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r0mini0n

Active member
I just went ahead and ordered from Selfridges...
Have you ordered from Selfridges before? If yes, how did your experience go? I placed an order for the eyeshadow palette as I was hesitant and waited too long on the VB site.

I've never ordered with them apart from one time last year (for the VB collection then even), and it wasn't a fun situation then. They "shipped out" the package but didn't notify me (I saw it randomly because the money was taken from my Visa). I was tracking it and then it suddenly didn't ship out anymore and there was some error code in the DHL tracking link. It took me some mails to their customer service to find out that they apparently the stock was damaged in the warehouse.

Logical solution to me would be to either remake the package (items were still available on the site then) or just send me my money back. They did neither! They kept saying that they never took my money because it wasn't shipped, and that it was just a claim on my card. But I know what a claim looks like and they already took my money because technically they marked it was shipped out.

CS and their socials were a mess, they kept ignoring what I was asking in my mail, saying I should contact CS (which I was) and my bank as it was their fault (I did speak with my bank and there was nothing they could do, it was up to the store). In the end I had to open a claim with Paypal and Visa to get the money back. In the end they even sent me an e-mail that they said the Paypal issue was taken care of and no money was taken, whilst it was obvious they finally did a refund in the end.

I now ordered with them again because there is no other info of other retailers, plus one bad experience doesn't mean it'll always be a bad experience. But I've been reading stories on trustpilot this past hour and I don't know, I'm hoping someone has more positive experiences with them!

Sorry for the long story but I can still feel the frustration.
 

r0mini0n

Active member
Is anyone getting that smudgy matte liner?
I'm a fool and actually just ordered it, I will let you know how it goes. I think I actually have something similar from By Terry (404 Not Found 1) (unless I'm totally mistaken and it's something else)


Update: the official VB site has stocked up! Everything seems to be back in stock except for the Blue/Orange eyeshadow duo, the nude Matte Lipstick which is still on pre order for me, the Cassis lipstick is on pre order as well, and the black eye foil has disappeared from the site.
 

awickedshape

New member
I'm a fool and actually just ordered it, I will let you know how it goes. I think I actually have something similar from By Terry (404 Not Found 1) (unless I'm totally mistaken and it's something else)


Update: the official VB site has stocked up! Everything seems to be back in stock except for the Blue/Orange eyeshadow duo, the nude Matte Lipstick which is still on pre order for me, the Cassis lipstick is on pre order as well, and the black eye foil has disappeared from the site.
Aw, don't say that lol
I hope it's really good.
 

missjulie

Member
Have you ordered from Selfridges before? If yes, how did your experience go? I placed an order for the eyeshadow palette as I was hesitant and waited too long on the VB site.

I've never ordered with them apart from one time last year (for the VB collection then even), and it wasn't a fun situation then. They "shipped out" the package but didn't notify me (I saw it randomly because the money was taken from my Visa). I was tracking it and then it suddenly didn't ship out anymore and there was some error code in the DHL tracking link. It took me some mails to their customer service to find out that they apparently the stock was damaged in the warehouse.

Logical solution to me would be to either remake the package (items were still available on the site then) or just send me my money back. They did neither! They kept saying that they never took my money because it wasn't shipped, and that it was just a claim on my card. But I know what a claim looks like and they already took my money because technically they marked it was shipped out.

CS and their socials were a mess, they kept ignoring what I was asking in my mail, saying I should contact CS (which I was) and my bank as it was their fault (I did speak with my bank and there was nothing they could do, it was up to the store). In the end I had to open a claim with Paypal and Visa to get the money back. In the end they even sent me an e-mail that they said the Paypal issue was taken care of and no money was taken, whilst it was obvious they finally did a refund in the end.

I now ordered with them again because there is no other info of other retailers, plus one bad experience doesn't mean it'll always be a bad experience. But I've been reading stories on trustpilot this past hour and I don't know, I'm hoping someone has more positive experiences with them!

