Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
I've been meaning to write this post for a really long time. Well since September 13th, 2016 when this collaboration was released. Hahaha! I have just been really picky about what makeup and skincare products I use after my whole acne mess. I made sooo many mistakes in the past by using crappy products, not cleansing my skin well enough at time, and using different products every single day. Now I wait a few months before I blog about something. My skin is constantly changing so it's hard to determine if I am going to like something right away! (Makeup brushes are different and I do have some exceptions to the rules like eye makeup!)
I am a HUGE Victoria Beckham fan and I have been since her Spice Girl days. Seriously, anything Victoria Beckham recommends, I am totally on it! So when this collection was released, I left work at 6pm on the dot and ran up to Bergdorfs to get my stash. I also placed an order online first thing that morning. Hahahaha. I picked up the highlight, lipstick, eye shadow palette, and eyeliner. I was waitlisted for the bronzer and bitter clove eye shadow. I was on the waitlist for these items at both Bergdorfs and Nordstrom but never got them. Bummer!
The first thing I noticed about the collection was the luxe packaging. Seriously, I have never seen anything so beautiful when it comes to makeup. Victoria didn't miss a beat and from the black leather to the gold details, the packaging alone was worth the money I spent. The products are a bit on the heavy side because the packaging is sooo well made. Well done VB!!
My all time favorite purchase from the collection was the mercury highlighter. I bought two of them at $70 a pop. (One for me and one from my Mom) My Mom is absolutely obsessed with this gem and uses it everyday. It's a light rose gold shade and is perfect for any skintone. It's nothing too over the top like Becca's Champagne Pop tends to be. This is chic and elegant and perfect for a stylish woman on the go.
The dual ended eyeliner was next on my list. I must admit, even though I like the black side of eyeliner, this is something I could have saved my $30 on. It's ok but the pencil is very soft. It makes it very easy to smudge if you want that look but it's also very easy to make a mess of things. I only use the black side of the liner so it's a bit of a waste. I tried using the white side of this liner because it's supposed to make my eyes "pop" but I am a creature of habit and I hated the way it looked on me. Since I am obsessed with liners, I needed to get it but....
I purchased the lipstick in the Chilean Sunset shade which is a red/orange shade. I have used it once (for a Christmas Eve wedding) at it's full capacity. Most times I dilute it and apply chapstick first and dab this lipstick on my lips. It's just too strong for my everyday look and it's too orange for my glam look. Maybe I just have to get used to it but I should have purchased the nude shade since I know I would have really gotten some good use out of it.
The 6 shade eye shadow palette is to die for!! The only shade I am having difficulties using is the blue. It's a stunning color but not really easy for me to wear. The other 5 shades are perfect for me. The green is also something a little different for me but usable!! I would love it if they made the gold/champagne and the bronze shade on their own! I missed out on the Bitter Clove shade but I'm sure I would have used that everyday as well. The $95 price tag was a hard one to swallow but these colors are sooo pigmented that a little bit goes a long way. I'll have this easily for 2 years and that's with me using it everyday. What I love most about this palette is that when I apply, there's very little fall out! (I make a mess when I use my Too Faced and BareMinerals palettes)
I just wish I could have gotten my hands on more eye shadows and the bronzer!!
Well done VB. I heard a rumor that she was going to create her own makeup line for permanent availability! How amazing would that be?
I also heard that she was HEAVILY involved in this collaboration. She handpicked every single item and pretty much created everything with the people of Estee Lauder. She 100% didn't have "her people" creating this and just slapping her name on it. I heard she met with the people of Estee Lauder in LA and she brought with her 20 years worth of her favorite makeup!! She shared her stories of bad skin and horrible acne and what worked for her and what didn't. She knows her stuff! It was so awesome for me to hear that (because you know I can relate re: acne!) and it's refreshing that she cares about what she puts out there.
I know some of the products from the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection are still available and I really encourage you to pick up some pieces. It's worth the money!!
Have you tried anything from this collection?
PS- I am still hoping I'm on the waitlist and they didn't forget about me!