Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “golden coral.” It’s comprised of four shades: shimmering beige, shimmering champagne, gold-shimmered orange, and shimmering peach-orange. Together, they create a muted, gold and peach-shimmered orange with a frosted finish. MAC Warmth of Coral is a touch lighter and more matte. MAC Melba is more matte and a touch dustier. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is less frosted and less orange. Becca Damselfly is a smidgen darker. Make Up For Ever #153 is more frosted with a higher sheen.

The concept behind this product is that the shades coordinate with each other to sculpt and highlight the face, so they can be used together or individually on the cheeks and eyes. While there are four distinct colors, the pan is not that large, so if you wanted to use a single shade on cheeks, you’d have to grab an eye brush, which would fit into each color better. I don’t think it’s practical to use a blush brush and grab only one of the shades; the only shade you could really do that with would be the largest one (bottom right). You can, however, concentrate your brush on different sections, which would allow you to get lighter/darker color.

Monte Carlo has an incredibly smooth texture that feels buttery and creamy at the same time.  It’s a delicate, finely-milled powder.  The texture is every inch what you’d expect from a luxury blush like this.  It’s soft without being powdery, and the pigmentation is fantastic; no stubbornness or sheerness to worry about here.  The color is buildable and blendable, so you can go for a very soft, barely-there peachy blush or apply a heavier, more orange-hued shade. It wore well for nine full hours, and after ten hours, there was slight, but noticeable, fading.

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Edward Bess continues to deliver a high-quality, luxury line that impresses. Monte Carlo is wonderfully pigmented, easily blended, and long-wearing.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true Hollywood red.” It’s a blue-based, brightened medium red with a subtle glossy sheen to an otherwise creamy finish. Guerlain Vega is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #404 is slightly brighter and has ruby shimmer. Chanel Lover is similar.

Midnight Bloom is very, very rich in color–you hardly need any product to get nearly opaque color payof. The texture is incredibly creamy, not thin but it doesn’t feel heavy and thick–somewhere between there, though you’ll definitely know you’re wearing lipstick. My lips felt nicely hydrated both during and after I wore this shade, which was a good thing, because this red hue lasted eight hours! Red lipsticks do typically last longer on me than lighter shades (same is true with berries and really intense, vampy shades), but eight hours is still a long time. The texture is fairly slick, though, so you can feel the color move around, and if you over-apply (which is not difficult to do), it can get onto teeth quite easily.

Edward Bess’ lipsticks are packaged in glossy black tubes and contain more 0.13 oz. each, while the average lipstick has between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.  I didn’t notice any taste while I wore Midnight Bloom, but there was a soft fig scent I could smell in the tube.

I bought this a month or so ago as a shade to try out from Edward Bess’ lipstick range, and it’s already disappeared from Sephora. I am loathe to review discontinued products, but I was able to find it on Zuneta. If you do some poking around, you’ll also see it appears on discount retailers like StrawberryNet (for $22.50). Sephora does have several other shades, including Roulette Rouge, which is another red (I haven’t seen it, so I couldn’t tell you how it compares).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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