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The limited edition, Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder collection was available in stores this weekend (finally)! It was being pre-sold at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and select Nordstrom stores for weeks, but this luxe line was deserving of an in-person visit. I stopped by my local Saks on Friday night to see the line during pre-sale and knew it was going to be top-quality, but what I found blew my mind (clearly lost my marbles, since I spent a pretty penny on some of it). Let me tell you a little more about the collection, Victoria’s four core ‘looks’ assembled around the products, and what I had to take home in my Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder haul…
Even the PACKAGING has exquisite attention to detail – there’s polka dots INSIDE the boxes
Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Collection
“I WANT TO MAKE WOMEN FEEL EMPOWERED, TO FEEL SEXY AND CONFIDENT. THIS MAKEUP COLLECTION DOES THAT. I LOVE TO MAKE WOMEN FEEL LIKE THE BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES.” – Victoria Beckham
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know making my readers feel like the best version of themselves is literally on my About page. I was all about Victoria’s collection before I even knew it was being created!
I think there are few celebrities out there who have it as ‘together’ as Victoria Beckham. She has conquered Pop Star, fashion designer, model, businesswomen, and wife to a demigod, but probably her proudest accomplishment of all – mother to some gorgeous children. Throughout her career, Victoria is rarely (if ever) trashed by gossip magazines or seemingly obsessed with the limelight. She’s remained calm, cool, collected – always aware of her image – and ultimately, POSH.
Her look has remained classic, yet a bit edgy so it’s no surprise that this makeup collection is exactly all of the things Victoria is: Posh yet edgy. Imagine that quintessential VB dewy, highlighted skin with smudgy, black smokey eyes and those nude, glossy lips. Everything in the collection is meant to be worn smudgy and imperfect.
Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Looks:
London, LA, Paris, New York
There are four looks created around the Victoria Beckham collection, curated by Kendall Jenner’s makeup artist, Victor Henao (who, by the way, is going to be doing makeup at Saks in Houston on 10/14! Space is limited – so call the store if you’re interested): London, LA, Paris and New York. Each with its own distinct personality, Victoria wanted to name each of these looks after cities that hold a special place in her heart.
Clockwise: London, LA, New York, Paris
- London – home. Where she feels most comfortable. The classic Posh Spice smokey smudgy edge eye/nude glossy lip look.
- LA – sun-kissed and glowing. Natural. Laid back. Easy.
- New York – sensory overload, energetic. Modern and sophisticated.
- Paris – confident. Chic. Stylish.
You can get any of these looks using items from the collection. It may be sold out at many retailers online, but call your local department store (Bergdorf, Saks, Neiman’s or select Nordstrom only) to see what they have in stock still!
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Haul (my picks)
I mean, I’d be remiss if I told you I didn’t think ALL of it was gorgeous. Plus, I’m a HUGE sucker for eye shadows and eye makeup, so with a collection that has as many eye products as this one, you bet your ass I was having major internal struggles at Saks on Saturday when I was deciding on my final purchases.
If I had to give you my Top 5 (in no particular order):
- Morning Aura Illuminating Creme – a lightweight moisturizer with illuminating micro pigments meant to be used on its own or before makeup to give the skin a sunkissed, lit-from-within glow (here)
- Bitter Clove Eye Metal – a bronze-hued, oil-based sparkle shadow (here)
- Double-ended Eye Kajal – intense black/nude (here)
- Eye Foil(s) (either: a white gold, a charcoal) – liquid eyeshadow with vinyl shine and sparkles (here)
- Modern Mercury Highlighter – a rose/light tan with intense gold/champagne shimmer that has an almost-gel texture (here)
But what I narrowed my purchases down to was:
- Burnt Anise Eye Foil – a charcoal liquid eyeshadow that delivers a high-shine, vinyl-like finish—even after it’s dried.
- Modern Mercury Highlighter – a former release of Estee Lauder (four years ago) and a favorite of Victoria’s (she was said to be ordering this shade on eBay for $160 because she loved it that much), this rosy tan highlighter can be worn as a strobing accent on the cheekbones and with or without bronzer to create that sweaty skin look.
Personally, my favorite look is the London look. I love me a smokey eye and a nude/natural lip, and I’m all about sparkles. So the Eye Foils are (as they would say in London): right up my street. I picked Burnt Anise because it’s something different from my typical brown/neutral shade – a charcoal sparkle. I can’t wait to wear this product on its own, overtop of shadow, and/or as a winged liner!
The highlighter was an unexpected pick, honestly. I almost bought Bitter Clove, but after seeing woman-after-woman (of all different ethnicities and skin tones) wear this highlighter at Saks, I put back Bitter Clove and subbed in Modern Mercury. I do not regret my decision whatsoever – this highlighter is totally worthy of Victoria’s $160 ebay purchases.
Lastly, I have to mention the packaging. You get what you pay for here. These are Tom Ford prices with Tom Ford quality – in terms of formulas and packaging. The compacts are gold with leather and weighty with deliberate attention to detail. When I got home with my items, the conversation with my husband went like this:
H: WHAT did you buy for $109!?
me: A highlighter and eye shadow.
H: …and? That’s it?!
me: It’s LIMITED EDITION! A collector’s item!
H: Seriously? You don’t have any other highlighter like it?
me: (gets out Modern Mercury vs. my MAC Soft and Gentle) This highlighter is $65. It’s gold and leather-embossed. Touch it. Swatch it on your hand. Now do the same with this highlighter. It’s $33.
H: (smirks with belief) I see. I get it. I hope we have no daughters one day, but if we do, they’re getting the $33 one.
I hope you enjoyed my little baby Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder haul. It may not be much, but a girl only has so much room for makeup. There are bills to be paid, people. My dog likes his Barkbox. Did you get a chance to pick anything up from the collection? What are your thoughts? Have I totally lost my mind? Give me all the comments below!
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