The collection we’ve been waiting for – VICTORIA BECKHAM for ESTÉE LAUDER makes its return …
Beauty editor Sarah Halliwell talks through the full collection in the video below …
Victoria Beckham launches her second capsule make-up collection with Estée Lauder this September, and it’s one to make anyone with even a passing interest in beauty sit up and take notice – and then scramble to the nearest counter. The designer’s first venture into cosmetics took a seriously saturated market by storm, becoming Selfridges’ biggest ever beauty launch. Quite apart from how glamorous it looks – so chunky, weighty and elegant in its fluted black and pale gold casing – it’s the formulas that have blown us away (along with every beauty editor and make-up artist we’ve talked to), from the fabulous multitasking Morning Aura primer/moisturiser/highlighter in its tall gold tube to the matte bronzer, both of which I now use every day. Far from being products purely suited to those who are photographed for magazines, these deliver the most lovely natural finish, enough to make mere mortals, unbothered by the paparazzi, look just that bit more glowy and glossy every day.
Along with ten hero products (the two mentioned above included), there will be 18 new products plus two limited-edition sets. Clearly, Beckham could have done a make-up line sooner, and created it under her own steam. But she jumped at the chance to work with Lauder: “Estée Lauder is the best, iconic. I’m passionate about it,” she told us. And the formulas, nearly all brand-new for the company, prove her right. We’ve tried the mascara and it’s a beauty – inspired by working with Asian make-up artists, it’s designed for “really thick, fantastic lashes,” Beckham told us at the top-secret preview in the Penthouse Suite at Claridges back in February. “It has a long fine wand so you can really ‘paint’ the lashes. I love a very strong spidery lash.” Also new are Cheek Cremes, translucent Skin Perfecting Powder (in the most glamorous white-gold compact), and some delicious new shades of kajal for the inkiest eye looks. Beckham describes the new liquid liner as “old-school Hollywood – you can get a really thin line that looks very modern and it dries perfectly with no bleed.” A new tone of bronzer, Saffron, is ideal for a lighter finish. “I like skin to be matte rather than look oily. There is absolutely no sparkle in the bronzer – it has to be matte.”
We have our eye on the four-shade eyeshadow palette featuring the softest matte grey that featured in Beckham’s AW17 show (above). “It’s about fashion – modern, fashion, wearable, chic compacts,” the designer told us. Beckham’s own signature look of smokey eye plus nude lip suits pretty well everybody, and is pretty addictive once tried – experiment with the Smudgy Matte Eyeliner in Graphite for a relaxed inky wing along the lashline. It’s no surprise that her nude lip colours are superlative. Following up on the original creamy pink-latte lip shade Nude Spice, the new collection features another perfect matte nude, Victoria, plus soft pink Burnished Rose: “You can never have enough nudes,” Beckham says firmly. “I wear the new lip liner and lipstick every day – it gives you a great lip shape – you can literally draw on your lips. It gives you definition which you need when being photographed.”
The Eye Foils were a little overlooked first time round, so this season they are returning in a different format, in round pots rather than the previous opaque tube. The pearl-infused Blonde Gold and Burnt Anise deliver a rich “liquid metal” shine. Probably the thing I’m most excited to wear is the Aura Gloss in Honey (€36), a highlighting golden pearl gloss that makes skin look instantly expensive. All Beckham’s formulas work to recreate that dewy, really healthy-looking skin that you have when you’re 18. So put aside heavy powders and try these cream and translucent finishes instead.
Yes, this is investment beauty – prices start from €27 for a lip pencil, while lipsticks clock in at €46. But try these formulas on your hand and they will still be there at the end of the day – you’re talking lasting texture and the most intense pigments. So in terms of glamour and quality, you get what you pay for. This is beauty to lift your spirits as the temperatures drop and the nights draw in.
See the full collection in the gallery below …
Read more about the collection and what the designer told us about it in the September issue of The Gloss, published Saturday September 2.
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