Dior Summer 2018 Diorshow On Stage Liner Review

The instant Dior summer dropped I was at the counter in a heartbeat to check out the most exciting portion of the launch. All new liquid liners in a rainbow of colours! I’ve already posted complete swatches here on IG but was really keen on letting you know my thoughts on these products after giving them a fair test.

At the time I also grabbed one of the limited edition Nude powders in a pastel mix (which I normally skip as they are too light for my tanned skin), & also the new All Day Brow Ink which was a waterproof formula.

The collection consists of 14 shades from matte white to hot pink to shimmery blue. All packaged in slick black with the corresponding shade on the length of the liner (which is always great for easy identification).

The applicator is an easy to use felt tip that’s perfectly formed for precision. What really impressed me is, with the shape and length of the tip, it was near impossible to mess up the application. The fine tip allows you to get really close to the roots of the lashes and in between for a fuller voluminous look.

The saturation of colour is truly impressive. One fluid stroke is all it takes for a neat opaque line. I don’t think a coloured liner should be any other way.

Between the mattes and the shimmers (which were only a few) I find I like both formulas. Although I did notice the mattes weren’t a true matte as expected. They always seem to dry to a semi matte finish.

If you are one of those people who find it difficult making it through the day without a migrating line.. this is THE ONE you are looking for. I found the longevity of these incredible. There was zero smudging or flaking all day. And this is me testing a full day which is over 12 hours right up until I take off my makeup at night (by which i’m always faced with at least a little smudging near the inner corners)..

On that same note, taking off the liner does require some patience as this long-wear formula fittingly adheres to the lids and is budge proof. Normally i’d turn to a waterproof eye makeup remover to successfully get every last bit of eye makeup off and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a quick comparison of my go-to daily liners against the new Dior. As you can see, the Matte Brown is very saturated and applies beautifully. Another reason why I seem to use it most days.

Bottom line

Impressed. That’s my conclusion in one word. It’s rare I find a product that truly exceeds expectations. And my oily lids concur these to be backup worthy.

So far my top picks are the Matte Brown and Pearly Turquoise. Both apply so beautifully. However if you require something with some punch, the pink makes a fabulous summer shade. I know I will use this lots! 

Here’s the white in action. I wore this simple look to the beach a few weeks back!

Applied over eyeshadow, the white line tends to get muddy, and a few layers were needed as the underlying eye makeup keep transferring to the nib. Just make sure you wait till the first line dries before you retrace it and keep wiping the nib often to achieve that pure white line.

…or just skip the eyeshadow altogether! You honestly don’t even need it.

Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer Review (2018 reformulation)

If you prefer a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I do, concealer might just be the one product you use daily. My daily look usually includes my Clé de Peau concealer worn on it’s own or as a touch up for areas with blemishes, redness or anywhere I prefer just a touch more coverage.

This year, Clé de Peau reformulated and relaunched their bestseller concealer with a whole new look. Even though the previous packaging (in my eyes) was the ultimate in terms of luxury, the brand has managed to take it a notch higher.

If you are new to the Clé de Peau Concealer. It’s a stick type product. Compact and easy to carry even in the smallest of makeup bags. It’s the size of a lipstick. Tiny but mighty!

The coverage is quite high, with very good pigmentation. You don’t have to pack on loads to achieve that flawless look. It blends easily and fuses to the skin, staying put all day long without sliding around or creasing (much). In comparison to the older version, the new concealer is far less emollient and even more pigmented. I do find the updated formula has minimal creasing and works wonderfully for the undereyes.

Also added to this new formula is sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 25 PA +++) to protect the undereye from sun damage. And ALSO skincare ingredients such as Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract to protect  the skin with a daily dose of antioxidants. This formula promises anti-aging properties that over time helps achieve a brighter under eye and also smoothed out wrinkles.

Here’s a look at the old and the new. I like the new touches and design elements of the updated packaging. The subtle gold detailing adds to it’s appeal.

For those of you already using this concealer, it’s interesting to note that Ochre is now noticeably neutral and lighter than the older version. However I find the same shade matches me just the same.

