Is expensive, department store skin care better than cheaper, drug store brands?

I currently use a lot of Fresh skin care and my wallet feels it. I use Crème Ancienne which retails at $135 and other products like the eye cream and sun block with nothing under $40. More like $60. It's insane. Because my crème was made my eunuch monks in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains I have to pay... show more I currently use a lot of Fresh skin care and my wallet feels it. I use Crème Ancienne which retails at $135 and other products like the eye cream and sun block with nothing under $40. More like $60. It's insane. Because my crème was made my eunuch monks in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains I have to pay more for it? Urf.

However, I was taught the more you pay for skincare the better the results. Is that necessarily true? Are the more expensive brands that much better than drugstore kinds? What are your favorite brands on either side of the fence?

Discuss.
Update: I'm serious about the monks. From the Fresh website:

"furthering the legacy of the formula, Fresh has chosen to handcraft Crème Ancienne in remote monasteries in Europe."

Maybe they weren't eunuchs but I digress. Hrm..can you really get that from a drug store brand?
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