Showing posts with label Edward Bess. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edward Bess. Show all posts

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Blushed Orchid and Desert Escape

When I was Sephora sale shopping, I noticed two Ultra Slick Lipsticks ($32) that were marked new. That's sometimes a ruse, but I'm a total sucker for Edward Bess lipsticks, so I ordered Blushed Orchid and Desert Escape.

Ultra Slick Lipstick is described as seductive, a way to accent the curves of your lips with irresistible, radiant color. The creamy, long-wearing formula delivers superior hydration (really, it's not "just a claim"). Ultra Slick smoothes and shapes the lips with an exclusive treatment for a sensual pout. I like the way it feels on my lips, and it's as long-lasting as any "long-lasting" lipsticks I like (meaning they feel good - not just last).

I'm happy with both shades. Blushed Orchid is shown at left above, and Desert Escape at right. I took my swatch photos in full, morning sun in the same order. Blushed Orchid is shown at the top of my arm, with Desert Escape below. The two shades could not be more different.

All of the Ultra Slick Lipsticks offer rich pigmentation and a satin finish. They aren't matte, but they aren't particularly shiny either. Most of the shine you see in my photos is from direct sunlight. Let's say they have life.

When I looked at the tube of Blushed Orchid, I had an instant fear that it would be too light - too teeny bopper for me. It's not. It's a gorgeous pastel pink that will be best saved for spring. Desert Escape is a vivid rose-brown. It's about as dark as I like to go with lipstick. It's a perfect shade for this time of year when I wear darker clothing and need a bit more color on my face.

Long ago, I declared myself an Edward Bess groupie. You too can become an Edward Bess groupie - even if you don't have a local source. Edward Bess makeup and skin care is available at Sephora (thank God). If you want help from Edward Bess representatives, just give the team a call at (212) 872-8826 at  Bergdorf Goodman. They provide professional and friendly assistance - and they offer free shipping now.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Edward Bess Total Correction Under Eye Perfection

I was thrilled when I saw that Edward Bess had introduced an under-eye correction product. I adore my Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base. It is the best eye shadow base I have ever used. Period. So, I was extremely eager to try the base for my under-eye area.

I had a difficult time choosing a color. The color representations on Sephora looked strange. I had to call Edward Bess. I talked to Lauren, who explained to me that Light is meant for people who have red-blue undertones, and Golden is meant for those with yellow undertones.  With that information to reassure me, I ordered Light from Sephora (I had a coupon; otherwise I would have ordered from Lauren). It also comes in a dark shade called Buff.

Billed as a brightening under-eye corrector specially designed to erase dark circles in an instant, Total Correction Under Eye Perfection ($38) is very nice. Here is the marketing blurb.

Discover the secret to completely erasing dark under-eye circles once and for all. With just a swipe of this super-powerful corrector, darkness disappears instantly to reveal an lighter, brighter, well-rested appearance. This magic wand takes on even the darkest under-eye dilemmas with its specially designed color-corrective pigments that optically lighten dark shadows. The innovative formula glides on creamy and then sets quickly for all-day coverage. Targeted for the delicate under-eye area, it is infused with aloe vera to help soothe and calm puffy skin.

I've been wearing it all week, and I like it. It's not love, though. "Light" is kind of dark on me - even though it blends out to match my skin when I'm wearing Armani #4 Compact Maestro. When I revert back to #2 for the winter, I'm afraid my under-eye area will be darker than the rest of my face, meaning I won't be able to use it. If anyone from Edward Bess is reading this, please, oh please, make a fair shade of this!

Here are the two tubes. My Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere is shown on the left (messy because I use it every day), and my new Total Correction Under Eye Perfection in Light is shown on the right. You can see that the new product is significantly darker. I took swatch photos to show you. I think one is enough. I just slapped on both products without any blending. Cashmere is at the top of my arm, with Light below.

There is a huge difference! Cashmere blends into my eyelid perfectly. I use it from the lash line up to my brow, and I love it. It matches me; it corrects the redness I have just over the crease; and it holds my eye shadow perfectly all day.

Under Eye Perfection also works perfectly, but the color is too dark for me. I want a product (concealer or corrector) to add brightness under my eyes. Light is too dark to do that. It blends into my skin to "disappear," but it does not add any brightness.

What do I mean when I say it works perfectly? It evens out the skin tone, it's easy to apply (super easy compared to my regular concealer), and it stays put all day without any creasing in fine lines. A thin and perfect application becomes one with my skin. It's everything I would want from an under-eye concealer or corrector - except the right color. If your skin is darker than mine, you are going to fall in love with this product.

