Growing up in the 90s, it will come as no surprise to you that I was (and am still) a huge Spice Girls fan. Who was my favourite Spice? Posh of course. It’s been amazing to watch Victoria Beckham go from plastic WAG fantastic to eternally-chic fashion designer and general style inspiration (via that song that she did with Dane Bowers – what a gem) And….. although I’m a lot older now, I’m still partial to a bit of merchandise.
Enter the new Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder collaboration. When I saw the preview of the collection a month or so back, I just knew I had to get my mitts on it. Not only is Estée Lauder one of my favourite go-to brands, the products looked amazing AND they filled a few of the very rare gaps in my beauty collection.
VB herself said “I love to make women feel like the best version of themselves. I believe I have created some of the key pieces that you really need in your makeup kit” – and she wasn’t wrong.
I went a bit mad, bought some from Selfridges, bought some direct from Estee Lauder – my credit card company even called me to check my card hadn’t been stolen! The prices are slightly higher than your average Estee Lauder and I understand most of you have better self control than me – soooo I’ve done the hard spending work for you.
Here’s my pick of the must-haves from the VB X Estee Lauder range.
First up on the “I LOVE” list, is the Modern Mercury highlighter. This was actually an older highlighter from the Estee archives which was one of Victoria’s faves before it got discontinued. So naturally, she brought it back as part of her collaboration.
I can see why – it’s a beautiful rose gold highlighter which is the perfect mix of blush/highlighter. Also – it’s rose gold tone and i’m obsessed with all things rose gold still. I very rarely wear blush these days – I normally wear highlighter and contour but this Modern Mercury highlighter gives the tiniest hint of a flush of colour. Applied high on the cheekbones, it’s a blush and highlighter in one sweep and gives that healthy “outdoor” glow.
The compact is stunning – quilted black with gold, it feels satisfying and heavy in my hand. Although I feel like you could probably find a similar highlighter out there but I felt like it was worth paying more for this (an eye-watering £48 to be exact), for the quality and luxe finish.
My other recommendation from the range is the much-hyped Morning Aura Illuminating cream. Part moisturiser, part illuminating primer – it’s basically a face cream that gives you that beautiful transparent sheen on your skin.
Frankly, it’s a ridiculous price. But hey, I’d just been paid and a super-hyped 9AM release puts you in that excitable sample sale mode which just makes it so much easier to press BUY.
A word of caution – I don’t use it all over my face, mainly just on the cheeks. Oily skin like mine has the tendency to look more sweaty rather than sheeny. However, on the cheeks, it’s an absolute dream. It gives the perfect no-makeup, no highlighter, glowing look that I ‘m trying to achieve this winter. Now if only the rest of my skin would cooperate…. (I’m actually in the middle of a huge skin experiment to perfect my skin, more news on that once I find results!)
I also bought the Victoria Beckham lipstick in Brazilian Nude. It’s a great warm nude colour but nothing special to me. The case looks great but it’s not as high quality as the highlighter compact and I prefer the Estee Lauder Colour Envy formula instead.
Overall – there are some really great, albeit expensive and much-hyped products. But they’re the kind of products that bring you joy every time you use them. The kind of products that you keep the box for. If you’re a makeup addict, you will KNOW what I’m talking about.
So basically, I’m pleased to have bought them, and would recommend them to anyone – BUT if you’re more practical rather than er… emotional, then you can probably get a similar result with cheaper products.
So there you go – my top picks – all still available at Estee Lauder, Selfridges or Harrods. I thought they would have all sold out by now but it looks like they’re still around. So take a breath and treat yourself? (just a bit more restrained than me perhaps!)