Below are swatch comparisons to other high coverage concealers in my stash. (For reference, i’m usually between a MAC 30-35)

Overall NARS delivers the best coverage from the lot, although I refrain from using it under the eyes as it tends to migrate into my fine lines. It’s mostly reserved for pigmentation and spot concealing for which it works exceptionally well. Like photoshop for real life. See review here.

Personally I prefer a lighter coverage concealer for day to day use and adding a touch of Clé de Peau for more coverage on the purple areas or around the nose where there’s a lot of redness.For special occasions it’s definitely Clé de Peau all the way as nothing else gives me that flawless look under the eyes without caking.

Here’s a roundup of all the shades currently available. The range isn’t massive, but there’s enough shades for fair to medium to deep (except for very deep complexions).

Bottom Line

It’s a big thumbs up from me.

I love that there’s added sun protection, specially useful since I never apply sun screen under the eyes; and the new ‘Thin Fit Layer Formula’ allows the concealer to apply smoothly and set, so creasing to be kept at a minimum while also prolonging wear.

I understand justifying the price for something so small (in terms of quantity) can be difficult, but the amount used daily makes the tiniest dent. It’s without a doubt an investment purchase but one that has served me well. So far my last one has lasted me 1.5 years!

*PR samples included.

 

 

Chanel Cruise 2018 Collection : Review, Photos & Swatches

Today I have a review of the Chanel Cruise Collection, Éclat Et Transparence. A riot of red, gold and hues of coral. Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director proposes bold use of red in transparent layers post summer. The perfect compliment for that golden tan.

Even though the collection is mostly about this beautiful red eye palette, I found other bits that I believe are just as tempting. I’m sure you’ve already got a potential list ready by now too.

Chanel Cruise 2018

The collection consists of,

Éclat Énigmatique Les 4 Ombre (eyeshadow palette)

Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayons in 4 shades

Essential Palette, Éclat Solaire

Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 shades

Longwear Nail Polish in 3 shades

Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

L’Eau Tan – (tanning spray)

From the entire collection, the palette has to be my favourite. It’s not often Chanel strays from the tried and true classics but I believe these tones are the perfect balance for a look that’s daring yet elegant at the same time.

Chanel Eclat Enigmatique

The palette consists of all pearlised shadows. A sheer golden oyster, gunmetal grey, medium bronze and a vibrant warm red.

The payoff of all eyeshadows are quite good, even though intense these blend impressively. For todays look i’ve used a majority of the red shade pushing the palette to it’s limits purely to show you it’s potential. Usually I don’t wear dramatic looks like this unless it’s something like New Year!

Here’re some swatches first.

Chanel cruise 2018

Considering the seemingly undying interest in red palettes, I added a few comparison swatches featuring some of my other favourites. In case you want to pick them up as well!

The matte red in the Marc Jacobs palette leans more neutral in comparison to Chanel. Tom Ford overall gives off a more tonal muted vibe.

Between the three, the Chanel red is by far the most vibrant and interesting. A mix i’m loving currently even for dinner makeup, wearing just the bronze paired with a touch of red in the outer corner, lining with the gunmetal. It’s one of those effortless looks you can slap on in a rush.

What are your thoughts on red palettes?

Chanel eclat solaire

This season Chanel also released an Essential Palette in an unexpected colourway. A striking combination of a creamy raspberry red blush, shimmering warm gold highlighter with gold specks and a rosy nude shimmer highlighter.

Although intimidating at first glance, I do love the balmy blush and find it very easy to blend. The finish and the texture was a clear winner for me. It’s one of those effortless products that end up being a must have during summer. juicy plump cheeks all year long actually!

The two highlighter shades in the gold and rose gold offer an element of light to the complexion. Both creamy and very easy to blend. Even though the gold is quite warm, I experimented using it on the high points of the cheeks (now that i’ve tanned considerably). I don’t think it’ll work that well on paler complexions though. The yellow tones in this is very pronounced. The rosy nude on the other hand is almost my skin colour and blends leaving a wet glow. No detectable colour once blended out. I feel this would look better on paler complexions and a great option if you like a glossy natural looking highlight. Usually it’s hard to recommend a palette if you don’t love all the shades but, if you feel the yellow is workable somehow, I think the blush and rosy nude highlight alone makes this rather special.