Sorry for the long story but I can still feel the frustration.
Actually it was my first order from them, and so far everything seems to be fine, tracking says the package is on its way to me, so I'll see in a couple days, will update once it arrives. I wanted to try ordering from them this time, because there I can pay in british pounds, which has a much better exchange rate to our local currency then euros - and VB site only seems to be taking payments in euro. I estimated that I saved about at least 30 euros worth of money this way (not including shipping).
But since they still didn't have the Victoria lipstick in stock there, I also went ahead and did a pre-order from VB's site for that. And the only option for shipping was next day delivery, for which they charged 17 euros... But it obviously won't be delivered the next day, since it was just a pre-order... :( I didn't really like that, since last time I ordered from her site there wasn't even shipping for the products, so I found that strange. But I really want to have that lipstick too, and didn't want to risk it not being restocked at Selfridges.
 

r0mini0n

Active member
Actually it was my first order from them, and so far everything seems to be fine, tracking says the package is on its way to me, so I'll see in a couple days, will update once it arrives. I wanted to try ordering from them this time, because there I can pay in british pounds, which has a much better exchange rate to our local currency then euros - and VB site only seems to be taking payments in euro. I estimated that I saved about at least 30 euros worth of money this way (not including shipping).
But since they still didn't have the Victoria lipstick in stock there, I also went ahead and did a pre-order from VB's site for that. And the only option for shipping was next day delivery, for which they charged 17 euros... But it obviously won't be delivered the next day, since it was just a pre-order... :( I didn't really like that, since last time I ordered from her site there wasn't even shipping for the products, so I found that strange. But I really want to have that lipstick too, and didn't want to risk it not being restocked at Selfridges.
Oh if the package is already on it's way to you you're doing better than me, mine was never shipped out! I went ahead and cancelled the eyeshadow palette with them as I am impatient and the VB site shipped out my orders friday night and they already arrived in my country, so I have faith that this one will ship out tomorrow.

I agree that the exchange rate is horrible though, same with the shipping! I had the option of €18 shipping (which wasn't even an option, just standard) or 22 for one day shipping (which wouldn't work). At least last year the packaging sent out was really nice so hoping for the same treatment!

The pricing of the last collection is still up on the EL site in my country, and the Morning Aura was €67.24, it's €90 on her site now... With the price increase + the conversion, the prices are horrible.
 

TraceyMc

New member
I just got the Blonde Gold eye metal shadow , I got it mainly as I already have Bitter Clove and like it , but sadly here in Ireland you can't return cosmetics like you can in the USA . It has pigment once you build it up with about 2 or 3 swatches but it's just the consistency is so dry and crumbly , it's not like my other eye metal at all ! I will use it as I had planned to as a shimmery single colour on the eye with a bold red or berry lip in winter but I think I'll have to deal with fall out , shame as the actual shade is pretty . But save your money on this one , it's not worth €43 !!!
 

r0mini0n

Active member
I wonder how many reviews of last year were just because BG got gifted PR.

I made some orders on her official site on friday morning and sunday afternoon, and the order numbers didn't even go up with 200. That doesn't really seem like a lot?
 

missjulie

Member
So my order from VB's site and Selfridges both came today.
I placed my order for a lipstick at Victoria's site on the 2nd (but it was just a pre-order, since it wasn't in stock at the time), it shipped out yesterday, and already got to me today. So they did indeed sent it with next day delivery (which was the only option for shipping at chekout this time). It came in a bubble wrap envelope, and while there wasn't any major damage to the product, the box the lipstick comes in got a little dent on it. Nothing major, just still noticeable. Plus there was a postcard of VB included in it (not the one with a written note).

The order from Selfridges came in a box, and was nicely packaged in some colourful papers. I placed the order on the 1st, and it shipped out on the 3rd. Not even a minor damage to the pruducts here.

Haven't tried the products themselves yet as I'm still at work, but will probably play with them in the next few days.
 

LiliV

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My Blonde Gold came! My lipsticks still didn't ship yet, I hope those come sometime next week.

The shadow is definitely more sheer than I was expecting, but I plan to use it over a Paint Pot so we'll see if that can make it a little more opaque. Color wise, this is my type of shade.