I need to mention application. Although both products come with a brush, do not attempt to apply either product using its own brush. I apply one drop to my palm, then I use Bobbi Brown's Touch-up Brush to pick the product up from my palm and apply to my skin. If you try to apply either product and blend with its own brush, you will end up with too much product on your skin. It takes very little product to work perfectly.

In conclusion, I love everything about Total Correction Under Eye Perfection except the color. If you are not as fair as I am, give it a try. It's a winner. If you are as fair as I am, join me in begging Edward Bess for a lighter shade.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector in Light

I'm a bit late to this party, but I didn't want spring to pass before I featured Edward Bess's relatively new Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector ($56). I purchased Light, one of four available shades. Described as a face cream that imparts a healthy radiance, Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfection is a multifunction product.

Not a foundation, not a tinted moisturizer, not even a BB cream, it’s an "EB cream" that makes everything better. Edward Bess masters the look of glowing skin in a natural finish. Its weightless feel glides right on with special light-diffusers that impart a dewy luminosity, but still look like your natural complexion - only better.

I didn't know what to expect from it. Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book gave it a thumbs up while wishing it was available in more shades. She found herself between a Light and Medium. I am a "perfect Light."

Here are two swatch photos of the Light shade, both taken in full sun. I dispensed a small amount of the product at the top or my arm. Then I dispensed the same amount below and blended it with my fingers. I did not blend it into my skin entirely because it would have disappeared in the photos.

The color is fairly neutral, but I think it leans ever-so-slightly yellow. That's fine with me because yellow neutralizes any redness in my skin. When apply it, it doesn't appear yellow. It look like my skin. I see no line of demarcation at my jaw line when I apply it to my face.

To my eyes, Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector is a lightweight foundation. It is not advertised as containing a sunscreen, so I think that gives it a demerit. It does contain titanium dioxide, but apparently not in sufficient quantity to provide a legitimate SPF rating.

When I apply it, I see overall smoothing of my skin tone with sheer coverage. It does leave a "feel" of hydration on my skin, but only to the touch. It looks very natural, as advertised, but I don't see that it adds much radiance to my skin. That's a tall order for dry skin, and it's advertised for normal or normal-to-dry skin types. If I shine a light on my skin, I see a luminous quality. In normal indoor and outdoor lighting, I do not see a dewy finish.

If you look hard, you may see a chalkiness in my photos. That's how it feels when first applied. That feeling goes away quickly, but I find it curious. One might expect that from a foundation containing a physical sunscreen, but this one doesn't. Perhaps it's the titanium dioxide?

It was made in Taiwan, a subject of much conversation of late. I'm not sure I would have ordered it had I known.

If it's not a BB cream (no sunscreen), and it's not a foundation, I'm not sure what it is. I have better foundations, better luminizing products, and better moisturizers. It's too thick to be a primer (in my opinion), so I can't find a compelling case for using it - or purchasing again. That's too bad. Edward Bess products seldom disappoint me.

You can find Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector, where I purchased mine, at Sephora and Bergdorf Goodman, along with a few Neiman Marcus stores and, of course, the Edward Bess Web site. I really want to try his new Complexion Correcting Black Sea Mousse Foundation, which looks more intriguing. You can find that at QVC, and it was made in the U.S.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Secret Affair

There are three shades of the new Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire ($43): Bed of Roses (bright pink), Filled with Desire (pale pink), and Secret Affair (soft peach). I ordered Bed of Roses. It's a beautiful rose pink, and the Sephora photo above of Secret Affair scared me. I was sure it would be orange, but I couldn't believe that Edward Bess, a creative genius, would introduce a garish blush. He didn't.

After seeing Gaia's photos at The Non-Blonde, I learned that Secret Affair isn't orange at all. I wasted no time in ordering it. It's a warm pink. Once again, I wonder how many women are turned off by inaccurate photos on retail sites.

Achieve the look of a naturally flushed cheek. The light and ultra-fine texture of this blush delivers a sheer veil of radiant luminosity with a velvet finish and stays color-true all day. The sleek compact easily slips into your purse and includes a travel brush for easy application.

I took my photos in full sunlight. I swatched heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator. Then I took a dense blending brush and applied the larger swatch below. As you can see, the color is a beautiful warm peachy pink. It's perfectly buildable, so you can have light light pink or a more vibrant pink - it's all in your application technique.


As Gaia said when she reviewed Secret Affair, "The texture of Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire makes the shade appear slightly different depending on the light."  I hope you can see the satin, believable finish, which is typical of Edward Bess makeup. It's always elegant.

