I believe some people’s souls tap them on the shoulder at a very young age, where they know what it is they are meant to do before their tenth birthday. Victoria Beckham has been collecting makeup since she was very young, and so, post the Spice Girls era, the WAG phenomenon and simply being the wife of, she has created a striking fashion line and can now add beauty mogul to her CV. Reaching back into Estée Lauder’s archives as a way to inform this capsule collection, plus incorporating her own amassed wishes, the Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder collection of colour cosmetics is on its second go-round, after an initial offering that sold out swiftly towards the end of 2016.
When the collection was first released, there was quite a bit of hysteria. Bloggers and Beauty Journalists were singing hearty praises, trotting it out on their social media feeds and in newspaper columns. Her star-power alone was half the battle won in moving the products along. I watched quietly on the sidelines and read about the items on my late night wanderings online. And I still didn’t make any moves to purchase. Until I happened to watch a video on YouTube and was mesmerised by the way the woman in the video applied Bitter Clove to her eyes. I didn’t even realise what was happening until later that night when I landed on the Estée Lauder website.
What sweetened the deal for me was the deluxe sample of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair that would accompany my purchase. The eye shadow is now a member of my stash but it has not been a smooth integration. The first time I wore this eyeshadow, I ended the day with sparkly flecks all over my face. I then decided to try it again, using a different primer on each eyelid. I still ended up with flecks all over my face. A third time, I wore it without primer on both eyelids, again, fleck city.
A fourth time I decided to layer it over a matte eyeshadow shade from Chanel, and that’s when I had the breakthrough. This eye shadow works better when layered over another. Plus, using a clean finger to tap it on is to me, a better way to apply than with a brush. What sets this eye shadow apart is its creamy texture. A mixture of gold, copper, khaki and a hint of green, this is innovation central, as the products were created to give a wet look to the face.
In the photograph above I swatched VB x EL Bitter Clove next to Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette shade in Pop. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pop applies easier and smoother with a finger or a brush, plus fallout is about nil. Both shades are shimmery, but Bitter Clove is especially shimmery, and would likely be better suited for evening. Victoria Beckham’s packaging is stunning, hefty, satisfyingly clicky and makes a superb collector’s item. The entire collection rival’s Tom Ford’s in aesthetics, whilst its innovation is apparent, in terms of textures and finishes. With inspiration drawn from the world’s major fashion cities, London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris, with Bitter Clove being part of the London look, this collection is worth a look and with your own testing, you’re likely to find something to delight.