Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Obsessed. I really hate using this overused word, but there's really no other way to describe how I feel about this latest collaboration. I haven't anticipated a makeup release as much as this one... ever? I've been drooling over the preview pics, first when I was fooled into thinking it was Tom Ford, then when I realized it was Victoria Beckham... and Estee Lauder, I was "all-in" as my poker-playing husband would say.
When I received my Bergdorf Goodman Fall Magazine, I was thrilled to see that I could get an appointment at the Estee Lauder counter to try out the new line on the day it launched. I called to make my appointment and was also given the opportunity to reserve any of the pieces from the new collection. I put my name down for a few items, but really wanted to see it and try it in person first.
So today was the day! I walked into Bergdorfs this morning, headed straight for the down escalator and started seeing displays of the makeup before reaching the counter. The counter was PACKED. The SA's were there, all wearing full faces of makeup from the new line, along with Estee Lauder makeup artists. Several customers were getting their faces done, and a few others breezed through to pick up their prepaid orders. I sat down, got my makeup done (thanks Angel!), and after pulling together all the things I wanted, I realized I was only a couple pieces shy of getting the whole collection. So, I did what any of us would do: I got the whole collection.
Here are my first impressions of the goods. I wanted to get this up as quickly as possible since this is a limited edition and wanted to give you the opportunity to get your hands on it. It's also a bit on the expensive side (more than Sephora, less than Tom Ford), so hopefully I can point you in the right direction. (Follow me on Snapchat for my unboxing - mishisnaps) While I haven't given a good test run on any of these things, I've been wearing what Angel put on me since this morning, so it's been about 4 hours.
(I've bolded the items I think are worth getting.)
Morning Aura Illuminating Creme - 1.6 oz // $95
This morning aura cream is a moisturizer plus primer in one. It gives the most amazing glow to the skin, and the texture is so light. I love the packaging (I'm going to keep writing that) and the pump dispenser. It's like the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, but is a bit more natural in look and feels more moisturizing and smoother. This is a definite must-have if you want that sort of Victoria Beckham glowy, "sweaty-sexy" look to your skin. ("Sweaty-sexy" is straight from her pamphlet.)
Angel, the makeup artist, added some to my foundation and it gave it a wonderful glow. It's a little more "wet" looking than Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer. I have fairly dry skin, and I'm not sure I could recommend this to someone with oily skin. It may be a bit too shiny.
Bronzer in Java Sun - .42 oz // $65
I'm a sucker for Bronzer. I probably have at least 20 different bronzers and I like them all for different reasons. This bronzer is very straightforward and natural looking. No gold bits, no shimmeriness; not too gray or orange; not matte, but not satin. It's really a great, all-around bronzer for those with light to medium skin tones. Worn over the Illuminating Creme and you'll get a bronze goddess look.
Highlighter in Modern Mercury - .26 oz // $65
Yes, I'm also a sucker for highlighters. But when I walked to the counter, this caught my eye first. It is stunning - like stunned me midstep. I love the stamped texture making it look like burlap fabric. And the color! OMG, it's like the Rosé version of Champagne Pop. It's a peachy pinky rosy color with a golden hue. It may not be light enough as a highlighter for some, but worn as a blush and swept lightly over the bronzer, it really adds that much more glow. It's really gorgeous.
UPDATE: This Modern Mercury version was inspired by the original limited edition highlighter from Estee Lauder. This is a powder gelee formula like the original. Here are some swatches of Modern Mercury along with some other highlighters in my collection:
Eye Palette .25 oz // $95
All of the colors in the palette have a satin shimmery finish. None have any glittery bits and is definitely more for daytime looks. The only color I probably personally wouldn't wear is the Fired Sapphire, but it's gorgeous. All of the colors are very highly pigmented and while I haven't used them all on my eyes yet, the only two I felt swatched a little patchy was the Burnished Sage and Grey Amber. But after a few swipes of the brush, they seemed to blend out nicely. I've had the Blonde Cumin and Metal Saffron on, and they haven't faded or creased and I have no primer on. It's sultry, but natural - a wonderful combo.
Eye Metals in Bitter Clove and Charred Emerald .1 oz // $45
Eye Ink in Black Myrrh .1 oz // $45
These single eyeshadows are very dramatic with a beautiful foiled finish and a super glittery pigment. With one swipe of the brush, I didn't find them to be incredibly pigmented. But after going in two, then three times the colors really start to sing. I love these single shadows - I think they're really special. The Charred Emerald is the most beautiful tone of green - very cool. And the Bitter Clove is a dramatic taupe with black bits to deepen it up. While I love the Eye Palette and feel like I'll probably use that more, I feel like these are really special. I'm really smitten with these, especially the Charred Emerald.
Eye Kajal in Black Saffron and Vanille .02 oz // $30
Is this terribly special? No, but I do like having two in one for travel purposes. Angel applied the Vanille on my waterline and it doesn't irritate (which it often does for me) and it has stayed put!
Eye Foil in Burnt Anise and Blonde Gold .24 oz // $36
These are very similar to the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints. It's a liquid cream to powder shadow that is housed in a concealer-type doe-foot applicator. I love the Blonde Gold color. It gives a beautiful golden sheen to the eyes and can be used at the inner corners! The Burnt Anise color is very dramatic, and I can see wearing this when I need a quick evening look. With one swipe, you've got a smokey eye.
Lipstick in Brazilian Nude and Chilean Sunset .12 oz // $45
I've been wearing the Brazilian Nude shade, and while the lipstick formula is a cream one, it has stayed on through lunch. I'm wearing it over the lip liner, which always helps, but I'm always pleasantly surprised when regular old cream lipstick stays on through a meal. The Brazilian Nude shade is so beautiful. It is caramel in tone, so it's warm but not orange-y. I can't wear lip colors that have too much white in their base and this one doesn't at all.
The Chilean Sunset color is that perfect orangey red color that's so popular these days. It's like the Rodin Tough Tomato and Charlotte Tilbury's Tell Laura. It's so stunning, and I can't wait to wear this throughout the Fall season.
Lip Gloss in Moroccan Heat .07 oz // $36
This lip gloss comes packaged in what I normally associate with concealers and highlighter. It's the click, pen-style brush tip applicator and it's nice. It takes awhile for the product to emerge for its first use, but it's a beautiful supporting product to the Brazilian Nude lipstick. It's, again, a warm caramel-y brown that has a bit of a gold sheen. It really makes your lips look luscious if you apply it over the lipstick. It's not tacky or sticky and doesn't have a scent. I'm a big fan and will probably use this alone often!
Lip Pencil in Victoria .042 oz // $30
I love how this one, fairly minor product, is what Victoria Beckham decided to name after herself. But looking at her, I could see her putting on the Illuminating Creme, one swipe of the Eye Foil in Burnt Anise and this lip pencil, and walking out the door. It is a perfect match for the Brazilian Nude lipstick and is lovely all on its own. But, is it a must-have? Probably not. The Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats are just as lovely. But if you want a warmer nude, this one may be for you.
Next week is my birthday, and I was more than happy to treat myself to an early birthday gift with this line. I cannot wait to dig in and really play around with everything. Hope this helps you decide whether or not you need any of these things, and if you do - don't hesitate! Things were going very quickly!