Chanel Eclat Solaire

The Jumbo Lip Crayons were an instant love for me. The colours I have `A la Rosée and Au Naturel, a peachy pink and a warm medium brown.

The texture of these are very creamy, they glide on easily and deliver a glossy sheer to medium coverage. I don’t think they work well built up, as the formula has too much slip, however worn as just a touch of colour, both shades look summery and fresh. My personal favourite is Au Naturel, with A la Rosée being slightly too light a shade for my medium skin tone.

Overall I think the quality of these are really lovely and keep the lips hydrated and supple throughout wear. Lasting power as expected (as any sheer lipstick) was about 2-3 hours. Regular touchups are necessary to keep these going the whole day.

Chanel Au Naturel

If all else is a pass, the nailpolish shades within the collection are totally worth looking at. I’m happy to find the formula of these have improved and now they last longer. Although the best wear I can get is still about 5 days. I love that they don’t chip as easily.

The colours I tested was Chicness and Légèrete. A muted rosy taupe and a muted medium sage green. I never got around to testing the pink polish Halo, but in case you do own Novela Rosa (from spring), this one’s much warmer and brighter. They aren’t alike.

Lastly, here’s a look at the eyeshadow palette and the blush from the Essential palette worn on the cheeks. I do love all the tones of red that make for a striking look. On the lips is the Jumbo Lip Crayon, Au Naturel.

Bottom Line

The quality of the products I sampled were impressive and true to Chanel standards. The palette especially, (Éclat Énigmatique) is a must have. I wish I had longer wear with my oily lids, but it didn’t stay on more than 4-5 hours. I might have to try various primers to get this to work better on me, but over the last year i’ve noticed most eyeshadows have been fading faster. I believe my oily lids are just getting oilier!.

Also a must have within the collection is a gorgeous polish Chicness. I think you will be needing backups of this.

*PR samples included.

 

Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 | Review , Photos , Swatches

It seems the best summer beauty comes from Tom Ford each year. Of course the white and gold packaging is hard to resist, but what do you do when everything is soo good and you can’t pick??

Tom Ford summer 2018

The collection this year includes,

11 Ultra Shine Lip Color (SGD76)

2 Soleil Lip Color Sheer (SGD76)

1 Soleil Lumière Lip (SGD76)

Soleil Contouring Compact (SGD180) 

Soleil Sheer Cheek Duo (SGD119)

Soleil Illuminating Glow Stick (SGD88)

2 Soleil Cream and Powder Eye Color (SGD90)

Shade and Illuminate Eye Color Duo (SGD61)

The Soleil Ultra Shine Lip Colors are incredibly juicy saturated lipsticks with the comfort of a balm texture. For a glossy lipstick, I find the payoff of these beyond impressive. Two strokes for full-on saturated lips.

The formula doesn’t feel heavy or over emollient. The perfect light airy feel of a summer lip.

These are great as an everyday lipstick, they don’t make my lips peel or dry out. Therefore, all i’ve been reaching for these past weeks!

Wear time would be around 3-4 hours depending on the shades you choose. The darker ones seem to wear better and stain the lips.

Here’s 7 of the 11 shades released. The colour range is in fact pretty good, with something for everyone!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour Swatches

Luscious – A neutral mauve rose

Rapturous – A warm berry pink

Ravenous – A blue based medium pink

Exuberant – A bright coral

Lavish – A light peach

Bare – A nude with pink tones and fine shimmer

Nubile – A warm rose nude

Here’s one more set of swatches taken in store!

 

Next up, complexion offerings of the Soleil collection.

Tom Ford Sun struck review

Among the brand new additions is a double ended Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in the shade Sunstruck. Similar in size and design to the one’s released by Dior last year (which I also happen to love).

The product consists of a bright apricot blush and a bronze highlight. A balmy formulation for glossy sun-kissed summer skin.