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I also had had to post my gift with purchase from EL.com. I honestly wasn't paying attention when I picked it but I'm super impressed! It came with all this and that lipstick is full size! It also came with makeup wipes

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lipstickaddict

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My Blonde Gold came! My lipsticks still didn't ship yet, I hope those come sometime next week.

The shadow is definitely more sheer than I was expecting, but I plan to use it over a Paint Pot so we'll see if that can make it a little more opaque. Color wise, this is my type of shade.

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I also had had to post my gift with purchase from EL.com. I honestly wasn't paying attention when I picked it but I'm super impressed! It came with all this and that lipstick is full size! It also came with makeup wipes

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Beautiful! I'm excited to receive mine :heart:
 

Icecaramellatte

Well-known member
Is anyone getting that smudgy matte liner?
I did but I missed my delivery today to go to the BG event. Hopefully, I can get it tomorrow. I didn't even ask about the product because I knew it was on its way.

I ended up getting the orange duo, powder, nude gloss and mascara. I wanted the Blonde Gold eye metal or whatever the pan one is called but decided to try to keep my eye on the prize. I liked the color of the cheek creme too but figured that could wait as well. I did not try the quad because I was originally not that interested in it anyway but then I did start to like it. I was trying not to go crazy so I didn't even try everything. I may pick up more products later if they hang around. Oh the Black Cassis was nice too. I almost bought it. The other tube gloss did not look like much but I didn't try it on. The MA swatched that and the Aura gloss on my hand. She didn't use much though so I'm thinking it would have looked better with a heavier hand. I like the idea of it on cheeks since I loved the Morning Aura on cheeks so much but she thought the Morning Aura was better. I'm still curious how the gold Aura Gloss would look mixed in with the Morning Aura. I did not swatch the other 2 duos or the black liner. The MA did use the blue liner on me but I decided to skip as well. I have an insane amount of blue liners. I'm sorry I didn't try the brown though. Maybe next time. I feel like this collection may hang around awhile. I don't know why I think this. Maybe I'm just not as excited as I was the last go round. Or there are just too many fabulous things coming out right now and I just feel like this collection is just crazy priced. $50 lipstick. Isn't TF lipstick $50? Maybe VB plans to be the next TF. But Tom Ford gives you big lipsticks and VB looks like the Boys lipstick size.

She did say the cheek creme was a hot product as I had to ask to try it since I didn't see it. Oh and I thought that product was crazy small too. It looked smaller than the TF cheek cremes. The color looked nice. I wasn't sure it would even show up on me but it did. I do think the MA was a little light handed it with it. I may get it as I've been loving the morning aura with one of the TF cheek cremes. This color might make for a more neutral look though. Oh boy. . . She did say they had a nice amount of stock during general conversation so I guess my fears of missing out were for no reason. But really I was losing interest and wondering if I should still go. I'm glad I went though.
 

awickedshape

New member
I did but I missed my delivery today to go to the BG event. Hopefully, I can get it tomorrow. I didn't even ask about the product because I knew it was on its way.

I ended up getting the orange duo, powder, nude gloss and mascara. I wanted the Blonde Gold eye metal or whatever the pan one is called but decided to try to keep my eye on the prize. I liked the color of the cheek creme too but figured that could wait as well. I did not try the quad because I was originally not that interested in it anyway but then I did start to like it. I was trying not to go crazy so I didn't even try everything. I may pick up more products later if they hang around. Oh the Black Cassis was nice too. I almost bought it. The other tube gloss did not look like much but I didn't try it on. The MA swatched that and the Aura gloss on my hand. She didn't use much though so I'm thinking it would have looked better with a heavier hand. I like the idea of it on cheeks since I loved the Morning Aura on cheeks so much but she thought the Morning Aura was better. I'm still curious how the gold Aura Gloss would look mixed in with the Morning Aura. I did not swatch the other 2 duos or the black liner. The MA did use the blue liner on me but I decided to skip as well. I have an insane amount of blue liners. I'm sorry I didn't try the brown though. Maybe next time. I feel like this collection may hang around awhile. I don't know why I think this. Maybe I'm just not as excited as I was the last go round. Or there are just too many fabulous things coming out right now and I just feel like this collection is just crazy priced. $50 lipstick. Isn't TF lipstick $50? Maybe VB plans to be the next TF. But Tom Ford gives you big lipsticks and VB looks like the Boys lipstick size.

