October 20, 2009

Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Collection: Victoria’s Secret Luminous Face Powder Gems Review

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Victoria’s Secret is snoozing on the job.  The Muse happened to wander into VS a few days ago and came across the new Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Collection…but hello?  No word of it on their website.   Hey guys wake up, we need to know more deets about these things.

Have no fear though the good word is here from your Muse.  It’s rather gorgeous peeps.  I hauled one item from it which I’ll review for you today plus I’ll show you a few pics of the other items that are coming out.

Jump ahead for it!

The Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Collection is a new limited edition makeup collection brought together by Heidi Klum. The collection is inspired by Heidi’s life changing trip to India and features Indian-themed beauty pieces. If you recall last year around the same time Heidi had another very pretty collection that was offered. I didn’t haul any of it at the time but I will say it went on sale during the semi-annual, point in case being if you aren’t interested in hauling this now perhaps you can get it later on sale (especially if the Holidays go belly up due to the economy).

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I like the looks of this collection more than it’s predecessor. Could be the packaging, could be the colors, or the design, not sure what it is but I’m really loving the looks of this particular collection when compared to last year’s. Exotic Jewels happens to be a little larger than last year’s as well but not so much you are overwhelmed. It consists of two main “star” pieces and four follow up items for a complete face look. Below you’ll find the details on each item releasing.

  • Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Eye Shadow Palette in Hidden Palace ($24)

A star piece of the collection for me this features five shades of shadow in an elegant Indian-themed compact.

  • Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Luminous Face Powder Gems in Moonstones ($22)

Another key piece in the collection these are basically a dupe of Guerlain Meteorites but are made up of a more pigmented formula for highlighting or using as a blush.

  • Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Glitter Liner in Majesty ($12)

Shimmering purple liner for a twinkle of color to line eyes with.

Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Extra-Lengthening Mascara ($13)
Purple tinged mascara for creating an exotically colored lashes.

  • Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Perfect Lipstick in Exotic Spice ($16)

A nude beige shade of moisturizing lipstick.

  • Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit ($14)

Super light glossy beige shade for topping creating a lovely nude pout.

Although the smaller eye items and lip pieces fail to excite me I will say I was overjoyed at the eye palette which sadly was out of stock at my Victoria’s Secret. I did manage to secure the face powder which I’ll be reviewing for you in this post. Below you can see a shot I took of the display sans the eye palette. Count me curious on the eye palette as it looks lovely even though I’m not such a great fan of purple which seems to be the dominate color.

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Now for my review of the powder…..

I’m a sucker for lovely packaging and the packaging on the Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Lumnious Face Powder Gems is gorgeous. It’s a pink sturdy cardboard box much like you’d see Guerlain Meteorites housed in with embellishments of gold and purple.

The “gems” or small balls of powder are a mix of marbleized plum, pale pink, dark pink, and gold shades. The quality isn’t quite as lovely as Guerlain’s version but they are quite similar in packaging, style, and design. The balls can work as a blush if you want but for the most part they do remain very subtle and sheer for a highlight on face and cheeks. The finish isn’t shimmery or frosty but more of a very light twinkle of color even when applied with a heavy hand.

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Overall, the beautiful packaging really took me in and made them worthy of a pick up. I’m looking forward to getting the palette as well shortly. If you like Guerlain Meteorites these should appeal.

The Victoria’s Secret Exotic Jewels Collection is a delightful little offering. Check it out at your local VS as it’s not yet available online.

Loves it!

Anyone lay eyes on this collection yet?

Tell the Muse!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • CC

    The powder does look beautiful! You should show us a swatch of it on your skin 🙂 Looks like I’ll be making a stop into VS soon to look for this!

    • the Muse

      sorry cc 😀 I had one this morning and it disappeared will def update the post shortly! def worthy of a look at…particularly the shadow palette!

  • AcuSpa

    Hello Muse! Might you be able to post a swatch of this lively powder? I’m super curious to see what it’s pigmentation and sparkle factor are! Thanks Muse for all the great work.

    • the Muse

      yes def will acupa you have to excuse me I had a swatch this morning but no idea where it went 🙂 I’ll update the post tonight!

      aw my pleasure, thank YOU!

  • April

    Good morning, Muse!

    I have seen the entire collection and I will say I was a bit disappointed by the balls. Too sheer in my humble opinion.

    The mascara is lovely and will look gorgeous on green and hazel eyed folks. The liner looks more black (or maybe even blackish gray) to me than purple. It does have silver glitter in it.

    The lip products were done very nicely and make a lovely nude rose lip to balance the purple eye palette.

    • the Muse

      good morning april!

      Really? I liked them very much. I find a kabuki helps with color payoff 😀 I skipped on the lippies and mascara and such. Last night I seen the eye palette and wasn’t as wow’ed over as I hoped I’d be….did you see it? What did you think?

  • daisyv316

    Hey muse, I was at victoria’s secret last week and I did a swatch of the palette and of the eyeliner and wanted to get both so now I have to get them online, but I do want to wait for their sale, however I am afraid that if I wait I might be too late. I wanted to get the face powder regardless bc I am too a sucker for packaging. What to do??
    Are you liking the palette? items that you got?

    • the Muse

      hey daisy!

      What’s up? 🙂 I haven’t tried anything outside the face powder hun b/c nothing else interested me outside the eye palette. When I purchased the powder they didn’t have the eye palette…anyway I went back and they had it, kinda disappointed as it was a little cheap feeling and the shadows inside weren’t as fab as I had hoped for 😛 I guess it’s a nice to have for me but I’m gonna see if I can snag it on sale. I can understand not wanting to wait though as items on sale go so bloody FAST!!!!!!!!!

      If you liked the way the eye palette swatched I’d go for it…but it’s kinda a miss or me.

      I hope this helps!?