We can find Edward Bess makeup, including this new Blush Extraordinaire, at Bergdorf Gooodman, a few Neiman Marcus locations, and Sephora. I purchased mine at Sephora. What do you think of this color? I find it absolutely perfect for spring.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Bed of Roses

There are three shades of the new Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire ($43): Bed of Roses (bright pink), Filled with Desire (pale pink), and Secret Affair (soft peach). I'll bet I would have been happy with any of the three.

I rolled the dice and ordered Bed of Roses from Sephora. I was in the mood that day for spring. Sure to promise, this lightweight, velvety smooth powder blush imparts a luminous natural-looking blushed effect.

Achieve the look of a naturally flushed cheek. The light and ultra-fine texture of this blush delivers a sheer veil of radiant luminosity with a velvet finish and stays color-true all day. The sleek compact easily slips into your purse and includes a travel brush for easy application.

I was delighted when my Blush Extraordinaire arrived. The color is much prettier than Sephora shows (see the photo at the top of this feature). The compact has the feel in the hand of an Edward Bess blush, and, even better, the performance of the blush is top-notch. I took swatch photos in full sunlight last week, and I'll show them to you without further ado.

I swatched heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator. Then I took a dense blending brush and applied the larger swatch below. as you can see, the color is a beautiful rose. It's perfectly buildable, so you can have light rose or bright rose - it's all in your application technique.

This second photo is a little brighter because it was taken in spot-on direct sun. As Gaia said when she reviewed Secret Affair, "The texture of Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire makes the shade appear slightly different depending on the light."  I hope you can see the satin, believable finish, which is typical of Edward Bess makeup. It's always elegant.

We can find Edward Bess makeup, including this new Blush Extraordinaire, at Bergdorf Gooodman, a few Neiman Marcus locations, and Sephora.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Island Blossom

Don't let anyone tell you peaches and corals aren't "in" for spring and summer! After seeing The Non-Blonde's preview of the new Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32) by Edward Bess, I ordered one from Sephora. While I was online, I agonized over the new shades. The pinks would be more "me," but I know I need to break out of my tried-and-true routines, and I've found recent peach and coral introductions to be warming and very pretty.

I'll admit I had started to despair over Edward Bess - after quality and packaging issues and that dorky Baby Pink Lip Palette. I was wondering if he had "sold out" to the lure of Sephora, transitioning from an elegant niche brand to the mass market. I hate to write that; it sounds so snobby. Bess had moved manufacturing to Taiwan, and it showed. Whether it was the company he selected or a middleman, the brand suffered. Now, with manufacturing returned to the United States, the results look pretty clear to me. Our "old favorite" Edward Bess has, once again, joined my must-have list.

So let's take a look at Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick, described, appropriately, as coral. Called "soft" coral at Sephora, I would only question the adjective "soft." It's pretty intense - way more intense than Sephora's photo at the top of this feature shows.

Seduce the curves of your lips with irresistible, radiant color. This lipstick’s creamy, ultra-moisturizing formula drenches your pout with intense hydration for visibly softer, smoother lips. Build your lip wardrobe with all of Edward’s signature shades.

As Gaia said, this Ultra Slick Lipstick offers full coverage, a fairly long last, and a hydrating feel. I haven't had time to clock the duration of the moisture feel of this new version against one of the old versions, but I'd rate it mid-scale on hydration. That's often true of pigmented, long-lasting lipsticks.

I took swatch photos in full, mid-day sun. It is definitely a bold and pretty coral color to my eyes. Although both of my photos were taken in direct sunlight, the one directly above shows the shine that strong light brings out in the satin-finish Island Blossom. Note the opaque color. You really can't see the veins in my arm through the swatch.

Was Island Blossom the best color for me? Probably not. I can wear this color, but prefer it sheer. If I want some colorful drama, though, I'll have it at the ready. I'll probably wear it as a stain and apply a pretty peach lip gloss over it.

I'd really like to see the new shades in person before I select a second. We can find Edward Bess makeup, including this new lipstick, at Bergdorf Gooodman, a few Neiman Marcus locations, and Sephora.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bliss

Cosmic Bliss is the second of the two Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quads ($68) I ordered. The photo of Cosmic Bliss at Sephora was no better than that of Sun and Stars. I almost skipped these basics based on the promotional photos.

I'm happy to have Cosmic Bliss. Eileen selected well when she chose it - probably about the same time I ordered my palettes sight unseen.