She did say the cheek creme was a hot product as I had to ask to try it since I didn't see it. Oh and I thought that product was crazy small too. It looked smaller than the TF cheek cremes. The color looked nice. I wasn't sure it would even show up on me but it did. I do think the MA was a little light handed it with it. I may get it as I've been loving the morning aura with one of the TF cheek cremes. This color might make for a more neutral look though. Oh boy. . . She did say they had a nice amount of stock during general conversation so I guess my fears of missing out were for no reason. But really I was losing interest and wondering if I should still go. I'm glad I went though.
I get where they want to place brand but I'm not feeling the value for money. One item is enough for me as I was curious about it.
I saw someone mention the amount of product in Blonde Mink, too, and the smudgy liner as well.
I think the lipsticks may go quicker than anything else but not sure how fast anything else may go.
 

r0mini0n

Active member
I made some orders from her official website. I have received one but I let the rest be delivered somewhere else as I wouldn't be there to pick it up.

Packaging wise, I had the same experience as missjulie. It came in a black envelope and the packaging of my products was a bit damaged. Last year I ordered with Net A Porter and everything was packaged in separate bubble wrap paper in a nice box, so this was a bit of a letdown especially for the amount of shipping they charge.
You also get a card with her image and a bunny paperclip inside.
Shipping wise, they are very quick, everything got here within two working days max (again though, for the amount of money they charge, it should)

I have swatched the eye palette and the grey is how people describe it, nearly invisible. I like the rest.
The matte eyeliner has a lot of fallout, although I might be doing it wrong and there is a learning curve.

I couldn't contain myself and ordered a lot more than anticipated. If they would have had them in stock I would've picked up the eye foils and the gloss as well.

I have a feeling it will stick around for a while, as they produced three times the stock per product of last year and there is less hype and more negativity.
I am curious if she will keep it on her website.
 
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awickedshape

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I made some orders from her official website. I have received one but I let the rest be delivered somewhere else as I wouldn't be there to pick it up.

Packaging wise, I had the same experience as missjulie. It came in a black envelope and the packaging of my products was a bit damaged. Last year I ordered with Net A Porter and everything was packaged in separate bubble wrap paper in a nice box, so this was a bit of a letdown especially for the amount of shipping they charge.
You also get a card with her image and a bunny paperclip inside.
Shipping wise, they are very quick, everything got here within two working days max (again though, for the amount of money they charge, it should)

I have swatched the eye palette and the grey is how people describe it, nearly invisible. I like the rest.
The matte eyeliner has a lot of fallout, although I might be doing it wrong and there is a learning curve.

I couldn't contain myself and ordered a lot more than anticipated. If they would have had them in stock I would've picked up the eye foils and the gloss as well.

I have a feeling it will stick around for a while, as they produced three times the stock per product of last year and there is less hype and more negativity.
I am curious if she will keep it on her website.
Net a porter packaging is the absolute best!
The only person I saw who bought the liner said the same re: fallout.
 

Icecaramellatte

Well-known member
I made some orders from her official website. I have received one but I let the rest be delivered somewhere else as I wouldn't be there to pick it up.
Packaging wise, I had the same experience as missjulie. It came in a black envelope and the packaging of my products was a bit damaged. Last year I ordered with Net A Porter and everything was packaged in separate bubble wrap paper in a nice box, so this was a bit of a letdown especially for the amount of shipping they charge.
You also get a card with her image and a bunny paperclip inside.
Shipping wise, they are very quick, everything got here within two working days max (again though, for the amount of money they charge, it should)

I have swatched the eye palette and the grey is how people describe it, nearly invisible. I like the rest.
The matte eyeliner has a lot of fallout, although I might be doing it wrong and there is a learning curve.

I couldn't contain myself and ordered a lot more than anticipated. If they would have had them in stock I would've picked up the eye foils and the gloss as well.

