Edward Bess Bellissima Threads of Silk Powder

Edward Bess Bellissima Threads of Silk Powder ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Edward Bess Bellissima Threads of Silk Powder
Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powder Bellissima
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%

5 Shades of Warm Taupe Eyeshadow

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! 🙂  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

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Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow
Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mossy grey.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted finish. Disney Jaq is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter. Urban Decay Lost is similar. See comparison swatches.

It had excellent color payoff that was true-to-color. The consistency was incredibly soft, silky, and finely-milled, so the eyeshadow applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was just ever-so-slightly powdery, but it was very minor.  Dusk blended beautifully on the lid, and it could also be softened and sheered out to wear more as a wash of color as well. Without a primer, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight and a half, I could see some light fading and very faint creasing.

Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow Dusk
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
94%

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Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad ($68.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in a “smooth, long-wearing formula” with textures that range from “soft matte to high pearl.” The palette was really nice in terms of quality, but it could have used more contrast, depending on your skin tone. I think fairer complexions may notice the subtleties between each shade more so than medium and darker skin tones. For example, on my medium complexion, it definitely runs together and loses something.  I wore all shades, and they lasted eight hours well and were a little faded before the ninth hour.

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Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad
Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quad Cosmic Bliss
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
93%
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Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Dialogue is less pigmented. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia is darker. NYX Chic Red is more matte. MAC Everyday Diva is warmer. MAC Ronnie Red is darker, more matte. Guerlain Gwen is darker. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Eternal Passion
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
96%