Edward Bess offers two eye shadow trios. I purchased Soft Smoke ($60) not too long ago. It was introduced in spring of this year. Soft Smoke, an expertly edited trio, provides a sophisticated collection of textures ranging from soft matte to high pearl for maximum versatility. Complete with a dual-ended blending and liner brush for flawless application, this trio is a must-have for neutral eye shadow lovers.
Naturally, I got the tip that I needed it from Jennifer Schwartz and Susan Babakhanova at Bergdorf Goodman! I ordered it when I placed my order for Gift Card Week. Since then, I have grown to appreciate its subtle beauty. The shades may look like your basic neutrals, but each has a special quality that makes it a reach-for eye shadow.
The photo at top was taken in shade. The photo taken in sun made the trio appear too light. The The lightest shade in the bottom row is ivory (matte). It blends into my skin tone while brightening the whole lid area. It's the perfect base shade. The middle shade is the wow shade for me. It's the ultimate grey, with a touch of taupe - pretty, neutral, yet complex. It can mingle with other shades and shadows (and brands), making itself indispensable. The darkest shade is a charcoal with attitude. Depending on the light, it can adopt a deep chocolate cast or even a charcoal blue cast.
I applied each shadow with an eye shadow brush, and my photo at left was taken in full sun. I swatched the lightest shade twice (at top), hoping it might show up in one of the swatches. The next shade down is the middle shade, which deserves its own compact! At the bottom is the deepest grey swatch. As you can see, on my arm, it's a hybrid between brown and charcoal - perfect for lining and contouring. I think it's beautiful. That shouldn't be a surprise since Edward Bess makeup is a luxurious treat.
Your skin tone may determine how these colors appear. I checked out some of the blogs that featured Soft Smoke in the spring, and the descriptions and swatches were markedly different.
Until recently, Edward Bess cosmetics were only available from Edward Bess or Bergdorf Goodman. Edward has launched his line at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and Neiman Marcus at the Houston Galleria. Now, women across the country can experience the luxury of an Edward Bess purchase. I wish we had a counter in the DC area!
Photos by BTiB - photo at top was taken in shade