Oct 052010

Edward Bess Eyeshadow Trio in Soft Smoke ($60 for 0.159 oz.) is quickly becoming my go-to palette for a sophisticated eye look.  Purchased as part of the Bergdorf Beauty Event together with the Bess Moroccan Rose blush, I became very curious about Soft Smoke after reading Sabrina’s review at The Beauty Look Book.

Part of me thinks that the pictures of the palette tell the whole story.  But I don’t think that it’s fair not to tell you that this palette is the probably the most effortless one that I own.  Here is what I’ve been doing– after applying a touch of primer, I covered my brow area with the lightest shade, my lid with the middle shade and line with the darkest shade. Done. Beautiful.  I look like myself, but with more gorgeous eyes.

These soft tones make a beautiful eye that lasted all day over my primer.  The colors are quite neutral (neither warm nor cool), and they really set off the natural color of my eyes.  The pigmentation was excellent, but natural.  There is no metallic shimmer or artificial looking duo-chrome.  It looks both appropriate and beautiful.

The compact is the same size as the slim, square blush compact, includes a full size mirror and a small brush with soft bristles (no sponge tip, thank heavens).  Very travel ready.

These colors look so right, it’s impossible for me not to feel confident wearing this trio.  Although it’s expensive, it’s one of those items that I’ll be glad on those days when the pressure is on and I have to look right—whether at home or on the road.  Fool-proof application, even at 5:00 a.m. (these days, I should know!).

If you can wait, pick it up during an event.  If you don’t get it from Bergdorf’s, try for Neiman Marcus–various stores are introducing Edward Bess products across the country.

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  5 Responses to “Edward Bess Soft Smoke Eyeshadow Trio”

  1. Love your blog & read it every day. My 7th-grade daughter and I enjoy looking at the photos of Liz and her lovely understated makeup (my daughter has similiar coloring and is just starting with mascara & a very small amount of pencil liner). I’m a huge EB fan and have a handful of his lipsticks. I’m 52 and don’t like eyeshadow with too much shimmer; this trio looks beautiful. Do you feel like the colors blend well to give you a “done” but not overdone (i.e. semi-natural, not harsh) look? Also, how is the consistency of the shadows…easy to work with? Thanks!

    • Thank you so much! Yes, it is very easy to work with and doesn’t have an visible shimmer. There is a sort of glow but no metal or shimmery bits. It’s extremely easy to blend–I draw a MAC 217 or a Chanel blender brush over the places where the different colors come together and the effect is very natural. You may notice that the colors are quite soft–the “black” is not deep black, and the “white” is not harsh (the swatches show these best as applied). I think this one is perfect for you! There is another Bess trio using brown tones, I believe that The Beauty Look Book has a detailed review of that one for your comparison. Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Love the review Amy, I’ve had this on my wishlist for some time now, maybe the next event they have….
    I totally hear you on being able to rely on his products to look flawless and sophisticated!

  3. Thank you, Amy. I have been thinking about this quad since he did my birthday dinner makeup. I may have to put this on my order list when I order more lipsticks! Edward did a really high impact smokey eye and used this trio. It was really awesome.

  4. The package caught my eye: it is very chick, elegant and sophisticated, a treasure to behold.

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