Tom Ford Sun struck swatches

The blush shade as evident is saturated and vivid. The kind of effortless, summery, healthy flush we strive for. The colour blends well to achieve a very natural looking flush, no harsh edges or colour streaking.

The highlight shade looks wet on the skin with very fine sparkle that’s noticeable once blended out.

Wear time of this depends on wether you set with a powder. On it’s own I find I can get about 6-7 hours wear without noticeable fading.

For those who favour a powder formula for the cheeks, this year we have another addition to the Soleil Sheer Cheek Duos. Exotica Flora. Unlike the blush highlight combos of previous seasons, this years addition comes with two blushes! A bright coral and a pink.

I’ve swatched this alongside some of the other Sheer Cheek Duos. As you can see the colour payoff is beautiful but does require a light hand on application.

Tom Ford Exotica Flora

Exotica Flora (as seen above) has the most brightening effect among the duos. I love that the colour of these are buildable and should work great on all skin tones alike! Especially the medium to deeper complexions!

On the cheeks these maintain an ethereal translucent quality and always seem to blend into the skin without any powderiness.

Bottom Line

If I had to pick favourites from the collection, it’d be at least one of the lipsticks, either Exuberant or Ravenous. Sunstruck Shade & Illuminate Stick and the Sheer Cheek Duo.

They are best of the collection.

Of course, this time around there’s nothing I consider a miss and the quality was top notch! If you are in the mood to spend, the Tom Ford Soleil collection is exactly where you should begin!

*This post contains some PR samples and some products purchased by myself.

 

 

 

 

Eyes Of Tom Ford Collection | Preview, Photos & Swatches

Tom Ford Fall 2017 is an exciting one! Be it dressing up the eyes with the new Private Shadows or choosing the perfect Kohl eyeliner to suit your mood. The Eyes Of Tom Ford gives women a range to express her mood with the looks she creates.

The shadows are created with the Tom Ford colour palette to deliver a luxurious look, wether you go for vibrant bold colour or subdued neutrals.

Tom Ford Private Shadow

If the words ‘limited edition’ make you giddy with excitement, you are in for a treat! These single shadows come in 30 shades.

Choosing favourites doesn’t get any easier as there’re 5 different finishes to choose from!

Ultra Suede – Completely matte

Suede Finish – Demi matte

Sateen Finish – Lustrous pearl with a glowing sheen

Vinyl Finish – Highly pearlised metallic chrome

Pailette – Glittery pearl

Tom Ford Private Shadows

As you can see the colour range is pretty wide. Literally something for everyone. Warm neutrals, pale pinks, deep burgundy to teals (featured below is just 12 of the 30 to be released).

Tom Ford Private shadows

At the time of preview there were only 12 shadows available for swatching. None of the  glitters were in sadly (which was what I was looking forward to the most!) However what was available did not disappoint.

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Private Shadows

Silverscreen (sateen finish) – A deep steel grey with a high pearlised finish. (One of the best shades in terms of pigmentation and texture)

Nightcast (ultra suede) – The blackest matte black.

Purple Reign (vinyl finish) – A medium opalene purple. Contains a very soft silvery blue sheen.

Videotape (suede finish) – A deep burgundy with the finest silver and pink glitter.

Smoked Opaline (sateen finish) – A pearlised dull khaki green.

Photographic (vinyl finish) – A high pearlised teal blue.

Tom ford private shadow swatch

Vertigo (ultra suede) – A neutral medium grey. (the swatch seen here is distorted, the true colour is a neutral grey)

Naked City (ultra suede) – A light cream with good pigmentation.

Hush (suede finish) – a light pink in a soft satin finish.

Exposure (sateen finish) – A light pearlised pink with good pigmentation.

Loveshade (suede finish) – A soft burnished rose.

Warm Leatherette (vinyl finish) – A golden bronze.

Of the twelve shadows I swatched, the ones that stood out were, Photographic, Silverscreen & Nightcast in that order. Exposure was also a colour worth a mention as the texture was quite nice and pigmented.