My photo directly above was taken in full sun, and there's a considerable difference between it, which is slightly too light, and Sephora's photo, which is way too dark. I won't be surprised if neither inspire you.

As I mentioned earlier today, these new eye shadow quads are described as rich prisms of multidimensional color. "With four perfectly paired shades, this collection of textures ranging from soft matte to high pearl deliver the ultimate depth and dimension" Knowing that Edward Bess has created gorgeous eye colors in the past, colors that provide an elegant, ladylike, look, I had faith.

I took my swatch photos in full, morning sun. I think the swatch photos are accurate in showing the colors on my skin. I applied the shades to my arm using a sponge-tipped applicator, and I swatched from left to right in the palette in top to bottom order on my arm.

The matte base shade shown at the top of my arm is similar to the shade in Sun and Stars, but it's cooler. I like it the best of the two. The other three shades in Cosmic Bliss are stunning neutrals. I'm very pleased with the shimmering taupe, the mauve-toned taupe, and the shimmering chocolate brown. This palette excites me.

I have a bias toward shadows with shimmer. I like the Edward Bess shimmer because it's age-appropriate for me. It imparts an elegant eye look - one that compliments my eyes, rather than drawing compliments for my makeup. I'd recommend this palette over Sun and Stars. The third, Over the Moon, looks too lavender for my tastes. Still, who knows given the poor color renditions in the promotional photos?

You can find the new Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quads at Sephora and at Edward Bess counters at Bergdorf Goodman and select (very select) Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quad in Sun and Stars

When I first saw the photos of the three new Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quads ($68), I was uninspired. Not knowing whether the photos were bad or the palette were boring, I timidly ordered two. I'm pleased to report that the Sephora photos were  "off."

These new eye shadow quads are described as rich prisms of multidimensional color. "With four perfectly paired shades, this collection of textures ranging from soft matte to high pearl deliver the ultimate depth and dimension" Knowing that Edward Bess has created gorgeous eye colors in the past, colors that provide an elegant, ladylike, look, I had faith.

In this feature, we'll look at Sun and Stars (#01). With luck and continued sunshine, I'll feature Cosmic Bliss this afternoon.

My photos aren't much better than Sephora's. I took them in full, morning sun, which washed out some of the life of the shades in the compact. At least the swatch photos are accurate in showing the colors on my skin. I applied the shades to my arm using a sponge-tipped applicator, and I swatched from left to right in the palette in top to bottom order on my arm.

The base shade at the top of my arm coordinates well with the other shades. It's a very warm beige and much darker on my skin than it looks in the compact. The bronze offers a subtle shimmer that has that slight orange hue that makes blue eyes pop. The grey-tauple also shimmers. It's my favorite shade in the palette.

The charcoal is charcoal. It had a medium intensity that makes it dark enough to use as an eyeliner. On my skin, that's about its only use since I'm not big on the smoky eye look.

Will Sun and Stars set the world on fire for its originality, fabulousness, or glam factor? In my opinion, no. It's a workhorse quad, but hardly one that makes me draw in my breath and think of the wonders of makeup. Is it nice? Yes. Am I glad I ordered it? A qualified yes - only because it duplicates many shades I already have. Is it my favorite of the two I ordered? No.

You can find the new Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quads at Sephora and at Edward Bess counters at Bergdorf Goodman and select (very select) Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Edward Bess Baby Pink Lip Palette

This is going to be a hard feature to write. I adore Edward Bess and everything about him: his story, his makeup, his style. I consider myself an Edward Bess groupie and am totally bummed that our local Neiman Marcus stores don't have a single Edward Bess counter between them. I rejoiced when Sephora started carrying his line.

It's disappointing that I have to admit to myself (and be perfectly honest with you) that I am not wowed by the Baby Pink Lip Palette ($75).

A wardrobe of eight perfectly pink shades in Edward’s signature Ultra Slick Lipstick formula - plus a full-size lip brush. This sleek, mirrored palette is every girly girl’s dream. Baby soft shades drench your pout with Edward’s signature ultra-creamy formula. Pucker up - your lips are in for a treat.

Perhaps I should have been blinded by the bright pinks in the online photo. I imagined that they would adapt to my lips and belie their overwhelming pinkness in the palette. The best I can say is that women who wear bright pink lipstick - lots of it - are going to be over the moon. I imagine teens will love these shades. The Baby Pink Lip Palette would be the perfect holiday gift for a budding makeup addict.

The palette itself is large and luxurious. So well-made (and tight) that it was hard for be to pry it open. I nicked a nail or two trying to pry it open. The lip brush is a fabulous addition, and Edward's signature in the mirror adds a touch of class. The presentation is gorgeous.

