Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter Review

“I loved Estée Lauder’s Modern Mercury, when it was first introduced, so I was so excited to bring it back in my collection. This shimmering highlighter enhances cheekbones and illuminates skin perfectly.”—Victoria Beckham.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, EL was well known for Modern Mercury back in the day. For Victoria Beckham this collection, was all about creating vintage makeup items that you don’t find anywhere else, kind of bringing them back!  The reintroduction of Lauder’s much-missed Modern Mercury powder highlighter , loved by Beckham is absolutely dazzling! There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. It’s is a light-medium, rosy champagne with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer.

The texture of the powder is just glorious, it literally just melts into the skin. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to blending, it works well with all types of brushes I’d say that Modern Mercury is universally flattering, you just need to adjust your application to suit. I used a small Elf brush to get an accurate application on the cheekbone. It could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush.

With Victoria Beckham products, weather its fashion or beauty she wants the customer to feel the most beautiful version of themselves, and that my friends, she has managed to achieve a one hundred percent with the ‘Modern Mercury’ highlighter! Apart from the product being so dazzling, the packaging is so luxurious, modern and gorgeous!

Cost & Packaging

The highlighter costs ($75.00 for 0.26 oz.). The packaging is inspired from the packaging from the 1950’s Estee Lauder. So you get a little idea of how the brand used to be back then. It has a luxurious ribbed leather compact that’s very chic! It is sturdy & has gold detailing with a full mirror inside the compact. IMO this collection is very refined and probably targeted for a bit more mature audience. With this one, you are definitely going to feel fabulous when you pull it out of your bag.

Swipe to see more, the swatch is not doing justice in the pic but its gorgeous in person! @victoriabeckham X @esteelauder highlighter in 01 ✨Modern Mercury ✨I did play with it immediately I got it and it is a real standout in a sea of highlighters! 😱😱😱 This glee formula is outstanding and I ONLY wish Estée Lauder makes this permanent. For me I let go of the many beautiful sets and collections for this holiday season, just to get this and It's TOTALLY worth it!!! 👍🏼🙌🏼👍🏼🙌🏼 #esteelauder #victoriabeckham #esteelauderxvictoriabeckham #luxurious #highendmakeup #esteelaudermodernmercury #luxuriousmakeup #gorgeouspackaging #thebesthighlightertherecouldbe #mordernmercury #highlighterlover #aminlove 😘

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The highlighter stands out and shines beautifully on the skin without emphasizing texture or enlarging any pores.  It is luxurious in every sense!


I’d say Modern Mercury is hands down THE most intense, high shine, crazy pigmented highlighter I own in my sea of highlighters!! If there was one product that’s signature Victoria, this would be it.

For this product, you’re paying for the luxe, high quality, timeless and sophisticated element and of course the branding.

You can find Modern Mercury on Sephora online here & Estée Lauder here.


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