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. LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
It seems like a new formula, as it recently popped up on Neiman Marcus (which is where I purchased mine from); the first thing I noticed about it was actually that it is a very large-sized powder–generous compared to most cheek and face products. The formula is supposed to “infuse the skin with luster” with a “satiny smooth powder.” It’s available in two shades (and I will review the other soon), and Bellissima ended up being the first one I tried. It has a firmer, denser feel to it overall; I wouldn’t describe it as stiff necessarily, but it doesn’t respond well to a feathery or really soft brush; I had to use a denser blush brush to get enough color to show up on me–I think it could be softer/looser overall. It has more medium coverage that’s buildable, and the powder is very blendable on the skin. It highlighted without emphasizing pores, and for me, gave a warming color on me. I expect on fairer complexions, they will see even more warmth, while deeper skin tones will find it highlights more. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading just slightly.