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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

 

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Nothing make me happier, than having all the elements that I love in a beauty collection all come together so perfectly, such as with this Eye Palette from the smash-hit Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection. Being a detail-oriented person, it means a lot when a brand doesn’t skimp — especially when you factor in an accompanying steep price, and thankfully the sublimeness (new word alert) of this palette meets and exceeds all expectations.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Palette (CAN $115.00) | The compact itself has a nice & hefty feel (which I adore) and comes with fluted black leather detailing on the lid plus a large mirror on the inner portion silkscreened with the VB name, as well as a retro-glam style brass snap closure. The palette holds six jewel-like shimmery eyeshadow shades, but not of the glitter chunky type; think more complex and refined. The texture of each hue is in Estée Lauder’s baked gelée format that gives them an almost creamy feel to the touch (you really notice it by running your fingers across their surface), but which comes to a powder finish. Pigmentation-wise, all six are RIDICULOUS; so colour-saturated that you won’t need to apply them with a dampened brush to see serious payoff, with all displaying an exceptional blendability as well. Staying power (over primer) is bang on, staying true until removed: zero fading. The shade breakdown:

  • Fired Sapphire – metallic blue with turquoise hints
  • Blonde Cumin – soft gold-tinged beige
  • Metal Saffron – warm golden metallic honey/taupe
  • Burnished Sage – metallic forest green
  • Grey Amber – smoky charcoal grey, nearly black
  • Black Nutmeg – shimmering copper brown

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette swatches

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder · Eye Palette

 

The collector in me is ecstatic, but the beauty geek in me is even more thrilled with this Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Palette. The very epitome of what a luxury fall eyeshadow palette should be, I’m also loving the exotic-sounding and spice-inspired names of each hue. Even without any matte shades amongst the six, I’m still able to ground the colours and make them work for both day and night looks — it all comes down to the combinations used and how layered I want to go. The biggest shocker for me, is that this palette is still available online so get your credit card out & RUN don’t walk to pick it up (so to speak), and enjoy.

What have you lovelies picked up from this collection? Let me know!

Available at The Bay 

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Purchased product/As always, all opinions are my own

Victoria Beckham · Estée Lauder Collection

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Victoria Beckham recently collaborated with venerable beauty house Estée Lauder to create a bespoke makeup collection that’s oh-so-worthy of the name “Posh”. This capsule collection features such elegant detailing as fluted leather and/or metallic accents on all the casings, glam old-world snap closures, and a well curated colour palette.

The ever brilliant Victoria (she of the brooding gaze, luxury fashion line and oh yes, her drop-dead sexy soccer-player husband, David Beckham) unveiled these lovelies after her recent New York Fashion Week runway show, where the products were used on the models as well. Not surprisingly, the entire collection literally sold out within hours soon after that. Launching October 1st in Canada, my Spidey-sense is telling me that the same frenzy will occur here, so consider this a personal head’s up.

The collection itself is not overwhelmingly large and neither does it deliver up any ground-breaking new colours. What you’ll find instead are shades that are (for the most part) highly wearable along with an unparalleled quality to match — which is a good thing, as make no mistake about it:  much like Victoria’s eponymous fashion line, these pieces are all quite pricey. I was kindly sent The London Look to test out and from the get-go, it was instant infatuation for me, as not only are these shades well within my comfort zone, but I can finally add the Modern Mercury Highlighter to my beauty arsenal (more on that further down).

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Victoria Beckham (credit: Vogue)

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Morning Aura Illuminating Crème (CAN $115.00) | A hybrid-type product, this is a combination moisturizer/primer/illuminator all rolled into one. Unscented, it’s dispensed via a pump system and has several application methods:

  • used all over
  • worn alone & apart from moisturizer
  • mixed in with foundation
  • over foundation on strategic areas of the face (upper cheekbones, cupid’s bow, etc)

The texture feels initially dense but spreads easily along the skin, leaving a buttery feel once absorbed, with no greasy residue. The radiance it leaves behind is more of the subtle and not disco-ball variety; think the luminosity of a healthy-looking & young(er) complexion. On days when my skin is behaving, I actually use this solo and love how it just adds a light touch of evenness all over, while still managing to both attract and reflect light from my face (what sorcery is this?). Most days, however, I prefer wearing Morning Aura underneath my foundation to help give my skin a little boost.