Overall I really liked the pigmentation of the deeper, more vibrant shades. The lighter colours were somewhat underwhelming to me. However this is purely my personal opinion based on the fact that lighter shades could be easily duped as the pigmentation or formula of those were not exactly extraordinary.

Next in the collection are the newly repromoted Kohl Intense pencils. I’m already a fan of the existing formula and the addition of new shades sparked my interest!

Tom Ford Kohl intense

Swatches!

The new shades are Tourmaline and White Smoke. Both a matte finish.

Overall the quality of these are soft & smudge-able. A formula that can be smoked out for a beautiful sultry look.

Last but not least, three new, limited edition mascaras. Each of them designed to create a distinctive lash look.

For lashes with a heavy, lofty, featherlike effect Shutter Lash Mascara is the one. The customised dual fibre brush helps add volume to achieve maximum lash impact! I believe the formula also includes tiny fibres to bulk up the lashes to a full look.

For defined, and well separated lashes, there’s the new Fullscreen Lash Mascara. It’s unique brush design uses a mix of fibres to coat lashes from root to tip for length and separation. If you already have dense lashes and looking for definition and length this is for you!

The mascara that sparked the most interest though was the Spike Lash Mascara. Featuring a moulded wand that creates a spiked lash effect as though ‘risen from the water’. The wand pulls the lashes together for an editorial, wet lash look.

Here’s a closer look at all three side by side!

Overall the collection is a winner in my opinion. I just love the fact that there’s such a extensive selection dedicated solely for the eyes. If you love playing up the eyes like I do, it’s pretty much irresistible.

Some concerns that I did have though were, how often do we reach for single eyeshadows? As a makeup junkie I do tend to go for the palettes more. That being said, I also do enjoy collecting single shadows that are accent shades (such as Photographic) that I might not have in my massive collection of neutral palettes. Therefore, the Pailette shades and the Vinyls would be worth swooping in on me thinks.

Also another great way to shop is singling out the ‘lid shades’. Colours that you generally like to wear as an all over lid option for day to day. Won’t it just be useful to have a few in singles? I tend to do this with Dior Mono Shadows. Having single lid shades in singles just makes sense!

As for the khols, the TF ones in particular make for great bases when doing smokey eyes. They smudge so well and blend out like a dream. Whatever you put on top just grabs on to the creamy formula for a long lasting makeup look. My top recommendation is my favourite shade Espresso. This is my go-to liner in most of my daily eye looks. I smudge this very close to the lash and top with a single eyeshadow and I am done! I love that this brown is not red toned or too light. It’s my favourite brown liner of all time.

Prices & Launch Dates 

The collection is said to launch later this week.

The Private Shadows (LE) will retail at SGD50, Kohl Intense at SGD52 and mascaras (LE) at SGD70.

P.S- I’ll be sharing an eye look with my selection of Private Shadows later this week! So check back or subscribe to be notified when I post! xx

 

NARS Man Ray Holiday 2017 | Preview, Photos & Swatches

Each year, the beginning of the festive season is marked by the viewing of the NARS Holiday Collection. It’s the BEST NARS launch of the year, featuring loads of exciting gifting options offering a variety of colours and possibilities. To me it’s quite literally Christmas coming early, the opportunity to swatch all the new products with the NARS team early October!

This year François Nars offers a collection that’s inspired by Man Ray. An American visual artist who’s renowned for his photography. His artistic captures adorn the gifting collection with elements of his work running through the packaging. Beautiful makeup wrapped in the best way possible!

Since i’m planning on sharing some reviews and a makeup look later on, i’ll be keeping this post pretty brief, containing mostly swatches from the preview and some first impressions. Just enough to get your wishlist finalised so you won’t miss out on the best bits when it launches Nov 1st!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

As always the NARS holiday launch is a formidable one. The Colour Collection featuring sultry plummy burgundy eyes with bright cheeks, and intense lip lacquers to tie this glamourous look together.

Among the most highly anticipated products is the new lip embossed highlighter, Double Take. An all new formula by NARS. If highlighters are your weakness, you should know this looks like liquid metal! A powder formula that swatches as smooth as a cream!

