Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Vol. II
Victoria Beckham has been a beauty icon of mine for as long as I can remember. VB x Estee Lauder first debuted in 2016 and I regretted not purchasing any of it, despite how lovely I thought it all looked. When I saw the preview of this year’s collection I knew I had to get my hands on it one way or another. Now let’s be real, this is some absurdly expensive makeup. I understand that it’s an exclusive collection and she needs to get paid and all of that, but I still find it overpriced. So, today I’m bringing you a sort of “what to spend your money on” when it comes to this collection.
Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Collection Overview
- Morning Aura Illuminating Crème $95
- Cheek Crème $60
- Matte Lipstick $50
- Smudgey Matte Eyeliner $45
- Eye Palette $75
- Eye Foil $40
- Eye Metals $45
- Eye Ink Mascara
- Aura Gloss $45
- Eye Matte Duo $60
- Eye Ink Matte Eyeliner $45
- Highlighter $75
- Skin Perfecting Powder $80
- Eye Kajal Pencil $38
- Lip Pencil $34
- Desert Heat Lip Gloss $36
Eye Matte Duo $60–I was really excited for this product, but the quality of the shadows is terrible. They swatch beautifully, but on the eye they’re very chalky, lack pigment, and don’t blend well.
Cheek Crème $60–is one of my favorite products from the line. The color is a beautiful copper rose that is so flattering and the formula is incredible–it’s a thick luxe cream without being too oily. It has just the right amount of slip to apply beautifully to the skin. The color is a spot on dupe of one of my favorites, NYX Cream Blush in Tea Rose $4.20 (which I just realized are being discontinued–brb buying them all)!
Skin Perfecting Powder $80–I’m not going to try and justify paying $80 for a powder nor am I going to encourage you all to purchase this. It’s a good powder. I like that it has blurring properties and I find that it does give that airbrushed look. It layers well and the compact is beyond chic. I’ll be putting tins of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder $5 into this compact when it’s finished.
Highlighter in Modern Mercury $75–Is another eh product from the line. The color is a true rose gold. Formula wise, the powder sheers out a lot more on the face than it does when swatched. It’s very subtle and to me, subtle ain’t worth $75.
Eye Metal in Bitter Clove $45 is another product from this collection I was dying to test out that disappointed me. The color is a gorgeous neutral bronze, but the finish isn’t quite as metallic as one would hope given the name of the product is Eye Metal. Similarly to the other shadows, the wear time on this product isn’t that great. It looks its best when it has a cream underneath to grip onto and lend dimension (I use Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Three Shakes $28 for a rich brown smokey eye). Be warned: there is a ton of chunky glitter in this.
Eye Foil in Blonde Gold $40 is the crown jewel of this collection, in my opinion. I’d love to see Estee Lauder bring out a line of these in a ton of other colors. This is a gel/cream hybrid filled with very intense white gold reflective particles. I’ve layered it on top of all kinds of eyeshadow colors and it always gives that final umph to a look. Wearing it alone on the eye creates a beautiful angelic look which I love for natural makeup days.
The Eye Kajal Pencil Duo $38 is probably the most overpriced piece from the collection. The duo features a navy side and a fleshy salmon side. The navy side is lovely and it’s a great formula, just way too expensive for a small pencil eyeliner. The flesh colored side is a major miss from me. It’s much to peachy too actually brighten up the waterline. It makes me look sick.
Matte Lipstick $50 in Burnished Rose and Black Cassis are two of my other favorites from the line. There was a surprising amount of drama over the size of these lipsticks. People complained that they were too small for the price. Turns out the amount of product is the size of a regular lipstick bullet–the packaging is just very slim and compact. I actually really like how tiny they are. Like the rest of the Victoria Beckham collection, I think they’re overpriced. The formula is nothing revolutionary and you can find mid-range lipsticks of the same quality and color with ease.
Lastly, the Morning Aura Illuminating Crème $95 is basically an overpriced and better packaged version of Mac Strobe Cream $33. Will this bottle look great on my vanity? Yes. Is anything inside of it revolutionary or worth $95? Nope. I will say that it is decently hydrating, but overall you’re wasting your time with this.
Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder: Final Thoughts
The concept of this collection is something I can really get behind. It’s cohesive, beautifully packaged, and overall way more appealing than anything else Estee Lauder offers. I can tell that Victoria Beckham put a lot of thought into each piece’s place in this collection–it feels like a wardrobe in a way. With Violette_fr as the new global beauty director at Estee Lauder, I expect to see more cool injected into the brand soon.
As you might have guessed, I think this collection is absurdly overpriced. Estee Lauder is not Tom Ford. Compared to everything else the brand sells, this collection is really marked up. I’m also concerned by the quality of many of these items. Estee Lauder isn’t known for having shitty formulas, so I feel as if they really dropped the ball on some of these products. There’s no excuse for $60 and $70 eyeshadows to be chalky.
This Victoria Beckham collection gives me hope that Estee Lauder is moving in a more chic less grandma-ish direction. Some of the products, like the Eye Foils, are truly innovative and incredibly well done. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that soon. Did you try any of this collection? Let me know what your favorites and least favorites are down below!
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