Victoria's Secret Cosmetics

Victoria's Secret At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good concealer, and mascara; outstanding powder eyeshadow, liquid liner, and long-wearing lip color; good makeup remover.

Weaknesses: Average foundation (and only one option); disappointing eye pencil, lip balms, and oil-blotting papers.

Victoria's Secret makeup clearly tries to play up the same sleek, coy sexuality the rest of the Victoria's Secret merchandise is known for. And what could be a better environment for offering makeup! Victoria's Secret stores are all about a woman feeling sexy and beautiful, head to toe. If you're donning a silky teddy or lacy corset, the complete look almost begs for full, glossed, pouty lips and softly blushed cheeks, and this cosmetics line supplies that, albeit with shine and glitter to spare.

In the fall of 2006, the former Victoria's Secret makeup line blossomed with a whole new look and more enticing branding. Dubbed Very Sexy Makeup (to complement the company's popular fragrance of the same name), the line benefited from a streamlined product selection, while the packaging was updated from polished silver to lacquered black with metallic fuchsia stripes. The image update is sleek and mostly impressive, and kudos are due for to the well-designed tester units, which allow customers to experiment with every shade and offer plenty of tissues, cotton balls, mirrors, and makeup remover. Although I could argue that it doesn't take loads of shimmer and glitter to create very sexy makeup, I'll keep my comments focused on the products themselves, a surprising number of which are quite good and moderately priced.

Items worth checking out include the Liquid eyeliner, Face Illuminator and the impressive Long Wear Lip Shine. The lack of foundation options and a disregard for sufficient UVA protection in every product sporting an SPF rating is disappointing. If you happen to be visiting Victoria's Secret for their annual bra sale you might want to check out some of their makeup items just for the fun of it.

For more information about Victoria's Secret Cosmetics, call (800) 411-5116 or visit www.victoriassecret.com/beauty.

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Good VS Pro Airbrush FX Oil-Free Primer SPF 14 Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Foundation Primer  $18.00 0.84 fl. oz.
Good Volume Plump Mascara Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $15.00
Best Runway Length Mascara Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $14.00
Average Color Drama Lipstick Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Long-Wearing Lipstick  $14.00
Poor Sheer Drama Hydrating Lipstick Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Cream Lipstick  $14.00
Good Volume Lift Mascara Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $14.00
Average Very Sexy Platinum For Him 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Body Soaps/Washes  $15.00 8.40 fl. oz.
Poor Very Sexy For Him After Shave Hydrator Victoria's Secret Cosmetics After Shaves  $15.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Best VS Pro Magic FX Radiant Flash Brightening Cream Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Highlighter  $16.00 1.40 fl. oz.
Good Triple Drama Mascara Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $15.00
Best VS Pro Pout FX Fix Lip Primer and Definer (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Lipliner  $12.00
Good VS PRO Camouflage FX Universal Concealer Palette Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Cream-to-Powder Concealer  $18.00
Poor VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Loose Powder  $18.00
Average VS PRO Light FX Eye-Brightening Pen Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Concealer  $14.00
Good VS PRO Airbrush FX Bronzing Primer Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Foundation Primer  $18.00 0.75 fl. oz.
Poor Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $16.00
Best VS Makeup Pro Radiant FX Face Illuminator Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Highlighter  $15.00
Best Voluptuous Volume Mascara (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $12.00
Best VS Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer SPF 19 Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Foundation Primer  $18.00 0.75 fl. oz.
Best Silky Eye Shadow (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $12.00
Best VS Makeup Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20 (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $16.00
Best Oil-Free Concealer (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Liquid Concealer  $12.00
Average Beauty Rush Shiny Kiss Flavored Lip Gloss Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss  $9.00
Best VS Makeup Bronzer/Highlighter (Discontinued) Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Face Shine  $14.00
Good Precision Liquid Liner Victoria's Secret Cosmetics Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $16.00
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