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Morning Aura Illuminating Crème

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Morning Aura Illuminating Crème swatches

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection (leather detail)

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection (brass closure detail)

 

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Modern Mercury Highlighter (CAN $78.00) | Victoria Beckham is as much a beauty fiend as you or I, and she allegedly even trolls eBay for select items (can you imagine?). When creating her highlighter, she also knew exactly what she wanted: a reboot of Estée Lauder’s cult shade Modern Mercury, but reinvented in this new stunning packaging.

For those of you (like me) that missed out on the original (although I do happen to own the other two that followed – Shimmering Sands & Topaz Chameleon), there’s something quite magical going on with this highlighter. For starters, the formula is a gel-to-powder texture which basically means that it almost feels hydrating, but applies dry. The pale rose-gold particles are ground incredibly fine, enabling it to fall smoothly and without any chunking or patchiness and while insanely pigmented, you still have options to work with; a fan brush can help you apply a whisper-thin veil of colour, or you can easily build it up to a mirror-like intensity by picking up more product and/or using a denser brush. All I know is that Modern Mercury can be summed up like this: HOLY MOTHER OF ALL HIGHLIGHTERS.

(Seriously though, I feel like my swatches do not even begin to do this beauty justice)

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Modern Mercury Highlighter swatch

 

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Black Myrrh Eye Ink (CAN $55.00) | Apart from the palette, there are 3 individually packaged eye shadows in the collection (Charred Emerald & Bitter Clove Eye Metals), although Black Myrrh is the only one in the Eye Ink format. Created in a pressed gel-crème formula, this sooty black shade bears a high level of shine and pearlized particles, and can be worn either dry or damp. Stating that she wanted to create a “sexy, sweaty eye” (although to be honest, I’m pretty sure sweaty & sexy will never be an eye look I can pull off), I’m guessing she’s alluding to that slinky disheveled makeup look we all fantasize about having after l’amour. But I digress …

Black Myrrh (don’t you just love that name?) applies with the same glide and smoothness seen on Modern Mercury, but at a much more intense level. Easily blended and buffed out for a watercolour-like effect, or layerable for high-voltage impact, I find it works better over something to adhere to such as a primer, in order to keep the colour pristine and in the case of oilier lids like mine, from creasing.

By the way, this is the shade I always picture VB as wearing – sooty & smouldering.

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Black Myrrh Eye Ink

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Black Myrrh Eye Ink

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Black Myrrh Eye Ink

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Black Myrrh Eye Ink swatches

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Black Myrrh Eye Ink

 

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Blonde Gold Eye Foil (CAN $45.00) | One of two Eye Foils in the collection, Blonde Gold is unlike anything else I have in my beauty stash; purported to be a ‘liquid eyeshadow that delivers a high-shine vinyl-like finish even after it’s dried’ is a close description but not without a learning curve as well. The texture feels slightly cooling upon initial application and when swatched heavily, the brilliance is basically blinding – I’m fairly certain you’ve never come across an eyeshadow like this: white-gold coloured that also contains irregularly shaped prismatic pieces. There’s a short bit of time to play before it sets, but don’t expect any easy blending or buffing out – that’s just not going to happen.

After experimenting with Blonde Gold a bit, I finally found my preferred way of wearing it: patted on over eyeshadow and along the centre of the mobile lid to add the most amazing pop of reflection. Another easy way to wear this shade is as a highlighter at the inner eye corner, but there are also more editorial methods for those brave enough, such as along the browbone for a truly unique highlight lift or even lightly swiped along the upper cheekbones for a one-of-a-kind shard-like effect.