I have a feeling it will stick around for a while, as they produced three times the stock per product of last year and there is less hype and more negativity.
I am curious if she will keep it on her website.
My order from the VB site came today. I got the smudgy liner in graphite. It is definitely gray. I was hoping for something not so noticeably gray. I don't always do well with gray. Interesting product. I used it on the lower lash line and it went on easily. I don't have any fall out so far. I tried on the upper lash line but I already have liner there it. It went on smoothly but I don't know if it was because it was easier to follow the line already there. I did get a bubble mailer and the box of the liner is smashed up. I wasn't expecting the black VBxEL box since it was just one product. I did get one before but I don't remember if it was from the VB site or the EL site. I thought the packaging of the liner was super lightweight. I feel like I'm complaining a lot about this line. Feels funny since I usually don't get too bothered about products that other people complain about. I usually have a get what you pay for attitude. Sometimes people talk about hard to work this products and I have the opposite feeling. If I love a color and texture, I don't mind working with it. Now I can see why most people would have an issue with these things. I do find that many of the Youtube "gurus" do as well. I thought that is what they do. Well the full time ones anyway. Maybe I'm just becoming disillusioned. Anyway, I don't know why this collection is bothering me. I did not like the prices last year either but I gladly forked over lots of funds and made multiple orders. I don't know what happened this time. I think I just don't understand some of the choices made for this collection.

On a positive note (about the collection), I did use some of the products today. I did not do new VB eye shades because orange did not go with today outfit. But I did have in my mind to focus on the skin and do the Victoria Beckham skin look as told to me by the MAs last year. They called it a sweaty look. I don't think that sounds glorious but I did like the vibe. I still wasn't quite ready to try the Morning Aura all over the skin as a primer yet especially since I was trying a new foundation and powder. I just used it on the high points of the cheek as I usually do. I went with a soft pink eye look and used the new mascara. Now I liked how it looked in my makeover but the MA was unable to use the same wand to apply it and I wanted to see show it worked. I like it. It gave a decent amount of thickness and length. The texture of it felt interesting as well. I don't quite know how to describe it but kind of felt gel like. I only applied one coat though. I wasn't sure if it would take two coats and I did not have time this morning to make corrections if I messed it up. I'm touching it now and it feels soft like maybe I could try another coat. But right now it is not as thick as Chanel Le Volume which is my favorite mascara. I don't know that I like it more than the Le Volume. I will try two coats later. I went with the Tom Ford creme blush on cheeks. I picked the more nude looking one. Piene sole I think. I haven't worn it in a while and it was quite golden and shimmery. Then I remembered I used it as a highlighter so I corrected with Paradiso. I needed something more neutral or cool toned. I think I do need to get the creme blush. May just order it. Saks just sent an email that they have the collection. Finished with Modern Mercury highlighter. I have 2 of these. Do I need a 3rd? I feel like someone on here said they had 3 and used them up. Used the powder in the cheek area and a little in T-zone. The MA told me that Victoria used it throughout the day because she is very oily and often needs to blot due to the hot lights from photo sessions and such and found that it doesn't cake up. Maybe this is why it is in a fancy compact. I really was just thinking about it for the pores on my cheek. I was quite busy today and did a lot of physical work but I did not get to check in a mirror all day . Now that I'm home I see my face is not oily at all. Surprised about that. My pores are showing a bit. I didn't look closely at the change when I applied it this morning. I just reapplied and see smoothing. I'm going to pay better attention tomorrow though. As an aside, looking at my face now, the TF cheek creme held up pretty good. These type of products usually fade pretty quickly. I was pretty happy with the products I used today. The Morning Aura with a cheek cream and Modern Mercury on top. Fabulous! I did get that extra glowy skin look that I wanted. Lips??? Oh I forgot to check out the Rose lipstick. That might have worked with this look but I went with Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine. Did anyone get the rose lipstick?
 