NARS Double Take

If the cool lip embossing hadn’t sucked you in, rest assured this outstanding formula will win you over. What you see here is one swipe that’s incredibly pigmented & ultra smooth!

NARS Man Ray

Moving on to the eyeshadows. There’s two options to choose from. Debauched containing a satin plum & deep aubergine (with violet micro glitter) and Montparnasse with a pale satin gold and burgundy combo.

NARS Holiday 2017

The colours aren’t exactly new or groundbreaking, but the formula of the two were quite good. Between them, Montparnasse swatched better with a smoother finish, giving you a more classic eye look for the festivities. Debauched on the other hand delivers a more smokier eye, perfect for the daring NARSissist.

NARS Man Ray

For lining the eyes, this collection includes two ultra smooth Velvet Eyeliners, my eyes went straight to Nagoya. A rather unique shade of purple. I love that it was a cream finish with zero shimmer. Just a statement colour to create some drama.

Santiago too was of excellent quality. Both in fact make wonderful additions to any makeup collection! You won’t be disappointed with these.

……moving on to some cheeky goodness! Intenstly & Fetishized.

NARS Holiday 2017

The blushes had to be the most interesting offerings of the collection. There’s a pale matte orange (so fun and cheery colour for fairer skin tones) and a vivid satin coral pink.

Both swatch smooth and with good payoff.

Last but not least, a new formulation of gloss for intense shine and maximum impact!

NARS Holiday 2017

Ranging from the rather unique sheer gold to shocking pink, to the nudes and vampy reds, Nars pretty much covered all bases.

If I had to pick one though, it’s Off Limits for me. The intense colour and fun sparkle is always a good choice when it comes to Christmas parties.

Added bonus, it’s guaranteed to stand out from the usual reds that everyone else will be wearing!

NARS Anita Man Ray

Also in a seasonal special edition packaging is this years Audacious Lipstick shade, Anita. It was the first product I reached for and best believe, this one’s a must have!

Anita is part of the initial Audacious launch, therefore an existing shade, which also happens to be a best seller. I didn’t swatch this, but there’s swatches a plenty on the net. Including my very first Audacious lipstick post from 3 years ago!

Next up, my favourite part of the launch! The Gifting Collection!

As always, showcasing amazing artwork by the featured artist, in this case, Man Ray. The palettes seen here are The Veil, Love Game and Glass Tears. Two for the eyes and one complexion palette.

NARS holiday 2017

My first pick of the palettes would be Love Game. A stunning mix of neutrals combined with jewel tones. A palette that’ll take you from day to night!

NARS Love Game Palette

All shades swatched with good payoff, including the mattes. They’ve obviously perfected the formula over the years!

Here’s a look at swatches.

NARS Love Game

Next up, The Veil. A combination of a bronzer, blush and highlight.

If you feel the need for an all in one palette, the Veil would be your best bet. A complexion mix that should work great on fair to medium tones. My favourite would have to be the highlighter, Surreal. It’s slightly more rose tone in comparison to Double Take. If you plan on getting The Veil and Double Take, you wouldn’t necessarily be duplicating the highlighter.

Among the three powders in here, everything but the bronzer swatched with intense pigmentation! Please note the bronzer is the newer formula which is a sheerer build-able colour.

Adding more options for the eyes is the Glass Tears palette.

Glass Tears

Filled with sultry smoky shades, (a palette that’s ideal for evening makeup looks). There are two mattes (the cream & black) with 4 shimmery satin shades. They all swatch pretty impressive and would highly recommend this if you do wear bolder eye make up!

Next up, The Kiss. A golden pouch containing 4 new Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. Unfortunately I hadn’t snapped a pic of the pouch.. but here’re the swatches!

The kiss man ray

My eye instantly went to the gorgeous shimmering pink! Are you Spellbound too?? How amazing would this look with smokey eyes? (insert multiple heart eye emojis!)

If a unique collectible is what you are after, I’ve saved the best for last. Two gorgeous lipstick coffrets in a stunning magnifying case.

