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.

01

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Victoria Beckham Highlighter

Limited 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.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A

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.

B+

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.

C

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.

D+

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.

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%

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 ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (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). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (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.

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. 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). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, 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.

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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 ($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). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Freckletone (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Strip (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% 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.

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. Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lobster (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). 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.

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Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lipstick Brazilian Nude
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lipstick Chilean Sunset
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Lip Gloss Moroccan Heat
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
69%

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 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). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Shake Down (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Amira (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Raw Gold (13M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Don't Settle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lithium (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Burn (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Chiffon (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% 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). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Storm Cloud (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is more muted (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder Eye Metals Bitter Clove
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Estee Lauder Eye Metals Charred Emerald
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
86%

MAC Claretcast, Eros, Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky berry with subtle, cool undertones paired with a satin finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, with just a bit of tugging initially but became easier to glide on as it melted against the lips. The texture was light-to-medium in weight, lightly tacky but comfortable to wear over a six and a half hour period. The formula was a smidgen drying after four hours of wear. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Confident (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Roman (208) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Winterberry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and pulled more than other shades, and while I could feel it melting, it did not melt as much and was always a big draggy going on. It had good pigmentation, but it was harder to get smooth, even application; I expect this one to be more unforgiving on those with drier or flakier lips as well. The color lasted a solid six hours, left behind a pinkish stain, and was non-drying. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink (P, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #505 (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones that has a lightly glossy, cream finish. It is the combination of brightness and undertone that seems to appear a bit warmer on me, though to my eye, it is neutral-to-cool. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly while the consistency seemed to fill in lip lines and made my lips appear fuller and smoother. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Claretcast
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Eros
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
83%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Life's Blood
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%