GreenEyedAllie

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My order from the VB site came today. I got the smudgy liner in graphite. It is definitely gray. I was hoping for something not so noticeably gray. I don't always do well with gray. Interesting product. I used it on the lower lash line and it went on easily. I don't have any fall out so far. I tried on the upper lash line but I already have liner there it. It went on smoothly but I don't know if it was because it was easier to follow the line already there. I did get a bubble mailer and the box of the liner is smashed up. I wasn't expecting the black VBxEL box since it was just one product. I did get one before but I don't remember if it was from the VB site or the EL site. I thought the packaging of the liner was super lightweight. I feel like I'm complaining a lot about this line. Feels funny since I usually don't get too bothered about products that other people complain about. I usually have a get what you pay for attitude. Sometimes people talk about hard to work this products and I have the opposite feeling. If I love a color and texture, I don't mind working with it. Now I can see why most people would have an issue with these things. I do find that many of the Youtube "gurus" do as well. I thought that is what they do. Well the full time ones anyway. Maybe I'm just becoming disillusioned. Anyway, I don't know why this collection is bothering me. I did not like the prices last year either but I gladly forked over lots of funds and made multiple orders. I don't know what happened this time. I think I just don't understand some of the choices made for this collection.

On a positive note (about the collection), I did use some of the products today. I did not do new VB eye shades because orange did not go with today outfit. But I did have in my mind to focus on the skin and do the Victoria Beckham skin look as told to me by the MAs last year. They called it a sweaty look. I don't think that sounds glorious but I did like the vibe. I still wasn't quite ready to try the Morning Aura all over the skin as a primer yet especially since I was trying a new foundation and powder. I just used it on the high points of the cheek as I usually do. I went with a soft pink eye look and used the new mascara. Now I liked how it looked in my makeover but the MA was unable to use the same wand to apply it and I wanted to see show it worked. I like it. It gave a decent amount of thickness and length. The texture of it felt interesting as well. I don't quite know how to describe it but kind of felt gel like. I only applied one coat though. I wasn't sure if it would take two coats and I did not have time this morning to make corrections if I messed it up. I'm touching it now and it feels soft like maybe I could try another coat. But right now it is not as thick as Chanel Le Volume which is my favorite mascara. I don't know that I like it more than the Le Volume. I will try two coats later. I went with the Tom Ford creme blush on cheeks. I picked the more nude looking one. Piene sole I think. I haven't worn it in a while and it was quite golden and shimmery. Then I remembered I used it as a highlighter so I corrected with Paradiso. I needed something more neutral or cool toned. I think I do need to get the creme blush. May just order it. Saks just sent an email that they have the collection. Finished with Modern Mercury highlighter. I have 2 of these. Do I need a 3rd? I feel like someone on here said they had 3 and used them up. Used the powder in the cheek area and a little in T-zone. The MA told me that Victoria used it throughout the day because she is very oily and often needs to blot due to the hot lights from photo sessions and such and found that it doesn't cake up. Maybe this is why it is in a fancy compact. I really was just thinking about it for the pores on my cheek. I was quite busy today and did a lot of physical work but I did not get to check in a mirror all day . Now that I'm home I see my face is not oily at all. Surprised about that. My pores are showing a bit. I didn't look closely at the change when I applied it this morning. I just reapplied and see smoothing. I'm going to pay better attention tomorrow though. As an aside, looking at my face now, the TF cheek creme held up pretty good. These type of products usually fade pretty quickly. I was pretty happy with the products I used today. The Morning Aura with a cheek cream and Modern Mercury on top. Fabulous! I did get that extra glowy skin look that I wanted. Lips??? Oh I forgot to check out the Rose lipstick. That might have worked with this look but I went with Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine. Did anyone get the rose lipstick?
I'm debating the Rose and Black Cassis lipsticks, but I want more swatches and to know the potential dupes first! I might have bought another MM if they hadn't jacked up the prices. I'm also considering the cheek cream, but I have, and love, my Chanel cream blushes.
 

r0mini0n

Active member
So, my I have received all my orders from the official VB site. In total I made 4 different orders (please don't judge, I know it's a waste of shipping costs...)

Here's my first thoughts, long post ahead, sorry for the ramble.

First order (Powder, and two eyeliners in java and backup for black saffron) came in a box, box was held with bubble wrap, in the box were papers. No complaints
Other orders (one was the eye metal in blonde gold, one contained the eye shadow palette and the gray matte eyeliner, and the last was the blush, the lipliner and the victoria lipstick) were sent in a black envelope. I guess it's cute if you don't know how the original orders were shipped. Also, the boxes of most of the damages were damaged just a little. The box with the Blonde Gold eye metal was even open and the blonde gold had slipped out and was lying in the envelope alone...