Unfortunately, I think I may have grown out of bright pinks. Not that there isn't a place for them in my life and looks. I find the brightest baby pink shades a reminder of an era gone by. Take a look at the swatches and see what you think. I took them in full sun after applying them with a sponge-tipped applicator (not particularly heavily).

The top row in the palette, left to right, is shown on my arm top to bottom. The shades are Cloud, Tulle, Bouquet, and Paramour. Cloud is pretty, but a bit too light for my tastes. Tulle looks pasty on my lips. Bouquet is lovely - and bright. The blue pink Paramour is a just a little too blue. Perhaps I'll feel differently in the spring when the tulips bloom.

The bottom row, presented in the same order, includes Satin, Sunset, Dream, and Embrace. Most of these shades work better for me than those in the top row, with the exception of the blue pink Dream. Embrace is my favorite shade in the palette. I fear the rest of it will remain relatively unused.

Imagine how beautiful these shades would have been in Edward's Deep Shine Lip Gloss. Sheer, rather than richly pigmented, they would have dazzled me.

I don't know if these shades were developed for the palette or if they were resurrected from old collections. They are not available separately at this time.

I'm really curious to know what you think. Do these shades make your heart flutter? Did you purchase the Baby Pink Lip Palette? Do you like it? Am I the "odd man out"? I know that Edward Bess had an inspiration for this palette - even if I can't figure out what it might have been. I'm going off to sulk that I had to write a not-so-glowing review. I'm on bright pink overload.

You can purchase the Baby Pink Lip Palette at Sephora (and get 20% off if you are a V.I.B. and order before tomorrow's deadline) or at Bergdorf Goodman, the Edward Bess Web site, and very select Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New: Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss in Lover's Desire

Edward Bess has launched newly formulated lip colors, as many of you know. I featured two new shades of Ultra Slick Lipstick recently. You may recall that Night Jasmine is a bit too dark for my tastes, and Naked Truth is lighter than I prefer. That's one reason I haven't been wearing them.

I did notice when I tried Night Jasmine that it was a little dry, not what I had grown to love from Edward Bess. I did not find the same dryness with Naked Truth. There was nothing wrong with the packaging of the items I received.

After hearing from reader Eileen and talking with my friend Gaia at The Non-Blonde, I learned that Edward has acknowledged quality problems since he shifted production to Taiwan. Gaia found that Night Jasmine was dry, but also that the caps wouldn't fit tightly to the Ultra Slick Lipsticks - something I didn't experience. Variations such as this are usually a sign of quality assurance issues, and I understand Edward Bess is taking steps to pull the products and ensure that the problems are fixed. Good for him!

I purchased Lover's Desire Deep Shine Lip Gloss ($30), and there is absolutely nothing wrong with mine. I hear, however, that some customers have found the pigmentation to be difficult to apply evenly. I didn't experience that. The only criticism I can throw at this super-gorgeous lip color is that it's a little heavy. That's often the price one pays for longevity in a lip gloss.

Here is the beautiful color. My photos were taken in full sun, and they don't begin to do justice to the color on my lips. There's enough pigment that I can wear Lover's Desire without lipstick underneath, and it looks fabulous. On my lips, the color is a shiny warm pink that makes my blue eyes pop. It's absolutely stunning - exactly what I'd expect from an Edward Bess color.

This light-catching lip gloss delivers maximum shine, with a unique formula that delivers a kiss of brilliant color without added glitter or shimmer. The superior hydrating properties keep lips smooth and protect your perfect pout with superb moisture. The must-have designer shades range from barely there to bold and dramatic. Pucker up; your lips are in for a treat.

I will pull out my Edward Bess lip glosses ( have been wearing my new Rouge Bunny Rouge shades for the last few weeks), and I'll test the heaviness of Lover's Desire vs. the colors that were not manufactured in Taiwan. In the meantime, what do you think? Have you purchased any of the new lip colors? Have you personally experienced the problems? If so, exactly what?

I purchased my Deep Shine Lip Gloss at Sephora. There are Edward Bess counters at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick: New Shades

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32) is described as seductive, a way to accent the curves of your lips with irresistible, radiant color. The creamy, long-wearing formula delivers superior hydration (really, it's not "just a claim"). Ultra Slick smoothes and shapes the lips with an exclusive treatment for a sensual pout. I like the way it feels on my lips, and it's as long-lasting as any "long-lasting" lipsticks I like (meaning they feel good).