There’s a set of neutrals and a mix of reds to choose from. Both equally enticing to me!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

NARS Man ray holiday 2017

That rounds up all the swatches for the Holiday Preview.

There were also mini stocking stuffer kits containing minis of NARS best sellers which I never swatched. I shall share those on Instagram later on!

Top Picks

The best buys from this collection would be the Double Take highlighter, the Love Game palette which is excellent quality (and value) and the Audacious Lipstick Coffrets (which happen to be limited to very few pieces). You might want to snap them up as they land. The packaging it definitely something special!

So far the release dates are 1st Nov, with a  majority of the collection available at the stand alone boutique at Takashimaya. Come Wednesday, run, not walk!

UPDATED

Price List

The Colour Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza & Robinsons The Heeren)

Photogloss Lip Lacquer – SGD40

Blush – SGD50

Duo Eyeshadow – SGD52

Velvet Eyeliner – SGD36

Overexposed Glow Highlighter – SGD65 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

Gold Anita Audacious Lipstick – SGD46 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

 

The Gifting Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza, Robinsons The Heeren)

The Veil Cheek Palette – SGD80

Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette – SGD80

Love Game Eyeshadow Palette – SGD85 (Select Sephora stores)

Les Amoureux Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

Noire Et Blanche Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set – SGD90 (Select Sephora stores)

Love Triangles (mini blush & lipstick duo) – SGD36

 

 

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder 2017 | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s been a year since the initial Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder collaboration and guess the excitement hasn’t died yet.

In my review of the last launch I mentioned it was possibly the best makeup launch of the year. And I stick to my guns when I say, this year was just as GOOD!

With the addition of new and exciting products, I was (and many of you) have been waiting eagerly to get busy applying this loveliness on our faces.

So luckily (lucky me) press goodies arrived just in time, and I packed all my new VB and took it along on holiday this summer for a full 2+ weeks of testing!

Victoria Beckham makeup

From last years launch my top favourites were the Eye Metal in Bitter Clove, the Eye Kajal Duo Black Saffron/Vanille and the Modern Mercury Highlighter (Click here for the reviews).

Which explains why I practically leaped in joy to see new additions to the Eye Metals and Kajals!

This year I received, The Skin Perfecting Powder, Eye Kajal Duo in Java/Vanille, Eye Foil in Blonde Gold, Eye Matte Duo in Noir/Vanille, and the gloss in Desert Heat.

Victoria Beckham makeup

Skin Perfecting Powder. A translucent powder that sets makeup, blurs pores for a smooth airbrushed effect.

Eye Kajal Duo Java/Vanille. A dual ended kajal with medium brown and peachy beige.

Eye Foil Blonde Gold. A shimmering liquid champagne gold for a high metal shine.

Eye Matte Duo. A deep black and cream matte shadow.

Lip Gloss Desert Heat. A neutral brown nude.

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham

From last year to this year, packaging changed slightly. Instead of the ridged matte black, we now have a pebbled leather effect on all but one of the powder products. Standing alone, the Skin Perfecting Powder released in a weighty gold (metal) case, obviously appealing to the customer with expensive taste.

The Eye Foil Blonde Gold was repackaged into a pot rather than the initial lip gloss style tube. Even though I’ve had mixed feelings on this change, I do love that the new packaging allows a lot more product to be picked up one go; for an even INTENSE metal look.

It’s the perfect topper to enhance your evening eye makeup! Therefore, still madly in love with this unique product.

Among the new releases, the Eye Kajal Duo Java/Vanille was a sure shot winner. I loved the first release in Black Saffron.

Victoria Beckham Java Kajal

On first swipe I was relieved that the formula hadn’t changed. It’s as silky and smooth as the black and just as smudge-able. Since my daily look involves smudged brown liner, this was obviously my new go-to 😉

below I put together a bunch of my (best) black and brown liners for comparison. As you’ll see, the warmth and tones are different in every one.

