Edward's been tinkering with Ultra Luminous Bronzer ($45)! The change is ever so slight, but there is a subtle difference between the two shades from their earlier incarnation and the new shades. My photo shows Daydream, the best shade for me, before (in the round compact) and now (rectangular compact). The new Ultra Luminous Bronzers come with a brush, which can be handy on the go.
My photos were taken with an overcast sky, so they aren't as bright as I'd like. What I perceive - no matter how the shades appear in the pan - is that the new Daydream is a tiny bit lighter and more golden on my skin. I checked with Susan at Bergdorf Goodman, and she confirmed that the newer shades in both Daydream and Desert Sun are more golden than their predecessors. She said the tilt toward a more golden hue made the bronzers more flattering to everyone.
I took a few photos to attempt to show you the differences. I applied old Daydream at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator. Then I applied old Daydream with Edward's Luxury Face Brush. Underneath the old swatches, I repeated with the new Daydream applied the same way. I would love to have taken full-sun photos, but I had to settle for what I could get this week.
I tried to apply the same amount of product in "like swatches." I think the very subtle difference in hues can be seen most easily in my stripe swatches. Can you see that the lower one (new Daydream) is slightly lighter than the top one (new Daydream)? That wasn't the result of my application technique. I think the differences are harder to see in the larger swatches - and in person. Can you see them - or do you think I'm smoking something?
Does the introduction of new versions of Daydream and Desert Sun mean that all Edward Bess fans need to rush to purchase a new bronzer like I did? I don't think so. If you are content with your Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer, why not wait until you run low on your old shade to purchase the new version? However, if you found the older one to be just a little "off" in color on your skin, you might want to invest in a new one.
If you don't own Ultra Luminous Bronzer, you are in for a treat. It truly captures the glow of skin bathed in warm sunlight. The ultra-fine powder delivers sheer, luminous color for an extremely natural look. I love the soft, subtle powder for sculpting and contouring. Daydream is one of the best bronzers I own - in either version.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty