Okay, so I had to go back for the Charred Emerald because… well just because. I also got the Morning Aura (meh) and the extra Black Myrhh just to justify shipping ’cause Selfridges wants your first born to send stuff across the pond. I don’t know why some Youtube folks had their lips twisted up about this gorgeous eyeshadow. It’s deep and pigmented and so easy to use that I just lined my eyes with it.
Foundation is Burberry Fresh Glow (LOVE), and Charlotte Tilbury Powder in medium. Blush is the Victoria Beckham Bronzer, topped with Modern Mercury Highlighter. That highlighter is also the base on my lids. I first smudged Urban Decay Pencil in Zero in between my lashes, then lined dry with Charred Emerald. The color might come out more intense wet, but I’m not willing to potentially damage the pot right now to find out. I also used Charred Emerald on my waterline with a brush. Yes, I know you shouldn’t. No, I don’t care.
Lips are Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Very Victoria.
Forget about the season, this might be one of my most used/loved collections of all time. That’s probably because it’s so practical and easy to use. And the older I get, the more practical I become in terms of time and actual application.
The lippies came! While I do love everything, I see (now) that layering them all together can be a bit much.
Lip liner is on the left, then lipstick, then lipgloss.
With the exception of the gloss (where there is no doubt about color), the pencil and especially the lipstick look like they pull a little in the swatches. They do NOT. This is a distinct nude with yellow and brown undertones, and if you have pink undertones in your skin, you might want to be careful about rushing out to buy this. These lip products do something really interesting to my lips: they completely remove my natural pigmentation and make my lips look nearly bare. It’s quite a gorgeous surprise and completely seals my love for this collection. The rest of this FOTD is the eye ink in Black Myrrh (LOVE), with the highlighter on the inner corners and blended through the crease. Highlighter and bronzer are also on the cheeks. I layered all three of the lip products, which I do not recommend. After this picture I ended up taking it down and just wearing the lipstick. You can wear the pencil alone or with the lipstick or gloss… but I don’t recommend doing it with the lipstick AND gloss. It’s too much. I felt like I had weights attached to my lips. And they were so packed and shiny and honestly kinda gross. But worn alone or two at a time they really make a lovely impact.
I will say that I have one major complaint with Estee Lauder: the lipstick is small. LIKE…. SMALL! I put it next to a Bite lipstick (then read the weight) and found that side by side, the VB version nearly looks like a sample. Not cool. Especially at $45. It’s rather rude to shrink the tube size and jack up the price. Just greedy and raggedy and I’m sure I’m not the only person who didn’t appreciate it.
Do better Estee. Otherwise, the collection is a hit in this camp.
So my first impression of this collection is LOVE. Pure unadulterated love. Okay, let me clarify. I don’t like everything (I think those eye tints are a complete waste of space and the eye pencil is garbage), but most of it is fabulous. The colors are not exceptional, but the formulas are undeniably fantastic. And the packaging just seals it. If you think it reminds you of Tom Ford, you’re right. Estee Lauder owns Tom Ford Beauty, so similarities are warranted. But this is so much better, in my opinion. The reason why is the insides. The Tom Ford Night Blooming Powders (which is where the similar packaging happens) are good, but not fantastic. The highlighter is a gold highlighter. Period. And the blush is a source of frustration for anyone… including the palest of them all… trying to get it to show up on their skin. Not so for this collection. EVERYTHING shows up. The colors are dense and gorgeous, and I am here for (mostly) all of it.
This is what showed up first. I got this collection in pieces from different places. Estee Lauder began to sell out the day after it released, and certain stores only got certain items. So these arrived from Selfridges (which is crazy because the US based stores haven’t even shipped yet!), and I couldn’t wait for the rest to arrive to start this review. So I’ll do it in pieces. I also ordered the lipstick, lip pencil, and gloss. When those get here, I’ll post them as well.
