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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