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Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale
Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “shimmery sand.” It’s a pale, pink mauve with a golden shimmer and sheen. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer, darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is pinker, less shimmery. MAC Blush All Day is less shimmery, darker. MAC At Dusk is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Pink Cloud is similar. Bobbi Brown Peony is darker. See comparison swatches.

It was fairly true-to-color as it looked in the pan, which is rather light, so this is a product that will work best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it’s mostly a highlighter that adds a little plum to my cheeks, but I really had to layer it on – and as a result, it looked a bit cakey and did emphasize pores. When I later tried to wear it as more of a highlighter, then it looked better and only slightly emphasize pores (the finish is rather frosted). The texture of the blush was soft, though a bit powdery, but finely-milled and easy to blend out. It seemed to last about seven hours on me, and then it looked somewhat patchy after eight hours of wear.

Edward Bess Quad Royale South of France
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “beige coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light peach with a hint of pink and a creamy, shiny finish. Chanel Sentiment is more frosted. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter. MAC Style Surge is darker, warmer. MAC Razzledazzler is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, slightly darker. Burberry Devon Sunset is slightly darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden Flower had full color coverage with little effort or product needed. The consistency is slick, creamy, and not too thick or too thin. With a lighter shade like this, though, the creaminess does lead to “lines” showing up, which make the color look somewhat uneven, when you press your lips together. Luckily, it’s not too noticeable from afar. It lasted four hours well, and it was nicely hydrating during that time. The formula has a sweet fig scent to it, but I didn’t notice it once applied.

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Forbidden Flower
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss
Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based, cotton candy pink with a creamy, glossy finish. MAC Style Packed is darker. MAC Silly is slightly darker. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have “extraordinary shine” with a “kiss of brilliant color” that’s “hydrating.” The shade range “[ranges] from barely there to bold and dramatic.” First Kiss had semi-opaque color coverage, and I think it might have been nearly opaque if it applied more evenly. It had a tendency to settle a bit into lip lines and had a translucency that gave it somewhat splotchy coloring. The consistency is medium-thick and very tacky. It feels a bit gummy and gluey; it’s not as thick as MAC Lipglass, but it’s as sticky, if not slightly stickier. It has a sweet fig scent that might be cloying for some (it was noticeable even when I wore it, and I usually don’t notice scents in lip products once applied). It lasted four and a half hours, which is slightly better than average. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it. This was the first product by Edward Bess that disappointed me; this didn’t feel like a high-end or luxury lipgloss at all.

Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss First Kiss
First Kiss
First Kiss
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

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Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a lightened pink with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Stay Pretty is darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is slightly warmer. MAC Launch Away is a smidgen lighter. MAC Easy Manner is warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is darker. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is darker. Burberry Misty is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

Filled with Desire is a shade that is best for fair complexions, as the color in the pan is about what you get when swatched, which is just a lighter shade that won’t show up well on darker skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, but it was somewhat powdery to the touch. Once applied and blended into the skin, I didn’t notice any powderiness on the skin, and the blush had a very subtle sheen that was luminous but not frosted. This shade lasted eight hours well on my skin and looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Filled with Desire
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire Review, Photos, Swaatches

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is slightly less pink, less shimmer. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is warmer. NARS Deep Throat is similar but more shimmered. MAC Supercontinental is slightly lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. Burberry Blossom is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Secret Affair has good color payoff that is buildable and blendable, so you can adjust the intensity depending on your preference and what suits a particular eye/lip combination. The texture is soft, very finely-milled, and smooth. It has a light golden shimmer that buffs into a very luminous sheen the more you blend it into the skin. It did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me and had some minor, but noticeable, fading after nine hours of wear.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Secret Affair
Secret Affair
Secret Affair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with a mostly matte finish. NYX English Rose is shimmery and slightly lighter. NARS Angelika is slightly bluer-based and has some glitter. MAC Divine Desire is shimmery. MAC Pink Tea is lighter and shimmery. MAC Weekend Getaway is a bit darker and a cream product. Chanel Rose Initiale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is very similar. See comparison swatches.

During Sephora’s most recent sale, I bought Bed of Roses, because one of the things I love about high-end is the textures you’ll find. I liked Edward Bess’ other powders, so blush was next on my list to try. The texture is soft, velvety, and silky-smooth but not powdery. It applies well with color coverage that’s buildable and blendable, so you can control the intensity but will still show up on darker complexions. While the finish is mostly matte, the more the powder is worked into the skin, the more luminous it becomes with a subtle, satin sheen. It lasted eight hours with light fading becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear, which was impressive.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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