Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

Here it is: my verdict on the Victoria Beckham makeup collaboration with Estée Lauder. What I like, what I don’t – what I’d spend cash on and, importantly, how I’d wear it all. There’s a video at the bottom of the page, which is possibly the key element of this feature – I demonstrate the bronzer, eyeshadow (or “eye metallic”) and kajal as well as both lipsticks from the range. If you’re in any doubt as to whether you’d get on with the shades you’ve seen in images online then watch the video and pay close attention!

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

So, the collection. Let’s start with the packaging. Sleek and sexy with reassuringly heavy compacts and lots of fluting going on. There’s more fluting than a school orchestra. More fluting than a medieval banquet. You get the picture. The Morning Dew moisturiser-primer (here), which has a hint of shimmer to brighten and perkify* the skin, has a completely fluted bottle in gold and black. The lipsticks have ribbed cases (sorry, I couldn’t bring myself to type the f-word again) and the liquid eyeliners have lids to match.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

It’s all very sexy. Understated, luxurious and sleek. I think that the whole look and feel of the collection has been pitched perfectly – though it’s definitely priced to reflect this vibe! The Java bronzer compact (with its absolutely gorgeous leather covering, find it here) comes in at £48 – the Morning Dew is a whopping £68.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

But nothing disappoints – if you’re buying into this luxe collection then you can be safe in the knowledge that the quality is top-notch. Nothing is completely mind-blowing, in terms of ingenuity or innovation, but everything is wearable and flattering and high-perfomance. It’s a clever, capsule-wardrobe sort of collection that makes you think “I’d wear all of that”.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

And because you can see yourself wearing every single item, it all becomes massively appealing, regardless of the price. You probably don’t need anything, because you’ll already have a good bronzer and a vivid orange-red lipstick and the perfect black smudgy eye pencil, but by Jove do you want it!

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

Oh – I said there were no disappointments. I lied. The Eye Foil, which is a sort of clumsy-foam-applicator liquid eye thing, completely failed to amuse me. Perhaps I applied it in the wrong way, but whether I tried it as an eyeliner or sort of sheer, glittery eyeshadow, it was wishy-washy and not that appealing. Apologies if I’ve missed the secret trick, but this one was not for me. I much preferred the traditional eye kajal (here) and the eyeshadow, pictured above and below…

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Makeup Collection Review

As I said before, there’s nothing showstopping or magically new about an eyeshadow, but the shades are beautiful and easy to wear and add an instant spot of glamour if you’re looking for a bit of grown-up glitz. And that ribbed leather casing! Be still my beating heart…

Here’s the video – notebooks at the ready, because I pick my number one “what to buy” right at the end. You can find  the collection (except the highlighter) at here.

*new word, it’s a keeper.

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  1. AJ
    September 13, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    That red lipstick is gorgeous but I never wear red. I’m not crazy about the packaging kind of masculine looking in the black leather..Bronzers are pretty basic, you can get them everywhere, there are amazing drugstore ones even and they are all pretty much the same!

  2. September 13, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    The bronzer does really suit you and the packaging on it is luxe!

  3. Kirsty
    September 13, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    The packaging is gorgeous! Can’t wait to pick up some of the range.


  4. Elena
    September 13, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I always find you can get across what you like about something without fawning over it (which I find tedious). It’s a skill.

  5. Rose
    September 13, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Hi Ruth! What brush are you using for your bronzer? I would love for you to a video/article about your favourite or must-have brushes.
    Rose :)

    • Sarah
      September 17, 2016 / 10:44 am

      She’s using Bobbi brushes- they are so beautiful and lovely to work with x

  6. September 13, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    This collection looks absolutely GORGE!

  7. September 13, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I love the look of that single eye shadow!

  8. M
    September 13, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    That green eyeshadow is calling me. Wish that they’d post the ingredients. I’m allergic to talc and am hoping that this is a formula without it in.

  9. September 13, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Might just buy this because its Victoria Beckham- I just love her! x

  10. bbbb
    September 13, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    It’s morning aura, not morning dew! Just got this and modern mercury. The quality of the product is exceptional! Very beautiful, very luxurious and super chic, just like VB. A very well curated/designed collection.

  11. Patricia
    September 13, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Luxury and at luxury prices! As nice as the packaging and some shades look, I wouldn’t pay $55 CAD for a single eyeshadow shade or a lipstick…it’s more expensive than Chanel! I rather get the new Dior rouge lipstick which I heard is exceptional!

  12. Farzans
    September 13, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Loving the red lipstick…might have to splash out on that! It looks gorgeous on you.

  13. September 14, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Seems like the red lip is a winner – I agree! Love how vibrant the colour is.

  14. Jane
    September 15, 2016 / 10:21 am

    The Morning Aura sounds exactly the same as the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, which given that Bobbi Brown is an Estee Lauder company, it probably is. And that is only £42.50! I can’t help but feel a bit cynical, sorry.

  15. September 16, 2016 / 7:56 am

    I feel like the beauty obsessive in my brain wants all of the things based purely on packaging. My sensible brain says it’s a little overpriced! Very pretty and wearable though!

  16. September 16, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    The packaging is definitely top notch! I hope to find this collection somewhere at a counter here in the US so I could actually swatch it and decide if I need anything!

  17. Bella
    September 16, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I love everything on you! You look gorgeous–the bronzer, eye shadow, eye liner, and lipsticks!!! It makes me want to buy all of it, but I think it way overpriced, and will hope that someone buys it for me for Xmas! LOL

  18. bbf
    September 17, 2016 / 1:21 am

    i love the packaging is just classy

  19. Eleni
    September 17, 2016 / 6:52 am

    I would definitely buy Tom Ford instead of this collection. Similar price range and attention to packaging, but way more interesting and of top quality!

  20. Dee Manchett
    September 19, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I was disappointed with products no applicator with eyeshadow and no brush with bronzer.
    Chanel and Gucci include it!! Nice packaging though!

  21. eastvillagesiren
    September 26, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Ruth, a bit late to the reply game, but thank you for a great review of the line. I bought the eye palette. The packaging/ribbed case is gorgeous. I was a bit put off by the bright colors, but I’ve happily discovered that a bit of the blue and forest green applied wet in a think line looks great with my brown eyes. The neutral shades are very wearable. So for my splurge purchase, I figure I’ll use this palette every day and amortize out the cost ; )

  22. Clair
    October 4, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Bought eye foil really disappointed with it looked clumpy when applied and to top it off had to wash it off after half an hour as made my eyes stingy and runny not a happy bunny as was so looking forward to trying it

  23. Julie
    October 16, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Lovely Review. Thank you. Bought the Black Myrrh eye ink. Am truly disappointed. I purchased it after a lovely makeover at The VB stand in Harvey Nichols ( the girls were superb, knew the products and how to apply. Glass of champagne) However, by the time we had finished , the black myrrh had creased and become very sheer in patches thereby ruining the smokey look.Was advised that maybe I had oily eye lids! ! Not true as I have dry skin and use light moisturiser. Have tried it with/ without primer, base matte eye shadow undeneath, on bare skin ( I need moisturiser !)This stuff is like finger print dusting powder used by CSI. It transfers everywhere even after Mac Makeup Fix. Such a shame as I received compliments wearing it. Also a fair amount of glittery fall out. If anyone has tips or similar experience I would love to hear from you.

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