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Round-up: Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection Overview

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

Here’s a look at how the products I tried from the new Estee Lauder x Vicoria Beckham Collection performed!  My personal favorites are the Modern Mercury Highlighter and Eye Palette.

There are a few remaining pieces available via Bergdorf Goodman and most through Selfridges, while Saks has the collection available for pre-order.  Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and NET-A-PORTER are also supposed to launch the collection on October 1st.

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Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Victoria Beckham Highlighter

LELimited Edition. $65.00/0.26 oz.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Read full review.

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Vanity

02. Estee Lauder Java Sun Victoria Beckham Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

03. Estee Lauder Original Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($95.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six, shimmery eyeshadows that feature a wet/dry powder formula. Read full review.

A-

05. Estee Lauder Black Myrrh Eye Ink

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Read full review.

B+

06. Estee Lauder Bitter Clove Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark golden blackened-brown with larger, gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer that has a more metallic finish. Read full review.

B+

07. Estee Lauder Brazilian Nude Victoria Beckham Lipstick

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

B

08. Estee Lauder Charred Emerald Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Charred Emerald Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

B

09. Estee Lauder Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Burnt Anise Eye Foil ($36.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is an inky, bluish-black with silver and teal sparkle paired with a metallic sheen. Read full review.

C

10. Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat Victoria Beckham Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Moroccan Heat Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

D+

Glossover Breakdown

86%

Average Score
A
3
B
5
C
1
D
1
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
86%
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
86%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink & Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink

EYE INK

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Grommet (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is supposed to be a “pressed gel-creme formula” with “deep, rich” pigmentation. It actually felt similar to the Eye Metals to the touch, but the ingredient list shows them to be different, and it did feel creamier and more like a cream-based product than a powder one. I think it is the density and lack of glossiness/a lot of slip that made it seem less like a traditional cream eyeshadow. It lasted for seven hours before starting to crease on me, and when I tried it as an eyeliner, it was harder to apply with the same intensity as when I used a flatter, wider brush (doesn’t seem to play well with finer brushes), but it lasted a bit longer at eight hours. It was richly pigmented and blendable on the skin.

EYE FOIL

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Burnt Anise Eye Foil ($36.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is an inky, bluish-black with silver and teal sparkle paired with a metallic sheen. Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Molten Midnight (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “high-shine” and give a “liquid-metal effect.” It’s very thin, almost water-like, and applies better to my arm/hand than to my eye when used with the included doe-foot applicator. I had a little more luck using a flat, synthetic brush, but it is so thin that trying to blend and spread the product across the skin’s surface did more to some product but not all, which resulted in an uneven layer of coverage. It had a longer drying time, so it easily migrated into creases when I used it alone, and it had a tendency to cause underlying products to crease if used as more than just a dab (like patting on top of an eyeshadow with your fingertip). I also experienced some burning sensation as it was drying down. Once it dried down, it was fairly smudge-proof and budge-proof; it took a lot of rubbing with my fingertip (against my hand) to get any transfer, and it was mostly shimmer. I saw only a few sparkles that had dropped over time, and it didn’t seem to crease further once it dried down — it’s just more finicky to avoid the creasing in the first place.

Estee Lauder Eye Ink Black Myrrh
Estee Lauder Eye Foil Burnt Anise

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Lipsticks & Lipgloss

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick

BRAZILIAN NUDE

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark peachy brown with warm udnertones and a soft sheen. bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fresh Brew (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Peacemaker (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Rock it (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bare Instinct (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Strip (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Freckletone (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Pout (P, $23.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly, and the consistency was lightly creamy, emollient, and didn’t tug when applied. I didn’t feel like it slid around when I wore it, which made it last a bit better–almost four hours. It was lightly hydrating and had a vanilla scent to it with no taste (to me, at least). This shade had the level of translucency where just enough of the lip color will come through and alter how warm/cool/light/dark this shade looks based on one’s natural lip color.

CHILEAN SUNSET

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty #076 (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). MAC Lobster (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had rich color coverage that went on smoothly, but the consistency itself was unforgiving and emphasized the texture of my lips with some of the color gathering in lip lines (the brightness and depth of the color made it harder to notice, at least). It felt more velvety and didn’t tug going on, but it just didn’t sit as well as on the lips overall. This shade wore well for over six hours but was a bit drying after four hours of wear. The formula was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Because it’s imperfect, I think that the $45 price tag is hard to swallow, and the color itself (even the finish) is incredibly dupable–even within Estee Lauder’s permanent range.

MOROCCAN HEAT

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Moroccan Heat Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Milkshake (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ultimate Dish (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Rising Sun (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Cappuccino (02) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Instant Crash (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Naked Space (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Myth (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I found the gloss to be one of the more disappointing and lackluster (there’s a pun there, I know it!) products in the collection; it is such a weak gloss formula with the type of packaging that I know many are not enamored of, and there’s a pitiful amount of it in the container. It is strange to me that there is not even a noticeable amount of sparkle/shimmer in it to work as a layering product over the two lipsticks. It was moderately tacky, thin, difficult to spread across the lips, and then it welled into lip lines and looked a bit streaky and uneven on the lips to boot! Another thing that struck me as odd was that it is fig-scented, which is the old school Estee Lauder lip product smell, when they’ve been moving to vanilla scents (true in the Pure Color Envy line, and also true in the lipsticks from this same collection). The best part about the gloss was that it lasted for four hours on me and wasn’t drying.

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lipstick Brazilian Nude
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lipstick Chilean Sunset
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lip Gloss Moroccan Heat

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove & Charred Emerald Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a “rich color powder eyeshadow” that is “densely pigmented” that can be worn alone or layered. There are two shades in the collection, and they performed similarly, though Bitter Clove is a bit richer overall and longer wearing. They were nicely pigmented with very dense, almost cream-like textures that blended out easily on the lid and adhered to bare lids. I found that they were prone to creasing within six hours of wear, but the wear time improved to eight hours (before creasing) over primer, so primer helped but can’t say these are the longest wearing formula. I did not experience much fall out, though, despite the high sparkle content in Bitter Clove (Charred Emerald has more of a pearly sheen). I liked them, but at the price point, it’s definitely a lot for a single eyeshadow, so they’re not going to be worth it for everyone.

They come in the same leather (or leather-like, even in the official press release I now have, there is almost nothing on packaging) compact with heavy-duty gold clasps and good weight to them. These are larger eyeshadows in terms of overall size, and the weight is about double most eyeshadows (MAC, Urban Decay, etc.).

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark golden blackened-brown with larger, gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer that has a more metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a dense, cream-like texture that blended and adhered well to the lid. The color started to crease faintly after six hours of wear. Gucci Beauty Iconic Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Shake Down (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Raw Gold (13M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Amira (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Don't Settle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Lithium (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Burn (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Chiffon (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Gold Goddess (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Charred Emerald Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic and was easy to apply to the skin. While it was intense on the lid initially, I noticed that the brightness seemed to fade within a few minutes, and it had more of a blackened look. From there, the color wore well for six hours before it started to crease on me. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Storm Cloud (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Eye Metals Bitter Clove
Estee Lauder Eye Metals Charred Emerald

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Pre-order @ Saks

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

As I was doing my morning stalking across retails for new products, I saw that Saks has all of the items from the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection available for pre-order.  (Swatches are here.)  I don’t normally make multiple availability announcements, except when collections are selling out, which this one is (at least, some of the items).

Pre-Order at Saks

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury

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