Imagine my excitement when I saw on Facebook that there were new shades available! I ordered at Sephora right away, but still didn't get one of the new shades I wanted, Lotus Bloom. It sold out that quickly (perhaps it hasn't arrived yet since it is listed as out of stock). I was able to get Night Jasmine (#21) and Naked Truth ($23). You can see Edward's swatches at Facebook. Those swatches helped me decide.

In my photo above, Night Jasmine is shown at left, with Naked Truth at right. Night Jasmine immediately summons the scents of Charleston, South Carolina, Edward's birthplace and one of my favorite cities in the world. I swatched them in that order, with Night Jasmine at the top of my arm, and Naked Truth below. My photos were taken in full late-afternoon sun.

The two shades could not be more different. Night Jasmine is a rich, mauve-red shade that sits right on the border of my darkness comfort zone. It's a beautiful color for fall or winter evenings. If you love rich, pigmented lip colors, this one will thrill you.

Naked Truth is a nude-beige shade that's perfect for the here and now. I like the slight peachy pink hue that takes it from boring beige to a beautiful lip color. Interestingly (to me), Naked Truth also sits right on the border of my lip color preferences - this one on the light end. Any lighter, and it would be too light for my lips and favorite looks.

I've been wearing these two shades together, using a two-step process. I apply Night Jasmine and then blot most of it off, leaving a mauve stain. Then I apply Naked Truth. The result is stunning.

All of the Ultra Slick Lipsticks offer rich pigmentation and a satin finish. They aren't flat matte, but they aren't particularly shiny either. Most of the shine you see in my photos is from direct sunlight.

You too can become an Edward Bess groupie - even if you don't have a local source. Edward Bess makeup and skin care is available at Sephora. If you want help from Edward Bess representatives, just give Susan or Jennifer a call at (212) 872-8826 at Bergdorf Goodman. They provide professional and friendly assistance.

There are also new lip gloss shades. I purchased a couple and will show you them when I can get photos.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base

I'm in love with a new eye shadow base. I have been a loyal Stila base fan for more years than I can count. Over that time, I've tried and used other eye primers and bases that were good - really good - but I've never been motivated to jump ship entirely. Now, I've been nudged into the lifeboat. Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base ($30) is fantastic.

Instantly transform your eyes with just one click and sweep of this silky smooth, luminous eye shadow base. Its built-in applicator and expert formula allow you to prep your lids and create the perfect canvas for flawless shadow application with dramatically extended wear.

The description doesn't say it all. Edward's eye shadow base and primer:
  • Evens skin tone, taking the red out;
  • Applies like a dream, smoothly and evenly with little application effort;
  • Looks bright without any shimmer on my eyelids;
  • Says put all day and more, without creasing or creeping;
  • Holds even "stubborn" eye shadows in place, making them look just-applied 12+ hours later.
The product comes in three shades. Cashmere is a light beige. I ordered sight unseen, and the color is perfect for me. When applied and blended, from lash line to brow, it looks like my own skin - only even toned. There is a medium bisque shade, Dune. Those with dark skin were not left out. Suede is a deep tan shade. I haven't seen it in person, but it looks dark in the online swatch.

It's my personal preference to apply a sweep of this base to my eyelid or palm and then blend it with my touch-up brush or fingers. I don't try to blend it with its own brush.

Once I used the Illuminating Eyeshadow Base for a few days and noticed that it worked really well with my "everyday" eye shadows, I gave it the supreme test. I applied a sparkly eye shadow. Many sparkly eye shadows lose their sparkles after a few hours - not all, but a majority. I find they morph between application and removal, which can sometimes be a a duration of 16 hours. I applied the sparkly shadow at 7:00 am and took off for work. I made careful mental note of the sparkles (where, how many, etc.). I did a scan before I removed the shadow at 9:00 pm. Not a single sparkle was gone - not one! That blew me away. My eye shadow looked like I had just applied it.

The only thing I don't like about Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base is the propylene glycol in the ingredients. It's a hydrator, but not one I welcome in my cosmetics. There are equally effective hydrators that are more friendly, but they are more costly to manufacturers than propylene glycol. I guess the PG is balanced by the botanical ingredients. Had I been the designer, I would have used something else for the hydrating properties.

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base is available at Sephora online, where I purchased mine, and Zuneta. It's also available at Sephora's Union Square site in New York City. Or, you can find it at Edward Bess counters at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Everyone should use an eye shadow base, and this is an incredible new option.

