Victorian Beauty

First off, let me admit my bias - I am a big fan of Victoria Beckham. So of course I jumped at the chance to try her new line of beauty products produced by Estee Lauder. (Note: these are products I purchased myself, no paid endorsements). The capsule collection is available now at many international retailers, but I opted to buy them directly from Victoria's website as I've found that her company does an amazing job with e-commerce, customer service, packaging, and communications.

The products arrived in a branded reusable (yes!) box stuffed with playful enlarged polka dot tissue paper and a VB postcard from her ready to wear line. Each product box is tastefully designed in a black & gold color scheme with the signature modern VB font.

I opted to try a sampling of her products - lipstick, lipliner, illuminating cream, and bronzer. The lipstick in Brazilian Nude is moisturizing, subtle, and long-lasting. No cakey residue, no waxy taste. As a Tom Ford lipstick devotee, I've come to expect a lot, and I have to say the VB/Estee team really got it right!  

My usual lipliner is a nude crayon by Trish McEvoy. So this thinner lip pencil was a departure for me. I do like the level of control and definition and the seamless way it blends with the nude lipstick, but I'm not sure if this is a "must have" for me.

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The illuminating cream, beautifully designed in retro '80's era gold with a simple VB-embossed press pump mechanism, is a special blend of moisturizer and primer all in one. Dubbed "morning aura", the cream is designed to give your skin a healthy glow and allow makeup to glide on smoothly. The cream has a delicate scent, not at all abrasive on my sensitive skin. A little bit of a glimmer but not glittery. It blends easily and does a noticeable job of smoothing the surface of the skin for makeup application. In one of Victoria's tutorial videos, she recommends it for daytime touchups to apply over your makeup gently for a healthy glow. Never would have thought to try that trick myself, but I have to say it does work!

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Finally, the last product I tried was the bronzer in a shade called Java Sun. With my deathly pale skin, I thought maybe a touch of unnatural UV-free sun would help me look less corpse-like this winter. The bronzer does a nice job as a blush, but I found it to be a bit heavy for overall coverage with my skin tone. The packaging of the bronzer, however, is to die for. I mean, they seriously went all in with the quality of this compact. It's a beautiful grooved almost leather finish in black with gold trim. The weight is substantial - this is not a compact that will break in your purse or travel bag. My only complaint is that with such beautiful packaging, I wish the compact were refillable with other products. Maybe if this line performs well (it's sold out in many locations), there will be an opportunity for Estee Lauder x VB version 2.0.

All in all, I think VB did a fabulous job with this collaboration. The attention to detail and quality are superb. I hope this experiment leads to a larger, permanent collection down the line. Keep it up Victoria!