Dec 152012
 

Edward Bess Eyeshadow Palettes

Edward Bess’ new four eyeshadow palettes (introduced here) includes the warm neutral Cosmic Bliss ($68). The minute that I opened the palette, I knew that this would be the one that I’d be reaching for most often.

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I realize that preferences between these palettes will vary by personal preference. For me, Cosmic Bliss is an ideal color palette for my warm-toned, NC15/20 skin tone. It’s an effortless look for me, particularly on those mornings when I’ve already put in a few hours of work before my morning 8 am commute. In a very busy life, Cosmic Bliss gives me a polished,  appropriate look for almost anything I might encounter.

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Just like Edward Bess Sun and Stars, the Cosmic Bliss palette has a light matte shade that nearly matches my skin tone. I use this in my inner corner (I’m using this over a Laura Mercier Eye Basic in Linen, so my lid color is already neutralized with this as the base shade). From the left, the second shade is a soft light shimmery brown with a very slight touch of khaki. The third shade is a neutral shimmery brown. The fourth shade (on the right) is a deep shimmery brown with a touch of red. Swatches:

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More swatches of Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss:

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Because you might be considering this for an online purchase, here are a few more pictures.  

In shade:

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One more:

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Liz did this simple eye, focusing on using the two middle colors:

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Eye

As with other items in Edward Bess’ line, Cosmic Bliss is a “use it all the way up” product. His line is full of products with stable, finely-milled products that I can always count on. The shades are beautiful, flattering, and look gorgeous on a wide range of skin tones. These are available at Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and online at Sephora.com.

 

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Dec 132012
 

Edward Bess Eyeshadow Palettes

Edward Bess has recently released three new eyeshadow palettes, Over the Moon, Cosmic Bliss, and Sun and Stars ($68 each). Each offers a selection of lovely neutral shades with gorgeous pigmentation and very smooth blendability.

Edward Bess Es palette

These are slim glossy black mirrored palettes packed with tiny brushes (one end is a sponge, the other a brush). I found that these applied beautifully with Edward Bess’ Luxury Eye Brush (pictured here). This review is for Sun and Stars, a lovely selection of a matte neutral base shade, a coppery brown, a khaki-toned taupe, and a lovely soft black.

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I’ve worn this over Laura Mercier’s Eye Basic in Linen and got all-day wear. I used the middle two shads side-by-side on my lid, with the black as a liner. The lightest shade, which is a soft neutral that nearly matches my skin tone, was placed in my inner corner. So easy, it’s perfect for those times when you want to look confident and effortlessly perfect.

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The lightest shade is matte, and the other three have a touch of shimmer. This gives a touch of glow on the lid, without leaving any obvious sparkle.

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More swatches of Edward Bess’ Sun and Stars:

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So far, I love it. This price point is similar to Edward Bess’ Soft Smoke Palette (which I still use quite frequently). I found that the quality of Sun and Stars eyeshadows is remarkably similar to the Edward Bess eyeshadow singles. Here’s Liz’s eye look, using only the three lightest shades (blush is Tom Ford Wicked):

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One more:

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Bottom line:  Lovely, effortless and perfect. The colors of all three are so universal. The palettes are so easy to use, and give a gorgeous, polished and flattering eye.  These are finely milled and blended like a dream. Over my eyeshadow base, I had all-day beautiful wear.

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Mar 242010
 

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.

All images can be clicked for a larger view.

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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