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Blonde Gold Eye Foil

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Blonde Gold Eye Foil swatches

 

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Brazilian Nude Lipstick (CAN $55.00) | One of two shades in the collection (the other is Chilean Sunset, a searing red-orange hue), this is a creamy gorgeous neutral that has a perfect mix of both cool & warm undertones to be easily wearable by a broad range of skin tones. The casing is black (the other shade has gold casing) and bears the same fluted texture as the rest of the pieces, but surprisingly the actual size of the lipstick seems a little smaller than what I’m used to (not that it affects the product in any way, however).

Finding the right nude to suit one’s skin tone can be as difficult as finding an exact match in foundation, and while I have my favourite nudes, I confess that none climbed to the top of the list as fast as Brazilian Nude. Good coverage, non-patchy, and with a hydrating feel, there’s everything to love about this one (I do wish it had slightly longer staying power than the current 4+ hours I manage to get, but that’s to be expected with a shade in this colour family).

Further to the above, I also picture VB wearing this exact shade to match the sultry dark eye.

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Brazilian Nude Lipstick

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection · Brazilian Nude Lipstick swatch

 

I have no doubt that this collection will sell out lightning-fast; for starters, there’s the cachet of owning something created by Victoria Beckham. But at the end of the day, if a product doesn’t perform, then no amount of celebrity endorsement can save it. Thankfully, the items I was sent are not only of the finest quality, but you might even say that they’re over-achievers — that’s how beautifully they deliver. If forced to pick favourites, then I’d have to say that Modern Mercury is a must-have and if you’re a neutral-lover like me, then Brazilian Nude is for you. I’m also really attached to Morning Aura as it’s the primer I reach for the most lately. Without having tested the rest of the range, I can’t offer up my thoughts, but if these selections are anything to judge by, then I’m fairly confident that you can’t go wrong with anything from this entire collection. All that being said and factoring in the luxe prices, there’s nothing ground-breaking here colour-wise, but I suspect for those beauty fiends out there who also happen to be collectors (guilty), you’ll definitely be wanting your piece of Posh Spice.

Available at Saks (Sherway Gardens), select Hudson’s Bay & Holt Renfrew stores (online included)

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer 2016 Collection

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One of the brand’s most hotly anticipated seasonal collections, Estée Lauder has recently launched Bronze Goddess 2016 – a group of products that were created to compliment the summertime heat, as well as make you feel instantly transported to tropical locales.

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer 2016 Collection

 

EL Bronze Goddess 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $55.00) | A collection of 6 sultry shades that include 2 matte and four shimmers, in a gold coloured slim-profile compact that’s perfect for travelling with. Shade breakdown (left to right):

  • almond, matte (with a slight sheen)
  • nude pink, soft shimmer
  • gold, shimmer
  • teal with aqua reflects, metallic
  • taupe with rose gold shimmer
  • chocolate brown, matte

The two matte shades on either end are quite pigmented and lay down along the skin easily, while the four shimmers range in colour saturation: the first three (from the left) applying much less intense than seen in the pan, with the taupe giving the strongest colour payoff. All blend quite easily and can be layered over a base for even more depth of tone, but I prefer a slight translucency to my eyeshadows during the Summer as it helps to keep my makeup look a touch more lighthearted and fun.

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette

EL Bronze Goddess 2016 Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette swatches

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Bronze Goddess Summer Multi-Glow Palette, limited edition (CAN $55.00) | The must-have palette of the collection, this travel-friendly trio includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer – all in a gold coloured slim-profile compact. The gorgeous pattern on the surface (which totally reminds me of waves) adds visual appeal while the texture on each shade is softly milled and quite easy to work with. Shade breakdown:

  • highlighter – iridescent pearl with a pale pink undertone
  • blush – soft rose/pink with a refined shimmer
  • bronzer – light tan with a subtle sheen