Victoria Beckham Java Vanille

My initial thoughts on the colour was that the red undertones were too pronounced. Although since I do wear my VB Kajals as a base for eyeshadow I find this works really well smudged closer to the lash line and topped with my new favourite bronzy brown shadow (Dior fall 2017 Bronze), a deep brown with warmth and soft red shimmer.

Bottom line, these kajals were made for smudging (for a worn in look), as the Tom Ford eyeliners which I also adore. Oily eye lids will most certainly need a primer before these go on and setting with a translucent powder or brown eyeshadow is recommended.

Among the mix of newness, the new lip gloss Desert Heat was somewhat of a let down. Although the colour was quintessentially Victoria, the formula looked and feels quite regular. Overall, if this was blind tested, i’d probably assume it was ANYTHING but a Victoria Beckham gloss.

My thoughts are, unless you love a nude gloss and can’t have enough, probably skip this. I most likely would not reach for it as often as my Brazilian Nude lipstick, which is pricey but fully worth the money in my opinion.

Skin Perfecting Powder

Onto more exciting things! The Skin Perfecting Powder was the jewel of the collection, quite literally! The metal gold packaging, so weighty and luxe, it just appeals to every luxury makeup collector.

What I love is that it does feel (and look) very much like something Victoria Beckham would use daily, a wonderfully rare expensive powder that makes you look like a superstar!

But is it?

What I can say is, in comparison to other translucent (colourless) powders, this doesn’t over mattify or dry out skin or emphasize flakes. It’s a very sheer powder, just enough to set makeup and leave a slight sheen. The finish is quite sublime. I would recommend this to anyone without major sebum issues, specifically for dry and normal skin types.

As a person with combination skin, I feel it doesn’t work hard enough to keep the oil under control. However, that being said, I do love it and use it most days, simply for the fact that it doesn’t make my skin look white (as most other translucent powders do) and blurs out the pores and other little lines around my face.

Ingredient list,

Zea Mays (Corn) starch. Nylon-12. Polymethylsilsesquioxane.zinc stearate. caprylic/capric triglyceride. Isostearyl Neopentanoate. Silica. Caprylxl Glycol. Hexylene Glycol. Phenoxyethanol. [+/- Mica. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Iron Oxides (CI 77492). Iron Oxides (CI 77491). Iron Oxcides (CI 77499)] <ILN43787>

Last but not least, an entirely new product by Victoria. The Eye Matte Duos.

For testing I received Noir/Vanille. My usual smokey eye combo in the smallest palette ever.

As far as matte black shadows go, the texture was quite good. It didn’t feel dry to the touch and quite pigmented as would a high end shadow. The beige too, of similar quality, very silky to the touch and not at all patchy.

I believe the overall quality to be good. Packaging wise too, easily fits into a makeup bag and ideal for touchups.

However, I do own a load of other matte blacks and matte beiges… therefore do I really need it? The answer is, probably not. Although if you do fancy your smokey eye duo in fancy packaging, this would be the ideal choice!

Something extra special, to have and to hold.

Now on to a quick look I did while in Mykonos 😉 Of course my beach look is very simple, but I used the beautiful Java Kajal duo as the star of my makeup, so you see how I normally wear this!

Bottom Line

From what i’ve tested I believe the Eye Kajal Duos to be my favourites. Even though I don’t use blues much, I need to get my hands on the Saphir/Vanille duo as well before it sells out! It’s a great product and in my humble opinion, and a worthy addition to any makeup bag!

Also on the ‘love list’ is the Eye Foils in the new packaging. I apply these with my fingers, and like that I can pick up more product than before (as opposed to the old wand type applicator). Such a great way to add extra oomph to simple golden eye looks when I wear red lipstick! If you generally opt for minimal eye makeup this is a fool proof way to amp it up and look like a pro.

P.S- Do check out this review for Blonde Mink (cream blush) which is on my shopping list as well!

Pricing & Availabilty

This time around the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder collection will be retailing exclusively at Sephora Singapore.

Eye Foils – SGD70

Eye Kajal Duo – SGD58

Lip Gloss – SGD55

Skin Perfecting Powder – SGD102

Eye Matte Duo – SGD85