EXPERIMENTING WITH EXTRAVAGANCE
When Victoria Beckham’s makeup collaboration with Estée Lauder hit the scenes last year, it sold out pretty darn quick! I’m glad they’ve brought it back (with a couple of new additions) to give us mere mortals a chance to get their hands on it again.
I’ve got four items to play with and I love them all. Two pieces have won a permanent place in my makeup bag and the other two I will probably use more sporadically. For the purposes of this review, I’ve piled all of them onto my face, though this is not a look I would wear everyday. Perhaps if I was off to some very dark nightclub for a Saturday evening boogie, but at my age, my nightclub days are pretty much over… I actually rather like this makeup, although if I went to Tesco on a Wednesday morning looking like this, it’s entirely possible I’d be arrested for taking part in the Scary Clown Challenge…
It’s hard to find the right shade of bronzer for my pale skin; most of them end up looking too orange, too dark or too obvious. This bronzer on the other hand is a muted, medium brown, completely matte, and it imparts just the right amount of colour to leave you looking healthy and sunkissed rather than glowing like a Belisha beacon. It’s also housed in a lovely compact which feels luxurious and expensive (which you’d bloody hope for, for the price).
Overall, it’s a winner for me and something I would repurchase from the collection unless they sell out, and don’t restock it, which is a distinct possibility.
There’s also a new shade, Saffron Sun, available now, which as far as I can make out is even paler than Java sun.
My oh my this is a bright lipstick. It’s a beautiful, orange hued red which I think probably looks better with a bit of a tan. It’s not a shade I would normally go for, but I wanted to step outside of my nude comfort zone and try something different.
I wore this lipstick a lot on holiday recently when I was fake-tanned-up and it felt right to be rocking a bold red lip in a setting of extreme heat, palm trees, a turquoise sea and cocktails. Back home in Blighty, with the incessant grey dampness, it’s a very cheering colour to wear, but what puts me off a red lip generally is the maintenance. This lipstick has a comfortable, very matte finish which is gorgeous, but I still manage to get it all over my teeth. And mouth. And face. And hands. I’m a messy pup.
All in all it’s a gorgeous lipstick, which doesn’t seem to have made a comeback alongside the re-release, perhaps because it’s more of a summer colour. Victoria has, however brought out another matte finish lipstick called Nude Spice which I don’t have, but which also looks fab.
This eyeshadow was a major surprise for me. I assumed I’d feel fairly ambiguous about the colour and texture, but I’m digging it, man! It makes your eyelids look like they’re covered in a wash of glorious grungy glossiness, like the kind of makeup Kate Moss might have worn on the cover of i-D magazine in the nineties. One of my favourite looks for the eyes is that smudgy, glossy effect, but it’s a difficult one to achieve without your eyelids looking like they’re greasy enough to fry a couple of eggs on.
The shade I’ve got, Bitter Clove, is a lovely, glistening, brown which is pretty much universally flattering. The only downside is that you do get a fair amount of fallout from this product and it’s not highly pigmented, so you kind of need to layer it on for a stronger effect. Apart from that it’s a winner in my book. In fact, I think there should definitely be more shades available in this formulation! Are you listening, Victoria? Victoria? Vic….. – Oh, never mind.
This is probably the most superfluous item in the collection, although I still like it very much. It’s a white, sparkly cream, which, when patted onto the top of any eyeshadow, will give it the lustrous effect I’ve just described above. Or you can dot some into the inner corners of your eyes, or use it as a glittery highlight if you’re off to that darkened nightclub. Whatever; it’s a fun, but unnecessary bit of kit.
This is without doubt an extremely high-end, luxury collection, but unlike some, I think that most pieces are wearable, flattering and suitable for any age. Sure, they’re bloody expensive, but it’s a collection you can pick and choose from; you don’t have to buy every item. Unless you want to, of course; in which case I don’t think you’d be disappointed with any of them.