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Multi-Glow Palette

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Multi-Glow Palette

EL Bronze Goddess 2016 Multi-Glow Palette swatches

Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Multi-Glow Palette swatches

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Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Illuminator, limited edition (CAN $36.00) | The creamy consistency of this liquid highlighter makes it so incredibly easy to blend along the skin, while the light peachy hue also has a subtle iridescence to it for even more visual appeal. If you’re already sporting a light tan, then all you really need is a few swipes of this Illuminator along the cheekbones for the most effortless evening look, although it looks equally amazing over makeup along key areas (upper cheeks, cupid’s bow, brow bone). Bonus: can also be applied at the décolleté and collar bone area, or along shins for gorgeously glowing touches.

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Illuminator

EL Bronze Goddess 2016 Illuminator swatches

Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Illuminator swatches

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Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent, limited edition (CAN $78.00) | For me, the pièce de résistance has got to be this fragrance, redolent with the scent of the beach and all things ‘getaway’. Notes of amber, coconut milk, sandalwood and vanilla are rounded out with vetiver and myrrh while lush tiare flower, exotic jasmine and creamy magnolia petal add the perfect floral touches (the image that comes to mind: laying along the sandy shore while wearing a crown of orchids. So totally not practical but who cares?). All I can say is that as a a huge fan of anything beach-related, a few spritzes of this heavenly concoction and I literally have a smile on my face throughout the entire wearing. #beachobsessed

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Summer 2016 Collection

 

I’m all about Summer and having just returned from holiday, this Bronze Goddess Collection is doing a fabulous job of keeping the beach-withdrawal to a minimum (or so I tell myself). The standout for me is Bronze Goddess Skinscent, primarily because the fragrance manages to be both sultry and fun (killer sexy, but not taking itself too seriously), although both the palettes and the Illuminator are right along up there as perfect holiday essentials. Plus, the collection has the words ‘Bronze’ and ‘Goddess’ – who needs anything more?

Available now at The Bay and esteelauder.ca

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Kindly provided to enhance my Goddess ambitions/As always, all opinions are my own

Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

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One of the hotly anticipated Summer collections every beautista eagerly looks forward to, is most definitely from Estée Lauder and this year’s Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection (available as of April at select counters nationwide), will no doubt set many hearts aflutter (and the grabby hands a-grabbing). I was recently invited to a media preview event where I was able to peruse the collection in person and even got the chance to play with the various pieces (spoiler alert: you will want them ALL), and I immediately fell hard for the undisputed star of the group, the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée (CAN $44.00/Limited Edition), a mermaid-worthy compact, if ever there was one.

*The bronzer palette shown in the photo further down the post, is said to be a Sephora exclusive

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection Summer 2015

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

 

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Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée, Limited Edition | Unlike other gel bronzer powders released from Estée Lauder from previous collections, the catchword for the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée is ‘subtle’, with none of the almost metallic reflection of earlier incarnations (such as that of Shimmering Sands and Topaz Chameleon, both of which I do own, but so rarely wear due to their high voltage shine). Coming in a clamshell compact that bears a gorgeous tortoiseshell pattern – while the actual product displays a radiating wave-rippled surface, the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée is rose-gold coloured and ultra-finely milled, all in a gel based formula that applies whisper soft along the skin, leaving a sun kissed glow behind and providing a gentle radiance with just a hint of colour. Interestingly, any shimmer found here is ground so tiny, that no one speck stands out; rather, this is the best example of a glow-providing face powder that I’ve come across to date.

With both cool and warm tints in the base, this lightweight bronzer will suit many skin tones along the spectrum; those with fair to light complexions will find that the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée will work great in the bronzer capacity, as this soft peachy shade cannot be overdone, while medium to darker skin tones might find this works more effectively as a neutral highlighter instead. Definitely not meant to be glaringly obvious (think: the glow your skin gets from a day spent at the beach — under full sun protection, of course), you can also layer this with your usual bronzer for a multidimensional effect which also provides a stunning boost of warm radiance. Staying power is about average for this type of product (between 7-9 hours), although that can be extended if applied over foundation or combined with a regular bronzer.

