Edward Bess Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Eyeshadows- Intimate and Dusk

March 24, 2010

Edward Bess has been getting high regards from several beauty bloggers that, in my estimation, have high standards including The Beauty Look Book, The London Makeup Girl and The Pink Sith.  Recently, I placed a phone order from the Bergdorf’s counter in New York City for two Edward Bess eyeshadows–Intimate and Dusk ($30 each).

When I ordered, I wasn’t entirely sure of the difference between them and so my review for both is consolidated.  Although there are excellent swatches out on the Internet already, I had to play with them myself to see the comparison.

Overall, the texture of these two is excellent. The pigment is easily picked up by the brush, the powder is very soft and there is excellent color payoff.  They look almost matte in the pan and at some angles.  However, there is a discernible sheen to each.  Both have a very sophisticated look–the colors will look appropriate anywhere, anytime and no matter what else you are wearing.  They are truly universal.  Not sure what kind of eye to do? These are go-to colors that look gorgeous, understated and yet very polished.

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Here is Intimate, the lighter of the two.  Its a soft light tan with a touch of gray.

Here is Dusk, a deeper complicated taupe:

Here are some swatches (no primer):

Here are more swatches because few of us are able to go to a counter to swatch.  These should also give you a better sense of the way that the texture looks in different types of light:

They look lovely as a wash of color with a matte ivory highlighter, or can be used together for a subtly contoured eye.  Highly, highly recommended for a gorgeous neutral look.

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  • Eileen March 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Well, you ladies and your beautiful posts about EB products have pushed me over to the dark side: purchasing without trying first. I just can’t resist Intimate. Mystery is another shadow that is beckoning me. So, I guess I’ll give Bergdorf a call today. Thanks for the nudge 🙂

    • Amy March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Eileen–Wonderful–I know you’ll love them. The hardest part is choosing, and they are so helpful at Bergdorf’s!

  • lexi920 March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for reviewing and reminding me that my purchase of Dusk was a smart one. Now I just need Intimate and I’ll feel complete! Also, I will wear my Dusk tomorrow.

  • Carol March 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Do you have a phone number or name for the SA at Bergdorf’s? I’m heading over to the dark side as well! 🙂

    • Amy March 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Carol–I spoke to Jennifer at 212 872-8826. The buzz is that everyone who works at the EB counter has been wonderful–and I’ve heard that sometimes EB is there himself. Have fun! 🙂

  • luv2smilexo March 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I have been looking for a color like intimate. I wish I lived in NY because I just dont like ordering things 🙁

  • Grace London March 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I love these shadows. Edward Bess does neutrals beautifully well.