Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Victoria Beckham - Estee Lauder Collection Review

Victoria Beckham is a fashion icon and since her Spice Girl days she’s exuded style and posh sophistication that is very Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Being in front of the camera has taught her that the right light can create the perfect skin tone and give definition to bone structure which was the inspiration behind her new makeup line with Estee Lauder.

The collection is quite extensive and already in high-demand so I only managed to get my hands on a few pieces. The packaging is exactly what you’d expect from Victoria – sleek, elegant and trendy with shiny gold compacts and faux leather detail.

The Eye Matte Duo ($78.00) in Bleu Électrique/Nude creates graphic eye looks and stunning contrast. With only 2 colors (and no applicator) you really have to get creative with this little palette. The neutral hue is more of a base or blending shade so it's all up to the blue.

I apply the cobalt heavier on the lids to make the color pop and fade it lighter into the crease for a nice gradient. Wearing it this way creates the illusion of 2 different blues and the velvety shadows blend seamlessly. You can also use it accentuate the lower lash line and smoke it out for a bold effect. I always recommend using a good primer for longevity and saturation but the pigmentation is buildable and the blue appears deep and distinctive. The texture is smooth and easy to work with but since the camel shade blends into my skin tone, it would be nice to have another statement color instead – something with a little more intensity.

The Skin perfecting Powder ($110.00) is a universal shade that brightens and awakens all complexions. The formula is also ideal for photos because it blurs pores, smooths the skin, diminishes the look of imperfections and sets makeup for a flawless airbrushed effect. Victoria fashioned the compact after a vintage cigarette case she found in London so it looks and feels luxurious.

The powder mattifies to control shine and visibly evens skin texture to minimize lines and roughness. The consistency is lightweight and long-wear plus it does not build-up or get cakey so you can use it for touch-ups throughout the day. As a finishing product it works well but the compact should come with an applicator.

The Matte Lipstick in the Shade Victoria ($65.00) is a new take on the nude lip – cool toned and suitable for all complexions. On me, the medium brown looks like a deep cocoa-beige and helps balance the blue shadow. The tube is quite small but the lipstick seems to be of average size and the color glides on effortlessly and creamy for great coverage and comfort. I don’t usually wear monotone neutrals but I like this shade.

Shadow & lipstick swatches

Every woman needs a good liquid liner and the Eye Ink ($58.00) has a wonderful formula for drawing jet black, graphic lines. The color applies totally opaque for one-swipe application and the intense pigment shapes and defines the eyes for precision and neatness. The flexible tip manoeuvres around the eye contour and deposits the right amount of color from corner-to-corner. It also creates a sharp wing for the perfect cat-eye.

This collection is available at Estee Lauder Counters nationwide including The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and online at beautyboutique.ca and esteelauder.ca.

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