 

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

 

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

 

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

 

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée

 

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Estée Lauder | Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée, applied heavily & blended out

 

I have a total weakness for bronzers and highlighters, and even though the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée is not the product I’ll grab when I want that deeper faux-glow, it is nonetheless the powder I’ve been reaching for lately for that finishing touch to my daily makeup — whether as a light wash of overall colour, or in strategic areas of the face for emphasis (upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, temples – even decolleté). Personally, I feel that what makes this product truly stand out, is not only how beautiful it applies as well as how natural it looks & feels upon the skin, but the unique rose-gold colour … totally on trend and absolutely perfect. I suspect that from the entire Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection, this will be the item that sells out first when it hits counters. You’ve been fairly warned.

Available at select Sephora, Hudson’s Bay and Sears Estée Lauder counters across Canada, starting early April. Find more information on the brand via esteelauder.ca

 

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Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Viper (swatches, comparison & review)

 

Viper  — the very name bears a certain seductively sinister sex appeal, and while I don’t indulge in many Estée Lauder products, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this was a shade I had to acquire. Easier said than done, however, as this shade was not only sold out at all US counters I went to this past summer, but upon arriving back home, all sales agents I asked here looked at me like I was speaking gibberish when I inquired. I was even assured by one pseudo-genius that this shade was a US exclusive ONLY and that I would NEVER find it here. Until I walked into Holt’s 2 minutes later … and picked it up. Whatever … the end result is that I did managed to get it, right?


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Viper (CAD $25.00 limited edition) – is sumptuous, luxurious, malevolent, decadent, and totally oozes a brooding sensuality. Yes, a bottle of nail polish can do all that – trust me on this. The first coat applied somewhat sheer(ish), showing a charcoal-esque pine green base, with the second coat bringing forth this beauty’s true colour: a blackened forest/viridian green hue filled with ultra-fine emerald shimmer, although it does tend to look more ebony indoors. The formula is in that jelly/crème hybrid format that I’m really coming to love – the flow of a crème but with the high gloss and elasticity of a jelly, as it applies in a completely self-levelling way and ends with a ridiculously glassy finish. The square-shaped heavy glass bottle might look a little chunky, but actually serves to line up amazingly well for storage purposes, although it’s visually so beautiful that you will definitely want this to be out & admired. Bonus: absolutely no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


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Even though I have a few deep green shades in my collection that I could have compared ‘Viper’ to, something about its application and deep green tone completely reminded me of another legendary shade: the unicorn-elusive and limited edition ‘Zulu’ from NARS, which I was very happy to have picked up when it was re-released in the fall of 2010. Here’s how ‘Zulu’ compared to ‘Viper’ (both fabulous names, by the way):

  • required 3 coats to reach the same opacity
  • a thinner and sheerer formula
  • first coat shows a much brighter green tone
  • no shimmer
  • slight translucency and more jelly-like qualities
  • exceptionally glossy (a glass like finish) – makes application of top coat almost redundant
  • non-staining as well

Overall, I’d say the two while bearing an almost identical base tone, are also quite different from each other due to ‘Viper’s’ shimmer, and worth owning both.


Viper vs Zulu (sunlight)


Viper vs Zulu (indirect light)


Viper vs Zulu (flash)

 

Final thoughts: When attempting to track down cosmetic products, perseverance pays off, as well as having some basic knowledge of the item you’re trying to find. Case in point, not always taking a sales agent’s word on something – very happy I didn’t. With the amount of nail varnish choices one faces today, it might be hard to make a case for one shade over another, so it comes down to personal preferences; I love how sophisticated yet totally “dark” and edgy ‘Viper’ is and its deep green tone helps it stand out from other trendy colours. That, and a formula that’s to die for. And the name … makes me feel so dangerous …