Comparison: Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette V’s Estee Edit Gritty Eye Palette
Recently I published two reviews, one of the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette and another of the Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Eye and Face Palettes. I mentioned in the post that there is a similarity between the Gritty Eye Palette from Estee Edit and the Victoria Beckham palette, so I decided to do a direct comparison of the two to show what I mean.
First off, I must say that as per my reviews, both of these palettes are excellent quality. The shadows are amazingly pigmented, soft to use and the colour payoff if brilliant. All of them blend beautifully and I really, really love them both, but do you need them both?
So, at first glance, the two palettes do have a very similar colour range. Both have six shadows, both have shimmer finishes and of course, both are from Estee Lauder. I will compare each colour option from both palettes and you will see from the brush swatches that they actually are quite different. But first, the main difference between the two: price! The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow palettes retail for $70 CND/$58 USD, but you do get two palettes for that, this one and the Glow Face & Eye Palette (see full review and details here.) Victoria Beckham’s palette (full details here) on the other hand retails for $115 CND/$95 USD, so quite the difference. Now onto the shadows.
In the Gritty palette the gold is called Swerve and in the VB palette, it is Metal Saffron. In the palette, the VB shade looks darker with warmer, browner tones whereas Swerve is more of a brighter, coppery gold. In the flesh, or should I say on the flesh, they are indeed quite different. Metal Saffron is a softer taupe shade with soft shimmer and Swerve is an all out, in your face shimmery gold. Both are really nice shades and both are excellent quality. It just depends on whether you're looking for subtle or bright.
Gritty has Riff as its creamy shade and VB has Blonde Cumin. This time it is VB with her Blonde Cumin that is the bolder, brighter shade which definitely has golden shimmery tones. Riff on the other hand, is paler and shows more of a pale pink. So these two are very different offerings.
When you look at the palettes the brown shades look very similar indeed. Burn in the Gritty palette is a deep brown with warm, red undertones. VB’s Black Nutmeg can be described exactly the same. On the flesh, they are also very similar with VB’s having a slightly more shimmery look and Burn being very slightly deeper in shade. But, overall, these shades are pretty much a dupe of each other.
Again, when looking at the palette these shades are very similar. Gritty offers us Wavy and VB has Burnished Sage. Both are deep greens with shimmery finish. However, on the skin, they are not alike at all. Wavy is much darker and has the look of teal. It is a very rich shade that is really pretty. Burnished Sage on the other hand, is much lighter but equally as nice, just in a different way. Both offer excellent colour payoff.
The two blue option appear similar in the palette but not the same. Fired Sapphire in VB’s palette is a true bright blue whereas Trip in the Gritty palette is duller in appearance. On the skin is where the real differences of these two shades really come into play. Fired Sapphire is a beautiful bright blue with superb colour payoff. The shade on the skin looks the same as in the palette. However, Trip is another matter entirely. This is a duochrome shade, so what you see is most definitely not what you get. Depending on the light and angled viewed at, this shade can appear, blue, purple or brown. A really pretty shade that I have several swatches of in my full review of the palette to show the differences.
I always like to see a black in a palette, so both of them come up trumps here. VB has Gray Amber and Gritty has Moon. Grey Amber has more of a shimmer and is not a true black as the name suggests. It is a very dark grey with great colour payoff. Moon is a true black, much deeper and has a glittery sparkle to it. Both are great, just a little different.
So, back to the original question. Are these palettes a dupe of each other. Answer: most definitely not. They each have similar, but very different shades on offer. Taking price out of the equation, I really don’t know which I would choose over the other. Both have great shades, both offer excellent quality and both offer something a little different. So, yes, I would have both. If however, price does come into play, as surely it must, then the Estee Edit has to win as it is not only much cheaper but has a second palette too.
I would conclude that the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette is aimed at the more mature person with possibly more disposable income. The palette itself is much more refined and wouldn’t look out of place being taken out of a purse for a touch-up during the Oscars. The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Eye and Face Palettes are clearly aimed at the younger audience and are a bit more funky, covered in glitter and magnetic. I really love them both.
The one thing I can be certain of, whichever one you choose to buy, if indeed you do, you will not be disappointed with the quality. Both are excellent palettes that you will turn to time and time again. Did I mention I love these palettes?