Photo courtesy of Sephora

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Afterglow Giveaway Contest

Congratulations to Lovethescents!
All Over Seduction ($38), an illuminator by genius beauty guru Edward Bess, magically creates naturally luminous skin and a radiant complexion. With its incredibly smooth finish, you can use All Over Seduction to highlight the eyes, cheeks, and lips for a glowing look that's lit from within.

The formula's light-reflecting pigments optically enhance the skin for an incredibly radiant complexion and impart a dewy veil of luminosity that lasts all day. It's available in two shades: Sunlight (champagne) and Afterglow (golden). It was one of the first Edward Bess purchases I ever made, and it was responsible for hooking me on Edward's luxurious makeup.

I have one All Over Seduction in Afterglow - the golden shade, perfect for summer - to give away. How can you enter to win this contest (technically a sweepstakes)? Just leave a comment on this feature (not in another BTiB post). After you comment here, feel free to send me an e-mail at bestthingsinbeautycontests@gmail.com (the contest address, not my "personal" e-mail) and identify your comment. You can never be too careful about sharing an e-mail address you care about on a blog, so feel free to follow this step (an alternative is to code your e-mail, e.g., myname at gmail dot com, in your comment). Please make sure I have your e-mail. If I can't notify you, you can't win - even if your number is drawn.

You can earn extra entries. Follow this blog (through an e-mail subscription, GFC, or though one of the many Google readers - see sidebar at right) to earn a second entry. If you are a follower, it would help me tally entries if you tell me in your comment how you follow. You don't have to follow to enter. I want everyone to have a chance, but I also want to reward my followers. I must be able to track this entry.

You can earn a third entry by tweeting this contest. You must include "@BTiBeauty" (without the quotes) and the contest title in your tweet. Remember, tweet the contest title - if you don't, that entry won't count. I will tweet the contest this evening, and you can simply retweet it to earn that second entry - if that's easier.

The deadline for entries will be Saturday, April 7, at midnight. The next morning, I will use a random number generator (random.org) to select the winner. I will e-mail the winner on Sunday morning. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my message and provide a shipping address. After 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your e-mail - and look in your spam folder - when the contest ends.

This contest is open to anyone anywhere. Here are the terms. I will carefully pack and ship the prize (as I always do). I cannot insure the prize for overseas shipment - it's amazingly expensive to do so because of the way I have to send insured mail. If it's lost or stolen in transit, I may not be able to replace it with another prize just like it. I'll do my best on this end; let's see if your mail service does right by you on the other end if we have an overseas winner.

For all the legalese related to this contest, please see the Contests/Sweepstakes page at the top of the blog. Good luck!

Photo courtesy of Edward Bess

Monday, February 6, 2012

Edward Bess Platinum Concealer

With the launch of Edward Bess cosmetics and skin care at Sephora, I've been exploring. Always on the hunt for the "best concealer on earth," I decided to order Edward Bess Platinum Concealer ($38). I assumed it would elate me as much as every other Edward Bess treasure I've ordered.

Unfortunately, I'm not elated. Platinum Concealer is described as a creamy, full-coverage concealer that leaves the skin looking flawless. Here's its "bio."

The rich, yet lightweight texture of this formula blends smoothly across your skin and conceals to perfection. Fade away discolorations and brighten dark under-eye circles for the look of flawless, radiant skin. The sleek, twist-up case provides precise application with every use.

Platinum Concealer is available in four shades. I selected Ivory Nude, the lightest, described as light sand. The color is very good, but not perfect, for me. It is just a tad too yellow. Once blended, though, it's fine.

I was surprised the first time I applied the Platinum Concealer. I applied a light, slap-dash covering under my eyes (as I normally do with stick concealers) and expected to blend it with my favorite concealer brush. Naturally, I had primed my skin with a superbly hydrating eye cream. I found that the concealer didn't offer the slip to which I am accustomed, and it was hard to achieve a natural look when I attempted to blend it with my trusty brush. I resorted to my fingertips to warm the concealer to make it more blendable. I had to tug my delicate under-eye area too much to blend it.

The next time I applied it, I used a lighter hand in applying the concealer from the stick, which worked better. It still didn't have the slip I like, and I wasn't able to blend it easily with my concealer brush. Once again, I resorted to my fingertips to warm the product and finish the application. I can't agree with the words "rich" and "lightweight" in the product bio, and for me, it doesn't "blend smoothly" on the fragile skin under my eyes. It blends easily on my nose.