Overall, I was displeased with the price of shipping because apart from the first package the rest arrived so so. I probably would order from her site again because the shipping was super fast though. But last year I placed an order on Selfridges (already told about that fiasco a few posts up), Net A Porter (perfect), Sephora (really good) and my official EL site (really good). Given the choice, I would prefer to order with either of these last three.


Products wise, I have not used anything just yet, apart from swatching and trying on the eyeshadow palette and matte eyeliner before bed.

First impressions
- eye shadow palette: gorgeous colors, but the gray is weak. still glad i got it

- matte eyeliner: so much fall out when i tried it. I may be using it wrong but so far I regret purchasing this, because I'm the type of person that just has to have their base done before doing their eyes. I won't do it another way as I don't like it.

- eyeliners in java and black saffron: great, love java and glad to have a backup of black saffron. Given the chance I'd like to pick up the blue as well. From the switching I did the formula seems to be the same

- face powder: beautiful compact, but swatched a bit dry/ patchy on my hand? Have not used it on my face yet, hoping it does excellent things. Glad I got it.

- eye metal: nice color but very very dry it seems. Doesn't feel like last year's eye metals. I wish I had a need to pick up the bronze one as a backup so I could compare if they changed the formula on that one too (I won't lol)

- Blush: I told myself I wouldn't get this because I don't use cream products. But then I saw two swatches of it and caved, this is my kind of color. However, the size of this is shocked me. I was expecting something along the lines of the bronzer or the highlighter, but it's around the same size of the eye metals... I mean, for the price, I would have liked it to be a little bigger.

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Now these are the items that ticked me off the most, the lipstick and the lipliner.

- Lipstick in Victoria: this is way darker than imagined. I read it paired up nicely with the lipliner, and I did see them speaking about a cool new shade but considering they were talking about lipliner 01 Victoria, I thought it would be a perfect match with the lipliner from the last collection. It's not. I took a gamble because some swatches made it seem ok, and some made it seem dark. I have not tried it on yet, but it is def. not her perfect nude like she wears all the time much like last years Brazilian nude. So this didn't really ticked me off, just more a mistake of my own for buying it.

- Lipliner: I have no words. The Lipliner is where I feel cheated, angry and why I am making this post lol. Actually, I just looked at her official site and scratch "feel", I was cheated.
So the lipliner carries the same name like last year's 01 Victoria, but it is a completely different darker color. Which in itself annoyed me as I was looking to buy a backup of last years gorgeous lip liner. But the lipliner itself looks like some cheap thing you get at the drugstore, and it is super dry (to me at least, I have dry lips) and in nothing it looks like the creamier pencil from last year.

If you go to her site, it looks like the same one, doesn't it? At least the same formula? Nope. Sorry for my rank lipliner left, but that is last years version and the one on the right is this years version. It's not creamy, it's smaller than last year, it looks cheaper, no black on top (unlike the photo displayed on her website, sorry, it's the details that do it for me). It feels like a coloring pencil. Personally, I would not spend your money on this.

Unless I got a faulty one? Is there anyone else that picked up the lipliner?

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here is a picture of the shade for anyone who is interested, i did this on a piece of white paper and bad artificial lighting, so not that good. It looks more different on the skin. Left is the old one, right is the new one.


Overall I was excited (didn't immediately check the eyeliners or the lipliner as I thought I knew them) and was willing to spend even more money to pick up some other products, but now I'm not too sure, the lipliner (cheapest thing on the site even lol) kind of hit me the wrong way, especially because it doesn't look as advertised.

Am I being too critical and overreacting here? I know it's just a lipliner but it feels like the biggest disappointment to me.

Overal, I feel like the quality of most of the products that I got is not the quality I was expecting after the amazing collection from last year.

I see that she's been doing the rounds with some UK bloggers so I am interested if they will be critical or if they will turn a blind eye.
 
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