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Typically, we first hear about A-list beauty collabs and launches through whisperings and word of mouth, and then we confirm it with a little sleuthing (read: stalking Instagram for clues, or in Rihanna's case, checking trademark records). But then there's Victoria Beckham. Ever the one to shoot straight from the hip, the fashion designer bypassed the rumor mill outright by announcing last year that she would definitely venture into beauty "at some point."
Well, we're happy to report that "some point" has arrived—and Vogue shared the exclusive details with us. In a new profile for the mag's September issue, Beckham reveals that she'll be launching a 14-piece capsule makeup collection with Estée Lauder. Based on years of wearing and loving cosmetics, as well as the cities she's most inspired by, the range will be split into four mini-collections (titled New York, London, Los Angeles, and Paris) and will be available for purchase starting September 13 on EsteeLauder.com.
"I’m a bit of a chameleon," she reveals to Vogue regarding the city-by-city theme. "I do change my look—not just my fashion—depending on where I am in the world and how I’m dressing." And as with her fashion line, Beckham was painstakingly involved in every step of the process, weaving in lessons and tips she's learned from years of working with esteemed makeup artists like Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, as well as samples and palettes she has literally kept around for decades. (Vogue memorably notes that Beckham's dining room table is weighed down by such beauty relics.)
"It was really about not compromising," she explains, "and creating pieces that I wanted to wear myself." Take her lipstick formulation, for example: "I don’t want a red-red," she says, and opted instead for a "younger, fresher" matte tangerine.
While we'll have to wait until next month to dabble with the collection ourselves, from the sound of it, it's very much in the same vein as her ready-to-wear collection: chic, ultra-flattering, and incredibly wearable, but never boring. So… we'll take one of everything, then?
Watch Beckham put the collection in action in the video above, and in the meantime, shop the rest of Estée Lauder's collection. (We're pretty smitten with the Kendall Jenner–approved Estée Edit.) And tell us: What are you most excited to see from her collection?