Once applied, Platinum Concealer does provide full coverage, as advertised. I think that's its best feature. It covers very well. I took a photo in miserable light (it was partly cloudy outside) to show you how well it covers the veins in my arm. I did not blend it for this swatch photo, however when blended it offers fabulous coverage. I hope you can see that the prominent veins on my arm are markedly less prominent above. The same will be true for the dark circles you may have under your eyes or any spots on your face that you prefer to mask.

I'd really like to hear any tips you can offer for applying Platinum Concealer. My skin is ultra-dry this time of year, so the problems I've experienced may be unique. Those with "slippery" skin (oily or combination - maybe even normal) may have an entirely different experience. I believe that because of the blendability on my nose. Still, I can't give Platinum Concealer an unqualified recommendation, as I had expected/hoped. I have concealers that blend more easily on my skin (Chantecaille, Le Métier de Beauté, Temptu, Bobbi Brown - to name a few), and for that reason I prefer them.

You can purchase Edward Bess Platinum Concealer at Edward's Web site, Bergdorf Goodman, a few Neiman Marcus counters, and, ta da, Sephora. I'm still excited about my new Edward Bess shopping at Sephora online. One so-so purchase hasn't dampened my enthusiasm.

Photo at top courtesy of Edward Bess; other photo by Best Things in Beauty

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Edward Bess Quad Royale Poudre Éclat Quatre Couleurs in Monte Carlo

I've been anxious to show you the gorgeous new Quad Royale Poudre Éclat Quatre Couleurs palette from Edward Bess: Monte Carlo ($45). The sun finally made an appearance today. I was working - cooped up inside. When I left the client's site, I drove down the road about a half mile, where I had seen a church. I was ready. I hopped out of my car in an empty parking lot and started taking photos of the palette and swatches. The things I do for this blog! If anyone in the rectory saw me, they had to have thought I was in need of divine intervention. Little did they know that Edward Bess provided the inspiration for my "eccentricity."

Edward Bess Quad Royale palettes offer a "face wardrobe." They can be blended and applied all over the face for luminous color or used as a blush, contouring shade, or highlighter. Summer in Capri was the first shade variation to be introduced. South of France was the second. I treasure them. Now, Monte Carlo provide an entirely different color experience. These palettes are a makeup collector's dream.

A palette of four coordinated shades to sculpt and highlight the face. This versatile set of four perfectly paired shades is ideal for adding depth and dimension to your look. Sweep the collection together for allover, luminous color or use the shades individually to highlight the apples of the cheeks, the tops of the cheekbones, and the eyes. The palette comes with a sleek travel brush so you can touch up on the go.

I knew you would want to see the individual shades in the palette in addition to the blended shade. Imagine the scene in the parking lot. I had my trusty sponge-tipped applicators, so after I took photos of the palette, I started swatching. Then, holding my arm toward the sun, I took swatch photos. I had no way to check my photos on the spot, but, fortunately, a few were half-decent.

I swatched from the top left shade in the palette clockwise. You probably can't see the flesh-toned shade at the top of my arm. I could barely see it in person. The next three shades - warm variations of peach and coral - swatched nicely.

I adore the golden peach shade at the top right in the palette (second swatch from top on my arm). I'll use it for my eyelids and as a highlighter - or just blended with the rest of the shades. It's drop-dead gorgeous. The peach and coral shades at the bottom of the palette blend beautifully with the rest of the shades for a warm, sun-kissed look. The swatch at the bottom of my photos shows all four shades blended. It's a stunning shimmering peach.

Monte Carlo is perfect for those who believed the first two Quad Royale palettes were too light or too cool-toned for them. I think Monte Carlo is also perfect for anyone who wants a beautifully coordinated palette of warm, summer shades. Monte Carlo is entirely different from Summer in Capri and South of France. If you are an Edward Bess collector, it's a must-have.

Monte Carlo brilliantly evokes the warm, sunny Mediterranean beaches of Monte Carlo. While many think casinos or film fests, I think beaches and Gracy Kelly when I hear Monte Carlo. It's a perfect name for the latest face palette from Edward Bess.

Now, Edward Bess (the brand, not the artist) is available at Sephora online and will be available in Sephora stores in a few months. The line continues to be available at the Edward Bess Web site, Bergdorf Goodman, two Neiman Marcus locations. I purchased my Monte Carlo Quad Royale from Bergdorf Goodman. I've already purchased (and received) a few Edward Bess beauties from Sephora. The availability of Edward Bess at Sephora is great news - not only for Edward, but also for customers. Think we'll see a VIB gift with purchase of an Edward Bess sample some day? We can only hope!

Photos by Best Things in Beauty; Monte Carlo poster courtesy of Amazon.com