Jul 282010
 

Edward Bess makes a lovely deep pink cream called Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Island Rose ($38).

Although I’m on the paler end of the skin tone scale, I find that this color compliments beautifully without overwhelming.  The product sheers out beautifully when used on cheeks.  When I do a pale look, it adds a pretty pink when applied lightly.  When I add bronzer, I can amp up Island Rose nicely.  The texture of the product stays true and pretty.

The texture of Island Rose reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge’s, my other favorite cream blush.  The closest that I have in my collection is Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink–both are cool pinks.  You can see that Island Rose is a deeper tone:

Island Rose is an easier product for travel–the small compact slips pretty easily into even a small makeup bag.  Island Rose has a slight scent, which is noticeable when applied to lips.  I found that the product gives a slight tint of color on the lips (this is also how the product is described on Edward Bess’ website)  If you are looking for a full coverage lip color, I’d go with one of Edward Bess’ lipsticks instead.

This is a lovely color and I am really glad that Edward Bess is making such lovely, luxurious and practical products.  His Compact Rouge comes in one other color–After Sunset–which is reviewed by The NonBlonde at her site.

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Jul 272010
 

One of Edward Bess’ six gorgeous single Ultra Luminous eyeshadows is Escape ($30).

Escape is a beautiful deep caramel with a touch of bronze and a hint of red.  As with his other eyeshadows, Escape is richly pigmented and a pleasure to use.

I appreciate the small, light yet luxurious packaging.  Escape is perfect for my warm coloring and –hello!– really sets off my blue-changes-to-green eyes.  Also, this seems to pick up some golden tones in my hair, and is a color that really works for me.  The shadow has a subtle shimmer that looks sophisticated (read this as–no glitter bits, rather, the shadows has a pretty sheen the brings light to the lid).

Here is a comparison with Burberry Beauty’s Golden Trench, a color that is lighter and in the same color family.  I wore these two together over the weekend, and really liked the effect.  It worked well with a deep brown eyeliner (for example, Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink or Chocolate Shimmer would work well).  I used Nars Abyssinia on my brownbone.

This is going to be staple for me, it is a neutral that has a touch of flattering color.  Definitely one that is going in my very top makeup drawer, the one that is easiest to reach for.  The small compact size makes it easy for travel, and the color means that it will look lovely with the blacks, blues, grays, greens, and even corals, yellows and greens that make up my clothing wardrobe.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes for Escape.

If you are interested in other Edward Bess colors, Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has this lovely comprehensive post.  I’ve reviewed Intimate and Dusk on Café Makeup here.  This is available at Edward Bess.com and also by calling Bergdorf Goodman in New York.  Of these two, I prefer calling Bergdorf because the assistance at the Edward Bess counter is wonderful.

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Jul 262010
 

Guerlain just released gorgeous, large heavy 6-color palettes ($85 each).  Sized 3″ by almost 3 1/2″, these palettes are some of the most beautiful products that I have seen.  I took some pictures, posted here, as a leisurely walk through these very intricate and detailed beauties.

These come in a velveteen slipcover:

The top has an elaborate latticework of metal mesh.  There is no mechanical latch–rather, the door closes quite crisply and securely using a magnet closure:

The latticework is highlighted with a little bee, which played a part in the very beginning of Guerlain’s history:

In 1853, Guerlain developed a fragrance for Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III.  The bottle was covered in bees, which were the symbols of the French Empire, each one lacquered in gold.  Today, Guerlain makes a series of perfumes with the glass embossed in a bee pattern:

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Jul 232010
 

To me, Gold Trench No. 04 Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer ($29) is a quintessential Burberry Beauty color.  It is a warm gold-butterscotch with a slight pearl, and reminds me of a warmer version of Burberry’s famous trench coat adding a whisper of gold sheen.

Like the other eyeshadows, Gold Trench comes in the heavy, luxurious packaging with Burberry’s trademarked plaid pattern.  It has a pearl sheen when applied:

Like the other colors in Burberry’s collection, I first thought that the color was easy to duplicate.  Until I tried.  The issue is the texture–although I have more golds, browns and neutrals than anyone really should, I found that nearly all had a shimmer/sparkle or more obvious texture.  The closest ones in my collection are Edward Bess Escape and Shu Uemura’s P Brown 853:

During my makeover to recreate the Burberry Beauty promotional image look, my excellent makeup artist used Gold Trench as the main crease color.  He then used Burberry’s black liner pencil feathered on the lashline, then added Burberry’s Porcelain eyshadow in the inner corner and browbone.  He used a touch of Trench.  He then smudged the liner, smudged the eyeshadow, then literally took a large eyeshadow brush and smudged the entire eye all over again.  Really, you cannot smudge enough to get the soft eye featured in the ad.  No hard edges, no cut crease.  Soft, soft and then more soft.  The black liner acts almost like an extra eyeshadow, because it gets smudged up into the lid area.  As you can see from my post that lists the eyeshadows used in the picture, none of the shadows used are very dark–it is really the liner pencil that adds a deeper touch.  As a last step, he redefined the liner, giving it a slight flick up at the ends.

Bottom line–Burberry Gold Trench is one of those quiet eyehadows that can be the foundation of a soft smoky eye.  The texture is really soft and wonderful.  It is less pigmented than Edward Bess’ Escape, although Escape is a deeper shade.  I did need more “layers” of Gold Trench to make the swatches, above, compared to the easier swipe of Edward Bess’ Escape.  I can see using Gold Trench quite often, for warmer looks, together with a neutral crease color and soft ivory brownbone color.  It sort of looks nice with Escape, doesn’t it?  It would also work well with a gray taupe, like Chanel’s Taupe Grise or Burberry’s Taupe Brown.

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