It finally arrived! The most thrilling and anticipated collection from Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder. It looks stunning to be sure but let’s take a closer look and see how the products that I had the chance to test perform!
I was over the moon when I received the Estée Lauder PR Package but some of the Items that I wanted to try out since I first saw the collection and were not included in the PR box, I bought myself.
So, let’s begin with the base which is the Morning Aura Illuminating Creme. This moisturizing primer was also part of last years collection, but back then I didn’t care for it, so I skipped it.I don’t know why but this time around I was intrigued by it, so I decided to invest the 98.- CHF (for 48ml) and give it a go. I was so surprised by this product! I didn’t expect to like this as much and being a mixed skin complexion I was very reluctant to try it at first. However, I have to admit that this product pleasantly caught me by surprise!
This primer has a thick texture and gives the skin a very natural glowy complexion from within. It has a scent that I cannot place but it is very discrete, and it doesn’t linger on. As mentioned, I have an oily T-Zone, therefore I use small quantities concentrating more on the perimeter of my face. The formula is quickly absorbed, and the skin feels moisturized, soft and plump.
All in all, I like the Morning Aura, and I will continue using it, but due to its high price tag, I most likely won’t repurchase it. This product is more to indulge oneself, as it also looks fantastic on once vanity.
Moving on, to the Skin Perfecting Powder. Here I have to say I am a bit perplexed! The powder is very finely milled and does set and mattify the skin, and the golden packaging is to die for! However, the powder is so hard-pressed in the pan, that one has to dig through the top layer to get any product on the brush. I lifted the top coat with a face cotton pad resulting in the loss of some product on the way, which for 96.- CHF (for 8.5 gr.) I find a bit of a shame.
Next, comes the Bronzer with its creamy texture and the right amount of pigment (at least for my taste). The bronzes come in two shades, and I have the lightest one in Saffron Sun.
I love this shade! A soft, warm undertoned powder that one can build up gradually. This is a fun product to play with, and it does give my skin a soft sun-kissed look that isn’t patchy and stays put all day. If you want to indulge yourself with a luxurious more expensive bronzer, then this would be a good choice. It also works perfectly as a crease eyeshadow.
Let’s talk now about lips! These were for me perhaps the most disappointing items out of the whole collection. Although I did receive Victoria, (3.4 gr.) I had my eye on Black Cassis, so I went and purchased it myself. I don’t know if this is a formula issue, but both matte lipsticks applied very patchy, are drying and wear off in a very unflattering way. Again for 54.- CHF, I would not expect something like that to happen. If you have any of these lipsticks and face the same problem, feel free to leave a comment down below!
The Lip Pencil Victoria (36.- CHF 1,2g) is a beautiful nude, it applies creamy but is something that can be easily found as a more affordable version, at another brand. In a nutshell…it didn’t knock my socks off!
Since I first saw Images of the collection I wanted to get the Eye Palette Quad (88.- CHF for 8g. ), which I finally ended up buying myself. From the top, the palette consists of the shade Blanc, which is a very sheer pearl white that feels like butter. Gris, a very soft all over the lid matte grey. Bordeaux, a pigmented but somewhat patchy shade, and Noir, a pigmented granite back.
*Top four swatches with finger – Bottom four swatches with a flat brush on primed skin.
I find the color curation of this palette beautiful but note that these are no shadows for beginners. One has to work to make them look right. The two first shades need several coats of application to show pigmentation, and the last two shades need some extra blending time. Other than that, I didn’t regret buying this palette, and I enjoy creating looks with these shades. But they would be more fitting for a makeup collector or makeup artist that has several brushes, to make these shadows blend. All in all, this is not a palette on the go that will guarantee an easy 5-minute look.
I also received the single Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Bitter Glove. (48.- CHF for 3.5g.) This is a stunning color that I will put to good use throughout the season, a shimmery gold-bronze that I found applies best with the fingers. If you want to make this shadow last longer on your lid and not lose pigmentation throughout the day, don’t forget to use an eyeshadow primer.
Finally, we have the Kajal Eyeliner in Black Saffron/Vanille (42.- 1gr.) as well as the Eye ink Mascara in Blackest, these two last products I enjoy a lot! The Kajal is very pigmented, and I love using it in the mornings in order to create my 5 minutes morning eyeshadow look. (If you want to find out more about this, then check my previous post about “My Go-Too Everyday Makeup Look With The Victoria Beckham Eye Kajal” here). The Kajal dries fast so do one eye at the time and to avoid fallout better set it with a black eyeshadow. The Vanille side is a beautiful pigmented tone of beige that glides nicely in the waterline.
The Mascara in Blackest (48.- CHF for 8ml) has a great wand that combs and separates the lashes beautifully. The formula is pigmented, and I didn’t have any transfer with it. I admit the price tag is up there, but this product does get two thumbs up from me!
To sum it up, I believe this collection has some lovely products and some that you better avoid. Yes, for sure the packaging is impressive, and you pay for the name, but unless you are in the mood to indulge yourself, I find a few items in this collection to be overpriced for what they deliver and how they perform. From my point of view, I would tell you to have a closer look at the Morning Aura, the Bronzers, the Kajals and finally the Mascara.
Here are some looks I created with these products over the past two weeks:
If you have tried any of these products, leave me a comment below! I would really like to hear your thoughts. Also if you need any further information or have any additional questions about any of these products let me know in the comments down below, I would be glad to help you out! That’s it from my side Beautyowls, as always I do hope that you’ve found this blog post helpful.
Till next time,
xoxo from Zurich,
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