Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Eye Palette Review & Swatches
At the end of last year, Victoria Beckham launched her makeup brand with Estee Lauder. One of the products was the eye palette which I managed to get my hands on recently and having used it a few times can now share my review.
Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Eye Palette
The palette comes in a black box with gold lettering and sides and looks very classy, as you would expect from both Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder. The compact itself is quite weighty, giving it a feel of quality and luxury. It has gold around the edges and a very good clasp, also in gold. The main covering of the compact is a black leather-like fabric. I have no idea if this is true leather or imitation, but it is ribbed and feels really nice.
Inside the compact, the black and gold theme continues. The lid mirror is surrounded by a black edging and has Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder names in small black lettering along the bottom. The eyeshadows are also surrounded by black and have a protective plastic cover over the top with the shadow names in gold lettering on it. I normally like to see the shadow names actually on the palette under the shadows, but I think in this case it would cheapen the look of the palette, so I’m happy with how they have done this.
So, onto the actual eyeshadows. There are six shades that are surprisingly bright and shimmery and are designed to be used either dry or wet. When I think of Victoria Beckham, I think sultry and neutral, not bright and shimmery, buy hey, what do I know? At first glance the shadows appear very rich in colour and look as if they will be soft and luxurious, but are they?
The following swatches have been done using a brush and swiped twice. The top half of the swatch is over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the bottom half is on bare skin so that you can get an idea of how they look on both. All shadows are swatched dry.
Fired Sapphire: Wow, this is a very bright blue, with cool tones that looks exactly the same on the eye as it does in the pan. The colour is rich and you don’t need to use a lot to get excellent colour payoff. I found the difference between using over primer or not was negligible, it works great on either. It blended amazingly well and there was very little fallout. I put this shade on my eye at 7am and when I took my makeup off after 12 hours it still looked like it had just been applied. I only found a little creasing in my crease because I have hooded eyes, but the colour remained true and there was no fading at all.
Blonde Cumin: This is a light gold shimmer with warm tones that works as well on primed skin as it does without. It has excellent colour payoff, no fallout and is soft and incredibly blendable. I was able to wear this shade for a good 10 hours before I noticed any fading.
Metal Saffron: A medium brown with warm tones and a slight golden shimmer that once again had amazing colour payoff. It worked equally well with or without primer and there was very little fallout. It is very blendable and soft to use. I wore this for 10 hours before noticing slight creasing (hooded eyes), but the colour stayed true.
Burnished Sage: This is a deep green with a light satin shimmer and like the previous shades works equally well on both primed and unprimed skin. The colour payoff is brilliant and it is soft and blendable with a very small amount of fallout. The colour stayed true on my eye for 12 hours and I only noticed slight creasing where my eyes are hooded.
Gray Amber: This is a dark grey, almost black with a satin shimmer. Again, no difference between using over primer or not. I did not notice any fallout and the colour payoff is, once again, excellent. I used this to blend with the other shades and it blended beautifully without muddying. I also used it as a liner and it worked great and did not fade, even after 10 hours.
Black Nutmeg: A dark brown with warm, red tones and satin shimmer. I know I’m repeating myself, but the colour payoff is brilliant, the bendability great and no fallout. I wore this for 12 hours with no noticeable fading.
I was going to re-swatch these shades using them damp, but unfortunately, after the swatching the dry ones, I found that I had a reaction on my arm. This is very odd as I did not have any reaction on my eyes and it was not the primer as I use this often for swatches and never had a reaction like this before. I can only conclude that I should not wear Victoria Beckham eyeshadows as body paint!
This palette is quite amazing. I have to say that of all the many eyeshadows I have used over the years, this was by far the best for quality of packaging, quality of eyeshadow, colour payoff, bendability, butteriness, lasting ability…..the list goes on. I literally have no negatives, unless you count the adverse reaction on my arm, but as I won’t be wearing it on my arm, I can forgive that!
All the shades wore brilliantly with no fading for at least 10 hours on me, using primer. The only thing I noticed was slight creasing along my crease line, but that is normal for me as I have hooded eyes.
The only negative is the price of the palette which is $95.00 USD or $115 CND. So, is it worth the price? I would have to say, yes, in reality, it is, if you love all the shades and will get your money’s worth out of it. But if you only use a couple of the shades, unless you have a huge bank account, then no. The decision is yours. All I have to say is I would love to try some more neutral shades and mattes from the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder brand, but I don't’ actually think they have any at the moment.