Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder
Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous sheen.. MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The formula is supposed to “infuse the skin with luster” with a “satiny smooth powder.” It’s available in two shades (the other I already reviewed here), and I think there could have been a third–something cooler, more pink-derived. As I mentioned in the prior review, the texture is smooth and blendable once on the skin, but the powder is denser. It is oddly firm but not stiff; it takes more to dislodge the powder from the surface–not sure if it’s related to the design or formula itself–and does get a little easier with multiple uses. If the texture was more forgiving and easier to use, though, this would be a real winner, as the end result is a glowing and gorgeous on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage with a luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores and wore well for almost nine hours on me.