The latest celebrity beauty launch comes in the form of Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham. VB has launched a capsule Makeup Collection comprising of 14 products, esquistly packaged, inspired by her favourite cities, London, Paris, LA and New York. I’ve long been a fan of Estee Lauder products both on myself and in my pro kit, and it’s a brand I trust, so I was eager to see what VB brought to the table…
Let’s begin with the packaging, as it is very, very luxe, as you would imagine. The general theme throughout the collection is gold and black, complete with gorgeous leather ribbing on the weighty compacts. The collection has a timeless feel, that feels very special to hold, and special to use. My only slight disappointment, was the lipstick packaging didn’t feel as weighty as the compacts and appeared slightly smaller than I imagined they would be, but none the less very beautiful.
Let’s talk about the Makeup... Being Estee Lauder I knew the quality would be great overall, but VB has stated that they even looked into new technologies and worded with new labs when developing this collection especially to create various sizes of pigment and reflection within the eye products. The pigments are true to Estee Lauder quality, the pay off is great and I think it was clever that she steered away from foundation and concealers as I think bringing out just a few shades would have been pointless, and as a collection I find myself wanting all of it!
VB has also bought back an old favourite, Modern Mercury Highlighter as part of the collection which is a very welcome addition, and can be used pretty much everywhere you want to add a glow.
The lipsticks only come in two shades, the simplicity of which really pleases me. A classic beige nude ‘Brazilian Nude‘ (very true to the kind of shade VB wears often) with a creamy finish that can be applied quite sheer, or layered for a more opaque pout. The second lipstick ‘Chilean Sunset‘ is a gorgeous orange red, slightly matte, that packs a punch, this shade isn’t for the faint hearted, but I want lipstick to come out how it looks in the bullet, and this does!
‘Java Sun’ Bronzer is pretty standard, a great matte bronzer that builds nicely and evenly.
For me, I will always get excited about eyeshadows, even though strangely enough, I tend to stick to a harry flick most of the time, but I love a good shadow. Eye Metals in ‘Bitter Clove‘ is a really different product for Estee Lauder, an intense metal like shadow that can be tightly packed as shown in the swatch, or layered on top of other shadows to provide a sophisticated sparkle.
There is one eye palette in the collection (the rest are single shadows) and I love the mix of shades, and was surprised she didn’t opt for any mattes, but I still really like the variety. The golden tones and the copper red make it perfect for fall looks, and I like that there’s a deep grey almost black shade, that can be a classic shade to darken the eye. Also having two bright shades, the blue and the green, means it’s a great palette to travel with and mix up your look. The shadows blend easily, with little fall down and are true to how they look in the pan.
Now there’s one product that I think may divide people, and from most reviews i’ve already seen, this is what I have found. The Eye Foils which come in a gold tone and a dark navy tone, are a wet shimmer that does dry, to leave a ‘sweaty’ look to the eyelid. I think this isn’t going to be for everyone, and I prefer it used as an accent on the inside corner of the eye for a really interesting feature, but you can layer this over the the eyes too and blend it in. I personally like them, but I think they feel more like a product you would wear for a party. (Swatch below)
The Eye Kajal is beautiful quality, and the black shade is very pigmented in deed, i recommend starting with less and build up slowly as the formula blends very well, perfect for the smudgy smoky look. I love the idea of the two ends and both being practical shades. The lip pencil also has a soft feel to it that lasts well and pairs nicely with the beige lipstick, being a warm tone beige nude too.
The Morning Aura Illuminating Creme is the most expensive item in the collection (£68). Part brightening moisturiser, part primer, this feels beautiful on the skin, it smells devine and delivers hydration. While this is illuminating, it’s not in the same league as say Becca shimmering skin perfector but it does lift the complexion beautifully, and I like using this throughout the day to freshen up my base.
The Verdict – A beautiful capsule collection, 90% of which I think most women will want to own in its entirety. Luxe, high quality, timeless and sophisticated. It reflects the VB brand, I believe VB when she says she loves it, she wears it and is proud of it, and boy if this was my first beauty collection, I would be too! A Job well done I think!
Watch the video to find out which is my favourite product, and let me know what’s yours?