams

Most of you are not planning to spend more on beauty in 2010, but that isn't stopping some Japanese brands from rolling out pricey face creams. Cosmetic giants Shiseido, Kao, and Kose have all recently launched creams that sell for 120,000 yen — that's just over $1,300. "Unlike in Europe and the United States, it's not a certain class of people who are buying such luxury products. It's ordinary women in their 40s and older," think-tank researcher Tomoyuki Yamazumi told Reuters.

Stateside, Cle de Peau's Synactif cream sells for $1,000. (For those prices, the creams had better make me look like Halle Berry and wash my dishes.) I'm unconvinced that high price tags alone mean that a product is amazing, but what about you? What's the most you've spent — or would spend — on a cream?

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
For that amount, my skin should be flawless and make me look like a five year old.
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 7 years
Wow, i wonder what these magic creams do ><
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
The most I have and will spend is $50 for Lancome's Hydro Zen lotion. It keeps my face from peeling and turning blotchy red in the winter. But even now I'm looking for cheaper alternatives.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I am guilty of spending a fortune on expensive cream $300 for Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Creme, and I have to say it's worth every penny. My skin gets the best glow from it, and I can go without wearing makeup. I will admit though that while on vacation I had forgotten my cream and used my friends Cetafil and it was pretty good.
hurricane1128 hurricane1128 7 years
I am an "ordinary woman" who just turned 40, but there's no way I would spend $1300 on face cream, or anything that can't be installed in my kitchen. I think long and hard before I buy economy sizes of philosophy.
goldilocks0078 goldilocks0078 7 years
I'll spend up to about $15, but that's it! I'm a cheapskate. Japanese culture is crazy about beauty, though. That figure doesn't surprise me.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
the most i ever spent on facial moisturiser was maybe $20, and that's a lot for me. i just use cetaphil and sunscreen. i really think they better have crushed gold and platinum in these creams to justify these insane prices.
juliafofulia juliafofulia 7 years
I would if it worked. I spend $120 on acne cream plus medication and derm visits and it is worth it. I finally have clear skin (some acne scars but they are fading) as year of having severe acne. I would say if you need it you should get it.
dootsie dootsie 7 years
I've spent $30 on some Clinique products. And that was pushin' it. Seriously, unless it works some sort of amazing miracle like making all pores disappear and getting rid of undereye circles forever, it's probably just hype.
mek123 mek123 7 years
The most I've spent is about $70 for eye cream and it lasts for months. Over $1,000 is just crazy.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
I have spent $100 dollars on prescription acne treatments. I have to say I would spend a ton of money on a product if I knew for certain that it would make my acne go away. Anti-aging creams on the other hand, I don't plan on investing 1,000 dollars on any time soon. There seem to be products that make a difference at every price point, so why would people spend that much? I invest my time in applying sunscreen now so I will have way less damage to treat with age-fighting products when I get older.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
for 1,000 bucks a pop it wouldn't be before long that you could've had plastic surgery to fix your flaws. I'd go the PS route before an unproved skin cream that just rests in the top few layers of skin...
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
The most expensive face cream I've used (and use now) is Hope in a Jar. It's about the most I am willing to spend for moisturizer.
Deconstruction Deconstruction 7 years
I cannot imagine EVER spending that much on a beauty product. I once tried La Mer (for about $100) and it was too heavy and made my chin break out. I gave it to my sister. I don't spend much -- Clinique Moisture Surge, which could be considered pricey when compared to drugstore products but each bottle lasts me several months. If I had 1K to spend, I wouldn't spent it on makeup or skincare.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
That's crazy! The most I ever paid for a beauty product was 35 EUR for a pot of Lush face cream, because they discontiuned my old fave one and I was told this one was similar, but better. In the end, the result wasn't really worth it and I found a 12 EUR alternative since. When I have the money, I don't mind spending it on something that will last a long time without going bad, but I never buy expensive make-up.
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