See what I mean about density? The bronzer shows up on my skin, and is dark enough to cheat as a contour. The highlighter is DENSE. As you can see, it’s opaque and unapologetic. You have to really sheer it out to use it, so a light touch is recommended. You can easily pack it onto your eyes as a shadow, and it’ll hold with no issue. I also got the eye shadow in Bitter Clove, which looks like a lighter (with multi-color sparkles) version of Gucci’s Cocoa, which I love. My favorite is the eye ink in Black Myrrh. I know… it’s just a black shadow. But when I tell you that it’s so dense that it works gorgeously as an eyeliner with no fallout (not that I could see and I packed it with abandon)… OMG. Love. I want a backup. That’s so rude. But I do.
I happily dug into these items for an FOTD:
Bronzer as contour, highlight as highlight, Bitter Clove on the lids and Black Myrrh everywhere else on the eyes. I really love this stuff.
Because my lip stuff hasn’t gotten here yet, I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria with a clear gloss on top.
Love this collection. It’s well done, beautifully packaged, and classically impressive. It’s the difference between a pair of camouflage Louboutin booties and a classic Balmain blazer. You can tell that a lot of thought went into most of the collection (I’m not a fan of the palette because I feel like it does color for color’s sake, and I feel like the double ended eye pencil was kind of phoned in), and Beckham has every reason to be proud of it.
I went on the hunt for a white eyeshadow… and was surprised to find out how hard it is to come up with a pure white shade. Not super matte or super shimmery… but a basic white that works well on a wide range of skin tones and doesn’t pull grey, or silver, or gold (yes, gold) on certain undertones.
I came up wanting, until by chance I stopped by Estee Lauder to see what’s what, and ended up with Sugar Cube.
What I love about this eyeshadow is that it’s silky (not chalky like a lot of white eyeshadows can be) and it actually translates as white on my warm skin tone.
Perfect. You can find out more about Estee Lauder Sugar Cube HERE.
I wanted to show you why I changed the Estee Lauder Invisible Makeup shade… and went lighter:
This is the foundation in 5WN1 (we’re figuring that the W and the N stand for ‘Warm Neutral’)… after wearing it for 8 hours. See how it has oxidized? Amanda noticed it when I went to visit her. She says “I love the finish but not the color.” Then she showed me my reflection… I’d gone totally bronzey orange. The previous FOTD, when I was wearing this foundation shade, I took that picture at the beginning of my day. So as the day wore on, the foundation got darker.
So we ‘re-swatched’ all of the colors, and found that 4CNI is actually my shade. I swapped one shade out for the next, and now I’m a happy girl.
Here’s the rest of the FOTD:
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush/Highlighter in Afterglow
Armani ETK Silk Eyeshadow in #2 (lids)
NARS Eyeshadow in Galapagos (crease/under waterline)
You guys remember when I went NUTS over Estee Lauder Double Wear Light? Well, this company has DONE IT AGAIN. They have just flipped off Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua all kinds of ways… OMG.
Call this the Brown Beauty’s answer to the limited selection of colors with Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. Estee Lauder essentially took the same formula (water based & weightless) and just expanded the color range. I want to say they put it in a bigger bottle too. This one looks bigger than Vitalumiere Aqua to me (although it’s still listed as 1.0 oz).
Just like its Chanel counterpart, you have to shake it first before you use it. A very little of this foundation goes a LONG way. It’s thin, but spreads out smooth and evenly and offers a medium to full coverage (it can be layered).
My color is 4CN1. I imagine that the C and the N stand for ‘Cool Neutral.’ The color range is not only extensive, it’s separated by undertones. You HAVE to try this foundation in person before committing, because I thought I was 5CN1, and that turned out to be much too red for me. This one has more of a yellow undertone. This foundation also oxidizes as it warms to the skin, so be aware of that when you make your choice.
Despite its fantastic coverage, this foundation wears completely weightless. I am so impressed.
The price point is attractive too. $35 (compared to Chanel’s $45 price tag). Pay attention to this one. It’s good.
You can find out more about Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup HERE.